Corporate Results

Corporate results include executive and board expenses, internal and external audit expenses, interest and costs incurred in connection with the Company's senior notes and junior subordinated deferrable debentures and other costs relating to the Company as a whole. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were $16.0 million compared to $4.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $11.9 million, or 294.6%. Share compensation expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were $2.8 million compared to $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 10.7%. Additionally, there was $21.5 million in income from the gain on bargain purchase, net of expenses related to the acquisition of Flagstone during the quarter. Included in the Validus Re segment general and administrative expenses are $4.7 million of Flagstone expenses for the month of December as a result of the acquisition.

General and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $59.8 million compared to $29.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $30.0 million, or 100.4%. Share compensation expenses for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $10.9 million compared to $16.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $5.4 million, or 33.3%.

Investments

Net investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was $28.8 million compared to $28.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $0.7 million, or 2.6%. Net investment income for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $107.9 million compared to $112.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $4.4 million or 3.9%.

Net realized (losses) on investments for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were $(4.5) million compared to gains of $5.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $9.9 million, or 184.3%. Net realized gains on investments for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $18.2 million compared to $28.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $10.3 million or 36.1%.

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