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Cincinnati Financial Reports Second-Quarter 2021 Results

CINCINNATI, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CINF) today reported:

  • Second-quarter 2021 net income of $703 million, or $4.31 per share, compared with $909 million, or $5.63 per share, in the second quarter of 2020, after recognizing a $386 million second-quarter 2021 after-tax increase in the fair value of equity securities still held.
  • $221 million or 311% increase in non-GAAP operating income* to $292 million, or $1.79 per share, compared with $71 million, or 44 cents per share, in the second quarter of last year.
  • $206 million decrease in second-quarter 2021 net income, primarily due to the after-tax net effect of a $427 million decrease in net investment gains partially offset by a $207 million increase in after-tax property casualty underwriting income.
  • $73.57 book value per share at June 30, 2021, up $6.53 since year-end.
  • 11.6% value creation ratio for the first six months of 2021, compared with negative 3.0% for the same period of 2020.

Financial Highlights

(Dollars in millions, except per share data)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Revenue Data














   Earned premiums


$

1,593



$

1,482



7


$

3,137



$

2,938



7


   Investment income, net of expenses


175



166



5


349



331



5


   Total revenues


2,295



2,714



(15)


4,522



2,615



73


Income Statement Data














   Net income (loss)


$

703



$

909



(23)


$

1,323



$

(317)



nm


   Investment gains and losses, after-tax


411



838



(51)


809



(525)



nm


   Non-GAAP operating income*


$

292



$

71



311


$

514



$

208



147


Per Share Data (diluted)














   Net income (loss)


$

4.31



$

5.63



(23)


$

8.13



$

(1.96)



nm


   Investment gains and losses, after-tax


2.52



5.19



(51)


4.97



(3.25)



nm


   Non-GAAP operating income*


$

1.79



$

0.44



307


$

3.16



$

1.29



145
















   Book value








$

73.57



$

57.56



28


   Cash dividend declared


$

0.63



$

0.60



5


$

1.26



$

1.20



5


   Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


162.9



161.5



1


162.7



161.5



1




*      The Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Comparable GAAP Measures section defines and reconciles measures presented 
        in this release that are not based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

        Forward-looking statements and related assumptions are subject to the risks outlined in the company's safe harbor statement.



Insurance Operations Highlights

  • 85.5% second-quarter 2021 property casualty combined ratio, improved from 103.1% for the second quarter of 2020.
  • 10% growth in second-quarter net written premiums, reflecting price increases and premium growth initiatives.
  • $235 million second-quarter 2021 property casualty new business written premiums, up 12%. Agencies appointed since the beginning of 2020 contributed $17 million or 7% of total new business written premiums.
  • $14 million second-quarter 2021 life insurance subsidiary net income, up $2 million from the second quarter of 2020, and 2% growth in second-quarter 2021 term life insurance earned premiums.

Investment and Balance Sheet Highlights

  • 5% or $9 million increase in second-quarter 2021 pretax investment income, including a 13% increase for stock portfolio dividends and a 3% increase for bond interest income.
  • Three-month increase of 5% in fair value of total investments at June 30, 2021, including a 6% increase for the stock portfolio and 4% increase for the bond portfolio.
  • $4.254 billion parent company cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2021, up 13% from year-end 2020.

Property Casualty Operations Producing Results
Steven J. Johnston, chairman, president and CEO, commented: "We continued to achieve strong non-GAAP operating income results, increasing that measure 311% to $292 million in the second quarter. Our property casualty insurance operations led the way, earning $221 million in pretax underwriting profit for the quarter. Investment income continued its steady contribution, growing 5% compared with second-quarter 2020.

"The change in accounting rules adopted in 2018 that we've mentioned in the past continues to cause volatility in net income results as unrealized investment gains and losses flow through that number. For instance, our second-quarter net income decreased $206 million compared to the second quarter of 2020 when stock markets were rebounding from pandemic-induced effects early last year. However, when you look at our net income for the first half of 2021 in total compared with the first half of 2020, you'll see a positive swing of $1.640 billion.

"Looking closer at our insurance operations, property casualty underwriting produced our best results in 15 years, making strides in both our quarterly and first-half combined ratios in all of our major areas of business. Lower weather-related catastrophe losses supported by our initiatives to deepen product and geographic diversification helped our property casualty insurance operations improve our second-quarter and first-half combined ratios 17.6 points and 12.5 points, respectively, to 85.5% and 88.3%."

