Chubb reports $726m profit
Chubb Ltd’s second-quarter net income was $726 million, down from $942 million in the same period last year.
Earnings per diluted common share were $1.54. Earnings adjusted for investment costs were $2.25 per share. The consensus forecast of analysts tracked by Yahoo Finance was $2.22.
Gross written premiums were $9.27 billion, up from $6.5 billion year-on-year.
Ace Ltd acquired The Chubb Corporation in January, creating Chubb Ltd. The company is headquartered in Switzerland.
Chubb’s property and casualty combined ratio — the proportion of premium dollars spent on claims and expenses — was 91.2 per cent for the quarter compared to 87.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2015, when calculated as if Ace and Chubb were one company in 2015.
Evan Greenberg, chief executive officer of Chubb said: “Chubb produced very good operating results in the quarter despite a greater level of industry natural catastrophe losses globally than has occurred in recent years, though industry insured losses appear in line with longer-term historical averages.
“After-tax operating income of $2.25 per share was down 6.3 per cent over prior year and included $0.66 of after-tax catastrophe losses. For illustrative purposes, excluding the catastrophe losses, operating EPS for the quarter was up 7 per cent from prior year and up 11 per cent for six months, demonstrating the underlying health and earnings power of the new Chubb and depicting the accretive nature of our merger.”
He continued: “Our earnings were driven in particular by strong underwriting margins as reflected in the published P&C combined ratio of 91.2 per cent, or 90.2 per cent excluding purchase accounting and other temporary merger-related items.
“The P&C current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses was 88.9 per cent versus 88 per cent when comparing results as if we were one company last year. Our six-month results include an annualised operating ROE of circa 10 per cent and book value per share growth of over 13 per cent.
“Premium revenue in the quarter was impacted by foreign exchange, more competitive market conditions and underwriting actions that we took on select portfolios of business. These underwriting actions, including greater use of reinsurance, impacted net premium growth in the quarter by about 1.5 points while improving our risk-reward profile.”
Concerning the merger, Mr Greenberg said: “Our integration efforts, both growth and expense-related, are on track and going well. In fact, the strength of the new Chubb, including cross-selling and the introduction of our total product portfolio to an expanded distribution base, is receiving greater attention and, while early days, the efforts are beginning to contribute to revenue growth.”
Shareholders’ equity ended the quarter at $47.2 billion, up from $29.1 billion at the end of 2015. Book value per share increased 2.7 per cent since March 31 to $101.56.
Chubb’s shares today rose 28 cents to close at $128.22 before the company announced its results.