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Chubb Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income Per Share of $3.27; Core Operating Income Per Share was $3.17, up 16.5%; Full-Year P&C Net Premiums Written of $27.1 Billion, up 4.2%; Book Value and Tangible Book Value Per Share up 6.5% and 8.6%, Respectively, for
- Fourth quarter net income of $1,533 million and core operating income (1) of $1,489 million included a provisional tax benefit of $450 million, or $0.96 per share, related to the 2017 U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017 Tax Reform) and a one-time expense related to a contribution of $50 million ($32.5 million after-tax) to the Chubb Charitable Foundation to make a difference in society. Excluding these items, core operating income in the quarter was $2.28 per share.
- Pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and including reinstatement premiums, were $447 million for the quarter, including $320 million for the northern California wildfires and other catastrophe losses as previously announced, $157 million for the southern California wildfires and $30 million of favorable adjustments related to catastrophe loss events in the third quarter.
- Fourth quarter P&C combined ratio was 90.7% compared with 87.8% prior year. The fourth quarter P&C current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses was 86.4% compared with 87.4% prior year.
- Full-year net income was $3.9 billion, or $8.19 per share, and core operating income was $3.8 billion, or $8.03 per share, including after-tax catastrophe losses of $2.2 billion, or $4.61 per share.
- Full-year P&C combined ratio was 94.7% compared with 88.7% prior year. The P&C current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses was 87.6% compared with 89.0% prior year. The year-over-year decline of 1.4 percentage points was driven by a decline in the expense ratio of 2.1 percentage points partially offset by an increase in the loss and loss expense ratio of 0.7 percentage points.
- P&C current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses was $912 million for the quarter, up 10.3%, and $3,347 million for the year, up 13.7%.
- Consolidated and P&C net premiums written were $7.1 billion and $6.5 billion, respectively, for the quarter and $29.2 billion and $27.1 billion, respectively, for the year. Excluding merger-related actions, (2) P&C net premiums written were up 3.7% for the quarter and up 6.3% for the year. Merger-related actions are now largely completed. Foreign currency movement favorably impacted premium growth in the quarter by 1.2% and had no impact on premium growth for the year.
- The annualized ROE and core operating ROE were both 12.1% for the quarter and 7.8% for the year.
- Adjusted net investment income was $873 million, pre-tax, for the quarter and a record $3.5 billion, pre-tax, for the year, up 3.5% and 6.1%, respectively.
- Operating cash flow was $1.1 billion for the quarter and $4.5 billion for the year.
Jan 30, 2018

ZURICH, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 of $1,533 million, or $3.27 per share, compared with net income of $1,610 million, or $3.41 per share, for the same quarter last year. Core operating income was $1,489 million, or $3.17 per share, compared with $1,283 million, or $2.72 per share, for the same quarter last year. The property and casualty (P&C) combined ratio was 90.7% for the quarter. Book value per share increased 1.5% and tangible book value per share increased 1.2% from September 30, 2017 and now stand at $110.32 and $65.87, respectively. The 2017 Tax Reform increased book value by $450 million and decreased tangible book value by $293 million, primarily due to the impact of the reduced U.S. corporate tax rate on deferred tax balances and excess foreign tax credits created by the deemed repatriation of foreign subsidiary earnings. Foreign currency movement in the quarter unfavorably impacted book value by $390 million and tangible book value by $190 million.

