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XL Capital Reports Second Quarter 2006 Net Income of $377.1 Million, or $2.10 Per Ordinary Share

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First-Half 2006 Net Income of $835.6 million, or $4.64 per ordinary share

Second Quarter Highlights

  • •  "Net income excluding net realized gains and losses"(1) was $375.8 million, or $2.10 per ordinary share
  • •  Combined ratio was 90.0%
  • •  Total net investment income increased 28.9% to $473.6 million
  • •  Contribution from financial operations was $59.9 million
  • • Cash flow from operations was $726.5 million
  • •  Annualized return on ordinary shareholders' equity, based on "net income excluding net realized gains and losses"(1), was 18.8%

HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XL Capital Ltd (NYSE: XL) ("XL" or the "Company") today reported net income available to ordinary shareholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 of $377.1 million, or $2.10 per ordinary share, compared with net income of $135.9 million, or $0.97 per ordinary share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2005. "Net income excluding net realized gains and losses"(1) for the second quarter of 2006 was $375.8 million, or $2.10 per ordinary share, compared with $101.3 million, or $0.72 per ordinary share, for the prior year period.

Included in both net income and "net income excluding net realized gains and losses" for the quarter ended June 30, 2005 was a prior year reserve strengthening for the Company's North American Reinsurance operations of $186.3 million, after tax. The prior year quarter also included a charge of $63.3 million, after tax, related to an increase in future policy benefit reserves and a write off of deferred acquisition costs with respect to certain novated blocks of U.S.-based term-life mortality business.

Commenting on the current quarter results, President and Chief Executive Officer Brian M. O'Hara said: "I am pleased to report the momentum generated with our first quarter's record results continued in the second quarter. Our risk management initiatives are well under way, our underwriting results are solid, and our investment performance is strong. The IPO of SCA, our financial guaranty business, is on track. We remain committed to generating attractive returns and XL is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by current market conditions".

For the first half of 2006, net income available to ordinary shareholders was $835.6 million, or $4.64 per ordinary share, compared with $578.8 million, or $4.14 per ordinary share, in the first half of 2005. "Net income excluding net realized gains and losses" for the same period was $781.4 million, or $4.34 per ordinary share, as compared with $447.8 million, or $3.20 per ordinary share, in the first half of 2005.

SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS - SECOND QUARTER 2006 VERSUS SECOND QUARTER 2005

Insurance General Operations

Underwriting profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 was $37.0 million compared with $149.9 million in the prior year period. This decrease was due mainly to a foreign exchange loss of $46.3 million in the current quarter as opposed to a gain of $34.1 million in the prior year quarter.

    * Gross premiums written decreased 3.0% primarily as a result of corporate
      risk management initiatives. Net premiums written decreased by 0.4%, or
      6.3% excluding the positive impact of a commutation of a ceded
      reinsurance contract of $65.1 million in the current quarter.

    * Net premiums earned decreased 2.4%, or 8.6% excluding the impact of the
      commutation premium noted above. This decrease was primarily due to
      lower net premiums written over the previous twelve months.

    * The combined ratio was 92.6%. The loss ratio excluding the impact of the
      commutation was 64.4%, relatively flat as compared with 64.2% in the
      prior year quarter.

Reinsurance General Operations

Underwriting profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 was $113.7 million compared with an underwriting loss of $104.5 million for the prior year period. The prior year period included a net prior year reserve increase of $186.3 million, after tax, for the Company's North American reinsurance operations. In addition, there was a foreign exchange gain of $21.1 million in the current quarter as opposed to a loss of $21.9 million in the prior year quarter.

    * Gross and net premiums written increased 15.0% and 26.5%, respectively,
      primarily due to certain premium adjustments of $54.7 million in the
      current quarter. Excluding these adjustments, the increase was 4.2% and
      12.5%, respectively, with the increase in net premiums written due to
      lower ceded premiums in the current quarter.

    * Net premiums earned decreased 0.2%, including the earned impact of the
      above premium adjustments. Excluding these adjustments, the decrease was
      6.4% reflecting the effects of lower net premiums written over the
      previous twenty four months.

    * The combined ratio was 85.9% compared with 112.2% in the prior year
      period, or 83.9% excluding the reserve increase related to the Company's
      North American reinsurance operations in the prior period, principally
      reflecting higher acquisition costs in the current quarter.

Reinsurance Life and Annuity Operations

Gross premiums written were $189.2 million compared with $1.9 billion in the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter included a $1.8 billion U.K. annuity reinsurance transaction. Net income was $18.1 million as compared with a net loss of $55.9 million in the second quarter last year. The net loss in the prior year period included a $37.4 million increase in policy benefit reserves and a $25.9 million write off of deferred acquisition costs with respect to certain novated blocks of U.S.-based term-life mortality reinsurance business.

