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Insurer Lancashire reports Q3 loss on natural catastrophe hits


Thursday, 2 Nov 2017 

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Lancashire Holdings Ltd :Q3 FULLY CONVERTED BOOK VALUE PER SHARE $‍5.53​ VERSUS $6.55 IN Q3 2016.Q3 GROSS PREMIUMS WRITTEN $‍143.0​ MILLION VERSUS $108.2 MILLION IN Q3 2016.NO SPECIAL DIVIDEND PER COMMON SHARE VERSUS $0.75 IN Q3 2016.Q3 LOSS BEFORE TAX $‍136.4​ MILLION VERSUS PROFIT OF $42.9 MILLION Q3 2016.LANCASHIRE- ‍LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HAVE WITNESSED A SERIES OF DAMAGING HURRICANES IN CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO AND U.S. COASTAL REGIONS.Q3 COMBINED RATIO ‍213.3​ PERCENT VERSUS 73.8 PERCENT IN Q3 2016.‍LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HAVE WITNESSED TWO SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKES IN MEXICO​.‍AT SUCH TIMES LANCASHIRE EXPECTS TO PAY LOSSES, AND THIS IS REFLECTED IN OUR RESULTS FOR Q3 AND YEAR TO DATE​.INDUSTRY HAS EXPERIENCED LOSSES OF MANY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, WHICH WILL HAVE DEPLETED CAPITAL AND STRESSED BALANCE SHEETS​.‍OUR ESTIMATED NET LOSSES FALL COMFORTABLY WITHIN OUR EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCH CATASTROPHE EVENTS​.‍AFTER YEARS OF SOFT PRICING CONDITIONS WE ARE SEEING SOME EVIDENCE OF AN INCREASE IN PRICING, PARTICULARLY IN CATASTROPHE EXPOSED LINES​.‍HAVE RECORDED A NET LOSS ACROSS OUR THREE PLATFORMS FROM THESE EVENTS OF $165.0 MILLION​.EXPECT TO PUT ALL OF OUR CAPITAL TO WORK TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IMPROVING MARKET CONDITIONS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO PAY ORDINARY DIVIDEND​.