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In the week to 1 May the FTSE All Share rose 1.2% vs. the Insurance Index at +0.5% and 0.9% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was JLT (+2.5%); Beazley (-0.2%) was the worst performer. The Q1 reporting season has begun: newsflow has been mixed with a number of US insurers reporting improved PBT/rates, but also loss creep, higher Q1 losses and warnings from brokers about stalling rate rises ahead of the key Jun/Jul US renewals. The 2018 hurricane season starts 1 June with consensus for sli
Companies: BEZ HUW HSX JLT LRE
In the week to 24 April the FTSE All Share rose 2.6% vs. the Insurance Index at +1.8% and 0.0% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performers were Helios* (+7.0%) and Beazley (+1.5%); Hiscox (-1.1%) was the worst performer. Following last week’s analysis of the issue of underinsurance with the 2017 cat losses, we look at the growing risk of a Californian earthquake – not necessarily in San Francisco but along the Hayward Fault. Latest analysis suggests an insured loss of cUS$30bn but an economic los
In the week to 17 April the FTSE All Share fell -0.3% vs. the Insurance Index at +0.5% and +0.2% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was Lancashire (+4.0%); Helios* (-2.3%) and JLT (-0.8%) were the worst performers. Swiss Re’s sigma analysis of the 2017 insured losses highlights the material protection gap. It estimates the total insured losses from the 2017 catastrophes at US$144bn vs. total economic losses of US$337bn, giving a cat risk protection gap of US$193bn (57%). Herein lies a pot
In the week to 10 April the FTSE All Share rose 3.0% vs. the Insurance Index at +1.5% and +0.8% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was Hiscox (+3.0%); Lancashire (-2.2%) was the worst performer. We look at the first forecasts for the 2018 hurricane season. These early estimates suggest a slightly elevated level of windstorm activity – and an increase in US landfall probability. Of course, it is the if/where of the latter that holds the greatest risk of insured loss and, in 2018, will be a
In the week to 3 April the FTSE All Share rose 0.4% vs. the Insurance Index at +0.8% and +0.8% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was Lancashire (+2.8%); JLT (-1.9%) was the worst performer. This week we review the 1 April renewals, where prices were as muted as we expected. Ongoing competition dampened rate movements where accounts were loss free. It was always going to be a big ask to get those not affected by the 2017 cats to pay up – and they didn’t. Interestingly, M&A is picking up,
In the week to 27 March the FTSE All Share fell -1.0% vs. the Insurance Index at -1.8% and 0.2% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was Beazley (+4.3%); Helios* (-3.1%) and Hiscox (-1.6%) were the worst performers. We remind investors of the growing cyber hacking threat to energy providers, especially in the US. Several speciality insurers are already teaming up with energy experts, eg Beazley and Energy Insurance Mutual, to look to provide customised cover for this risk but the insured ex
In the week to 13 March the FTSE All Share rose 0.1% vs. the Insurance Index at +1.7% and +3.3% for the Lloyd’s Index. As M&A speculation rose among the Bermudian underwriters, the best performer was Hiscox (+6.4%); Lancashire (-1.3%) wasthe worst performer. We often talk of the band of global specialist (re)insurers that Beazley, Hiscox and Lancashire belong to. In the table below, we rank the key players by market cap (in USD), splitting out the major European players. What stands out is the P
In the week to 6 March the FTSE All Share fell -1.6% vs. the Insurance Index at -2.7% and -0.3% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was Lancashire (+3.3%); JLT (-6.4%) post its FY17 results, was the worst performer. This week we look at the data on actual US property/casualty rate changes in Q4 2017 and Jan 2018. This has a bearing on the outlook for (re)insurers and the drivers behind the latest M&A moves ie the AXA bid for XL Catlin at 1.5x NAV/2.0x TNAV and AIG’s acquisition of Validus
2017 tested the global re/insurance market but we believe the quoted Lloyd’s insurers responded well. The results also highlighted the very different underwriting strategies, especially between Lancashire and Beazley/Hiscox. Lancashire’s underwriting loss, given the 2017 catastrophes, should not have surprised shareholders, nor the fact that Hiscox had an FX exposure. In this report we review the FY results in more detail.