Financial Products and Services Operations

Total contribution for the segment was $59.9 million, an increase of $25.3 million, driven by higher net income from financial guaranty operations, primarily as a result of net premiums earned due to early terminations of certain insured transactions. In addition, net income from financial affiliates was $12.3 million as compared with a net loss of $7.4 million in the prior year quarter. These increases were partially offset by lower net gains from structured derivatives.

Investment Operations

Net investment income from general operations increased 24.7% from the prior year period to $261.4 million due to a continued rise in average yields and higher investment asset base. The prior year quarter included income related to the close out of a structured credit investment of $28.6 million. Excluding this income in the prior year quarter, net investment income from general operations increased 44.3%. Net income from investment affiliates was $28.8 million in the second quarter of 2006 compared with a net loss of $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2005.

Net realized losses on investments were $23.6 million in the quarter, compared with net realized gains of $90.1 million in the prior year period. Net unrealized losses on investments, net of tax, were $253.6 million at June 30, 2006 compared with net unrealized gains of $103.7 million and $502.9 million at March 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005, respectively. This decrease of $357.3 million for the quarter and $756.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2006, was primarily due to the rise in U.S., United Kingdom and Euro- Zone interest rates during these periods.

Other Items

Total operating expenses were $279.5 million in the quarter, up from $248.9 million in the prior year period. Cash flow from operations was $726.5 million, as compared with $2.4 billion in the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter included the U.K. annuity reinsurance transaction of $1.8 billion.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2006 results on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call can be accessed through a listen-only dial-in number or through a live webcast. To listen to the conference call, please dial (877) 422-4657 or (706) 679-0474, Conference ID # 2458767. The webcast will be available on XL's website located at www.xlgroup.com and will be archived on this site from approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 27, 2006 through midnight Eastern time on August 27, 2006. A slide presentation accompanying the Company's discussion of its second quarter results will also be available on the Company's website located at www.xlgroup.com beginning approximately 15 minutes before the commencement of the conference call.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available beginning at approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 27, 2006 until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 17, 2006 by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, Conference ID #2458767. An unaudited financial supplement relating to the Company's second quarter 2006 results is available on its website located at www.xlgroup.com.

XL Capital Ltd, through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of insurance and reinsurance coverages and financial products and services to industrial, commercial and professional service firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. As of June 30, 2006, XL Capital Ltd had consolidated assets of approximately $58.5 billion and consolidated shareholders' equity of $8.5 billion. More information about XL Capital Ltd is available at www.xlgroup.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about XL's beliefs, plans or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current plans, estimates, and expectations. Actual results may differ materially from those included in such forward-looking statements and therefore you should not place undue reliance on them. A non-exclusive list of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements includes the following: (a) changes in the size of XL's claims relating to hurricane and other catastrophe losses in 2005; (b) greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity than XL's underwriting, reserving or investment practices anticipate based on historical experience or industry data; (c) trends in rates for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance; (d) developments in the world's financial and capital markets that adversely affect the performance of XL's investments or access to such markets; (e) changes in general economic conditions, including foreign currency exchange rates, inflation and other factors; and (f) the other factors set forth in XL's most recent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and other documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as management's response to any of the aforementioned factors. XL undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

    (1) Defined as net income excluding net realized gains and losses on
        investments and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on
        credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax,
        herein referred to as "net income excluding net realized gains and
        losses". "Net income excluding net realized gains and losses" is a
        non-GAAP measure. See the schedule entitled "Reconciliation" at the
        end of this release for a reconciliation of net income/loss excluding
        net realized gains and losses to net income available to
        ordinary shareholders.



                                  XL Capital Ltd
                       SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
                           (U.S. dollars in thousands)

                                    Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
    Income Statement Data:               June 30                 June 30
                                        (Unaudited)             (Unaudited)
                                      2006        2005        2006        2005
    Revenues:
    Gross premiums written:
         - general operations   $1,954,437  $1,920,639  $4,995,815  $5,292,616
         - life and annuity
            operations             189,174   1,942,748     288,816   2,033,757
         - financial operations    152,570     102,450     254,063     163,397

    Net premiums written:
         - general operations    1,546,929   1,459,704   3,989,093   4,307,724
         - life and annuity
            operations             179,678   1,933,008     270,146   2,014,264
         - financial operations    148,220     100,386     244,526     153,015

