CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) today announced third quarter 2015 net operating income of $210 million, or $0.77 per share, and net income of $178 million, or $0.66 per share. Property & Casualty Operations' combined ratio for the third quarter was 85.7%.
CNA Financial also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share, payable December 2, 2015 to stockholders of record on November 16, 2015.
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(a) Management utilizes the net operating income financial measure to monitor the Company's operations. Please refer to Note P in the Consolidated Financial Statements within CNA's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 for further discussion of this measure.
Property & Casualty Operations' net operating income was $263 million for the third quarter of 2015 as compared with $241 million in the prior year quarter. Improved underwriting results were partially offset by lower limited partnership investment results. Catastrophe losses were $10 million after tax for the third quarter of 2015 and prior year quarter, primarily due to U.S. weather-related events.
Net operating results for our non-core segments improved $6 million from the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter included a $34 million after-tax loss on a coinsurance transaction related to the sale of Continental Assurance Company and a $9 million reduction in the allowance for uncollectible reinsurance receivables. Excluding these items, the decline in results for our non-core segments in the current year quarter was driven by our long term care business.
After-tax net investment income decreased to $265 million for the third quarter of 2015 as compared with $346 million in the prior year quarter. This decrease was driven by limited partnership investments, which returned (3.2)% as compared with 1.0% in the prior year quarter.
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"Each of our segments achieved a solid underwriting result in the quarter highlighted by a P&C combined ratio of 85.7%," said Thomas F. Motamed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation. "Most importantly, our loss ratio excluding catastrophes and development continues to step in the right direction particularly in the Commercial segment where we achieved a 3-point improvement from the same prior year period."
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About the Company
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property and casualty company. CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.
Conference Call and Webcast/Presentation Information
A conference call for investors and the professional investment community will be held at 10:00 a.m. (ET) today. On the conference call will be Thomas F. Motamed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Financial Corporation, and other members of senior management. Participants can access the call by dialing (888) 299-7209, or for international callers, (719) 325-2494. The call will also be broadcast live on the internet at http://investor.cna.com or you may go to the investor relations pages of the CNA website (www.cna.com) for further details. 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 Robert Tardella at 312-822-4387.
Definition of Reported Segments
Specialty provides management and professional liability and other coverages through property and casualty products and services using a network of brokers, independent agencies and managing general underwriters.
Commercial works with an independent agency distribution system and a network of brokers to market a broad range of property and casualty insurance products and services to small, middle-market and large businesses and organizations.
International provides property and casualty insurance and specialty coverages in Canada, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe as well as globally through its operations at Lloyd's of London.
Life & Group Non-Core primarily includes the results of the individual and group long term care businesses that are in run off.
Corporate & Other Non-Core primarily includes certain corporate expenses, including interest on corporate debt, and the results of certain property and casualty business in run-off, including CNA Re and asbestos and environmental pollution.
In the evaluation of the results of Specialty, Commercial and International, management utilizes the loss ratio, the expense ratio, the dividend ratio and the combined ratio. These ratios are calculated using financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). The loss ratio is the percentage of net incurred claim and claim adjustment expenses to net earned premiums. The expense ratio is the percentage of insurance underwriting and acquisition expenses, including the amortization of deferred acquisition costs, to net earned premiums. The dividend ratio is the ratio of policyholders' dividends incurred to net earned premiums. The combined ratio is the sum of the loss, expense and dividend ratios.
This press release may also reference or contain financial measures that are not in accordance with GAAP. For reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measures, please refer herein and/or to CNA's most recent 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at www.cna.com.
This press release may include statements which relate to anticipated future events (forward-looking statements) rather than actual present conditions or historical events. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and generally include words such as "believes", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "estimates" and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to a variety of inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected. Many of these risks and uncertainties cannot be controlled by CNA. For a detailed description of these risks and uncertainties affecting CNA, please refer to CNA's most recent 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at www.cna.com.
Any forward-looking statements made in this press release are made by CNA as of the date of this press release. Further, CNA does not have any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this press release, even if CNA's expectations or any related events, conditions or circumstances change.
Brandon Davis, 312-822-5167
James Anderson, 312-822-7757
Sarah Pang, 312-822-6394
Derek G. Smith, 312-822-6612
Robert Tardella, 312-822-4387
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