5 May 2017Insurance

Severe wind and hail storm cause underwriting loss at Liberty Mutual in Q1

Severe wind and hail storm losses have dented Boston-based Liberty Mutual Holding Company’s profits in the first quarter of 2017 while the company grew organically and via the acquisition of Ironshore.

"Net income in the first quarter was $351 million, down 11 percent from the prior year as elevated severe wind and hail storm losses more than offset significant improvement in investment results," said David Long, Liberty Mutual Insurance chairman and CEO. "Net written premiums in the quarter increased 5.3 percent but the combined ratio deteriorated 5.2 points to 101.5 percent."

Liberty Mutual Insurance, a unit of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, has recently acquired Bermuda-based specialty property/casualty insurer Ironshore from Chinese conglomerate Fosun International.

Liberty’s purchase price equates to $2.94 billion and is subject to post-closing adjustments.

Ironshore acquisition costs for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were $10 million.

In addition, Liberty Mutual Holding Company completed in April the acquisition of TRU Services, a firm specializing in providing medical stop loss products to mid and large-size medical plan sponsors.

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2 May 2017   Liberty Mutual Insurance has completed the acquisition of 100 percent ownership interest in Bermuda-based specialty property/casualty insurer Ironshore from Chinese conglomerate Fosun International.
3 May 2017   Following the completion of its acquisition of Ironshore, property/casualty insurer Liberty Mutual has combined its existing Liberty International Underwriters (LIU) US business and Ironshore’s US specialty lines business under the Ironshore brand.