ACE Reports Q4 Operating Income Of $492M

January 30, 2013

Bermuda-based ACE Limited reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, of $2.22 per share, compared with $2.15 per share for the same quarter last year.

Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Limited, commented: “ACE had a good fourth quarter, which contributed to an excellent year. Even with the impact of Superstorm Sandy, we produced over $490 million of operating income and increased book value per share 2%. These results continue to demonstrate the strength of our underwriting culture and balance sheet, and the benefits of our globally diversified business.

“For the year, after-tax operating income was $2.6 billion, up 13% from 2011. We produced $1.2 billion in underwriting income – an increase of 11% over prior year – and a combined ratio of 93.9%. This is an excellent underwriting result, particularly given the worst drought conditions in the U.S. in 25 years as well as the losses from Sandy.

“We also produced strong investment results, with investment income down less than 3% – a good performance considering record low interest rates. Our operating ROE was 11% and per share book value grew 12% for the year, bringing three-year and five-year compounded annual book value per share growth to 11.4% and 10.7%, respectively.

“Net premiums globally grew 6% for the year and in constant dollars – 9% excluding our crop insurance business. Our premium revenue growth is benefitting from an improved price environment in the U.S., our large and growing business presence around the world in Asia, Latin America and Europe, and our unique and balanced portfolio of insurance products including commercial, specialty and personal P&C, personal accident and life.

“Insurance pricing in the U.S. continues to improve and price increases are spreading to more product classes – a trend that has continued into the first quarter. With low interest rates pressuring industry returns, we expect this orderly and rational trend of price increases to continue.

“For our company, a continued focus on underwriting discipline, enhanced through the use of portfolio management and data analytics, is contributing significantly to both our premium growth and underwriting profitability, and we expect this discipline will continue to make a notable difference in our results going forward.”

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