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Loews Corporation Reports Net Income Of $109 Million For The First Quarter Of 2015

NEW YORK, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Loews Corporation (NYSE: L) today reported net income for the three months ended March 31, 2015 of $109 million, or $0.29 per share, compared to $59 million, or $0.15 per share, in the prior year period. Net income in 2014 included a loss from discontinued operations of $206 million reflecting the disposition of both HighMount Exploration & Production, LLC and CNA Financial Corporation's annuity and pension deposit business.

Income from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was $109 million, or $0.29 per share, compared to $265 million, or $0.68 per share, in the 2014 first quarter. Excluding asset impairment charges of $158 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) in 2015 at Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. and $55 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) in 2014 at Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, income from continuing operations, as adjusted, in 2015 was $267 million as compared to $320 million in the prior year period.

Book value per share excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) increased to $51.18 at March 31, 2015 from $50.95 at December 31, 2014 and $49.43 at March 31, 2014.

CONSOLIDATED HIGHLIGHTS


Three Months Ended March 31,

(In millions, except per share data)

2015

2014




Income before net investment gains

$         101

$         241

      Net investment gains

8

24

      Income from continuing operations

109

265

      Discontinued operations, net


(206)

Net income attributable to Loews Corporation

$         109

$           59

Net income per share:



    Income from continuing operations

$        0.29

$        0.68

    Discontinued operations, net


(0.53)

Net income per share

$        0.29

$        0.15

 


March 31,

Year Ended
December 31, 2014


2015

2014

  Book value per share

$  51.98

$ 50.89

$    51.70

  Book value per share excluding AOCI

51.18

49.43

50.95

 

Income from continuing operations decreased primarily due to lower earnings at Diamond Offshore and less favorable performance of the parent company trading portfolio.

CNA's earnings increased primarily due to higher investment income driven by limited partnerships and improved current accident year underwriting results including lower catastrophe losses, partially offset by lower realized investment gains.

Diamond Offshore's earnings decreased primarily due to a $158 million (after tax and noncontrolling interests) asset impairment charge related to the carrying value of eight drilling rigs as well as lower rig utilization and increased depreciation expense.

Boardwalk Pipeline's earnings increase stemmed from the impact in 2014 of a $55 million charge (after tax and noncontrolling interests) related to the write off of all capitalized costs associated with the Bluegrass project. Absent this charge, earnings decreased primarily due to the unusually cold and sustained winter of 2014 as compared to the relatively normal 2015 winter season and lower natural gas storage revenues.

Loews Hotels' earnings increased primarily due to improved performance of recently acquired properties and higher equity income from joint venture properties.

Discontinued operations in 2014 included an impairment charge related to the sale of CNA's annuity and pension deposit business and a ceiling test impairment charge at HighMount.

SHARE REPURCHASES

At March 31, 2015, there were 371.4 million shares of Loews common stock outstanding. During the first quarter of 2015, the Company repurchased 1.8 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $71 million. During the first quarter of 2015, the Company also purchased 0.9 million shares of Diamond Offshore's common stock at an aggregate cost of $24 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 first quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for today at 11:00 a.m. ET. 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 20554874. An online replay will also be available on the Loews Corporation's website following the call.

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results of CNA has been scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. ET. A live webcast will be available at www.cna.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (888) 551-9020, or for international callers, (719) 457-2638.

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results of Boardwalk Pipeline has been scheduled for today at 9:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast will be available at www.bwpmlp.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (855) 793-3255 or for international callers, (631) 485-4925. The conference ID number is 21218946.

A conference call to discuss the first quarter results of Diamond Offshore has been scheduled for today at 8:30 a.m. ET. A live webcast will be available at www.diamondoffshore.com. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should dial (800) 247-9979, or for international callers, (973) 321-1100. The conference ID number is 22913137.

