Markel Corporation takes coronavirus blow during first-half

Markel Corporation takes coronavirus blow during first-half | Insurance Business Canada

Markel Corporation takes coronavirus blow during first-half

Markel Corporation – the Richmond-headquartered group with insurance hubs in London, Bermuda, and New York – has taken a financial beating because of the coronavirus outbreak.

For the six months ended June 30, Markel posted US$325 million (around CA$434.2 million) of underwriting loss attributed to the pandemic; net investment losses worth US$770.2 million (around CA$1.02 billion); and a comprehensive loss to shareholders amounting to US$260.4 million (around CA$347.9 million).

The company’s second quarter showing was not enough to pull up Markel’s half-year results. In the April-June period, the insurance group was actually profitable – with comprehensive income standing at US1.1 billion (around CA$1.46 billion). 

“As we enter the second half of 2020, we recognize that we will likely face ongoing uncertainties from the COVID-19 crisis,” said co-chief executive officers Thomas S. Gayner and Richard R. Whitt in a joint statement.

“We will continue to focus on those things we can control and prepare for the challenges to come, while taking advantage of the opportunities in the marketplace. As always, the health and safety of our employees, trading partners, customers, and communities remains our top priority.”

The CEOs, meanwhile, acknowledged the “remarkable” accomplishments of the Markel workforce in the second quarter given the extraordinary conditions during the three-month span.

Referring to the firm’s employees, Gayner and Whitt commented: “Their resiliency and can-do spirit drove our strong performance. Despite moving to almost 100% remote working, our underwriting operations did not miss a beat as our insurance divisions globally took advantage of favourable market conditions.”