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Market Confused Embedded Value?

The Deloitte view on year-end Embedded Value results


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Market Confused Embedded Value?

 

Background

2008 was a difficult year for financial services companies, with the worst economic downturn in more than 60 years. In the midst of this turmoil, insurance companies have reported their 2008 shareholder value to the market. Some have adopted the new CFO Forum’s Market Consistent Embedded Value (MCEV) Principles, albeit with twists in the methodology. Others have retained a variety of alternative EV methodologies. As a result there now appears to be less rather than more consistency of approach.

Key findings

In our report - “Market Confused Embedded Value?” we look at year-end EV disclosures and assess how insurers have responded to the challenges of reporting shareholder value in the current climate. We address the methodological issues that have lead to the current divergence of approaches, draw out some of the key themes emerging from the 2008 results under current market conditions, and consider the future of MCEV.

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