CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation (NYSE: ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½) today announced fourth quarter 2020 net income of $387 million, or $1.42 per share, versus $273 million, or $1.00 per share, in the prior year quarter.Ìý Core income for the quarter was $335 million, or $1.23 per share, versus $265 million, or $0.97 per share, in the prior year quarter.Ìý Net income for the full year 2020 was $690 million, or $2.53 per share, versus $1.0 billion, or $3.67 per share, in the prior year.Ìý Core income for the full year 2020 was $735 million, or $2.70 per share, versus $979 million, or $3.59 per share, in the prior year.
Our Property & Casualty segments produced core income of $369 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of $32 million compared to the prior year quarter.Ìý The increase was primarily due to improved current accident year underwriting results.
Our Life & Group and Corporate & Other segments produced core income (loss) for the fourth quarter of 2020 of $26 million and $(60) million, respectively.Ìý Corporate & Other results include a $39 million after-tax non-economic charge related to asbestos and environmental pollution.
ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial declared a quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share and a special dividend of $0.75 per share, payable MarchÌý11, 2021 to stockholders of record on FebruaryÌý22, 2021.
Further, as previously announced, the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ entered into an agreement with Cavello Bay Reinsurance Limited (Cavello), a subsidiary of Enstar Group Limited, under which Cavello will reinsure a legacy portfolio of excess workers' compensation policies. The transaction closed on February 5, 2021.
Results for the Three Months Ended December 31
Results for the Year Ended December 31
($ millions, except per share data)
Core income (a)
Net income per diluted share
Core income per diluted share
December 31, 2020
December 31, 2019
Book value per share
Book value per share excluding AOCI
Management utilizes the core income (loss) financial measure to monitor the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'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.
"ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ produced record core income in the fourth quarter as we continued to leverage the hardening market conditions achieving 12% in rate increases and 12% growth in net written premium as well as improving both our underlying and total combined ratios by over two points.Ìý We are well positioned to extend our strong execution in the favorable market conditions that we expect to continue in 2021," said Dino E. Robusto, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation.
Property & Casualty Operations
Results for the Three Months Ended ¶Ù±ð³¦±ð³¾²ú±ð°ùÌý31
Results for the Year Ended ¶Ù±ð³¦±ð³¾²ú±ð°ùÌý31
Gross written premiums ex. 3rd party captives
GWP ex. 3rd party captives change (% year over year)
Net written premiums
NWP change (% year over year)
Net investment income
Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development
Effect of catastrophe impacts
Effect of development-related items
Combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development
Business Operating Highlights
Gross written premiums
GWP change (% year over year)
Life & Group
Net earned premiums
Core income (loss)
Due to the recognition of the premium deficiency and resetting of actuarial assumptions in the third quarter of 2020, the operating results for our long term care business reflect the variance between actual experience and the expected results contemplated in our best estimate reserves.Ìý Core results improved $30 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared with the prior year quarter driven by better than expected morbidity in the long term care business and higher net investment income.Ìý
Corporate & Other
Core loss improved $8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared with the prior year quarter.Ìý The application of retroactive reinsurance accounting to additional cessions to the A&EP Loss Portfolio Transfer in both periods resulted in after-tax non-economic charges of $39 million and $48 million in 2020 and 2019, respectively.Ìý The additional cessions in those periods were $100 million and $125 million, respectively.
Net Investment Income
Net investment income increased $10 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared with the prior year quarter.Ìý The increase was driven by limited partnership and common stock investments, which returned 6.5%, or $114 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with 3.7%, or $69 million in the prior year quarter.Ìý These results were partially offset by lower yields in our fixed income portfolio.
About the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½
ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ is one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies.Ìý ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ 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 invested assets.ÌýÌýFor more information, please visit ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ at .
Cara McCall, 312-822-1309
Amy C. Adams, 312-822-5533
Conference Call and Webcast/Presentation Information
A conference call for investors and the professional investment community will be held at 8:00 a.m. (CT) today.Ìý On the conference call will be Dino E. Robusto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation, Al Miralles, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation and other members of senior management.Ìý Participants can access the call by dialing (800) 289-0571, or for international callers, +1 (720) 543-0206.Ìý The call will also be broadcast live on the internet and may be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ website ().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 email@example.com.
Definition of Reported Segments
Management utilizes the following metrics in their evaluation of the Property & Casualty Operations.Ìý These ratios are calculated using financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).Ìý
Gross written premiums ex. 3rd party captivesÌýrepresents gross written premiums excluding business which is ceded to third party captives, including business related to large warranty programs.
The ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'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.Ìý Management utilizes these financial measures to monitor the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s insurance operations and investment portfolio.Ìý The ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ believes the presentation of these measures provides investors with a better understanding of the significant factors that comprise the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s operating performance.Ìý Reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measures follow below.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Core Income (Loss)
Core income (loss)Ìýis 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.Ìý 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.Ìý Management monitors core income (loss) for each business segment to assess segment performance.Ìý Presentation of consolidated core income (loss) is deemed to be a non-GAAP financial measure.
Less: Net investment gains (losses)
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share to Core Income (Loss) per Diluted Share
Core income (loss) per diluted share provides management and investors with a valuable measure of the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s operating performance for the same reasons applicable to its underlying measure, core income (loss).Ìý Core income (loss) per diluted share is core income (loss) on a per diluted share basis.
Less: Net investment gains (losses)
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 ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s net worth primarily attributable to the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s business operations.Ìý The ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ 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.
Less: Per share impact of AOCI
Calculation of Return on Equity and Core Return on Equity
Core return on equityÌýprovides management and investors with a measure of how effectively the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ is investing the portion of the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s net worth that is primarily attributable to its business operations.
Annualized net income
Average stockholders' equity including AOCI (a)
Return on equity
Annualized core income
Average stockholders' equity excluding AOCI (a)
Core return on equity
Average stockholders' equity is calculated using a simple average of the beginning and ending balances for the period.
For additional information, please refer to ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s most recent 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the financial supplement, available at .
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