ABOUT LOEWS CORPORATION

Loews Corporation is a diversified company with three publicly-traded subsidiaries: CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP); and one wholly owned subsidiary, Loews Hotels & Resorts. For more information please visit www.loews.com.

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 














Three Months Ended March 31,


(In millions)

2015

2014


Revenues:




   CNA Financial 

$               2,342

$               2,421


   Diamond Offshore

627

710


   Boardwalk Pipeline

330

357


   Loews Hotels

139

105


   Investment income and other

30

53




3,468

3,646


   Investment gains - CNA Financial

10

42


Total

$               3,478

$               3,688


Income (Loss) Before Income Tax:




   CNA Financial 

$                  304

$                  259


   Diamond Offshore (a)

(287)

168


   Boardwalk Pipeline (b) 

77

23


   Loews Hotels 

10

5


   Investment income, net

29

51


   Other (c)

(38)

(34)




95

472


   Investment gains - CNA Financial

10

42


Total

$                  105

$                  514


Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Loews Corporation:




   CNA Financial 

$                  202

$                  176


   Diamond Offshore (a)

(126)

69


   Boardwalk Pipeline (b) 

25

(18)


   Loews Hotels 

5

3


   Investment income, net

19

34


   Other (c)

(24)

(23)




101

241


   Investment gains - CNA Financial

8

24


   Income from continuing operations

109

265


   Discontinued operations, net (d)


(206)


   Net income attributable to Loews Corporation

$                  109

$                    59












(a)

Includes an asset impairment charge of $359 million ($158 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the three months ended March 31, 2015 related to the carrying value of eight drilling rigs.


(b)

Includes a loss of $94 million ($55 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 to write off all capitalized costs associated with the Bluegrass project.


(c)

Consists primarily of corporate interest expense and other unallocated expenses.


(d)

See table on page six for a summary of items comprising discontinued operations for 2014.

 



Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries


Consolidated Financial Review














Three Months Ended March 31,


(In millions, except per share data)

2015

2014


Revenues:




   Insurance premiums

$               1,687

$               1,806


   Net investment income

588

577


   Investment gains

10

42


   Contract drilling revenues

600

685


   Other

593

578


Total

3,478

3,688







Expenses:




   Insurance claims & policyholders' benefits

1,339

1,446


   Contract drilling expenses

351

370


   Other (a) (b)

1,683

1,358


Total

3,373

3,174







Income before income tax 

105

514


Income tax expense

(56)

(103)


Income from continuing operations

49

411


Discontinued operations, net of income tax 


(227)


Net income 

49

184


Amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests

60

(125)


Net income attributable to Loews Corporation

$                  109

$                    59







Net income attributable to Loews Corporation:




   Income from continuing operations

$                  109

$                  265


   Discontinued operations, net (c)


(206)


   Net income 

$                  109

$                    59







Diluted income per share:




   Income from continuing operations

$                 0.29

$                 0.68


   Discontinued operations, net


(0.53)


   Diluted income per share attributable to Loews Corporation

$                 0.29

$                 0.15







Weighted diluted number of shares

373.19

388.07






(a)

Includes an asset impairment charge of $359 million ($158 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the three months ended March 31, 2015 related to the carrying value of eight drilling rigs.


(b)

Includes a loss of $94 million ($55 million after tax and noncontrolling interests) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 to write off all capitalized costs associated with the Bluegrass project.


(c)

See table on page six for a summary of items comprising discontinued operations for 2014.

 


Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries


Discontinued Operations Review












Three Months Ended 


(In millions)

March 31, 2014


CNA Financial



   Continental Assurance Company (῝CAC῞) operations

$                                  7


   Impairment loss on sale of CAC

(193)


CNA Financial - Discontinued operations, net

(186)





HighMount



   Operations

(1)


   Ceiling test impairment


(19)


HighMount - Discontinued operations, net

(20)






Discontinued operations, net

$                            (206)

 

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SOURCE Loews Corporation

Mary Skafidas, Investor and Public Relations, (212) 521-2788