Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 operating earnings per share of $1, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings improved 10% year over year.
Adjusted operating income rose 7% to $788 million in the second quarter.
Marsh & McLennan’s consolidated revenues were $3.5 million, up 4% year over year on an underlying basis. Revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.2%.
Total operating expenses of $2.7 million increased 3% year over year.
Risk and Insurance Services
Revenues at the Risk and Insurance Services segment were $1.9 billion, up 4% year over year on an underlying basis. Adjusted operating income also grew 9% to $535 million from the last-year quarter.
A unit within this segment – Marsh – reported revenues of $1.6 million, up 4% year over year on an underlying basis. Underlying revenues grew 1% year over year in international operations on 4% growth in Latin America, 3% in the Asia Pacific, and 2% in the U.S.-Canada region. However, the underlying revenues remained flat year over year for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Another unit under this segment, Guy Carpenter, displayed revenue growth of 4% year over year on an underlying basis to $293 million.
The Consulting segment's revenues increased 3% year over year on an underlying basis to $1.59 billion. Additionally, adjusted operating income inched up 3% year over year to $298 million.
A unit within this segment – Mercer – reported revenues of $1.1 billion, up 3% year over year on an underlying basis.
Another unit, Oliver Wyman Group, reported revenues of $483 million, up 7% year over year on an underlying basis.
Marsh & McLennan exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $966 million, down 6% from end-2016.
As of Jun 30, 2017, Marsh & McLennan’s total assets were $19 million, up 7% year over year.
Total equity was $7 million, up 13% from year-end 2016.
Marsh & McLennan spent $200 million to buyback 2.7 million shares in the second quarter.
The board of directors raised the quarterly dividend by 10% to 37.5 cents per share in May 2017. The dividend is payable on Aug 15, 2017, to shareholders of record as on Jul 27, 2017.
Marsh & McLennan presently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of Other Insurers
Among other players from the insurance industry that have reported their second-quarter earnings so far, the bottom line at Brown & Brown, Inc. (BRO - Free Report) and Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF - Free Report) beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while The Progressive Corporation (PGR - Free Report) missed the same.
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