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If your carrier is experiencing 100% or more from claims last year, then expect huge rate hikes this year. Not counting Reinsurance hikes this summer, rates could jump 30-40% for the next 2 years!!! Do you need to shop your Insurance, Home, Auto, Life or Long Term Care, I can help you understand and shop rates, premiums, coverages or the lack thereof.

The long-awaited Demotech rating decisions for Florida domestic carriers are in, with many carriers having satisfied necessary steps to avoid ratings downgrades by the financial analysis firm.

After affirming a slew of companies in mid-March, Demotech announced April 2 that the remaining carriers that had yet to be decided were affirmed (see chart) because of enhancements to their business models

On March 30, Demotech affirmed the ‘A’ financial stability ratings of the following companies: Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Centauri Specialty Insurance Co., Cypress Property & Casualty, Safepoint Insurance Co., and Tower Hill Signature Insurance Co. Also affirmed were Tower Hill Select Insurance Co. and Omega Insurance Co., after their merger into Tower Hill Signature was approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on March 25.

Since Demotech sounded the alarm in January that as many as 18 Florida carriers could see downgrades due to deteriorating insurance market conditions in the state, the ratings firm said several actions have been taken: one company was downgraded, one company was acquired by a carrier with an FSR of A; five companies were merged into carriers with FSRs of A, and an additional nine companies enhanced their business models.

The specific actions include:

  • Anchor P&C Assigned an FSR of M – ceased operations
  • Anchor Specialty FSR of A – Acquired by insurer with FSR of A
  • Omega FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Tower Hill Select FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Cypress TX FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A
  • Prepared FSR of A – Merged into an insurer with FSR of A

Demotech said other carriers “aggressively enhanced the capability of their business models to respond to the anticipated continuation of jurisdictional and weather-related challenges, the substantial increase in reinsurance costs during 2019, the likely increase in the cost of reinsurance in 2020, and the cost of the Rapid Cash Buildup Program of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.”

Those companies include:

  • Centauri Specialty FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Centauri National FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Safepoint FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Gulfstream P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Avatar P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Capitol Preferred FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Security First FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Tower Hill Signature FSR of A, Business model enhanced
  • Cypress P&C FSR of A, Business model enhanced

“Our view of Florida’s current residential property insurance marketplace is that the numerous financial and market based criteria that affect Florida residential property insurance have never been more difficult for carriers to navigate since we first rated Florida focused carriers in 1996. The marketplace as well as carrier-specific financial metrics drove the need to consider downgrades,” Demotech said in an April 2 report on its ratings decisions.

The ratings firm said it asked certain Florida insurers to provide projections of their year-end 2019 financials immediately after it finished reviewing third quarter results in November last year. At that time, it also asked those insurers to answer two questions based on the following Florida-specific circumstances: 1. the lingering impact of the judicial activism of the past; 2. the litany of named weather events; 3. increases in the cost of reinsurance, and 4. the specter of additional increases in the cost of reinsurance in 2020.

The questions posed to companies were:

  • Will you continue to be focused on residential property insurance in Florida?
  • If so, based upon the conditions in the marketplace and the operating results that will emanate from those conditions, how will you revise your business model, or otherwise position your company, to combat more of those same conditions in the future?

Demotech said carrier responses used to make ratings decisions included documentation of the company’s jurisdictional diversification, voluntary runoff, marketing existing books of business to other carriers, merging affiliates, or securing assistance.

“The management teams of these carriers have fought the conditions in the most difficult operating jurisdiction in the country to a draw,” the Demotech statement says. “They have addressed the needs of policyholders, investigated and settled claims, paid their employees, producers, and reinsurers, met with us, negotiated with reinsurers for their 2020 programs, and filed timely financial statements in an orderly manner.”

Demotech said it reviewed public and private financial information of companies, including:

  • Managing general agency contract and financial statements, when necessary
  • Holding company financial statements, when necessary
  • Actuarial reports and documents containing appreciably more detail than the actuarial opinion letter, which is a public document
  • Independent audits
  • Anticipated operating results in the form of pro forma financials in a prescribed format
  • Claims adjusting details and reports
  • Litigation services
  • Asset and investment management contracts
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • Catastrophe response plans
  • Catastrophe modelling output
  • A preliminary review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • A final review of horizontal and vertical reinsurance programs
  • Review of rate level indications
  • Personal financial statements of key financial supporters.
  • On-site meetings with reinsurers
  • On-site meetings with companies\

Please enjoy the full article below!!

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/04/03/563193.htm

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34 Florida carriers have 100% or more claims to revenue last year in 2019. Some are as high as 120% of revenue. AOB has caused this problem with no end in sight for rate hikes. Carriers will start to non renew their books of business, older homes, homes with water damage claims. This will hit the housing market & 1st time Homebuyers chances to buy homes will be even more less likely. There was supposed to be a special session about just Insurance in Tallassee in mId March, but now w/ the COVID-19 break out, that session may never happen this year. Everyone needs to understand their Home Insurance policies, coverages or lack their of.

