Travelers (TRV) Tops Q3 EPS by 9c

October 20, 2016 6:58 AM EDT

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Travelers (NYSE: TRV) reported Q3 EPS of $2.40, $0.09 better than the analyst estimate of $2.31. Revenue for the quarter came in at $6.96 billion versus the consensus estimate of $6.37 billion.

“We were pleased with our third quarter operating income of $701 million and operating return on equity of 12.5%, which brings our year-to-date operating return on equity to 12.2%,” commented Alan Schnitzer, Chief Executive Officer. “Underwriting results for the quarter reflected lower net favorable prior year reserve development, higher non-catastrophe weather-related losses and higher-than-expected losses associated with auto bodily injury but nonetheless remained strong as reflected in our 92.9% combined ratio. While returns from our high-quality fixed income portfolio declined in line with our expectations due to the continued low interest rate environment, returns from our non-fixed income portfolio improved from recent quarters and were comparable to the prior year quarter. In terms of capital management, we returned $755 million of excess capital to shareholders, including $562 million of share repurchases. Year to date, we have returned nearly $2.3 billion to shareholders, including over $1.7 billion in share repurchases.

“We are encouraged that the markets in which we operate continue to remain stable. In our commercial businesses, we are pleased with our historically high levels of retention and positive renewal premium change. Once again, these results were due to the successful execution of our strategy to retain those accounts that meet our return thresholds and to take appropriate measures to improve profitability on those accounts that do not, while also seeking attractive new business opportunities. In Personal Insurance, growth in auto, driven by the success of our Quantum Auto 2.0 product, and in homeowners, which benefited from our ability to offer a compelling account solution to our customers and agents, resulted in record net written premiums of over $2.2 billion for the quarter. While we experienced a somewhat higher-than-expected level of bodily injury claim severity across our auto product portfolio, we believe this was attributable to environmental factors and was not product-specific. Accordingly, we continue to believe that growth from Quantum Auto 2.0 is adding meaningful economic value, and the product remains positioned to generate appropriate returns over time.

“Our results this quarter and year to date reflect our continued focus on delivering superior returns. We are confident that our competitive advantages and ability to execute on our marketplace strategies, together with our balance sheet strength and active capital management strategy, will continue to enable us to invest in our businesses while delivering industry-leading returns over time.”

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