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Cincinnati Financial Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Cincinnati Financial Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results16:10 EST Wednesday, February 08, 2012CINCINNATI, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CINF) today reported:Fourth-quarter 2011 net income of $134 million, or 83 cents per share, compared with $126 million, or 77 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2010; operating income* of $139 million, or 86 cents per share, up 23 percent compared with $113 million, or 70 cents per share. Net income and operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 benefited from property casualty insurance profits that were up by $31 million after taxes.Full-year 2011 net income of $166 million, or $1.02 per share, compared with $377 million, or $2.31, in 2010. Operating income of $121 million, or 74 cents per share, down 56 percent compared with $274 million, or $1.68.$211 million decrease in full-year 2011 net income reflected the after-tax net effect of two major items: $149 million decrease in the contribution from property casualty underwriting ? including $165 million from higher natural catastrophe losses, and a $58 million decrease from net realized investment gains. $31.16 book value per share at December 31, 2011, up 1 percent for the year and 5 percent for the quarter.6.0 percent value creation ratio for the year 2011, compared with 11.1 percent for 2010.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110824/CL57087LOGO)Financial Highlights(Dollars in millions except share data)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Revenue Highlights   Earned premiums$827$7836$3,194$3,0824   Investment income, pre-tax13213025255181   Total revenues95593623,8033,7721Income Statement Data   Net income $134$1266$166$377(56)   Net realized investment gains and losses(5)13nm45103(56)   Operating income*$139$11323$121$274(56)Per Share Data (diluted)   Net income $0.83$0.778$1.02$2.31(56)   Net realized investment gains and losses(0.03)0.07nm0.280.63(56)   Operating income*$0.86$0.7023$0.74$1.68(56)   Book value$31.16$30.911   Cash dividend declared$0.4025$0.401$1.605$1.591   Weighted average shares outstanding162,679,294163,392,1330163,259,222163,274,4910Insurance Operations Fourth-Quarter Highlights87.6 percent fourth-quarter 2011 property casualty combined ratio and 5 percent increase in net written premiums. Full-year 2011 property casualty combined ratio at 109.2 percent, with 5 percent increase in net written premiums.$103 million fourth-quarter 2011 and $437 million full-year property casualty new business written premiums, down 4 percent and up 6 percent, respectively. Agencies appointed since the beginning of 2010 increased their contribution to new business premiums by $3 million for the quarter and $31 million for the year. 4 cents per share contribution from life insurance operating income to fourth-quarter results, down 4 cents from 2010. Full-year 2011 contribution to operating income from life insurance was 20 cents per share, down 3 cents.  Investment and Balance Sheet Highlights 2 percent growth in fourth-quarter 2011 after-tax investment income. 1 percent growth on a full-year basis, driven by 5 percent higher dividends with flat pre-tax interest income. 3 percent full-year increase in fair value of invested assets plus cash at December 31, 2011, including fourth-quarter equity portfolio increase of 13 percent and a 1 percent decrease for the bond portfolio.$1.051 billion parent company cash and marketable securities at December 31, 2011, up 1 percent from a year ago.*  The Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Comparable GAAP Measures defines and reconciles measures presented in this release that are not based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.**  Forward-looking statements and related assumptions are subject to the risks outlined in the company's safe harbor statement.Returning to Quarterly Underwriting ProfitSteven J. Johnston, president and chief executive officer, commented, "Fourth-quarter underwriting profits from our main business, property casualty insurance operations, rose to $98 million before taxes, the first underwriting profit for any 2011 quarter and our best result for any quarter since 2007. Strong fourth-quarter results reflected better core underwriting as well as our recently reported favorable impacts from lower catastrophe loss estimates, improving pricing trends for commercial insurance and higher securities valuations in our investment portfolio. "Operating income of $139 million for the fourth quarter more than offset our nine-month operating loss of $18 million, leading to a full-year operating income of $121 million. While that total is roughly half of what we reported for 2010, we are pleased to be in a profit position after a year that brought us the two worst catastrophes in our company's 60-year history. "When those catastrophes hit, we focused on providing our affected policyholders and agents with service and value that would support our relationships and long-term