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Novae Group plc is the holding company of the Novae Group and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISIN number GB00B4OSF849). Company No. 05673306 England.
Novae Syndicates Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority FRN 204888.
The company is the managing agent of Syndicate 2007 subject to the supervision of the Society of Lloyd’s. Company No. 2082070 England.
Novae Underwriting Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN 311833. The company is a Lloyd’s service company and acts for Syndicate 2007 at Lloyd’s.
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Please contact David Haggie or Rebecca Young at Haggie Partners on 020 7562 4444 or Alex Moon, Novae’s Company Secretary, on 020 7050 9000.
Novae is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker NVA.
There are 64,425,640 ordinary shares in issue.
Novae reports its interim results for the period ended 30 June in August and its preliminary results for the period ended 31 December in March.
Commissions and other amounts payable to third parties in respect of the acquisition or renewal of insurance policies.
The result projected from a statistical model in which the intention is to be neither optimistic nor pessimistic. Actuarial best estimate reserves should be enough to pay the expected average future liabilities but include no margin for the emergence of worse than expected experience.
Accumulations of insurance loss exposures which result from underwriting multiple risks that are exposed to common causes of loss.
Losses net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums other than those in relation to catastrophe events and reserve movements.
An agreement between a managing agent and a coverholder under which the coverholder is authorised to enter into contracts of insurance for the account of the members of the syndicate concerned, subject to specified terms and conditions.
The maximum amount of premiums (net of acquisition costs) that can be accepted by a syndicate on each underwriting year.
A demand by an insured for indemnity under an insurance contract.
The ratio, in per cent, of net insurance claims to net earned premium. This is sometimes referred to as the loss ratio.
A year of account of a syndicate that has been closed by reinsurance to close (“RITC”). RITC usually occurs at the end of the third year.
The ratio, in per cent, of the sum of net insurance claims, expenses for acquisition of insurance contracts and segmental expenses to net earned premiums. It is also the sum of the expense ratio and the claims ratio.
A company authorised by a Lloyd’s syndicate to enter into contracts of insurance and/or issue insurance documentation on their behalf.
Costs incurred for the acquisition or the renewal of insurance policies (e.g. brokerage and certain underwriting related costs) which are capitalised and amortised over the term of the contracts.
The amount of capital required by a member of Lloyd’s to underwrite on one or more syndicates. Typically this is set after an uplift, currently 35%, has been applied to the relevant syndicate SCR, and credit allowed for diversification of risk across syndicates.
The ratio, in per cent, of the sum of expenses for acquisition of insurance contracts and administrative expenses allocated by segment divided by net earned premiums.
Amounts payable by the insured, excluding any taxes or duties levied on the premium, including any brokerage and commission deducted by intermediaries.
Claims which are anticipated or likely to be made, although no claims have been reported at the date to which accounts are prepared. Typically this also includes IBNER (incurred but not enough reported), whereby provision is made for the possibility of deterioration in the size or outcome of known claims.
Standards formulated by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) with the intention of achieving internationally comparable financial statements.
Investment income and capital gains and losses less investment management expenses.
Lloyd’s is the world’s leading specialist insurance market.
This refers to a type of insurance where claims may be made or crystallise into a specific size several years after the period of the insurance has expired. Employer’s liability insurance is an example of long-tail business.
A syndicate managed by a Lloyd’s managing agent. For the Novae Group, Syndicate 2007 and its predecessor syndicates are managed by Novae Syndicates Limited.
A company that is permitted by Lloyd’s to manage the underwriting of a syndicate.
Premiums received after the cost of reinsurance and adjustment for unearned premium. Unearned premium covers the future period for which an insurance policy remains in force.
Net written premium is equal to gross written premium less outward reinsurance.
A year of account of a syndicate that has not been closed by RITC, which usually occurs at the end of the third year. A year of account can be left open beyond the third year if the extent of the future liability cannot be accurately estimated.
A reinsurance contract where premiums and claims are ceded in the same proportions to the reinsurer.
Modelling of the probable loss which may arise from a defined catastrophic event.
Reinsurance is the means by which an insurer limits its financial exposure from inwards business. The insurer pays a premium to a reinsurer, which offers indemnity protection above an attachment point. Reinsurance is most commonly acquired though a treaty, which protects the whole of one or more specific classes of business. The reinsurance of a reinsurance account is known as retrocession.
Reinsurance which closes an open year of account by transferring the responsibility for discharging all the liabilities that attach to that year of account (and any year of account closed into that year) plus the right to any income due to the closing year of account into an open year of account in return for a premium.
Profit expressed as a percentage of average equity. This demonstrates the efficiency of the Group’s utilisation of shareholders’ funds.
In the Lloyd’s market, this refers to a company set up to operate a binding authority on behalf of the syndicate to write business from non-Lloyd’s brokers or policy holders directly.
A type of insurance where claims tend to be notified within or shortly after the policy period and where a specific amount can normally be determined within a reasonably short time of such notification, thereby permitting payment to be made. Property insurance is an example of short-tail business.
This is an estimation of the capital the business needs so that it can absorb unexpected losses.
A proposed EU-wide regulatory regime which intends to align solvency capital to an insurer’s risk profile.
This represents the change in capital value of a listed company over a period (typically one year or longer), plus dividends, expressed as a plus or minus percentage of the opening value.
Net earned premium less net claims, acquisition costs and segmental and central operating expenses.
The portion of premium income in any one period that is attributable to periods after the relevant accounting reference date.
The year to which risk is allocated and to which all premiums and claims in respect of that risk are attributed. The year of account for a risk is determined by the calendar year in which it incepts or, in the case of business written under binding authorities, the underwriting year into which the binding authority is written. Sometimes referred to as underwriting year.
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