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AIG Returned $2.6 Billion to Shareholders in 3Q16
AIG declared its quarterly dividend of $0.32 per share in 3Q16 totaling ~$338 million, translating into an annualized dividend yield of 2.2%.
Is the FOMC Confident about Effecting a Rate Hike in 2015?
Though policymakers have clearly stated that they’d be data-driven while deciding on effecting a rate hike, it seems that there’s more than economic indicators on their mind.
Benefit of Hindsight: The Fed Wasn’t Going to Raise the Rates
Some participants had maintained that the Fed shouldn’t raise rates in September, but many participants thought that the Fed would “liftoff” at this meeting.
AIG’s Shareholder Payouts Rise on Higher Investment Income
In 1Q17, AIG repurchased ~56.0 million shares, or 5.5% of its total outstanding shares, for a purchase price of ~$3.6 billion. The company made additional repurchases of ~$1.1 billion through May 3, 2017.
AIG’s Stock Benefits from De-Risking of Balance Sheet
During the first quarter of 2015, AIG (AIG) took further actions to simplify its balance sheet and reduce risk.
Gauging Berkshire’s Services and Retail Growth in 4Q
Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK-B) services and retailing division is expected to garner marginal growth in 4Q16, sequentially as well as YoY.
FOMC Meeting Minutes: What Does It Mean for Your Investments?
Most members of the FOMC want to move cautiously in regards to rate hikes. They expect the factors that are holding down growth to only give way slowly.
Health Care and Utilities Sectors: Best Performers on November 29
The health care sector rose 0.65% on November 29. Alexion Pharm (ALXN) (+5.2%) and Centene (CNC) (+3.9%) are the top performers.
AIG Hires Marketing and Communications Head
In American International Group’s (AIG) General Insurance segment, North American net premiums fell between 2016 and 2017, from $13.9 billion to $11.4 billion.
AIG Valuations Low on SIFI, Operating Performance, Restructuring
American International Group’s (AIG) stock has declined by more than 13% over the past six months, mainly due to weak operating performance, higher reserve developments, and declining returns on alternative investments.
AIG’s Commercial Insurance segment sees increased income
AIG’s top line dipped marginally in 4Q14 when compared to 4Q13, driven by disciplined sales and underwriting in casualty products in commercial P&C.
AIG improves its capital structure in 4Q14
AIG repurchased $6.5 billion of high coupon debt, replacing it with lower coupon debt to help AIG reduce its interest burden by ~$249 million per year.
AIG’s Commercial Insurance Business Improves in 1Q15
AIG (AIG) reported pre-tax operating income of $1.5 billion in 1Q15 for its commercial insurance business, as compared to $1.4 billion in 1Q14.
Progressive’s Commercial Lines Expand on Transport Sector in 3Q15
Progressive’s (PGR) Commercial Lines business revenues increased by 12.1% to $511 million in 3Q15, up from $456 million in 3Q14.
What Led to Chubb’s Discounted Valuations?
Chubb has been successful in gaining investors’ confidence as the company rewarded shareholders with $667 million in 2Q17 via repurchases and dividends.
Gauging AIG’s stock performance and valuation
AIG’s shares appear to be currently undervalued despite the improvements in its operating and financial metrics.
What Drove Berkshire’s Services and Retailing Business?
In 3Q16, Berkshire’s (BRK-B) revenues from its Services and Retailing division fell to $6.3 billion in 3Q16 as compared to $6.1 billion in 3Q15.
Prudential Financial’s Valuations Rise, Still Trade at a Discount
Prudential Financial’s shares appear to be currently undervalued despite the improvements in its overall fundamentals.
AIG Posted a Huge Loss in 4Q17
AIG (AIG) reported a net loss of $6.66 billion in 4Q17—compared to a loss of $3 billion in 4Q16.
What impacts an insurer’s profits?
In 2013, the top ten life and health insurance companies had just above 50% market share in terms of direct premiums written.
Underwriting profit: First leg of the profit machine
An underwriting loss is not unusual for an insurance company. In a soft pricing environment, pricing of P&C products is low due to intense competition.
How cost structures and distribution channels impact profit
As customers use Internet-based aggregators to purchase insurance policies, insurers use online sales to interact directly with customers and reduce costs.
