American International Group, Inc. (AIG) reported that its net income for the first quarter of 2007 was $4.13 billion or $1.58 per diluted share, compared to $3.20 billion or $1.22 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2006.
First quarter 2007 adjusted net income, as defined below, was $4.39 billion or $1.68 per diluted share, compared to $3.38 billion or $1.29 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2006.
During the first quarter of 2007, AIG repurchased 2,470,499 shares of its common stock. An additional 6,643,052 shares were purchased during April 2007.
Commenting on first quarter 2007 results, AIG President and CEO Martin J. Sullivan said, “AIG had a very good quarter, with strong performance in our worldwide General Insurance businesses, continued improvement in Foreign Life Insurance, and solid results at ILFC and Asset Management.
In General Insurance, the Domestic Brokerage Group and Foreign General reported “strong growth in operating income on excellent underwriting results and increased net investment income,” according to Sullivan.
United Guaranty’s results were adversely affected by the continued slowdown in the U.S. residential real estate market.
Domestic Personal Lines reflects strong underwriting results in the direct auto business and continued profitable growth from the Private Client Group.
Sullivan said AIG contineus to seek opportuniteis to expand its global footprint. In March, AIG Global Investment Group received approval to set up a representative office in Tianjin, the third largest city in China in per capita GDP. AIG Consumer Finance Group added to its existing retail bank and credit card operations in Thailand by acquiring a majority interest in a secured lending company with a network of 138 branches. He said AIG hase also taken initial steps to build an asset management and consumer finance franchise in India by acquiring a sales finance lending operation, establishing a real estate investment joint venture and launching our first equity fund.
General Insurance first quarter 2007 operating income before realized capital gains (losses) increased 31.5 percent to $2.98 billion compared to the first quarter of 2006. The first quarter 2007 combined ratio was 87.52, a 1.65 point improvement compared to the first quarter of 2006, including a 2.46 point improvement in the loss ratio. First quarter 2007 General Insurance net investment income increased 39.8 percent to $1.56 billion, on higher levels of invested assets and increased partnership income compared to the first quarter of 2006.
Domestic Brokerage Group (DBG) net premiums written increased 2.5 percent to $6.01 billion compared to the first quarter of 2006, with DBG’s diverse product offerings including energy, environmental, multinational liability and accident & health products, contributing to the quarter’s growth. Strong growth in the accident & health lines was enhanced by the acquisition of TravelGuard International in the second quarter of 2006. The growth in net premiums written was partially offset by declines in certain parts of the excess casualty and directors & officers product lines, reflecting softening market conditions for those products.
Personal Lines net premiums written increased 2.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2006, resulting from continued growth in the Private Client Group and increases in the direct auto business driven by strong new business production, particularly from Internet activity.
A conference call was scheduled for today Friday, May 11, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The call will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.aigwebcast.com. A replay will be archived at the same URL through Friday, May 25, 2007.
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