22Jul10

Press release

P&C

SCOR records excellent half-year Non-Life treaty renewals

P&C and Specialty treaty renewals at end of June have resulted in premium growth of 19% at constant exchange rates, whilst fully respecting the technical underwriting profitability criteria.

P&C and Specialty treaty renewals at end of June have resulted in premium growth of 19% at constant exchange rates, whilst fully respecting the technical underwriting profitability criteria.
These renewals related to around 10% of the total annual volume of treaty premiums. They are evidence of SCOR Global P&C's strengthened competitive position, its repositioning in the USA, Australia and South Africa and improved conditions in certain regions (such as Latin America) and in certain business lines (such as credit & surety and energy).
 
Key takeaways of these renewals:
 
  • The geographic rebalancing of P&C treaties towards the Americas and Asia-Pacific continues, with an increase in premiums underwritten in the USA in the regional business segment excluding natural catastrophes segment (+67%), in Australia (+32%), in Latin America (+12%, excluding Caribbean), in South Africa (+28%) and in the Middle East (+22%). The underwriting policy focusing on short-tail risks is continued.
     
  • Specialty treaties have also experienced volume growth of 15%, thanks to share increases in sectors which benefit from favourable price conditions, such as credit & surety (+62%) and transport & energy (+46%), or those with stable conditions such as construction (+12%).
     
  • Renewal conditions follow cycles which are fragmented by sector and market, and reinsurance prices remain disciplined despite certain over-capacities; this results in significant increases in sectors and markets affected by losses and limited reductions elsewhere, although to a greater extent in US natural catastrophe business in which financial market competition plays a part. In this context, SCOR has seen a weighted average price increase on its renewed business of nearly 1%, illustrating the dynamic management of the portfolio and contributing to the continued improvement of the expected technical profitability.
     
Victor Peignet, CEO of SCOR Global P&C, comments: “These renewals demonstrate the dynamism of SCOR's underwriting teams and the confidence of their clients. They are truly excellent. With this success at the third key renewal date of this year after those of 1/1 and 1/4, we are confident that we will achieve the overall premium levels indicated earlier in the year in our January 2010 renewal presentation. Even more importantly, the underlying profitability of the underwritten business, on a normalized cat budget, is in line with the communication given in January.”

 

Contact

Marie-Laurence Bouchon

Group Head of Communications

+33 (0)1 58 44 75 43

mbouchon@scor.com

 

Ian Kelly

Head of Investor Relations

+44 203 207 8561

ikelly@scor.com