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James River Group reports net loss of $103.5mn

6th May 2021 - Author: Katie Baker

James River Group Holdings has reported a Q1 2021 net loss of $103.5 million compared to net loss of $36.8 million ($1.21 per diluted share) for the prior year period.

It also reported a combined ratio of 199.2% versus 100.6% in the prior year quarter.

The group suffered from an underwriting loss of $159.361 million compared to its loss of $948,000 in Q1 2020.

Frank D’Orazio, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “During the quarter, we continued to experience higher than expected reported losses in our large commercial auto account in runoff. In response, we meaningfully changed our actuarial methodology, resulting in a material strengthening of reserves.

“We believe this overhang has been eliminated, and that we are now fully able to focus on our prospective business and what continues to be a historically strong E&S marketplace. Core E&S gross written premiums increased 35.6% this quarter compared to the same period a year ago, and submission volume remains strong.

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“We benefited from a 14.6% increase in E&S renewal rates, our 17th consecutive quarter in which E&S rates have increased. The compounded annual aggregated rate increase in our Core E&S renewal book has been 36.4% over those seventeen quarters.

“The fronting business of our Specialty Admitted Insurance segment continues to grow meaningfully, as segment premium increased by 23.6% and fee income increased by 21.8% during the quarter. Our franchise is well positioned for future success.”

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