Bermuda-based PartnerRe Ltd. reported net income of $111.5 million, or $1.56 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012. The figure includes net after-tax realized and unrealized losses on investments of $7.4 million, or $0.12 per share
In the fourth quarter of 2011 PartnerRe posted a net loss of $17.6 million, or $0.49 per share, including net after-tax realized and unrealized gains on investments of $56.4 million, or $0.85 per share.
The Company recorded operating earnings of $95.7 million, or $1.55 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2012. This compares to an operating loss of $137.7 million, or $2.06 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Net income for the full year 2012 was $1.1345 billion, or $16.87 per share, which includes after-tax realized and unrealized gains on investments of $392.0 million, or $6.17 per share. Net loss for the full year 2011 was $520.3 million, or $8.40 per share, including net after-tax realized and unrealized gains on investments of $15.1 million, or $0.23 per share. Operating earnings for the full year 2012 were $663.8 million, or $10.43 per share. This compares to an operating loss of $641.6 million, or $9.50 per share, for the full year 2011.
President & CEO Costas Miranthis commented: “We had a good fourth quarter, culminating in an excellent result for 2012. Despite the impact of Superstorm Sandy during the fourth quarter and the U.S. drought earlier in the year, we generated in excess of $660 million of operating income during the year, with a combined ratio of 87.8 percent, reflecting excellent underwriting results. Our investment portfolio did well, and we recorded significant gains during the year. This, together with our strong operating performance, resulted in book value per share growth of close to 19 percent for 2012.”
He also said PartnerRe had “a successful January 1 renewal, with growth of 12 percent on a constant FX basis. The primary markets are broadly improving while reinsurance markets remain stable. In this environment, and given our strong global franchise, long-term relationships, and technical capabilities, we continued to find opportunities to broaden our portfolio.”