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Liberty Mutual Insurance Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results


BOSTON, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively "LMHC" or the "Company") reported consolidated net loss from continuing operations of $299 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and consolidated net income from continuing operations of $1.095 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. The Company reported consolidated net income from continuing operations of  $251 million and $1.633 billion for the same periods in 2018, respectively.

Liberty Mutual Insurance (PRNewsfoto/Liberty Mutual Insurance)

"Our response to rising loss trends in commercial lines dominated financial results in the quarter.  We achieved significant rate increases, expanded reinsurance protection, and continued strategic underwriting actions in a coordinated effort to improve profitability and protect our balance sheet," said David H. Long, Liberty Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "The strength of our diversified business profile allows us to navigate these challenging market conditions."

Fourth Quarter Highlights

Full Year Highlights

Financial Condition as of December 31, 2019

Subsequent Events

On February 6, 2020, the Company's subsidiary, Liberty UK and Europe Holdings Limited, closed on the sale of its entire 99.99% interest in its Russian insurance affiliate, Liberty Insurance (JSC), to PJSC Sovcombank.

Management has assessed material subsequent events through February 27, 2020, the date the financial statements were available to be issued.

1

Excludes unrealized gains on equity securities, unit linked life insurance, and the corresponding tax impact.

2

Catastrophes are defined as a natural catastrophe or terror event exceeding $25 million in estimated ultimate losses, net of reinsurance, and before taxes.  Catastrophe losses, where applicable, include the impact of accelerated earned catastrophe premiums and earned reinstatement premiums.

3

Net incurred losses attributable to prior years is defined as incurred losses attributable to prior years (including prior year losses related to catastrophes, prior year catastrophe reinstatement premium, and prior year commission expense) including earned premium attributable to prior years.

4

Re-estimation of the current accident year loss reserves for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.

5

The combined ratio, expressed as a percentage, is a measure of underwriting profitability.  This measure should only be used in conjunction with, and not in lieu of, underwriting income and may not be comparable to other performance measures used by the Company's competitors.  The combined ratio is computed as the sum of the following property and casualty ratios: the ratio of claims and claim adjustment expense less managed care income to earned premium; the ratio of insurance operating costs plus amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs less third-party administration income and fee income (primarily related to the Company's involuntary market servicing carrier operations) and installment charges to earned premium; and the ratio of policyholder dividends to earned premium. Provisions for uncollectible premium and reinsurance are not included in the combined ratio unless related to an asbestos and environmental commutation and certain other run off.  Restructuring and Ironshore acquisition and integration costs are not included in the combined ratio.

 

Consolidated Results of Operations



Three Months Ended

December 31,

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

$ in Millions

2019

2018

Change

2019

2018

Change

Revenues

$10,933

$10,556

3.6%

$43,228

$41,568

4.0%

PTOI before catastrophes, net incurred
losses attributable to prior years,
current accident year re-estimation
and partnerships, LLC and other
equity method income

$514

$771

(33.3%)

$2,964

$3,285

(9.8%)

   Catastrophes1

(280)

(534)

(47.6)

(1,477)

(1,903)

(22.4)

   Net incurred losses attributable to
   prior years:







     - Asbestos and environmental2

(275)

(2)

NM

(278)

(270)

3.0

     - All other3

(280)

42

NM

(628)

341

NM

   Current accident year re-estimation4

(96)

-

NM

-

-

-

Pre-tax operating (loss) income before
partnerships, LLC and other equity
method income

(417)

277

NM

581

1,453

(60.0)

Partnerships, LLC and other equity
method income5

145

285

(49.1)

701

978

(28.3)

Pre-tax operating (loss) income

(272)

562

NM

1,282

2,431

(47.3)

Net realized gains (losses)

50

(139)

NM

443

(147)

NM

Unit linked life insurance

(34)

-

NM

(123)

-

NM

Ironshore acquisition & integration
costs

(12)

(55)

(78.2)

(28)

(86)

(67.4)

Restructuring costs

(64)

(37)

73.0

(70)

(94)

(25.5)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

-

(49)

(8)

NM

Pre-tax (loss) income

(332)

331

NM

1,455

2,096

(30.6)

Income tax (benefit) expense

(33)

80

NM

360

463

(22.2)

Consolidated net (loss) income from
continuing operations

(299)

251

NM

1,095

1,633

(32.9)

Discontinued operations, net of tax

-

(2)

(100.0)

(50)

528

NM

Consolidated net (loss) income

(299)

249

NM

1,045

2,161

(51.6)

Less: Net income attributable to non-
controlling interest

1

-

NM

1

1

-

Net (loss) income attributable to
LMHC

(300)

249

NM

1,044

2,160

(51.7)

Net (loss) income attributable to
LMHC excluding unrealized impact6

($383)

$249

NM

$768

$2,160

(64.4%)

Cash flow provided by continuing
operations

$438

$1,136

(61.4%)

$3,477

$3,548

(2.0%)



1

Catastrophes are defined as a natural catastrophe or terror event exceeding $25 million in estimated ultimate losses, net of reinsurance, and before taxes.  Catastrophe losses, where applicable, include the impact of accelerated earned catastrophe premiums and earned reinstatement premiums.

