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Loews Corporation Reports Net Income for 2012

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2013-- Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) today reported net income for 2012 of $568 million or $1.43 per share as compared to $1.1 billion or $2.62 per share in 2011. Net income in 2012 includes catastrophe losses of $243 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) at CNA Financial Corporation primarily related to Storm Sandy and after tax ceiling test impairment charges of $433 million at HighMount Exploration & Production LLC related to the carrying value of its natural gas and oil properties reflecting declines in natural gas and NGL prices. Excluding these charges, net income (non-GAAP), as adjusted, in 2012 was $1.2 billion.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, Loews reported a net loss of $32 million or $0.08 per share as compared to net income of $271 million, or $0.68 per share, in the 2011 fourth quarter. Excluding catastrophe losses of $171 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) at CNA and the after tax ceiling test impairment charge of $97 million at HighMount, net income (non-GAAP), as adjusted, in the 2012 fourth quarter was $236 million.

Book value per share increased to $49.67 at December 31, 2012 from $47.33 at December 31, 2011.

CONSOLIDATED HIGHLIGHTS

 

(In millions, except per share data)         December 31,
Three Months       Years Ended
        2012     2011       2012     2011
             

Income before net investment gains (losses) and

    ceiling test impairment charges

$

67

$

311

$

968

$

1,093

Non-cash ceiling test impairment charges (97 ) (433 )
Net investment gains (losses)           (2 )       (40 )         33         (31 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Loews Corporation         $ (32 )     $ 271         $ 568       $ 1,062  
 
Net income (loss) per share         $ (0.08 )     $ 0.68         $ 1.43       $ 2.62  
Book value per share at:
December 31, 2012 $ 49.67
December 31, 2011           47.33                      
 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 Compared to 2011

Income before net investment losses and ceiling test impairment charges in 2012 was $67 million, as compared to $311 million in the 2011 fourth quarter. The decrease is due primarily to lower results at CNA and Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. as well as decreased parent company investment income as a result of lower performance of equity investments. These decreases were partially offset by higher earnings at Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, L.P.

CNA’s earnings declined due to higher catastrophe losses of $171 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) primarily related to Storm Sandy and a lower level of favorable net prior year development in 2012 than in 2011, partially offset by increased investment income. Increased investment income reflects improved performance of limited partnership investments.

Diamond Offshore’s earnings decreased primarily due to an impairment charge related to the carrying value of three semisubmersible rigs and lower average daily revenue partially offset by an overall increase in utilization and lower contract drilling expense.

Boardwalk Pipeline’s earnings increased primarily due to the contributions from recent acquisitions and lower general and administrative expenses.

Year Ended December 31, 2012 Compared to 2011

Income before net investment gains and ceiling test impairment charges in 2012 was $968 million, as compared to $1.1 billion in 2011. The decrease is due primarily to lower results at CNA and Diamond Offshore partially offset by higher earnings at Boardwalk Pipeline and higher parent company investment income as a result of improved performance of equity investments.

CNA’s earnings decreased primarily due to the reasons discussed in the three month comparison above.

Diamond Offshore earnings decreased as a result of lower rig utilization and a decrease in average dayrate partially offset by lower interest expense.

Boardwalk Pipeline’s earnings increased primarily due to the reasons discussed in the three month comparison above as well as lower impairment charges in 2012.

SHARE REPURCHASES

At December 31, 2012, there were 391.8 million shares of Loews common stock outstanding. During the three months and year ended December 31, 2012, the Company purchased 2.1 million and 5.6 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $83 million and $222 million. Depending on market conditions, the Company may from time to time purchase shares of its and its subsidiaries’ outstanding common stock in the open market or otherwise.

CONFERENCE CALLS

A conference call to discuss the fourth quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EST, today. A live webcast of the call will be available online at the Loews Corporation website (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 88744024. An online replay will also be available on the Loews Corporation’s website following the call.

A conference call to discuss the fourth quarter results of CNA has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST, today. A live webcast will be available at http://investor.cna.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (888) 556-4997, or for international callers, (719) 325-2429. 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 fourth quarter results of Boardwalk Pipeline has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EST, today. A live webcast will be available at www.bwpmlp.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (866) 272-9941 or for international callers, (617) 213-8895. The conference ID number is 56922529. 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 fourth quarter results of Diamond Offshore was held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. An online replay is available on Diamond Offshore’s website (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; Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP), a 55% owned subsidiary; HighMount Exploration & Production LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary; and Loews Hotels, a wholly owned subsidiary.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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 (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.

