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Commercial property insurer FM Global reports 2013 results

JOHNSTON, R.I., USA—FM Global, one of the world’s largest business property insurers, announced today that it ended 2013 with consolidated gross premium in force of US$5.6 billion, a 2.7 percent increase compared to 2012, and policyholder surplus grew by 22.9 percent to US$9.7 billion

Net income was US$1.02 billion, up 32 percent over the prior year, and the mutual insurance company posted a combined ratio of 77.7 percent.

“2013 was a very successful year which can be attributed to the commitment we share with our policyholder-owners to make their facilities and businesses more resilient,” said Shivan S. Subramaniam, chairman and chief executive officer. “These results reinforce the quality of our mutual business model, our balance sheet strength, and the trusted partnerships we have formed with our clients.”

Among the company’s other 2013 highlights:

  • FM Global’s client retention rate was 95 percent, approximately a one percent increase over 2012 and significantly higher than industry averages.
  • Seventy-six percent of property insurance policies were delivered on or before the effective date of the contract, and 97 percent were delivered within 40 days.
  • FM Global announced clients would collectively receive an estimated US$435 million inmembership credit when they renew their policies between June 30, 2013 and June 29, 2014. Following this credit, FM Global clients will have benefited from nearly US$2.1 billion in total premium reduction since 2001.
  • FM Global was named the best commercial property insurer overall and for service and expertise in Business Insurance magazine’s 2013 Buyers Choice Awards.
  • The company was rated the top choice in nine categories in Property Casualty 360°—National Underwriter magazine’s 2013 Risk Manager Choice Awards.
  • Global Finance magazine named FM Global “World’s Best Supply Chain Risk-Consulting Services Provider.”
  • Both A.M. Best and Fitch reaffirmed FM Global’s ratings at A+ and AA, respectively, which remain unchanged since 2007.

“Looking ahead to 2014, which marks our 179th year in business, FM Global will continue to focus on developing and delivering proven, cost-effective solutions to make our policyholders’ organizations more resilient to business interruption anywhere in the world, while providing stable risk-transfer solutions that are compliant with local regulatory requirements,” said Subramaniam.

About FM Global

Established in 1835, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management. Its client-owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three FORTUNE 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the key property hazards that can impact their business continuity to make cost-effective risk management decisions combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.