The US insurance industry: Largest in the world
Insurance premiums have grown at a modest pace after a dip in 2009 due to the financial crisis, which the industry was able to navigate.
Making sense of an insurer’s liabilities
Policyholder liabilities, or policyholder reserves, represent the future claims that may arise for the pool of policies the insurer writes.
Goldman Sachs: Trade War Boosts Risk of Recession
Goldman Sachs (GS) has cut its Q4 growth forecast by 20 basis points. It now foresees the trade war impacting growth more than it previously forecast.
How Analysts Are Rating Chubb
Chubb (CB) is tracked by 18 analysts in February 2018. One analyst has recommended a “sell” for the stock, and one has recommended a “hold.”
Understanding Chubb’s Premium Valuations
Chubb’s (CB) PE (price-to-earnings) ratio is 14.37x on an NTM (next 12-month) basis. The average for its competitors was 13.36x.
Here’s What’s behind Chubb’s Net Income in 4Q17
Chubb’s (CB) net income in 4Q17 was $1.5 billion compared to $1.6 billion in 4Q16. It saw a rise in net premiums earned, from $7.1 billion in 4Q16 to $7.2 billion in 4Q17.
Chubb’s Performance in 4Q17: Earnings, Revenues
Chubb (CB) has reported 4Q17 EPS of $3.17, which exceeds analysts’ estimate by $0.88. The company’s core operating income in 4Q17 was $1.48 billion.
Understanding Analysts’ Ratings on MetLife
Of the 17 analysts covering MET, six have given it “strong buy” recommendations, seven have given it “hold” recommendations, one has given it a “sell” recommendation, and three have given it “buy” recommendations.
Analyzing MetLife’s Corporate and Other Division
MetLife’s (MET) corporate and other division posted operating earnings of -$522 million in the first nine months of 2017.
Understanding the Performance of MetLife’s Holdings Division
MetLife’s (MET) holdings division saw a substantial rise in its operating earnings from $500 million in the first nine months of 2016 to $1.0 billion in the first nine months of 2017.
Analyzing the Performance of MetLife’s EMEA Division
MetLife’s (MET) EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) division generated total operating revenue of $2.10 billion in the first nine months of 2017.
MetLife: Latin America Division’s Operating Earnings Rose
MetLife’s (MET) Latin America division saw a rise in its total operating revenue from $3.5 billion in the first nine months of 2016 to $3.7 billion in the first nine months of 2017.
MetLife’s Asia Division Saw a Rise in Operating Earnings
MetLife’s (MET) Asia division posted total operating revenue of $8.4 billion in the first nine months of 2017 compared to $8.3 billion in the first nine months of 2016.
What to Expect from These MetLife Businesses in 2018
MetLife’s EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) division is expected to see a rise of 5%–6% in the current year because of its departure from the UK retirement market.
How Will MET’s Property and Casualty, Asia Businesses Fare?
MetLife’s (MET) property and casualty (or P&C) business is expected to show an upward trend in 2018.
MetLife Launches InsurTech Investment Programs
MetLife has made an attempt to streamline its customer experience by announcing two InsurTech investment programs: MetLife Digital Accelerator and MetLife Digital Ventures.
What Can We Expect from MetLife in 4Q17?
Wall Street analysts have given a consensus estimate of $15.4 billion for MetLife’s 4Q17 revenue, which reflects a fall on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.
Insurance Claims Dent Berkshire’s Profitability in 2017
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) reported losses before tax of $963 million in 3Q17 compared to earnings before taxes of $1.4 billion in the corresponding period last year.
