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XL Group plc Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results

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  • Operating net loss1 of $79.6 million, or $0.25 loss per share, for the quarter and operating net income of $89.5 million, or $0.28 per share, for the full year, largely driven by significant natural catastrophe losses for the quarter and full year.
  • Net loss of $515.5 million, or $1.62 loss per share, for the quarter and $474.8 million, or $1.52 loss per share, for the full year, largely driven by a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $429.0 million in the fourth quarter, in addition to significant natural catastrophe losses for the quarter and full year.
  • Natural catastrophe losses net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums of $194.9 million recorded for the quarter, and $761.1 million for the full year.
  • P&C operations combined ratio of 108.2% for the quarter and 107.5% for the full year.
  • Gross P&C premiums written for the year increased by 10.2% compared to the prior year, primarily driven by select new business, favorable pricing and foreign exchange movements.
  • Fully diluted tangible book value per ordinary share2 of $28.36 at December 31, 2011, an increase of $1.18 from December 31, 2010.
  • Share buybacks during the quarter totaled 4.9 million shares for $99.9 million.


Dublin, Ireland - February 9, 2012 - XL Group plc ("XL" or the "Company") (NYSE: XL) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2011 results.

Commenting on the Company's performance, Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick said:

"XL was clearly impacted in 2011, like companies throughout the property and casualty industry, by a year that suffered from one of the largest aggregate worldwide catastrophe losses in history, including, most recently, the devastating Thailand floods. While we believe XL's catastrophe loss profile, relative to our peers, showed the effectiveness of our risk management process, we also again experienced an unacceptable level of non-catastrophe insurance losses in isolated underwriting areas. We have added new leaders and talented teams to these areas, and are sharply focused on delivering improved results. We will not shy away from our 2011 results, including a frustrating fourth quarter and full year 2011, and a significant non-cash charge to eliminate the Insurance segment's goodwill reflecting continuing low valuations in our sector. But, we do want to ensure our results are viewed within the broader perspective of our goals and strategy.

"In 2011, XL made significant progress executing our strategy and - although our actions have not yet taken hold in our financial performance - we are confident in the path we are on. Our Reinsurance segment again contributed strong results amid improving pricing. Key insurance businesses such as our Professional and Specialty businesses continued their multi-year track records of excellence. We pursued deliberate, careful growth opportunities in China and Brazil and significantly strengthened our distribution approach. Our investment portfolio now closely reflects our P&C core, and we further reduced our life portfolio's exposure to turbulence in the European investment markets. We believe XL is well-positioned with operating and capital strength and we look forward to fulfilling our vision for XL and its shareholders."

Highlights - Three and twelve months ended December 31

(U.S. Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)


Three months ended


Twelve months ended


December 31


December 31


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)


2011


2010


2011


2010

Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

$     (515,537)


$       188,122


$       (474,760)


$         585,472

Per ordinary share-fully diluted

$           (1.62)


$             0.57


$             (1.52)


$               1.73









Operating net income (loss) (1)

$       (79,625)


$       242,434


$           89,464


$         809,650

Per ordinary share-fully diluted

$           (0.25)


