ACE, LTD. (NEW) Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Ace Limited has a market cap of $24.81 billion; its shares were traded at around $73.13 with a P/E ratio of 10.6 and P/S ratio of 1.4. The dividend yield of Ace Limited stocks is 2.6%. Ace Limited had an annual average earning growth of 19.6% over the past 10 years.
Highlight of Business Operations:We assess which subsidiaries to draw dividends from based on a number of factors. Considerations such as regulatory and legal restrictions as well as the subsidiarys financial condition are paramount to the dividend decision. The legal restrictions on the payment of dividends from retained earnings by our Bermuda subsidiaries are currently satisfied by the share capital and additional paid-in capital of each of the Bermuda subsidiaries. ACE Limited received dividends of $560 million and $200 million from its Bermuda subsidiaries in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
Advertising costs are expensed as incurred except for direct-response campaigns, principally related to A&H business produced by the Insurance Overseas General segment, which are deferred and recognized over the expected future benefit period. For individual direct-response marketing campaigns that we can demonstrate have specifically resulted in incremental sales to customers and such sales have probable future economic benefits, incremental costs directly related to the marketing campaigns are capitalized. Deferred marketing costs are reviewed regularly for recoverability and amortized over five years, the expected economic future benefit period. The expected future benefit period is evaluated periodically based on historical results and adjusted prospectively. The amount of deferred marketing costs reported in Deferred policy acquisition costs was $236 million and $253 million at December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The amortization expense for deferred marketing costs was $128 million, $115 million, and $103 million for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively.
As discussed in Note 3 d), if a credit loss is indicated on an impaired fixed maturity, an OTTI is considered to have occurred and the portion of the impairment not related to credit losses (non-credit OTTI) is recognized in OCI. Included in the OTTI Recognized in AOCI columns above are the cumulative amounts of non-credit OTTI recognized in OCI adjusted for subsequent sales, maturities, and redemptions. OTTI Recognized in AOCI does not include the impact of subsequent changes in fair value of the related securities. In periods subsequent to a recognition of OTTI in OCI, changes in the fair value of the related fixed maturities are reflected in Unrealized appreciation (depreciation) in the consolidated statement of shareholders equity. For the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, $48 million of net unrealized depreciation and $193 million of net unrealized appreciation, respectively, related to such securities is included in OCI. At December 31, 2011 and 2010, AOCI includes net unrealized depreciation of $155 million and $99 million, respectively, related to securities remaining in the investment portfolio at those dates for which ACE has recognized a non-credit OTTI.
INA Financial Corporation established and funded a dividend retention fund (the Dividend Retention Fund) consisting of $50 million plus investment earnings. Pursuant to an interpretation of the Brandywine Restructuring Order, the full balance of the Dividend Retention Fund was contributed to Century as of December 31, 2002. Under the Restructuring Order, while any obligation to maintain the Dividend Retention Fund is in effect, to the extent dividends are paid by INA Holdings Corporation to its parent, INA Financial Corporation, and to the extent INA Financial Corporation then pays such dividends to INA Corporation, a portion of those dividends must be withheld to replenish the principal of the Dividend Retention Fund to $50 million. During 2011 and 2010, $35 million and $15 million, respectively, were withheld from such dividends and deposited in the Dividend Retention Fund by INA Financial Corporation. Effective January 28, 2011, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department clarified the scope of the Dividend Retention Fund that capital contributions from the Dividend Retention Fund to Century shall not be required until the XOL Agreement has less than $200 million of capacity remaining on an incurred basis for statutory reporting purposes. The amount of the capital contribution shall be the lesser of the amount necessary to restore the XOL Agreement capacity to $200 million or the Dividend Retention Fund balance. The Dividend Retention Fund may not be terminated without prior written approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner.
As discussed above, dividend distributions on Common Shares following ACEs redomestication to Switzerland in July 2008 through March 31, 2011 were paid as a par value reduction while subsequent dividend distributions were funded from capital contribution reserves (Additional paid-in capital) and paid out of free reserves (Retained earnings) under the method approved by our shareholders at the May 2011 Annual General Meeting. Dividend distributions on Common Shares amounted to CHF 1.22 ($1.38) per Common Share (including a par value reduction of CHF 0.30 per Common Share), CHF 1.31 ($1.30) per Common Share, and CHF 1.26 ($1.19) per Common Share for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively. Par value reductions have been reflected as such through Common Shares in the consolidated statements of shareholders equity. The par value per Common Share at December 31, 2011, stands at CHF 30.27.
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