Tokio Marine HCC

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Tokio Marine HCC
FormerlyHCC Insurance Holdings
Type Private
Industry Insurance
FounderStephen L. Way
FateAcquired by Tokio Marine
Area served
Key people
Susan Rivera, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Schell, President
Tom Weist, Chief Financial Officer
ProductsSpecialty insurance products including Medical Stop Loss, Directors and Officers and other types of professional Liability, Aviation, Surety, Public Risk, and Event Cancellation
RevenueIncrease2.svg$2.3 billion
Increase2.svg$345 million
Number of employees
Divisions Accident & Health, Surety & Credit, Directors & Officers and Professional Liability, U.S. Property & Casualty, International Property & Casualty

Tokio Marine HCC is an international specialty insurance group with offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ireland. The company is based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. but has major offices in Atlanta, Barcelona, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Farmington (CT), Frederick (MD), Ireland, Leicester (UK), London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mount Kisco (NY), and New York City. [1]



The company (formerly HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.) was formed as Houston Casualty Company in 1974 by Stephen L. Way. [2] Since the company's founding, it has been consistently profitable, generally reporting annual increases in revenue and shareholder's equity. The company reports to have paid shareholder dividends for 67 consecutive quarters. [3]

In 2010, it posted $2.6 billion on gross premiums written, $2.3 billion in total revenue, earnings of $345 million, and Combined Ratio of less than 85%. Assets exceed $9.1 billion. Tokio Marine HCC was ranked 827 in the 2009 edition of the Fortune 1000. The company has strong financial ratings including an A. M. Best rating of A+ (superior), Standard & Poor's rating of AA− (very strong), and Fitch Group rating of AA− (very strong).

On June 10, 2015, the company announced it was being acquired by Japan's Tokio Marine for a fee of $7.5 billion. [4] [5] [6]

On October 27, 2015, the company announced the closing of the acquisition by Tokio Marine. The aggregate consideration paid in connection with the merger was approximately $7.5 billion and the merger became effective at 4:05 p.m. EDT. [7]

Operations and services

Tokio Marine HCC underwrites more than 100 classes of Specialty Insurance within five segments:


Aviation was the first line of insurance provided by Tokio Marine HCC. Since 1974, the company underwrites in the U.S. in general aviation, a category which includes many types of aircraft from helicopters to home made private planes, corporate jets, and antique "warbirds".[ citation needed ] The company's insurance for aviation includes hull, liability, spares, cargo, and war, as well as many unique coverages. Altogether, HCC Aviation insures approximately 45,000 aircraft in the United States and more than 60 countries worldwide. Almost all the company's aviation insurance is written on three of the corporation's insurance companies. [8]


Avemco Insurance Company was a stand-alone NYSE company and acquired by Tokio Marine HCC in 1997.[ citation needed ] Avemco sells direct to the consumer through its national call center in Frederick, Maryland, and online through its website. Avemco provides traditional coverage on its standard policy. It also provides unique, non-owned aircraft policy coverage which protects renters and borrowers of general aviation aircraft. Both the aircraft and non-owner policies can be extensively modified by endorsement to meet the needs of the customer. An integral part of the aircraft community, Avemco invests considerable resources in loss prevention efforts and insurance education through air shows, Federal Aviation Administration and industry initiatives, articles in aviation trade journals, and other forums. [9]

Houston Casualty Aviation

Houston Casualty Company Aviation (HC Aviation) writes a combination of international and U.S. commercial aviation insurance with a primary focus on the needs of large commercial businesses and internationally based risks. All of HC Aviation's insurance involves commercial fixed and rotor wing business. It sells many types of insurance with particular emphasis on second and third tier airlines, helicopters, government, military, and police operations. It provides insurance to many South and Central American military (air forces), government, and police operations. Because these types of risks are non-commercial and some of the types of aircraft are military, they require special understanding and expertise from both an underwriting and claims perspective. Due to the unique nature of the business, no single policy is the same as each risk is written and the policy developed on a customized basis. [10]