$             0.74


$               0.28


$               2.40



















  • Operating net loss of $79.6 million compared to operating net income of $242.4 million in the prior year quarter due primarily to larger natural catastrophe losses, lower levels of positive prior year loss development incurred during the current quarter and higher than normal tax expenses.
  • Net loss in the quarter of $515.5 million compared to net income of $188.1 million in the prior year quarter due primarily to the non-cash charge for the partial impairment of goodwill of $429.0 million, combined with the operating net loss and the net impact of gains and losses on investments, derivatives and foreign exchange.
  • Net investment income for the quarter was $270.9 million compared to $290.4 million in the prior year quarter and $290.1 million for the third quarter of 2011. The decline against the prior year was primarily due to lower yields as a result of lower reinvestment rates and cash flows from the investment portfolio.
  • Net loss from investment fund and investment manager operating affiliates of $23.9 million in the quarter compared to income of $45.9 million in the prior year quarter, primarily as a result of private fund and investment manager business losses due to challenging market conditions in the third and fourth quarters of 2011.
  • Net realized investment losses for the quarter of $50.0 million compared to $104.5 million in the prior year quarter.
  • Income tax expenses in the quarter and year were high relative to previous periods due to the distribution of profits and losses across the Company’s global organization, in particular in the fourth quarter.
  • Impairment of goodwill is a non-cash charge related to a combination of persistent low market valuations in the insurance industry and the recurring losses in the Company’s Insurance segment, resulting in an impairment charge of $429.0 million in the fourth quarter, representing all of the carried Insurance segment goodwill. This non-cash charge has no material impact on regulatory capital or tangible book value.
  • Fully diluted book value per ordinary share decreased by $1.16 from the prior quarter driven primarily by the partial goodwill impairment combined with net losses and dividends, partially offset by the benefit of share buybacks and unrealized gains on investments.
  • During the quarter, the Company purchased 4.9 million shares for $99.9 million at an average price of $20.21 per share, which was accretive to fully diluted book value per ordinary share by $0.15. During the year, the Company purchased 31.7 million shares for $665.5 million at an average price of $21.03 per share, which was accretive to fully diluted book value per ordinary share by $0.75. $190.5 million of shares remains available for purchase under the Company’s previously announced $1 billion share buyback program.

P&C operations - Three and twelve months ended December 31

(U.S. Dollars in thousands)



Three months ended


Twelve months ended


December 31


December 31


(Unaudited)


     (Unaudited)


2011


2010


2011


2010









Gross premiums written

$    1,260,560


$    1,306,427


$     6,898,284


$    6,261,331

Net premiums written

1,120,341


1,122,387


5,433,388


4,999,588

Net premiums earned

1,386,759


1,282,482


5,327,112


5,031,137









Underwriting profit (loss)

(114,138)


109,765


(397,353)


262,494









Loss ratio

76.3%


59.3%


76.6%


63.8%

Underwriting expense ratio

31.9%


32.1%


30.9%


31.0%

Combined ratio

108.2%


91.4%


107.5%


94.8%




  • P&C gross premiums written in the fourth quarter (“GPW”) decreased 3.5% from the prior year quarter, driven by a multi-year insurance agreement written in the prior year. Excluding this, the Insurance segment saw an increase of 5.0% from the prior year quarter, comprised of new business initiatives in both North America Property and Casualty units and International Professional units. The increase in GPW for the Reinsurance segment of 7.9% was attributable to North American business from strong retention level rates, as well as new business, combined with higher catastrophe reinstatement premiums.  
  • P&C net premiums earned (“NPE”) of $1.4 billion was comprised of $950.3 million from the Insurance segment and $436.5 million from the Reinsurance segment.  Compared to the prior year quarter, Insurance NPE increased by 6.6% and Reinsurance NPE increased by 11.6%.
  • The P&C loss ratio was 17.0 percentage points higher than the prior year quarter.  Included in the loss ratio was favorable prior year development of $67.8 million compared to $121.5 million in the prior year quarter.  The loss ratio was also adversely impacted by natural catastrophe losses of $194.9 million, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums.  In the prior year quarter, natural catastrophe losses totaled $30.3 million, including reinstatement premiums. Excluding prior year development and natural catastrophe losses, the fourth quarter loss ratio was 0.6 percentage points higher than the prior year quarter.
  • Operating expenses were higher than in the fourth quarter of 2010 and higher than the first three quarters of 2011. Increased expenses versus the prior year quarter related largely to the build-out of the Company’s previously announced initiatives and higher compensation costs from both growth in headcount associated with new business initiatives and severance costs.
  • The P&C combined ratio excluding prior year development and the impact of natural catastrophe losses for the quarter was 99.1%, compared to 98.6% for the prior year quarter. The Insurance segment combined ratio on this basis was 105.1% for the quarter compared to 106.6% for the prior year quarter, while the Reinsurance segment combined ratio on this basis was 85.6% compared to 80.2% for the prior year quarter. Combined ratios were impacted by an increase in both the operating and acquisition expenses in the Insurance segment.

