Best’s Market Segment Report: Europe’s Captive Sector Thrives Amidst Hardening Market

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amid tougher renewal discussions in Europe, there has been an uptick in the use of existing captives, as owners increasingly seek optimal risk transfer solutions, according to a new AM Best report.

A new Best’s Market Segment Report, “Europe’s Captive Sector Thrives Amidst Hardening Market”, looks at the background to this development. It notes that price increases in the (re)insurance market began to appear as early as 2018 in some segments. The market has continued to harden since, with commercial insurers and reinsurers commonly reporting rate-on-rate increases, and a tightening of terms and conditions.

AM Best analysis reveals that a number of captives have increased retentions or limits on existing cover, while in some instances they have expanded into new lines of business as their parents have looked at increasing captive utilisation.

Furthermore, according to the report, European captives rated by AM Best have strong capital buffers that provide resilience against severe market shocks including the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic resulted in significant financial market volatility and a global economic slowdown in 2020, generating increased claims activity and reducing the year’s earnings for a large number of insurers and reinsurers. However, the pandemic has proved to be less of an issue for most AM Best-rated European captives.

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Director, Industry Research – EMEA
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