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Ҵý Financial Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

CHICAGO, May 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Ҵý Financial Corporation (NYSE: Ҵý) today announced a first quarter 2020 net loss of $61 million, or $(0.23) per share, and core income of $108 million, or $0.40 per share. Results for the quarter reflected financial market volatility amid the events of COVID-19. This included Net investment losses of $169 million and a decrease in Net investment income to $279 million, reflecting stable earnings from fixed income and other investments of $378 million offset by a $99 million loss from limited partnership and common stock investments during the period. Property & Casualty Operations combined ratio for the first quarter was 97.5% and the underlying combined ratio was 93.9%. The combined ratio includes charges of $15 million pretax associated with COVID-19.

The U.S. P&C segments, excluding third party captives, generated gross written premium growth of 8% and net written premium growth of 6%. Excluding third party captives, gross written premiums grew 6% and net written premiums grew 3% for P&C overall.

Our Life & Group and Corporate & Other segments produced core income (loss) for the first quarter of 2020 of $4 million and $(18) million, respectively.

Ҵý Financial declared a quarterly dividend of $0.37 per share, payable June4, 2020 to stockholders of record on May18, 2020.


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions, except per share data)

2020


2019

Net (loss) income

$

(61)



$

342


Core income (a)

108



318






Net (loss) income per diluted share

$

(0.23)



$

1.25


Core income per diluted share

0.40



1.17




March31, 2020


December31, 2019

Book value per share

$

38.18



$

45.00


Book value per share excluding AOCI


42.12




44.81



(a)

Management utilizes the core income (loss) financial measure to monitor the Ҵý's operations. Please refer herein to the Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures section of this press release for further discussion of this non-GAAP measure.


"Our first quarter financial results reflected strong underwriting performance, and included an underlying combined ratio of 93.9%, a one point improvement from a year ago, along with net written premium growth of 6% in the U.S. and 3% overall. These results were adversely impacted by disruption in the financial markets due to COVID-19, which led to unfavorable returns on our alternative investments and equity holdings while our fixed income investments generated steady earnings in line with the last four quarters," said Dino E. Robusto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ҵý Financial Corporation. "As we look ahead at these unprecedented and challenging times our thoughts go out to those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are tremendously grateful for all the medical professionals and first responders who put their lives on the line every day."

Property & Casualty Operations


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Gross written premiums ex. 3rdparty captives

$

2,107




$

1,987



GWP ex. 3rdparty captives change (% year over year)

6


%




Net written premiums

$

1,863




$

1,806



NWP change (% year over year)

3


%




Net investment income

$

118




$

360



Core income

122




314









Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development

60.4


%


60.7


%

Effect of catastrophe impacts

4.3




3.4



Effect of development-related items

(0.7)




(0.5)



Loss ratio

64.0


%


63.6


%







Expense ratio

33.1


%


33.8


%







Combined ratio

97.5


%


97.8


%

Combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development

93.9


%


94.9


%

  • The combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development improved 1.0 point as compared with the prior year quarter due to a 0.7 point improvement in the expense ratio driven by higher net earned premiums as well as a 0.3 point improvement in the underlying loss ratio. Expenses include a $2 million increase in our allowance for uncollectible insurance receivables related to COVID-19.
  • The combined ratio improved 0.3 points as compared with the prior year quarter. Net catastrophe losses were $75 million, or 4.3 points of the loss ratio in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $58 million, or 3.4 points of the loss ratio, for the prior year quarter. Catastrophe losses in the first quarter of 2020 include $13 million for COVID-19 claims related activity. Favorable net prior period development improved the loss ratio by 0.7 points in the quarter compared with a 0.5 point improvement in the prior year quarter.
  • The U.S. P&C segments, excluding third party captives, generated gross written premium growth of 8% and net written premium growth of 6%. Excluding third party captives, gross written premiums grew 6% and net written premiums grew 3% for P&C overall.

