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R&Q strikes deal with ProSight to novate management of Syndicate 1110

October 30, 2017

R&Q has reached an agreement with ProSight Specialty Insurance (ProSight) to novate the management of Syndicate 1110 to R&Q Managing Agency Limited with day to day claims handling on non-US business outsourced to R&Q Central Services.

At the same time R&Q will acquire, for a nominal sum, the 100 percent shareholding of the ProSight corporate members; ProSight Specialty (TSMC) Limited (“TSMC”) and ProSight Specialty (ECUCM) Limited (“ECUCM”) that provide capital support to Syndicate 1110. ProSight will continue to meet Funds at Lloyd’s (FAL) obligations in respect of Syndicate 1110 until a reinsurance to close by R&Q in early 2020.

However, ProSight has the option of requiring R&Q to provide up to 30 percent of the FAL with four months’ notice in exchange for annual payments to cover R&Q’s cost of capital. Based upon current expectations, the amount of FAL that R&Q could be required to provide is circa £9.4mn, with the majority sourced from external funding providers.

As part of ProSight’s exit from Lloyd’s, all of Syndicate 1110’s reinsurance of ProSight’s US based insurance companies was commuted, and business sourced by ProSight coverholder ProSight Specialty Insurance Solution to Syndicate 1110 is being reinsured back to the ProSight Group via 100 percent quota share reinsurance provided by ProSight’s subsidiary New York Marine and General Insurance Company (NYMG) which is A- rated by AM Best.

In addition, Syndicate 1110 will have the benefit of an aggregate stop loss reinsurance on the non-US business by NYMG in excess of current syndicate reserves of circa £76mn.

As owner of the corporate members, R&Q will have the benefit of 75 percent of any future reserve savings, with ProSight continuing to hold a 25 percent profit interest.

Subject to regulatory approvals, R&Q will also acquire ProSight Specialty Underwriters Limited (PSUL) and ProSight Specialty Managing Agency Limited (PSMAL).

PSMAL will be de-authorised ahead of the completion of the acquisition by R&Q. The consideration payable will be equal to the tangible net asset value of the two companies, approximately £1.1mn, satisfied in cash.

R&Q chairman Ken Randall said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with ProSight in respect of S1110. Our appetite for using our expert claims administration skills in the run-off of legacy Lloyd’s portfolios continues and this transaction is evidence of that. The ongoing collaboration with RQMA and Coverys, its proposed new owners, provides R&Q with continued access to the infrastructure required to manage syndicates with legacy business and we look forward to completing further transactions as the pipeline in this segment continues to grow.”

ProSight CEO Joe Beneducci commented: “We are pleased to have completed this transaction enabling us to recapture our well performing US book of business and also retain a profits interest on the UK portfolio. We look forward to working together with R&Q on the run-off of the UK book.”