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Chubb Limited






Fourth Quarter Summary






(in millions, except per share amounts)






(Unaudited)











(Per Share - Diluted)


2017

2016

Change


2017

2016

Change

Net income

$ 1,533

$ 1,610

(4.8)%


$ 3.27

$ 3.41

(4.1)%

Chubb one-time integration and merger-related expenses,

     net of tax

57

94

(39.4)%


0.12

0.20

(40.0)%

Amortization of fair value adjustment of acquired invested

     assets and long-term debt, net of tax

41

66

(37.9)%


0.09

0.14

(35.7)%

Adjusted net realized (gains) losses, net of tax

(142)

(487)

(70.8)%


(0.31)

(1.03)

(69.9)%

Core operating income, net of tax

$ 1,489

$ 1,283

16.2%


$3.17

$ 2.72

16.5%

For the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the tax expenses (benefits) related to the table above were $(20) million and $(37) million, respectively, for Chubb one-time integration and merger-related expenses; $(23) million and $(22) million, respectively, for amortization of fair value adjustment of acquired invested assets and long-term debt; $(20) million and $46 million, respectively, for adjusted net realized gains and losses; and $(319) million and $272 million, respectively, for core operating income.

For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income was $3,861 million, or $8.19 per share, compared with $4,135 million, or $8.87 per share, for 2016. Core operating income was $3,784 million, or $8.03 per share, compared with $4,716 million, or $10.12 per share, for 2016. The P&C combined ratio was 94.7% for the year. Book value per share increased 6.5% and tangible book value per share increased 8.6% from December 31, 2016. Book value and tangible book value were favorably impacted by net realized and unrealized gains of $742 million after-tax in the company's investment portfolio and $103 million of after-tax realized gains in the company's variable annuity reinsurance business. Additionally, foreign currency movement (FX) favorably impacted book value by $512 million after-tax and tangible book value by $269 million after-tax. The 2017 Tax Reform increased book value by $450 million and decreased tangible book value by $293 million as noted above.


 

Chubb Limited






Full Year Summary






(in millions, except per share amounts)






(Unaudited)











(Per Share - Diluted)


2017

2016

Change


2017

2016

Change

Net income

$ 3,861

$ 4,135

(6.6)%


$8.19

$ 8.87

(7.7)%

Chubb one-time integration and merger-related expenses,

     net of tax

217

356

(39.0)%


0.46

0.76

(39.5)%

Amortization of fair value adjustment of acquired invested

     assets and long-term debt, net of tax

198

244

(18.9)%


0.42

0.52

(19.2)%

Adjusted net realized (gains) losses, net of tax

(492)

(19)

NM


(1.04)

(0.03)

NM

Core operating income, net of tax

$ 3,784

$ 4,716

(19.7)%


$ 8.03

$ 10.12

(20.7)%

For the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the tax expenses (benefits) related to the table above were $(93) million and $(143) million, respectively, for Chubb one-time integration and merger-related expenses; $(85) million and $(101) million, respectively, for amortization of fair value adjustment of acquired invested assets and long-term debt; $5 million and $68 million, respectively, for adjusted net realized gains and losses; and $34 million and $991 million, respectively, for core operating income.

Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chubb Limited, commented: "Our fourth quarter results were highlighted by core operating income per share, up 16.5%, which was aided by a one-time benefit from tax reform, excellent ex-CAT underwriting performance from every division, a core operating ROE of 12% and improving commercial P&C pricing in a number of our businesses globally. On the other hand, the quarter was impacted by the two largest wildfires in California history. Net P&C premiums excluding merger-related actions were up 3.7% for the quarter and contributed to growth of 6.3% for the year. With merger-related underwriting actions and their impact on revenue growth largely behind us, a strong economy, both domestic and global, and positive momentum continuing to build for commercial P&C pricing in a number of classes, we are quite optimistic about our prospects for improved premium revenue growth in the year ahead.

"For the year, we produced $3.8 billion in core operating income, down 20% from what we would have earned with a normalized level of annual catastrophe losses and without the benefit from tax reform. Pre-tax, current accident year underwriting income excluding CATs was $3.3 billion, up 14%, while investment income was a record $3.5 billion, up 6%. Our published results led to a core operating ROE of nearly 8% and reasonably strong book and tangible book value per share growth of 6.5% and 8.6%, respectively.