Getting Back to Business
"In the past few months, we've had opportunities to visit in person with the outstanding independent agencies that represent Cincinnati Insurance in their communities. Their excitement for the future is palpable.

"Property casualty new business written premiums reached another record high in the second quarter, growing 12% to $235 million compared with last year, as production from recently appointed agencies accelerates. Our underwriters select and price new business from our agencies with confidence as we continue to hone our abilities in both pricing precision and policy segmentation. 

"Total property casualty net written premium growth for the first six months returned to pre-pandemic levels, increasing 11% compared with the first half of 2020. Growth was 10% for the first-half and full-year 2019. Overall renewal pricing trends developed satisfactorily with standard commercial and personal lines policies averaging percentage increases in the mid-single-digit range and excess and surplus lines policies in the high-single-digit range.

"By seeking increased pricing on those accounts that need it most and remaining competitive on our agents' best-performing accounts, we are able to strike a nice balance between growth and profitability."

Book Value at Record High
"At June 30, our book value again reached a record high, increasing 10% since December 31, 2020. Consolidated cash and total investments also reached a new high, topping $24 billion.

"Our ample capital allows us to execute on our long-term strategies and, at the same time, continue to pay dividends to shareholders. Our value creation ratio, which considers the dividends we pay as well as growth in book value, was 11.6% for the first half of 2021, in line with our 10% to 13% average annual target for this measure."

 

Insurance Operations Highlights


Consolidated Property Casualty Insurance Results


(Dollars in millions)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Earned premiums


$

1,514



$

1,403



8


$

2,989



$

2,792



7


Fee revenues


3



2



50


5



5



0


   Total revenues


1,517



1,405



8


2,994



2,797



7
















Loss and loss expenses


830



1,007



(18)


1,753



1,937



(9)


Underwriting expenses


466



439



6


887



877



1


   Underwriting profit (loss)


$

221



$

(41)



nm


$

354



$

(17)



nm
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Loss and loss expenses


54.8

%


71.8

%


(17.0)


58.6

%


69.4

%


(10.8)


     Underwriting expenses


30.7



31.3



(0.6)


29.7



31.4



(1.7)


           Combined ratio


85.5

%


103.1

%


(17.6)


88.3

%


100.8

%


(12.5)






















% Change






% Change


Agency renewal written premiums


$

1,333



$

1,244



7


$

2,609



$

2,442



7


Agency new business written premiums


235



210



12


455



425



7


Other written premiums


146



105



39


343



210



63


   Net written premiums


$

1,714



$

1,559



10


$

3,407



$

3,077



11
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Current accident year before catastrophe losses


56.8

%


58.2

%


(1.4)


57.2

%


59.0

%


(1.8)


     Current accident year catastrophe losses


5.8



16.9



(11.1)


9.1



13.2



(4.1)


     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses


(5.9)



(2.9)



(3.0)


(5.7)



(2.4)



(3.3)


     Prior accident years catastrophe losses


(1.9)



(0.4)



(1.5)


(2.0)



(0.4)



(1.6)


           Loss and loss expense ratio


54.8

%


71.8

%


(17.0)


58.6

%


69.4

%


(10.8)
















Current accident year combined ratio before

  catastrophe losses


87.5

%


89.5

%


(2.0)


86.9

%


90.4

%


(3.5)
















 

  • $155 million or 10% growth of second-quarter 2021 property casualty net written premiums, and six-month growth of 11%, largely reflecting premium growth initiatives and price increases. Cincinnati Re® contributed 3 percentage points to property casualty growth for the second quarter of 2021 and 5 points to six-month growth.
  • $25 million or 12% increase in second-quarter 2021 new business premiums written by agencies and six-month increase of 7%. The second-quarter growth included a $13 million increase in standard market property casualty production from agencies appointed since the beginning of 2020.
  • 151 new agency appointments in the first six months of 2021, including 30 that market only our personal lines products.
  • 17.6 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 combined ratio improvement and a 12.5 percentage-point improvement for the six-month period. The lower combined ratios included decreases for losses from catastrophes of 12.6 points for the second quarter and 5.7 points for the first six months of 2021.
  • 7.8 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development of $119 million, compared with 3.3 points or $47 million for second-quarter 2020.
  • 7.7 percentage-point six-month 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development, compared with 2.8 points for the first six months of 2020.
  • 1.8 percentage-point improvement, to 57.2%, for the six-month 2021 ratio of current accident year losses and loss expenses before catastrophes, including a decrease of 0.2 points in the ratio for current accident year losses of $1 million or more per claim.
  • 0.6 percentage-point decrease in the second-quarter 2021 underwriting expense ratio, compared with the same period of 2020, primarily due to the second-quarter 2020 $16 million Stay-at-Home policyholder credit for personal auto policies.

