Markel Corporation reveals positive interim results

Markel Corporation reveals positive interim results | Insurance Business

Markel Corporation reveals positive interim results

Results season continues with Markel Corporation among the latest to provide a sneak peak of their 2019 performance.

The holding company – the name behind the likes of Markel International, Markel Assurance, and Markel Specialty – has released both its second quarter and first half figures. Here’s how the group fared so far this year:  

Second quarter

  • Operating revenues – $2.4 billion, up from $2 billion in the same period in 2018
  • Comprehensive income to shareholders – $623.3 million, up from $164.3 million
  • Diluted net income per share – $36.07, up from $19.97

First six months

  • Operating revenues – $4.9 billion, up from $3.6 billion
  • Comprehensive income – $1.4 billion, a turnaround from a comprehensive loss of $10.5 million
  • Diluted net income per share – $78.85, up from $15.72

Meanwhile, Markel’s combined ratio for both the second quarter and first half stood at 95%.

Commenting on the results, co-chief executive officers Thomas S. Gayner and Richard R. Whitt said in a joint statement: “All three of our operating engines made meaningful contributions to our results in the first six months of 2019.

“We continued to see outstanding performance in our investment portfolio, with over $1 billion of net investment gains in the first half of the year. Operating results attributable to our Markel Ventures operations increased substantially, and we also experienced premium growth in our underwriting operations.”