Meteo Protect, an SAP® Startup Focus member, and Europe’s leading provider of weather risk insurance, has been nominated by stakeholders, users and experts as a leading “Insur Tech” for the European Fintech Awards 2017. Winners will be determined by a combined public vote and expert assessment, with awards being given at the European Fintech Awards and Conference in Brussels on 27 September. The European Fintech Awards 2017 celebrates “innovators that shape the future”.
The largest professional agricultural association in Spain, the Agricultural Association of Young Farmers (ASAJA JAEN), has launched Meteo Protect’s dedicated weather insurance platform in order to provide its 22,000 affiliates access to Meteo Protect’s fully customized index-based weather insurance and increase their resiliency against climate-related risks.
It is the season of summer vacation, and one would be hard-pressed to find anyone not spending a considerable amount of time contemplating the weather and how it may be enjoyed or coped in the weeks ahead. The considerations are endless: when buying airline tickets and praying fights aren’t delayed or cancelled, packing for all eventualities (despite increasing limitations on baggage by airlines in recent years), and when booking tours and activities in advance, to name a few. However, despite all this attention to the weather, the possibilities for comprehensive insurance coverage for all aspects of the travel industry remain extremely limited.
Presently, the largest proportion of insurance for the travel sector is for airlines insuring against business losses due to aircraft damage or loss, in the same way that travellers can insure for enhanced medical expense coverage, trip cancellation/interruption coverage due to work reasons and involuntary job loss, emergency travel, etc. For both sides of the equation, the traditional insurance scheme usually entails a standard one-fits-all cover, a deduction, and a field loss assessment. For both, weather risks are not widely taken into consideration and the opportunities for more comprehensive and effective insurance for all aspects of the travel industry have surprisingly not been widely embraced.
As shares plummet, how much longer will investors accept the finger pointing?
Blaming the weather appears to be a long and noble tradition, supported by leaders in every industry, across the globe. Take 2016, for instance; this year, the weather has already been cited by an incredible array of business leaders for a range of spectacular losses.
Sports Direct, the United Kingdom’s largest sporting retailer, operating roughly 670 stores worldwide, was the first out of the gates. It issued a profit warning on January 8 announcing that it expected to miss its target for underlying profits due to unexpectedly warm weather over the Christmas period. That warning sent shares falling 14%. It was a real surprise after the company had just one month earlier confirmed it would hit its targets for this financial year during the reporting of its half-term results.
FirstGroup, the leading transport operator in the UK and North America, quickly followed suit, issuing its own profit warning that the floods that hit Britain over the winter had resulted in revenues falling by 9.5 percent in the third quarter and that operating profits for the year would be “slightly lowered”. Similarly, Zurich Insurance released a profit warning of an estimated 100 million further quarter business operating loss for its general insurance business as a result of the high number of claims following the British floods. Shares plummeted 9% following the release.