perspective on business. This approach over time has helped build the financial strength and resources to absorb $402 million of pre-tax catastrophe losses in 2011 and still end the year with exceptionally strong policyholder reserves and with balance sheets that are stronger than at year-end 2010. At December 31, 2011, our invested assets reached $11.8 billion, with total unrealized gains in the portfolio up 19 percent. Pre-tax investment income was up 1 percent for the year. Cash and marketable securities at the holding company level, which support liquidity and financial flexibility, exceeded $1 billion, up 1 percent. Book value improved to $31.16, also up 1 percent for the year. On top of that, we increased our shareholder dividend for a 51st year and repurchased shares, returning a total of $293 million, or 6 percent, of shareholders' equity at the beginning of 2011." Driving Growth, Improving Profitability"We are effectively executing on our plans to drive growth and improve profitability. Our net written and earned premiums rose for the fourth quarter and the full year in our commercial, personal and excess and surplus lines property casualty insurance segments. The 5 percent fourth-quarter increase benefited from steady retention of renewal business at improving rates. In commercial lines, which accounted for 73 percent of our 2011 property casualty premium revenues, pricing rose in the low- to mid-single-digit range for the fourth quarter. The strongest increases occurred in December, reflecting cumulative effects of the tools we have introduced to assist pricing precision and positive changes in the broader marketplace where our agents compete. We also continued to pursue price adequacy in personal lines, where we began in October to roll out homeowner increases that averaged approximately 8 percent, with lower increases for accounts with better risk characteristics. "Pricing of new commercial business continues to be competitive, and our agents, field representatives and underwriters are applying their risk knowledge to select high quality accounts. Total property casualty new business grew 6 percent for the year, primarily due to ongoing expansion of our independent agency force, now 1,312 strong in our 39-state operating territory. For the fourth quarter, new business would have risen if not for a reduction in workers' compensation production, where we are especially vigilant in risk selection. While industry loss ratios are deteriorating for workers' compensation, our ratio improved 16 percentage points in 2011, and we continue to push toward profitability in this line."Profitable underwriting in the fourth quarter produced an 87.6 percent combined ratio for that period, bringing the full-year ratio to 109.2 percent including an unusually high 13.3 percentage points of catastrophe loss. To evaluate our core underwriting progress, we also look at the ratio without catastrophes and reinsurance reinstatement effects; on that basis, the ratio improved by 2 percentage points in 2011. Johnston concluded, "We expect the effects of our ongoing work to improve underwriting, pricing and expense control to create further momentum, driving progress in 2012. Looking further out to 2015, we believe we are in position to create future shareholder value by partnering with our agents to profitably write as much as $5 billion of property casualty and life insurance business. As 2011 came to a close, A.M. Best Co. reviewed our position and affirmed its financial strength ratings of A+ (Superior), with a stable outlook, for our standard market property casualty insurance group and A (Excellent) for our excess and surplus lines company and our life insurance company." Consolidated Property Casualty Insurance Operations(Dollars in millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Earned premiums$785$7455$3,029$2,9244Fee revenues110440   Total revenues78674653,0332,9284Loss and loss expenses437455(4)2,3352,01516Underwriting expenses25124059749601   Underwriting profit (loss)$98$5192$(276)$(47)nmRatios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Loss and loss expenses55.6%60.9%(5.3)77.0%68.9%8.1     Underwriting expenses32.032.2(0.2)32.232.8(0.6)Combined ratio87.6%93.1%(5.5)109.2%101.7%7.5Change %Change %Agency renewal written premiums$712$64810$2,867$2,6927Agency new business written premiums103107(4)4374146Other written premiums(55)(33)(67)(206)(143)(44)   Net written premiums$760$7225$3,098$2,9635Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Current accident year before catastrophe losses65.7%77.6%(11.9)73.0%73.6%(0.6)     Current accident year catastrophe losses(1.9)0.9(2.8)13.45.67.8     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses(7.3)(17.4)10.1(9.3)(9.8)0.5     Prior accident years catastrophe losses(0.9)(0.2)(0.7)(0.1)(0.5)0.4Total loss and loss expenses55.6%60.9%(5.3)77.0%68.9%8.1Current accident year combined ratio before      catastrophe losses97.7%109.8%(12.1)105.2%106.4%(1.2)5 percent increase for both fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 property casualty net written premiums. Full-year increase of $135 million reflects solid