State-permitted and prescribed accounting practices positively impacted the capital and surplus reported by 85% of the life and P&C insurers surveyed by SNL Financial.
The data from SNL Financial, Charlottesville, Va. reveals the capital and surplus among 17 of 20 insurers were positively impacted as a result of the insurers using permitted and prescribed accounting practices. These practices are accounting procedures allowed or mandated, respectively, for calculating net income and surplus for insurers domiciled in the state.
Positive impact indicates that the permitted or prescribed accounting practices resulted in an increase in the reported capital and surplus. The data gathered by SNL is based as-reported annual NAIC statutory statement filings of U.S. insurers.
AEGON NV reported the largest positive percentage change (289%) in capital and surplus in 2011. The company’s reported capital and surplus in 2011 was $5.12 billion, as compared to $4.3 billion in 2010.