                       
 
Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Selected Financial Information
 
December 31,
(In millions) Three Months       Years Ended
          2012     2011       2012     2011
Revenues:
CNA Financial $ 2,437 $ 2,294 $ 9,487 $ 8,982
Diamond Offshore (a) 753 752 3,072 3,334
Boardwalk Pipeline 325 301 1,187 1,144
HighMount 78 93 297 390
Loews Hotels 125 86 397 337
Investment income (loss) and other           (11 )       22           55         (6 )
            3,707         3,548           14,495         14,181  
Investment gains (losses):
CNA Financial (2 ) (33 ) 60 (19 )
Corporate and other                 (34 )         (3 )       (33 )
            (2 )       (67 )         57         (52 )
Total         $ 3,705       $ 3,481         $ 14,552       $ 14,129  
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Tax:
CNA Financial (b) $ (31 ) $ 274 $ 820 $ 898
Diamond Offshore (a) (c) 185 203 917 1,177
Boardwalk Pipeline (d) 88 70 304 211
HighMount
Operations 16 21 44 99
Ceiling test impairment charge (153 ) (680 )
Loews Hotels (3 ) 4 14 17
Investment income (loss), net (9 ) 24 61 1
Other (e)           (56 )       (47 )         (138 )       (125 )
            37         549           1,342         2,278  
Investment gains (losses):
CNA Financial (2 ) (33 ) 60 (19 )
Corporate and other                 (34 )         (3 )       (33 )
            (2 )       (67 )         57         (52 )
Total         $ 35       $ 482         $ 1,399       $ 2,226  
 
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Loews Corporation:
CNA Financial (b) $ (5 ) $ 195 $ 535 $ 567
Diamond Offshore (a) (c) 73 88 337 451
Boardwalk Pipeline (d) (f) 31 21 111 77
HighMount
Operations 9 12 26 62
Ceiling test impairment charge (97 ) (433 )
Loews Hotels (2 ) 5 7 13
Investment income (loss), net (6 ) 16 41 3
Other (e)           (33 )       (26 )         (89 )       (80 )
            (30 )       311           535         1,093  
Investment gains (losses):
CNA Financial (2 ) (19 ) 35 (10 )
Corporate and other                 (21 )         (2 )       (21 )
            (2 )       (40 )         33         (31 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Loews Corporation         $ (32 )     $ 271         $ 568       $ 1,062  
   
(a) Includes a $76 million gain ($32 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the year ended December 31, 2012 related to the sale of jack-up rigs.
(b) Includes catastrophe losses of $268 million and $391 million ($171 million and $243 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 primarily related to Storm Sandy.
(c) Includes an impairment charge of $62 million ($19 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 related to the carrying value of three semisubmersible rigs.
(d) Includes an impairment charge of $29 million ($11 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the year ended December 31, 2011 related to the carrying value of steel pipe materials.
(e) Consists primarily of corporate interest expense and other unallocated expenses.
(f) Represents a 55.5%, 64.0%, 59.3% and 64.7% ownership interest in Boardwalk Pipeline for the respective periods.
                       
 
Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Review
 
December 31,
(In millions, except per share data) Three Months       Years Ended
          2012     2011       2012     2011
Revenues:
Insurance premiums $ 1,784 $ 1,661 $ 6,882 $ 6,603
Net investment income 555 550 2,349 2,063
Investment gains (losses) (2 ) (67 ) 57 (52 )
Contract drilling revenues 741 734 2,936 3,254
Other           627         603           2,328         2,261  
Total           3,705         3,481           14,552         14,129  
 
Expenses:
Insurance claims & policyholders’ benefits 1,732 1,358 5,896 5,489
Contract drilling expenses 377 407 1,537 1,549
Other (a)           1,561         1,234           5,720         4,865  
Total           3,670         2,999           13,153         11,903  
 
Income before income tax 35 482 1,399 2,226
Income tax (expense) benefit           48         (70 )         (289 )       (532 )
 
Net income 83 412 1,110 1,694
Amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests           (115 )       (141 )         (542 )       (632 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Loews Corporation         $ (32 )     $ 271         $ 568       $ 1,062  
 
 
Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Loews Corporation         $ (0.08 )     $ 0.68         $ 1.43       $ 2.62  
 
Weighted diluted number of shares           392.85         397.31           395.87         405.32  
   
(a) Includes non-cash impairment charges of $153 million ($97 million after tax) and $680 million ($433 million after tax) for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 related to the carrying value of HighMount's natural gas and oil properties.
 

Source: Loews Corporation

Loews Corporation
Peter W. Keegan, 212-521-2950
Chief Financial Officer
or
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Investor and Public Relations