Business Operating Highlights

Specialty


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Gross written premiums ex. 3rdparty captives

$

741




$

730



GWP ex. 3rdparty captives change (% year over year)

2


%




Net written premiums

$

694




$

698



NWP change (% year over year)

(1)


%




Core income

$

96




$

169









Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development

59.5


%


60.5


%

Effect of catastrophe impacts

1.1




1.8



Effect of development-related items

(1.5)




(3.0)



Loss ratio

59.1


%


59.3


%







Expense ratio

32.0


%


32.8


%







Combined ratio

91.3


%


92.3


%

Combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development

91.7


%


93.5


%

  • The combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development improved 1.8 points as compared with the prior year quarter including a 1.0 point improvement in the underlying loss ratio as well as 0.8 points of improvement in the expense ratio driven by higher net earned premiums.
  • The combined ratio improved 1.0 point as compared with the prior year quarter. Net catastrophe losses were $8 million, or 1.1 points of the loss ratio in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $12 million, or 1.8 points of the loss ratio, for the prior year quarter. Favorable net prior period development improved the loss ratio by 1.5 points in the quarter compared with a 3.0 point improvement in the prior year quarter.
  • Gross written premiums, excluding third party captives, grew 2%, while net written premiums decreased 1% for the first quarter of 2020 driven by a higher level of ceded reinsurance.

Commercial


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Gross written premiums ex. 3rdparty captives

$

1,059




$

932



GWP ex. 3rd party captives change (% year over year)

14


%




Net written premiums

$

950




$

849



NWP change (% year over year)

12


%




Core income

$

24




$

139









Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development

61.1


%


62.1


%

Effect of catastrophe impacts

7.0




5.2



Effect of development-related items




(0.4)



Loss ratio

68.1


%


66.9


%







Expense ratio

33.2


%


33.8


%







Combined ratio

101.9


%


101.3


%

Combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development

94.9


%


96.5


%

  • The combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development improved 1.6 points as compared with the prior year quarter. The underlying loss ratio improved 1.0 point driven by lower claim handling expenses. The expense ratio improved 0.6 points driven by higher net earned premiums.
  • The combined ratio increased 0.6 points as compared with the prior year quarter. Net catastrophe losses were $57 million, or 7.0 points of the loss ratio in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $40 million, or 5.2 points of the loss ratio, for the prior year quarter. There was no net prior period development effect in the quarter compared with 0.4 points of improvement in the prior year quarter.
  • Gross written premiums, excluding third party captives, grew 14% and net written premiums grew 12% for the first quarter of 2020 due to higher new business and favorable rate.

International


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Gross written premiums

$

307




$

324



GWP change (% year over year)

(5)


%




Net written premiums

$

219




$

259



NWP change (% year over year)

(15)


%




Core income

$

2




$

6









Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development

60.3


%


57.0


%

Effect of catastrophe impacts

4.3




2.3



Effect of development-related items

(0.1)




5.5



Loss ratio

64.5


%


64.8


%







Expense ratio

35.4


%


37.1


%







Combined ratio

99.9


%


101.9


%

Combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development

95.7


%


94.1


%

  • The combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development increased 1.6 points as compared with the prior year quarter driven by a 3.3 point increase in the underlying loss ratio. This was partially offset by a 1.7 point improvement in the expense ratio driven by lower acquisition expenses and employee costs.
  • The combined ratio improved 2.0 points for the first quarter of 2020 as compared with the prior year quarter. Net catastrophe losses were $10 million, or 4.3 points of the loss ratio in the first quarter of 2020 compared with $6 million, or 2.3 points of the loss ratio, for the prior year quarter. Favorable net prior year development improved the loss ratio by 0.1 points in the quarter compared with a 5.5 point increase from unfavorable development in the prior year quarter.
  • Gross written premiums decreased 5% and net written premiums decreased 15% for the first quarter of 2020 driven by a change in the timing of ceded reinsurance contract renewals, and the continued impact of the strategic exit from certain Lloyd's business classes, offset by growth in Canada.

