The day after Hong Kong was hit by Typhoon Hato Japanese for pigeon, property and casualty heavyweight MSAD Insurance made a hefty bet on a fire-to-marine insurance broker with exposure in the territory.
For Tokyo-headquartered MSAD, hurricanes and earthquakes are part of the day job. But its latest acquisition shows it clearly wants to de-risk its Southeast Asian strategy.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, a unit of MSAD, said on Thursday it plans to buy First Capital Insurance for $1.6 billion 174.4 billion in cash.
First Capital looks like a relatively safe play. It is profitable with a five-year average...