 

Commercial Lines Insurance Results


(Dollars in millions)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Earned premiums


$

911



$

870



5


$

1,797



$

1,733



4


Fee revenues


1



1



0


2



2



0


   Total revenues


912



871



5


1,799



1,735



4
















Loss and loss expenses


480



596



(19)


983



1,204



(18)


Underwriting expenses


287



267



7


541



543



0


   Underwriting profit (loss)


$

145



$

8



nm


$

275



$

(12)



nm
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Loss and loss expenses


52.8

%


68.4

%


(15.6)


54.7

%


69.5

%


(14.8)


     Underwriting expenses


31.4



30.7



0.7


30.1



31.3



(1.2)


           Combined ratio


84.2

%


99.1

%


(14.9)


84.8

%


100.8

%


(16.0)






















% Change






% Change


Agency renewal written premiums


$

852



$

794



7


$

1,750



$

1,636



7


Agency new business written premiums


146



134



9


291



288



1


Other written premiums


(21)



(20)



(5)


(45)



(44)



(2)


   Net written premiums


$

977



$

908



8


$

1,996



$

1,880



6
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Current accident year before catastrophe losses


57.9

%


58.9

%


(1.0)


58.9

%


60.0

%


(1.1)


     Current accident year catastrophe losses


4.3



14.6



(10.3)


5.2



12.4



(7.2)


     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses


(8.3)



(4.5)



(3.8)


(7.9)



(2.4)



(5.5)


     Prior accident years catastrophe losses


(1.1)



(0.6)



(0.5)


(1.5)



(0.5)



(1.0)


           Loss and loss expense ratio


52.8

%


68.4

%


(15.6)


54.7

%


69.5

%


(14.8)
















Current accident year combined ratio before

  catastrophe losses


89.3

%


89.6

%


(0.3)


89.0

%


91.3

%


(2.3)
















 

  • $69 million or 8% growth in second-quarter 2021 commercial lines net written premiums, primarily due to higher agency renewal written premiums. Six percent growth in six-month net written premiums.
  • $58 million or 7% increase in second-quarter renewal written premiums, with commercial lines average renewal pricing increases in the mid-single-digit percent range.
  • $12 million or 9% increase in second-quarter 2021 new business written by agencies, and a six-month increase of 1% as first-quarter 2021 reflected weakened economic factors from pandemic effects.
  • 14.9 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 combined ratio improvement and a 16.0 percentage-point improvement for the six-month period. The lower combined ratios included decreases for losses from catastrophes of 10.8 points for the second quarter and 8.2 points for the first six months of 2021.
  • 9.4 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development of $86 million, compared with 5.1 points or $45 million for second-quarter 2020.
  • 9.4 percentage-point six-month 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development, compared with 2.9 points for the first six months of 2020.

 

Personal Lines Insurance Results


(Dollars in millions)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Earned premiums


$

382



$

364



5


$

758



$

723



5


Fee revenues


1



1



0


2



2



0


   Total revenues


383



365



5


760



725



5
















Loss and loss expenses


241



286



(16)


514



517



(1)


Underwriting expenses


113



122



(7)


220



230



(4)


   Underwriting profit (loss)


$

29



$

(43)



nm


$

26



$

(22)



nm
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Loss and loss expenses


63.0

%


78.9

%


(15.9)


67.8

%


71.6

%


(3.8)


     Underwriting expenses


29.7



33.4



(3.7)


29.0



31.8



(2.8)


           Combined ratio


92.7

%


112.3

%


(19.6)


96.8

%


103.4

%


(6.6)






















% Change






% Change


Agency renewal written premiums


$

397



$

387



3


$

699



$

681



3


Agency new business written premiums


53



44



20


99



78



27


Other written premiums


(11)



(8)



(38)


(21)



(17)



(24)


   Net written premiums


$

439



$

423



4


$

777



$

742



5
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Current accident year before catastrophe losses


55.3

%


53.8

%


1.5


56.3

%


56.9

%


(0.6)