Life & Group


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Net investment income

$

208




$

204



Total operating revenues

335




335



Core income

4




10



Core income of $4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 is in line with expectations.

Corporate & Other


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Net investment income

$

3




$

7



Interest expense

31




34



Core loss

(18)




(6)



Core loss increased $12 million for the first quarter of 2020 primarily driven by lower amortization of the deferred gain related to the A&EP Loss Portfolio Transfer.

Net Investment Income


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31


2020



2019


Pretax net investment income

$

329




$

571



Net investment income, after tax

279




465



Net investment income, after tax, decreased $186 million as compared with the prior year quarter. Stable earnings from fixed income and other investments of $454 million pretax was offset by losses from limited partnership and common stock investments, which returned (7.0)%, or $(125) million for the first quarter of 2020 compared with 4.5%, or $96 million, in the prior year quarter.

About the Ҵý

Ҵý is one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies. Ҵý provides a broad range of standard and specialized property and casualty insurance products and services for businesses and professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe, backed by more than 120 years of experience and approximately $45 billion of assets.For more information, please visit Ҵý at .

Conference Call and Webcast/Presentation Information

A conference call for investors and the professional investment community will be held at 9:00 a.m. (CT) today. On the conference call will be Dino E. Robusto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ҵý Financial Corporation, Al Miralles, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ҵý Financial Corporation and other members of senior management. Participants can access the call by dialing (800) 289-0571, or for international callers, +1 (720) 543-0206. The call will also be broadcast live on the internet and may be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the Ҵý website (). A presentation will be posted and available on the Ҵý website and will provide additional insight into the results.

The call is available to the media, but questions will be restricted to investors and the professional investment community. An online replay will be available on Ҵý's website following the call. Financial supplement information related to the results is available on the investor relations pages of the Ҵý website or by contacting investor.relations@cna.com.

Definition of Reported Segments

  • Specialtyprovides management and professional liability and other coverages through property and casualty products and services using a network of brokers, independent agencies and managing general underwriters.
  • Commercialworks with a network of brokers and independent agents to market a broad range of property and casualty insurance products and services to small, middle-market and large businesses.
  • Internationalunderwrites property and casualty coverages on a global basis through two insurance companies based in the U.K. and Luxembourg, a branch operation in Canada as well as through our Lloyd's Syndicate.
  • Life & Group primarily includes the results of the individual and group long term care businesses that are in run off.
  • Corporate & Other primarily includes certain corporate expenses, including interest on corporate debt, and the results of certain property and casualty business in run-off, including Ҵý Re and asbestos and environmental pollution (A&EP).

Financial Measures

Management utilizes the following metrics in their evaluation of the Property & Casualty Operations. These ratios are calculated using financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).

  • Loss ratiois the percentage of net incurred claim and claim adjustment expenses to net earned premiums.
  • Underlying loss ratiorepresents the loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development.
  • Expense ratiois the percentage of insurance underwriting and acquisition expenses, including the amortization of deferred acquisition costs, to net earned premiums.
  • Dividend ratiois the ratio of policyholders' dividends incurred to net earned premiums.
  • Combined ratiois the sum of the loss, expense and dividend ratios.
  • Underlying combined ratiois the sum of the underlying loss, expense and dividend ratios.
  • Renewal premium changerepresents the estimated change in average premium on policies that renew, including rate and exposure changes.
  • Raterepresents the average change in price on policies that renew excluding exposure change. For certain products within Small Business, where quantifiable, rate includes the influence of new business as well.
  • Retentionrepresents the percentage of premium dollars renewed in comparison to the expiring premium dollars from policies available to renew.
  • New businessrepresents premiums from policies written with new customers and additional policies written with existing customers.

Gross written premiums ex. 3rd party captivesrepresents gross written premiums excluding business which is mostly ceded to third party captives, including business related to large warranty programs.

