Reinsurers will benefit from increased investment income and improved financial markets
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
Over the past five years, the Reinsurance Carriers industry has grappled with the increasing frequency of natural disasters and the largest financial collapse since the Great Depression. However, reinsurers remained resilient through much of the recent storm. Industry operators maintained better underwriting discipline, grew their capital levels and increased investment income, or revenue from assets rather than operations, to cover underwriting losses. Additionally, foreign reinsurers have assisted by capturing an estimated 68.0% of US reinsurance demand. While the increasing globalization of reinsurance stagnated domestic industry growth, it also improved the Reinsurance Carriers industry's ability to handle major catastrophes, as US losses are spread globally over a larger and more diversified capital base.
IBISWorld estimates revenue, measured as net premiums underwritten plus investment income, has increased at an average annual rate of 2.5% to $39.7 billion in the five years to 2013. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Leah Goddard, “The subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2007 led to large losses in industry investment income and profit.” The subsequent recession in 2008 and 2009 also led to dramatic declines in business activity, which hurt growth in industry premiums, and capital levels needed to insure new risks. Since 2009, the industry has faced a choppy recovery through growth in investment income and a small rise in premiums underwritten. Revenue is projected to increase 1.3% in 2013 due to higher demand from downstream primary insurance markets, but weak investment income growth will partially offset industry growth.
“In the early part of the next five-year period, the industry will benefit from capacity growth in direct insurance markets, which will boost demand for reinsurance on these new policies,” says Goddard. Global climate change will also push direct insurers to purchase or renew reinsurance to cover large protections in high weather-risk geographical areas. In addition, the industry will benefit from recovering financial markets, which will drive up industry investment income. In order to meet the capital needs of direct insurers, smaller operators will merge with other reinsurers or be acquired by larger players.
The Reinsurance Carriers industry exhibits a medium level of concentration. The industry's concentration is expected to increase over the outlook period as industry operators consolidate to build capital levels to meet higher demand from downstream primary insurance markets. US reinsurers rely on foreign participants to manage risk because the US market does not have enough capacity to effectively reinsure all of its risks. Additionally, offshore companies are utilized by domestic companies to reduce geographical risks.
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Companies in the Reinsurance Carriers industry specialize in assuming all or part of the risk associated with existing insurance policies originally underwritten by other insurance carriers. In other words, the primary business of participants in this industry is insuring insurance companies.
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