Travelers’ earnings beat expectations | Insurance Business America

Travelers’ earnings beat expectations | Insurance Business America


Travelers’ earnings beat expectations | Insurance Business America















Strong performance attributed to robust underwriting gains, reduced catastrophe losses

Travelers’ earnings beat expectations


Insurance News

By
Ryan Smith

Travelers Companies reported quarterly earnings that surpassed expectations, according to an analysis by TD Cowen.

Travelers’ strong performance was attributed to robust underwriting gains, higher net investment income, and reduced catastrophe losses.

Travelers posted core earnings per share (EPS) of $7.01, exceeding TD Cowen’s estimate of $5.05 and the consensus estimate of $5.10. Pre-tax catastrophe losses were reported at $125 million, significantly below TD Cowen’s estimate of $268 million.

The lower-than-expected cat losses contributed to a consolidated combined ratio of 85.8%, surpassing TD Cowen’s projection of 92.7% and the 94.5% combined ratio recorded in the same period last year.

Travelers reported net written premiums (NWP) of $9.994 billion, a 13% increase over the previous year. This figure also exceeded TD Cowen’s estimate of $9.74 billion. Travelers’ underwriting expense ratio improved to 27.4% from 27.9% year over year and 28% in the previous quarter. The company also executed share buybacks worth $66 million during the reporting period.

Business insurance

Travelers’ business insurance segment reported after-tax income of $857 million, beating TD Cowen’s estimate of $870 million and growing significantly from the $725 million posted in the same period last year. The underlying combined ratio for the segment was 86.8%, while NWP was $5.018 billion – a 14% increase, driven by strong renewal premium change, retention, and increased levels of new business.

Bond and specialty insurance

After-tax income for the bond and specialty insurance segment was $240 million, exceeding TD Cowen’s estimate of $201 million and up from $221 million during the same period last year. The underlying combined ratio for the segment was 80.6%.

Personal insurance

The personal insurance segment posted after-tax income of $520 million, surpassing the TD Cowen estimate of $184 million and marking a substantial recovery from the $61 million loss in the previous year. The underlying combined ratio for the segment was 85.9%. NWP for the segment was $3.987 billion, a 13% year-over-year increase.

Auto insurance

Travelers’ auto insurance segment reported an underwriting loss of $82 million. This was a significant improvement from the $202 million loss reported in the previous year. The underlying combined ratio for the auto insurance segment was 102.7%, slightly higher than TD Cowen’s projection of 101%, but still lower than the 110.5% combined ratio recorded in the same period last year. NWP for the segment was $1.831 billion, a 13% year-over-year increase.

Homeowners insurance

Travelers’ homeowners insurance segment posted underwriting income of $585 million, a massive increase from the $5 million reported in the same period last year. The underlying combined ratio was 69.7%, significantly improving on TD Cowen’s projection of 86.4% and the 82.2% combined ratio reported in the previous year. NWP for homeowners insurance was $1.995 billion, up 14% year over year.

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