(1) Defined as net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding (1) net realized gains and losses on investments, (2) net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax, for the Company, (3) its share of these items for the Company’s insurance company affiliates for the periods presented including the gain recorded relating to the Company’s sale of a portion of an investment in an affiliate, (4) goodwill impairment charges, net of tax, (5) the gains recognized on the repurchase of the Company’s preference ordinary shares and (6) foreign exchange gains or losses, net of tax.  “Operating net income” and “return on ordinary shareholders’ equity” based on operating net income are “non-GAAP financial measures.”  See the schedule entitled “Reconciliation” at the end of this release for a reconciliation of “operating net income” to net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders and the calculation of “return on ordinary shareholders’ equity” based on operating net income to average ordinary shareholders’ equity.

(2) Book value per share, fully diluted book value per ordinary share and fully diluted tangible book value per ordinary share are non-GAAP financial measures. Fully diluted book value per share represents book value per ordinary share (total shareholders’ equity less preference shareholders’ equity and non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries, divided by the number of outstanding ordinary shares at any period end) combined with the dilutive impact of potential future share issues at any period end. Fully diluted tangible book value per ordinary share is calculated in the same manner as fully diluted book value per ordinary share except that goodwill and intangible assets are removed from ordinary shareholders’ equity. The Company believes that fully diluted tangible book value per ordinary share is a financial measure important to investors and other interested parties who benefit from having a consistent basis for comparison with other companies within the industry. However, this measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by companies either outside or inside of the insurance industry.

Further details of the results for the quarter may be found in the Company’s Financial Supplement, which is dated February 9, 2012 and is available from the Investor Relations section of the XL Group website.

A conference call to discuss the Company’s results will be held at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 9, 2012. 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 (210) 795-0624 or (866) 617-1526: Passcode: “XL GLOBAL”. The webcast will be available at www.xlgroup.com and will be archived on XL’s website from approximately 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 9, 2012, through midnight Eastern Time on March 9, 2012. A telephone replay of the conference call will also be available beginning at approximately 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 9, 2012, until midnight Eastern Time on March 9, 2012, by dialing (402) 998-1350 or (888) 458-8112.

About XL Group plc

XL Group plc, through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world.

XL is the company clients look to for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. Its principal offices are located at No.1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland. To learn more, visit 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, all of which involve risk and uncertainty. Statements that include the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “project,” “anticipate,” “will,” “may” or similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements. 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 (a) changes in the size of XL’s claims relating to natural or man-made catastrophe losses due to the preliminary nature of some reports and estimates of loss and damage to date; (b) trends in rates for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance; (c) the timely and full recoverability of reinsurance placed by XL with third parties, or other amounts due to XL; (d) changes in ratings, rating agency policies or practices; (e) changes in the projected amount of ceded reinsurance recoverables; (f) XL’s ability to successfully implement its business strategy especially during a “soft” market cycle; (g) 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; (h) changes in general economic conditions, including the effects of inflation and changes in interest rates, credit spreads, foreign currency exchange rates and future volatility in the world’s credit, financial and capital markets that adversely affect the performance and valuation of XL’s investments or access to such markets; (i) developments, including uncertainties related to the ability of Euro-zone countries to service existing debt obligations and the strength of the Euro as a currency and to the financial condition of counterparties, reinsurers and other companies that are at risk of bankruptcy and affect XL’s business; (j) the impact of downgrades of U.S. securities by credit rating agencies or the European sovereign debt crisis, and the resulting effect on the value of securities (x) in our investment portfolio and (y) posted as collateral by and to us; (k) the potential for changes to methodologies, estimations and assumptions that underlie the valuation of XL’s financial instruments that could result in changes to investment valuations; (l) changes to XL’s assessment as to whether it is more likely than not that it will be required to sell, or has the intent to sell, available-for-sale debt securities before their anticipated recovery; (m) the ability of XL’s subsidiaries to pay dividends to XL Group plc and XLIT Ltd.; (n) the potential effect of regulatory developments in the jurisdictions in which XL operates, including those that could impact the financial markets or increase XL’s business costs and required capital levels; (o) changes in applicable tax laws, tax treaties or tax regulations or the interpretation or enforcement thereof; and (p) the other factors set forth in XL’s reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. XL undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