"In the quarter, the P&C combined ratio was 90.7%, and for the year it was 94.7%, which includes $2.7 billion in net catastrophe losses. Those combined ratios, given what was likely a record or near-record year for worldwide insured natural catastrophe losses, demonstrate the quality of our underwriting and our balanced book of business. On a current accident year basis excluding the CATs, the combined ratio for the year was 87.6%, compared with 89% in 2016.

"In terms of the current rate environment, positive commercial P&C rate movement accelerated in the quarter month by month, with prices firming in a number of important classes, both property and casualty-related. We achieved some of the best rate change in a number of years and the positive trend has continued into January with momentum appearing to build in certain classes. Renewal retentions remained steady overall across the company and are quite good, but they varied by line of business during the quarter with some areas paying a price in terms of a modestly lower renewal retention level in order to maintain pricing discipline. The same goes with new business – some areas of our company were up while others suffered in terms of new business. These conditions, in my judgment, speak to an insurance market in transition, and rates should continue to firm as the year goes along, although not in all classes or all territories.

"Lastly, tax reform is good for our economy, and Chubb will benefit from both a lower corporate rate and additional insurance exposure growth as the economy continues to expand. We are honored to share a portion of the benefit from tax reform to make a difference in society with a contribution to the Chubb Charitable Foundation of $50 million."

 

Operating highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 were as follows:






Chubb Limited

Q4

Q4


(in millions of U.S. dollars except for percentages)

2017

2016

Change

P&C






Net premiums written (including favorable FX of 1.2 pts)

$

6,496

$

6,389

1.7%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





3.7%

Underwriting income

$

623

$

795

(21.7)%

Combined ratio


90.7%


87.8%


Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses

$

912

$

825

10.3%

Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


86.4%


87.4%








Global P&C (excludes Agriculture)






Net premiums written (including favorable FX of 1.1 pts)

$

6,370

$

6,349

0.3%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





2.3%

Underwriting income

$

433

$

611

(29.4)%

Combined ratio


93.3%


90.4%


Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses

$

758

$

659

14.7%

Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


88.2%


89.7%








North America Agricultural Insurance






Net premiums written

$

126

$

40

214.3%

Combined ratio


24.4%


(25.4)%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


40.0%


(10.9)%



 

Operating highlights for the year ended December 31, 2017 were as follows:






Chubb Limited

FY

FY


(in millions of U.S. dollars except for percentages)

2017

2016

Change

P&C






Net premiums written

$

27,103

$

26,021

4.2%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





6.3%

Underwriting income

$

1,430

$

3,018

(52.6)%

Combined ratio


94.7%


88.7%


Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses

$

3,347

$

2,943

13.7%

Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


87.6%


89.0%








Global P&C (excludes Agriculture)






Net premiums written

$

25,587

$

24,693

3.6%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





5.8%

Underwriting income

$

1,038

$

2,677

(61.2)%

Combined ratio


95.9%


89.5%


Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses

$

3,056

$

2,655

15.1%

Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


88.0%


89.5%








North America Agricultural Insurance






Net premiums written

$

1,516

$

1,328

14.2%

Combined ratio


74.0%


74.1%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


81.5%


78.9%



 

  • Net premiums earned increased 2.3% for the quarter and 1.0% for the year. Excluding merger-related actions, P&C net premiums earned increased 3.7% for the quarter and 2.9% for the year.
  • For the quarter, total pre-tax and after-tax catastrophe losses were $447 million (6.7 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $331 million, respectively, compared with $268 million (4.1 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $222 million, respectively, last year.
  • For the year, total pre-tax and after-tax catastrophe losses were $2,746 million (10.2 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $2,171 million, respectively, compared with $1,060 million (4.0 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $844 million, respectively, last year.
  • For the quarter, total pre-tax and after-tax favorable prior period development were $158 million (2.4 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $130 million, respectively, compared with $238 million (3.7 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $208 million, respectively, last year. Pre-tax favorable prior period development in the quarter included $138 million of adverse development for legacy exposures, principally asbestos.
  • For the year, total pre-tax and after-tax favorable prior period development was $829 million (3.1 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $634 million, respectively, compared with $1,135 million pre-tax (4.3 percentage points of the combined ratio) and $898 million after-tax last year.
  • Adjusted net investment income was $873 million for the quarter, up 3.5%, which exceeded prior guidance due to increased call activity in the company's corporate bond portfolio and higher than projected private equity distributions. For the year, adjusted net investment income was a record $3.5 billion, up 6.1%.
  • Share repurchases totaled $123 million, or approximately 0.8 million shares, during the quarter and $830 million, or approximately 5.9 million shares, for the year.
  • Net loss reserves increased $1.2 billion for the year primarily due to significant catastrophe loss events in 2017.

