QUOTE AND NEWS
newratings.com  Oct 29  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Assurant Inc. (AIZ), a premier provider of specialty insurance and insurance-related products and services, reported that its third-quarter net income increased to $140.30 million or $1.92 per share from $128.79 million or...
Insurance Journal  Oct 28  Comment 
Consumer electronic and household device insurer Assurant Inc. has made a binding offer to acquire CWI Group, a mobile insurance brokerage in France, for approximately €56 million ($71 million). The acquisition by Assurant Solutions would...
Insurance Journal  Oct 17  Comment 
Assurant Specialty Property, a business segment of Assurant Inc., has agreed to sell its general agency business and associated insurance carrier, American Reliable Insurance Co., to Global Indemnity Group Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Dublin-based...
StreetInsider.com  Oct 17  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Assurant+Inc+%28AIZ%29+Unit+to+Sell+Arizona%2C+American+Reliable+Insurance+in+%24114M+Deal/9918983.html for the full story.
Market Intelligence Center  Oct 9  Comment 
After closing Wednesday at $63.70, Assurant Inc. (AIZ) presents an attractive opportunity to get a 2.29% return in just 72 days, which is an annualized return of 11.62% (for comparison purposes only). To enter this trade, sell one Dec. '14 $62.50...
Forbes  Sep 26  Comment 
Investors in Assurant Inc (NYSE: AIZ) saw new options become available this week, for the November 22nd expiration. At Stock Options Channel, our YieldBoost formula has looked up and down the AIZ options chain for the new November 22nd contracts...
Forbes  Sep 24  Comment 
Investors considering a purchase of Assurant Inc (NYSE: AIZ) shares, but cautious about paying the going market price of $65.11/share, might benefit from considering selling puts among the alternative strategies at their disposal. One interesting...
Market Intelligence Center  Sep 19  Comment 
For a hedged play on Assurant Inc. (AIZ), MarketIntelligenceCenter.com’s option-trade picking algorithms recommend the Dec. '14 $65.00 covered call for a net debit in the $63.37 area. That is also the break-even stock price for the covered call....
Insurance Journal  Sep 17  Comment 
Specialty insurance provider Assurant Inc. has named Alan B. Colberg, as president, effective immediately, and as chief executive officer and director of the company’s board, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He succeeds Robert B. Pollock who announced...




 

Headquartered in New York's financial district, Assurant, Inc. is a premier provider of specialized insurance products in North America and selected other markets. The company operates through main business segments: Assurant Solutions (35.0% of 2006 revenue), Assurant Specialty Property (17.8%), Assurant Health (26.1%), and Assurant Employee Benefits (15.0%) Assurant's business units provide creditor-placed homeowners' insurance, manufactured housing homeowners' insurance, debt protection administration, credit insurance, warranties and extended service contracts, individual health and small employer group health insurance, group dental insurance, group disability insurance, group life insurance, and pre-funded funeral insurance. Assurant's strategy is to manage a select portfolio of specialty businesses that are leaders in their markets. The company completed its IPO on February 5, 2004, offering 80,000,000 shares of its common stock at $22.00 per share. Effective in 2Q06, the company has separated its Assurant Solutions into two businesses Assurant Specialty Property and Assurant Solutions. Concurrently, the Company has realigned the Preneed segment under the new Assurant Solutions segment, as the franchise was sold in 2005 and premiums continue to decline.

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Trends and Forces

  • Market conditions and interest rates affect the value of Assurant’s investment portfolio. Like many insurance companies, Assurant invests a portion of the premiums that it collects. Market volatility may increase the amount of unrealized gains or losses, making returns on investment hard to predict. Since its securities are traded on the market, a decline in the security’s value will be reflected on its balance sheet. Exposure to troubled markets may also hurt its investment performance: For the year ending 2007, 7% of its portfolio was composed of mortgage-backed securities. Uncertain returns on investment also make it difficult to set premium rates, resulting in a loss of business to competitors, or a decrease in earnings.
  • Pandemics, natural disasters, and other large-scale disasters could affect Assurant’s profitability. Such events could result in an increase in claims for its homeowner’s and life insurance businesses, which account for 87% of its earned premiums. Depending on how severe the disaster is, Assurant may also be unable to resume operations in such locations. For the year ending 2007, 39% of its policyholders lived in either California, Texas, or Florida, all three of which are prone to natural disasters.

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