Lloyd’s reports strong underwriting result in 2022 Half Year results

08 Sep 2022

Lloyd’s, the world’s leading marketplace for commercial, corporate and specialty risk solutions, today announced an improved underwriting result for the first six months of 2022, with an underwriting profit of £1.2bn (HY 2021: £0.96bn) and a combined ratio of 91.4% (HY 2021: 92.2%).

Notwithstanding a challenging year of natural catastrophes, the invasion of Ukraine, inflation, and other geopolitical factors, this marks a 0.8% improvement on 2021 and the strongest combined ratio since 2015.

As a result of rising interest rates, Lloyd’s reported an overall loss of £1.8bn (HY 2021: £1.4bn profit) driven by a net investment loss of £3.1bn (HY 2021: £0.6bn income) from unrealised mark-to-market losses. As investment maturities are short dated, the market will begin to benefit from higher interest rates in 2023 and therefore improved investment returns.

The attritional loss ratio improved to 48.9% (HY 2021: 50.5%), while the expense ratio showed a 0.4 percentage point improvement at 35.4% (HY 2021: 35.8%). Lloyd’s expects expenses to continue falling as it delivers sustainable performance and invests in digitalisation through its Blueprint Two programme to drive improved efficiency.

Lloyd’s also leveraged favourable trading conditions to achieve premium growth, with Gross Written Premium (GWP) increasing 17.4% to £24bn (HY 2021: £20.5bn) and Net Earned Premium (NEP) increasing by 14.4% to £14.1bn (HY 2021: £12.4bn). Continuing the trend of five consecutive years of positive rate movement, prices increased by 7.7%.

Lloyd’s continued to help global customers make more confident decisions in the face of unforeseen events. In line with the early and realistic action taken on COVID-19, the market has reserved £1.1bn net of reinsurance for customers impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. Lloyd’s continues to work with governments and regulators around the world to deliver sanctions against Russia, while implementing the landmark facility announced by our market in July to insure ships recovering grain from Ukraine’s ports.

Lloyd’s capital and solvency positions remain strong with net resources at £36.5bn (FY 2021: (£36.6bn), underlining the exceptional strength and resilience of Lloyd’s balance sheet. The central solvency and market solvency ratios, of 395% and 179% respectively (FY 2021: 388% and 177%), point to Lloyd’s ability to continue supporting customers through uncertainty and challenging conditions.

“With political and economic uncertainty looming large over society, it’s more important than ever that insurers are ready to support. Lloyd’s results today point to both the sustainable performance of our market and the resilience of our capital position, enabling us to continue supporting customers through whatever lies ahead. Rising interest rates, while prompting an unrealised investment loss on paper at the half year, will be good news for insurers in the long term as returns on assets strengthen in 2023 and beyond. Meanwhile, with the conflict in Ukraine continuing to inflict devastating consequences, we’ve taken proactive steps to protect our customers from the fallout while ensuring we can support them – and continue driving sustainable performance – through the uncertain times ahead.”

The key figures reported in Lloyd’s 2022 half year results are:

  • Gross written premiums of £24bn (HY 2021: £20.5bn)
  • Underwriting profit of £1.2bn (HY 2021: £0.96bn)
  • Combined ratio of 91.4% (HY 2021: 92.2%)
  • Underlying combined ratio of 81.5% (HY 2021: 85.4%)
  • Attritional loss ratio of 48.9% (HY 2021: 50.5%)
  • Net investment loss of £3.1bn (HY 2021: income of £0.6bn)
  • Loss before tax of £1.8bn (HY 2021: profit of £1.4bn)
  • Net resources of £36.5bn (FY 2021: £36.6bn)
  • Central solvency ratio of 395% (FY 2021: 388%)

Notes to editors

  1. For further detail on any forward-looking statements please refer to the 2022 Half Year Results.
  2. A combined ratio is a measure of an insurer’s underwriting profitability based on the ratio of net incurred claims plus net operating expenses to net earned premiums. A combined ratio of 100% is break even (before taking into account investment returns). A ratio less than 100% is an underwriting profit.
  3. Central assets include the assets of the Central Fund and the other assets of the Corporation. In aggregate, the value of Lloyd’s central assets amounted to £3.3bn at 30 June 2022 (31 December 2021: £3.1bn). The Society interim financial statements are drawn up under UK GAAP.
  4. Lloyd’s strong financial strength ratings are A+ (Strong) stable outlook with Standard & Poor’s, A (Excellent) stable outlook with A.M. Best, AA- (Very Strong) with Fitch Ratings and AA- (Very Strong) with Kroll Bond Rating Agency.
  5. Members’ resources operate on a several basis and are only available to meet each member’s share of claims. Central assets are available at the Council’s discretion to meet the liabilities of any member on a mutual basis.
  6. Foreign exchange rates may materially fluctuate from the rates prevailing at 30 June 2022 (£1 = US$1.21, £1 = €1.16). Premiums, claims and investment income are translated at the average exchange rate for the period to 30 June 2022 (£1 = US$1.30, £1 = €1.19).
  7. July announcement on the market facility supporting the UN-sponsored agreement between Russia and Ukraine to insure the export of grain to countries hardest hit by the food crisis.
  8. Blueprint Two sets out a comprehensive strategy to deliver profound change in the Lloyd’s market through digitalisation, making Lloyd’s a cheaper, faster and more efficient place to do business. Following publication of the Blueprint Two roadmap in January 2022, which outlined market milestones until Q2 2024, significant progress has been made on key deliverables in open market placement, delegated authority placement, claims and digital processing services.
  9. Lloyd’s PCC vehicles complement the traditional approaches to deploying capital and managing risks at Lloyd’s, offering an efficient route for institutional investors to support the growth and diversity of risks written in the market. In August 2022 Lloyd’s announced London Bridge Risk 2 PCC.
  10. Lloyd’s ESG strategy and responsible business approach outlines Lloyd’s commitment to insuring the transition to net zero by providing the vital risk management solutions that will underpin and enable businesses, governments and economies to take brave action, drive forward climate innovation and accelerate critical decarbonisation activities over the years ahead.
  11. Lloyd’s, through its future culture strategy, is committed to creating an inclusive culture that attracts the most talented people in the world, so that we can together deliver on our purpose of sharing risk to create a braver world.
  12. More news and information available from lloyds.com.

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