Tunick, Britt Erica
May 2003
Investment Dealers' Digest;5/5/2003, Vol. 69 Issue 18, p30
Trade Publication
Stronger-than-anticipated earnings for the first quarter of 2003 have stoked investor interest in the insurance and reinsurance sectors, which equity bankers see as the source of a slew of new-issuance activity as many of its participants have moved to satisfy rating-agency requirements by tightening up their balance sheets.Similarly, Everest Reinsurance experienced a 17rise in its stock after reporting first-quarter 2003 earnings of 1.83 dollars per share, a 54.5jump from a year earlier.Market sentiment has generally been favorable toward the Bermuda-based insurance sector, but it has also been complicated by concerns surrounding issues such as the possibility of further asbestos claims and ongoing concerns about insurers' inadequate reserves to cover past business.Alejandro Przygoda, head of insurance investment banking for UBS Warburg, believes new entrants in the space may prove most attractive to investors, as they are unencumbered by issues like asbestos that have plagued the sector.


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