After a pandemic-driven pullback in mergers and acquisitions exercise within the first half of 2020, acquisitions and tendencies have come again strongly within the second half of the yr, and the upper tempo of transactions will doubtless proceed into 2021, Moody’s Investors Service experiences.

The most important power behind all of the exercise is a recognition amongst administration groups of an elevated chance of decrease rates of interest persisting for an prolonged interval, accelerating the sector’s transition to lower-margin merchandise, larger progress and capital-light companies that require higher measurement or scale. In the lower-rate surroundings, insurers are evaluating which companies will ship the best return on capital, the best way to deploy extra capability, figuring out and exiting non-core or legacy companies, and increasing the scope of latest and current companies that embody digital capabilities. Private capital is taking part in a key function on this business transition, increasing its capabilities to handle a higher share of insurance coverage property, usually by way of M&A and different partnerships or investments. Overall, Moody’s sees three themes rising:

Pullback in M&A exercise will result in a bigger offensive pipeline in 2021 as insurers search progress and scale. The pandemic-driven financial disruption in 2020’s first half triggered many life insurers to hit the pause button on M&A exercise to deal with sustaining operations and constructing liquidity and capitalization. Faced with decrease fairness valuations, life insurers are taking a eager curiosity in shedding legacy blocks and buying new or enhancing current capabilities in a low-growth, low rate of interest surroundings by way of M&A, whether or not it’s for digital capabilities or to develop their scope to strengthen current companies that match with their longer-term technique.

Private capital continues to develop into the life insurance coverage sector, permitting major insurers to shed legacy enterprise. Investments from non-public capital proceed regardless of a pandemic and unsure macroeconomic circumstances. Private capital seeks to take part within the life insurance coverage sector’s consolidation, bringing sources to assemble asset-intensive or capital-intensive companies, or companies that produce unstable GAAP earnings, however have enticing economics for affected person traders on the proper worth.

Insurers investing in digital capabilities. Life insurers’ inventory valuations and capital bases have been below important strain in 2020, reflecting uncertainty concerning the financial affect of the pandemic, dramatically decrease rates of interest, and traders’ issues about rate of interest assumptions and buyer habits. To ship worth on this market, Moody’s expects that life insurers will rationalize merchandise provided and embrace the digital transformation of conventional distribution channels.

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Pause In 2020 M&A Activity Will Lead To More Acquisitions, Dispositions In 2021

The pandemic-driven financial disruption within the first half of 2020 triggered many life insurers to pause M&A and divestiture exercise with a purpose to deal with sustaining operations and constructing liquidity and capitalization. In addition, life insurers’ inventory valuations have declined through the pandemic, elevating the bar for M&A transactions given the elevated advantage of share repurchases. However, because the restoration unfolds, life insurers are updating forecasts and assessing the implications of an financial panorama with even decrease rates of interest and elevated asset volatility, and are contemplating the best way to place their merchandise and companies as they consider rate of interest sensitivity and the outlook for his or her capital positions. Moody’s expects insurers to refine their methods, buying new capabilities and gaining scale, shedding blocks of capital intensive enterprise, and investing in digital and different technological capabilities for the long run.

Given decrease funding earnings in a low-growth, low rate of interest surroundings, paired with life insurers’ need for elevated profitability, some firms will doubtless consolidate with a purpose to purchase or construct capabilities that may enhance working efficiencies. Life insurers will search methods to optimize their enterprise combine and unencumber capital, which ought to drive transaction exercise as an alternative choice to growing buybacks. As a end result, life insurers may even speed up industrial exercise by way of divestitures to exit non-core companies, and acquisitions by including strains of enterprise to strengthen current market share, or so as to add digital capabilities, notably as expertise turns into extra broadly used and accepted by customers for getting and utilizing insurance coverage.

As the economic system recovers, Moody’s is beginning to see a wave of offers, and expects a excessive stage of M&A exercise will proceed into 2021. The latest acquisitions have been primarily aimed toward enhancing companies for future progress or constructing scale by buying blocks with predictable cashflows and strengthening capabilities. The latter are motivated by the sector’s transition to lower-margin merchandise and capital-light companies that require higher measurement or scale. For instance, Moody’s has seen a number of life insurers develop group advantages strains and supplemental insurance coverage choices to assist current platforms and networks, and create extra alternatives by cross-selling merchandise to their giant buyer base.

 

 

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