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Liberty Mutual Reports $1.1 Billion for Nine-Month Period


Posted on 01 Nov 2012 by Neilson

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Liberty MutualLiberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and its subsidiaries today reported net income of $465 million and $1.1 billion for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, increases of $577 million and $990 million over the same periods in 2011.

"Improved core operating results along with modest catastrophe losses led to much improved net income of $465 million in the quarter," said David H. Long, President and CEO of Liberty Mutual Insurance. "Growth remained robust at 6%, with positive real growth where we targeted - personal lines and international - and contraction in underpriced commercial business. Positive price momentum exists across most lines with the magnitude of increases targeted to where it is needed most, workers compensation and property. This pricing trend will continue given the persistent low yield environment."

Third Quarter Highlights

*Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2012 were $9.278 billion, an increase of $511 million or 5.8% over the same period in 2011.

*Net written premium ("NWP") for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $8.651 billion, an increase of $515 million or 6.3% over the same period in 2011.

*Pre-tax operating income ("PTOI") before private limited partnership ("LP") and limited liability company ("LLC") income for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $469 million versus a pre-tax operating loss before LP and LLC income of $340 million in the same period in 2011.

* PTOI for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $511 million versus a pre-tax operating loss of $202 million in the same period in 2011.

*Loss on extinguishment of debt for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was zero versus $37 million in the same period in 2011. No debt was repurchased in the quarter, $500 million of senior debt was issued with a weighted average interest rate of 5.73%, and $204 million of debt matured.

*Net income attributable to LMHC for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $465 million versus a $112 million net loss attributable to LMHC in the same period in 2011.

* Cash flow from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $1.019 billion, an increase of $434 million or 74.2% over the same period in 2011.

* The consolidated combined ratio before catastrophes1, net incurred losses attributable to prior years2 and current accident year re-estimation3 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was 96.6%, a decrease of 1.4 points from the same period in 2011. Including the impact of catastrophes, net incurred losses attributable to prior years and current accident year re-estimation, the Company's combined ratio for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased 12.2 points to 98.5%.

Year-to-Date Highlights

* Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $27.316 billion, an increase of $1.608 billion or 6.3% over the same period in 2011.

* NWP for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $25.064 billion, an increase of $1.577 billion or 6.7% over the same period in 2011.

* PTOI before LP and LLC income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $973 million versus $501 million of pre-tax operating loss before LP and LLC income in the same period in 2011.

* PTOI for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $1.227 billion versus $25 million of pre-tax operating loss in the same period in 2011.

* Loss on extinguishment of debt for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $163 million, an increase of $86 million over the same period in 2011. $837 million of debt with a weighted average interest rate of 8.16% was repurchased year-to-date, $1.500 billion of senior debt was issued with a weighted average interest rate of 5.73%, and $204 million of debt matured.

* Net income attributable to LMHC for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $1.063 billion, versus net income of $73 million in the same period in 2011, an increase of $990 million.

* Cash flow from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $2.244 billion, an increase of $722 million or 47.4% over the same period in 2011.

* The consolidated combined ratio before catastrophes and net incurred losses attributable to prior years for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was 96.9%, an increase of 0.1 points over the same period in 2011. Including the impact of catastrophes and net incurred losses attributable to prior years, the Company’s combined ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 decreased 6.9 points to 101.7%.


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