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Hartford Financial Services (HIG)

Participants
Chris Swift Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Doug Elliot President
Beth Bombara Chief Financial Officer
Sabra Purtill Head of Investor Relations
Elyse Greenspan Wells Fargo
Tom Gallagher Evercore
Josh Shanker Deutsche Bank
Jay Cohen Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Brian Meredith UBS
Gary Ransom Dowling & Partners
Ryan Tunis Autonomous Research
Ian Gutterman Balyasny
Jay Gelb Barclays
Randy Binner B Riley FBR
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Dan and I will be your conference operator today. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to The Hartford, Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers’ remarks there will be a question-and-answer session. Instructions). (Operator you. Thank like now the over conference I to Ms. to would turn of Head Purtill, Investor Sabra Relations.

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Sabra Purtill

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Chris Swift

today. for and joining morning, Good you thank us

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Doug Elliot

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by strong XX% market. Turning partially X.X%. sales $XXX approximately prior fully from rates we're with our last from margin solid remains of was and Drivers employer excellent the and had group of earnings year. of million with tax of disability acquisition, to quarter, results, the sales up a life a XXXX we quarter, business mortality. the and favorable similar block $XX our lower million Group ongoing and including insured at were were on Benefits contribution our offset Persistency higher This core traction slightly pleased in quarter another

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now me Let over the Beth. turn to call

Beth Bombara

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acquired Consistent consolidated that mark-to-market. with investment portfolio the year-over-year than is the X.X% X.X%. P&C Excluding Group X.X%, to portfolio require because of yield was the The quarter year, from on accounting at yield impact the was rules second last the XXXX down annualized slightly yield lower due in acquisition is the Benefits portfolio tax LP's, Group acquisition. quarter, before first flat the Benefits

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remained diversification no benign excellent yields. with credit result and Benefits the to Group Investment generally of the bond portfolio. net higher with quarter towards target of and quarter yield quarter a XXXX. our our credit the This of portfolio This credit slightly annualized up impairments environment sector our first from municipal less portfolio pre-tax exposure was in a the reinvestment X.X%, performance acquired due is resulting this allocation, strength

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in Talcott, and the in investment other on along segment, our return in with Talcott core impacts. included the will be Going earnings forward, corporate include which other revenue will

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on focus at At end total then the total leverage total AOCI. capital by June is our long which including total par, the our So term by we debt still ratio, which debt, excluding leverage XX and preferred of the hybrid ratio high dividing at XX%, was is also calculated goal.

focus Q&A and investment continued a the time. We good manifest very over decreasing both turn success the this and the integration sale strong acquisition. will XXXX and continue remain now path can conclude, the and to in of underwriting with call on results we group ratio begin so To Talcott session. closing I over the to Sabra we of

Sabra Purtill

Thank you, Beth.

We please about you instructions? the Dan, minutes for Thank XX could Q&A have you. repeat questions.

Operator

Your ahead. from today Wells will line (Operator the Please Certainly. first Elyse Greenspan Instructions) question of go with Fargo. come

ElyseGreenspan

you how the also can much quarter. non-cat more good get the know in My from Hi, liability lines color; also the know coming favorable the out was bit Auto, in things you if you press we three release. saw you a improvement property, and then from margin, this of down strong terms hoping from little first called commercial I can pretty break morning. question, you

going in can basis should sense commercial we the on level right from forward? Is then about think you of see that of points and of contribution the comm. just in rating based off XX improvement environment If us a each. a just how there’s the what's you going And give

DougElliot

Doug. morning. Elyse, good is This

better, about quarters, on and tackle expectations drivers couple and our about we our point so in Small that significant Small about as of a just try the across both When them comp Middle, quarter-to-quarter comp I non-cat property adjustment I points to me mentioned slightly made better separately. look workers Middle Small both mentioned Small and Let side of I and performance. a Middle a markets, excellent our positive an to X.X workers of points, amount. had

I the for the in, a made all across, you about an comp other I repeat in middle. very a non-compliance relative very, look little when feel quarter to commercialized combined more? We solid all ratios. So in adjustment bit good question and Can the

