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Hiscox shares Q1 financial results

“The year has got off to a good start as rates continue to strengthen in all areas.”

Those were the words of Hiscox Ltd group chief executive Bronek Masojada when the international specialist insurer released its trading statement for the first quarter of 2021.

In its update this morning, the Bermuda-headquartered insurance group said gross written premium (GWP) rose 6.3% to $1.26 billion. Broken down, here’s how Hiscox performed in the period in terms of GWP:


GWP for Q1

Hiscox Retail

$663.9 million

Hiscox London Market

$303.9 million

Hiscox Re & ILS

$288.8 million


Of the three divisions, only Hiscox Re & ILS saw a decline from the same three-month span in 2020. This was attributed to the continued impact on the top line due to underwriting discipline and a reduction in third-party capital deployed.

As for the retail operations, $196.6 million of the GWP came from Hiscox UK; $217.3 million, Hiscox Europe; $237.8 million, Hiscox USA; and $12.2 million, Hiscox Asia. All units posted higher numbers compared to the previous year.

Masojada noted: “Our big-ticket businesses are benefitting from improved conditions and strong market positions. Our retail businesses continue to benefit from the shift to digital trading.”

Meanwhile, according to Hiscox, it remains well capitalized on both a regulatory and ratings basis, with liquidity to pay claims and execute the group’s growth strategy in favorable market conditions.

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