- Continued Strategic Growth: Net earned premium increased 4.2% in the fourth quarter of 2021; Strong net earned premium growth in our ongoing business of approximately 19.6%, supported by favorable market conditions
- Expense Ratio Improvement: Expense ratio of 35.3% for the fourth quarter of 2021 improved 2.9 points from the fourth quarter of 2020 and full year 2021 expense ratio of 36.8% improved 0.7 points compared to the same period in 2020
- Reduced Catastrophe Losses: Total catastrophe losses of $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, down from $51.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and full year 2021 catastrophe losses of $92.7 million, down from $179.2 million in 2020
- Improved Results in International Operations: Combined ratio improved 40.9 points to 76.5% for the fourth quarter of 2021 from the fourth quarter of 2020 and full year 2021 combined ratio of 97.2% improved 19.9 points compared to the same period in 2020
HAMILTON, Bermuda – February 22, 2022 – Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) (“Argo” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021. On February 8, 2022, the Company reported that its results for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, would be negatively affected by adverse prior year reserve development and non-operating charges.
Argo reported a fourth quarter 2021 net loss attributable to common shareholders of $118.8 million or $3.41 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $3.5 million or $0.10 per diluted common share for the 2020 fourth quarter. For the year ended 2021, Argo reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $4.7 million or $0.13 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $58.7 million or $1.70 per diluted common share in 2020.
The operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2021 was $61.8 million or $1.77 per diluted common share, compared to an operating loss of $8.9 million or $0.26 per diluted common share for the 2020 fourth quarter. Operating income in 2021 was $41.5 million or $1.19 per diluted common share, compared to an operating loss of $10.0 million or $0.29 per diluted common share in 2020.
“Our strategic priorities of pursuing profitable growth, reducing volatility, and disciplined expense management are evident in our 2021 current accident year underwriting results,” said Argo Group Chief Executive Officer Kevin Rehnberg. “We remain encouraged by the continued growth and underlying strength of our ongoing business.”
 Ongoing business does not include the businesses the Company is exiting, plan to exit or have sold, including sales of Ariel Re in November 2020, Contract Binding P&C in October 2021, U.S. Specialty Property in December 2021, Argo Seguros Brasil in February 2022 and businesses in Italy, Malta, London Property D&F and North American Binders business in Syndicate 1200, and the U.S. grocery business.
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