CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) today announced fourth quarter 2022 net income of $248 million, or $0.91 per share, versus $266 million, or $0.98 per share, in the prior year quarter. Net investment losses for the quarter were $26 million compared to net investment gains of $1 million in the prior year quarter. Core income for the quarter was $274 million, or $1.01 per share, versus $265 million, or $0.97 per share, in the prior year quarter.
Net income for the full year 2022 was $894 million, or $3.28 per share, versus $1,202 million, or $4.41 per share, in the prior year. Net investment losses for the full year were $154 million compared to net investment gains of $96 million in the prior year. Core income for the full year 2022 was $1,048 million, or $3.84 per share, versus $1,106 million, or $4.06 per share, in the prior year.
Our Property & Casualty segments produced core income of $342 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, a decrease of $11 million compared to the prior year quarter driven by lower investment income from limited partnerships and common stock, as well as lower underwriting income, including a $36 million increase in pretax catastrophe losses to $76 million. Property & Casualty segments, excluding third party captives, generated gross written premium growth of 8%, or 9% excluding currency fluctuations, and net written premium growth of 5%, or 7% excluding currency fluctuations, driven by retention of 86% and renewal premium change of +7%.
Our Property & Casualty segments produced core income of $1,240 million for the full year 2022, an increase of $56 million compared to the prior year driven by record high underwriting income of $559 million as well as higher investment income from fixed income securities, partially offset by lower investment income from limited partnerships and common stock. Property & Casualty segments, excluding third party captives, generated gross written premium growth of 10% or 11% excluding foreign currency fluctuations, and net written premium growth of 9% or 10% excluding foreign currency fluctuations, driven by retention of 86%, new business growth of 13% and renewal premium change of +8%.
Our Life & Group segment produced a core loss of $(16) million for the fourth quarter of 2022 versus core income of $6 million in the prior year quarter driven by lower investment income from limited partnerships. Our Corporate & Other segment produced a core loss of $(52) million for the fourth quarter of 2022, an improvement of $42 million compared to the prior year quarter driven by a lower non-economic charge related to asbestos & environmental pollution and adverse development in legacy mass tort exposures in the prior year quarter.
CNA Financial declared a quarterly dividend of $0.42 per share and a special dividend of $1.20 per share, payable March 9, 2023 to stockholders of record on February 21, 2023.
Results for the Three Months Ended December 31
Results for the Year Ended December 31
($ millions, except per share data)
Core income (a)
Net income per diluted share
Core income per diluted share
December 31, 2022
December 31, 2021
Book value per share
Book value per share excluding AOCI
Management utilizes the core income (loss) financial measure to monitor the Company's operations. Please refer herein to the Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures section of this press release for further discussion of this non-GAAP measure.
"We had another excellent quarter with solid top-line growth and strong underwriting profitability which capped off an excellent year of underwriting performance. Gross written premium growth ex captives was 8% for the quarter and 10% for the year, marking two straight years of double-digit growth. Overall P&C renewal premium change was 7% in the quarter and 9% in Commercial which is up 2 points from the third quarter. The combined ratio was 93.7% for the quarter and a record low 93.2% for the year. We produced core income of $274 million for the quarter and $1,048 million for the year. Core income was greater than $1 billion for the second straight year and represents our highest two-year total on record. Given our strong results in 2022, we are optimistic about our opportunities to capitalize on the continued favorable market conditions, and achieve a meaningful benefit from the tailwind of higher yields on our fixed maturity portfolio," said Dino E. Robusto, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation.
Property & Casualty Operations
Results for the Three Months Ended December 31
Results for the Year Ended December 31
Gross written premiums ex. 3rd party captives
GWP ex. 3rd party captives change (% year over year)
Net written premiums
NWP change (% year over year)
Net earned premiums
NEP change (% year over year)
Net investment income
Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development
Effect of catastrophe impacts
Effect of development-related items
Combined ratio excluding catastrophes and development
Business Operating Highlights
Underwriting gain (loss)
Gross written premiums
GWP change (% year over year)
Life & Group
Core (loss) income
Core results decreased $22 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared with the prior year quarter primarily due to a $40 million pretax decline in net investment income from limited partnerships partially offset by improved morbidity.
Corporate & Other
Insurance claims and policyholders' benefits
Core loss improved $42 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared with the prior year quarter. The application of retroactive reinsurance accounting to additional cessions to the A&EP Loss Portfolio Transfer in both periods resulted in after-tax non-economic charges of $28 million and $48 million in 2022 and 2021, respectively. The additional cessions in those periods were $87 million and $138 million, respectively. Results for the prior year quarter include a $16 million after-tax impact from unfavorable development related to legacy mass tort exposures in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Net Investment Income
Net investment income decreased $48 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 as compared with the prior year quarter. The decrease was driven by a decline in income from limited partnership and common stock investments, which returned 0.9%, or $20 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 compared with a return of 5.1%, or $108 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was partially offset by a $33 million increase in income from fixed income securities.
