Insurer looking at reinsurance and debt to make up additional funds required for new capital regime

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Unrated insurer Gable is looking to raise extra funds to prepare for the new Solvency II capital regime, which comes into force next year.

Gable said in its first-half results this morning that its high-growth strategy means it will need additional capital to meet the initial requirements of Solvency II on 1 January next year.

It said that the extra money would come from one or both of two sources: additional reinsurance and debt financing.

Gable said it is in “advanced discussions” with two major reinsurers about quota-share arrangements covering parts of the business, which it said would mitigate “a significant element” of the additional capital requirement.

Also, the insurer said it is at a similar stage of discussions with two “financial capital institutions” about the provision of structured debt solutions to provide the balance of the additional capital requirement, as appropriate.

Gable said: “The board is considering the relative merits of each of these proposals and expects to finalise these arrangements before the end of 2015.”