QBE Insurance Group Limited (ASX: QBE) has reported its normalised earnings result for FY19 to the market today. QBE is Australia’s second largest global insurer after Insurance Australia Group. QBE provides insurance services mainly to Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, North America and Europe.
QBE Insurance Group Limited (ASX: QBE) has reported its 2019 full year results, which culminated in a 5% earnings miss due to a plethora of natural disasters in its key geographies, but ultimately resulted in a 1% share price appreciation. (Credit: Wall Street Journal).
The business had advised the market in December 2019 that Group combined operating ratio (COR) will be above their guided range of 94.5% – 96.5% due to crop hail in the US. This has eventuated into the COR being 97.5% for FY19. Consensus expectations for net profit was around $776m, while the business reported $733m – marking a 5% earnings miss.
The North American business has historically taken away from group performance and this year was no different – being a large component of the business, it can materially impact overall results. Attritional loss ratio has continued to decline as the business streamlines itself into “safer” policies and moves away from catastrophes. Furthermore, investors were delighted to see that QBE has increasing premiums globally, along with the industry.
Traders responded positively to the results, with QBE’s stock trading up around 1% at market open. It appears that despite the earnings miss, investors are emphasising that this number is largely due to the plethora of natural disasters experienced in QBE’s primary geographies and that there still remains an inherent need for insurance.
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