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24 July 2014News

Allied World’s reinsurance book contracts by 19%

Allied World Assurance Company saw a 19 percent shrink in its reinsurance business in the second quarter of 2014 due to lower premiums across most business lines.

The reinsurance decline was countered by growth in other segments such as US insurance, which grew by 11.1 percent, led by growth in general casualty, inland marine and representations and warranties insurance, but offset by a continued decrease in healthcare.

Additionally, its international insurance segment grew by 6.2 percent driven by more recently added lines of insurance business in Europe including aviation and marine cargo, as well as growth across existing lines.

Its overall gross premiums written in the quarter were $760.4 million, a 0.6 percent decrease compared to $765.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

The company’s net income increased to $151.9 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared with a net loss of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Its net premiums written decreased to $553.9 million, a 4.7 percent decrease compared to $581.2 million in the prior year quarter.

Furthermore, the company’s combined ratio increased to 90.3 percent compared to 82.8 percent in the second quarter of 2013.

Scott Carmilani, president and CEO, says: "Allied World delivered another solid result for the first half of 2014. As evidenced by an 85 percent combined ratio, our disciplined underwriting philosophy, combined with improved investment performance, drove the year to date 8.1 percent growth in diluted book value per share."