ZURICH--Oct. 20, 2015--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE) today reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, of $1.62 per share, compared with $2.32 per share for the same quarter last year.(1)Operating income was $2.74 per share, compared with $2.64 per share for the same quarter last year. The property and casualty (P&C) combined ratio for the quarter was 85.9%. Book value and tangible book value per share declined 1.5% and 0.8%, respectively, from June 30, 2015, reflecting unfavorable foreign currency movement of $548 million, after-tax, and realized and unrealized losses in the company's investment and variable annuity reinsurance portfolios of $622 million, after-tax, as a result of global equity and interest rate movements. Book value and tangible book value per share now stand at $89.88 and $72.25, respectively.
|Third Quarter Summary|
|(in millions, except per share amounts)|
|(Per Share - Diluted)|
|Operating income, net of tax||$||897||$||891||0.8%||$||2.74||$||2.64||3.8%|
|Chubb integration expenses, net of tax||(7)||—||NM||(0.02)||—||NM|
|Adjusted net realized gains (losses), net of tax||(362)||(106)||NM||(1.10)||(0.32)||NM|
For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net income was $6.53 per share, compared with $6.75 per share for 2014. Operating income was $7.38 per share, compared with $7.32 per share for 2014. The P&C combined ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, was 87.2% versus 87.5% prior year. Book value and tangible book value per share declined 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively, from December 31, 2014. Book value and tangible book value per share were negatively impacted by unfavorable foreign currency movement of $885 million, after-tax, net realized and unrealized losses in the investment portfolio of $542 million, after-tax, and realized losses of $268 million, after-tax, in the company’s variable annuity reinsurance portfolio during the year. Tangible book value per share was also negatively impacted by the addition of $474 million of goodwill and other intangibles related to the Fireman’s Fund acquisition that closed during the year.
Nine Months Ended Summary
|(in millions, except per share amounts)|
|(Per Share - Diluted)|
Operating income, net of tax
|Chubb integration expenses, net of tax||(7)||—||NM||(0.02)||—||NM|
|Adjusted net realized gains (losses), net of tax||(272)||(195)||39.5%||(0.83)||(0.57)||45.6%|
Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Limited, commented: “ACE had a great quarter. Volatility in the credit, equity and foreign exchange markets impacted our results but did not prevent us from producing record earnings, record underwriting results and good revenue growth in constant dollars. After-tax operating income was $897 million, or $2.74 per share, leading to an operating ROE of about 13%.
“Our earnings growth was driven by a world-class underwriting performance, highlighted by record underwriting income and a P&C combined ratio of 85.9%. We benefited from very strong current underwriting year results, positive development in our reserves and relatively low catastrophe losses. Year to date, even with foreign exchange headwinds, we’ve produced over $2.4 billion in operating income, which is essentially flat with prior year.
“Book value declined 1.5% due to the impact of foreign exchange and financial market volatility in our investment and variable annuity reinsurance portfolios. Foreign exchange also continued to impact our premium revenue. Global P&C net premiums, which exclude Agriculture, were flat in the quarter but grew nearly 8% in constant currency, with double-digit contributions from our U.S. and Latin American operations. For the year, Global P&C premiums have grown about 2.5%, or nearly 9% in constant dollars.
“We are on track to close our acquisition of Chubb in the first quarter of 2016 and expect a very positive response from both companies’ shareholders at Thursday’s shareholder meetings. We are making good progress with integration planning and will be ready to hit the ground running when we close.”
Operating highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, were as follows:
|(in millions of U.S. dollars except for percentages)||3Q
|Net premiums written||$||4,217||$||4,232||(0.4)%|
|Net premiums written constant-dollar||$||3,992||5.6%|
|Underwriting income constant-dollar||$||551||8.4%|
|Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses||$||459||$||440||4.5%|
|Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses constant-dollar||$||404||13.7%|
|Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses||89.2%||89.8%|
Global P&C (excludes Agriculture)
|Net premiums written||$||3,480||$||3,468||0.3%|
|Net premiums written constant-dollar||$||3,229||7.8%|
|Underwriting income constant-dollar||$||470||11.5%|
|Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses||$||391||$||360||8.8%|
|Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses constant-dollar||$||324||20.7%|
|Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses||88.8%||89.8%|
|Net premiums written||$||737||$||764||(3.5)%|
|Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses||$||68||$||80||(14.9)%|
|Current accident year combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses||90.8%||89.6%|
Details of financial results by business segment are available in the ACE Limited Financial Supplement. Key segment items for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, include:
* Favorable prior period development of $177 million in the Insurance – Overseas General segment and $78 million in the Global Reinsurance segment included $26 million and $54 million, respectively, of favorable development related to an individual legacy liability case reserve take-down.