    Net premiums earned:
         - general operations    1,701,006   1,727,561   3,367,430   3,493,830
         - life and annuity
            operations             179,894   1,933,215     270,559   2,014,686
         - financial operations    103,690      51,992     165,150     103,687
    Net investment income          473,622     367,401     937,364     675,606
    Net realized (losses)
     gains on investments          (23,604)     90,055        (839)    150,726
    Net realized and
     unrealized gains (losses)
     on derivatives                 29,238     (47,941)     78,089     (2,763)
    Net income (loss) from
     investment affiliates          28,849     (10,774)    135,242      59,738
    Fee and other income             6,630      (3,048)     19,592      14,112
               Total revenues   $2,499,325  $4,108,461  $4,972,587  $6,509,622
    Expenses:
    Net losses and loss
     expenses incurred          $1,119,561  $1,261,707  $2,216,685  $2,404,768
    Claims and policy benefits     232,453   2,020,664     375,333   2,146,291
    Acquisition costs              295,512     310,988     562,599     605,382
    Operating expenses             279,464     248,950     541,025     496,106
    Exchange losses (gains)         22,693     (10,693)     53,442         229
    Interest expense               134,632      97,766     262,501     186,052
    Amortization of
     intangible assets                 420       3,043       1,515       5,836
               Total expenses   $2,084,735  $3,932,425  $4,013,100  $5,844,664

    Net income before minority
     interest, income tax
      and net income from
       operating affiliates       $414,590    $176,036    $959,487    $664,958

    Minority interest in net
     income of subsidiary                -       2,079       2,258       4,354
    Income tax                      66,437      41,776     133,073      94,650
    Net (income) from
     operating affiliates          (39,016)    (13,794)    (31,596)   (33,046)

    Net income                    $387,169    $145,975    $855,752   $599,000
    Preference share dividends     (10,080)    (10,080)    (20,160)   (20,160)
    Net income available to
     ordinary shareholders        $377,089     $135,895   $835,592   $578,840



                                  XL Capital Ltd
                       SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
                 (Shares in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                        Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    Income Statement Data (continued) :        June 30            June 30
                                             (Unaudited)        (Unaudited)
                                             2006     2005     2006     2005

       Weighted average number of ordinary shares and
       ordinary share equivalents:

                               Basic      178,728  138,948  179,631  138,488
                             Diluted      179,198  140,404  180,069  139,841

       Per Share Data:
       Net income available to ordinary
        shareholders                        $2.10    $0.97    $4.64    $4.14

       Ratios - General insurance and
        reinsurance operations:
       Loss ratio                            62.0%    72.0%    62.9%    68.1%
       Expense ratio                         28.0%    25.9%    26.9%    25.6%

       Combined ratio                        90.0%    97.9%    89.8%    93.7%



                                 XL Capital Ltd
                       SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
              (U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Balance Sheet Data:                          As at             As at
                                            June 30, 2006   December 31, 2005
                                              (Unaudited)

    Total investments available for sale      $36,403,324       $35,724,439

    Cash and cash equivalents                   2,566,768         3,693,475

    Investments in affiliates                   2,021,256         2,046,721

    Unpaid losses and loss expenses
     recoverable                                6,148,443         6,441,522

    Total assets                               58,527,353        58,454,901


    Unpaid losses and loss expenses            23,733,500        23,767,672

    Deposit liabilities                         7,559,896         8,240,987

    Future policy benefit reserves              6,069,691         5,606,461

    Unearned premiums                           6,372,442         5,388,996

    Notes payable and debt                      3,367,887         3,412,698

    Total shareholders' equity                  8,547,284         8,471,811

    Book value per ordinary share                  $44.51            $44.31



                                

XL Capital Ltd RECONCILIATION

The following is a reconciliation of the Company's (i) net income (loss) available to ordinary shareholders to 'net income (loss) excluding net realized gains and losses on investments and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax' (which is a non-GAAP measure, the "Exclusions") and (ii) annualized return on ordinary shareholders' equity (based on net income (loss) minus the Exclusions) to average ordinary shareholders' equity for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006 and 2005 (U.S. dollars in millions, except per share amounts):

                                        Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended
                                             June 30              June 30
                                           (Unaudited)          (Unaudited)
                                         2006       2005      2006      2005

    Net income available to ordinary
     shareholders                      $377.1     $135.9    $835.6    $578.8

    Net realized losses (gains) on
     investments, net of tax             26.2      (86.2)      1.0    (143.9)

    Net realized and unrealized
     (gains) losses on investment
      derivatives, net of tax           (25.7)      65.1     (55.3)     36.3

