Loews Corporation (L - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2018 earnings of 88 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 98 cents by 10.2%. The bottom line, however, skyrocketed 91.3% year over year.
The company witnessed higher earnings at CNA Financial Corporation (CNA - Free Report) , Boardwalk Pipeline and Loews Hotels. Soft results at Diamond Offshore (DO - Free Report) and the parent company's investment portfolio were partial offsets.
Behind the Headlines
Operating revenues of $3.6 billion increased 2.5% year over year. Rise in insurance premiums and other revenues aided this improvement.
Total expenses slipped 0.1% year over year to $3.2 billion on lower insurance claims and policyholders' benefits.
Book value as of Sep 30, 2018 was $62.58 per share, up 8.1% from $57.83 as of Dec 31, 2017.
CNA Financial’s revenues rose nearly 7.4% from the prior-year quarter to $2.6 billion. Its reported net income attributable to Loews Corp. more than doubled year over year to $300 million. This upsurge was driven by improved underwriting income, which in turn, was boosted by lower net catastrophe loss for the core property & casualty business and a lower tax rate. However, lower favorable net prior-year reserve development and lower net investment income were partial offsets.
Boardwalk Pipeline’s revenues decreased 7.3% year over year to $279 million. Net income on the back of Loews Corp. soared 64.7% to $28 million owing to lower tax rate as well as full ownership of the business.
Loews Hotels’ revenues improved 17.2% year over year to $190 million. Income from Loews Corp. increased nearly four-fold to $11 million, contributed by improved results at several owned hotels, primarily the Loews Miami Beach Hotel plus higher contributions from its joint venture properties in the Universal Orlando Resort as well as a lower tax incidence.
Diamond Offshore’s revenues plunged 21.4% year over year to $289 million. Net loss attributable to Loews Corp. was $27 million against income of $6 million earned in the year-earlier quarter. This downside is due to lower revenues on persistently depressed market conditions affecting both rig utilization and average daily revenues.
Share Repurchase Update
The company bought back 1.8 million shares worth $88 million in the third quarter. Subsequently, through Nov 2, 2018, it repurchased another 1 million shares for $47 million.
Loews Corp. has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of an Insurer
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