Progressive’s Slumping Dec. Profits Doesn’t Dampen 4Q Results

Progressive logoCar insurance company Progressive reported this week that its December profits slumped by 5 percent while its fourth-quarter profits jumped by 20 percent compared to 2012.

December profits dropped by more than $5 million between 2012 and 2013, going from $95 million down to $90 million.

Progressive’s December revenues surged $96 million, most of which was attributed to a $73.7 million increase in premiums. But those gains were mostly canceled out by higher loss and underwriting costs. Loss costs jumped $89 million (or 9.6 percent), and underwriting expenses grew by $30.5 million (or 21.5 percent).

Quarterly profits increased by more than $50 million between 2012 and 2013, going from around $249 million to $300 million .

Progressive’s investment gains saw a similar performance of strong quarterly but weak monthly figures: December investment gains dropped by 5 percent compared with 2012 while fourth-quarter investment gains increased 24 percent compared to the year-ago period.

The insurer’s earned premiums increased 6 percent for both the quarter and month.

The insurer’s total revenue also increased at the same rate for the month and quarter, at 7 percent.

Expenses for Progressive grew in December by 10 percent (or $122 million) and for the quarter by 6 percent (or $264 million).

In December, Progressive increased the number of policies it has in several categories, with a 6 percent increase in direct auto policies and 1 percent increase in agency auto policies. Progressive reported 9.07 million total personal auto policies in December, 1 percent more than the previous-year period.

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About Charles Nguyen
Charles Nguyen is an enterprising journalist who reported for and the Desert Dispatch and was the editor in chief of the Guardian (the twice-weekly newspaper at the University of California, San Diego) before coming to Online Auto Insurance News.

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