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Loews Corporation Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2008

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2008--Loews Corporation (NYSE:L) today reported a loss from continuing operations for the 2008 third quarter of $144 million, or $0.33 per share, compared to income from continuing operations of $309 million, or $0.58 per share, in the 2007 third quarter. Income from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 was $776 million, or $1.58 per share, compared to $1,292 million, or $2.40 per share, in the comparable period of the prior year.

Net income (loss) and earnings (losses) per share information attributable to Loews common stock and our former Carolina Group stock is summarized in the table below:

                                                  September 30,
                                           ---------------------------
                                           Three Months   Nine Months
                                           ------------- -------------
 (In millions, except per share data)       2008   2007   2008   2007
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Net income (loss) attributable to Loews
 common stock:
   Income before net investment losses     $   235 $ 341 $1,248 $1,307
   Net investment losses (a)                 (379)  (32)  (472)   (15)
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   Income (loss) from continuing
    operations                               (144)   309    776  1,292
   Discontinued operations, net (b)              7   100  4,501    280
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 Net income (loss) attributable to Loews
  common stock                               (137)   409  5,277  1,572
 Net income attributable to Carolina Group
  stock-
   Discontinued operations (c)                       146    211    405
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 Consolidated net income (loss)            $ (137) $ 555 $5,488 $1,977
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 Net income (loss) per share:
   Loews common stock:
     Income (loss) from continuing
      operations                           $(0.33) $0.58 $ 1.58 $ 2.40
     Discontinued operations, net             0.02  0.19   9.14   0.52
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     Loews common stock                    $(0.31) $0.77 $10.72 $ 2.92
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  Carolina Group stock-Discontinued
   operations                              $     - $1.34 $ 1.95 $ 3.73
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 Book value per share of Loews common
  stock at:
   September 30, 2008                      $ 36.10
   December 31, 2007                       $ 32.40
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(a) Includes a gain of $92 for the nine months ended September 30,
     2007 related to a reduction in the Company's ownership interest
     in Diamond Offshore from the conversion of Diamond Offshore's
     1.5% convertible debentures into Diamond Offshore common stock.

(b) Includes a tax-free non-cash gain of $4,287 related to the
     Separation of Lorillard and an after tax gain of $75 from the
     sale of Bulova Corporation for the nine months ended September
     30, 2008.

(c) The Carolina Group and Carolina Group stock were eliminated
     effective June 10, 2008 upon completion of the Separation of
     Lorillard.

Investments in Subsidiaries

To assist our CNA subsidiary in strengthening the statutory capital of its principal insurance subsidiary Continental Casualty Company, which has been adversely impacted by the ongoing disruption in the capital markets, the Company agreed to purchase $1.25 billion of a new series of non-voting cumulative senior preferred stock from CNA. The new preferred stock will accrue cumulative dividends at the rate of 10% per annum, payable quarterly, for the first five years after issuance, with the dividend rate resetting thereafter and on each subsequent five year anniversary to the higher of 10% or the 10-year U.S. Treasury rate at such time plus 7%. No dividends may be declared on CNA's common stock while the new preferred stock is outstanding. CNA will use $1.0 billion of the proceeds from the new preferred stock to increase the statutory surplus of Continental Casualty Company. The Company expects to complete the purchase of the new preferred stock during the fourth quarter of 2008, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Company's Board of Directors also approved a commitment to purchase up to $1.0 billion of equity securities from its Boardwalk Pipeline subsidiary to facilitate the funding of the anticipated costs to complete its pipeline expansion projects. The Company would provide that equity capital to the extent that external funds are not available to Boardwalk Pipeline on acceptable terms. Boardwalk Pipeline anticipates that it will require a portion of this equity capital prior to the end of this year and the balance during the first half of 2009.

    Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations

    Three Months Ended September 30, 2008 Compared with 2007

The loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2008 primarily resulted from a decline in results at CNA reflecting higher net investment losses described below, a $145 million (after tax and minority interest) increase in catastrophe losses primarily from hurricanes and a reduction in investment income reflecting losses from limited partnership investments. Investment income at the holding company also included losses in 2008, as compared to gains in the prior year period. These declines were partially offset by significantly improved results at Diamond Offshore due to higher dayrates in 2008 and improved results at HighMount and Boardwalk Pipeline. Results in 2007 also included a $96 million charge at CNA (after tax and minority interest) in connection with a settlement of an arbitration proceeding related to a run-off book of business.

Net investment losses included in loss from continuing operations amounted to $379 million (after tax and minority interest) in the third quarter of 2008 compared to net investment losses of $32 million (after tax and minority interest) in the comparable period of the prior year. For the three months ended September 30, 2008, the Company recorded net realized investment losses of $178 million related to securities issued by Federal National Mortgage Association and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, $58 million related to securities issued by Washington Mutual, $57 million related to securities issued by Icelandic banks and $21 million related to securities issued by American International Group.