US Specialty Insurance Aviation

USSIC Aviation writes General Aviation and Special Risk insurance. The General Aviation insurance provides insurance through brokers and agents and represents a portfolio of commercial operations insurance including charter, cargo, aerial photography and many other "for hire purposes" aviation insurance. It provides coverage for commercial aircraft as well as private aircraft owned and operated by individuals. It offers coverage for rotor wing aircraft flown both for private and commercial purposes. In addition to hull and liability, General Aviation issues policies for airports which includes overages for premises, non-critical products, completed operations and hangar-keeper's legal liability. The Special Risks insurance offers coverage for aircraft that do not fit the typical definition of general aviation. These aircraft include antiques, classics, seaplanes, experimental aircraft, and warbirds. Pilots who wish to transition to more complex aircraft can obtain insurance through Special Risks. USSIC Aviation is a market leader for air show liability, insuring a majority of the nation's air shows each year. USSIC Aviation is the largest insurer of war-birds (that is, propeller and jet driven military surplus aircraft owned individually or held by aircraft museums). These aircraft are unique - often one of a kind - and obtaining the right insurance can be challenging. USSIC Aviation partners with aircraft owners and pilots to provide the coverage they need and to ensure the aircraft are operated and maintained in a safe manner. [11]

Professional liability

The company underwrites Directors and officers liability insurance through its HCC Global subsidiary. A large number of public and private companies, financial institutions, and commercial companies rely on D&O insurance. The company offers both domestic U.S. and international coverage. The company reports to have relationships with approximately 550 brokers in more than 50 countries. Company employees represent more than 20 nationalities bringing multilingual skills and experience. [12]

Accident and health

With the acquisition of LDG Management Company Incorporated in 1996, Tokio Marine HCC began writing medical stop-loss insurance and made a pivotal entry into the Life, Accident and Health industry. Through subsequent acquisitions and by maintaining a strong underwriting focus, the company has been in medical stop-loss insurance, as well as in the HMO reinsurance, provider excess, medical excess, sports disability, short term medical and international medical insurance markets.[ citation needed ]

Medical stop-loss insurance is the major component of the business segment.[ citation needed ]

Tokio Marine HCC also offers high-limit sports disability insurance to protect against the future loss of earnings of athletes who may become temporarily or permanently disabled and can no longer continue their professional sports career. Coverage is available for the team or individual players. [13]

International operations

Houston Casualty Company was authorized by Her Majesty's Treasury in 1998 to operate a full branch office in the United Kingdom, and the company opened its London branch to more closely align its underwriting operations with the London Market. HCC now has offices across the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Spain that provide a broad range of specialty insurance coverage including Energy, Marine, Commercial Property, Credit, Professional Indemnity, Surety Bonds, Political Risks, Accident and Health, General Liability, and Property Treaty. Tokio Marine HCC is an owner of a Lloyd's managing agency and 100% capital provider of a Lloyd's syndicate. [14]

In anticipation of Brexit, a new insurance company Tokio Marine Europe S.A. (TME) was set up in Luxembourg, following regulatory approval from the Commissariat aux Assurances (CAA) and the Japanese Financial Services Authority (JFSA). TME operates as a subsidiary of HCC International Insurance Company plc and in partnership with Tokio Marine Kiln. This ensures that Tokio Marine Group is able to continue servicing its clients in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to offer them stability through a seamless transition. With approval from the High Court of England and Wales, the Part VII process of transferring the existing portfolio of policies written out of Continental European operations to Tokio Marine Europe S.A. was executed. [15]

On 7 May 2018, S&P Global Ratings assigned its “AA- (Very Strong)” financial strength rating to Tokio Marine Europe S.A. with a positive outlook. [16]

Growth and acquisitions

The company has grown organically (growing market share with existing products) by adding new products as well as acquisitions of other insurance businesses. The company also divested business positions to retain its strong focus on underwriting of specialty insurance products.

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