Aspen Estimate $135M Preliminary Pre-Tax Loss

January 28, 2018

Bermuda-based Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited announced a preliminary estimate of approximately $135 million in pre-tax losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, related to wildfires in California in the fourth quarter of 2017. The estimated losses are predominantly attributed to Aspen’s Reinsurance segment.

Aspen expects to record an underwriting loss of approximately $245 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. These results reflect the natural catastrophe losses described above as well as an increased frequency of mid-sized and attritional losses primarily in Aspen’s Insurance segment.

These include property and fire-related losses in the U.K. and the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, cyber losses and an increase in a previously reported surety loss. Aspen’s reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses remain strong and the expected fourth quarter 2017 underwriting loss includes a release of reserves from prior years.

Chris O’Kane, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are deeply disappointed with our financial performance in 2017. We have taken a number of actions to improve our underwriting performance and expect to see the impact of these reflected in our 2018 underwriting year results and beyond. We believe our capital position is appropriate to support our ongoing business and underpins our financial strength ratings.”

The company also added that based on its initial assessment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 [“U.S. Tax Reform”], Aspen does not anticipate a significant impact on its net income in 2018.

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