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November 2003/1

  • Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) disappointed in November with a set of results that showed earnings at the lower end of expectations for the first nine months of 2003. The UK's second largest insurer, which announced a £960mn rights issue in September, also
  • CNA's $1.5bn reserve boost Insurer CNA announced a massive $1.5bn post-tax reserve boost in its third quarter results on 12 November. The increase in reserves pushed the company into the red, with third quarter losses of $1.76bn, or $7.94 a share, c
  • ACE shows solid performance Bermudian giant ACE announced a solid set of third quarter results, returning earnings per share (EPS) of $1.04, almost double the same period last year and topping analysts' projections by 2 cents. Income of $304mn was g
  • Munich Re misses analyst expectations by EUR277mn Munich Re missed analysts' expectations by a significant margin in its third quarter results for 2003. The world's largest reinsurer said on 25 November that it had made Q3 net profit of EUR152mn - w
  • St Paul takes strength as Travelers takes on baggage Hailed as a "merger of equals" by the management of both parties, the proposed joining up of US insurance giants Travelers and St Paul has met with a tepid response from some observers, with question
  • Litigation over the collapsed Aon 77 energy lineslip has been adjourned for four weeks because of last-minute amendments to the reinsurers’ case. The legal battle had been scheduled for early November but is now due to be heard in court 21 on 1 Decembe
  • But Everest Re stop loss exhausted on further US casualty deterioration Quoted Lloyd's insurer SVB announced a £50mn convertible bond issue in November to support a 2004 capacity expansion to £500mn. A further fund raising was not unexpected follow
  • The build-up to the renewals season was marked by calls at conferences across London for pricing discipline, underwriting profit and an end to gearing by under-reserving. Former Morgan Stanley analyst Alice Schroeder kicked off the season on 3 November
  • The thorny issue of directors' and officers' (D&O) insurance has climbed up the agenda for UK executives. As advisors pick their way through Higgs, directors face soaring premiums and tightening terms and conditions in a capacity sapped market, with many
  • Over two years after Boeing officially announced an endemic fault on its 702/GEM telecommunications satellites, last-ditch negotiations continue in an attempt to avert a round of litigation that could cost the industry and its insurers dear. Satellite
  • GoshawK's defunct Syndicate 102 successfully appealed a capital loading penalty that could have prevented losses falling on the Central Fund, The Insider can reveal. Syndicate 102 was finally placed into run-off on 31 October, after a gruelling year wh
  • For several years now the Russian reinsurance sector has been expecting a major storm to blow the Russian reinsurers away. To their relief, the reinsurers say it hasn't happened. Even better, they add, the growth rate last year for the domestic reinsurer
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