Fraudulent LOC allegations have led to ratings action and litigation threats
Fallout from the Vesttoo collateral scandal may “delineate” the traditionally stable fronting insurance sector, according to Trisura president and CEO David Clare. But he said a diversified portfolio would be a key differentiator for fronting carriers and help mitigate any credit risk.
Clare addressed the potential impact of multi-billion-dollar collateral fraud allegations against the embattled insurtech during a Q&A with analysts.
“Any time events like this happen, there is volatility and there are questions in the market. It’s still pretty early days to see anything material or commercial happening,” he said. “What I would say is that these types of events may delineate some parts of the fronting market.”
Following an internal investigation, the Israel-based startup blamed the problems on external banks and financial institutions.
Ratings agencies have warned that fronting insurance companies with significant exposure could face ratings action and a weakening of their credit profiles on the back of the scandal.
Commenting on the crisis, Clare said replacing forms of collateral would be “relatively easy.”
“Traditionally, if you’re replacing forms of collateral, [such as] if you’re substituting other financial institutions, it’s a relatively easy switch,” Clare said.
“[It would] depend on the reinsurance relationships with financial institutions and who they select as partners. Collateral can take a lot of forms, including withheld premiums and cash, and relationships with financial institutions can be switched out to the extent that they need to be.”
Diversified business a ‘differentiator’ in delineated market
Clare was confident that the ongoing turmoil wouldn’t impact Trisura’s fronting business.
The company’s diversified set of counterparties, including both reinsurers and distribution partners, and a combination of businesses would help it stand out amid volatility, according to the CEO.
“We’re not just a fronting company in the US,” he said. “Our funding platform is part of a larger organization, including a Canadian entity that has demonstrated strong growth and probability for over a decade. The size and scale of our entity is a little different than other participants in the market.”
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