Hiscox estimates Harvey impact
Bermuda-based specialist insurer Hiscox expects net claims of approximately $150 million from Hurricane Harvey.
This cost assessment is within the group's modelled range of claims for an event of this nature, and reinsurance protections for the Group remain substantially intact, Hiscox said in a Sept. 18 statement.
This estimate is based on an expected insured market loss of $25 billion excluding the government-backed National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit landfall in the US in over 12 years. The hurricane stalled over Houston creating a prolonged period of flooding for the region. Hiscox has two principal areas of exposure: through reinsurance business and through insurance lines, including flood cover for homeowners and businesses.
Hiscox CEO, Bronek Masojada, said: "Insurance exists to help individuals and companies recover from the devastation caused by events like this, and our priority is to pay claims quickly so that they can do that. At the same time, Harvey has also highlighted the lack of flood cover for large parts of the US market.
"2017 will be an expensive year for natural catastrophes but the industry can cope. Insurance remains a cyclical business and after a long period of price reductions, insurance rates in the affected areas and in specific sectors such as large property are likely to increase. In the wider global insurance market for large risks, we expect rates to stabilise and begin to increase."
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