growth for renewal and new business premiums, partially offset by $42 million of ceded premiums to reinstate property catastrophe reinsurance coverage. Reinsurance reinstatement ceded premiums were largely responsible for the $63 million change in full-year other written premiums. $23 million increase to a record-high $437 million in 2011 new business written by agencies, reflecting the contribution from new agency appointments and other growth initiatives in recent years. $31 million of the increase was from standard market property casualty new business produced by agencies appointed since the beginning of 2010.1,312 agency relationships in 1,648 reporting locations marketing standard market property casualty insurance products at December 31, 2011, compared with 1,245 agency relationships in 1,544 reporting locations at year-end 2010. 133 new agency appointments were made during 2011, exceeding the initial full-year target of approximately 120.5.5 percentage-point fourth-quarter 2011 combined ratio improvement primarily due to 3.5 point decline in natural catastrophe losses.7.5 percentage-point rise in full-year combined ratio, driven by an 8.2 point increase in natural catastrophe losses.0.6 percentage-point improvement, to 73.0 percent, for full-year 2011 ratio of accident year losses and loss expenses before catastrophes. Loss ratio benefits from improved pricing were partially offset by a 1.0 point adverse effect from reinsurance reinstatement ceded premiums.8.2 and 9.4 percentage point fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 benefit from favorable prior accident year reserve development of $64 million and $285 million, compared with 17.6 percent and 10.3 percent from $131 million and $304 million of development for the same periods of 2010.0.2 and 0.6 percentage-point improvement in the fourth-quarter and full-year underwriting expense ratios, reflecting expense management efforts and higher earned premiums.  The following table shows incurred catastrophe losses for 2011 and 2010.(In millions, net of reinsurance)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,Comm.Pers.E&SComm.Pers.E&SDatesEventRegionlineslineslinesTotallineslineslinesTotal2011   First quarter catastrophes$(3)$(1)$-$(4)$19$15$-$34   Second quarter catastrophes(3)1-(2)145135-280   Third quarter catastrophes(5)(6)-(11)4720-67   Oct. 28 - 31Freezing, windEast11-211-2   Nov. 30 - Dec. 2WindWest22-422-4   All other 2011 catastrophes(2)(2)-(4)118120   Development on 2010 and prior catastrophes(7)--(7)2(7)-(5)     Calendar year incurred total$(17)$(5)$-$(22)$227$174$1$4022010   First quarter catastrophes$-$-$-$-$8$2$-$10   Second quarter catastrophes(4)(3)-(7)4639186   Third quarter catastrophes(1)--(1)168-24   Oct. 4-6Hail, windSouth61-761-7   Oct. 26-28Hail, wind, tornadoMidwest64-1064-10   All other 2010 catastrophes(1)(1)-(2)199-28   Development on 2009 and prior catastrophes-(2)-(2)(12)(5)-(17)     Calendar year incurred total$6$(1)$-$5$89$58$1$148Insurance Operations HighlightsCommercial Lines Insurance Operations(Dollars in millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Earned premiums$567$5464$2,197$2,1542Fee revenues1-    nm3250   Total revenues56854642,2002,1562Loss and loss expenses284319(11)1,5701,4379Underwriting expenses192175107317044   Underwriting profit (loss)$92$5277$(101)$15nmRatios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Loss and loss expenses50.1%58.5%(8.4)71.4%66.7%4.7     Underwriting expenses33.832.11.733.332.70.6Combined ratio83.9%90.6%(6.7)104.7%99.4%5.3Change %Change %Agency renewal written premiums$514$4748$2,063$1,9784Agency new business written premiums7476(3)3072896Other written premiums(42)(26)(62)(152)(112)(36)   Net written premiums$546$5244$2,218$2,1553Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Current accident year before catastrophe losses60.9%78.5%(17.6)71.8%74.5%(2.7)     Current accident year catastrophe losses(1.7)1.0(2.7)10.34.75.6     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses(7.9)(21.0)13.1(10.8)(11.9)1.1     Prior accident years catastrophe losses(1.2)0.0(1.2)0.1(0.6)0.7Total loss and loss expenses50.1%58.5%(8.4)71.4%66.7%4.7Current accident year combined ratio before      catastrophe losses94.7%110.6%(15.9)105.1%107.2%(2.1)4 percent and 3 percent growth in fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 commercial lines net written premiums, primarily due to higher renewal written premiums, helping to offset $24 million of full-year ceded premiums to reinstate property catastrophe reinsurance. $40 million and $85 million rise in fourth quarter and full-year renewal written premiums largely reflected the effects of slowly improving economic conditions on insured exposure levels plus fourth-quarter 2011 commercial lines pricing changes that increased on average in a low- to mid-single-digit range.  $2 million decrease in fourth-quarter new business written premiums was driven by a $3 million decrease for the workers' compensation line of business. $18 million increase to $307 million in full-year new business written premiums with growth in every commercial line of business except workers' compensation and specialty packages. 