AXIS Capital reports Q4 losses

AXIS Capital reports Q4 losses

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AXIS Capital reports Q4 losses

Better figures posted for full 12 months

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Terry Gangcuangco

AXIS Capital has suffered losses in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Here’s how the insurance group fared in the quarter and year ended December 31:   


Q4 2023

Q4 2022

FY 2023

FY 2022

Net income available / (loss) attributable to common shareholders

US$(150 million)

US$41 million

US$346 million

US$193 million

Operating income / (loss)

US$(107 million)

US$167 million

US$486 million

US$498 million


In Q4, AXIS reported US$26 million in pre-tax catastrophe and weather-related losses, net of reinsurance. The company’s gross written premium (GWP) increased by 1% to US$1.8 billion. For the full year, GWP was up 2% to US$8.4 billion. Pre-tax catastrophe and weather-related losses, net of reinsurance, amounted to US$138 million.

Segment-wise, the insurance operations at AXIS posted an underwriting loss in Q4; insurance underwriting income for the year was down 20%. The reinsurance segment also took a beating in the quarter, to the tune of US$212 million in underwriting loss. Similarly, the year generated a negative result in terms of reinsurance underwriting.

Commenting on the numbers, AXIS president and chief executive Vince Tizzio highlighted the positives.

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He said in a release: “This was a transformative year for AXIS, one where we further elevated all aspects of how we operate and go to market, and we believe the company is on a clear path to becoming a specialty underwriting leader.

“We’re capitalising on favourable conditions in our chosen specialty markets while exhibiting underwriting discipline and strong cycle management. This was evidenced by our operating income of US$486 million and a 4.5 point year-over-year improvement in the current accident year combined ratio to 91.8%.”  

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