How AIG’s Valuation Compares after 3Q17
Discounted valuation American International Group (AIG) has a one-year forward price-to-earnings ratio of 20.4x, whereas its peers’ average ratio is 21.0x. National General Holdings (NGHC), Allstate (ALL), and Arch Capital Group (ACGL) have ratios of 18.8x, 15.1x, and 29.2x, respectively. AIG’s lower valuation is mainly due its significant catastrophe losses of $3 billion in 3Q17 and its […]
The Impact of Hurricanes on AIG’s Personal Insurance Division
Higher losses American International Group’s (AIG) personal insurance division saw catastrophe losses of $297 million in 3Q17, compared with $27 million in 3Q16. The substantial rise in losses was mainly due to windstorm and hailstorm losses, which stood at $206 million in 3Q17 and $26 million in 3Q16. Over the last 12 months, AIG has had a […]
Net Investment Income Rises for AIG’s Group Retirement Division
Net investment income and premiums American International Group’s (AIG) group retirement division saw its premiums fall marginally to $8 million in 3Q17 from $9 million in 3Q16. The division’s net investment income fell 5% from $554 million in 3Q16 to $524 million in 3Q17. This fall was mainly due to lower income from alternative investments. Whereas AIG […]
A Look at AIG’s Individual Retirement Business
Assets under administration and premiums American International Group’s (AIG) individual retirement business saw its premiums fall 41% to $22 million in 3Q17 from $37 million in 3Q16. In 3Q17, the division’s assets under administration stood at $147.8 billion, due to positive equity markets and a favorable net flow related to index annuities. Whereas AIG has an enterprise value […]
How AIG’s Consumer Insurance Division Performed in 3Q17
Marginal fall American International Group’s (AIG) consumer insurance division’s total operating revenue fell 1% from $6 billion in 3Q16 to $5.9 billion in 3Q17. The marginal fall was mainly due to lower net investment income and premiums. The division’s premiums fell 2% to $3.2 billion in 3Q17 from $3.3 billion in 3Q16. Whereas AIG has a beta of […]
AIG’s Commercial Insurance Division Sees Catastrophe Losses
Total operating revenue In 3Q17, American International Group’s (AIG) commercial insurance division’s total operating revenue comprised net investment income and premiums. In 3Q17, AIG’s commercial insurance division’s total operating revenue fell to $4.6 billion from $5.4 billion in 3Q16, a 15% fall. This fall was mainly due to premiums falling 15%, from $4.5 billion in 3Q16 […]
American International Group’s Total Expenses Rise in 3Q17
Total expenses rise American International Group’s (AIG) total benefits, losses, and expenses rose a substantial 20% from $12.1 billion in 3Q16 to $14.6 billion in 3Q17. This rise was mainly due to policyholder benefits and losses rising. In 3Q17, AIG incurred policyholder benefits and losses of $10.3 billion, compared with $7.5 billion in 3Q16, a […]
Understanding Chubb’s North America Agricultural Insurance Division
Chubb’s North America Agricultural Insurance division generated underwriting income of $116.0 million in 1H17 compared to $67.0 million in 1H16, which implies an increase of 73.1%.
What Happened with Chubb’s Life Insurance Division?
In 1H17, Chubb Limited’s (CB) Life Insurance business reported income of $114.0 million in 1H17 compared to $134.0 million in 1H16, reflecting a 14.9% decline.
Inside Chubb’s Overseas General Insurance Division
Chubb’s Overseas General Insurance Division generates the majority of its net premiums written from Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
Why Chubb’s Personal Insurance Business Saw a Rise in Income
Chubb Limited’s (CB) Personal Property and Casualty business’s underwriting income rose from $138.0 million in 1H16 to $285.0 million in 1H17, reflecting an increase of 106.5%.
Chubb’s Net Investment Income Rose in 1H17
Chubb Limited (CB) reported net investment income of ~$1.5 billion in 1H17 compared to ~$1.4 billion in 1H16, reflecting a 9.6% increase. CB generated an 11% return on equity on a trailing-12-month basis.
Understanding AIG’s Reshuffling and Technology Initiatives
Brian Duperreault, chief executive officer of American International Group (AIG), has taken a major step by reshuffling the company into three units.
AIG in 3Q17: What We Can Expect
American International Group (AIG) is expected to announce its earnings for 3Q17 on November 2, 2017. Wall Street analysts have provided a high estimate of $0.90 for AIG’s 3Q17 EPS.
Berkshire Hathaway’s Insurance: What to Expect amid Rising Claims
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) saw subdued profits in its Insurance segment in 2Q17, mainly due to higher claims. The trend is set to get stronger in the second half of 2017
Where MetLife’s Expected Total Dividend for 2017 Stands next to Allstate’s
In 2017, MetLife (MET) is expected to declare a total dividend of $1.61 per share, representing an increase of 1.9% from the total dividend it declared in 2016.
What Else Could Make This an Expensive Year for Insurance Giants?
US insurance giants (IYF) are expected to witness costs in the range of $20 billion–$65 billion stemming from the effects Hurricane Irma.
