AXIS Capital 2018 results improve but Benchimol disappointed in Q4
AXIS Capital posted a small profit in 2018 but company president and CEO Albert Benchimol admitted that results in the fourth quarter specifically were “unsatisfactory” as they were hit hard by property and catastrophe losses.
In 2018, the company's gross premiums written increased by $1.3 billion (24 percent) to $6.9 billion up from $5.6bn in 2017. This was driven by an increase of 35 percent in the insurance part of the business, mainly through the acquisition of Novae, plus an increase of 14 percent in the reinsurance segment.
The company reported a net income of $0.4 million for year end 2018 compared with a net loss of $416 million in the same period the year before. Its AXIS’s combined ratio improved to 99.9 percent in 2018 from 113.5 percent the year before.
In the fourth quarter alone, however, the re/insurer posted a net loss of $198 million compared with a net loss of $38 million in the same period the year before.
“In 2018, we delivered improved full-year underwriting performance, both with and without cats. Following three quarters in which we achieved tangible progress toward delivering on our financial goals, however, heavy attractional property and catastrophe activity led to unsatisfactory results in the fourth quarter,” Benchimol said.
“Throughout the past year, we took a number of significant actions to strengthen our portfolio and, over the past few months, we’ve accelerated these initiatives.
“Additionally, we anticipate that recent improvements in pricing and market discipline will also have a positive impact on the pace of our improvements. 2018 was a year in which we made significant progress in advancing our strategy and in strengthening our business.
“We furthered our relevance and positioning in key markets, including transitioning our London operations to a leading position at Lloyd’s with the integration of Novae, and we scaled up a transformation program that is improving our efficiency and our agility in a rapidly evolving market.”
Get all the latest re/insurance industry news with our daily newsletter - sign up here.
More of today's news
Covéa rejects latest claims in bitter acquisition dispute
Cat losses scupper Blue Capital’s efforts to reduce volatility
Aon Broking CEO quits after 27 years to start 'next chapter'
FEMA reduces NFIP flood risk placement as rates increase
Chubb appoints new claims director for Europe and Eurasia & Africa
Download our survey inforgraphic: 'The Impact of Automation on Commercial Lines'