Argo Group Reports First Quarter Results

May 1, 2020

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., announced that its results for the first quarter of 2020 “will be adversely affected by certain loss items primarily related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and volatility in global financial markets.”

“Argo expects to report pre-tax net catastrophe losses of $29 million, including approximately $26 million related to the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily resulting from contingency and property exposures in the company’s International Operations and property exposures in its U.S. Operations. Property losses relate to sub-limited affirmative business interruption coverage, primarily in certain International markets, as well as expected costs associated with potential litigation,” the company said.

“Our company has a long history of assisting policyholders as they navigate unprecedented times,” said Argo Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Rehnberg. “While this continuing event is significant, Argo remains financially strong and will continue to support our customers and producers through the challenges ahead.

“I’m grateful for the broader Argo team, who – like so many worldwide – have been working long hours in remote locations to serve our customers. My sympathy goes out to all of those affected by this virus directly or indirectly.”

The company noted, “Charges related to the COVID-19 pandemic represent estimated losses incurred through March 31, 2020. Argo expects to incur some additional losses and claim related expenses in subsequent quarters depending on the timing and duration of impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, net prior year reserve development was not material in the first quarter of 2020.

“Investment results in the quarter were adversely impacted by extreme volatility in interest rates, credit spreads and equity markets. As a result, Argo expects to report pre-tax net realized and unrealized investment losses of $162 million, partially offset by net investment income of $35 million for the first quarter of 2020.”

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