ElyseGreenspan

Yeah, the is to well adjust about in quarter? guess favorable whether right going level about XX you of underlying trying be I in we this thinking non-cat I just kind was points think maybe the for of little basis know saw is commercial forward, or that margin lines quarter, the bit improvement the should a just you

ChrisSwift

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compression because frequency are one the we other. moving in expect moving see some rates to So direction is in and there,

workers pricing pricing the there. those so means we’ll we're loss favorable take they so and as So several over are last carefully comp, appropriate to adjustments state we're algorithms making cost that the state on and going by years dropping for because the are in side forward. of in trends know as But you our book actions are there what business headwinds watching appropriate that

the So the I we our to and that some feel through love to could continue for in to going great quarter. about show I take that’s improvement with P&L. time but that, think us

ElyseGreenspan

about I are know as now also I down that the well you then also the as for guys disclosure great. capital M&A guys you you the was pro you about wondering know capital year. leverage guess you forma how early side, your valuating know debt know next due on managing think Okay, comes maturity you And appreciate how I return.

know XX’s. running probably is in still high you the leverage Your

about you does know up managing against how buy you your if leverage you're how So capital potential down you balance backs? with know thinking for and excess end

BethBombara

you Yeah, question. great know

do the about that look good we that down maturing and of power as we which combined be would think our intention just beginning at very puts of businesses. We talked you at before, debt as So that to us track XXXX, pointed with that have about on ratio managing out believe we we as our you down. the pay a earnings current

we've premium good on I you debt say using the a the having for that a reduce outstanding done large think path. continue know So we’ll and job just, maturing in pay past without our opportunity to of debt, to that

ElyseGreenspan

Okay, thank you very much.

Operator

from comes Evercore. Tom question next Your of a ahead. line Gallagher with Please go

TomGallagher

Good morning.

opportunities question a just current and opportunities. those for you position you'll comment does patiently made, look Chris; commentary see build suggest term the backs bigger like you over in M&A while on you'll capital management First buy wait for to M&A attractive that medium that opportunities that of the priority or capital is more that of

ChrisSwift

thanks that Yeah, talking before. were things Tom. just we've about Again, talked we about

business, From number the of opportunities, for the say building now. business, So our again. would been a consistent I that's mean looking I it at in philosophy acquisition our years investing

change exploring. signaling that other. priorities we So not go one you just would or It's our playbook way I'm know of any of down sort on

to So said returning our I my shareholders. in capital, in prepared excess than use for we if more can't we it are a good remarks, comfortable find

TomGallagher

you. Got

really maybe change for backs? you like level it contestant of a alternatives consider to bigger is with So no buy using access you before know getting

ChrisSwift

of the sort capital I to we capital. try mean level just going We've here. gotten not of I'm size Yeah, excess closed Talcott. to

You've heard Beth just debt. to comment with about want do what we

and for giving little to our you right using looking invest a businesses explore, not just want ourselves new and/or the are I We’re years to in flexibility -- we're in not streams. mean comfortable time. and the here. now where capital option years we We revenue and know it's years

TomGallagher

segment. question a half Q, the more Benefits. By year on just like estimate quarter very in that favorable good your earnings Group then prior And From our disclosure it. the of development. Got looks for it of it’s had than another you

been that so seems to favorable having you've one-timer; it for years doesn't be sustainable. it Now a now, appear pretty several development

think question of about recent coming is, how maybe being from that we that from then sustainability where recoveries the So coming most year provide is releases accident development -- that my of perspective lot or of a accident older should it? that's in and on of Can you some years.

BethBombara

Yeah that. sure, I'll take

recent side as in develop. so the on on specifically more we at favorable years again side more trends, So look trends, you have you and disability group our exposures been know the seeing the as we know those

think know it's I and then block long there’s on on to remember someone that a term the actually the disability important lag of when when they disability. in in timing sort disability up goes know end of You you

looked hard of overtime. second And peg but recoveries those rates been our on as those we the very year. seeing happy been with we've then at obviously the you comes development our fronts this go forward, So all of have very and to incidence It’s we're lines favorable. trends the half into that and know going how kind we in predict

TomGallagher

thanks. Okay,

Operator

go from Josh comes a ahead. question Deutsche Please next Shanker of with line Your Bank.

