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Tower Group's CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Operator

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Michael Lee

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Michael Lee

In addition to achieving an impressive top line growth rate, we were able to maintain our underwriting discipline as demonstrated by a 94.9% combined ratio this quarter compared to 94.5% for the same period last year. Excluding losses from the storms, our combined ratio for the quarter was 93.1%. Finally, our return on equity was 9.9% this quarter compared to 9.4% during the same period last year. Excluding the storm losses, our return on equity was 11.7%. We project our ROE to increase gradually throughout the rest of the year, mainly driven by the lower combined ratio and higher investment income.

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