Sirius posts Q3 2018 loss due to storm losses

19-11-2018

Bermuda-based Sirius International Insurance Group has posted a net loss of $28 million for the third quarter of 2018, up from the net loss of $179 million it made in the same period of 2017.

“Our first earnings report as a public company is disappointing due primarily to storm losses,” said chief executive officer Allan Waters. “But our journey is a marathon, not a sprint. The Sirius management team is totally dedicated towards growing intrinsic value per share. If we accomplish that well, the stock price will take care of itself over time.”

Catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, amounted to $77 million in the quarter, primarily related to typhoon Jebi ($48 million), hurricane Florence ($9 million), and the Kerala floods ($7 million).

Sirius Group's combined ratio was 111 percent for the third quarter of 2018 compared to 159 percent for the third quarter of 2017. The improvement in the combined ratio was driven by lower catastrophe losses and higher net favourable prior year loss reserve development, the company said.

Sirius became a publicly listed company in November, trading on the Nasdaq, following the completion of its merger agreement with Easterly Acquisition.

“Sirius Group had a tough quarter driven largely by catastrophe losses and elevated attritional losses,” said chief financial officer Kip Oberting. We also made the decision to exit certain underperforming accounts and re-underwrite certain lines. Our diversified portfolio, global platform, and solid capitalization combined with public company governance positions us well for the future."

Global Property produced an underwriting loss for the quarter of $51 million and a 130 percent combined ratio driven mainly by catastrophe losses and higher current accident year losses.

Global A&H produced $12 million of underwriting income, including net service fee income, and a combined ratio of 96 percent.

Specialty & Casualty produced a $2 million underwriting loss for the quarter and a combined ratio of 103 percent, driven mainly by losses in the discontinued London Marine book.

Runoff & Other produced $8 million of underwriting income mainly from favourable loss reserve movements. Sirius Global Solutions closed on the acquisition of WRM America in the third quarter.

Gross written premiums increased 11 percent year on year in the third quarter to $398 million, driven by top line growth in global property and specialty & casualty segments.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018 net income attributable to the common shareholder was $110 million compared to a net loss of $172 million in the same period a year ago.

Sirius Group's combined ratio was 94 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to 114 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The decrease in the combined ratio was driven by lower catastrophe losses and higher net favourable prior year loss reserve development.

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