    Net realized and unrealized
     (gains) losses on credit and
      structured financial derivatives,
       net of tax                        (1.8)     (13.5)      0.1     (23.4)

    Net income excluding net realized
     gains and losses (Note 1)         $375.8     $101.3    $781.4    $447.8

    Per ordinary share results:
    Net income available to
     ordinary shareholders              $2.10      $0.97     $4.64     $4.14

    Net income excluding net realized
     gains and losses (Note 1)          $2.10      $0.72     $4.34     $3.20

    Weighted average ordinary shares
     outstanding:
    Basic                             178,728    138,948   179,631   138,488
    Diluted                           179,198    140,404   180,069   139,841

    Return on Ordinary Shareholders'
     Equity:
    Average ordinary shareholders'
     equity                          $8,001.4   $7,575.9  $7,992.0  $7,537.7

    Net income excluding net realized
     gains and losses (Note 1)         $375.8     $101.3    $781.4    $447.8

    Annualized net income excluding
     net realized gains
      and losses (Note 1)            $1,503.4     $405.2  $1,562.8    $895.6

    Annualized Return on Ordinary
     Shareholders' Equity - Net income
      excluding net realized gains and
       losses (Note 1)                   18.8%       5.3%     19.6%     11.9%

    Note 1: Defined as "net income excluding net realized gains and losses on
            investments and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on
            credit, structured financial and investment derivatives,
            net of tax".



    

Comment on Regulation G

This press release contains the presentation of (i) 'net income excluding net realized gains and losses on investments and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax' and (ii) annualized return on ordinary shareholders' equity (based on net income minus the Exclusions) to average ordinary shareholders' equity. These items are "non-GAAP financial measures" as defined in Regulation G. The reconciliation of such measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in accordance with Regulation G is included above.

XL presents its operations in the way it believes will be most meaningful and useful to investors, analysts, rating agencies and others who use XL's financial information in evaluating XL's performance. This presentation includes the use of 'net income excluding net realized gains and losses on investments and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax'. Investment derivatives include all derivatives entered into by XL other than weather and energy and credit derivatives (discussed further below).

Although the investment of premiums to generate income (or loss) and realized capital gains (or losses) is an integral part of XL's operations, the determination to realize capital gains (or losses) is independent of the underwriting process. In addition, under applicable GAAP accounting requirements, losses can be created as the result of other than temporary declines in value without actual realization. In this regard, certain users of XL's financial information, including certain rating agencies, evaluate earnings before tax and capital gains to understand the profitability of the recurring sources of income without the effects of these two variables. Furthermore, these users believe that, for many companies, the timing of the realization of capital gains is largely opportunistic and are a function of economic and interest rate conditions. In addition, with respect to credit derivatives, because XL generally holds its financial guaranty contracts written in credit default derivative form to maturity, the net effects of the changes in fair value of these credit derivatives are excluded (similar with other companies in the financial guarantee business) as the changes in fair value each quarter are not indicative of underlying business performance of XL's financial guaranty operations. Unlike these credit derivatives, XL's weather and energy derivatives are actively traded (i.e., they are not held to maturity) and are, therefore, not excluded from net income as any gains or losses from this business are considered by management when evaluating and managing the underlying business.

In summary, XL evaluates the performance of and manages its business to produce an underwriting profit. In addition to presenting net income (loss), XL believes that showing net income (loss) exclusive of the items mentioned above enables investors and other users of XL's financial information to analyze XL's performance in a manner similar to how management of XL analyzes performance. In this regard, XL believes that providing only a GAAP presentation of net income (loss) makes it much more difficult for users of XL's financial information to evaluate XL's underlying business. Also, as stated above, XL believes that the equity analysts and certain rating agencies who follow XL (and the insurance industry as a whole) exclude these items from their analyses for the same reasons and they request that XL provide this non- GAAP financial information on a regular basis.

Return on average ordinary shareholder's equity ("ROE"), excluding net realized gains and losses on investments and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit and investment derivative instruments, net of tax (the "Exclusions"), is a widely used measure of any company's profitability. Annualized return on average ordinary shareholders' equity (minus the Exclusions) is calculated by dividing annualized net income minus the Exclusions for any period by the average of the opening and closing ordinary shareholder's equity. The Company establishes target ROE's for its total operations, segments and lines of business. If the Company's ROE return targets are not met with respect to any line of business over time, the Company seeks to re-evaluate these lines. In addition, the Company's compensation of its senior officers is significantly dependant on the achievement of the Company's performance goals to enhance shareholder value, which include ROE.

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