5.3 percentage-point rise in the full-year combined ratio primarily due to a 6.3 point increase in natural catastrophe losses. 6.7 percentage-point reduction in the fourth-quarter ratio primarily reflected lower current accident year losses.2.7 percentage-point improvement, to 71.8 percent, for the 2011 ratio of accident year losses and loss expenses before catastrophes, primarily from better pricing.Personal Lines Insurance Operations(Dollars in millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Earned premiums$199$1867$762$7216Fee revenues-1(100)12(50)   Total revenues19918767637236Loss and loss expenses1451301272353735Underwriting expenses5360(12)221240(8)   Underwriting profit (loss)$1$(3)nm$(181)$(54)(235)Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Loss and loss expenses72.9%69.9%3.094.9%74.4%20.5     Underwriting expenses26.632.0(5.4)29.033.3(4.3)Combined ratio99.5%101.9%(2.4)123.9%107.7%16.2Change %Change %Agency renewal written premiums$185$16611$755$68510Agency new business written premiums2223(4)95906Other written premiums(11)(6)(83)(49)(25)(96)   Net written premiums$196$1837$801$7507Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Current accident year before catastrophe losses81.0%77.2%3.876.7%70.4%6.3     Current accident year catastrophe losses(2.6)0.5(3.1)23.68.814.8     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses(5.4)(7.0)1.6(4.5)(4.1)(0.4)     Prior accident years catastrophe losses(0.1)(0.8)0.7(0.9)(0.7)(0.2)Total loss and loss expenses72.9%69.9%3.094.9%74.4%20.5Current accident year combined ratio before      catastrophe losses107.6%109.2%(1.6)105.7%103.7%2.07 percent growth in fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 personal lines net written premiums, primarily due to increases in renewal written premiums, helping to offset $18 million of full-year ceded premiums to reinstate property catastrophe reinsurance. 16.2 percentage-point rise in full-year 2011 combined ratio primarily due to catastrophe losses that were 14.6 points higher. 2.4 point reduction in fourth-quarter ratio was driven by an underwriting expense ratio decrease of 5.4 points primarily due to lower commissions, including the portion based on profit-sharing agreements. 6.3 percentage-point rise, to 76.7 percent, for 2011 ratio of accident year losses and loss expenses before catastrophes. Loss ratio improvements from better pricing were offset by the effect of reinsurance reinstatement ceded premiums that added 1.8 points, plus higher weather-related losses not part of an industry-designated catastrophe event ? including 2.3 points alone from $22 million increase in homeowner wind, hail and lightning losses. Approximately 3 points were added due to a one-time adjustment from a refined allocation process for loss expenses related primarily to salaries of claims associates.4.3 percentage-point improvement in the full-year underwriting expense ratio was primarily due to lower commissions and higher first-quarter 2010 expenses from provisions for commitments and contingent liabilities. Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Operations(Dollars in millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Earned premiums$19$1346$70$4943Loss and loss expenses863342412Underwriting expenses6520221638   Underwriting profit (loss)$5$2150$6$(8)nmRatios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Loss and loss expenses42.4%39.6%2.860.3%83.7%(23.4)     Underwriting expenses32.435.7(3.3)31.931.70.2Combined ratio74.8%75.3%(0.5)92.2%115.4%(23.2)Change %Change %Agency renewal written premiums$13$863$49$2969Agency new business written premiums78(13)35350Other written premiums(2)(1)(100)(5)(6)17   Net written premiums$18$1520$79$5836Ratios as a percent of earned premiums:Pt. Change Pt. Change     Current accident year before catastrophe losses50.6%53.6%(3.0)71.0%83.8%(12.8)     Current accident year catastrophe losses(0.3)(0.1)(0.2)2.11.20.9     Prior accident years before catastrophe losses(7.9)(13.9)6.0(12.9)(1.3)(11.6)     Prior accident years catastrophe losses0.00.00.00.10.00.1Total loss and loss expenses42.4%39.6%2.860.3%83.7%(23.4)Current accident year combined ratio before      catastrophe losses83.0%89.3%(6.3)102.9%115.5%(12.6)$3 million and $21 million growth in fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 excess and surplus lines net written premiums, largely due to the opportunity to renew many accounts for the first time. Growth was also from average renewal price increases in a low- to mid-single-digit range for the year with the strongest increases occurring in the fourth quarter.13 percent decrease in new business written premiums for the fourth quarter and flat for the year, reflecting careful underwriting in a market that remains very competitive.23.2 percentage-point combined ratio improvement for full-year 2011 reflected lower current accident year loss and loss expense ratios plus higher net favorable reserve development on prior accident years. 