Renewal of property-casualty treaty reinsurance business at 1 January 2007: Munich Re resolutely adheres to risk-adequate prices, terms and conditions Core business reinsurance with continued high profit potential
At 1 January 2007, Munich Re renewed about two thirds of its property-casualty treaty business (i.e. excluding facultative reinsurance), which corresponds to a premium volume of around €9bn. The prices, terms and conditions negotiated on the reinsurance treaties were again in line with the risks.
"We are satisfied with the outcome of renewals at 1 January. All in all, the price level is attractive and commensurate with the risks. However, competition is tougher. For the market, this was not a renewal for profitable growth," commented Board member Torsten Jeworrek.
Munich Re acquired some €850m of new business with good profit potential. By contrast, where prices had come under pressure, it reduced exposures, decreased its share or, where they were inadequate, withdrew completely. Ultimately, written premium as at 1 January 2007 is expected to be approximately €300m (3%) lower than at 1 Januar 2006. The price evolution varied by line of business and region, rates for the renewed portfolio being slightly lower overall, whilst profitability levels remained good.
The share of non-proportional business in the renewed portfolio increased to 23% (21% in the previous year). Property, which is relatively short-tailed, accounted for 42% (38%) of renewed business and casualty for 41% (44%). Torsten Jeworrek: "This portfolio mix reflects current market conditions."
Varied trends in individual branches and regions
Despite the relatively quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic, prices for US hurricane-exposed business have risen significantly and are on a par with price levels at 1 July 2006 renewals. Major multinational treaty renewals went very well in property and casualty business, prices, terms and conditions remaining stable. There was further growth in attractive agricultural business.
Munich Re removed capacity from the market if prices, terms and conditions were not adequate, giving up, for example, considerable shares of French and German motor business and international aviation fleet business. It also terminated unprofitable proportional treaties in the highly competitive Chinese market.
Globally, the reinsurers’ capital base has improved whilst competition is growing more intense. Prices are nevertheless at a profitable level on the whole. However, the effects of keener competition are likely to be evident at the other 2007 renewals (1 April: Japan and Korea; 1 July: parts of the US market; Australia and the Latin American markets). Torsten Jeworrek: "There is no alternative to risk-adequate prices, terms and conditions. Winter Storm Kyrill was a clear demonstration of the growing threat of the natural hazards risk and rising loss potentials. We believe that higher demands on risk management and capital resources and continued low interest rate levels will help to maintain market discipline on the whole."
Munich Re will report on the renewals in detail at its balance sheet press conference on 28 February.
signed Dr. Jeworrek signed Küppers
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