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R&Q earns $12.1m in fees from Gibson Re legacy sidecar in 2022


Non-life legacy insurance and reinsurance as well as program management firm R&Q Insurance Holdings Ltd. has revealed earning $12.1 million in fee income from its first full year operating the legacy insurance focused collateralised reinsurance sidecar, Gibson Re.

R&Q Insurance Holdings logoGibson Re was launched by R&Q in September 2021, with $300 million of investor capital raised to support a significant percentage of R&Q’s legacy portfolio.

The introduction of the Gibson Re reinsurance sidecar was expected to simplify R&Q’s legacy insurance and reinsurance business model, reducing the capital required from R&Q’s own balance-sheet to enter into new legacy deals.

At the same time, Gibson Re drives a new source of fee income, with R&Q saying this is part of its strategy to shift to a capital-lighter model.

R&Q still assumes 20% of the legacy reserves underwritten, for alignment of interest reasons, but most of the legacy earnings are switched to a fee income basis as they are ceded to Gibson Re, with profit shares also available as well.

R&Q had said that Gibson Re began assuming risk in the fourth-quarter of 2021, with $367 million of reserves assumed by the sidecar by the end of last year.

In 2022, the latest R&Q results that came out this morning show a further $68.8 million of legacy reserves acquired, of which roughly $55 million, so 80%, would have been ceded to the Gibson Re sidecar.

Which takes the total reserves ceded to Gibson Re to just over $422 million so far.

Having previously reported that it earned $9 million of fee income from Gibson Re in the first-half of 2022, it now transpires the full-year total was $12.1 million.

R&Q hasn’t disclosed why the fees were lower in the second-half. The company also hasn’t disclosed any performance fees earned as yet.

Just four legacy transactions were completed in 2022, with R&Q saying it was “exercising discipline in a soft market.”

Reserves under management were reported as being $395.6 million at year-end, with seemingly a significant percentage now held in Gibson Re.

R&Q has reported more adverse development, on older reserves, this morning, but we are told these haven’t impacted Gibson Re.

R&Q said it is exploring solutions that can help to reduce the volatility in its pre-Gibson legacy reserves.

Overall R&Q’s legacy business unit fell to a $56.6 million operating loss for 2022, meaning the $12.1 million in fees earned from the sidecar will have been particularly welcome.

Looking forward, R&Q still anticipates fee income becoming the dominant driver of operating profits for its legacy business, once the Gibson Re sidecar capital is fully deployed.

R&Q published its 2022 results today, which you can read about at our sister site Reinsurance News.

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