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Goldman Sachs Discloses $1.1 Billion of 2012 Reinsurance Revenue

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Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which generates the most revenue from equity trading of any bank in the world, said $1.08 billion of that revenue comes from its reinsurance business.

The unit produced $880 million of revenue in 2011, Goldman Sachs said today as it disclosed the contribution for the first time in its fourth-quarter earnings report. Reinsurance revenue accounted for 13 percent of the bank’s $8.21 billion of 2012 equities revenue.

The bank is in talks to sell a majority stake in its reinsurance business in a deal that would value the unit at about $1.1 billion, The Insurance Insider reported yesterday. David Wells, a spokesman for the New York-based firm, declined to comment on the potential sale.

Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group has a global property and casualty reinsurance business as well as a life and annuity reinsurance operations primarily in the U.S. The bank agreed to in March to buy Ariel Holdings Ltd.’s Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance businesses to expand property and casualty coverage.

Increased reserves in the reinsurance unit added to non-compensation expenses, the firm said today without providing figures.

Goldman Sachs’ equities division generated about $2 billion more than its closest competitor in the first nine months of the year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael J. Moore in New York at mmoore55@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scheer at dscheer@bloomberg.net