The Lloyd’s syndicates have now published their results for 2020 and, in some cases, added detail and an outlook for 2021. Some have stuck to the bare bones. As was the case last year, IMN is summarizing the results from all syndicates that have a marine interest, which have provided some information on the marine side.
Cincinnati Global 318
Active underwriter NM (Nick) Chalk
Syndicate 318 had previously underwritten in two core business areas of International and US Property and Aviation.
The Aviation business was predominantly from smaller airlines, as well as some general aviation business.
In 2020 the syndicate began a process of diversifying into a more composite nature, with the objective of reducing the volatility to the results caused by natural catastrophe events.
To this end, the Syndicate has added new lines of business in Credit and Political Risk, Political Violence (Tom Gardner Senior Underwriter War, Terrorism and Political Violence), and Specie (Ian Seakens Head of Specie)
The Syndicate has also hired a team to underwrite Contingency business in 2021.
In the early part of 2020, the Syndicate ceased underwriting Aviation business, following the negative impact on the market owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The syndicate said that the improvement in the rating environment continued to gain momentum in 2020, particularly in the Direct and Facultative segment of the Property account. The Syndicate concentrated premium growth in this area as the rate increases on risks accepted under binding authorities have been lower.
The Syndicate has adopted a relatively conservative approach to building the new classes of business, with the objective of growing organically and profitably over time. GWP increased to £179.2m for the year ended 31 December 2020, from £167.4m in the comparative period the year before.
It was a difficult year for the Syndicate, with a particularly high incidence of catastrophe events. Not only was it an extremely active windstorm season, but there were also major losses from the Covid-19 pandemic, and civil unrest related claims in the US. These losses affected the Property account. These losses were mitigated to some extent by prior year releases which continued to be a positive part of the Syndicate’s result.
Significant non-marine losses for the syndicate for the 2020 year of account were:
|Loss||Gross £m||Net £m|
|Protest on racial injustice||1.8||1.8|
Key Performance Indicators
|Gross premiums written||£179.2m||£167.4m|
|Profit/(loss) for the year||£(17.2m)||£24.1m|
|Gross loss ratio||74.8%||53.2%|
|Net loss ratio||83.0%||54.8%|
|Operating expense ratio||30.6%||33.3%|
|Annual investment yield||1.6%||2.8%|
The composition of the account has changed to quite a large extent from last year as the Syndicate has ceased writing Aviation business, which had returned premiums in the year.
The new classes of business written in the year have changed the business mix.
The percentage allocation for 2020 and 2019 were:
|Gross written premiums||2020 (%)||2019 (%)|
|Property – Direct and Facultative||67.0||62.0|
|Property – Binding Authorities||27.9||33.0|
|Credit and Political Risk||1.5||–|
|2020||Gross premiums written £000||Gross premiums earned £000||Gross claims incurred £000||Net operating expenses* £000||Reinsurance balance £000||Total £000|
|2019||Gross premiums written £000||Gross premiums earned £000||Gross claims incurred £000||Net operating expenses* £000||Reinsurance balance £000||Total £000|
All staff are employed by the intermediate parent company of the Managing Agency. The following amounts were recharged to the Syndicate in respect of salary costs:
|2020 £000||2019 £000|
|Wages and salaries||6,372||5,195|
|Social security costs||814||654|
|Other pension costs||427||463|