Everest Re Group sees net income slip

Catastrophe and COVID-19 losses have a significant impact

Everest Re Group sees net income slip

Insurance News

By Terry Gangcuangco

ermuda-headquartered global (re)insurance provider Everest Re Group remained profitable in 2020, albeit at a lower level compared to the previous year.

According to Everest, its full-year net income amounted to US$514.2 million (around SG$681.1 million). The figure is about half of the company’s 2019 net income, which stood at more than US$1 billion. Net operating income in the past year, meanwhile, was US$300.1 million. The corresponding metric in 2019 was higher, at US$872.4 million.

In terms of catastrophe and COVID-19 losses for 2020, here’s how Everest breaks down the numbers:


Pre-tax net catastrophe losses

Pre-tax net COVID-19 losses


US$68 million    

US$104 million


US$357 million

US$407.1 million


US$425 million

US$511.1 million


Commenting on the results, Everest president and chief executive Juan C. Andrade stated: “We are relentlessly executing our strategies from a position of strength in this robust market as evidenced by 2020 growth in gross written premiums of 15% and net written premiums of 17% and improvement in underlying underwriting profitability.

“Our attritional combined ratio improved approximately one point to 87.5% versus the prior year, with our insurance segment improving 2.3 points to 94.2%. Despite the US$511 million pandemic loss provision and a US$400 million prior accident year reserve strengthening, we delivered US$300 million in operating income and US$514 million in net income providing a return on equity of 5.8%.”

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