KBRA Releases Research – What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Fronting Market Changes Overnight

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA releases research that examines recent events in the fronting market, as well as what the future may hold for the sector.

The insurance fronting space was a fairly stable and predictable sector for over a decade, characterized by an attractive market opportunity, plenty of capital to start up businesses, demand for well-rated carriers to provide fronting services, and growth in aggregate managing general agent (MGA) premiums as well as a rising proportion of MGA volume that flowed through fronting carriers. But two recent major events completely changed the fronting market: Alleged claims of potentially fraudulent letters of credit (LOC) collateral from a single non-U.S. bank related to transactions facilitated by Vesttoo, and an $81.5 million pretax write-down of a reinsurance recoverable by fronting carrier Trisura.

Key Takeaways

  • The reputation of those in the insurance value chain is likely to suffer short-term damage as various fronting insurers, reinsurers, cedants, brokers, and MGAs assess the full financial and operational impacts of recent events.
  • KBRA notes that recent negative events underscore the critical importance of effective enterprise risk management and could be positive catalysts for change.
  • Some broader mergers and acquisitions opportunities may emerge due to the sector’s structure, while some are already underway due to evolving strategies.
  • KBRA believes the sector is well positioned to apply the lessons learned and potentially emerge as a stronger and more robust participant in the overall insurance market.

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