Press Release - AUGUST 23, 2018

Best’s Special Report: Preliminary First-Half 2018 Results Show Improvement in Underwriting Income for U.S. P/C Industry

 Matthew Coppola
Associate Director
– Corporate Data Management
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5627


The U.S. property/casualty industry’s net underwriting income improved in the first half of 2018 to $5.3 billion, compared with a $5.0 billion underwriting loss in the same prior-year period. This financial review is detailed in a new Best’s Special Report, titled, “A.M. Best First Look— First Half 2018 Property/Casualty Financial Results,” and the data is derived from companies’ six-month 2018 interim statutory statements that were received as of Aug. 20, 2018, representing an estimated 97% of the total property/casualty industry’s net premiums written.

The first-half 2018 underwriting results were driven by growth in net premiums written of 13.3% over the prior-year period, which offset a 3.8% increase in losses and loss adjustment expenses (LAE) incurred, a 12.9% rise in underwriting expenses and a 10.1% increase in policyholder dividends. With a more normalized level of catastrophe losses in first-half 2018, the industry’s combined ratio improved 4.5 points from the prior-year period to 96.4, the lowest six-month period combined ratio for the last five years.

The property/casualty industry also recorded a $3.7 billion increase in net investment income and a $2.0 billion increase in realized capital gains. Coupled with the strong underwriting improvement, these items boosted industry net income to $33.6 billion, an $18.7 billion increase from the prior-year period.

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