XL intends to use its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Such disclosures will be included on the website in the Investor Relations section. Accordingly, investors should monitor such portions of XL's website, in addition to following its press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts.


XL Group plc

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(U.S. Dollars in thousands)













Three months ended


Twelve months ended

Income statement data:



December 31


December 31




(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)




2011


2010


2011


2010

Revenues:









Gross premiums written:










- P&C operations


$     1,260,560


$    1,306,427


$     6,898,284


$     6,261,331


- Life operations


96,051


102,242


394,555


411,938










Net premiums written:










- P&C operations


$     1,120,341


$    1,122,387


$     5,433,388


$     4,999,588


- Life operations


89,727


94,871


362,362


382,075










Net premiums earned:










- P&C operations


$     1,386,759


$    1,282,482


$     5,327,112


$     5,031,137


- Life operations


90,323


95,006


363,018


382,924











Net investment income



270,895


290,390


1,137,769


1,198,038

Net realized (losses) gains on investments


(50,024)


(104,486)


(188,359)


(270,803)

Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on derivative instruments


23,561


(5,940)


(10,738)


(33,843)

Net income (loss) from investment affiliates


(4,024)


20,735


26,253


51,102

Fee income and other


11,254


10,812


41,748


40,027

Total revenues


$     1,728,744


$    1,588,999


$     6,696,803


$     6,398,582

Expenses:









Net losses and loss expenses incurred  - P&C operations


$     1,057,883


$       760,455


$     4,078,391


$     3,211,800

Claims and policy benefits - Life operations


124,878


122,357


535,074


513,833

Acquisition costs


215,269


208,388


826,411


788,258

Operating expenses


308,924


260,937


1,082,479


971,105

Foreign exchange (gains) losses


(2,231)


(1,342)


(40,640)


(10,161)

Interest expense


47,435


56,815


205,592


213,643

Impairment of goodwill



429,020


-


429,020


-

Loss on termination of guarantee


-


-


-


23,500

Amortization of intangible assets


44


464


1,438


1,858

Total expenses


$     2,181,222


$    1,408,074


$     7,117,765


$     5,713,836

Net income (loss) before non-controlling interest, income tax and net income from operating affiliates


$       (452,478)


$       180,925


$       (420,962)


$        684,746










Income tax


42,960


60,115


59,707


162,737

Net (income) loss from operating affiliates


18,653


(74,718)


(76,786)


(121,372)










Net income (loss)


$       (514,091)


$       195,528


$       (403,883)


$        643,381











Non-controlling interests (Note 1)


(1,446)


(7,406)


(70,877)


(39,831)










Net income (loss) attributable to XL Group plc


$       (515,537)


$       188,122


$       (474,760)


$        603,550











Preference share dividends (Note1)


-


-


-


(34,694)

Gain on redemption of preference ordinary shares


-


-


-


16,616











Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders


$       (515,537)


$       188,122


$       (474,760)


$        585,472











Note 1: During the first quarter of 2011, the Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares were reclassified as Non-controlling interest – Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares and Series E preference ordinary shares were reclassified as Non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries on the Company's consolidated balance sheet as a result of changes in ownership structure arising as part of the Company's redomestication of the ultimate parent holding company to Ireland as of July 1, 2010. Accordingly, preference share dividends declared are recorded as Non-controlling interests rather than as preference share dividends within the consolidated statements of income from July 1, 2010 onwards. During the third quarter of 2011, all outstanding Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares were repurchased and canceled.





