CHICAGO, JulyÌý31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation (NYSE: ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½) today announced second quarter 2017 net income of $272 million, or $1.00 per share, and net operating income of $239 million, or $0.88 per share.Ìý Property & Casualty Operations' combined ratio for the second quarter was 93.5%.
ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per share, payable AugustÌý30, 2017 to stockholders of record on August 14, 2017.
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Management utilizes the net operating income financial measure to monitor the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s operations.Ìý Please refer herein and to Note O in the Consolidated Financial Statements within ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 for further discussion of this non-GAAP financial measure.
Property & Casualty Operations' net operating income was $261 million for the second quarter of 2017 as compared with $229 million in the prior year quarter.Ìý This increase was driven by improved current accident year underwriting results which more than offset lower net investment income. Catastrophe losses were $24 million, after tax, as compared with $58 million, after tax, in the prior year quarter.
Net operating loss for our non-core segments improved $6 million for the second quarter of 2017 as compared with the prior year quarter.Ìý The improvement was primarily due to a $9 million improvement in the Life & Group Non-Core segment driven by the Long Term Care business.
Net investment income, after tax, was $344 million for the second quarter of 2017 as compared with $362 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was driven by limited partnership investments, which returned 0.7% as compared with 1.8% in the prior year quarter.Ìý Income from fixed maturity securities, after tax, for the second quarter of 2017 increased $5 million as compared with the same quarter in 2016, primarily due to an increase in the invested asset base.
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"I am pleased with our second quarter results and overall operational progress.Ìý Improvement in both our underlying loss ratio and expense ratio created one of our best underwriting quarters in the past decade," said Dino E. Robusto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation.
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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 Dino E. Robusto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation, and other members of senior management.Ìý Participants can access the call by dialing (877) 874-1569, or for international callers, (719) 325-2244.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 on a global basis through its operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, China and Singapore as well as through its presence 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 Management utilizes these financial measures to monitor the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s insurance operations and investment portfolio. Net operating income, which is derived from certain income statement amounts, is used by management to monitor performance of the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½'s insurance operations. 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. Based on such analyses, the ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ may recognize an other-than-temporary impairment (OTTI) loss on an investment security in accordance with its policy, or sell a security, which may produce realized gains and losses.
Net operating income (loss) is calculated by excluding from net income (loss) the after-tax effects of i) net realized investment gains or losses, ii) income or loss from discontinued operations and iii) any cumulative effects of changes in accounting guidance. The calculation of net operating income excludes net realized investment gains or losses because net realized investment gains or losses are largely discretionary, except for some losses related to OTTI, and are generally driven by economic factors that are not necessarily consistent with key drivers of underwriting performance, and are therefore not considered an indication of trends in insurance operations.Ìý Management monitors net operating income (loss) for each business segment to assess segment performance.Ìý Presentation of consolidated net operating income (loss) is deemed to be a non-GAAP financial measure.
For reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures and other information, 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
Emma Riza, 312-822-5960
Robert Tardella, 312-822-4387
SOURCE ÃÛÌÒ´«Ã½ Financial Corporation