Net operating income per share of $1.27, leading to an operating ROE of
Combined ratio of 95.1% was above last year's exceptional 92.3%, largely
due to more seasonal weather conditions
Premium growth of 9%, bolstered by the addition of Jevco's product suite
Book value per share increased 12% from a year ago
Integration of recent acquisitions remains on track
TORONTO, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC) today reported net operating
income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 of $175 million or $1.27
per share ($1.02 per share excluding a non-recurring item) compared to
$179 million or $1.34 per share in the corresponding quarter of last
year. Net income remained relatively unchanged at $174 million and
adjusted earnings per share, which excludes integration-related costs,
was $1.36 versus $1.55 for the same period last year. The combined
ratio increased 2.8 percentage points to 95.1% from the exceptional
underwriting performance of 92.3% in the first quarter of 2012. Direct
premiums written increased 9% to $1.5 billion compared to a year ago,
reflecting the addition of Jevco and organic growth.
"Throughout the first months of this year, we experienced better than
expected growth as a result of our recent acquisition and its resulting
expanded product offering, which was well-received by brokers and
customers," said Charles Brindamour, Chief Executive Officer of Intact
"Our operating performance was sound during the quarter compared to last
year's exceptional results which benefited from much more favourable
weather conditions. Both our home and personal auto insurance
portfolios fared well despite a significant increase in the number of
snow and wind-related claims."
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 44 cents per
share on its outstanding common shares. The Board also declared a
quarterly dividend of 26.25 cents per share on the Company's Class A
Series 1 and Class A Series 3 preferred shares. All dividends are
payable on June 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on June 14, 2013.
The company expects that industry premium growth is likely to evolve at
a similar pace to that of the last 12 months. Furthermore, the
continued low interest rate environment could support firmer market
conditions. At an industry level, we do not expect improvement in
personal auto as Ontario reforms have largely brought about the
expected cost savings. While potential government initiatives in
Ontario may reduce premium growth, loss ratios should remain stable as
a result of additional cost reduction measures. Results in personal
property may benefit from continued hard market conditions and
potential initiatives aimed at mitigating losses from future
catastrophes. In commercial lines, the company does not anticipate loss
ratio improvements but conditions should improve at a moderate pace
over time. Overall, the industry's ROE is not likely to improve
materially from the 10.6% level reported last year.
IFC is well-positioned to continue outperforming the P&C insurance
industry due to its pricing and underwriting discipline, claims
management capabilities, prudent investment and capital management
practices and solid financial position. Given these attributes, the
company believes that it will outperform the industry's ROE by at least
500 basis points in the next 12 months.
In millions of dollars,
except as otherwise noted
Direct premiums written (excluding pools)
Net operating income
Net income 2
Earnings per share
Basic and diluted (dollars) 2
Adjusted earnings per share
Basic and diluted (dollars) 2
Net operating income per share (dollars)
ROE for the last 12 months 2, 3
Adjusted ROE for the last 12 months 2, 3
Operating ROE for the last 12 months 3
Combined ratio (excluding MYA)
Book value per share (dollars)
1 Underwriting income is defined as underwriting income excluding market
yield adjustment (MYA). The MYA is the impact on claims liabilities due
to movement in discount rates.
2 Prior year figures have been restated to conform with the new employee
benefits accounting standard. For details, please see page 22 and 23
of the Management's Discussion & Analysis.
3 For ROE, Adjusted ROE and Operating ROE in 2013, the average equity
calculation has been adjusted on a pro rata basis to account for the
$229 million of common shares issued as at September 4, 2012. The 2012
calculation was adjusted for the $921 million of common shares issued
as at September 23, 2011.
Net operating income for the quarter was $175 million, down $4 million from the same quarter
in 2012 which benefited from a mild winter. The decrease in
underwriting income and lower investment income were partially offset
by an unusually-low effective tax rate this quarter. Although we paid
$284 million in taxes during the quarter, a non-recurring item related
to a prior year adjustment significantly reduced our effective tax rate
during the quarter. The operating ROE for the last twelve months was
Direct premiums written increased 9% in the first quarter to $1.5 billion, reflecting the
addition of Jevco and low single-digit organic growth.
