Top Ten Issues for Insurance M&A in 2012
Continuing challenges, potential opportunities
Despite being challenged by their ability to grow organically in a struggling economy, insurance companies have been hesitant of late to use mergers and acquisitions as a way to expand. In general, insurance company M&A activity during 2011 was hamstrung by widespread uncertainty about the U.S. and global economies; regulatory, tax, and accounting reform; and other concerns. Unfortunately, many of these challenges are likely to remain unresolved in the coming year.
This paper discusses the potential impact of issues including economic and regulatory uncertainty, valuations, alternative use of capital and emerging markets, on insurance industry M&A activity. It also examines factors that could trigger increased M&A activity in the next 12 months, and explains how insurers should prepare by developing a strategy comprised of three elements: business portfolio optimization to enhance existing assets, inorganic growth analysis to improve market position, and M&A process excellence to embed M&A process knowledge.
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