Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

It's Hard To See How W.R. Berkley Gets A Higher Multiple From Here

When investors look at high-quality insurance names like Arch Capital (NASDAQ:ACGL), RenRe (NYSE:RNR), and W.R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB), they shouldn't expect to find big bargains very often. These companies have all shown themselves to be quite adapt at pricing risk, allocating capital, and maneuvering themselves into lines of business that can maximize their returns, and the Street is typically happy to pay for that quality and consistency.

While I don't expect to pick up W.R. Berkley on the cheap, I'm worried that the valuation on this specialty insurer has overshot the mark. Berkley's management may be right that weak underwriting profitability across the sector will serve as a tailwind for rate increases, but I'm concerned...

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