XL Estimate $1.33B In Losses From Hurricanes

October 11, 2017

XL Group announced its preliminary estimate of net losses of approximately $1.33 billion relating to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“For the third quarter of 2017, total catastrophe losses including smaller loss events are preliminarily estimated at approximately $1.48 billion,” the company said.

“These preliminary estimates are pre-tax and net of reinsurance, reinstatement and adjustment premiums and redeemable non-controlling interest. On an after-tax basis, the preliminary estimate of total catastrophe net losses for the quarter is approximately $1.35 billion.

“The Company’s preliminary estimates are based on a combination of catastrophe modeling, exposure analysis and preliminary ground-up notifications and are consistent with private insured market loss estimates for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the range of $75 billion to $90 billion.

“Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria each contributed approximately 25%, 40% and 25%, respectively, to the Company loss estimates, with 10% related to all other events in the quarter, most notably the Mexican earthquakes and Typhoon Hato. The estimated losses are approximately evenly split between the Company’s Insurance and Reinsurance segments.

“Following these events and meaningful reinsurance recoveries this quarter, the Company continues to have significant catastrophe reinsurance protections remaining for 2017 and 2018, including catastrophe bond protections, some of which extend through 2019.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, XL’s Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick said: “Our hearts break at the havoc caused by these events; the terrible pain and anguish suffered. We are proud of our people, some of whom have had their own losses to deal with, who are working tirelessly with our partners to help our clients in these difficult times.

“And, as ever, the problem of underinsurance is again laid bare, afflicting especially those already less well off. It is appalling, and all of us with expertise to offer must bend our minds to solving these systemic failures.

“In terms of the effects on XL itself, given the specific nature of the events themselves our estimated losses are largely in line with our expectations, and our capital strength and talented teams ensure that we remain positioned to continue solving the risk needs of clients and brokers.

“As for market conditions, risk awareness has changed due to these events, and this in turn should cause the market to move towards more realistic and sustainable pricing for the risks undertaken.”

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