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I hold a B.S. in Accounting. "[T]he function of the margin-of-safety is, in essence, that of rendering unnecessary an accurate estimate of the future. If the margin is a large one, then it is enough to assume that future earnings will not fall far below those of the past in order for an investor... More
  • Reinsurers Price To Book Since June 2000 1 comment
    Jun 3, 2013 2:57 PM | about stocks: PRE, AWH, AHL, LCSHF

    In response to Syarzhuk's question about how reinsurers typically trade in relation to book value, I compiled a chart of the movements in price to tangible book for a set of reinsurers, all of whom I've written about (see here).

    In my opinion, it is possible the discount is due to very pessimistic views about the near term future of investment income due to Mr. Bernanke. But I rather think it is temporary and will be corrected in due course. See the change in the price-to-tangible-book value rations for 8 reinsurers below:

    The main reason I believe the above trend is temporary is that the average ROE is above the average high yield bond rate:

    And here are some bond yields. Provided reinsures can beat these yields with the ROEs above, they rationally ought to sell above tangible book value:


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    Stocks: PRE, AWH, AHL, LCSHF
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    Interesting point about the relative valuation between high yield and ROE for reinsurers. Might that concept be expanded to the entire insurance industry, given that they can be thought of as leveraged investment grade bond funds?
    5 Jun 2013, 11:07 AM Reply Like
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