RACQ declines to substantiate stories that its about to promote insurance coverage enterprise
9 December 2022
RACQ has declined to touch upon “market hypothesis” that it goals to promote its insurance coverage enterprise, saying it’s dedicated to persevering with to supply insurance coverage to its members.
A report revealed on the web site of the Courier Mail right this moment says the motoring membership is near promoting its insurance coverage operations to IAG in a $500 million deal. It says different potential patrons included Hollard and Auto & Common however that IAG has emerged as favorite.
The newspaper quotes an individual “with data of the deal” as saying RACQ can’t compete with Suncorp within the area and has been arduous hit by current climate occasions.
“IAG has at all times had ambition to interrupt into the Queensland market and this might give them a purple carpet entrée,” the supply says.
The article says IAG might work with RACQ in an analogous option to its settlement with RACV in Victoria.
RACV Insurance coverage is underwritten by Insurance coverage Producers of Australia, a three way partnership which is owned 70% by IAG and 30% by RACV.
RACQ final month appointed Trent Sayers as Group Govt Insurance coverage after he took up the place in an appearing capability mid-year following the departure of Tracy Inexperienced.
The RACQ annual report exhibits insurance coverage posted an after-tax lack of $236 million final monetary 12 months, together with a $149 million provision and an $87 million buying and selling loss.
A provision was put aside for refunds to members arising out of a pricing guarantees evaluate, whereas the insurance coverage enterprise has additionally been affected by above regular pure hazard claims, excessive obligatory third social gathering and motor claims prices and unfavourable funding markets.
RACQ instructed insuranceNEWS.com.au right this moment that it “doesn’t touch upon market hypothesis”.
“According to the elevated local weather danger going through all insurers, we have now and proceed to take energetic steps to strengthen our steadiness sheet together with long-term partnerships in reinsurance,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“The membership has been providing insurance coverage for the previous 50 years and we stay dedicated to persevering with to do that for our members and to develop our market share.”
IAG declined to remark.