Companies: BEZ HSX LRE
In the week to 27 February the FTSE All Share rose 0.5% vs. the Insurance Index at +1.9% and +1.3% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was JLT (+5.6%); Helios* (-3.7%) and Beazley (-1.6%) were the worst performers. This week we review the FY2017 results from Beazley, Hiscox and Lancashire. Beazley reported the highest PBT and ROE (8.7%), helped by a strong investment yield. Lancashire’s loss was expected given its higher cat/reinsurance exposure and the 2017 losses. Hiscox was hit by FX lo
FY2017 PBT of £30.8m (£93.6m pre FX) was impacted by nat cats and FX losses, as expected, but future FX noise will fall with the move to US$ reporting. The results were solid in our view given the 2017 cats, helped by GPW growth in Retail. The outlook has improved for London Market/Reinsurance - lower than Hiscox hoped but closer to our predictions, which should boost 2018/19E PBT. We don’t see an early return to special dividends but instead value-add investment, an improved ROE and 5% pa growt
Companies: Hiscox Ltd
In the week to 20 February the FTSE All Share rose 1.3% vs. the Insurance Index at +1.2% and -1.9% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was JLT (+0.2%); Lancashire (-14.6%) was the worst performer, reflecting the (overdone in our view) share price fall post its FY17 results. This week we look at the wide range of combined ratios being reported for 2017. The variation reflects the portfolio split, (short/long/cat etc), as well as the quality of underwriting (cf Aspen closing its unit). NB a
In this Cyber Bytes we look in more detail at two recent cyber reports from Beazley (fraud) and Hiscox (cyber readiness). Beazley flags the increased threat from fraudulent instruction scams, which quadrupled in 2017 for its clients. Hiscox’s more in-depth report found that c73% of organisations surveyed in Europe and the US were unprepared for cyber attacks. Not surprisingly, the smaller firms fared worse than larger firms. Ahead of GDPR coming into effect on 25 May 2018, only 33% of all respon
Companies: Beazley Plc (BEZ:LON)Hiscox Ltd (HSX:LON)
In the week to 13 February the FTSE All Share rose 0.4% vs. the Insurance Index at +3.6% and +2.7% for the Lloyd’s Index. The best performer was Beazley post its FY17 results (+4.8%); JLT (-0.6%) was the worst performer. We review the recent Alpha (Lloyd’s) Market Analysis. It reports a wide range of rate rises for most short tail lines at January 2018 and suggests there is potentially more to (gradually) come despite a ‘disappointing’ reinsurance renewal. This supports our view of rates: we con
In the week to 6 February the FTSE All Share fell -5.8% vs. the Insurance Index at -3.4% and -5.3% for the Lloyd’s Index. The sector was inevitably caught up in the recent market correction, but valuations remain pretty robust. The best performer was Beazley (-3.6%); Hiscox (-7.0%) was the worst performer. The FY17 results season has kicked off: Beazley reports today, then Lancashire and Hiscox. We provide a broad comparison of the three insurers to highlight their differences – and a guide as t
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Companies: Emmerson Plc
Aviva’s Q1 22 trading update was slightly above our expectations although this remains very much tied to the top-line and profitability could be impacted as of H1. Do the operations really mean that much for the share price with high dividends as a back-up? The latter are expected to continue as the firm has stated that it will release capital above its 180% solvency ratio.
Companies: Aviva plc
Duke has raised £20m in new equity capital, subject to shareholder approval, to fund their continued expansion. The new capital will also support the company's target of increasing their debt facility by a further £25m, and therefore providing a total of £45m of new capital to invest. The increasing scale and diversification of the portfolio is forecast to eventually increase free cash flow per share once full deployment has taken place and will allow Duke to seek a reduction in its debt facilit
Companies: Duke Royalty Limited
Weekly round-up of AIM-listed healthcare news.