     Current accident year catastrophe losses


10.9



25.3



(14.4)


15.7



18.7



(3.0)


     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses


(2.9)



0.0



(2.9)


(3.7)



(3.2)



(0.5)


     Prior accident years catastrophe losses


(0.3)



(0.2)



(0.1)


(0.5)



(0.8)



0.3


           Loss and loss expense ratio


63.0

%


78.9

%


(15.9)


67.8

%


71.6

%


(3.8)
















Current accident year combined ratio before

   catastrophe losses


85.0

%


87.2

%


(2.2)


85.3

%


88.7

%


(3.4)
















 

  • $16 million or 4% growth in second-quarter 2021 personal lines net written premiums, including higher renewal written premiums that benefited from rate increases averaging in the mid-single-digit percent range. Second-quarter 2021 net written premiums from our agencies' high net worth clients grew 23%, to $177 million. Five percent growth in six-month personal lines net written premiums.
  • $9 million or 20% increase in second-quarter 2021 new business premiums written by agencies and six-month increase of 27%, largely reflecting expanded use of enhanced pricing precision tools.
  • 19.6 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 combined ratio improvement and a 6.6 percentage-point improvement for the six-month period. The lower combined ratios included decreases for losses from catastrophes of 14.5 points for the second quarter and 2.7 points for the first six months of 2021.
  • 3.2 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development of $12 million, compared with 0.2 points or less than $1 million for second-quarter 2020.
  • 4.2 percentage-point six-month 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development, compared with 4.0 points for the first six months of 2020.

 

Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Results


(Dollars in millions)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Earned premiums


$

95



$

78



22


$

184



$

156



18


Fee revenues


1





nm


1



1



0


   Total revenues


96



78



23


185



157



18
















Loss and loss expenses


58



57



2


117



102



15


Underwriting expenses


28



22



27


50



47



6


   Underwriting profit (loss)


$

10



$

(1)



nm


$

18



$

8



125
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Loss and loss expenses


61.0

%


73.6

%


(12.6)


63.7

%


65.5

%


(1.8)


     Underwriting expenses


28.5



28.4



0.1


27.0



30.0



(3.0)


           Combined ratio


89.5

%


102.0

%


(12.5)


90.7

%


95.5

%


(4.8)






















% Change






% Change


Agency renewal written premiums


$

84



$

63



33


$

160



$

125



28


Agency new business written premiums


36



32



13


65



59



10


Other written premiums


(5)



(4)



(25)


(11)



(8)



(38)


   Net written premiums


$

115



$

91



26


$

214



$

176



22
















Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:






Pt. Change






Pt. Change


     Current accident year before catastrophe losses


62.0

%


59.0

%


3.0


61.5

%


57.4

%


4.1


     Current accident year catastrophe losses


0.4



3.6



(3.2)


0.8



2.0



(1.2)


     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses


(1.5)



11.2



(12.7)


1.5



5.9



(4.4)


     Prior accident years catastrophe losses


0.1



(0.2)



0.3


(0.1)



0.2



(0.3)


           Loss and loss expense ratio


61.0

%


73.6

%


(12.6)


63.7

%


65.5

%


(1.8)
















Current accident year combined ratio before

   catastrophe losses


90.5

%


87.4

%


3.1


88.5

%


87.4

%


1.1
















 

  • $24 million or 26% growth in second-quarter 2021 excess and surplus lines net written premiums, including higher renewal written premiums that benefited from price increases averaging in the high-single-digit percent range. Twenty-two percent growth in six-month net written premiums.
  • $4 million or 13% increase in second-quarter new business written by agencies and six-month increase of 10%, as we continue to carefully underwrite each policy in a highly competitive market.
  • 12.5 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 combined ratio improvement and a 4.8 percentage-point improvement for the six-month period, primarily due to more favorable reserve development on prior accident years.
  • 1.4 percentage-point second-quarter 2021 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development of $1 million, compared with 11.0 points or $8 million of unfavorable development for second-quarter 2020.
  • $3 million of unfavorable prior accident year reserve development for the first six months of 2021, compared with $9 million for the first six months of 2020. The 2021 unfavorable development was due to a first-quarter updated estimate for salaries and expenses to adjust claims.