Underwriting income in the quarter decreased by $40 million to $83 million compared to the
same period a year ago. The combined ratio of 95.1% was 2.8 percentage
points higher than last year's exceptional underwriting performance.
The increase was primarily due to the impact of more normal winter
weather conditions in home insurance and less favourable prior year
claims development in commercial lines. The underlying performance of
our portfolio, which excludes catastrophes and prior year claims
development, was higher by 1.9 percentage points year-over-year largely
driven by an increase in the number of claims across all lines of
Personal auto combined ratio improved 1.1 percentage points from a year
ago to 94.1%, as a significant increase in the frequency of claims due
to more seasonal weather conditions offset higher favourable prior year
Personal property combined ratio increased 10 percentage points to 93.5%
from the exceptional performance last year. The results were impacted
by an 11% increase in claims frequency from more seasonal weather
conditions and less favourable prior year development versus the first
quarter of 2012.
Commercial auto combined ratio increased 12.1 percentage points to 97.3%
from the very strong performance of 85.2% in the first quarter of 2012.
The increase was primarily due to a higher number of claims compared to
last year's unusually mild weather conditions and unfavourable prior
year claims development. Excluding catastrophes and prior year claims
development, the current year loss ratio was up by 3.5 percentage
Commercial P&C combined ratio increased 0.6 percentage points from last
year to 98.2% as lower favourable prior year claims development more
than offset a decline in the amount of large claims losses.
Net investment income of $96 million was down 4% compared to the same period of last year due
to marginally lower investment income and higher expenses. The
market-based yield for the quarter was 3.4%, down 30 basis points from
last year due to the low-yield environment.
Net investment gains, excluding fair-value-through-profit-and-loss
bonds, were $34 million in the first quarter compared to gains of $54
million a year ago. Total investments amounted to $12.5 billion at the
end of the quarter, up $1.0 billion from a year ago.
The company's financial position remained solid with a minimum capital
test of 214% and $744 million in excess capital. The company's book
value per share was $34.15 at the end of the quarter, 12% higher
compared to a year ago.
The integration of AXA Canada continues to progress very well. The
company maintains its $100 million in after-tax synergies target which
it expects to achieve once the integration of policies are complete and
the AXA system is shutdown in early 2014. At the end of the first
quarter, an annual synergies run-rate of $84 million had been recorded.
With respect to the Jevco integration, the company expects to
progressively reach annual expense synergies of approximately $15
million after-tax, largely by the end of 2014.
The average estimate of earnings per share and net operating income per
share for the quarter among the analysts who follow the company was
$1.38 and $1.32 respectively.
Intact Financial Corporation will host a conference call to review its
earnings results later today at 11:00 a.m. ET. To listen to the call
via live audio webcast and to view the company's Financial Statements,
Management's Discussion & Analysis, presentation slides, the
statistical supplement and other information not included in this press
release, visit our website at www.intactfc.com and link to "Investor Relations". All of these documents are available
on our website.
The conference call is also available by dialling (647) 427-7450 or 1
(888) 231-8191 (toll-free in North America). Please call 10 minutes
before the start of the call.
A replay of the call will be available later today at 2:00 p.m. ET
through 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 15. To listen to the replay,
call 1 (855) 859-2056, passcode 33222558. A transcript of the call will
also be available on Intact Financial Corporation's website.
About Intact Financial Corporation
Intact Financial Corporation (www.intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada.
Intact offers home, auto and business insurance through Intact
Insurance, belairdirect, Grey Power, BrokerLink and Jevco.
Forward Looking Statements
This document may contain forward looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. The company's actual results could differ materially
from these forward looking statements as a result of various factors,
including those discussed in the company's most recently filed Annual
Information Form and annual Management's Discussion & Analysis. Please
read the cautionary note at the end of the MD&A.
SOURCE: INTACT FINANCIAL CORPORATION
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