 

Details of financial results by business segment are available in the Chubb Limited Financial Supplement.  Key segment items for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 are presented below:





Chubb Limited

Q4

Q4


(in millions of U.S. dollars except for percentages)

2017

2016

Change








Total North America P&C Insurance






Net premiums written

$

4,219

$

4,163

1.3%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





2.6%

Combined ratio


88.0%


81.9%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


82.8%


83.9%



North America Commercial P&C Insurance






Net premiums written

$

2,993

$

3,083

(2.9)%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





(1.2)%

Major account retail and excess and surplus (E&S) wholesale (Major Accounts & Specialty) – excluding merger-related actions





(3.3)%

Middle market and small commercial (Commercial Insurance) –  excluding merger-related actions





1.9%

Combined ratio


86.2%


84.8%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


87.3%


88.9%









North America Personal P&C Insurance






Net premiums written

$

1,100

$

1,040

5.8%

Combined ratio


107.5%


88.3%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


80.5%


82.9%








North America Agricultural Insurance






Net premiums written

$

126

$

40

214.3%

Combined ratio


24.4%


(25.4)%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


40.0%


(10.9)%








Overseas General Insurance






Net premiums written (including favorable FX of 2.7 pts)

$

2,172

$

2,112

2.8%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





6.5%

Combined ratio


84.3%


90.6%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


90.3%


91.2%


 

  • North America Agricultural Insurance: Net premiums written were $126 million in the quarter, an increase of $86 million over the prior year due to higher premium retention as a result of the year-over-year impact of the premium-sharing formulas with the U.S. government. Underwriting income in the quarter was $190 million, including a current year favorable adjustment of $110 million, principally reflecting an upward revision to the 2017 crop year margin estimate. On a comparative basis, the prior year included a favorable adjustment of $154 million.
  • Global Reinsurance: Net premiums written decreased 8.2%, or 9.3% in constant dollars, for the quarter. The combined ratio for the quarter was 110.2%, compared with 94.0%. The current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses for the quarter was 81.4%, compared with 78.8%.
  • Life Insurance: Segment income was $70 million for the quarter, compared to $60 million, including International life insurance segment income of $19 million, up $8 million. International life insurance net premiums written and deposits collected increased 25.2% in constant dollars for the quarter.

 

Key segment items for the year ended December 31, 2017 are presented below:



Chubb Limited

FY

FY


(in millions of U.S. dollars except for percentages)

2017

2016

Change







Total North America P&C Insurance






Net premiums written

$

18,077

$

17,221

5.0%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





6.5%

Combined ratio


92.2%


86.5%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


84.9%


86.8%








North America Commercial P&C Insurance






Net premiums written

$

12,028

$

11,740

2.5%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





4.8%

Major accounts retail and E&S wholesale (Major Accounts & Specialty) – excluding merger-related actions





2.2%

Middle market and small commercial (Commercial Insurance) – excluding merger-related actions





