Everest Re (RE) Q3 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates

Everest Re Group, Ltd.RE delivered third-quarter 2018 operating earnings of $4.09 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.07 by 33.2%. Moreover, the bottom line reversed the year-ago quarter's loss of $15.35 per share.

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The reported quarter witnessed an increase in premiums and net investment income. The company saw solid underlying results with a continued positive momentum across its underwriting operations.

Including after-tax net realized capital gains of $1.06 and a foreign exchange expense of 13 cents, net income came in at $5.02 per share versus the year-ago quarterly loss of $15.73.

Operational Update

Everest Re Group's total operating revenues of $1.9 billion increased nearly 12.3% year over year. Also, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.7%.

Gross written premiums rose 8% year over year to $2.2 billion. The company's worldwide reinsurance premiums increased 7% while direct insurance premiums improved 8% for the third quarter.

Net investment income came in at $161.4 million in the quarter under review, up 17.8% year over year.

Total claims and expenses declined nearly 33.6% to $1.7 billion, attributable to lower incurred loss and loss adjustment expenses.

Combined ratio improved 6360 basis points (bps) to 100% from 163.6% in the year-earlier quarter. Excluding catastrophe loss, attritional combined ratio was 86.8% with a deterioration of 130 bps from the prior-year period.

Financial Update

Everest Re Group exited the quarter with total assets of $24.4 billion, up 3.5% from $23.6 billion at the end of 2017. Shareholder equity at the end of the reported quarter slid 0.5% to $8.3 billion from the level of $8.4 billion at 2017 end.

Total cash balance at the end of the quarter under review inched up 0.7% to $639.8 million from the end of 2017.

Book value per share came in at $204.91 as of Sep 30, 2018, flat with the 2017-end level.

Return on equity was 10%.

Everest Re Group's cash flow from operations for the nine months having ended Sep 30, 2018, was $543.6 million, slumping nearly 47.9% year over year.

Zacks Rank

Everest Re Group carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Performance of Other P&C Insurers

Among other players from the insurance industry, which have already reported third-quarter earnings, the bottom line of The Progressive Corporation PGR and The Travelers Companies, Inc.'s TRV outpaced the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate while RLI Corp.'s RLI earnings missed the same.

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