Markel Corporation (MKL-NYSE) is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. Our principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of our businesses, we seek to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that we can be a market leader. Our financial goals are to earn consistent underwriting and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value.
To reach our financial and operational goals, we must have extensive knowledge and expertise in our chosen markets. By focusing on the distinctive risk characteristics of our insureds, we have been able to identify a variety of niche markets where we can add value with our specialty product offerings. Examples of niche markets that we have targeted include: wind and earthquake exposed commercial properties, liability coverage for highly specialized professionals, horse mortality and other horse related risks, personal watercrafts, high-valued motorcycles, aviation and energy related activities. Our market strategy in each of these areas of specialization is tailored to the unique nature of the risk, coverage and services required by insureds. In each of our niche markets, we assign teams of experienced underwriters and claims specialists who can provide a full range of insurance services.
By focusing on market niches where we have underwriting expertise, we seek to earn consistent underwriting profits. Underwriting profits are a key component of our strategy. We believe that the ability to achieve consistent underwriting profits demonstrates knowledge and expertise, commitment to superior customer service and the ability to manage insurance risk.