8.9%

Combined ratio


91.4%


86.7%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


87.5%


89.4%








North America Personal P&C Insurance






Net premiums written

$

4,533

$

4,153

9.1%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





8.8%

Combined ratio


100.7%


90.0%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


78.9%


81.8%



North America Agricultural Insurance






Net premiums written

$

1,516

$

1,328

14.2%

Combined ratio


74.0%


74.1%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


81.5%


78.9%








Overseas General Insurance






Net premiums written

$

8,341

$

8,124

2.7%

Net premiums written – excluding merger-related actions





5.9%

Combined ratio


92.0%


88.5%


Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses


91.0%


91.5%


 

  • North America Agricultural Insurance: Underwriting income for the year was $392 million, up 15%, compared to $341 million in the prior year.
  • Global Reinsurance: Net premiums written for the year increased 1.4%, or 2.2% in constant dollars. The combined ratio for the year was 111.2%, compared with 79.5%. The current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses for the year was 79.2%, compared with 78.6%.
  • Life Insurance: Segment income for the year was $248 million, compared to $263 million, including International life insurance segment income of $54 million, up $27 million year over year. The growth in International life insurance was more than offset by the run-off of the company's life reinsurance business. International life insurance net premiums written and deposits collected increased 20.5% in constant dollars for the year.

Please refer to the Chubb Limited Financial Supplement, dated December 31, 2017, which is posted on the company's investor relations website,investors.chubb.com, in the Financials section for more detailed information on individual segment performance, together with additional disclosure on reinsurance recoverable, loss reserves, investment portfolio, and debt and capital.

Chubb Limited will hold its fourth quarter earnings conference call on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. The earnings conference call will be available via live webcast at investors.chubb.com  or by dialing 888-427-9419 (within the United States) or 719-325-2236 (international), passcode 5252685. Please refer to the Chubb investor relations website under Events and Presentations for details. A replay of the call will be available until Thursday, February 15, 2018, and the archived webcast will be available for approximately one month. To listen to the replay, please click here to register and receive dial-in numbers.

About Chubb

Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: www.chubb.com.

All comparisons are with the same period last year unless otherwise specifically stated.

Regulation G - Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In presenting our results, we included and discussed certain non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures, which may be defined differently by other companies, are important for an understanding of our overall results of operations and financial condition. However, they should not be viewed as a substitute for measures determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Throughout this document there are various measures presented on a constant-dollar basis (i.e., excludes the impact of foreign exchange). We believe it is useful to evaluate the trends in our results exclusive of the effect of fluctuations in exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and the currencies in which our international business is transacted, as these exchange rates could fluctuate significantly between periods and distort the analysis of trends. The impact is determined by assuming constant foreign exchange rates between periods by translating prior period results using the same local currency exchange rates as the comparable current period.

Adjusted net investment income is net investment income excluding the amortization of the fair value adjustment on acquired invested assets of $76 million in Q4 2017 and $332 million for full year 2017. We believe this measure is meaningful as it highlights the underlying performance of our invested assets and portfolio management in support of our lines of business.

Adjusted net realized gains (losses), net of tax includes net realized gains (losses) and net realized gains (losses) recorded in other income (expense) related to unconsolidated subsidiaries, and excludes realized gains and losses on crop derivatives. These derivatives were purchased to provide economic benefit, in a manner similar to reinsurance protection, in the event that a significant decline in commodity pricing impacts underwriting results. We view gains and losses on these derivatives as part of the results of our underwriting operations, and therefore realized gains (losses) from these derivatives are reclassified to adjusted losses and loss expenses. The P&C combined ratio includes adjusted losses and loss expenses in the ratio numerator.

Underwriting income, P&C underwriting income and Global P&C underwriting income are calculated by subtracting losses and loss expenses, policy benefits, policy acquisition costs and administrative expenses from net premiums earned. P&C underwriting income also includes gains (losses) on crop derivatives. 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 adjusted net realized gains (losses). Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses is underwriting income adjusted to exclude catastrophe losses and prior period development (PPD). We believe it is useful to exclude catastrophe losses, as they are not predictable as to timing and amount, and PPD as these unexpected loss developments on historical reserves are not indicative of our current underwriting performance. We believe the use of these measures enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the underlying profitability of our insurance business.

