Industry’s First-Quarter 2017 Net Income Down 42.2 Percent

June 27, 2017

The U.S. property/casualty industry saw net income after taxes plummet 42.2 percent to $7.7 billion in first-quarter 2017 from $13.4 billion for the same period in 2016—the lowest net income since fourth-quarter 2012, according to a new report from ISO, a Verisk Analytics business, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

Catastrophes cost insurers $7.3 billion in Q1 2017—the highest first-quarter catastrophe losses since the 1994 Northridge earthquake and $2.3 billion above the direct catastrophe losses for first-quarter 2016. There were 13 catastrophe events in the quarter, with the three largest accounting for $4.4 billion in direct losses.

Among the study’s other findings: