|Loews Corporation Reports Net Income for the Third Quarter of 2011|
NEW YORK, Oct 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) today reported net income for the 2011 third quarter of $162 million, or $0.40 per share, as compared to $36 million, or $0.09 per share, in the 2010 third quarter.
Book value per share increased to $47.75 at September 30, 2011 compared to $46.81 at June 30, 2011 and $44.51 at December 31, 2010.
Net income and earnings per share information attributable to Loews Corporation is summarized in the table below:
Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 Compared with 2010
Net income in third quarter of 2011 amounted to $162 million as compared to $36 million in the comparable period of 2010. The increase is primarily due to a $328 million charge (after tax and noncontrolling interest) at CNA Financial Corporation in 2010 related to the Loss Portfolio Transfer ("LPT") transaction under which CNA ceded legacy asbestos and environmental pollution liabilities to National Indemnity Company. Excluding that charge, net income decreased due to lower investment income primarily from decreased limited partnership results and higher natural catastrophe losses at CNA in 2011 as compared to 2010. In addition, parent company investment income decreased due to lower performance of equity investments. These declines were partially offset by higher earnings at Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 Compared with 2010
Net income for the first nine months of 2011 amounted to $796 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) as compared to $822 million in the prior year period. Excluding the charge related to the LPT transaction, results for the first nine months of 2011 decreased primarily due to the reasons discussed above in the three month comparison and a lower level of favorable net prior year development recorded by CNA in 2011 than in 2010.
At September 30, 2011, there were 397.4 million shares of Loews common stock outstanding. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company purchased 7.5 million and 17.4 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $275 million and $690 million. Depending on market conditions, the Company from time to time purchases shares of its and its subsidiaries' outstanding common stock in the open market or otherwise.
A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, October 31, 2011. A live webcast of the call will be available online at the Loews Corporation website (http://www.loews.com). Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (877) 692-2592, or for international callers, (973) 582-2757. The conference ID number is 14714881. An online replay will also be available on the Loews Corporation's website following the call.
A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of CNA has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET, October 31, 2011. A live webcast will be available at http://investor.cna.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (888) 334-3020, or for international callers, (719) 325-2340. Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software.
A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of Boardwalk Pipeline has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. ET, Monday, October 31, 2011. A live webcast will be available at http://www.bwpmlp.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (800) 901-5241 or for international callers, (617) 786-2963. The conference ID number is 51227829. Please go to the website at least ten minutes before the event begins to register and to download and install any necessary audio software.
A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of Diamond Offshore was held on Thursday, October 20, 2011. An online replay is available on Diamond Offshore's website (http://www.diamondoffshore.com).
ABOUT LOEWS CORPORATION
Loews Corporation, a holding company, is one of the largest diversified corporations in the United States. Its principal subsidiaries are CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA), a 90% owned subsidiary; Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO), a 50.4% owned subsidiary; HighMount Exploration & Production LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary; Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP), a 64% owned subsidiary; and Loews Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary.
Statements contained in this press release which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and subject to a variety of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected by management of the Company. A discussion of the important risk factors and other considerations that could materially impact these matters as well as the Company's overall business and financial performance can be found in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and readers of this release are urged to review those reports carefully when considering these forward-looking statements. Copies of these reports are available through the Company's website (http://www.loews.com). Given these risk factors, investors and analysts should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.
SOURCE: Loews Corporation