Segment income (loss) includes underwriting income, adjusted net investment income, other income (expense) – operating, and amortization expense of purchased intangibles.

Core operating income, net of tax, excludes adjusted realized gains and losses, Chubb integration and related expenses, and the amortization of the fair value adjustments of acquired debt and invested assets related to the Chubb Corp acquisition. We believe this presentation enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the underlying profitability of our insurance business. We exclude adjusted net realized gains (losses) because the amount of these gains (losses) is heavily influenced by the availability of market opportunities. We also exclude Chubb integration and related expenses related to the acquisition due to the size, complexity, and volume of this acquisition, which may not be indicative of such future costs. We believe that excluding the Chubb integration and related expenses facilitates the comparison of our financial results to our historical operating results. References to core operating income mean net of tax, whether or not noted. Core operating effective tax rate is a non-GAAP financial measure which provides the effective tax rate on our core operating income.

P&C combined ratio is the sum of the loss and loss expense ratio, acquisition cost ratio and the administrative expense ratio excluding the life business and including the realized gains and loss on the crop derivatives.

Current accident year P&C combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses excludes the impact of catastrophe losses and PPD. We believe this measure provides a better evaluation of our underwriting performance and enhances the understanding of the trends in our property and casualty business that may be obscured by these items.

Global P&C performance metrics comprise consolidated operating results (including corporate) and exclude the operating results of the company's Life Insurance and North America Agricultural Insurance segments. We believe that these measures are useful and meaningful to investors as they are used by management to assess the company's global P&C operations which are the most economically similar. We exclude the North America Agricultural Insurance and Life Insurance segments because the results of these businesses do not always correlate with the results of our global P&C operations.

International life gross and net premiums written and deposits collected and certain Life Insurance gross and net premiums written measures presented in this release includes deposits collected on universal life and investment contracts (life deposits). Life deposits are not reflected as revenues in our consolidated statements of operations in accordance with GAAP. However, we include life deposits in presenting growth in our life insurance business because new life deposits are an important component of production and key to our efforts to grow our business.

Core operating return on equity (ROE) or ROE calculated using core operating income are annualized financial measures. The ROE numerator includes income adjusted to exclude after-tax adjusted net realized gains (losses), Chubb integration and related expenses, and the amortization of the fair value adjustment of acquired invested assets and long-term debt. The ROE denominator includes the average shareholders' equity for the period adjusted to exclude unrealized gains (losses) on investments, net of tax. In addition, for 2016, the denominator was adjusted to account for the weighted-average impact of the $15,527 million issuance of common shares and equity awards related to the Chubb Corp acquisition on January 14, 2016. Core operating ROE is a useful measure as it enhances the understanding of the return on shareholders' equity by highlighting the underlying profitability relative to shareholders' equity excluding the effect of unrealized gains and losses on our investments.

Net premiums written excluding merger-related actions is a non-GAAP performance measure. Since the acquisition of the Chubb Corp, we have entered into new reinsurance agreements with third-party reinsurers for the Chubb Corp businesses and have taken other merger-related underwriting actions, including exiting certain types of business that do not meet our underwriting standards or adhere to our risk diversification strategy. We exclude the impact of accounting policy alignment to conform the timing of premium recognition of certain Chubb Corp foreign subsidiaries to be on the same basis as Chubb Limited. We also excluded the net premiums written related to a one-time UPR transfer in 2016 that reduced premiums in the prior year. We believe that this measure is meaningful to evaluate trends in our underlying business on a comparable basis.

Tangible book value per common share, net of tax is shareholders' equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the shares outstanding. The intangibles related to the Chubb Corp acquisition are excluded from the tangible book value per share calculation net of tax. We believe that goodwill and other intangible assets are not indicative of our underlying insurance results or trends and make book value comparisons to less acquisitive peer companies less meaningful. In addition, we disclose per share measures for book value and tangible book value that exclude the impact of foreign currency fluctuations in order to adjust for the distortive effects of fluctuations in exchange rates.

