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AXIS CEO Says Cat Pullback Not A Reflection Of Broader Market

AXIS CEO Says Cat Pullback Not A Reflection Of Broader Market

AXIS CEO Says Cat Pullback Not A Reflection Of Broader Market

AXIS CEO Says Cat Pullback Not A Reflection Of Broader Market

It has been maintained by AXIS CEO Albert Benchimol that his company’s decision to considerably reduce its involvement in property and catastrophe reinsurance lines is not a reflection of its views on current market circumstances.

Benchimol indicated on a Q2 earnings call that AXIS has decided that the volatility inherent in these lines does not correspond with the long-term ambitions of the company.

Its operating income for the second quarter of 2022 was $149 million, down from $171 million the year before.

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This comes after AXIS moved to further reduce the volatility of its portfolio at the January renewals, cutting its reinsurance property and property catastrophe premiums by 45%.

And since then, AXIS Re has announced that it plans to shift its focus to becoming a specialist reinsurer with a commitment to casualty, specialty, A&H, and credit lines, with Ann Haugh taking over as CEO.

AXIS CEO Says Cat Pullback Not A Reflection Of Broader Market

“During the quarter we announced bold moves to further advance our strategy, among them was the exit from reinsurance property and casualty lines,” Benchimol explained during the earnings call.

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“We completed the shift of AXIS Re to a specialist reinsurer, with a commitment to profitable casualty, specialty accidents and health and credit lines. And this aligns with our overarching goal of being a leading specialty underwriter. We find that reinsurance remains an attractive channel to access specialty risk that we can’t easily obtain through our insurance business,” he continued. “It provides additional scale, balance and geographical diversification to our consolidated portfolio, and we’re very good at it. Our clients and brokers appreciate the value that we bring to their businesses.”

“On the other hand, we do not believe that the AXIS we are building is the best market for volatile property and catastrophe reinsurance lines. We felt that best to be clear with our broker partners and customers as to the sustainable long-term risk appetite of our business.”

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However, Benchimol also stressed that AXIS’s exit from catastrophe reinsurance is “not a view on the catastrophe business within the broader industry,” adding that he in fact expects this line will continue to improve at the upcoming January renewals.

AXIS CEO Says Cat Pullback Not A Reflection Of Broader Market

“Rather, this is a strategic decision to advance our progress towards the company we choose to be, a leader in specialty underwriting with a strong and consistent earnings profile,” the CEO asserted.

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Benchimol also explained that, by combining all of its front-end business capabilities under one leader, and all underwriting support and analytics under a CUO, AXIS hopes to increase our efficiency and agility and speed to market, as well as its ability to respond to customers’ needs.

Commenting on the company’s performance over the recent Q2 period, Benchimol said: “These improved results are the product of a disciplined and concerted multi-year effort to enhance our leadership in specialty lines markets and shift our book of business towards profitable specialty risks, that provide attractive risk-adjusted returns, and lower overall volatility, a commitment that continued into this quarter.”


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