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Axis Capital Holdings' CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

With me on today’s call are Albert Benchimol, our President and CEO; and Joseph Henry our CFO. Before I turn the call over to Albert, I will remind everyone that statements made during this call, including the question-and-answer sessions, which are not historical facts, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws.

Forward-looking statements contained in this presentation include, but are not necessarily limited to, information regarding our estimate of losses related to catastrophes, policies and other loss events; general economic, capital and credit market conditions; future growth prospects, financial results, and capital management initiatives; evaluation of losses and loss reserves; investment strategies, investment portfolio and market performance; impact to the marketplace with respect to changes in pricing models; and our expectations regarding pricing and other market conditions.

These statements involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. For a discussion of these matters, please refer to the Risk Factors section in our most recent Form 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition, this presentation contains information regarding operating income, which is a non-GAAP financial measure within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. For a reconciliation of this item to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please refer to our press release, which can be found on our website.

With that, I’d like to turn the call over to Albert.

Albert Benchimol

Thank you Linda, and before I forget happy birthday. Good morning to everyone. AXIS has had a very good second quarter. On an operating basis we earned $0.90 per share which on annualized basis represents an 8.7% operating return on equity. Our underwriting performance was excellent with a reported combined ratio of 92.3.

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