JoshShanker

other cost you get talked than there. savings prepared if a answer but don't the associated confident better the about transaction. I'm remarks, being more know with about I the Hi going to

we how rate go we of in at it look expenses think run were that at couldn't should that? of You or and of million out about expect why down $XXX $XXX with sort Aetna. you XXX what’s million. formerly about half coming I Can to break

ChrisSwift

Josh, and we could then I’ll opening additional add an commentary color. just provide

is our go-to-market we you customer from million eight, nine very we time. right signaling period of said all nine retention side, in the is and outperform sales our an I integration good over now we’re $XXX essence months integration, that will know, about likely side As the month operational that indication or most longer side feel both force a since target

you and of disrupt year over base our paper technology just installing claim customer period policies If remember say of from business time why of conversion know you to we period hardware so the don't system time, completed longer Aetna paper lot a two we're and timing of we here. a of books a is these that that their our and our we that

real begins. So conversion process the just

little we're three into and – with network additional than to integration love capabilities is rate right policy, platform you But three know year our it a yeah Doug activity, term entire given now. dealing want our commentary the to So year you a longer Doug. if provide moving and any rate guarantees typical I’d administration maybe

DougElliot

baseline. I think that's good a Chris really

know have X.XX. in roughly You Josh, my Aetna the number I on for is head baseline cost the

think I XXX or significant when about change. XXX-plus pretty So

Aetna renewals. to trying being In very managers what are relative we to moving disturb executives addition account on careful, Chris of to relationships account and accounts, key not us said

but know process be So going very I I and multiyear the about those. think time, move is a operations we more period that on this find and a year initial we to nine it we we’ll are opportunities are effective capitalize through is of months, effort as in pleased efficient that to several and

JoshShanker

And you the always know look numbers. there is

good a gave on on workers You in going what's detail comp.

down you GL pick up just took past added you're then and from took wondering what down and reserve you axe your to accident but on different and the is your doing information year? You sort your current how reserves of I’m on there, axe your pick. took and

ChrisSwift

questions. Yes, really good

business our quarter to comp So book about is the there's comp we and our of that. solid primarily feel know at dots a the let accident connecting reserves, just are some good And did of our talking but year ’XX, ’XX adjustment an some we market. good I the those through difference in reserves. release in and leading both think years is you about about today. balance we frequency prior see years ‘XX what we we're want starting middle out on point and separately. position and to made which me looking fact accident seeing feel indicator and we're the what a currently When we're we’re very carry, we and year very our this so about headwinds But we we attack reserves and in of we're adequacy that When accident and caring GL

General of products that years. So middle What in have increase heavy according Liability the both quarter, a is group saw comp to normal all accident we market our high book is In and some that's hazard, book world. in specialized, really happening world, what's in we did and GL are our in frequency the the we the that performing in expectations. severity

hazard seeing to current that about good want we're differentiate normal those and and feel our action So go years, high those to in we there took watch but what strengthen are books I book conditions. from GL forward continue pretty we to

JoshShanker

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Lynch. line Jay Cohen ahead. Please the of America go Merrill Your comes with from next question Bank of in

JayCohen

A Cohen of couple questions. Jay here.

from marketing understand Personal is tick-up. are First did I expense commercial ratio the side Lines the in the expense commercial driving you more spending issuance What's a ratio standpoint. the that higher side? on

ChrisSwift

and would looking I’m say experience continue just to at invest the but our add I technology we in digital customer. commentary, Doug, for Jay, infrastructure his he’ll

want it capability yeah, from over I the quarter-to-quarter core side we the is but are Commercial conscious to our part always say we on XX% systems through or it's know a you in true-ups particularly be else XX%, replace from whether commission say anything of would of years, profit commissions, are So from elevated some would that and strategy. wise. probably the sharing again Lines, essence of there trends I

what but would what that’s Doug, say, add? So you would I

DougElliot

a there large little there Yeah, well. bit in as of and piece Chris a is that’s compensation

continued plans we businesses. months, inside and six and driver So look through is as that we look our at But true-ups some do. we IT at our to invest a just performance normal