Consolidated revenues in the third quarter of 2008 amounted to $3.0 billion, compared to $3.5 billion in the comparable period of the prior year.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008 Compared with 2007

The decline in income from continuing operations primarily reflects a decline in results at CNA, the increased investment losses and the reduced investment income discussed above. These decreases were partially offset by improved results at Diamond Offshore, HighMount and Boardwalk Pipeline.

Consolidated revenues in the first nine months of 2008 amounted to $10.5 billion, compared to $10.7 billion in the comparable period of the prior year.

Discontinued Operations

In June 2008, the Company disposed of its entire ownership interest in Lorillard, Inc. through the redemption of Carolina Group stock in exchange for Lorillard common stock and an exchange of our remaining Lorillard common stock for Loews common stock, collectively referred to as the Separation. The Carolina Group and Carolina Group stock have been eliminated. The Company also sold Bulova Corporation in January 2008. Bulova and Lorillard's results of operations and the gain on disposal have been classified as discontinued operations.

At September 30, 2008, there were 436,088,567 shares of Loews common stock outstanding. During the nine months ended September 30, 2008, as part of the Separation the Company acquired 93,492,857 shares of Loews common stock in exchange for 65,445,000 shares of Lorillard common stock. In addition, the Company repurchased 314,000 shares of Loews common stock at an aggregate cost of $12 million in the three months ended September 30, 2008. 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 third quarter results of Loews Corporation has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, October 27, 2008. 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 67472825.

A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of CNA has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, October 27, 2008. A live webcast of the call will be available online at http://investor.cna.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 (866) 409-1563, or for international callers, (913) 312-0842.

A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EDT, Monday, October 27, 2008. A live webcast of the call will be available online at the Boardwalk Pipeline website (www.bwpmlp.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 (866) 831-5605, or for international callers, (617) 213-8851. The PIN number to access the call is 14522621.

A conference call to discuss the third quarter results of Diamond Offshore was held on Thursday, October 23, 2008. An online replay is available at the Diamond Offshore 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; HighMount Exploration & Production LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary; Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP), a 70% 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
Financial Review
                                              September 30,
                                   -----------------------------------
                                     Three Months       Nine Months
                                   -----------------------------------
                                     2008     2007     2008     2007
                                   -----------------------------------
                                     (In millions, except per share
                                                  data)
Revenues:
   Insurance premiums              $ 1,799  $ 1,882  $ 5,385  $ 5,616
   Net investment income               355      647    1,531    2,165
   Investment losses (a)              (650)     (54)    (810)     (44)
   Contract drilling revenues          882      628    2,589    1,854
   Other                               584      422    1,809    1,119
                                   -----------------------------------
         Total                       2,970    3,525   10,504   10,710
                                   -----------------------------------

Expenses:
   Insurance claims &
    policyholders' benefits          1,519    1,575    4,380    4,496
   Contract drilling expenses          314      281      872      715
   Other                             1,178    1,031    3,324    2,951
                                   -----------------------------------
         Total                       3,011    2,887    8,576    8,162
                                   -----------------------------------

Income (loss) before income tax
 and minority interest                 (41)     638    1,928    2,548
                                   -----------------------------------

   Income tax expense (benefit)        (56)     182      537      774
   Minority interest                   159      147      615      482
                                   -----------------------------------
         Total                         103      329    1,152    1,256
                                   -----------------------------------

Income (loss) from continuing
 operations                           (144)     309      776    1,292
Discontinued operations:
      Results of operations              7      246      350      685
      Gain on disposal (b)                             4,362
                                   -----------------------------------

Net income (loss)                  $  (137) $   555  $ 5,488  $ 1,977
                                   ===================================

Net income (loss) attributable to:
   Loews common stock:
      Income (loss) from
       continuing operations       $  (144) $   309  $   776  $ 1,292
      Discontinued operations, net       7      100    4,501      280
                                   -----------------------------------
   Loews common stock                 (137)     409    5,277    1,572
   Carolina Group stock -
    Discontinued operations                     146      211      405
                                   -----------------------------------
                                   $  (137) $   555  $ 5,488  $ 1,977
                                  ====================================

Income (loss) per share of Loews
 common stock:
      Income (loss) from
       continuing operations       $ (0.33) $  0.58  $  1.58  $  2.40
      Discontinued operations, net    0.02     0.19     9.14     0.52
                                   -----------------------------------
      Diluted net income (loss)    $ (0.31) $  0.77  $ 10.72  $  2.92
                                   ===================================

