Progressive (PGR) February Earnings & Revenues Increase Y/Y
The Progressive Corporation PGR reported earnings per share of 25 cents for February 2023, which surged more than two-fold year over year. The improvement stemmed from higher premiums and improved revenues.
February Numbers in Detail
Progressive recorded net premiums written of $6.1 billion, up 31% in the year-ago month. Net premiums earned were about $4.2 billion, up 15% from the year-ago month.
Net realized loss on securities was $117.1 million compared with the year-ago loss of $209.4 million.
The combined ratio — the percentage of premiums paid out as claims and expenses — deteriorated 140 basis points (bps) year over year to 95.1.
Progressive’s operating revenues were $4.4 billion, up 16.3% year over year. The improvement was driven by a 14.9% increase in premiums, a 71.6% jump in investment income, 31.6% higher fees and other revenues and an 18.3% rise in service revenues.
Total expenses increased 17% to $4.1 billion, largely due to higher losses and loss adjustment expenses, policy acquisition costs, other underwriting expenses, service expenses and interest expense.
In February, policies in force (PIF) were impressive for both Vehicle and Property businesses. In its Vehicle business, the Personal Auto segment PIF increased 8% year over year to 18.8 million. Special Lines PIF increased 5% from the year-earlier month to 5.6 million policies.
In Progressive’s Personal Auto segment, Agency Auto PIF increased 3% to 8 million, while Direct Auto PIF improved 12% to 10.7 million.
Progressive’s Commercial Auto segment PIF rose 7% year over year to about 1 million. The Property business had 2.8 million policies in force in the reported month, up 3% year over year.
Progressive’s book value per share was $27.32 as of Feb 28, 2023, down 6.7% from $29.30 on Feb 28, 2022.
Return on equity in the trailing 12 months was -6% compared with 7.1% in February 2022. The debt-to-total-capital ratio deteriorated 620 bps year over year to 27.9 as of Feb 28, 2023.
Progressive’s shares have rallied 23.4% in the past year against the industry’s decline of 9.6%.
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Progressive currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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