The Ҵý's investment portfolio is monitored by management through analysis of various factors including unrealized gains and losses on securities, portfolio duration and exposure to market and credit risk.

Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures

This press release also contains financial measures that are not in accordance with GAAP. Management utilizes these financial measures to monitor the Ҵý's insurance operations and investment portfolio. The Ҵý believes the presentation of these measures provides investors with a better understanding of the significant factors that comprise the Ҵý's operating performance. Reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measures follow below.

Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to Core Income

Core income (loss)is calculated by excluding from net income (loss) the after-tax effects of net investment gains or losses and any cumulative effects of changes in accounting guidance. The calculation of core income (loss) excludes net investment gains or losses because net investment gains or losses are generally driven by economic factors that are not necessarily reflective of our primary operations. Management monitors core income (loss) for each business segment to assess segment performance. Presentation of consolidated core income (loss) is deemed to be a non-GAAP financial measure.


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31

($ millions)

2020


2019

Net (loss) income

$

(61)



$

342


Less: Net investment (losses) gains

(169)



24


Core income

$

108



$

318


Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income per Diluted Share to Core Income per Diluted Share

Core income (loss) per diluted share provides management and investors with a valuable measure of the Ҵý's operating performance for the same reasons applicable to its underlying measure, core income (loss). Core income (loss) per diluted share is core income (loss) on a per diluted share basis.


Results for the Three Months Ended
March 31


2020


2019

Net (loss) income per diluted share

$

(0.23)



$

1.25


Less: Net investment (losses) gains

(0.63)



0.08


Core income per diluted share

$

0.40



$

1.17


Reconciliation of Book Value per Share to Book Value per Share Excluding AOCI

Book value per share excluding AOCI allows management and investors to analyze the amount of the Ҵý's net worth primarily attributable to the Ҵý's business operations. The Ҵý believes this measurement is useful as it reduces the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period, primarily based on changes in interest rates.


March31,
2020


December31,
2019

Book value per share

$

38.18



$

45.00


Less: Per share impact of AOCI

(3.94)



0.19


Book value per share excluding AOCI

$

42.12



$

44.81


Calculation of Return on Equity and Core Return on Equity

Core return on equityprovides management and investors with a measure of how effectively the Ҵý is investing the portion of the Ҵý's net worth that is primarily attributable to its business operations.


Results for the Three Months
Ended March 31


($ millions)

2020


2019


Annualized net (loss) income

$

(245)



$

1,366



Average stockholders' equity including AOCI (a)

11,288



11,336



Return on equity

(2.2)


%

12.1


%






Annualized core income

$

433



$

1,271



Average stockholders' equity excluding AOCI (a)

11,797



11,937



Core return on equity

3.7


%

10.7


%



(a)

Average stockholders' equity is calculated using a simple average of the beginning and ending balances for the period.

For additional information, please refer to Ҵý's most recent 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the financial supplement, available at .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements that relate to anticipated future events (forward-looking statements) rather than actual present conditions or historical events. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "estimates" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to a variety of inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by Ҵý. For a detailed description of these risks and uncertainties please refer to Ҵý's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available at .

Any forward-looking statements made in this press release are made by Ҵý as of the date of this press release. Further, Ҵý does not have any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this press release, even if Ҵý's expectations or any related events, conditions or circumstances change.

Any descriptions of coverage under Ҵý policies or programs in this press release are provided for convenience only and are not to be relied upon with respect to questions of coverage, exclusions or limitations. With regard to all such matters, the terms and provisions of relevant insurance policies are primary and controlling. In addition, please note that all coverages may not be available in all states.

"Ҵý" is a registered trademark of Ҵý Financial Corporation. Certain Ҵý Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "Ҵý" trademark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities. Copyright © 2020 Ҵý. All rights reserved.

CONTACT:



MEDIA:


ANALYSTS:

Brandon Davis, 312-822-5885


Al Miralles, 312-822-5605

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