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Hartford Financial Services (HIG)

Participants
Sabra Purtill Head of IR
Chris Swift Chairman and CEO
Doug Elliot President
Beth Bombara CFO
Elyse Greenspan Wells Fargo
Ryan Aceto B. Riley FBR
Brian Meredith UBS
Josh Shanker Deutsche Bank
Paul Newsome Sandler O'Neill
Tom Gallagher Evercore ISI
Gary Ransom Dowling & Partners
Meyer Shields KBW
Amit Kumar Buckingham Research
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Amy and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the First Quarter 2019 Financial Results Conference 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. Head Relations, Purtill, your may Sabra conference. Instructions] of you Investor begin [Operator

Sabra Purtill

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Chris Swift

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Doug Elliot

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results financial The of led our to above as were by and Benefits of line in in our core by outstanding business units with last Group disability. primarily Benefits effectively. combined were earnings trends and driven year, P&C expectations favorable Group execute Our earnings continued in each

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higher also We quarter. quarter which can from losses property non-catastrophe experienced fluctuate to

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now call me the turn Let to over Beth.

Beth Bombara

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result average last down of Funds, $XX Turning to of $XX due investment AUM. were lower as million year lower fee primarily earnings a core to Hartford from revenue million

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on value X% and December in share Turning net from $XX.XX increases gains due balance maturities. XX to the income grew net to unrealized diluted fixed per of sheet, book

a Book is excluding on XX-month trailing uses therefore high diluted trailing and earnings. $XX.XX in XX.X% Our share net also was core losses XX.X% and per based ROE ROE the includes the AOCI impact was the income of the half XXXX. earnings was net second income XX-month which value catastrophe of X% up which

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billion our plan line plan billion tax $X of and Futures dividends. begin we will purchase of that in range will total of to our increase Navigators Our we at repayment with for authorization used the repurchase $X.X $X.X billion. with line remaining in the by approximately our continue price million the in was use and to months in holding holding due the which debt closing At the discretion to to quarter. of in due $XXX to company capital equity ratios expect over liquidity earnings acquisition by to March with ratio dividends high-end interest resources company million the be totaled mid-XXXX resources and senior expect targeted combination agency range. subsidiary of slightly receipts majority will stockholder back the funds rating decreased notes $XXX repurchase be program increases period. these the forward provide debt, our with in XXXX. the of second March expenses assumed will related targeted of roughly share but XXXX for We balance XX, of the the At to target from expect XX and XX.X% and After the

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metrics all operating We will have To businesses. provide businesses we the a our start historical of summarize, well, strong year. restatements performing for to of our these with

remain and now of growth begin and possible where of strong and to Navigators. our can margins combination achieve goals Our so improve we and the the to lines with call I'll maintain commercial to a consistent business timely Q&A topline session. effective over Sabra turn

Sabra Purtill

you, Thank Beth.

questions. have about you the Amy, the question? for for minutes can asking instructions repeat We please XX

Operator

Elyse [Operator with Instructions] from Greenspan Wells Fargo. Elyse, Your first question comes open. is your line

Elyse Greenspan

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Chris Swift

Elyse, it's Chris.

me Let additional will start ask Beth her to I and just add then color.

we was always balance losses a plan to and on Navigators to apply So sheet we needed I since to and establishing transaction. carried views conclusion the that ultimate think we've known part announced that that transaction our of pretty be and methodologies our been consistent practices regarding

call. certainty wanted accomplishes think obviously that we development that [indiscernible] deal with as greater on regarding a outcome So, we ultimately negotiated their and loss decided into got the we that it, I

was But additional? would So, it. anything came how you up approach the add we with that philosophically and Beth,

Beth Bombara

No I think that it summarizes very nicely.

the see market found we we to that protection be and terms in our just on what might Hartford. look thought provided As in believe have the look could we available an this what focused Chris the discussions to was to protection place were as attractive we at and to type put and the been into impact again the certainty be it greater area that appropriate be indicated, which of them on provides

Elyse Greenspan

it Okay, you prepared in have my comp outlook you that might is see question within outside non-cash said commercial can about for thanks. mine, quarter, commercial the as trend just guys the And And the balance remarks of got broad-based in possible that loss then price comp? the you it's in just year second I then the also you. we and depending of what level you great? we kind and on, what an if do you Thank within are be better think upon of and could would know really seeing in from away marine quantify March, property losses of

Doug Elliot

Elyse, good morning.