Understanding the Total Asset Balances of Insurance Giants
As of December 31, 2016, Chubb (CB) had total assets totaling $159.7 billion, compared with its total assets of $162.9 billion as of June 30, 2017.
What’s Happening with AIG’s Commercial Insurance Division?
From January 2016–June 2016, AIG managed to report total operating revenues of $10.8 billion—a 15% YoY fall, primarily due to lower premiums in 1H17.
What Led to Chubb’s Premium Valuations?
Wall Street analysts have given a one-year price target of $157.53 on Chubb (CB), an increase of 11.4% from the current price level.
How Chubb’s Life Insurance Division Fared
Chubb’s (CB) life insurance division has posted net premiums written of $523 million in 2Q17 as compared to $527 million in 2Q16.
How Chubb’s Overseas General Insurance Division Performed
Chubb’s (CB) Overseas General Insurance division saw a decline in its net premiums written in 2Q17 from $2.01 billion as compared to $2.03 billion in 2Q16.
Why Chubb’s Global Reinsurance Division’s Income Rose
Chubb’s (CB) global reinsurance division has witnessed a substantial fall in its net premiums written in 2Q17 as compared to 2Q16.
How CB’s North America Agricultural Insurance Division Fared
Chubb’s (CB) North America Agricultural Insurance division witnessed a rise of 7.7% in its net premiums written in 2Q17 as compared to 2Q16.
How CB’s North America Personal Property Insurance Segment Performed
Chubb Limited (CB) has witnessed a rise of 2.0% in its net premiums written in 2Q17 as compared to 2Q16.
How Chubb’s North American Commercial Property Segment Performed
Chubb’s (CB) North America Commercial Property and Casualty Insurance division witnessed a marginal fall in its net premiums written in 2Q17 as compared to 2Q16.
Chubb Beat EPS Estimates but Missed Revenue Estimates
Chubb (CB) reported earnings per share (or EPS) of $2.50 in 2Q17, which beat Wall Street analyst estimates of $2.47.
Prudential’s Discounted Valuations in 2Q17
Wall Street analysts recommended a one-year price target of $116.07 per share on Prudential Financial (PRU), reflecting an increase of ~14.1% from the current price.
A Look at Prudential Financial’s Dividends in 2017
In 2016, Prudential Financial (PRU) declared total dividends of $2.80 per share. In 2017, the company is expected to declare total dividends of $3.06 per share.
Insights into Prudential’s International Insurance Division
Prudential Financial’s (PRU) Life Planner division experienced an increase in its earnings in 2Q17 compared to 2Q16.
How Wall Street Analysts View AIG
American International Group (AIG) is covered by 18 analysts, out of which seven analysts gave “strong buy” ratings on the stock.
Understanding Prudential’s Group Insurance and Individual Life Earnings
In 2Q17, on the basis of annualized new business premiums, sales in Prudential’s Individual Life business stood at $153 million, reflecting a marginal decline of ~3.8% year-over-year.
Why AIG Discounted Its Valuations in 2017
Wall Street analysts have given a one-year price target of $70.00 on American International Group (AIG), which reflects an ~14.1% increase from the current price.
Why Earnings Rose in Prudential’s Asset Management Business
In 2Q17, earnings from Prudential’s asset management business stood at $218 million compared to $207 million in 2Q16.
Insights on AIG’s Share Repurchases
In 2Q16, AIG reported operating general operating expenses (or GOE) of $2.4 billion, which the company reduced by $191.0 million. It reported GOE of $2.2 billion in 2Q17.
Analyzing Prudential’s Individual Annuities and Retirement Businesses
After excluding market-driven and discrete items, earnings from Prudential Financial’s individual annuities stood at $512 million in 2Q17 compared to $375 million in 2Q16.
Understanding AIG’s Dividend Distribution in 2017
AIG is expected to declare dividends of $1.33 per share in 2017, reflecting a rise of ~38.5% from the total dividends declared in 2016.
Analyzing AIG’s Life and Personal Insurance Business
AIG’s pretax operating income for personal insurance stood at $330 million in 2Q17. In 2Q16, it stood at $152 million.
AIG’s Individual and Group Retirement Businesses amid Strong Equity Markets
American International Group’s (AIG) Consumer Business division reported pretax operating income of ~$1.3 billion in 2Q17 compared to $948.0 million in 2Q16.