Stockholders' equity of $8.8 billion decreased 31% from year-end 2021, primarily due to net unrealized investment losses compared to net unrealized investment gains at year-end 2021, resulting from the effect of higher interest rates on the fair value of the fixed income portfolio and dividends paid to stockholders, partially offset by net income. Net unrealized investment gains decreased $3.8 billion after-tax driven by a decrease in unrealized investment gains of $7.8 billion, partially offset by Shadow Adjustments of $3.1 billion and tax of $1.0 billion. Book value per share of $32.58 likewise decreased 31% from year-end 2021.
Book value per share ex AOCI of $45.71 increased 7% from year-end 2021 adjusting for $3.60 of dividends per share.
As of December 31, 2022, statutory capital and surplus for the Combined Continental Casualty Companies was $10.6 billion.
About the Company
CNA is one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies. Backed by more than 125 years of experience, CNA provides a broad range of standard and specialized insurance products and services for businesses and professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com.
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Conference Call and Webcast/Presentation Information
A conference call for investors and the professional investment community will be held at 8:00 a.m. (CT) today. On the conference call will be Dino E. Robusto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation, Scott R. Lindquist, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CNA Financial Corporation and other members of senior management. Participants can access the call by dialing (844) 481-2830 (USA Toll Free) or +1 (412) 317-1850 (International). The call will also be broadcast live on the internet and may be accessed from the Investor Relations page of the CNA website (www.cna.com). A presentation will be posted and available on the CNA website and will provide additional insight into the results.
The call is available to the media, but questions will be restricted to investors and the professional investment community. An online replay will be available on CNA's website following the call. Financial supplement information related to the results is available on the investor relations pages of the CNA website or by contacting email@example.com.
Definition of Reported Segments
Management utilizes the following metrics in their evaluation of the Property & Casualty Operations. These ratios are calculated using financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).
Gross written premiums ex. 3rd party captives represents gross written premiums excluding business which is ceded to third party captives, including business related to large warranty programs.
Underwriting results represent net earned premiums less total insurance expenses, which includes insurance claims and policyholders' benefits, amortization of deferred acquisition costs and other insurance related expenses, pre-tax.
Statutory capital and surplus represents the excess of an insurance company's admitted assets over its liabilities, including loss reserves, as determined in accordance with statutory accounting practices. Statutory capital and surplus as of the current period is preliminary.
The Company's investment portfolio is monitored by management through analysis of various factors including unrealized gains and losses on securities, portfolio duration and exposure to market and credit risk.
To the extent that unrealized gains on fixed income securities supporting long term care reserves would result in a premium deficiency if realized, a related increase in Insurance reserves is recorded, net of tax, as a reduction of net unrealized gains (losses), through Other comprehensive income (loss). To the extent that unrealized gains or losses on fixed income securities supporting structured settlements not funded by annuities would impact the reserve balance if realized, a related increase or decrease in Insurance reserves is recorded, net of tax, as a reduction or increase of net unrealized gains (losses), through Other comprehensive income (Shadow Adjustments).
Reconciliation of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures
This press release also contains financial measures that are not in accordance with GAAP. Management utilizes these financial measures to monitor the Company's insurance operations and investment portfolio. The Company believes the presentation of these measures provides investors with a better understanding of the significant factors that comprise the Company's operating performance. Reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measures follow below.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Core Income (Loss)
Core income (loss) is calculated by excluding from net income (loss) the after-tax effects of net investment gains or losses and any cumulative effects of changes in accounting guidance. The calculation of core income (loss) excludes net investment gains or losses because net investment gains or losses are generally driven by economic factors that are not necessarily reflective of our primary operations. Management monitors core income (loss) for each business segment to assess segment performance. Presentation of consolidated core income (loss) is deemed to be a non-GAAP financial measure.
Less: Net investment (losses) gains
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share to Core Income (Loss) per Diluted Share
Core income (loss) per diluted share provides management and investors with a valuable measure of the Company's operating performance for the same reasons applicable to its underlying measure, core income (loss). Core income (loss) per diluted share is core income (loss) on a per diluted share basis.
Reconciliation of Book Value per Share to Book Value per Share Excluding AOCI
Book value per share excluding AOCI allows management and investors to analyze the amount of the Company's net worth primarily attributable to the Company's business operations. The Company believes this measurement is useful as it reduces the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period, primarily based on changes in interest rates.
Less: Per share impact of AOCI
Calculation of Return on Equity and Core Return on Equity
Core return on equity provides management and investors with a measure of how effectively the Company is investing the portion of the Company's net worth that is primarily attributable to its business operations.
Annualized net income
Average stockholders' equity including AOCI (a)
Return on equity
Annualized core income
Average stockholders' equity excluding AOCI (a)
Core return on equity
Average stockholders' equity is calculated using a simple average of the beginning and ending balances for the period.
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