ACE Limited today reported net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, of $2.59 per share, compared with $0.96 per share for the same quarter last year. Operating income was $2.29 per share, compared with $2.17 per share for the same quarter last year. Book value per share declined 2.3% from March 31, 2013, to $80.26 due to rising interest rates. Tangible book value per share decreased 4.9% to $64.40, primarily due to rising interest rates and the impact of goodwill and intangibles relating to acquisitions closed during the quarter. Operating return on equity for the quarter was 12.3%. The property and casualty (P&C) combined ratio for the quarter was 87.9%.
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, net income was $5.36 per share, compared with $3.80 per share for 2012. Operating income was $4.46 per share, compared with $4.22 per share for 2012. Book value decreased $236 million, down 0.9% from December 31, 2012, and tangible book value decreased $656 million, down 2.9%. The P&C combined ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2013, was 88.1%.
Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Limited, commented: "ACE had record earnings in the quarter that were driven, in particular, by excellent current accident year underwriting results and strong investment income. We produced $790 million in after-tax operating income and our operating ROE was 12.3%. Book value declined 2.3% due to the rise in interest rates, which reduced unrealized gains in our investment portfolio. However, future investment income will benefit over time from the rise in interest rates.
"Our underwriting performance in the quarter, illustrated by a P&C combined ratio of 87.9%, benefited from margin improvement and premium growth globally. Total P&C net premiums were up over 8.5% on a constant dollar basis - with solid revenue growth in commercial P&C, accident and health, and personal lines. Growth was particularly strong from North America, Asia and Latin America, where our new acquisitions in Mexico are already contributing and added to the region's strong results.
"The primary commercial P&C pricing environment in the U.S. remains favorable and, in fact, we experienced our strongest quarter yet for casualty-related rate increases in our retail business. At the same time, property rate increases are moderating. While economic conditions remain a mixed bag around the globe, we are firing on all cylinders and, as things stand now, expect continued strong results for the balance of the year."