U.S. P&C insurance industry suffers $4.1 billion underwriting loss in 2021

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. property and casualty insurance industry recorded a net underwriting loss of $4.1 billion in 2021, following a gain of $6.7 billion in 2020, due to increased losses and expenses; however, P&C insurers still managed to increase their year-over-year net income by 4.5%. These preliminary results are detailed in a new Best Special Reporttitled “First Look: 12 Month 2021 Property/Casualty Financial Results”, and the data is derived from companies’ annual statutory returns received as of March 4, 2021, representing approximately 96% of the total written P/C industry net premiums.

According to the report, the underwriting loss occurred despite a 7.4% growth in net premiums earned and a 45.4% decline in policyholder dividends, as they were offset by an 11.7% increase. incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses (LAE) and a 5.4% increase in underwriting expenses. The P&C industry’s combined ratio weakened 1.2 percentage points from a year earlier to 99.6.

A $7.2 billion increase in realized capital gains contributed to the industry’s net income of $63.6 billion, up from $60.9 billion in 2020. The P&C industry also increased its surplus, by 13.6%, from the end of 2020 to $1.0 trillion.

To access the full copy of this special report, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=318135.

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