Venture Life Group, GENinCode, Kromek, Alliance Pharma, Polarean Imaging, Benchmark Holdings, Ondine Biomedical, Verici Dx, Faron Pharmaceuticals, Avacta Group, Abingdon Health, Open Orphan, Belluscura, Hutchmed (China), Oxford Biodynamics
Companies: ANIC RUA CREO GENI HEIQ IHC IXI IUG OPTI SBTX VAL VLG
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Dish of the day
EnSilica (ENSI.L), has join AIM. EnSilica provides an end-to-end service for the design and supply of mixed signal ASICs, outsourcing certain elements such as the wafer fabrication of the manufacturing and packaging to third parties - otherwise known as a Fabless Semiconductor Model. ASICs are Integrated Circuits or semiconductor chips developed for a particular use or product rather than for general purpose usage. ASICs help
Companies: YGEN AFRN ALBA ART BLV CCS EPWN FIPP NWT KETL
ADF has released its first annual results as a public company and has made quite the entrance with a record set of numbers. FY21A revenues came in at £27.8m, 245% above prior year revenues given FY20A was impacted by lockdowns, and 75% above FY19A revenues. They supported 39 productions, including the latest series of The Crown, Peaky Blinders, and Doctor Strange. We have upgraded our forecasts for FY22E and FY23E on a top-line and bottom-line basis. We believe the company is undervalued on an F
Companies: Facilities by ADF PLC
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Clipper Logistics has left the Main Market following a Cash takeover.
What’s cooking in the IPO kitchen?
According to news reports, The Very Group, is looking to float after calling off their plan for a £4bn IPO last year due to a volatile market. The ecommerce group is owned by the Barclays family. According to the Sunday Times, the retailer has offered incentives to senior leaders at the firm for pulling off a flotation, which the Barclays family now hope to
Companies: AXS AMS EVG FRAN KMK MRL SDX TEK TGP
Companies: BLV POLB RBN
Belvoir has acquired TIME Group Ltd, an appointed representative of Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) for an initial £3.7m cash cost. TIME provides mortgage and related financial services and is a good step forward in Belvoir’s growth strategy, within which the potential in Financial Services plays a key part. The initial cost represents 5.8x FY 2021 PBT and we have upgraded our FY 2022E EPS by +3% and 2023E by +7%. In FY 2021, Belvoir’s Financial Services division grew revenue by +44% organically an
Companies: Belvoir Group PLC
Following its 30 April year end, Purplebricks preclose reveals instructions and revenue in 2H have resulted in an £8.8m EBITDA loss for the year.
Companies: Purplebricks Group Plc
ADX Energy (ADX AU)C; Target price of A$0.060 per share: Flow rate at the top end of expectations at important appraisal well - The Anshof-3 well flowed ~75 bbl/d of light oil (and no water) on test from the Eocene reservoir. This has positive implications for production, reserves and the upside case. The flow rate was at the upper end of expectations (40-80 bbl/d). The well has not been acidized yet which could boost production rate b
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Companies: Belvoir Group PLC (BLV:LON)Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd. (CGH:LON)
Delivering outperformance when the macro becomes tough
In our initiation HICL INFRASTRUCTURE: A Public Partner in Private Infrastructures we argued that due to the defensiveness of HICL''s portfolio, the assets'' strong inflation hedge and the ongoing recovery of mobility-related assets and Affinity Water, HICL should fare well in a risk-off market amid rising inflation. HICL''s share price is roughly flat YTD but this compares to -3% for the FTSE all share. The 4% beat for FY22 vs. our NAV p.s
Companies: HICL Infrastructure PLC
Companies: Honeycomb Investment Trust Plc
LSL’s performance in 2022 YTD shows the benefits of its Financial Services growth strategy and significant progress in its Surveying Division. The impact of housing market cycles will have a reducing impact. As previously reported, the split of H1:H2 profit in 2022 will have a more typical profile (i.e. skewed to H2), after a record H1 2021.
Companies: LSL Property Services plc