Global insurer reviews US middle market business

Global insurer reviews US middle market business | Insurance Business

Global insurer reviews US middle market business
QBE confirmed this week it is undertaking a strategic review of its US based middle market business, as foreshadowed in February 2014.

QBE’s CEO John Neal said: “We are well advanced in implementing remediation work which will allow QBE’s North American business to return to profit.

“As part of this process, we continue to assess options for various components of the US business, including the US middle market business.”

The review will include a continuing focus on improving the profitability of the middle market business, consideration of opportunities to increase scale and support for its business partners, refining the business strategy and operating model and exploring options for a potential sale of all or part of the middle market business.

The US middle market business represents around US$900 million of GWP, mainly property and casualty business written through a number of agencies across the US.

Neal added: “Consistent with our strategic objectives to return the North American business to profit and to deliver on our performance targets, the time is right to consider our longer term plans to maximise shareholder value.”

Further update on progress of the review will be included in QBE’s half year results announcement.