For the year ended 31 December 2017:
- Hiscox delivered a profit before tax excluding FX of £93.6 million despite reserving net US$225 million for claims in an historic year for natural catastrophes.
- Hiscox Retail now accounts for 56% of the Group’s GWP and its profits exceeded £100 million for the second consecutive year. Hiscox USA remains the standout performer with premium growth of 29% in constant currency.
- Hiscox London Market reduced premiums as planned by 20%, and is now set to grow as rates rise following the hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires in the second half of 2017.
- Hiscox Re & ILS was profitable in a costly year for reinsurers, due to good underwriting on behalf of Hiscox and third-party capital providers. ILS assets under management now at US$1.5 billion.
Bronek Masojada, Chief Executive of Hiscox Ltd, commented:
“Our long-held strategy of balance has served us well this year. The strong growth and profits in retail countered the volatility felt in our big-ticket businesses which were impacted by an historic year for natural catastrophes. We have made significant investments in infrastructure and brand both of which will continue. Market pricing has improved and as a consequence we have growth ambitions for every part of our business.”
A track record of profitable growth
|Gross premiums written (£m)||2,549.3||2,402.6|
|Net premiums earned (£m)||1,874.5||1,675.0|
|Profit before tax (£m)||30.8||354.5|
|Profit after tax (£m)||26.3||337.0|
|Earnings per share (p)||9.3||119.8|
|Total ordinary dividend per share for year (p)||29.0||27.5|
|Special dividend (p)||-||-|
|Net asset value per share (p)||618.6||649.9|
|Group combined ratio (%)||99.9||84.4|
|Group combined ratio excluding FX (%)||98.8||90.8|
|Return on equity (%)||1.5||23.0|
|Investment return (%)||2.0||1.9|
|Reserve releases (£m)||251.5||213.0|
Operational highlights and Group KPIs.