Shares of W.R. Berkley experienced a significant rally on Tuesday following the release of their better-than-expected quarterly earnings report and impressive net investment income figures.
In the third quarter, W.R. Berkley (ticker: WRB) reported a net income of $1.23 per share, surpassing the 82 cents reported for the same quarter the previous year. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecasted earnings of $1.19 per share, making this a notable beat.
Buoyed by the positive earnings announcement, shares of W.R. Berkley surged by 7.7% on Tuesday, reaching $67.71. This performance represents their largest percentage increase since November 9, 2020, when they climbed by 12%. The stock stood out as one of the top performers in the S&P 500.
Remarkable Net Investment Income
W.R. Berkley achieved exceptional net investment income for the quarter, reporting $270.9 million. This figure represents substantial growth compared to the $202.8 million recorded during the same period last year.
According to the company's earnings release, management attributed this significant year-over-year increase in investment income to the higher interest rate environment. They also expressed confidence that this trend will continue as they benefit from record operating cash flows and continue to reinvest at higher interest rates.
Robust Premiums Written
Gross premiums written for the quarter amounted to $3.35 billion, while net premiums written reached $2.85 billion. Both figures exhibited growth compared to the previous year.
Impressive Revenue Growth
In terms of total revenue, W.R. Berkley achieved $3.03 billion during the third quarter, surpassing the $2.72 billion recorded in the same period the previous year.
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