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Here is the beginning of 12 pages of information and charts & graphs,

 

Demotech set to reveal downgrades as
full-year results show Florida pain
Demotech has affirmed the majority of the 46 Florida homeowners specialists it rates with the
remaining carriers awaiting their fate as the agency completes its review of 2019 financials
that reveal widespread operating losses and actions to shore up balance sheets, The Insurer
can Demotech is the only firm that rates most of the Florida specialists and its financial strength
ratings are critical to them because lenders typically require insurance policies bought by
homeowners in the state to be from A rated carriers.
As previously reported, in January this year the ratings agency warned of a potential slew of
downgrades in response to a range of macroeconomic and unique state specific issues faced
by Florida-focused carriers.
And analysis by this publication reveals 36 out of 46 companies we compiled data on from
2019 statutory annual statements fell to an operating loss in 2019. A total of 34 of the carriers
reported combined ratios of over 100, with 14 at over 120 percent.reveal.

 

 

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Not just Insurance carriers, but Reinsurance rates as well unless Tallahassee comes up with the Cat Fund solution I posted before the end of the regular session. There may also be a special Insurance session after!

It’s no surprise that Florida carriers are raising homeowners’ insurance rates given several years of catastrophes and losses from litigation related to assignment of benefits and water damage claims.

What may be surprising for insureds, however, is how substantial the increases to their premiums may be, particularly if current filings being evaluated by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation are approved without modification

In rate hearings before OIR over the last two months, several Florida carriers explained their filings for rate increases ranging from more than 20% to nearly 40%. Since December, Edison Insurance Co., Capitol Preferred Insurance Co., and Velocity Risk Underwriters (on behalf of National Specialty Insurance Co.), have told regulators that these rate increases are needed for their companies to remain healthy.

“Unfortunately, times come that you have to do certain things to increase your rates and make sure your company stays viable and functional and healthy,” said Capitol Preferred President and CEO Jimmy Graganella at its Feb. 7 rate hearing. His company is seeking a 36.5% rate increase on one of its 14 insurance programs covering about 28,000 consumers in Florida.

Capitol Preferred is one of many insurers responding to deteriorating conditions in the Florida homeowners insurance market from a combination of AOB, water damage loss claims and several years of major hurricanes, as well as a what insurers call “loss creep” from those claims in recent months.

According to a June 2019 AM Best report, several carriers, including the top five publicly traded Florida insurers (United Insurance, FedNat, Heritage, Universal and Homeowners Choice) have reported adverse development related to Hurricane Irma, “considerably increasing ultimate loss estimates since impact,” Best said.

The report also noted claims from Hurricane Michael appear to be taking a “similar, though less severe, trajectory,” with several carriers increasing ultimate loss estimates as time passes.

These factors are being blamed for the need for higher insurance rates and a tightening of coverage in several regions of the state, particularly in South Florida.

Please enjoy the full article below!

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/02/25/559166.htm

 

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Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state’s insurance regulator said on Monday.

The estimate of insured losses is based on preliminary statewide data that insurers filed with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation as of 4 p.m. ET on Sunday for nearly 335,347 claims, the regulator said. About 88 percent of the total number of claims are from residential property owners, of which only 3.8 percent have been closed, the filing said.

Of the claims, commercial property comprised 3 percent, while private flood insurance made up 0.2 percent.

Irma was ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the U.S. mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on Sept. 10. The storm killed at least 33 in Florida.

Shares of Florida-based insurers Heritage Insurance and Universal Insurance fell 3.4 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively.

HCI Inc’s shares dropped 2.2 percent, while Federated National fell 2.6 percent and United Insurance edged 1.7 percent lower.

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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2017/09/19/464730.htm

 

Federated National Holding Co., a Florida-based property/casualty insurer, announced the closing of its public offering of 2,358,975 shares of its common stock, which includes 307,692 shares sold pursuant to the exercise of the 30-day option granted to the underwriters to cover overallotments, at a price to the public of $19.50 per share.

The offering generated net proceeds to the company of approximately $43.4 million, after deducting the underwriter’s discount but before offering expenses.

The company said it will use the net proceeds from the sale for general working capital purposes, including as statutory capital in support of the company’s growth and to sustain its capital levels after its investment in a new Florida homeowners insurance company that it is forming.

The company announced  recently that it was joining with the Canadian bank and investment manager C.A. Bancorp Inc. to form a new Florida-based homeowners insurance carrier to be named Monarch National Insurance Co. Each party is putting up $14 million in the new venture, while Transatlantic Reinsurance Co. will have a minority position with a $5 million investment.

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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/06/336939.htm

Federated National Holding Co., a Florida-based property/casualty insurer, announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of 2,051,283 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $19.50 per share for gross proceeds of $40.0 million.

The company said the net proceeds from the sale of shares, after deducting the underwriters’ discounts and other expenses, will be approximately $37.4 million.

