Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance loses billions H1 2022

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance - Billions in losses
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Global insurer BHSI has revealed that it has suffered deep losses in both the second quarter and first half.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has revealed its second quarter and first half financial results for 2022, showing that it had lost billions during those spans of time.

The insurer stated that its net loss attributable to shareholders totaled $43.8 billion in the Q2 2022.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance lost $43.8 billion during the second quarter that ended on June 30. That said, its attributable net losses for the first half of the year – which ended on the same date – came to $38.3 billion.

These losses represented a considerable hit to the company, particularly when compared to the same figures from last year. The 2021 net earnings attributable to shareholders were losses of $28.1 billion for the second quarter and 39.8 billion for the first half.

The insurer’s operating earnings rose to $9.3 billion during the second quarter and $16.3 billion throughout the first half.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance - Q2 Earnings

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance underscored its commitment to transparency for investors.

“Berkshire presents its results in the way it believes will be most meaningful and useful, as well as most transparent, to the investing public and others who use Berkshire’s financial information,” said a statement from the company. “That presentation includes the use of certain non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures.”

The company went on to say that “In addition to the GAAP presentations of net earnings, Berkshire shows operating earnings defined as net earnings exclusive of investment and derivative gains/losses and impairments of goodwill and intangible assets. Although the investment of insurance and reinsurance premiums to generate investment income and investment gains or losses is an integral part of Berkshire’s operations, the generation of investment gains or losses is independent of the insurance underwriting process.”

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance posted with investment losses derivative losses of $53 billion for the second quarter and $54.6 billion for the first half of 2022. Last year, both of those figures were gains. The outcomes were linked with changes in the unrealized gains that the insurer had pointed to in its equity security investment holdings.

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