Please refer to the ACE Limited Financial Supplement, dated September 30, 2015, which is posted on the company's website in the Investor Information section, and access Financial Reports for more detailed information on individual segment performance, together with additional disclosure on reinsurance recoverables, loss reserves, investment portfolio and capital structure.
ACE will hold its third quarter earnings conference call on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. The earnings conference call will be available via live webcast at www.acegroup.com or by dialing 888-471-3842 (within the United States) or 719-325-2499 (international), passcode 721516. Please refer to the ACE Group website in the Investor Information section under Calendar of Events for details. A replay of the call will be available until Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and the archived webcast will be available for approximately one month. To listen to the replay, please dial 888-203-1112 (in the United States) or 719-457-0820 (international), passcode 721516.
About ACE Group
ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 54 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.
(1) All comparisons are with the same period last year unless specifically stated.
Regulation G - Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In presenting our results, we included and discussed certain non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures, which may be defined differently by other companies, are important for an understanding of our overall results of operations and financial condition. However, they should not be viewed as a substitute for measures determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
Throughout this document there are various measures presented on a constant-dollar basis (i.e., excludes the impact of foreign exchange). We believe it is useful to evaluate the trends in our results, exclusive of the effect of fluctuations in exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and the currencies in which our international business is transacted, as these exchange rates could fluctuate significantly between periods and distort the analysis of trends. The impact is determined by assuming constant foreign exchange rates between periods by translating prior period results using the same local currency exchange rates as the comparable current period.
Adjusted net realized gains (losses), net of tax, includes net realized gains (losses) and net realized gains (losses) recorded in other income (expense) related to unconsolidated subsidiaries, and excludes realized gains and losses on crop derivatives. These derivatives were purchased to provide economic benefit, in a manner similar to reinsurance protection, in the event that a significant decline in commodity pricing impacts underwriting results. We view gains and losses on these derivatives as part of the results of our underwriting operations, and therefore realized gains and losses from these derivatives are reclassified to adjusted losses and loss expenses. The P&C combined ratio includes adjusted losses and loss expenses in the ratio numerator.
Underwriting income, P&C underwriting income, and Global P&C underwriting income are calculated by subtracting losses and loss expenses, policy benefits, policy acquisition costs and administrative expenses from net premiums earned. P&C underwriting income also includes gains (losses) on crop derivatives. We use underwriting income and operating ratios to monitor the results of our operations without the impact of certain factors, including net investment income, other income (expense), interest and income tax expense and adjusted net realized gains (losses). Current accident year underwriting income excluding catastrophe losses is underwriting income adjusted to exclude catastrophe losses and prior period development (PPD). We believe it is useful to exclude catastrophe losses, as they are not predictable as to timing and amount, and PPD as these unexpected loss developments on historical reserves are not indicative of our current underwriting performance. We believe the use of these measures enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the underlying profitability of our insurance business.
Operating income or income excluding adjusted net realized gains (losses), net of tax is a common performance measurement for insurance companies. We believe this presentation enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the underlying profitability of our insurance business. We exclude adjusted net realized gains (losses) because the amount of these gains (losses) is heavily influenced by the availability of market opportunities. We also exclude Chubb integration expenses related to the planned acquisition due to the size and complexity of this acquisition. These integration expenses are distortive to our results and are not indicative of our underlying profitability. We believe that excluding these integration expenses facilitates the comparison of our financial results to our historical operating results. These expenses include legal and professional fees and all costs directly related to the integration activities of the planned Chubb acquisition. Operating income or income excluding adjusted net realized gains (losses) should not be viewed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, we disclose operating income excluding the impact of foreign exchange in order to adjust for the distortive effects of fluctuations in exchange rates.