0.5 point reduction in fourth-quarter ratio was driven by a lower underwriting expense ratio, primarily due to higher earned premiums. Life Insurance Operations(In millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Term life insurance$26$248$105$969Universal life insurance86333235(9)Other life insurance, annuity, and disability income products88028274    Earned premiums4238111651584Investment income, net of expenses333231341294Other income--nm21100  Total revenues, excluding realized investment gains and losses757073012885Contract holders benefits51412418917011Underwriting expenses13103062612    Total benefits and expenses6451252512319Net income before income tax and realized investment gains and losses1119(42)5057(12)Income tax47(43)1820(10)Net income before realized investment gains and losses$7$12(42)$32$37(14)$7 million or 4 percent growth in full-year 2011 earned premiums, including 9 percent for term life insurance, our largest life insurance product line. 5 percent rise in face amount of life policies in force to $77.691 billion at December 31, 2011, from $74.124 billion at year-end 2010.$79 million decline to $122 million in full-year 2011 fixed annuity deposits received, slowing as planned. Cincinnati Life does not offer variable or indexed products. $5 million lower full-year profit was primarily due to less favorable mortality experience that increased contract holders benefits.$26 million or 3 percent full-year 2011 growth to $774 million in GAAP shareholders' equity for The Cincinnati Life Insurance Company, after paying $25 million in dividends to The Cincinnati Insurance Company.Investment and Balance Sheet HighlightsInvestment Operations(In millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Total investment income, net of expenses, pre-tax$132$1302$525$5181Investment interest credited to contract holders(20)(19)(5)(81)(79)(3)Realized investment gains and losses summary:   Realized investment gains and losses181520128185(31)   Change in fair value of securities with embedded derivatives(1)4    nm(1)10    nm   Other-than-temporary impairment charges(24)-    nm(57)(36)(58)      Total realized investment gains and losses(7)19    nm70159(56)Investment operations profit $105$130(19)$514$598(14)(In millions)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,20112010Change %20112010Change %Investment income:   Interest $105$1050$424$4230   Dividends27264104995   Other110440   Investment expenses(1)(2)50(7)(8)13      Total investment income, net of expenses, pre-tax13213025255181      Income taxes(32)(32)0(129)(126)(2)      Total investment income, net of expenses, after-tax$100$982$396$3921      Effective tax rate24.4%24.2%24.6%24.4%      Average yield pre-tax4.7%4.6%4.6%4.7%      Average yield after-tax3.5%3.5%3.5%3.5%2 percent and 1 percent growth in fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 pre-tax investment income, driven by higher dividend income. Flat interest income reflected a larger bond portfolio base that offset lower bond market yields. $239 million or 19 percent full-year 2011 increase in pre-tax unrealized investment portfolio gains, including $39 million in the equity portfolio. $128 million of realized gains were harvested from the investment portfolio during 2011, including $111 million from the equity portfolio.(Dollars in millions except share data)At December 31,At December 31,20112010Balance sheet data   Invested assets$11,801$11,508   Total assets15,66815,095   Short-term debt10449   Long-term debt790790   Shareholders' equity5,0555,032   Book value per share31.1630.91   Debt-to-total-capital ratio15.0%14.3%$12.239 billion in consolidated cash and invested assets at December 31, 2011, compared with $11.893 billion at year end. $8.779 billion bond portfolio at December 31, 2011, with an average rating of A2/A. Fair value rose $396 million or 5 percent during the year 2011.$2.956 billion equity portfolio was 25.0 percent of invested assets, including $794 million in pre-tax net unrealized gains at December 31, 2011. $85 million or 3 percent full-year 2011 decrease in fair value. $3.747 billion of statutory surplus for the property casualty insurance group at December 31, 2011, down $30 million from $3.777 billion at year-end 2010, after declaring $180 million in dividends to the parent company. Ratio of net written premiums to property casualty statutory surplus for the 12 months ended December 31, 2011, of 0.8-to-1, unchanged from the 12 months ended December 31, 2010. Value creation ratio of 6.0 percent for the year 2011 is the total of 5.2 percent from shareholder dividends plus 0.8 percent from the change in book value per share.For additional information or to register for our conference call webcast, please visit www.cinfin.com/investors.  Cincinnati Financial Corporation offers business, home and auto insurance, our main business, through The Cincinnati Insurance Company and its two standard market property casualty companies. The same local independent insurance agencies that market those policies may offer products of our other subsidiaries, including life and disability income insurance, annuities and surplus lines property and casualty insurance. For additional information about the company, please visit www.cinfin.com.Mailing Address:   Street Address:P.O. Box 1454966200 South Gilmore RoadCincinnati, Ohio 45250-5496     Fairfield, Ohio 45014-5141Safe Harbor StatementThis is our "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our business is subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements in this report. Some of those risks and uncertainties are discussed in our 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A, Risk Factors. