Everest Re Group has reported that for the three months ended September 30, 2020, net income was $243.1 million, or $6.07 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $104.4 million, or $2.56 per diluted common share, for the three months ended September 30, 2019. After-tax operating income¹ for the quarter was $97.0 million, or $2.42 per diluted common share, compared to after-tax operating income¹ of $138.4 million, or $3.39 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2019.
Everest Re Group President & CEO Juan C. Andrade commented: “Everest is benefitting from a flight to quality and strength in the reinsurance and insurance markets. This is an underwriter’s market. Our broadly diversified reinsurance and insurance franchises, our financial strength, deep distribution relationships, and our focus on providing solutions to our customers position us well for this environment. Everest’s core strength is evidenced by our third quarter 2020 results where we achieved 16% growth in gross written premium, an improved attritional combined ratio of 85.8% and net income of $243 million.”
Group Quarterly Results
- Excluding the catastrophe and Covid-19 Pandemic (“Pandemic”) losses, the Company reported an attritional combined ratio of 85.8%, as compared to 87.1% in the same period during 2019.
- Pre-tax catastrophe losses in the amount of $300 million, this amount is net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums. These losses include the impact of Hurricanes Laura, Isaias and Sally, wildfires in California and Oregon, and other events including the Midwest United States Derecho windstorm.
- $125 million of net pre-tax losses related to the Pandemic, primarily IBNR and attributed $110 million to reinsurance and $15 million to insurance. To date, Everest has incurred $435 million of losses related to the Pandemic.
Segmental Quarterly Results
- Gross written premiums of $2.1 billion, a 20% increase over the same period in 2019
- Strong premium growth in facultative risk and property and casualty treaty reinsurance in the US, Canada, and Latin America
- Attritional combined ratio of 83.0%, excluding catastrophe and Pandemic losses vs. the prior year comparative figure of 84.0%
- Combined ratio of 105.4%, which included catastrophe losses of 16.3% and Pandemic losses of 6.7%
- Pre-tax catastrophe losses of $262.7 million, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, and pre-tax net pandemic losses of $110 million
- Gross written premiums of $705 million, a 6% increase over the same period in 2019
- Strong renewal rate change of 19% excluding Worker’s Comp and 13% across all lines
- Attritional combined ratio of 94.2%, excluding catastrophe and Pandemic, vs. the prior year comparative figure of 96.0%
- Combined ratio of 104.5%, which included catastrophe losses of 7.0% and Pandemic losses of 3.4%
- Pre-tax catastrophe losses of $37.5 million, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, and pre-tax net pandemic losses of $15.0 million
Balance Sheet and Investments
- Shareholders’ equity increased to a record $9.6 billion
- Book value per diluted share of $239.98, up 9.3% on a dividend adjusted basis since year end 2019
- Net investment income of $234.2 million includes limited partnership gains of $88.8 million. Note that net investment income from limited partnerships is generally subject to a quarterly reporting lag, with current quarter results reflective of the rebound in US and global equity markets during the second quarter of 2020
- Net after-tax realized gains of $88.9 million for the quarter, with net after-tax unrealized gains of $52.0 million
- Cash flow from operations of $1.1 billion for the quarter
- Common share dividends declared and paid of $1.55 per share, equal to $61.9 million
- The Company repurchased no common shares in the quarter