Diluted net income per share of
 Carolina Group stock
   - Discontinued operations       $     -  $  1.34  $  1.95  $  3.73
                                   ===================================

Weighted diluted number of shares:
   Loews common stock               436.32   533.19   492.40   537.71
   Carolina Group stock                  -   108.58   108.60   108.55
(a) Includes a gain of $142 ($92 after tax), for the nine months ended
     September 30, 2007, related to a reduction in the Company's
     ownership interest in Diamond Offshore from the conversion of
     Diamond Offshore's 1.5% convertible debentures into Diamond
     Offshore common stock.
(b) Includes a tax-free non-cash gain of $4,287 related to the
     Separation of Lorillard and an after tax gain of $75 from the
     sale of Bulova Corporation for the nine months ended September
     30, 2008.
Loews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Additional Financial Information
                                               September 30,
                                     ---------------------------------
                                      Three Months      Nine Months
                                     ---------------------------------
                                      2008    2007     2008     2007
                                     ---------------------------------
                                               (In millions)
Revenues:
   CNA Financial                     $2,310  $2,541  $ 7,075  $ 7,687
   Diamond Offshore                     868     655    2,630    1,935
   HighMount                            200     100      590      100
   Boardwalk Pipeline                   222     141      641      490
   Loews Hotels                          90      90      292      285
   Investment income and other          (70)     52       86      257
                                     ---------------------------------
                                      3,620   3,579   11,314   10,754
                                     ---------------------------------
   Investment gains (losses):
      CNA Financial                    (651)    (57)    (813)    (217)
      Corporate and other (a)             1       3        3      173
                                     ---------------------------------
                                       (650)    (54)    (810)     (44)
                                     ---------------------------------
              Total                  $2,970  $3,525  $10,504  $10,710
                                     =================================

Income (Loss) Before Taxes and
 Minority Interest:
   CNA Financial                     $  113  $  306  $   797  $ 1,236
   Diamond Offshore                     446     285    1,441      945
   HighMount                             74      30      225       30
   Boardwalk Pipeline                    73      40      226      156
   Loews Hotels                           7       7       57       47
   Investment income, net               (87)     58       69      263
   Other (b)                            (17)    (34)     (77)     (85)
                                     ---------------------------------
                                        609     692    2,738    2,592
                                     ---------------------------------
   Investment gains (losses):
      CNA Financial                    (651)    (57)    (813)    (217)
      Corporate and other (a)             1       3        3      173
                                     ---------------------------------
                                       (650)    (54)    (810)     (44)
                                     ---------------------------------
              Total                  $  (41) $  638  $ 1,928  $ 2,548
                                     =================================

Net Income (Loss):
   CNA Financial                     $   76  $  189  $   503  $   749
   Diamond Offshore                     145      95      475      320
   HighMount                             47      19      142       19
   Boardwalk Pipeline (c)                31      19       98       74
   Loews Hotels                           6       4       36       29
   Investment income, net               (57)     39       45      172
   Other (b)                            (13)    (24)     (51)     (56)
                                     ---------------------------------
                                        235     341    1,248    1,307
                                     ---------------------------------
   Investment gains (losses):
      CNA Financial                    (379)    (33)    (473)    (126)
      Corporate and other (a)                     1        1      111
                                     ---------------------------------
                                       (379)    (32)    (472)     (15)
                                     ---------------------------------

   Income (loss) from continuing
    operations                         (144)    309      776    1,292
   Discontinued operations, net (d)       7     100    4,501      280
                                     ---------------------------------
   Loews common stock                  (137)    409    5,277    1,572
   Carolina Group stock -
    Discontinued operations                     146      211      405
                                     ---------------------------------
           Total                     $ (137) $  555  $ 5,488  $ 1,977
                                     =================================
(a) Includes a gain of $142 ($92 after tax), for the nine months ended
     September 30, 2007, related to a reduction in the Company's
     ownership interest in Diamond Offshore from the conversion of
     Diamond Offshore's 1.5% convertible debentures into Diamond
     Offshore common stock.
(b) Consists primarily of corporate interest expense and other
     unallocated expenses.
(c) Represents a 70.3%, 74.8%, 70.3% and 76.3% ownership interest in
     Boardwalk Pipeline for the respective periods.
(d) Includes a tax-free non-cash gain of $4,287 related to the
     Separation of Lorillard and an after tax gain of $75 from the
     sale of Bulova Corporation for the nine months ended September
     30, 2008.

CONTACT: Loews Corporation
Peter W. Keegan, 212-521-2950
Chief Financial Officer
or
Darren Daugherty, 212-521-2788
Investor Relations
or
Candace Leeds, 212-521-2416
Public Affairs

SOURCE: Loews Corporation