Why AIG’s Commercial Business Segment’s Operating Income Fell in 2Q17
In 2Q17, the pretax operating income of AIG’s Commercial Business division stood at $716 million compared to $941 million in 2Q16.
Why AIG’s Net Income Fell on a Year-over-Year Basis
AIG is expected to post earnings per share of $1.22 in 3Q17, an ~20.3% decline from its 2Q17 earnings. AIG is expected to report revenues of ~$11.8 billion in 3Q17.
Reinsurance, P&C Weigh on AIG’s Commercial Business
AIG’s Commercial division saw a loss ratio of 71.9 in 1Q17. AIG saw its book value expand ~2.5% in 1Q17 on a year-over-year basis.
AIG’s Restructuring Costs Consistent amid Strategic Transactions
In 4Q16, American International Group (AIG) spent $206.0 million on restructuring initiatives that target inefficiencies and expense reduction.
Why AIG Rose 14% in a Quarter despite Missing Estimates
In this series, we’ll study AIG’s expected performance, investment profitability, operating divisions, expansion, balance sheet, dividends, and valuations.
Prudential Stock and Valuations Rose on Retirement, International
Prudential Financial (PRU) has maintained its dividend yields in the range of 2.0%–3.0% over the past few years. It has also more than doubled its stock.
Prudential Rewarded Shareholders with $930 Million in 3Q16
In 3Q16, the company returned $930.0 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks.
Prudential International Fell on Gibraltar and Dollar
Prudential Financial’s (PRU) International Insurance segment reported adjusted operating income of $780.0 million in 3Q16, compared to $812.0 million in 3Q15.
Prudential’s US Individual Fell on Higher Claims, Reserves
Prudential Financial’s (PRU) operating income for its US Individual Life and Group Insurance fell to $173.0 million in 3Q16, compared to $227.0 million in 3Q15.
Prudential Rose on International Insurance and Asset Management
On November 2, 2016, Prudential Financial (PRU) reported its 3Q16 earnings. Its adjusted operating income per share was $2.66, which was higher than estimates of $2.49.
AIG’s Expense Reduction, Divestitures, and Strategic Actions in 3Q16
AIG expects annual savings of $400 million–$500 million through its restructuring initiatives, consisting mainly of employee severance and improvement of technology platforms.
Berkshire’s Insurance Falls on Reinsurance and GEICO in 3Q
Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) saw underwriting revenues rise on a year-over-year basis in 3Q16 to $12.4 billion.
AIG’s Consumer Insurance Benefits from Hedge Funds, Underwriting
American International Group’s (AIG) Consumer Insurance division recorded a rise in pretax operating earnings in 3Q16. The division’s pretax operating income rose to ~$1.4 billion compared with ~$657 million in 3Q15.
Berkshire’s Services May Make a Dent in Wells Fargo in 3Q16
Berkshire might see a depletion in the valuation of its financial portfolio, mainly due to the fall in Wells Fargo stock.
AIG’s Restructuring Initiatives to Take Further Shape in 3Q
American International Group (AIG) has announced that it will spend $500 million on restructuring initiatives.
AIG Sees Importance of Targeting How Its Capital Is Structured
In 2016, American International Group (AIG) has continued to focus on strengthening its balance sheet.
Prudential Returns $700 Million in Payouts to Shareholders
Prudential Financial has been very consistent with dividend payouts to shareholders, which makes it a very strong prospect for long-term value investors.
Prudential’s Balance Sheet Strengthens as Its Leverage Falls
Prudential Financial had a balance sheet capital capacity of $797 billion as of June 30, 2016. Its parent company’s cash and equivalents stood at $4 billion.
Berkshire Hathaway’s Insurance Rises on GEICO, Primary Group in 2Q
Berkshire Hathaway’s statutory surplus for its insurance businesses was $124 billion on December 31, 2015.
AIG Valuations Expected to Improve on Performance in 2Q16
AIG’s stock is below its pre-Brexit level, but it has recovered substantially as buying continues in the US-based entities.
Prudential Saw a Fall in 2Q16 on Lower US Sales
Prudential Financial (PRU) reported its 2Q16 earnings results on August 3, 2016. It reported adjusted operating income per share of $1.84 in the quarter.