The European insurers in AM Best’s ranking

Mergers, divestments and fluctuations in foreign exchange brought more volatility to the ranking of Europe’s largest insurers.

The European insurers in AM Best’s ranking also continued to benefit from strong regulatory solvency ratios.

Of the groups for which Solvency II ratios are available, three quarters of them have ratios above 200%.

While the order of the top 10 remained unchanged in AM Best’s latest assessment, there was more movement further down the table than is usually the case. Two companies also broke into the top 30 for the first time.

Top 10 Europe’s largest insurers

Company / GroupGrossCapitalProfit/(Loss)
1AXA 115,365,18680,000,7784,090,572
3Assicurazioni Generali 82,829,78436,887,6242,496,109
4Munich Re67,426,87636,723,0181,487,592
5Zurich Ins Group50,556,00038,278,0004,071,000
6HDI 49,401,33412,549,3341,417,574
8Swiss Re42,951,00027,135,000-824
10Crédit Agricole Assurances36,162,86819,968,8701,517,074
Source: AM Best

In a new Best’s Market Segment Report, “Higher Profits for Many European Insurers as COVID-19-related Losses Not Repeated,” AM Best also notes that earnings improved overall, and a number of players saw materially higher profit after tax as the adverse effect from COVID-19-related losses on profits in the previous year was not repeated.

by Yana Keller