2

Asbestos and environmental is gross of the related adverse development reinsurance (the "NICO Reinsurance Transaction").

3

Net of earned premium and reinstatement premium attributable to prior years of $29 million and $24 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019, and ($50) million and $9 million for the same periods in 2018.

4

Re-estimation of the current accident year loss reserves for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.

5

Partnerships, LLC and other equity method income includes LP, LLC and other equity method income within net investment income in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations and revenue and expenses from direct investments in natural resources.

6

Excludes unrealized gains on equity securities, unit linked life insurance, and the corresponding tax impact.
NM = Not Meaningful

Financial Information:  The Company's financial results, management's discussion and analysis of operating results and financial condition, accompanying financial statements and other supplemental financial information for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019 are available on the Company's Investor Relations website at www.libertymutualgroup.com/investors.

Conference Call Information: On February 27, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, David Long, Liberty Mutual Insurance Chairman and CEO, will host a conference call to discuss the Company's fourth quarter and full year 2019 financial results. To participate in the event via telephone and to ask a question, please dial 888-312-9837, referencing the Confirmation Code 3685300. You can view the slides at https://attglobal.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1278774&tp_key=a759f1302e. To listen to the call online via PC and view a presentation on financial performance, please log into https://attglobal.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1278774&tp_key=a759f1302e. Following the call, a recording of the event will be available on the Investor Relations section of Liberty Mutual's website, www.libertymutualgroup.com/investors.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance

At Liberty Mutual, we believe progress happens when people feel secure. By providing protection for the unexpected and delivering it with care, we help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow.

In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, today we are the fifth largest global property and casualty insurer based on 2018 gross written premium. We also rank 75th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2018 revenue. As of December 31, 2019, we had $43.2 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

We employ over 45,000 people in 29 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, specialty lines, commercial multiple-peril, commercial automobile, workers compensation, reinsurance, commercial property, surety, and general liability.

For more information, visit www.libertymutualinsurance.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This report contains forward looking statements that are intended to enhance the reader's ability to assess the Company's future financial and business performance.  Forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that represent the Company's beliefs concerning future operations, strategies, financial results or other developments, and contain words and phrases such as "may," "expects," "should," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends" or similar expressions.  Because these forward looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that are subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control or are subject to change, actual results could be materially different.

Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to the following: the occurrence of catastrophic events (including terrorist acts, hurricanes, hail, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, snowfall and winter conditions); inadequacy of loss reserves; adverse developments involving asbestos, environmental or toxic tort claims and litigation; adverse developments in the cost, availability or ability to collect reinsurance; disruptions to the Company's relationships with its independent agents and brokers; financial disruption or a prolonged economic downturn; the performance of the Company's investment portfolios; a rise in interest rates; risks inherent in the Company's alternative investments in private limited partnerships ("LP"), limited liability companies ("LLC"), commercial mortgages and direct investments in natural resources; difficulty in valuing certain of the Company's investments; subjectivity in the determination of the amount of impairments taken on the Company's investments; unfavorable outcomes from litigation and other legal proceedings, including the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues and investigations by state and federal authorities; the Company's exposure to credit risk in certain of its business operations; the Company's inability to obtain price increases or maintain market share due to competition or otherwise; inadequacy of the Company's pricing models; changes to insurance laws and regulations; changes in the amount of statutory capital that the Company must hold to maintain its financial strength and credit ratings; regulatory restrictions on the Company's ability to change its methods of marketing and underwriting in certain areas; assessments for guaranty funds and mandatory pooling arrangements; a downgrade in the Company's claims-paying and financial strength ratings; the ability of the Company's subsidiaries to pay dividends to the Company; inflation, including inflation in medical costs and automobile and home repair costs; the cyclicality of the property and casualty insurance industry; political, legal, operational and other risks faced by the Company's international business; potentially high severity losses involving the Company's surety products; loss or significant restriction on the Company's ability to use credit scoring in the pricing and underwriting of personal lines policies; inadequacy of the Company's controls to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory standards; changes in federal or state tax laws; risks arising out of the Company's securities lending program; the Company's utilization of information technology systems and its implementation of technology innovations; difficulties with technology or data security; insufficiency of the Company's business continuity plan in the event of a disaster; the Company's ability to successfully integrate operations, personnel and technology from its acquisitions; insufficiency of the Company's enterprise risk management models and modeling techniques; the Company's ability to identify and accurately assess complex and emerging risks, and changing climate conditions. The Company's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report or as of the date they are made and should be regarded solely as the Company's current plans, estimates and beliefs.  For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, visit the Company's Investor Relations website at www.libertymutualgroup.com/investors.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

The United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union occurred on January 31, 2020.  That date also marks the beginning of a transition period during which the United Kingdom will remain in the EU's customs union and single market but will negotiate with the European Union regarding the terms of the future UK-EU relationship. The withdrawal could have a negative impact on economic conditions in the United Kingdom and could result in unintended consequences in other countries as well. The Company acknowledges that there are risks and uncertainties associated with the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union and has developed a course of action related to the withdrawal but will continue to monitor the negotiations as they develop. 

Contact:      

Investor Relations                              

Media Relations


Edward Peña                                      

Rich Angevine


857-224-6655                          

617-574-6638

 

SOURCE Liberty Mutual Insurance


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