New York, NY (Apr. 12, 2013) – Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, the leading global risk and
reinsurance specialist and member of Marsh & McLennan Companies, today released
the findings of its eighth annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey. The survey,
which analyzes trends and benchmarks movement in the Program Administrator and Managing
General Agency market, reveals that the PA/MGA market continues to thrive and is well positioned
for growth in the year ahead.
Over the last eight years, Guy Carpenter has polled respondents at traditional insurance companies
that have specialty program operations as well as true, specialty insurance carriers. Notably, this
year saw the highest percentage of traditional carrier respondents (77%) since the survey’s inception
in 2005. Participants included agencies, underwriters, reinsurance intermediaries and third party
service providers (such as claim administration firms). The published briefing, titled Poised for
Growth, provides year-over-year results and analyses of the current program marketplace from the
program issuing carriers’ perspective.
Selected key findings from this year’s survey include:
- The top challenges facing the PA/MGA market are maintenance of rate level (62%) and new business production (44%). Other challenges include professional submissions (38%) such as updated loss information, premium data and financial information on the PA/MGA market, maintaining volumes (32%), systems (29%), PA relationships (29%), new competitors (15%), and commission levels (6%).
- Reinsurance continues to play an important role for program issuing carriers. Compared to last year, the use of both direct reinsurers and intermediaries increased (up to 76% from 66%).
- While the majority of respondents believe that the PA/MGA market is smaller than it has been in past years, 65 percent believe, optimistically, that a shift in the industry will occur and the market will grow (65%) in 2013.
- Even though carriers continue to be interested in making acquisitions, respondents indicated less interest in growing through acquisitions compared to last year (44% and 56% respectively).
“The results from this year’s survey indicate the continuation of a thriving PA/MGA market. Based
upon the results, we are seeing an emergence of themes on change, flexibility and growth, that
reflect a positive outlook for the year ahead,” said Bill Harris, Managing Director of Specialty
Programs at Guy Carpenter. “We look forward to seeing further collaboration between the PAs /
MGAs and their carrier counterparts as they work together to achieve mutual growth and profitability
in this vibrant insurance market segment.”
The full briefing and survey results are available at www.gccapitalideas.com.
About Guy Carpenter
Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC is a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services. With
over 50 offices worldwide, Guy Carpenter creates and executes reinsurance solutions and delivers capital
market solutions* for clients across the globe. The firm’s full breadth of services includes line-of-business
expertise in agriculture; aviation; casualty clash; construction and engineering; excess and umbrella; life,
accident and health; marine and energy; medical professional liability; political risk and trade credit;
professional liability; property; retrocessional reinsurance; surety; terrorism and workers compensation. GC
Fac® is Guy Carpenter’s dedicated global facultative reinsurance unit that provides placement strategies,
timely market access and centralized management of facultative reinsurance solutions. In addition, GC
Analytics®** utilizes industry-leading quantitative skills and modeling tools that optimize the reinsurance
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Reactions magazine named Guy Carpenter Best Global Reinsurance Broking Company Overall and Best
Reinsurance Broking CEO of the year in 2012. At the Reactions London Market Awards, Guy Carpenter was
also named Reinsurance Broker of the Year and took home Reinsurance Broking Team of the Year honors
for both Property and Aviation. In the past year, Guy Carpenter has also won: Global Best ILS Advisor (GC
Securities*), US Best ILS Advisor (GC Securities*) and US Best Broker for Casualty Reinsurance from
Intelligent Insurer, Insurance Day’s 2012 ILS Transaction of the Year (GC Securities*), and Reinsurance
Broker of the Year for the Asia-Pacific region at the 16th Annual Asia Insurance Industry Awards.
Guy Carpenter is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global team of
professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human
capital. With 53,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion, Marsh & McLennan
Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management;
Mercer, a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investment consulting; and Oliver Wyman, a global
leader in management consulting.
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Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates
owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any
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