 

Life Insurance Subsidiary Results


(Dollars in millions)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Term life insurance


$

52



$

51



2


$

103



$

98



5


Universal life insurance


14



16



(13)


21



24



(13)


Other life insurance, annuity, and disability income

   products


13



12



8


24



24



0


    Earned premiums


79



79



0


148



146



1


Investment income, net of expenses


42



39



8


83



78



6


Investment gains and losses, net


4



1



300


4



(31)



nm


Fee revenues


1



1



0


2



1



100


Total revenues


126



120



5


237



194



22


Contract holders' benefits incurred


85



79



8


165



152



9


Underwriting expenses incurred


24



25



(4)


42



43



(2)


    Total benefits and expenses


109



104



5


207



195



6


Net income (loss) before income tax


17



16



6


30



(1)



nm


Income tax provision (benefit)


3



4



(25)


6





nm


Net income (loss) of the life insurance subsidiary


$

14



$

12



17


$

24



$

(1)



nm
















 

  • Less than $1 million increase in second-quarter 2021 earned premiums, including a 2% increase for term life insurance, our largest life insurance product line.
  • $25 million increase in six-month 2021 life insurance subsidiary net income, largely reflecting investment losses resulting from impairments of fixed-maturity securities during the first quarter of 2020, partially offset by less favorable mortality experience in the first six months of 2021 due in part to higher pandemic-related death claims incurred in the first three months of 2021.
  • $8 million or 1% six-month 2021 increase, to $1.425 billion, in GAAP shareholders' equity for the life insurance subsidiary, primarily from net income that was partially offset by a decrease in unrealized investment gains.

 

Investment and Balance Sheet Highlights


Investments Results


(Dollars in millions)


Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change


Investment income, net of expenses


$

175



$

166



5


$

349



$

331



5


Investment interest credited to contract holders


(27)



(25)



(8)


(53)



(51)



(4)


Investment gains and losses, net


520



1,060



(51)


1,024



(665)



nm


      Investments profit (loss)


$

668



$

1,201



(44)


$

1,320



$

(385)



nm
















Investment income:














   Interest


$

117



$

114



3


$

235



$

226



4


   Dividends


60



53



13


118



106



11


   Other


1



2



(50)


3



5



(40)


   Less investment expenses


3



3



0


7



6



17


      Investment income, pretax


175



166



5


349



331



5


      Less income taxes


27



25



8


54



51



6


      Total investment income, after-tax


$

148



$

141



5


$

295



$

280



5
















Investment returns:














 Average invested assets plus cash and cash 
    equivalents


$

22,619



$

18,759





$

22,259



$

19,672





      Average yield pretax


3.09

%


3.54

%




3.14

%


3.37

%




      Average yield after-tax


2.62



3.01





2.65



2.85





      Effective tax rate


15.5



15.6





15.5



15.5





Fixed-maturity returns:














Average amortized cost


$

11,653



$

11,107





$

11,570



$

11,124





Average yield pretax


4.02

%


4.11

%




4.06

%


4.06

%




Average yield after-tax


3.35



3.42





3.38



3.39





Effective tax rate


16.7



16.7





16.7



16.6



















 

  • $9 million or 5% rise in second-quarter 2021 pretax investment income, including a 13% increase in equity portfolio dividends and a 3% increase in interest income from fixed-maturity securities.
  • $652 million second-quarter 2021 pretax total investment gains, summarized in the table below. Changes in unrealized gains or losses reported in other comprehensive income, in addition to investment gains and losses reported in net income, are useful for evaluating total investment performance over time and are major components of changes in book value and the value creation ratio.

 

(Dollars in millions)


Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,




2021


2020


2021


2020


Investment gains and losses on equity securities sold, net


$



$

24



$

6



$

17



Unrealized gains and losses on equity securities still held, net


489



1,044



974



(602)



Investment gains and losses on fixed-maturity securities, net


9





12



(75)



Other


22



(8)



32



(5)



Subtotal - investment gains and losses reported in net income


520



1,060



1,024



(665)



Change in unrealized investment gains and losses - fixed maturities


132



506



(64)



182



Total


$

652



$

1,566



$

960



$

(483)













 

Balance Sheet Highlights 


(Dollars in millions, except share data)

At June 30,

At December 31,




2021


2020


   Total investments


$

23,061



$

21,542



   Total assets


29,677



27,542



   Short-term debt


59



54



   Long-term debt


789



788



   Shareholders' equity


11,858



10,789



   Book value per share


73.57



67.04



   Debt-to-total-capital ratio


6.7

%


7.2

%








 

