PartnerRe Ups New Zealand Quake Loss Estimates to $140-$160 Million

Bermuda-based PartnerRe Ltd. Has updated its loss estimate relating to the September 3, 2010 New Zealand earthquake.

The Company said it “now expects its loss estimate for the New Zealand Earthquake to be in the range of $140 – $160 million. The revision upward from the Company’s initial published estimate of $64 million, included in its third quarter 2010 financial results, is based on a review of recent information received from several cedants and reflects the higher than expected number of new claims filed in November and December.

“It also reflects engineering reports regarding the extent of land damage. Based on this information, the Company estimates an industry loss of approximately $4.5 – $5.5 billion.”

PartnerRe added that its “loss estimate is pre-tax, net of reinstatement premiums, assumed and ceded, and net of retrocession. These losses are expected to be contained primarily within the Catastrophe sub-segment.

However, PartnerRe also indicated that “to date there have been no other significant large losses during the quarter.”

Source: PartnerRe