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think someday? where to had because initial both we we outside momentum disappointing or continued of know property Do XX product to going but rather be compete, do side the that So, it's think you I expect address results momentum as that we'll boundaries that's with I I No think see in and to XX issue the need and continue. particularly pricing. we've I

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Beth, few on surprises very add So, want you from front the the top? anything my exposure perspective. to over do

Beth Bombara

sort out a of I middle ratios. some year-over-year did what non-Cat we saw we in market an lines did impact of compare. and more about we obviously market that pull Yes, of in point on definitely the call kind had When have mean through probably that of the elevated losses property that middle you the combined commercial total is it

I on that I question provides what in there. So we sort the had think that of seeing you were think

Elyse Greenspan

you Okay, much. thank very

Operator

Riley is with Your of Randy B. line next open. the line question FBR. Binner comes your from Randy,

Ryan Aceto

Group Hi pretty Ryan for be or forward to toward of that coming had Benefits Aceto have strong something expect on the quarters we your morning. to everyone, wanted last turn the this we Randy Is I back could this two end are going margins. going year? actually toward to is guidance

Beth Bombara

continue But that rates term, performing in adjustments saw think we're that in Benefits quarter core see do the levels at very little we from a continues trending overall long year. being previous over provided it as when and probably that improvements go be And point pleased we we'll driven book Yes, that well. but know with very very favorable also we're the incidence trends these Group to as ourselves block. to to we the our the range incidence it disability obviously higher inner economic with we how about make levels recovery the provided the and through range really the you we as as bit to watch and on year, we're beginning of performance pleased activity this quarter in we'll and the earnings continue by so saw we the out margin from is you in and tied they're we with

Ryan Aceto

– Great, call, on supposed first I second timing the with if I the that may did missed and guess of door, payments? didn’t I'm through or then sorry see to quarter I coming tax was be pushed be your to the touch payment you on

Beth Bombara

Yes.

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Ryan Aceto

And XXX to expect you still XXX?

Beth Bombara

million that's But to will our still the receipts the company holding So for in the proceeds of the NOLs. that will of company the as not again, holding quarter. the our anticipating subsidiaries And pay our those overall million. beginning also throughout for I'll NOLs, use you have second settlements to company coming $XXX is we tax net of basically year, just yes, the anticipation operating the year. utilize million over we tax subsidiaries about course $XXX those million we're with do year, we of holding remind our so $XXX $XXX to operating AMT, the

Ryan Aceto

you Thank very much.

Operator

with is Your open. comes the Brian line line from Meredith next question your of Brian, UBS.

Brian Meredith

you. thanks. couple quick here questions of Yes, for A

pricing seeing impact a are favorable as Group are Benefits curious, you on back any disability coming through? just result the on I'm of results discussion, Just the you

Doug Elliot

the shape. marketplace. a suggest results I been that own including but competitive clearly very it's across are Brian, good It's industry, in fairly our the disability would competitive,

enhanced of I So think a now. nothing norm bit competition, outside the there's

Brian Meredith

on Navigators. curious, kind Doug, your for of Great. looking just is, question second And thoughts market are what like now right my conditions I'm the then

and You going thought expect seeing you do announced there you et what's are Lloyd, bit people made it's kind that today, or is hearing from the obviously than other it? out know - when of maybe same of cetera you have the little acquisition better Navigators we're the a businesses, pricing actually through, and you of type would

Chris Swift

the over in and in first with Yes, so we generally what to Obviously, some their quarter. But months Brian, pretty closed had for I'm encouraged. of and to would all that visits to see Doug three, and four discussions they're going I their it's team operations, London Chris. Lloyd's say last between can't numerous report firsthand we've the the myself speak haven't Navigators we yet,

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Doug Elliot

and got Chris of couple the small us for of some core I the upward again of terrific distributor my a comments, movement middle also just lines. Boston. to some with in we're is days I timing and our risks leading seeing and spent launching. think and some We from back relative our although partners key

more the the and I think to little coming expect that over specialty see areas is of some in a that the in the marketplace need quarters. we're going I advanced

of good for deal upon that a think now us part the to of completion So about a come think and Hartford the good Brian, you I excited I time here. together, The start have will become expertise

Brian Meredith

Great, thank you.

Operator

Bank. question is line line open. comes with Josh, your of the Shanker Your Deutsche next from Josh

Josh Shanker

you. thank Yes,

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Chris Swift

and help to Chris. $XX was just would the willing seller. maybe share price couple negotiated points Obviously negotiated you. we per a price, that it's a obviously I Josh, willing buyer add a

the said, very components still we in strategic As about I transaction. and of just this commentary, the prior financial feel good

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Josh Shanker

came share? Okay, income appreciate should Talcott what income should on give I that's you that your Talcott, some guess XQ question answers. to sort the run in in favor And we you going then in in in Beth from and 'XX hedges in walk a as the a on Can through XQ item 'XX. maybe work rate the I XQ corporate considering math of be can generation obviously through line as which we consider for back 'XX, the the

Beth Bombara

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Brian Meredith

Okay, for answers. the thanks

Operator

Your next question Paul comes with Paul, of from O'Neill. Sandler the Newsome is line line your open.