The company said it has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 307,692 shares of common stock offered in the public offering to cover over-allotments, if any.

The company said it will use the net proceeds from the sale for general working capital purposes, including as statutory capital in support of the company’s growth and to sustain its capital levels after its investment in a new Florida homeowners insurance company, Monarch, that it is for.

Please call L & S Insurance at 1-888-244-7400 for quotes on Home, Auto, Flood, Business & Commercial, & Life & Financial products as well.

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/08/01/336508.htm

Both FNHC and C.A. Bancorp are each putting up $14 million for a 42 percent ownership stake each in the new venture.

Transatlantic Reinsurance Co. is getting a minority position in the new venture with a $5 million investment, according to the announcement.

The new carrier will target the standard homeowners market, whereas Federated National currently targets the preferred home market. Federated National said it currently binds only 12 percent of the submissions it gets from its more than 3,500 agents. Monarch will allow it to provide these agents with more coverage options.

Monarch will be a separate insurance company from Federated National with its own capital base and own rates and forms.

In 2013, Federated National reported net income of $12.7 million. It reported $104.4 million in net written written premium and a policy count of 116,400, which was up more than 90 percent from 2012.

The launch of Monarch is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The investors hope the new company will be able to issue its first policy in January, 2015.

“This is a great opportunity for us to partner with two quality organizations that see an opportunity in the Florida homeowners insurance. Additional property capacity is capital intensive and has been long sought after in the Florida marketplace,” said Michael H. Braun, FNHC’s CEO.

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Citizens launched the clearinghouse at the end of January, making it the latest tool for the insurer to reduce its 940,000-plus policyholders.

Until recently, four insurers were participating in the clearinghouse program including Ark Royal Insurance Co., Cabrillo Coastal General Insurance Co., Florida Peninsula Insurance Co., and United Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

As of March 30, six other insurers had joined the clearinghouse: American Traditions Insurance Co., Modern USA Insurance Co., Federated National Insurance Co., First Community Insurance Co., Heritage Insurance Co., and the Tower Hill Insurance Group.

So far, the clearinghouse has led to 1,173 Citizens applications being deemed ineligible for Citizens’ coverage, representing $302 million in exposure. Of those, 658 applications have been confirmed as finding coverage with one of the participating insurers.

That number, however, is just a fraction of the number of applicants being submitted by agents. As of March 3, the latest data available, agents have submitted 26,714 requests for coverage, of which fewer than 20 percent received an offer of coverage from one of the four participating insurers.

Professional Insurance Agents of Florida CEO Corey Matthews said that it is far too soon to measure the success of the clearinghouse. However, he said, so far insurers are not appointing as many agents as hoped for.

Even so, said Matthews, agents remain optimistic that eventually it will open new markets to them.

Please call L & S Insurance at 1-888-244-7400 for quotes on Home, Flood, Auto, Business & Commercial and Life & Financial products as well. Please enjoy the full article below;

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/04/09/325829.htm

19 named storms, 12 became Hurricanes and 5  were cat 3 or better. Wow, we did not even get hit here in S. Florida, but our prices are still on the rise!!  You have seen it happen and it will continue, but prices will continue to increase significantly and people are still being non renewed by their companies including State Farm, Federated, Home Wise,Sunshine State, Olympus and many other’s! We  now look to Citizens Insurance and will it change to become the Insurance company of last resort. That means higher prices and since deregulation will pass over the next legislative session in Tallahassee, prices will head North and Citizens rate increases  are a must for this to work! We will see how our New Governor R. Scott and his Insurance commissioner Choice will handle things this session after getting started in January. In the meantime, please call this office for quotes or do it through the blog page and please enjoy the end of Hurricane season article;

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2010/11/29/115234.htm#ixzz16luG1P5h

This article about Home Insurance is a  very valid point for consumer’s. Cost of rebuilding is not the same as  resale or new construction prices, but sometimes coverage’s can be lowered. As an agency L & S Insurance has done this customer Service  for it’s clients upon reviewing their coverage’s for renewal or if they have been non renewed as well. Companies  like Home Wise, Olympus, Federated National, HCI, Southern Oak  and many other’s are non renewing policies and raising prices as well.Don’t forget StateFarm cancelling 125K  homes as well as all the other major carriers including Allstate. When we shop for our clients, we first shop for  apples to apples comparisson’s. Once we determine the best company  for a client by price and coverage’s we also do a RCE(Replacement Cost Estimator) to determine the correct amount of coverage. This is not an appraisal, but it is fairly accurate and can be used to determine the correct cost to rebuild. it does seem here in S. Florida that  using about $125/sq foot under air is a good approximate, but each home by age and location is very differant. If your agency is not doing this for you then give us a call to do a complete shop rate request for you. With our 15 carriers of which 9 are currently writing new business here in S. Florida, we have the ability to shop well for any client. Please read the full  article by Julie Patel and what does happen quite commonly;

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-insurance-replacement-costs-20101105,0,5232703.story

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