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February 2004/4

  • Specialty insurance holding company WR Berkley announced an increase in its fourth-quarter profits on the back of higher premiums.
  • The world’s most valuable insurer AIG has posted fourth quarter profits of $2.71bn, or $1.03 per share, with higher general insurance premiums and revenues contributing to the bottom line.
  • Bermudian (re)insurer PXRe said on Wednesday (Feb 11, 2004) that its fourth-quarter net income had risen 71 percent from a year earlier, on the back of growth in its core catastrophe and risk excess lines of business.
  • In its first full year after being carved from US insurance giant St Paul, Platinum Underwriters unveiled net earnings of $144.8mn after a strong fourth quarter contributed $49.8mn.
  • A fourth quarter deficit was inevitable for the Bermudian giant XL Capital after a previously announced pre-tax charge of $694mn, and the operating loss of $2.54 per share was roughly in line with analysts’ expectations (First Call consensus $2.51).
  • Further rate increases and winning new businesses enabled reinsurance giant Swiss Re to grow premiums by 7 percent at the recent 1 January renewals.
  • Bermudian newcomer Axis announced a 100 percent increase in net income for the year ending December 31, 2003, to $532.3mn, or $3.42 per diluted share. This compared to net income of $265.1mn, or $1.91 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 200
  • Bermuda based Montpelier Re reported net income of $99.9mn for the final quarter, which helped the reinsurer unveil full year net earnings of $407.1mn for 2003.
  • The Navigators Group has announced that it expects it will record a net $31.6mn pre-tax charge on the back of higher than expected asbestos related losses.
  • Lloyd’s insurer Wellington Underwriting plc provided evidence that 2003 will be an excellent underwriting year for the Society when revealing last week that its Syndicate 2020 should make a profit of between 11 and 18 percent of capacity.
  • Hannover Re’s upbeat assessment of 2004 renewals has encouraged the French bank BNP Paribas to upgrade its outlook on the German reinsurer.
  • IPC Holdings Ltd celebrated its 10th anniversary last year but, upon revealing its results for 2003, showed investors it can still carve out book value growth as impressive as many of the younger Bermudians.