Other income (expense) – operating excludes from consolidated Other income (expense) the portion of net realized gains and losses related to unconsolidated entities and gains and losses from fair value changes in separate account assets that do not qualify for separate account reporting under GAAP. Net realized gains (losses) related to unconsolidated entities is excluded from core operating income in order to enhance the understanding of our results of underwriting operations as they are heavily influenced by, and fluctuate in part according to, market conditions.

Chubb integration and related expenses include all internal and external costs directly related to the integration activities of the Chubb Corp acquisition, consisting primarily of personnel-related expenses, including severance and employee retention and relocation; consulting fees; and advisor fees. Chubb integration and related expenses also include interest expense related to the $5.3 billion senior notes issued in November 2015 in order to finance a portion of the Chubb Corp acquisition. We exclude this pre-acquisition interest expense from core operating income because the operations for which the debt was issued were not part of our operating activities prior to the completion of the acquisition. Effective with the close of the Chubb Corp acquisition (January 14, 2016), the interest on this debt was considered a cost of our operations and is included within core operating income.

See reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures on pages 31-37 in the Financial Supplement. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for measures determined in accordance with GAAP, including premium, net income, return on equity, net investment income, and effective tax rate.

NM - not meaningful comparison

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Forward-looking statements made in this press release, such as those related to company performance, including 2018 performance and growth opportunities, pricing, taxes, economic and market conditions, and our expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts reflect our 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 that could cause actual results to differ materially, including without limitation, the following: competition, pricing and policy term trends, the levels of new and renewal business achieved, the frequency and severity of unpredictable catastrophic events, actual loss experience, uncertainties in the reserving or settlement process, integration activities and performance of acquired companies, loss of key employees or disruptions to our operations, 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, economic, political, regulatory, insurance and reinsurance business conditions, potential strategic opportunities including acquisitions and our ability to achieve and integrate them, as well as management's response to these factors, and other factors identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


 

Chubb Limited

Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



December 31

2017


December 31

2016

Assets




Investments

$

102,444


$

99,094

Cash

728


985

Insurance and reinsurance balances receivable

9,334


8,970

Reinsurance recoverable on losses and loss expenses

15,034


13,577

Goodwill and other intangible assets

22,054


22,095

Other assets

17,428


15,065


Total assets


$

167,022


$

159,786






Liabilities




Unpaid losses and loss expenses

$

63,179


$

60,540

Unearned premiums

15,216


14,779

Other liabilities

37,455


36,192


Total liabilities


$

115,850


$

111,511






Shareholders' equity





Total shareholders' equity


51,172


48,275


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

167,022


$

159,786






Book value per common share

$

110.32


$

103.60

Tangible book value per common share

$

65.87


$

60.64

Book value per common share excluding cumulative translation losses (1)

$

112.88


$

107.17

Tangible book value per common share excluding cumulative translation losses (1)

$

67.84


$

63.10















(1)  Cumulative translation losses were $1.2 billion in 2017 ($914 million on tangible and $273 million on intangible net assets) and $1.7 billion in 2016 ($1,147 million on tangible and $516 million on intangible net assets)










 

Chubb Limited

Summary Consolidated Financial Data

(in millions of U.S. dollars, except share, per share data, and ratios)

(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31


December 31


2017


2016


2017


2016

Gross premiums written

$

8,960


$

8,837


$

36,376


$

34,983

Net premiums written

7,051


6,938


29,244


28,145

Net premiums earned

7,218


7,059


29,034


28,749

Losses and loss expenses

4,272


3,855


18,454


16,052

Policy benefits

176


161


676


588

Policy acquisition costs

1,447


1,417


5,781


5,904

Administrative expenses (1)