P&C combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses and PPD and current accident year P&C combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses exclude impacts of catastrophe losses and PPD. We believe this measure provides a better evaluation of our core underwriting performance and enhances the understanding of the trends in our property and casualty business that may be obscured by these items.
Global P&C performance metrics comprise consolidated operating results (including corporate) and exclude the operating results of the company’s Life and Insurance – North American Agriculture segments. We believe that these measures are useful and meaningful to investors as they are used by management to assess the company’s global P&C operations which are the most economically similar. We exclude the Insurance – North American Agriculture and Life segments because the results of these businesses do not always correlate with the results of our global P&C operations.
International life net premiums written and deposits collected, is adjusted to include deposits collected on universal life and investment contracts (life deposits). Life deposits are not reflected as revenues in our consolidated statements of operations in accordance with GAAP. However, we include life deposits in presenting growth in our life insurance business because new life deposits are an important component of production and key to our efforts to grow our business.
Operating return on equity (ROE) or ROE calculated using operating income is an annualized financial measure. The ROE numerator includes income adjusted to exclude adjusted net realized gains (losses), net of tax and Chubb integration expenses, net of tax. The ROE denominator includes the average shareholders' equity for the period adjusted to exclude unrealized gains (losses) on investments, net of tax. To annualize a quarterly rate, multiply by four. Annualized ROE calculated using operating income is a useful measure as it enhances the understanding of the return on shareholders' equity by highlighting the underlying profitability relative to shareholders' equity excluding the effect of unrealized gains and losses on our investments.
Tangible book value per common share is shareholders' equity less goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the shares outstanding. We believe that goodwill and other intangible assets are not indicative of our underlying insurance results or trends and make book value comparisons to less acquisitive peer companies less meaningful. In addition, we disclose per share measures for book value and tangible book value that exclude the impact of foreign currency fluctuations during 2015 in order to adjust for the distortive effects of fluctuations in exchange rates.
Other income (expense) – operating excludes from consolidated Other income (expense) the portion of net realized gains and losses related to unconsolidated entities and gains and losses from fair value changes in separate account assets that do not qualify for separate account reporting under GAAP. Net realized gains (losses) related to unconsolidated entities is excluded from operating income in order to enhance the understanding of our core results of operations as they are heavily influenced by, and fluctuate in part according to market conditions.
See reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures on pages 22-24 in the Financial Supplement. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for net income, return on equity, or effective tax rate determined in accordance with GAAP.
NM - not meaningful comparison
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Forward-looking statements made in this press release, such as those related to company performance, including 2015 performance and growth opportunities, and statements about the benefits of the proposed transaction involving ACE and Chubb, ACE’s and Chubb’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including without limitation, the following: competition, pricing and policy term trends, the levels of new and renewal business achieved, the frequency of unpredictable catastrophic events, actual loss experience, uncertainties in the reserving or settlement process, integration activities and performance of acquired companies, new theories of liability, judicial, legislative, regulatory and other governmental developments, litigation tactics and developments, investigation developments and actual settlement terms, the amount and timing of reinsurance recoverable, credit developments among reinsurers, rating agency action, possible terrorism or the outbreak and effects of war, economic, political, regulatory, insurance and reinsurance business conditions, potential strategic opportunities including acquisitions and our ability to achieve and integrate them, as well as management's response to these factors, and other factors identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In addition, with regard to the proposed transaction involving ACE and Chubb, important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the following: the inability to complete the transaction in a timely manner; the inability to complete the transaction due to the failure of Chubb’s shareholders to approve the transaction agreement or the failure of ACE shareholders to approve, among other matters, the issuance of ACE common shares in connection with the transaction; the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the transaction, including receipt of required regulatory approvals; the failure of the proposed transaction to close for any other reason; the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction will not be realized; the risk that integration of Chubb’s operations with those of ACE will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the effect of the announcement of the transaction on ACE’s, Chubb’s or the combined company’s respective business relationships, operating results and business generally; and diversion of management’s attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities. In addition, you should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results of the combined company described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the joint proxy statement/prospectus delivered to ACE’s and Chubb’s respective shareholders, and in ACE’s and Chubb’s respective filings with the SEC.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This press release may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed transaction between ACE and Chubb. In connection with the proposed transaction, ACE has filed a registration statement on Form S-4, and the final joint proxy statement/prospectus has been delivered to the shareholders of ACE and Chubb. This press release is not a substitute for the registration statement, definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus or any other documents that ACE or Chubb may file with the SEC or send to shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.
