Lloyd’s, the world’s leading marketplace for commercial, corporate and specialty risk solutions, today announced a strong return to profitability in its 2021 full year financial results, with an overall profit of £2.3bn (2020: £0.9bn loss) and a combined ratio of 93.5% (2020: 110.3%) – the best quality result reported for six years.
The material turnaround in performance has been driven by the Lloyd’s market’s keen focus on underwriting profitability, as well as leveraging favourable trading conditions to achieve premium growth. Premium rates increased by 10.9%, continuing the trend of 16 consecutive quarters of positive rate movement.
Lloyd’s continued to provide significant support to its customers around the world, paying £19.9bn of gross claims in 2021. Lloyd’s has also paid £2.9bn to customers impacted by COVID-19 (86% of claims notified to date).
Against a year of heightened natural catastrophe activity, the combined ratio fell to 93.5% (2020: 110.3%, 97.0% excluding COVID-19) – a 16.8% improvement, and testament to Lloyd’s continued focus on achieving sustainable, profitable performance.
The drive to improve performance has resulted in a further 3.0% reduction in attritional loss ratio to 48.9% (2020: 51.9%), with the expense ratio of 35.5% (2020: 37.2%) showing a 1.7 percentage point improvement. Lloyd’s focus on sustainable performance and investment in digitalisation through its Blueprint Two programme is designed to continue to drive down expenses.
The capital and solvency position at Lloyd’s is very strong and continues to build. Net resources increased by £2.6bn to £36.6bn, underlining the exceptional strength and resilience of Lloyd’s balance sheet with central solvency and market solvency ratios of 388% and 177% respectively (2020: 209% and 147%). The quality of Lloyd’s balance sheet, protection offered to customers and opportunities for market growth were further reinforced by the announcement in 2021 of a landmark £650 million five-year protection for its Central Fund.
Lloyd’s believes that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine will be a major claim to the market in 2022 and is in close dialogue with market partners to understand exposures. Business underwritten by the Lloyd’s market in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus currently represents less than 1% of Lloyd’s global footprint. Direct and indirect claims are expected to fall within manageable tolerances and will not create solvency challenges. Lloyd’s continues to work in lockstep with governments and regulators around the world to support and implement a complex series of sanctions on the Russian State.