Lloyd’s issued this morning the results for the market as at 31 December 2017. The Press Release was as follows:
Following one of the costliest years for natural catastrophes in the past decade, Lloyd's, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market, today announced, with the publication of its Annual Report 2017, an aggregated market loss of £2bn for 2017. The key financial figures are:
· Aggregated market pre-tax loss of £2bn (2016: Pre-tax profit of £2.1bn)
· Gross written premiums of £33.6bn (2016: £29.9bn)
· Major claims for 2017 were £4.5bn (2016: £2.1bn)
· Net investment return of £1.8bn (2016: £1.3bn)
· Combined ratio of 114.0% (2016: 97.9%)
After a number of relatively benign catastrophe years, the frequency and scale of the disasters that struck around the world in the second half of 2017 saw major claims costing the Lloyd's market £4.5bn, more than double the previous year (2016: £2.1bn). This significant loss activity generated an underwriting loss of £3.4bn for 2017 (2016: £0.5bn profit), resulting in a combined ratio of 114.0% (2016: 97.9%).
The Lloyd's market has worked hard to pay claims to policyholders as quickly as possible throughout the year. A total of £18.3bn in claims gross of reinsurance was paid out by the Lloyd's market during 2017, demonstrating the critical role the market plays in helping businesses, communities and countries recover quickly after disasters.
The Lloyd's market has met these substantial commitments without any significant impact on total resources which remain strong at £27.6bn. Lloyd's capital position remains robust and our ratings with the leading ratings agencies remain at A (excellent) from A.M. Best, A+ (strong) from Standard & Poor's and AA- (very strong) from Fitch.
Lloyd's Chief Executive, Inga Beale, said: "The market experienced an exceptionally difficult year in 2017, driven by challenging market conditions and a significant impact from natural catastrophes. These factors mean that for the first time in six years Lloyd's is reporting a loss. Lloyd's is here to support customers when it matters most, providing the financial support to enable businesses, governments, and most importantly people to recover and rebuild their lives as quickly as possible and I'm proud of the market's response."
Results at a glance
(Loss)/profit before tax
Gross written premiums
Return on capital (annualised)
Lloyd's 2017 Annual Report can be accessed at: www.lloyds.com/annualreport2017
We will write an article about these results in our forthcoming March Newsletter.