About Berkley One
Berkley One is a personal insurance provider that provides property and casualty insurance. The company specializes in home, auto, liability, and collectibles. It is based in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Jan 26, 2023
01/26/2023 | 04:12pm EST Message : Record Annual Pre-Tax Underwriting Income of $1.0 Billion and Record Net Income of $1.4 Billion W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2022 results. Summary Financial Data % (1) The 2021 per share amounts were restated for comparative purposes to reflect the 3-for-2 common stock split effected on March 23, 2022. (2) Operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net income excluding after-tax net investment gains (losses) and related expenses. (3) Return on equity and operating return on equity represent net income and operating income, respectively, expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of beginning of year common stockholders’ equity. Fourth quarter highlights included: Book value per share grew 8.1%, before dividends and share repurchases. Net investment income grew 40.2% to a record $231.3 million. Record quarterly pre-tax underwriting income of $291.9 million. The current accident year combined ratio before catastrophe losses of 1.2 loss ratio points was 87.2%. The reported combined ratio was 88.4%, including catastrophe losses of $30.8 million. Average rate increases excluding workers' compensation were approximately 6.9%. Full year highlights included: Book value per share grew 6.1%, before dividends and share repurchases. Record annual pre-tax underwriting income and net income of $1.0 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively. Gross and net premiums written grew 11.3% and 12.9% to records $11.9 billion and $10.0 billion, respectively. Average rate increases excluding workers' compensation were approximately 7.5%. Net investment income grew 16.0% to a record $779.2 million. Operating cash flow increased 17.6% to a record of approximately $2.6 billion. Total capital returned to shareholders was $329.3 million, consisting of $132.6 million of special dividends, $102.6 million of regular dividends and $94.1 million of share repurchases. The Company commented: Our exceptional 23.0% annualized return on beginning equity in the fourth quarter of 2022 capped a record-setting year, characterized by continued growth, strong underwriting performance and increasing net investment income. Net premiums written advanced nearly 7% in the fourth quarter, with further growth in areas of business that are achieving or exceeding our targeted risk-adjusted return on equity. We continue to thoughtfully position our book of business to navigate the uncertainties of the current inflationary environment and carefully evaluate the opportunities available to profitably deploy capital as we continue to expand our business. Net investment income grew by 40% during the quarter and core net investment income grew by 75%. The short duration and high quality of our fixed-maturity portfolio, combined with record annual cash flow, allowed us to invest more funds at higher interest rates and increase book value per share for the full year by 6.1%, before dividends and share repurchases. During 2022, our Company performed exceptionally well. Our results demonstrated how our core knowledge in underwriting and investing, combined with our focus on risk-adjusted return, allowed us to better navigate risks and embrace opportunities to deliver superior results for our shareholders. We remain encouraged about the opportunities that we see in 2023 and beyond. Webcast Conference Call The Company will hold its quarterly conference call with analysts and investors to discuss its earnings and other information on January 26, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. eastern time. The conference call will be webcast live on the Company's website at https://ir.berkley.com/news-and-events/events-and-presentations/default.aspx . Please log on at least ten minutes early to register and download and install any necessary software. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website approximately two hours after the end of the conference call. Additional financial information can be found on the Company's website at https://ir.berkley.com/investor-relations/financial-information/quarterly-results/default.aspx . About W. R. Berkley Corporation Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty business: Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. Forward Looking Information This is a “Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein, including statements related to our outlook for the industry and for our performance for the year 2023 and beyond, are based upon the Company’s historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. They are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: the cyclical nature of the property casualty industry; the impact of significant competition, including new entrants to the industry; the long-tail and potentially volatile nature of the insurance and reinsurance business; product demand and pricing; claims development and the process of estimating reserves; investment risks, including those of our portfolio of fixed maturity securities and investments in equity securities, including investments in financial institutions, municipal bonds, mortgage-backed securities, loans receivable, investment funds, including real estate, merger arbitrage, energy related and private equity investments; the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues; the uncertain nature of damage theories and loss amounts, including claims for cybersecurity-related risks; natural and man-made catastrophic losses, including as a result of terrorist activities; the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of climate change, which may alter the frequency and increase the severity of catastrophe events; general economic and market activities, including inflation, interest rates, and volatility in the credit and capital markets; the impact of the conditions in the financial markets and the global economy, and the potential effect of legislative, regulatory, accounting or other initiatives taken in response, on our results and financial condition; foreign currency and political risks (including those associated with the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, or "Brexit") relating to our international operations; our ability to attract and retain key personnel and qualified employees; continued availability of capital and financing; the success of our new ventures or acquisitions and the availability of other opportunities; the availability of reinsurance; our retention under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019; the ability or willingness of our reinsurers to pay reinsurance recoverables owed to us; other legislative and regulatory developments, including those related to business practices in the insurance industry; credit risk related to our policyholders, independent agents and brokers; changes in the ratings assigned to us or our insurance company subsidiaries by rating agencies; the availability of dividends from our insurance company subsidiaries; potential difficulties with technology and/or cyber security issues; the effectiveness of our controls to ensure compliance with guidelines, policies and legal and regulatory standards; and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results for the year 2023 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement we make. Any projections of growth in our revenues would not necessarily result in commensurate levels of earnings. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. Consolidated Financial Summary 24.27 (1) Net invested assets include investments, cash and cash equivalents, trading accounts receivable from brokers and clearing organizations, trading account securities sold but not yet purchased and unsettled purchases, net of related liabilities. (2) As of December 31, 2022, reflected in common stockholders' equity are after-tax unrealized investment losses of $893 million and unrealized currency translation losses of $372 million. As of December 31, 2021, after-tax unrealized investment gains were $91 million and unrealized currency translation losses were $373 million. (3) During the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, the Company repurchased 1,370,394 shares of its common stock for $94.1 million. During the three months ended December 31, 2022, the Company repurchased 1,264,090 shares of its common stock for $87.6 million. The number of shares of common stock outstanding excludes shares held in a grantor trust. (4) The 2021 per share amounts were restated for comparative purposes to reflect the 3-for-2 common stock split effected on March 23, 2022. (5) Book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity divided by the number of common shares outstanding. Tangible book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity excluding the after-tax value of goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of common shares outstanding. Investment Portfolio
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When was Berkley One founded?
Berkley One was founded in 2017.
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Berkley One's headquarters is located at 412 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Suite G50, Morristown.
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