RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RNR - Free Report) delivered second-quarter 2020 operating earnings per share of $4.06, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 51.5% on the back of solid revenues. However, the bottom line declined 15.1% year over year.
Quarterly Operational Update
Total revenues of $1.5 billion improved 25% year over year on higher gross premiums written.
Gross premiums written increased 15.2% year over year to $1.7 billion owing to higher premiums at the Property as well as the Casualty and Specialty segments.
Net investment income of $89.3 million declined 24.7% year over year.
RenaissanceRe’s total expenses of $816.7 million rose 4.7% year over year, primarily due to steep net claims and claim expenses and acquisition costs.
Underwriting income of $217.1 million grew 27.1% year over year, aided by higher contribution from the Property segment.
Combined ratio of 78.5% in the second quarter compared favorably with the year-ago quarter’s 81.3%.
Quarterly Segment Update
Gross premiums written were $1 billion, up 24.2% year over year in the second quarter.
Underwriting income of $200.6 million surged32.2% year over year, banking on a decrease in the underwriting expense ratio.
Combined ratio of 59.1% contracted 520 basis points (bps) year over year.
Casualty and Specialty Segment
Gross premiums written of $659.3 million were up 3.4% from the prior-year quarter. This upside is driven by growth in the current and new business opportunities within a few classes of business written in the present and previous periods.
The segment’s underwriting income of $16.5 million was down 13.2% year over year in the second quarter.
Combined ratio of 96.8% expanded 70 bps year over year.
The company issued 6,325,000 of its common shares in an underwritten public offering at a public offering price of $166.00 per share on Jun 5, 2020.
It also raised $75 million through the issuance of 451,807 of its common shares at a price of $166.00 per share to State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
As of Jun 30, 2020, total assets of RenaissanceRe were $30.5 billion, up 15.8% from the level at 2019 end.
The company had total debt of $1.1 billion as of Jun 30, 2020, down 18% from the level at 2019 end.
Cash and cash equivalents were $1.2 billion, down 14% from the figure at 2019 end.
Book value per share of $134.27 increased 11.4% from the number at 2019 end.
Annualized operating return on equity for the quarter under review was 12.7%.
RenaissanceRe has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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Of the insurance industry players, which have reported second-quarter results so far, earnings of Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF - Free Report) , First American Financial Corporation (FAF - Free Report) and RLI Corp. (RLI - Free Report) beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.
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