CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --ÌýÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation (NYSE: ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½) today announced a fourth quarter 2015 net operating loss of $52 million, or $0.19 per share, and net loss of $70 million, or $0.26 per share.Ìý Full year 2015 results were net operating income of $515 million, or $1.90 per share, and net income of $479 million, or $1.77 per share.Ìý Property & Casualty Operations combined ratio for the fourth quarter and full year was 98.9% and 95.4%, respectively.
ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial declared a special dividend of $2.00 per share and a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share, payable MarchÌý9, 2016 to stockholders of record on February 22, 2016.
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Management utilizes the net operating income financial measure to monitor the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s operations.Ìý Please refer to Note J in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements within the September 30, 2015 Form 10-Q for further discussion of this measure.
Property & Casualty Operations' net operating income was $202 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared with $314 million in the prior year quarter.Ìý The decrease was driven by less favorable underwriting results and lower net investment income.Ìý Catastrophe losses for the fourth quarter were $27 million, after tax, as compared with $7 million, after tax, in the prior year quarter.Ìý Catastrophe losses in the fourth quarter of 2015 were primarily due to International weather-related events.
Net operating results for our non-core segments decreased $145 million from the prior year quarter, driven by results in our Life & Group Non-Core segment.Ìý Life & Group Non-Core results included a $198 million after-tax charge related to recognition of a premium deficiency and a small deficiency in claim reserves in our long term care business.
Net investment income, after tax, decreased to $314 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared with $365 million in the prior year quarter.Ìý This decrease was primarily driven by limited partnerships, which returned 0.9% in the current quarter as compared with 2.2% in the prior year quarter.Ìý Income from fixed maturity securities, after tax, decreased by $26 million driven by a $25 million change in estimate effected by a change in accounting principle adopted to better reflect the yield on fixed maturity securities that have call provisions.
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Net operating income for the full year 2015 decreased $334 million to $515 million from $849 million in the prior year largely driven by the results of our Life & Group Non-Core and Corporate Non-Core segments. Net operating results for our non-core segments decreased $290 million as compared with the prior year, driven by the long term care reserve unlocking charge discussed above and the unfavorable effect of the application of retroactive reinsurance accounting to adverse reserve development ceded under the 2010 Asbestos and Environmental Pollution Loss Portfolio Transfer.
Property & Casualty Operations' net operating income was $966 million in 2015 as compared with $1,010 million in the prior year.Ìý This decrease was primarily due to lower net investment income, partially offset by improved underwriting results.Ìý Catastrophe losses for the full year were $95 million, after tax, as compared with $102 million, after tax, in the prior year.
Net investment income, after tax, was $1,329 million for the current year as compared with $1,473 million in the prior year.Ìý This decrease was primarily driven by limited partnerships, which returned 3.0% in 2015 as compared with 9.7% in the prior year.Ìý Income from fixed maturity securities, after tax, decreased $34 million driven by the accounting change discussed above and lower reinvestment rates.
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"ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s core P&C business continues to perform well, highlighted by our fifth consecutive year of underlying loss ratio improvement despite a tough insurance operating environment.Ìý Specialty had another year of strong performance and Commercial delivered a three-point improvement in their underlying loss ratio.Ìý We believe this is reflective of our constant focus on underwriting discipline," said Thomas F. Motamed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation.Ìý "This sustained progress in our P&C business, as well as our strong capital position, gave the Board of Directors the confidence to declare a special dividend for the third consecutive year, validating our commitment to creating long-term value for our shareholders."
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About the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property andÌýcasualtyÌýcompany.Ìý ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages.Ìý ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration.ÌýÌýFor more information, please visit ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ at .Ìý"ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½" is a service mark registered by ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.
Conference Call and Webcast/Presentation Information
A conference call for investors and the professional investment community will be held at 10:00 a.m. (ET) today.Ìý On the conference call will be Thomas F. Motamed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation, and other members of senior management.Ìý Participants can access the call by dialing (888) 576-4398, or for international callers, (719) 457-2689.Ìý The call will also be broadcast live on the internet at or you may go to the investor relations pages of the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ website () for further details.Ìý A presentation will be posted and available on the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ 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 ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s website following the call.Ìý Financial supplement information related to the results is available on the investor relations pages of the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ website or by contacting Robert Tardella at 312-822-4387.
Definition of Reported Segments
Specialty provides 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.
Commercial works with an independent agency distribution system and a network of brokers to market a broad range of property and casualty insurance products and services to small, middle-market and large businesses and organizations.
International provides property and casualty insurance and specialty coverages in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe as well as globally through its operations at Lloyd's of London.
Life & Group Non-Core primarily includes the results of the individual and group long term care businesses that are in run off.
Corporate & Other Non-Core primarily includes certain corporate expenses, including interest on corporate debt, and the results of certain property and casualty business in run-off, including ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Re and asbestos and environmental pollution.
In the evaluation of the results of Specialty, Commercial and International, management utilizes the loss ratio, the expense ratio, the dividend ratio and the combined ratio.Ìý These ratios are calculated using financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).Ìý The loss ratio is the percentage of net incurred claim and claim adjustment expenses to net earned premiums.Ìý The expense ratio is the percentage of insurance underwriting and acquisition expenses, including the amortization of deferred acquisition costs, to net earned premiums.Ìý The dividend ratio is the ratio of policyholders' dividends incurred to net earned premiums.Ìý The combined ratio is the sum of the loss, expense and dividend ratios.
This press release may also reference or contain financial measures that are not in accordance with GAAP.Ìý For reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures, please refer herein and/or to ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s most recent 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the financial supplement, available at .
This press release may include statements which relate to anticipated future events (forward-looking statements) rather than actual present conditions or historical events.Ìý 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.Ìý 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.Ìý Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½. For a detailed description of these risks and uncertainties affecting ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½, please refer to ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s most recent 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at .
Any forward-looking statements made in this press release are made by ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ as of the date of this press release.Ìý Further, ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ does not have any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this press release, even if ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s expectations or any related events, conditions or circumstances change.
Brandon Davis, 312-822-5167
James Anderson, 312-822-7757
Sarah Pang, 312-822-6394
Derek G. Smith, 312-822-6612
Robert Tardella, 312-822-4387
SOURCE ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation