Schon lustig wenn die Pressemitteilung zu den Ergebnissen am 06. November noch nahezu euphorisch klingt .... Wie man bei all den Meldungen der letzten Monate von den Herunterstufungen dieser Schrottpapiere durch die Ratingagenturen immer noch überrascht sein kann ist mehr als bedenklich. Bleibt zu hoffen das die "Modelle" für die Schadensberechnungen bei Naturkatastrophen besser sind......
Swiss Re Writes Down $1.07 Billion on Credit Swaps
Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Swiss Reinsurance Co., the world's biggest reinsurer, said it wrote down 1.2 billion Swiss francs ($1.07 billion) related to two credit default swaps.
The loss, worth 981 million francs after tax, was from credit default swaps designed to provide protection for a client against a fall in the value of a portfolio, Zurich-based Swiss Re said today in an e-mailed statement.
The portfolios ``consist largely of mortgage-backed securities,'' Swiss Re said in the statement, with the ``majority of the exposure'' to prime and mid-prime securities. There is ``exposure to subprime and asset-backed securities in the form of collateralized debt obligations,'' the reinsurer said.
Swiss Re Press Release
"The unprecedented and severe ratings downgrades undertaken by the Rating Agencies in October and the lack of any truly liquid market for these securities has resulted in a significant and material reduction of the value of the underlying assets."
Swiss Re valued the ABS CDOs to zero and the subprime securities to 62 percent of their value, bringing the market value of the portfolio to 3.6 billion francs, the company said.
The reinsurer ``remains committed'' to its share buyback program and reiterated its targets for earnings per share target of 10 percent and return on equity of 13 percent ``over the cycle.''
> Now they can buy back the shares at a much cheaper price.....
> Nun können Sie die Aktien noch günstiger zurückkaufen........
Swiss Re shares down 6.6%; details $1.1 billion hit
Another take from the FT A big penny drops in Switzerland
But what should shock, is that the whole whack - 1.1bn - is on just two CDS contracts written for “a client”.
Now Swiss might be an insurer - and therefore erring on the plus ultra side of conservatism, but the scale of those writedowns is still something to take stock of. CDOs to zero!
A single deal has gone badly, badly wrong.
> Indeed.... In der Tat......
Swiss Re, whose financial services division is run by Roger W. Ferguson Jr., a former governor of the United States Federal Reserve, said that it incurred the losses, which it called deeply embarrassing, when it sold two credit-default swaps as protection against declines in the value of investments mainly backed by mortgages.
> This explains a lot....... :-) Das erklärt einiges....... :-)