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Travelers Companies Inc Beats Q4 Estimates (TRV)

Before the opening bell on Thursday morning, Travelers Co. (TRV ) reported its fourth quarter results, posting estimate-beating earnings and revenues.

TRV's Earnings in Brief

  • Travelers posted total revenues of $6.78 billion, up 1% from last year’s Q4 revenues of $6.74 billion.
  • Net income came in at $1.04 billion, or $3.11 per diluted share, up from last year’s Q4 figures of $988 million, or $2.70 per share.
  • Travelers’ results were much higher than analysts’ expectations of $2.54 EPS on revenues of $5.82 billion.

CEO Commentary

TRV chairman and CEO Jay Fishman had the following comments: “Fourth quarter net income of $1.038 billion provided a strong finish to an excellent year financially, strategically, and operationally. We achieved record levels of net income per diluted share for both the quarter and the full year of $3.11 and $10.70, respectively, benefitting from strong underwriting and investment results, as well as our ongoing strategy of returning excess capital to shareholders. For the full year, we achieved a return on equity of 14.6% and operating return on equity of 15.5%, bringing our average annual return on equity to 12.5% and average annual operating return on equity to 13.3% for the past decade."

TRV Declares Dividend

Travelers’ board of directors declared a 55-cent quarterly dividend, which will be paid on March 31 to all shareholders on record as of March 10.

Stock Performance

TRV stock was up $2.77, or 2.64%, in pre-market trading. The stock is down 0.79% so far this year.

TRV Dividend Snapshot

As of market close on January 21, 2015

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The Bottom Line

Travelers Co. (TRV ) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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