JayCohen

sense. makes Got it,

give issuing in The us a this leverage, and other deal a your dollars could can how big you question point? you sense on M&A, do given without stock of at

ChrisSwift

that sort about But do of good. of as you really Jay bit don’t we the probably in target, I for bolt-on. are disappoint speculation going a think it’s At the still the I’m range, of because a refrain this a to is metrics a just premium point billion in little any really past, anyone as accurate and company really premium talked sort here, $X lot and a

what that’s we So define.

is right just in we I still leave I So why that that’s would now you what are say would that’s that with. and bolt-on category

JayCohen

Thank helpful Chris. that’s And you.

Operator

from comes UBS. the question Meredith next with go Brian ahead. Please of Your line

BrianMeredith

Yeah earnings accretion M&A back how when can you versus here. us and of thanks, balance think so whole kind just on M&A you kind thing, of of GAAP share you Chris couple the buyback. remind a quickly about questions

ChrisSwift

an of Brian. again on And it early question the tried in to equation. and to its part Yeah, we address happy

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BrianMeredith

policy and at account thanks it that. through kind then Doug are retention retention? business, call looking of that a improve to slip Small years. call continued has curious, And the doing I’m What’s your just what two going Great, and for to half, it last maybe you account there Commercial on year policy

DougElliot

Brian on both and new. we’re certainly retention the focused the

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ChrisSwift

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BrianMeredith

Great, thank you.

Operator

Please comes a from Your Ransom of & go ahead. next Partners. Gary question with line Dowling

GaryRansom

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ChrisSwift

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GaryRansom

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ChrisSwift

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GaryRansom

tomorrow No but day, next. doubt and I'm thinking comes great a today was what always about

ChrisSwift

so we. I know, are

GaryRansom

you But very much. I thank

ChrisSwift

you. Thank

Operator

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RyanTunis

thanks. Hey

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DougElliot

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RyanTunis

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DougElliot

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RyanTunis

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DougElliot

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think discipline that I our in our behavior discussion. and starts marketplace the

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RyanTunis

much. so thanks Perfect,

Operator

of comes ahead. Balyasny. with from the Gutterman question Please Ian Your next line go

IanGutterman

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BethBombara

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IanGutterman

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BethBombara

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IanGutterman

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BethBombara

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IanGutterman

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BethBombara

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IanGutterman

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ChrisSwift

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IanGutterman

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ChrisSwift

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IanGutterman

Alright.

Thank you. Sounds good.

Operator

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JayGelb

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BethBombara

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JayGelb

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BethBombara

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JayGelb

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BethBombara

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JayGelb

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ChrisSwift

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JayGelb

thanks. I appreciate that,

BethBombara

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Operator

Certainly.

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RandyBinner

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ChrisSwift

each let Randy, Okay separately. me take them

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RandyBinner

but auto you seen I creep companies. into know being we've to can't – point some mean it accidents workers Okay, comp other you so

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DougElliot

points me first At point. your full this as our auto back study I point driving connection. see continue just I the exactly the frequency loss trend it secondly, go don’t top changes We’ll And to we don't workers share share pricing forward. I’ll that specifically, to relative this points, the point those don't let increase. and couple Yeah, think is going at to trend. a of versus but it’s of over comp

RandyBinner

great, That's thanks a lot.

ChrisSwift

from term a too make to where point still not want long view. of anywhere point I’d we that near Doug a be But it's return

combined the but out to and maybe current ratio. year to the an loss still are trends, acceptable get to we last overall ways months eighteen So were there earning go

DougElliot

with that I agree Chris.

RandyBinner

you. Thank

Beth Bombara

you all joining questions those appreciate Sean still much I I and earnings the hope have. are the will with the today. up weekend. queue all and our you you you in the summer after and very of for you that Thank us have to results who call. follow Thank attention great a

Operator

you today’s everyone This call will for attending you Thank and disconnect. to may now conclude today.