Shareholders may obtain copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC (when available) free of charge at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by ACE will be made available free of charge on ACE’s website at www.acegroup.com. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Chubb will be made available free of charge on Chubb’s website atwww.chubb.com.
Participants in Solicitation
ACE, Chubb and their respective directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of ACE is set forth in the proxy statement for ACE’s 2015 Annual General Meeting, which was filed with the SEC on April 8, 2015, and ACE’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 27, 2015.Information about the directors and executive officers of Chubb is set forth in the proxy statement for Chubb’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 13, 2015, and Chubb’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on February 26, 2015. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials filed with the SEC. You may obtain free copies of these documents as described above.
|Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)|
|September 30||December 31|
|Insurance and reinsurance balances receivable||5,290||5,426|
|Reinsurance recoverable on losses and loss expenses||11,231||11,992|
|Unpaid losses and loss expenses||$||37,564||$||38,315|
|Total shareholders' equity||29,127||29,587|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||97,760||$||98,248|
|Book value per common share||$ 89.88||$||90.02|
|Summary Consolidated Financial Data|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars, except share, per share data, and ratios)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30||September 30|
|Gross premiums written||$||6,346||$||6,264||$||18,172||$||17,644|
|Net premiums written||4,709||4,729||13,569||13,473|
|Net premiums earned||4,719||4,754||13,006||13,056|
|Losses and loss expenses||2,643||2,684||7,182||7,233|
|Policy acquisition costs||771||825||2,205||2,311|
|Net investment income||549||566||1,662||1,675|
|Net realized gains (losses)||(397)||(120)||(360)||(297)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Gains (losses) from separate account assets||(49)||(6)||(32)||5|
|Amortization of intangible assets||51||
|Chubb integration expenses||9||—||9||—|
|Income tax expense||132||176||395||402|
|Diluted earnings per share:|
|Weighted average diluted shares outstanding||327.2||337.7||329.2||340.4|
P&C combined ratio
|Loss and loss expense ratio||58.8%||58.5%||58.3%||58.1%|
|Policy acquisition cost ratio||15.4%||16.5%||16.1%||16.9%|
|Administrative expense ratio||11.7%||11.3%||12.8%||12.5%|
|P&C combined ratio||85.9%||86.3%||87.2%||87.5%|
|P&C underwriting income||$||597||$||586||$||1,477||$||1,454|
|Other income (expense) – operating(1)||$||12||$||(3)||$||9||$||(8)|
(1) Effective Q3 2015, excludes amortization of intangible assets for all periods presented
|Consolidated Supplemental Segment Information|
|(in millions of U.S. dollars)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30||September 30|
Gross Premiums Written
|Insurance – North American P&C||$||2,372||$||2,126||$||7,402||$||6,497|
|Insurance – North American Agriculture||1,243||1,241||1,937||2,076|
|Insurance – Overseas General||2,019||2,156||6,486||6,641|
Net Premiums Written
|Insurance – North American P&C||$||1,711||$||1,541||$||5,116||$||4,594|
|Insurance – North American Agriculture||737||764||1,204||1,346|
|Insurance – Overseas General||1,584||1,719||5,047||5,250|
Net Premiums Earned
|Insurance – North American P&C||$||1,682||$||1,518||$||4,896||$||4,547|
|Insurance – North American Agriculture||739||766||1,124||1,199|
|Insurance – Overseas General||1,615||1,726||4,896||5,047|
Operating Income (loss)
|Insurance – North American P&C||$||326||$||337||$||1,066||$||1,126|
|Insurance – North American Agriculture||56||57||106||51|
|Insurance – Overseas General||330||348||811||869|