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8/1/2014 By Jonathan Terrell

In my previous post, I discussed my July 23 testimony at a public informational hearing of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. The hearing was about the proposed sale by One Beacon Insurance Group of four of its subsidiaries, including One Beacon Insurance Company and Potomac Insurance Company.

The transcript of the entire hearing has since been posted to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department website, including my live testimony.

The transcript with my testimony (edited for typographical errors) can be found HERE .

In my oral presentation, I provided a short summary of my expert report that had been submitted in advance of the hearing, as well as some comments on the presentations by the actuaries, the Seller and the Applicant.

One of my main conclusions was:
“The proposed transaction is the most opportunistic and most cynical insurance company restructuring I have ever seen.” (Page 116)
Along the way, I sharply criticized the work of the retained actuaries:
“The history of reserving for long-tail liabilities by insurance companies teaches us, indeed, to disbelieve actuarial estimates.” (Page 117)
In criticizing the adequacy of the pro-forma opening balance sheet, and disputing the assumptions behind it, I stated:
“They go on to tell us, and this really, really amazes me … but they have forecasted that will start repaying surplus notes in 2018, just four years out into a multi-decade runoff.” (Page 134)
Regarding the management being unable to offer a single, plausible justification for the deal:
“They talk about complicated accounting and reporting. I mean, are we supposed to shed a tear for that?” (Page 136)
In conclusion, I invited them to put some more skin in the game through financial instruments that would align the ongoing success of the Seller with the runoff entities:
” … if they are so confident in the sophistication of their actuarial analysis and their financial projections, they should put their money where their mouth is.” (Page 138)

On July 26, 2014, the Department reopened the public comment period indefinitely to afford persons ample opportunity to provide written comments on the filing to the Department.  KCIC invites you to comment on this important proposed transaction.

Jonathan Terrell

About Jonathan Terrell

Jonathan Terrell is the Founder and President of KCIC. He has more than 30 years of international financial services experience with a multi-disciplinary background in accounting, finance and insurance. Prior to founding KCIC in 2002, he worked at Zurich Financial Services, JP Morgan, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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