Fitch: UK Non-Life London Market Insurance Continues to Face Pricing Pressures

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) Link to Fitch Ratings’ Report: 2016 Outlook: London Market Insurance here LONDON, December 18 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings says in a new report that London market insurers will continue to face pressure on their underwriting margins due to fierce competition. The London market’s fundamental sector outlook for 2016 remains negative; however, the agency’s Rating Outlook remains Stable as financial fundamentals are expected to remain robust for Fitch-rated London market insurers. Fitch believes that a substantial proportion of London market business will continue to experience significant pricing pressures. In particular, the agency does not believe that a price floor has been reached in reinsurance and expects further declines in underwriting margins. We also expect other major non-catastrophe lines, such as casualty, to experience further price declines as more (re)insurers move into this line of business for diversification. The need for smaller (re)insurers to increase scale, partly to reduce operating costs and improve diversification has spurred M&A activity throughout 2015 and is likely to be a driving factor for further M&A in 2016. Fitch believes that there could be an increased appetite from Asian investors, who are seeking to acquire (re)insurance businesses in western markets. Market modernisation and improved efficiency of conducting business at Lloyd’s, and within the London market as a whole, are important factors in ensuring that business operations become more cost-effective. The London market continues to be at the forefront of underwriting new specialised risks and Fitch believes that classes of business such as cyber have the ability to grow significantly in 2016. The report, ‘2016 Outlook: London Market Insurance’, is available on or by clicking the link above. Contact: Graham Coutts Associate Director +44 20 3530 1654 Fitch Ratings Limited 30 North Colonnade London E14 5GN Ekaterina Ishchenko Analyst +44 20 3530 1532 Media Relations: Athos Larkou, London, Tel: +44 203 530 1549, Email: Additional information is available on ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: here. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM’. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.


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