Loews Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides commercial property and casualty insurance in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Singapore. The company offers management and professional liability insurance and risk management services, and other specialized property and casualty coverages; commercial surety and fidelity bonds; and warranty and alternative risk services primarily for vehicles and portable electronic communication devices. Its commercial property insurance products include standard and excess property, marine, and boiler and machinery coverages; and casualty insurance products comprise workers' compensation, general and product liability, commercial auto, and umbrella coverages. The company also provides loss-sensitive insurance programs; and risk management, information, and claims administration services; and long term care and life settlement contracts. It markets its insurance products and services primarily through independent agents, brokers, and managing general underwriters to various customers. In addition, the company owns and operates 24 offshore drilling rigs consisting of 4 drillships, 19 semisubmersible rigs, and 1 jack-ups for companies engaged in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. Further, it is involved in the transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gathering and processing of natural gas. It owns and operates natural gas pipelines covering approximately 13,930 miles of interconnected pipelines; approximately 435 miles of NGL pipelines in Louisiana and Texas; and underground storage fields with aggregate working gas capacity of approximately 205.0 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Additionally, it operates 24 hotels in the United States and 1 hotel in Canada. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
Business Analysis of Loews
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- Revenue Growth: Loews reported a revenue growth of -2.3% year-on-year during 2016. Property & Casualty Insurance Industry grew at 6.6% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Loews spent 55.6% of its total revenues on COGS. Property & Casualty Insurance industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 65.6%
- R&D share of Revenues: Loews R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Loews spent 33.1% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Property & Casualty Insurance industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 14.9%
- Inventory share of Revenues: Loews Inventory share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Loews invested 1.1% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Property & Casualty Insurance industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 18.9%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Loews invested 58.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Property & Casualty Insurance industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 33.0%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Loews invested 116.2% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Property & Casualty Insurance industry average PPE investment in the same period was 30.9%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Loews invested 2.6% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Property & Casualty Insurance industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 29.7%
- Net Margins: Loews Net Margins in the year 2016 were 5.0%. Property & Casualty Insurance industry average Net Margins in the same period were 8.2%
Sector and Industry Association of Loews
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Loews is associated with Financials Sector Group, Insurance Sector, and Property & Casualty Insurance Industry.
Insurance sector is comprised of the following industries: Life Insurance; Property & Casualty Insurance; Surety & Title Insurance; Insurance Brokerage; Diversified Insurance. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Life Insurance industry includes companies engaged principally in life insurance.
- Property & Casualty Insurance industry includes companies engaged principally in accident, fire, automotive, marine, malpractice and other classes of non-life insurance.
- Surety & Title Insurance industry includes companies providing title & surety insurance.
- Insurance Brokerage industry includes insurance brokers and agencies.
- Diversified Insurance industry includes companies with life, health, property & casualty, and reinsurance interests, none of which predominates.
Industry Ranking of Loews
With $13.1 billion revenues, Loews ranked number 8 of all the companies in the US Property & Casualty Insurance industry. There were a total of 66 public companies in the US Property & Casualty Insurance industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Property & Casualty Insurance industry by revenues during 2016 were:
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