  • $24.064 billion in consolidated cash and total investments at June 30, 2021, an increase of 7% from $22.442 billion at year-end 2020.
  • $12.789 billion bond portfolio at June 30, 2021, with an average rating of A3/A. Fair value increased $481 million during the second quarter of 2021, including $328 million in net purchases of fixed-maturity securities.
  • $9.897 billion equity portfolio was 42.9% of total investments, including $5.897 billion in appreciated value before taxes at June 30, 2021. Second-quarter 2021 increase in fair value of $537 million or 6%.
  • $4.41 second-quarter 2021 increase in book value per share, including additions of $1.81 from net income before investment gains, $3.09 from investment portfolio net investment gains or changes in unrealized gains for fixed-maturity securities and $0.14 for other items, partially offset by $0.63 from dividends declared to shareholders.
  • Value creation ratio of 11.6% for the first six months of 2021, including 4.8% from net income before investment gains, which includes underwriting and investment income, and 6.8% from investment portfolio net investment gains and changes in unrealized gains for fixed-maturity securities.

For additional information or to register for our conference call webcast, please visit cinfin.com/investors.

About Cincinnati Financial
Cincinnati Financial Corporation offers primarily business, home and auto insurance through The Cincinnati Insurance Company and its two standard market property casualty companies. The same local independent insurance agencies that market those policies may offer products of our other subsidiaries, including life insurance, fixed annuities and surplus lines property and casualty insurance. For additional information about the company, please visit cinfin.com.


Mailing Address:




Street Address:


P.O. Box 145496




6200 South Gilmore Road


Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5496




Fairfield, Ohio 45014-5141

 

Safe Harbor Statement
This is our "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our business is subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements in this report. Some of those risks and uncertainties are discussed in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A, Risk Factors, Page 34.

Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:

