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Hiscox’s First-Quarter Revenue Rises on U.S. Casualty Rates

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May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Hiscox Ltd., the second-biggest Lloyd’s of London by market value, said first-quarter revenue rose on higher demand and casualty premium rates in the U.S.

Gross written premiums advanced 12.3 percent to 506.1 million pounds ($787 million) in the three months through March 31, compared with 450.7 million pounds in the year-earlier period, the Hamilton, Bermuda-based firm said today in a statement. The period was “benign” for claims, it said.

“We are in a good position to benefit from rate rises in the U.S. casualty market and it is pleasing to see substantial growth here,” Chief Executive Officer Bronek Masojada said in the statement.

Hiscox’s revenue has been bolstered by rising demand in the U.S., the world’s biggest insurance market, after investing in a dedicated division in the country over the last three years. The insurer, which also sells policies to U.S. clients through its unit at Lloyd’s, is seeking to benefit from faster economic growth and sales of specialist insurance to retail customers.

Hiscox USA posted a 35 percent rise in premiums to $64.3 million, the company said. Its U.K. and Bermuda divisions grew 8.5 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Hiscox is the third-best performer on the nine-member FTSE ASX Nonlife Insurance Index this year, increasing 20.2 percent, compared with the index’s 5.9 percent climb.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kevin Crowley in London at kcrowley1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net;

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