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CommentWire
CommentWire

Admiral: breaking the cycle

In order to counter an expected downturn in market profitability, Admiral plans to increase premiums rates in the motor insurance market. However, should stronger competitors use their size to lower prices, Admiral could find itself once again sucked into the cycle of an increasingly unprofitable market.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Admiral: calm waters now but storms ahead

Launching the biggest flotation on the London market this year, and one of only eight IPOs so far on the main exchange, Admiral has set its stall out to go public. While rapid growth and financial success has been Admiral's trademark, serious questions remain as to whether the timing and pricing of the offer will attract sufficient interest.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Admiral: full steam ahead

UK car insurer the Admiral Group plans to go public later this year, with an estimated market valuation of GBP600 million. The move would allow its current owners to realize the gains on their investment in the company. The IPO will be well received given the insurer has just announced record results.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Admiral: total profits up by 11% for 2008, profits down for Confused.com

Insurance group Admiral has announced an increase of 11% in its overall profits in 2008, but has witnessed a drop in profits for its aggregator business, Confused.com, as a result of heightened competitive pressures. With the likes of Tesco and Comparethemarket.com diverting business away from more established players, Confused.com will have to work hard to maintain its market share.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Advisors are confident that term assurance will help to grow the protection market as a whole

Exclusive Datamonitor survey data reveal that advisors are confident that term assurance will continue to play a vital role within the protection market over the next five years, as the UK economy and mortgage market begin to recover.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP/Seeboard: EDF the favorite, but it's a tough field

EDF is clear favorite to acquire the utility, which would give it control of much of the electricity customer base in the affluent south of England. It would also gain the last realistic opportunity to gain customers through acquisition in UK electricity. However, rivals such as Scottish & Southern, RWE and E.ON are likely to put up a serious fight.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP: staying in the UK, albeit with foreign coal

Low wholesale power prices are adversely affecting the UK coal industry; having ruled out further investment, AEP is now searching for other ways to reduce costs. With imported coal cheaper than that from the UK, increasing imports seems inevitable. Although this is bad news for UK coal, it does at least confirm AEP's commitment to stay in the UK power and coal markets.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Affinity marketing: getting tougher for FSIs

As financial services providers seek to improve acquisition rates and maintain profitability, they are becoming more customer-orientated. Dealing with affinity groups such as charities and sports club is a simple way to gain access to specific customer segments and customer databases. However, the UK market is getting increasingly saturated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Affinity partnerships are all about brand alignment

Affinity partnerships, including those with retailers, are steadily growing as insurers look to diversify into multi-channel distribution in a tough economy. Such partnerships offer various benefits for insurers; however, complementary brand values and target audiences should be the first considerations when choosing a retail partner, in order to maximize the benefits and avoid potential pitfalls.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aftermarket: many garages unaware of changing regulations

A large proportion of garages and tire dealers in the major European markets are not aware of legislative changes due later this year. However, Germans are particularly well informed and optimistic, believing that their businesses will grow as the number of franchised dealers falls.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2003

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