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: Unusually high levels of catastrophe losses due to risk concentrations, changes in weather patterns, environmental events, terrorism incidents or other causes Increased frequency and/or severity of claimsInadequate estimates or assumptions used for critical accounting estimates Recession or other economic conditions resulting in lower demand for insurance products or increased payment delinquenciesDeclines in overall stock market values negatively affecting the company's equity portfolio and book valueEvents resulting in capital market or credit market uncertainty, followed by prolonged periods of economic instability or recession, that lead to:Significant or prolonged decline in the value of a particular security or group of securities and impairment of the asset(s)Significant decline in investment income due to reduced or eliminated dividend payouts from a particular security or group of securitiesSignificant rise in losses from surety and director and officer policies written for financial institutions or other insured entitiesProlonged low interest rate environment or other factors that limit the company's ability to generate growth in investment income or interest rate fluctuations that result in declining values of fixed-maturity investments, including declines in accounts in which we hold bank-owned life insurance contract assetsIncreased competition that could result in a significant reduction in the company's premium volumeDelays in adoption and implementation of underwriting and pricing methods that could increase our pricing accuracy, underwriting profit and competitivenessChanging consumer insurance-buying habits and consolidation of independent insurance agencies that could alter our competitive advantages Inability to obtain adequate reinsurance on acceptable terms, amount of reinsurance purchased, financial strength of reinsurers and the potential for non-payment or delay in payment by reinsurersInability to defer policy acquisition costs for any business segment if pricing and loss trends would lead management to conclude that segment could not achieve sustainable profitabilityEvents or conditions that could weaken or harm the company's relationships with its independent agencies and hamper opportunities to add new agencies, resulting in limitations on the company's opportunities for growth, such as: Downgrades of the company's financial strength ratings Concerns that doing business with the company is too difficult Perceptions that the company's level of service, particularly claims service, is no longer a distinguishing characteristic in the marketplaceDelays or inadequacies in the development, implementation, performance and benefits of technology projects and enhancements Actions of insurance departments, state attorneys general or other regulatory agencies, including a change to a federal system of regulation from a state-based system, that:Impose new obligations on us that increase our expenses or change the assumptions underlying our critical accounting estimatesPlace the insurance industry under greater regulatory scrutiny or result in new statutes, rules and regulations Restrict our ability to exit or reduce writings of unprofitable coverages or lines of businessAdd assessments for guaranty funds, other insurance related assessments or mandatory reinsurance arrangements; or that impair our ability to recover such assessments through future surcharges or other rate changesIncrease our provision for federal income taxes due to changes in tax lawIncrease our other expensesLimit our ability to set fair, adequate and reasonable rates Place us at a disadvantage in the marketplace Restrict our ability to execute our business model, including the way we compensate agentsAdverse outcomes from litigation or administrative proceedingsEvents or actions, including unauthorized intentional circumvention of controls, that reduce the company's future ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Unforeseen departure of certain executive officers or other key employees due to retirement, health or other causes that could interrupt progress toward important strategic goals or diminish the effectiveness of certain longstanding relationships with insurance agents and othersEvents, such as an epidemic, natural catastrophe or terrorism, that could hamper our ability to assemble our workforce at our headquarters location Difficulties with technology or data security breaches, including cyber attacks, that could negatively affect our ability to conduct business and our relationships with agents, policyholders and othersFurther, the company's insurance businesses are subject to the effects of changing social, economic and regulatory environments. Public and regulatory initiatives have included efforts to adversely influence and restrict premium rates, restrict the ability to cancel policies, impose underwriting standards and expand overall regulation. The company also is subject to public and regulatory initiatives that can affect the market value for its common stock, such as measures affecting corporate financial reporting and governance. The ultimate changes and eventual effects, if any, of these initiatives are uncertain.Cincinnati Financial CorporationCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)(In millions except per share data)December 31,December 31,20112010ASSETS   Investments      Fixed maturities, at fair value (amortized cost: 2011?