The insurer’s net income fell to $607 million (approximately £471 million) in the first quarter of the year from $875 million (approximately £679 million) in the first quarter of 2016, according to a Fox Business report. Base operating profit was $928 million (£719 million) in Q1, a 13% drop from the prior year. The decrease was due largely to the way that the UK calculates personal injury and accident claims. Zurich’s first-quarter operating profit took a $289 million (£224 million) hit because of the change, known as the Ogden rate, Fox Business reported.
When that effect was excluded, operating profit was $1.2 billion, up 14% from Q1 of 2016.
“Underwriting performance is improving and we have delivered another absolute reduction in expenses,” said Zurich CFO George Quinn.
Quinn also said that changes to the Ogden rate wouldn’t have a similar impact in future quarters, according to a Reuters report. He also said that the company’s goal to reduce costs by $1.5 billion by 2019 was “absolutely achievable.”