Branchville, NJ – Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) recently reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, with net income per diluted common share of $1.42 and non-GAAP operating income per diluted common share of $1.51. The third quarter combined ratio was 96.8%, including 6.6 points of catastrophe losses.
In the quarter, NPW grew 17% compared to a year ago from renewal pure price increases, exposure growth, stable retention, and strong new business. After-tax net investment income in the quarter generated 13.1 points of annualized ROE, benefiting from higher interest rates, active portfolio management, and operating and investing cash flow deployment. Within our Insurance Operations, Standard Commercial Lines grew 15% and Excess and Surplus Lines increased 25% with profitable combined ratios. In Standard Personal Lines, initiatives to improve profitability continue to be executed as we transition to the mass affluent market.
“With a non-GAAP operating ROE of 15.0% in the quarter and 13.2% year to date, we are well positioned to achieve our 10th consecutive year of double-digit operating ROEs. Our disciplined underwriting strategy and commitment to uniquely servicing our customers continue to drive our performance in a challenging external environment with uncertain loss trends and elevated inflation,” said John J. Marchioni, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We have a strong and flexible capital position and are actively focused on long-term, profitable growth. This includes continuing our deliberate growth strategy, with the expectation to extend our Commercial Lines footprint into West Virginia and Maine in early 2024, then Washington, Oregon, and Nevada later in the year,” added Mr. Marchioni.
Mr. Marchioni concluded, “Our unique, field-based operating model, deep distribution partner relationships, and sophisticated tools for risk selection, pricing, and claims management differentiate us in the marketplace. We have excellent prospects for continued strong performance.”
The complete results release is available here: Selective Third Quarter 2023 Results (PDF)