XL Group plc

SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(U.S. Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)











Selected balance sheet data:


As at


As at



December 31, 2011


December 31, 2010



(Unaudited)

(Note 1)
















Total investments available for sale


$              27,017,285


$              27,677,553






Total fixed maturities, held to maturity


2,668,978


2,728,335






Cash and cash equivalents


3,825,125


3,022,868






Investments in affiliates


1,052,729


1,127,181






Unpaid losses and loss expenses recoverable


3,654,948


3,671,887






Total assets


44,626,077


45,015,944











Unpaid losses and loss expenses


20,613,901


20,531,607






Deposit liabilities


1,608,108


1,684,606






Future policy benefit reserves


4,845,394


5,075,127






Unearned premiums


3,555,310


3,484,830






Notes payable and debt


2,275,327


2,457,003






Non-controlling interest - Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares


-


71,900






Total shareholders' equity


10,769,410


10,613,049






Ordinary shareholders' equity


9,424,938


9,610,753






Ordinary shares outstanding (Note 2)


315,710,253


316,467,749






Diluted book value per ordinary share (Note 3)


$                       29.64


$                       29.78






Basic book value per ordinary share (Note 3)


$                       29.85


$                       30.37
















Note 1: Certain items have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.

Note 2: Ordinary shares outstanding include all ordinary shares legally issued and outstanding (as disclosed on the face of the balance sheet) as well as all director share units outstanding.

Note 3: Book value per share and fully diluted book value per ordinary share are non-GAAP financial measures and represent book value per ordinary share (total shareholders' equity less preference shareholders' equity and non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries, divided by the number of outstanding ordinary shares at any period end) combined with the dilutive impact of potential future share issues at any period end.




XL Group plc

RECONCILIATION


 The following is a reconciliation of the Company’s net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders to operating net income (loss) (Note 1) and also includes the calculation of annualized return on ordinary shareholders’ equity (based on operating net income (loss) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 and 2010.


(U.S. Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)

Three months ended


December 31


(Unaudited)


2011


2010




(Note 4)





Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

$     (515,537)


$       188,122





Impairment of goodwill, net of tax

417,566


-





Net realized losses (gains) on investments, net of tax  

46,077


99,318





Net realized and unrealized  losses (gains) on derivatives, net of tax

(26,564)


7,550





Net realized and unrealized (gains) losses on investments and derivatives related to the Company's insurance company affiliates

(279)


(51,564)





Foreign exchange (gains) losses, net of tax

462


(992)





Gain on repurchase of non-controlling interest preference ordinary shares

(1,350)


-





Operating net income (loss) (Note 1)

$       (79,625)


$       242,434





Per ordinary share results: (Note 2)








Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

$           (1.62)


$             0.57





Operating net income (loss) (Note 1)

$           (0.25)


$             0.74





Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:








Basic

319,136,299


322,500,686

Diluted - Net income

319,136,299


327,638,945

Diluted - Operating net income

319,136,299


327,638,945





Return on ordinary shareholders' equity:








Closing ordinary shareholders' equity (Note 3)

$    9,424,938


$    9,610,753

Average ordinary shareholders' equity (Note 3)

$    9,682,570


$    9,739,070





Operating net income (loss) (Note 1)

$       (79,625)


$       242,434





Annualized operating net income (loss) (Note 1)

$     (318,500)


$       969,736





Annualized return on ordinary shareholders' equity - operating net income (loss) (Notes 1 and 3)

-3.3%


10.0%





Note 1: Defined as net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding (1) net realized gains and losses on investments, (2) net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax, for the Company, (3) its share of these items for the Company's insurance company affiliates for the periods presented including the gain recorded relating to the Company's sale of a portion of an investment in an affiliate, (4) goodwill impairment charges, net of tax, (5) the gains recognized on the repurchase of the Company's preference ordinary shares and (6) foreign exchange gains or losses, net of tax. "Operating net income" and "return on ordinary shareholders' equity" based on operating net income are "non-GAAP financial measures."  The results from prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period's presentation.

