While Hurricane Matthew Hurt, RLI Ended 2016 With Healthy Combined Ratio

January 26, 2017

Losses from Hurricane Matthew helped contribute to RLI Corp.’s 2016 fourth quarter drops in property/casualty underwriting income. But the specialty insurer’s combined ratio remained at healthy levels.

RLI said that net earnings for Q4 came in at $32.2 million, or $0.72 per share, down slightly from just under $34 million, or $0.76 per share, in the 2015 fourth quarter.

Underwriting income for the quarter was $19.2 million with a combined ratio of 90.3. That compares to $22.5 million in underwriting income with an 87.4 combined ratio over the same period last year.

RLI said it produced close to $115 million in net earnings during 2016, or $2.59 per share, versus $137.5 million, or $3.12 per share, in the 2015 fiscal year.

RLI Chairman and CEO Jonathan Michael touted the fact that the insurer returned a significant amount of money to its shareholders in 2016 and was able to continue a long-term trend of keeping its combined ratio relatively low.

“In addition to growing our top line, we reported an 98.5 combined ratio for the year, marking our 12th consecutive year of achieving a combined ratio below 90,” Michael said in prepared remarks. “We returned over $120 million to our shareholders in the form of regular and special dividends, bringing the total amount returned to shareholders over the past 10 years to more than $1.2 billion.

Here are some additional financial highlights from RLI’s quarter and year.

Source: RLI Corp.