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Argo Group delivers losses in interim results

Argo noted: “The net loss attributable to common shareholders in the second quarter 2022 included pre-tax net realized investment and other losses of $40.4 million, of which $21.3 million was attributable to a loss on the sale of the company’s Malta operations, ArgoGlobal Holdings.

“In comparison, net income attributable to common shareholders in the prior year second quarter included $24.7 million of pre-tax net realized investment and other gains.”

According to the insurance group, the loss figure in Q2 also included non-operating expenses worth $15.6 million. This spanned non-operating advisory fees and severance expenses.

Similarly, Argo suffered a $22.5 million net loss attributable to common shareholders in the first six months of the year. It was a different story a year ago, when Argo posted $94.3 million in attributable net income.

Meanwhile, other Q2 results included lower gross written premiums; $2.5 million in total catastrophe losses, which represented a decline from 2021’s $11.1 million; a 44.4% fall in net investment income; a 19.2% decrease in underwriting income; as well as $31 million in operating income, which shrank from $56.1 million previously.

In H1, Argo’s operating income stood at $74.4 million. The sum is 3.9% higher compared to the corresponding figure in the first half of 2021.

Despite the losses, Argo executive chair and chief executive Thomas A. Bradley had this to say: “The company’s second quarter results reflect our focussed approach to profitable growth as we successfully target the most attractive business lines.

“We are pleased with the success in executing on our strategic priorities, particularly, managing expenses and reducing volatility. Ongoing cost reduction efforts significantly lowered the expense ratio from the prior year second quarter, and our commitment to reducing volatility in underwriting results has driven improvement in year-over-year catastrophe losses for five consecutive quarters.”

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