$8,084; 2010?$7,888)$8,779$8,383      Equity securities, at fair value (cost: 2011?$2,162; 2010?$2,286)2,9563,041      Other invested assets6684         Total investments11,80111,508   Cash and cash equivalents438385   Investment income receivable119119   Finance receivable7673   Premiums receivable1,0871,015   Reinsurance receivable622572   Prepaid reinsurance premiums2418   Deferred policy acquisition costs510488   Land, building and equipment, net, for company use (accumulated depreciation:       2011?$376; 2010?$352)  227229   Other assets9367   Separate accounts671621      Total assets$15,668$15,095LIABILITIES   Insurance reserves      Loss and loss expense reserves$4,339$4,200      Life policy reserves2,2142,034   Unearned premiums1,6331,553   Other liabilities548556   Deferred income tax314260   Note payable10449   Long-term debt790790   Separate accounts671621      Total liabilities10,61310,063SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   Common stock, par value?$2 per share; (authorized: 2011?500 million shares,        2010?500 million shares; issued: 2011?196 million shares, 2010?196 million shares)  393393   Paid-in capital1,0961,091   Retained earnings3,8853,980   Accumulated other comprehensive income901769   Treasury stock at cost (2011?34 million shares, 2010?34 million shares)(1,220)(1,201)      Total shareholders' equity5,0555,032      Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$15,668$15,095Cincinnati Financial CorporationCondensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)(Dollars in millions except per share data)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,2011201020112010Revenues   Earned premiums$827$783$3,194$3,082   Investment income, net of expenses132130525518   Realized investment gains and losses(7)1970159   Fee revenues1144   Other revenues23109      Total revenues9559363,8033,772Benefits and Expenses   Insurance losses and policyholder benefits4884942,5242,180   Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses2642491,0361,021   Other operating expenses351316   Interest expense14145454      Total benefits and expenses7697623,6273,271Income Before Income Taxes186174176501Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes   Current36102794   Deferred1638(17)30      Total provision for income taxes524810124Net Income $134$126$166$377Per Common Share:   Net income?basic$0.83$0.78$1.02$2.32   Net income?diluted$0.83$0.77$1.02$2.31Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Comparable GAAP Measures(See attached tables for 2011 reconciliations; prior-period reconciliations available at www.cinfin.com/investors.)Cincinnati Financial Corporation prepares its public financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). Statutory data is prepared in accordance with statutory accounting rules as defined by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual, and therefore is not reconciled to GAAP data. Management uses certain non-GAAP and non-statutory financial measures to evaluate its primary business areas ? property casualty insurance, life insurance and investments. Management uses these measures when analyzing both GAAP and non-GAAP measures to improve its understanding of trends in the underlying business and to help avoid incorrect or misleading assumptions and conclusions about the success or failure of company strategies. Management adjustments to GAAP measures generally: apply to non-recurring events that are unrelated to business performance and distort short-term results; involve values that fluctuate based on events outside of management's control; or relate to accounting refinements that affect comparability between periods, creating a need to analyze data on the same basis. Operating income: Operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains and losses (defined as realized investment gains and losses after applicable federal and state income taxes) from net income. Management evaluates operating income to measure the success of pricing, rate and underwriting strategies. While realized investment gains (or losses) are integral to the company's insurance operations over the long term, the determination to realize investment gains or losses in any period may be subject to management's discretion and is independent of the insurance underwriting process. Also, under applicable GAAP accounting requirements, gains and losses can be recognized from certain changes in market values of securities without actual realization. Management believes that the level of realized investment gains or losses for any particular period, while it may be material, may not fully indicate the performance of ongoing underlying business operations in that period.  