RSA cuts some London-based global business in profit pursuit

Thomson Reuters

11/13/2018 1:12:00 PM

Source: Business Insurance

(Reuters) — RSA Insurance Group PLC plans to pull out of several international business lines run out of London that it says are unlikely to produce the returns the British insurer is seeking following a September profit warning.

Closing international construction, international freight and fixed price marine protection and indemnity insurance was part of efforts to streamline international exposure and improve underwriting, pricing accuracy and risk management, RSA said.

The decision to ditch the businesses followed RSA’s assessment that they were “unlikely to satisfy the Group’s profitability requirements in the foreseeable future.”

It mirrors similar action by rivals also adapting to tough market conditions, including brokers Beazley PLC and Hiscox Ltd.

RSA said it would instead focus instead on international hull, international cargo and transportation, international property and international engineering and renewable energy.

International marine cargo and international marine transportation would be restructured into a single unit under new leadership and exposures would be cut “significantly” to focus on areas where sustained profitability could be achieved.

RSA said it expected to reduce premiums written through the London Market by around a third year on year in 2019.