737


708


2,833


3,081

Net investment income

797


744


3,125


2,865

Net realized gains (losses)

-


365


84


(145)

Interest expense

156


154


607


605

Other income (expense):








   Gains (losses) from separate account assets

27


(11)


97


11

   Other

40


141


303


211

Amortization of purchased intangibles

66


3


260


19

Chubb integration expenses

77


131


310


492

Income tax expense (benefit) (2)

(382)


259


(139)


815

Net income

$

1,533


$

1,610


$

3,861


$

4,135










Diluted earnings per share:








Core operating income

$

3.17


$

2.72


$

8.03


$

10.12

Net income

$

3.27


$

3.41


$

8.19


$

8.87










Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 

469.5


471.6


471.2


465.9

(1)               2016 includes the one-time pension curtailment benefit of $90 million.

(2)              2017 includes the one-time tax transition benefit of $450 million related to the 2017 Tax Reform.










P&C combined ratio








Loss and loss expense ratio

61.4%


57.0%


65.8%


57.8%

Policy acquisition cost ratio

19.4%


19.8%


19.5%


20.2%

Administrative expense ratio

9.9%


11.0%


9.4%


10.7%

P&C combined ratio

90.7%


87.8%


94.7%


88.7%










P&C underwriting income

$

623


$

795


$

1,430


$

3,018


















 

Chubb Limited

Consolidated Supplemental Segment Information

(in millions of U.S. dollars)

(Unaudited) 



Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31


December 31


2017


2016


2017


2016

Gross Premiums Written








North America Commercial P&C Insurance

$

4,095


$

4,109


$

15,760


$

14,986

North America Personal P&C Insurance

1,260


1,228


5,152


4,894

North America Agricultural Insurance

276


266


2,315


2,187

Overseas General Insurance

2,639


2,542


10,142


9,935

Global Reinsurance

104


115


746


739

Life Insurance (1)

974


835


3,697


3,248

Total

$

9,348


$

9,095


$

37,812


$

35,989













Net Premiums Written












North America Commercial P&C Insurance

$

2,993


$

3,083


$

12,028


$

11,740

North America Personal P&C Insurance

1,100


1,040


4,533


4,153

North America Agricultural Insurance

126


40


1,516


1,328

Overseas General Insurance

2,172


2,112


8,341


8,124

Global Reinsurance

105


114


685


676

Life Insurance (1)

943


807


3,577


3,130

Total

$

7,439


$

7,196


$

30,680


$

29,151













Net Premiums Earned












North America Commercial P&C Insurance

$

3,035


$

3,087


$

12,191


$

12,217

North America Personal P&C Insurance

1,103


1,074


4,399


4,319

North America Agricultural Insurance

252


147


1,508


1,316

Overseas General Insurance

2,113


2,050


8,131


8,132

Global Reinsurance

162


167


704


710

Life Insurance

553


534


2,101


2,055

Total

$

7,218


$

7,059


$

29,034


$

28,749













Segment income (loss)












North America Commercial P&C Insurance

$

909


$

955


$

3,010


$

3,492

North America Personal P&C Insurance

(29)


174


177


614

North America Agricultural Insurance

189


181


386


331

Overseas General Insurance

460


330


1,216


1,497

Global Reinsurance

50


75


196


413

Life Insurance

70


60


248


263

Corporate

(311)


(166)


(759)


(370)

Total

$

1,338


$

1,609


$

4,474


$

6,240













(1) Life Insurance gross and net premiums written includes deposits collected on universal life and investment contracts in 2017 (Q4 $388 million, full-year $1,436 million) and 2016 (Q4 $258 million, full-year $1,006 million).

 

SOURCE Chubb Limited

For further information: Investor Contact, Helen Wilson: (441) 299-9283; helen.wilson@chubb.com, Media Contact, Jeffrey Zack: (212) 827-4444; jeffrey.zack@chubb.com

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