Note 2:  Diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding is used to calculate per share data except where it is anti-dilutive to earnings per share or where there is a net loss.  When it is anti-dilutive or when a net loss occurs, basic weighted average ordinary shares outstanding is utilized in the calculation of net loss per share and net operating loss per share.

Note 3: Ordinary shareholders' equity is defined as total shareholders' equity less preference ordinary shares and less non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries.

Note 4: Certain amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.




XL Group plc

RECONCILIATION (Continued)









(U.S. Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)

Twelve months ended


December 31


(Unaudited)



2011


2010




(Note 5)





Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

$     (474,760)


$      585,472





Impairment of goodwill, net of tax

417,566


-





Net realized losses (gains) on investments, net of tax  

178,432


265,434





Net realized and unrealized  losses (gains) on derivatives, net of tax

3,914


35,301





Net realized and unrealized (gains) losses on investments and derivatives related to the Company's insurance company affiliates

(322)


(52,623)





Foreign exchange (gains) losses, net of tax

(34,016)


(7,318)





Gain on repurchase of non-controlling interest preference ordinary shares (Note 1)

(1,350)


(16,616)





Operating net income (loss) (Note 2)

$         89,464


$      809,650





Per ordinary share results: (Note 3)








Net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders

$           (1.52)


$            1.73





Operating net income (loss) (Note 2)

$             0.28


$            2.40





Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding:








Basic

312,896,165


336,282,630

Diluted - Net income

312,896,165


337,708,643

Diluted - Operating net income

316,318,339


337,708,643





Return on ordinary shareholders' equity:








Closing ordinary shareholders' equity (Note 4)

$    9,424,938


$   9,610,753





Average ordinary shareholders' equity (Note 4)

$    9,517,845


$   9,020,432





Operating net income (loss) (Note 2)

$         89,464


$      809,650





Return on ordinary shareholders' equity - operating net income (loss) (Notes 2 and 4)

0.9%


9.0%





Note 1: During the first quarter of 2011, the Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares were reclassified as Non-controlling interest – Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares and Series E preference ordinary shares were reclassified as Non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries on the Company's consolidated balance sheet as a result of changes in ownership structure arising as part of the Company's redomestication of the ultimate parent holding company to Ireland as of July 1, 2010. Accordingly, preference share dividends declared are recorded as Non-controlling interests rather than as preference share dividends within the consolidated statements of income from July 1, 2010 onwards. During the third quarter of 2011, all outstanding Redeemable Series C preference ordinary shares were repurchased and canceled.

Note 2: Defined as net income (loss) attributable to ordinary shareholders excluding (1) net realized gains and losses on investments, (2) net realized and unrealized gains and losses on credit, structured financial and investment derivatives, net of tax, for the Company, (3) its share of these items for the Company's insurance company affiliates for the periods presented including the gain recorded relating to the Company's sale of a portion of an investment in an affiliate, (4) goodwill impairment charges, net of tax, (5) the gains recognized on the repurchase of the Company's preference ordinary shares and (6) foreign exchange gains or losses, net of tax. "Operating net income" and "return on ordinary shareholders' equity" based on operating net income are "non-GAAP financial measures." During the year, the Company amended its definition of operating net income to exclude after-tax foreign exchange gains and losses.  The results from prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period's presentation.

Note 3:  Diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding is used to calculate per share data except where it is anti-dilutive to earnings per share or where there is a net loss.  When it is anti-dilutive or when a net loss occurs, basic weighted average ordinary shares outstanding are utilized in the calculation of net loss per share and net operating loss per share.

Note 4: Ordinary shareholders' equity is defined as total shareholders' equity less preference ordinary shares and less non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries.

Note 5: Certain amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation.




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