ABIR Members Write $74B In Premiums In 2014

April 4, 2015

The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers [ABIR] released the 2014 global underwriting results for its member [re]insurers, with nineteen of 21 member [re]insurers participating in this 2014 report.

The companies write insurance and reinsurance from underwriting centers in Bermuda, Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

The 19 [re]insurers wrote $74 billion [US] in global gross written premium [up from $70.1 billion in 2013] on a capital and surplus base of $99.3 billion [up from $95.4 billion in 2013].

The reported net income of $11 billion was down from $11.7 billion in 2013. The gross premium to equity ratio for the group was .75 to 1.

“As was the case in 2013, the $11 billion in net income demonstrated earnings power in years characterized by low catastrophe losses. But this number was still below net income reported by the membership in 2009,” noted Bradley Kading, president and executive director of ABIR.

“ABIR members reported their largest group total equity base in the nine years in which data has been collected; partly due to lower than average catastrophe losses,” Mr. Kading said.

“Last year was characterized by intense market competition as pension fund capital converged with traditional [re]insurance operations.

As for this year, the long anticipated consolidation among ABIR members began in early 2015 and the four completed or pending acquisitions will dramatically change the landscape of this underwriting report in 2015,” added Mr. Kading.

ABIR member individual and aggregate results follow below [PDF here]

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