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PERILS increases loss estimate for European windstorm Xaver


Zurich based PERILS AG, a provider of industry-wide European catastrophe insurance exposure, industry loss data and indices widely used by insurance-linked securities issuers, has upped its loss estimate for European windstorm Xaver to €727m.

When PERILS first reported on European windstorm Xaver six weeks ago, which struck Western and Northern Europe on the 5th and 6th December 2013, its initial loss estimate was €680m (approximately $925m or £565m).

Its second estimate, released yesterday, increases the estimate to €727m (approximately $1 billion or £600m)

The bulk of the losses caused by windstorm Xaver occurred in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK.

On its own Xaver is not a major loss for insurers and is unlikely to affect reinsurance firms but added to the rest of the European wind and winter storm impacts as well as the UK flooding will begin to hit some primary insurers and seep into reinsurance programs in some areas.

A third loss estimate for windstorm Xaver will be published on 5th June 2014.

An updated list of the events which have been investigated by PERILS AG this winter season, as well as the reported losses on qualifying events, can be found below. Two new events have been added since our last update to this list, windstorms Tini and Ulla.

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Event name Event start date Peril Status Estimate
Ulla 14 Feb 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Tini 12 Feb 2014 Windstorm Under investigation
UK Floods Various – Jan/Feb 2014 Flood Under investigation
Ruth 08 Feb 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Qumaira 06 Feb 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Petra 04 Feb 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Nadja 31 Jan 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Christina 05 Jan 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Anne 02 Jan 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Gerhard 01 Jan 2014 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Felix 30 Dec 2013 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Erich 26 Dec 2013 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Dirk 23 Dec 2013 Windstorm Qualifying €275 million
Bernd 18 Dec 2013 Windstorm Non-qualifying
Xaver 05 Dec 2013 Windstorm Qualifying €727 million
Christian 27 Oct 2013 Windstorm Qualifying €1.068 billion
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