1 August 2014

Arch posts impressive Q2 results, spurred by innovation

Arch’s strengthened gross written premiums by 20 percent year-on-year during Q2, as the company sought to leverage growing capabilities in the US mortgage and convergence space.

Across all segments Arch wrote $1.3 billion of gross written premiums during the quarter and drove its combined ratio down a little over a percentage point to 86.2 percent.

Net income for the quarter reached $202.5 million, a 30.3 percent increase on the year before. Altogether it appears to have been a good quarter for Arch, who have outperformed in spite of difficult conditions in the reinsurance sector and softening on some primary lines.

Arch’s mortgage segment was worthy of particular note, achieving a 196 percent increase in gross premiums written, up to $55.4 million for the quarter, with operating income up 73.9 percent to $8.8 million for the period.

Arch has also started executing on its Watford Re strategy, of which Arch holds an 11 percent stake, with Watford Re writing $51.8 million of net premiums during the quarter.

While Arch increased its reinsurance gross premiums written by 9.7 percent, it ceded a significant portion of the business to Watford Re results in a net written premium increase of only 0.2 percent compared with Q2 of 2013.

Arch also achieved strong growth in its insurance segment, with gross written premiums increasing 21.1 percent for the quarter, up to $852 million, while net income rose sharply to $34.4 million, from $13.6 million during the same period in 2013.

Meanwhile, on the investment side the company was also able to achieve good results in spite of sluggish macroeconomic conditions. Net investment income rose to $72.5 million from $68.4 million in Q2 of 2013.