AXIS Sees Early Benefits From 2017 Novae Acquisition

April 27, 2018

AXIS Capital Holdings saw its first-quarter net income and premium volume jump considerably, year-over-year, gains driven largely from its $611.5 million acquisition of Novae Group plc in late 2017.

The Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer booked $63 million in net income, or $0.75 per diluted common share for Q1 2018, compared to $5 million, or $0.06 per diluted common share in the 2017 first quarter.

Company President and CEO Albert Benchimol said that ongoing plans to grow AXIS and reduce volatility have also helped contributed to the positive results.

“Over the past several years, AXIS has taken action to become a relevant and leading player in a select number of attractive special insurance and reinsurance markets, positioned to deliver superior results across a wide range of market conditions,” Benchimol said in prepared remarks. “Our efforts to realize AXIS’ potential are generating traction.”

Benchimol said that an effort launched earlier this year “to further modernize all of our functions” would continue this strategy.

Consolidated gross premiums written for the 2018 first quarter reached $2.7 billion, a 39 percent hike from the same period last year. That includes a 62 percent jump in the insurance segment driven largely by the Novae acquisition and a 30 percent spike in the reinsurance segment.

AXIS also reported a combined ratio of 90.8 compared to 102.1 in the 2017 first quarter.

Here some additional result highlights:

Source: AXIS Capital Holdings