For these reasons, many investors and shareholders consider operating income to be one of the more meaningful measures for evaluating insurance company performance. Equity analysts who report on the insurance industry and the company generally focus on this metric in their analyses. The company presents operating income so that all investors have what management believes to be a useful supplement to GAAP information. Statutory accounting rules: For public reporting, insurance companies prepare financial statements in accordance with GAAP. However, insurers also must calculate certain data according to statutory accounting rules as defined in the NAIC's Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual, which may be, and has been, modified by various state insurance departments. Statutory data is publicly available, and various organizations use it to calculate aggregate industry data, study industry trends and compare insurance companies. Written premium: Under statutory accounting rules, property casualty written premium is the amount recorded for policies issued and recognized on an annualized basis at the effective date of the policy. Management analyzes trends in written premium to assess business efforts. Earned premium, used in both statutory and GAAP accounting, is calculated ratably over the policy term. The difference between written and earned premium is unearned premium. Cincinnati Financial CorporationBalance Sheet Reconciliation(Dollars are per share)Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,2011201020112010Value creation ratio   End of period book value $31.16$30.91$31.16$30.91   Less beginning of period book value29.5430.8030.9129.25   Change in book value1.620.110.251.66   Dividend declared to shareholders0.40250.401.6051.59   Total contribution to value creation ratio$2.02$0.51$1.86$3.25   Contribution to value creation ratio from change in book value*5.5%0.4%0.8%5.7%   Contribution to value creation ratio from dividends declared to shareholders**1.31.35.25.4   Value creation ratio6.8%1.7%6.0%11.1%  *    Change in book value divided by the beginning of period book value    **   Dividend declared to shareholders divided by beginning of period book value   Cincinnati Financial Corporation Net Income Reconciliation (In millions except per share data)Three months endedTwelve months endedDecember 31, 2011December 31, 2011Net income $134$166Net realized investment gains and losses(5)45Operating income 139121Less catastrophe losses14(261)Operating income before catastrophe losses   $125$382Diluted per share data:   Net income $0.83$1.02   Net realized investment gains and losses(0.03)0.28   Operating income 0.860.74   Less catastrophe losses0.09(1.60)   Operating income before catastrophe losses   $0.77$2.34 Property Casualty ReconciliationThree months ended December 31, 2011ConsolidatedCommercialPersonalE&SPremiums:   Written premiums$760$546$196$18   Unearned premiums change252131   Earned premiums$785$567$199$19Statutory ratio:   Statutory combined ratio88.5%83.7%103.9%74.2%   Contribution from catastrophe losses(2.8)(2.9)(2.7)(0.3)   Statutory combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses91.3%86.6%106.6%74.5%   Commission expense ratio19.5%18.9%20.4%26.0%   Other expense ratio13.414.710.65.8   Statutory expense ratio32.9%33.6%31.0%31.8%GAAP ratio:   GAAP combined ratio87.6%83.9%99.5%74.8%   Contribution from catastrophe losses(2.8)(2.9)(2.7)(0.3)   Prior accident years before catastrophe losses(7.3)(7.9)(5.4)(7.9)   GAAP combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses and prior       years reserve development97.7%94.7%107.6%83.0%Twelve months ended December 31, 2011ConsolidatedCommercialPersonalE&SPremiums:   Written premiums$3,098$2,218$801$79   Unearned premiums change(69)(21)(39)(9)   Earned premiums$3,029$2,197$762$70Statutory ratio:   Statutory combined ratio108.9%104.2%124.2%90.8%   Contribution from catastrophe losses13.310.422.72.2   Statutory combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses95.6%93.8%101.5%88.6%   Commission expense ratio18.6%18.3%18.6%24.5%   Other expense ratio13.314.510.76.0   Statutory expense ratio31.9%32.8%29.3%30.5%GAAP ratio:   GAAP combined ratio109.2%104.7%123.9%92.2%   Contribution from catastrophe losses13.310.422.72.2   Prior accident years before catastrophe losses(9.3)(10.8)(4.5)(12.9)   GAAP combined ratio excluding catastrophe losses and prior       years reserve development105.2%105.1%105.7%102.9%Dollar amounts shown are rounded to millions; certain amounts may not add due to rounding.  Ratios are calculated based on whole dollar amounts.SOURCE Cincinnati Financial CorporationFor further information: Investors, Dennis E. McDaniel, +1-513-870-2768, CINF-IR@cinfin.com, or Media, Joan O. Shevchik, +1-513-603-5323, Media_Inquiries@cinfin.com