ZURICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE) today reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, of $2.22 per share, compared with $1.69 per share for the same quarter last year.(1) Income excluding net realized gains (losses) was $1.70 per share, compared with $1.99 per share for the same quarter last year.(2) Net after-tax catastrophe losses in the first quarter of 2010 were $149 million, including reinstatement premiums, compared with $34 million for the first quarter of 2009. The total catastrophe losses are an increase from the $125 million in after-tax losses reported on March 18, entirely due to the addition of late-quarter storms in Perth, Australia, and the northeastern United States. Book value increased $969 million during the quarter, up 5% from December 31, 2009. Book value per share now stands at $60.94, an increase of 4%. Annualized operating return on average equity for the quarter was 12.0%.(3) The property and casualty (P&C) combined ratio for the quarter was 92.8%.
First Quarter Summary
|(in millions, except per share amounts)|
|(Per Share - Diluted)|
|Net realized gains (losses), net of tax||176||(102||)||NM||0.52||(0.30||)||NM|
Income excluding net realized gains (losses), net of tax (2)
Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Limited, commented: “ACE had a good first quarter and start to 2010. We produced strong operating results and grew book value per share by 4%. Our operating ROE was 12.0%.
“While the quarter was marked by an unusually large number of natural catastrophes globally, we recorded an excellent combined ratio of 92.8%, with catastrophe losses representing about six points on the combined ratio and less than 1% of book value. I believe this demonstrates ACE's underwriting discipline, risk management, and broad product and geographic diversification.
“We face the challenging effects of a slow economic recovery as well as a competitive insurance market. The fundamentals of our company, however, are good and we are well positioned. We had a current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophes of 90.2% and grew net premiums written 4%, aided by a steady customer renewal retention rate of 88% and a positive foreign exchange impact. In spite of the challenging economic and market conditions, we see meaningful opportunity in many places around the world where we have both capability and presence.”
Operating highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, were as follows:(1)
Details of our financial results for our business segments are available in the ACE Limited Financial Supplement. Key segment items for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, include:
Please refer to the ACE Limited Financial Supplement dated March 31, 2010, which is posted on the company's website in the Investor Information section, and access Financial Reports for more detailed information on individual segment performance, together with additional disclosure on reinsurance recoverable, loss reserves, investment portfolio and capital structure. The URL reference is: http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/irol/10/100907/fin_supp_march_31_2010.xls.
ACE will host its first quarter earnings conference call and webcast on Thursday, April 29, 2010, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The earnings conference call will be available via live and archived webcast atwww.acelimited.com or by dialing 888-466-4587 (within the United States) or 719-325-2100 (international); passcode 4788766. Please refer to the ACE Limited website in the Investor Information section under Calendar of Events for details. A replay of the call will be available for approximately one month. To listen to the replay, dial: 888-203-1112 (in the United States) or 719-457-0820 (international); passcode 4788766.
Celebrating 25 years of insuring progress, the ACE Group is a global leader in insurance and reinsurance serving a diverse group of clients. Headed by ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), the ACE Group conducts its business on a worldwide basis with operating subsidiaries in more than 50 countries. Additional information can be found at: www.acelimited.com.
(1)All comparisons are with the same period last year unless specifically stated.
(2)Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
Operating Income or Income excluding net realized gains (losses), net of tax is a common performance measurement for insurance companies. We believe this presentation enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the underlying profitability of our insurance business. We exclude net realized gains (losses) and net realized gains (losses) included in Other income (expense) related to partially-owned entities because the amounts of these gains (losses) do not relate to their respective operations.
Underwriting income is calculated by subtracting losses and loss expenses, policy benefits, policy acquisition costs and administrative expenses from net premiums earned. We use underwriting income and operating ratios to monitor the results of our operations without the impact of certain factors, including net investment income, other income (expense), interest and income tax expense and net realized gains (losses). Life underwriting income includes net investment income. We believe the use of these measures enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the underlying profitability of our insurance business.
See reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures on page 28 in the financial supplement. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
(3)Calculated using income excluding net realized gains (losses) divided by average shareholders' equity for the period excluding unrealized gains (losses) on investments and the deferred tax component included in shareholders' equity. To annualize a quarterly rate, multiply by four.
(4)Book value per common share is shareholders’ equity divided by the shares outstanding. Tangible book value per common share is shareholders’ equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the shares outstanding.
NM – not meaningful comparison
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Forward-looking statements made in this press release, such as those related to economic outlook, insurance market conditions, and company performance reflect the company’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. For example, the company’s forward-looking statements could be affected by competition, pricing and policy term trends, the levels of new and renewal business achieved, the frequency of unpredictable catastrophic events, actual loss experience, uncertainties in the reserving or settlement process, integration activities and performance of acquired companies, new theories of liability, judicial, legislative, regulatory and other governmental developments, litigation tactics and developments, investigation developments and actual settlement terms, the amount and timing of reinsurance recoverable, credit developments among reinsurers, rating agency action, possible terrorism or the outbreak and effects of war, and economic, political, regulatory, insurance and reinsurance business conditions, as well as management’s response to these factors, and other factors identified in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)|
|March 31||December 31|
|Insurance and reinsurance balances receivable||3,685||3,671|
|Reinsurance recoverable on losses and loss expenses||13,335||13,595|
|Unpaid losses and loss expenses||$||37,551||$||37,783|
|Total shareholders' equity||20,636||19,667|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||79,329||$||77,980|
|Book value per common share (4)||$||60.94||$||58.44|
|Summary Consolidated Financial Data|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars, except share, per share data, and ratios)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Gross premiums written||$||4,790||$||4,535|
|Net premiums written||3,571||3,424|
|Net premiums earned||3,277||3,194|
|Losses and loss expenses||1,921||1,816|
|Policy acquisition costs||554||481|
|Underwriting income (2)||255||378|
|Net investment income||504||502|
|Net realized gains (losses)||168||(121||)|
|Other income (expense)||4||(14||)|
|Income tax expense||124||125|
|Net income available to holders of common shares||$||755||$||567|
|Diluted earnings per share:|
|Income excluding net realized gains (losses) (2)||$||1.70||$||1.99|
|Weighted average diluted shares outstanding||339.9||336.1|
|Loss and loss expense ratio||61.9||%||59.7||%|
|Policy acquisition cost ratio||17.0||%||15.2||%|
|Administrative expense ratio||13.9||%||12.6||%|
|Consolidated Supplemental Segment Information|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars)|
|Three Months Ended|
Gross Premiums Written
|Insurance - North American||$||2,130||$||2,078|
|Insurance - Overseas General||1,871||1,693|
Net Premiums Written
|Insurance - North American||$||1,395||$||1,392|
|Insurance - Overseas General||1,420||1,327|
Net Premiums Earned
|Insurance - North American||$||1,370||$||1,437|
|Insurance - Overseas General||1,251||1,184|
Income Excluding Net Realized Gains (Losses) (2)
|Insurance - North American||$||309||$||321|
|Insurance - Overseas General||156||209|