  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that could affect results for reasons such as:
    • Securities market disruption or volatility and related effects such as decreased economic activity that affect the company's investment portfolio and book value
    • An unusually high level of claims in our insurance or reinsurance operations that increase litigation-related expenses
    • An unusually high level of insurance losses, including risk of legislation or court decisions extending business interruption insurance in commercial property coverage forms to cover claims for pure economic loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Decreased premium revenue and cash flow from disruption to our distribution channel of independent agents, consumer self-isolation, travel limitations, business restrictions and decreased economic activity
    • Inability of our workforce, agencies or vendors to perform necessary business functions
  • Ongoing developments concerning business interruption insurance claims and litigation related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affect our estimates of losses and loss adjustment expenses or our ability to reasonably estimate such losses, such as:
    • The continuing duration of the pandemic and governmental actions to limit the spread of the virus that may produce additional economic losses
    • The number of policyholders that will ultimately submit claims or file lawsuits
    • The lack of submitted proofs of loss for allegedly covered claims
    • Judicial rulings in similar litigation involving other companies in the insurance industry
    • Differences in state laws and developing case law in the relatively few decisions rendered to date
    • Litigation trends, including varying legal theories advanced by policyholders
    • Whether and to what degree any class of policyholders may be certified
    • The inherent unpredictability of litigation
  • Unusually high levels of catastrophe losses due to risk concentrations, changes in weather patterns, environmental events, terrorism incidents or other causes
  • Increased frequency and/or severity of claims or development of claims that are unforeseen at the time of policy issuance
  • Inadequate estimates, assumptions or reliance on third-party data used for critical accounting estimates
  • Declines in overall stock market values negatively affecting the company's equity portfolio and book value
  • Prolonged low interest rate environment or other factors that limit the company's ability to generate growth in investment income or interest rate fluctuations that result in declining values of fixed-maturity investments, including declines in accounts in which we hold bank-owned life insurance contract assets
  • Domestic and global events resulting in capital market or credit market uncertainty, followed by prolonged periods of economic instability or recession, that lead to:
    • Significant or prolonged decline in the fair value of a particular security or group of securities and impairment of the asset(s)
    • Significant decline in investment income due to reduced or eliminated dividend payouts from a particular security or group of securities
    • Significant rise in losses from surety and director and officer policies written for financial institutions or other insured entities
  • Our inability to integrate Cincinnati Global and its subsidiaries into our ongoing operations, or disruptions to our ongoing operations due to such integration
  • Recession or other economic conditions resulting in lower demand for insurance products or increased payment delinquencies
  • Difficulties with technology or data security breaches, including cyberattacks, that could negatively affect our ability to conduct business; disrupt our relationships with agents, policyholders and others; cause reputational damage, mitigation expenses and data loss and expose us to liability under federal and state laws
  • Disruption of the insurance market caused by technology innovations such as driverless cars that could decrease consumer demand for insurance products
  • Delays, inadequate data developed internally or from third parties, or performance inadequacies from ongoing development and implementation of underwriting and pricing methods, including telematics and other usage-based insurance methods, or technology projects and enhancements expected to increase our pricing accuracy, underwriting profit and competitiveness
  • Increased competition that could result in a significant reduction in the company's premium volume
  • Changing consumer insurance-buying habits and consolidation of independent insurance agencies that could alter our competitive advantages
  • Inability to obtain adequate ceded reinsurance on acceptable terms, amount of reinsurance coverage purchased, financial strength of reinsurers and the potential for nonpayment or delay in payment by reinsurers
  • Inability to defer policy acquisition costs for any business segment if pricing and loss trends would lead management to conclude that segment could not achieve sustainable profitability
  • Inability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends consistent with current or past levels
  • Events or conditions that could weaken or harm the company's relationships with its independent agencies and hamper opportunities to add new agencies, resulting in limitations on the company's opportunities for growth, such as:
    • Downgrades of the company's financial strength ratings
    • Concerns that doing business with the company is too difficult
    • Perceptions that the company's level of service, particularly claims service, is no longer a distinguishing characteristic in the marketplace
    • Inability or unwillingness to nimbly develop and introduce coverage product updates and innovations that our competitors offer and consumers expect to find in the marketplace
  • Actions of insurance departments, state attorneys general or other regulatory agencies, including a change to a federal system of regulation from a state-based system, that:
    • Impose new obligations on us that increase our expenses or change the assumptions underlying our critical accounting estimates
    • Place the insurance industry under greater regulatory scrutiny or result in new statutes, rules and regulations
    • Restrict our ability to exit or reduce writings of unprofitable coverages or lines of business
    • Add assessments for guaranty funds, other insurance–related assessments or mandatory reinsurance arrangements; or that impair our ability to recover such assessments through future surcharges or other rate changes
    • Increase our provision for federal income taxes due to changes in tax law
    • Increase our other expenses
    • Limit our ability to set fair, adequate and reasonable rates
    • Place us at a disadvantage in the marketplace
    • Restrict our ability to execute our business model, including the way we compensate agents
  • Adverse outcomes from litigation or administrative proceedings
  • Events or actions, including unauthorized intentional circumvention of controls, that reduce the company's future ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  • Unforeseen departure of certain executive officers or other key employees due to retirement, health or other causes that could interrupt progress toward important strategic goals or diminish the effectiveness of certain longstanding relationships with insurance agents and others
  • Events, such as an epidemic, natural catastrophe or terrorism, that could hamper our ability to assemble our workforce at our headquarters location

Further, the company's insurance businesses are subject to the effects of changing social, global, economic and regulatory environments. Public and regulatory initiatives have included efforts to adversely influence and restrict premium rates, restrict the ability to cancel policies, impose underwriting standards and expand overall regulation. The company also is subject to public and regulatory initiatives that can affect the market value for its common stock, such as measures affecting corporate financial reporting and governance. The ultimate changes and eventual effects, if any, of these initiatives are uncertain.

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Cincinnati Financial Corporation


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and Statements of Income (unaudited)


(Dollars in millions)





June 30,


December 31,







2021


2020


Assets









   Investments





$

23,061



$

21,542



   Cash and cash equivalents





1,003



900



   Premiums receivable





2,217



1,879



   Reinsurance recoverable





504



517



Deferred policy acquisition costs





924



805



   Other assets





1,968



1,899



Total assets





$

29,677



$

27,542












Liabilities









   Insurance reserves





$

9,999



$

9,661



   Unearned premiums





3,417



2,960



   Deferred income tax





1,495



1,299



   Long-term debt and lease obligations





848



845



   Other liabilities





2,060



1,988



Total liabilities





17,819



16,753












Shareholders' Equity









   Common stock and paid-in capital





1,731



1,725



   Retained earnings





11,205



10,085



   Accumulated other comprehensive income





731



769



   Treasury stock





(1,809)



(1,790)



Total shareholders' equity





11,858



10,789



Total liabilities and shareholders' equity





$

29,677