‘UK non-life market 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 Agency says in a new report that London market insurers will continue to face pressure on their underwriting margins due to fierce competition.

In 2016 outlook report, said “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.

Accordingly, 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.

 

Source: Guardian News