Navigators Group Inc.
) second-quarter adjusted earnings of $11.8 million or 82 cents
per share breezed past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 76 cents
per share. Results were down from $12.5 million or 88 cents per
share earned in the year-ago quarter.
Including net realized gain worth $3.3 million, Navigators
Group reported net income of $13.9 million or 97 cents per share
in the reported quarter, down 6.7% year over year from $14.9
million or $1.05 per share.
Quarterly Operational Update
Total revenue of Navigators Group increased 3.1% year over
year to $222.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. This was
driven by improvement in net earned premiums (up 5% year over
year). Total revenues lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $236
Net written premiums of Navigators Group in the quarter
increased 4.3% year over year to $198.5 million. Net investment
income declined 9.7% year over year to $14.2 million.
Navigators Group's total expenses of $202.3 million in the
quarter grew 3.8% year over year due to higher net loss and loss
adjustment expenses (up 6.3% year over year), other operating
expenses (up 2.2% year over year) and a marginal increase in
interest expense by 0.1% year over year.
In the second quarter, underwriting profit for Navigators
Group was $4.7 million compared with $3.7 million in the
prior-year period. The combined ratio improved 40 basis points
year over year to 97.7%.
reported underwriting profit of $166 million compared to a loss
of $7.6 million in the prior-year period. Net written premiums in
the segment were $143.4 million, up 6.9% year over year. Combined
ratio improved 550 basis points to 99.9%.
reported underwriting profit of $4.5 million, down 59.9% year
over year. Net written premiums in the segment were $55.1
million, down 2% year over year. Combined ratio deteriorated 1150
basis points to 90.8%.
Navigators Group exited the reported quarter with cash and
investments of $2.37 billion, down 2% from 2012-end. Net cash
from operating activities stood at $44.2 million in the quarter,
compared with operating cash outflow of $1.3 million in the
As of Jun 30, 2013, total assets of Navigators Group were $4.1
billion, up 2.2% year over year. Shareholder equity decreased
0.63% year over year to $874 million at June-end from $879.5
million at the end of 2012.
Performance of Few Other Property and Casualty
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
) reported second quarter 2013 operating earnings of $1.53 per
share, surpassing the Zack Consensus estimate of $1.45 per share.
Earnings also compared favorably with $1.50 per share reported in
the year-ago quarter.
) reported second-quarter operating earnings of $1.77 per share,
significantly ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.38 per
share. Earnings also increased 29% year over year.
) second-quarter 2013 operating earnings per share of $1.12
noticeably outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 98 cents and
the year-ago quarter figure of 87 cents.
Navigators Group currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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