Paul Newsome

was personalized Personal call Progressive everyone. for from yesterday the their seeing they in competitive put - thanks seeing shareholder thing? you're and are I if few what us a of a give seeing could you letter you're that The morning same if the in market. and Good market more kind comments a Lines perspective wondering on

Doug Elliot

last would competitive years I space. Line Personal few in Paul, suggest that the been the have

X the X X, years. last XXX So contrast I'm the could or sure I with prior or XX days not last

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Paul Newsome

range, in but it wondering the that point, to is down expense back at second that with that thoughts you that question, I not guess maybe, ticked you something any made eventually of my specific? kind if a was timeline, I ratio investments one or nothing would up some you've get updated on little that have whether And was bit kicked the XX

Chris Swift

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Beth Bombara

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Doug Elliot

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Paul Newsome

on you questions quarter. and the congrats Thank the for

Doug Elliot

Thanks.

Operator

question your Your line from Tom, line with is next comes Gallagher open. ISI. Evercore the Tom of

Tom Gallagher

Good morning.

at becomes, to billion say couple attachment, you're extra Just on $XXX that this, million, purchase $X little way ADC you the think as adjustments priced the do to originally think ADC transaction? that about price, it a IRR be fair or make this question about that for I to the deal add if a interpreting just maybe conservatism million the fair way question the of plus an you, to than think it's assumptions, then to up it, fair and a the acquisition can look paying is you price should add is did the over relates when XX% the to So you your way we you hundred the premium the I that? thought it's XX% on in worse any have to you would and

Chris Swift

path understand I math and your Chris. it's your points, concepts. your your and Tom,

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Tom Gallagher

you just team on going couple looking then is Group of flattish and XX% year-over-year. and your And year-over-year a things at there, I'm retention in thanks. premium earned Okay, Doug sales down Benefits, followup for about a line with expectations, on said about

then you've in the underlying sales the has how about is also, there. curious what I block, one noticed persistence just thing you been line with So trending expected? success And other on the

were The other sales strong. quite

over you think, Benefits. on that I'm Voluntary Can that's comment what's happening I Thanks. maybe up XX%. assuming there?

Doug Elliot

Yes.

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fall that on working any out As already there of surprises you are line. XXXX, the backside we're know, so think don't I major of

Chris Swift

Chris. it's Tom,

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Doug Elliot

Tom, you understand mean, I know that book. and you

was and of account be to accounted good that. as lumpy national chunk book a book So you therefore time, one need accounts can lose have you and move through progress you XX% plus that for you Aetna the

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Tom Gallagher

guys. Okay, thanks

Operator

of comes question open. Ransom the line Dowling Partners. is your from & next Your Gary, Gary line with

Gary Ransom

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Chris Swift

good Gary, morning.

few comments path direct you Let me make can forward. the a and

we I'd Compensation make our did the as market quarter that move pick. middle relative to First -- Workers' comment adjust XXXX, is through we

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Gary Ransom

small is is the needs and attract if get you you not quickly level to price quite individual to business, that business there, be can just maybe the can - Yes, piece in to mean it coming I there to customer? where facility pricing is get to where adjust the on have of look commercial flexibility, a say the at you new if is less you account in the side had you

Chris Swift

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Gary Ransom

core in treated All for be that, you're little you terms very The how is right, thank just had question. one much. non-core of ADC of earnings? that other I million to premium paying the is versus going $XX

Beth Costello

Yes, be so on be course. in that the be income of in premium after-tax non-core, but will earnings, we'll will not so net core pay will basis obviously it in an

Gary Ransom

thank right, very All you much.

Chris Swift

Gary. Thanks

Operator

of your is Your Meyer Shields open. next KBW. the comes line from line Meyer, question from

Meyer Shields

underwriting to to quick that is is a come one, corporate results? expenditure? really ADC Great, In other P&C questions, reflect thanks. Two the premium words is out going or it that of going

Beth Costello

few underwriting a to exposures the So reflected not cover ADC A&E we be how years it again, results, we similar treated for ago. bought in will that

Meyer Shields

this consecutive on could was little but you then development I adverse few and talk you've quarters Okay, and a nitpicky, is of going Liability what's had hoping a there? through in General

Chris Swift

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about think I feel I quarter think strong, XXXX finished good we and we ahead. our and first march we XXXX position

Meyer Shields

Okay, much. very thank you

Beth Costello

in interest take question. Amy, I we of think one more can time the

Operator

Certainly.

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Amit Kumar

me thank and for Thanks fitting in. you

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Chris Swift

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Doug Elliot

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Amit Kumar

better where turning? a thinking its sort substantially on than book differently E&S piece operations Navigators commercial, curious, piece been was two in substantial be one there pricing of on terms that any quick you in Chris surprised about is how is by very thoughts U.S. of has that right quickly Thanks just markets and and how Doug I are you it's have or discussion that tale Navigators a positively and lot of E&S now or may followup of are a

Chris Swift

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Operator

Purtill now Sabra call I for session. back question-and-answer closing our concludes This will to the remarks. turn

Sabra Purtill

any joining and if Thank do contact day. busy followup not day a Please earnings. to you. you Thank you today on particularly such good hesitate questions. for all have We us us appreciate you

Operator

call. conference today's concludes This

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