11 per cent growth, results impacted by severe weather events throughout year
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Leading home, car and business insurer RSA Canada reported industry leading growth of 11 per cent to net written premiums of $2,826m, benefiting from the acquisition of L'Union Canadienne. However, bottom line results were impacted by three significant catastrophic weather events, as well as an increase in overall weather activity resulting in a combined operating ratio (COR) of 99.3%, compared to 93.6% in 2012.
"While 2013 was a record year for severe weather in Canada, our core business remains strong," says Rowan Saunders, President & CEO of RSA Canada. "The severe weather may have negatively impacted results, but I am extremely proud of the exceptional support we provided to customers and brokers from coast to coast."
Personal lines premiums were up 11% to $1,921m, including a 7-point benefit from the L'Union Canadienne (UC) acquisition. Growth in Personal lines of 4% was driven by Household, with rate increases across most provinces and strong growth in the Western region.
In Commercial Lines, premiums were up 9% to $905m, primarily driven by large corporate accounts and Global Specialty Lines (GSL). Commercial market remains very competitive with soft pricing conditions.
The underwriting result of $16m was impacted by severe weather, including the floods in Alberta and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which were the first and third most costly weather events in Canadian history, as well as by the ice storms that hit the GTA in December. These events resulted in $286 m of insured losses resulting in net losses of $151m. Excluding the impact of adverse weather, the combined ratio was 94.5% reflecting a continued strong performance and an improving operating expense ratio.
"In 2013 we supported our customers through an unprecedented number of severe weather events," continued Saunders. "In 2014, I expect our COR to return to the mid- low 90s, to see growth in line with the market and to continue providing the best service to our customers and brokers."
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About RSA Canada
RSA Canada includes Roins Financial Services Limited, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance Company, Johnson Inc., Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd., Canadian Northern Shield Insurance Company, RSA Travel Insurance Inc./Assurance Voyage RSA inc., L'Union Canadienne, Compagnie d'assurances, and is part of the RSA group of companies headed by RSA Insurance Group plc. RSA Canada employs approximately 4,000 people and is represented by a large network of brokers across the country. In 2012, the Canadian Group wrote $3bn in direct premiums with assets exceeding $8 billion. RSA is a trade name of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada. "RSA" and the RSA logo are trademarks used under license from RSA Insurance Group plc.
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