S&P Global says Russia-Ukraine insurance losses could reach $35 billion

Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Irpin
Fire burns in a building after a shelling, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Irpin, Kyiv region, Ukraine March 30, 2022. Picture taken March 30, 2022. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak

March 31, 2022

LONDON (Reuters) – S&P Global sees losses in the speciality insurance market of $16-35 billion from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the ratings agency said on Thursday.

This includes possible aviation insurance losses totalling $6-15 billion, S&P said in a report.

Other speciality lines likely to be affected by the conflict include cyber, political risk and marine war insurance, S&P said.

The aviation market sees years of legal wrangling between lessors and insurers over planes trapped in Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine and subsequent Western sanctions.

The world’s top aircraft lessor AerCap has submitted a $3.5 billion insurance claim for more than 100 jets stuck in Russia.

“We believe it may take many years to settle the ultimate losses incurred by aircraft leasing companies, insurers, and reinsurers,” S&P said.

The top 21 global reinsurers rated by S&P will likely suffer around half of the overall losses, it said.

This would hit the earnings of most of them, while for “a few outliers” it could also hit their capital positions, given they also face large natural catastrophe losses already this year.

(Reporting by Carolyn Cohn; editing by Huw Jones and David Evans)