AIG net loss widens in Q4-2016, misses EPS estimates

February 20, 2017
AIG net loss widens in Q4-2016, misses EPS estimates August 17, 2018 Clive Nelson

Hit by a multi-billion charge, the global insurance company American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) posted a fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter loss that widened from the prior year’s similar quarter. The company also missed analysts’ estimates by a wide margin. The market punished AIG by sending its stock to $62.49, from the recent high of $66.86. Due to the reasons given below, we anticipate the downtrend to continue in the days to come.

The New York-based company’s fourth-quarter net loss widened to $3.04 billion or $2.96 per share, from $1.84 billion or $1.50 per share in the corresponding quarter last year. With this loss, the company gets a dubious distinction of reporting four losses in the past six quarters.

Excluding items, Q4-2016 operating loss widened to $2.79 billion, from $1.32 billion in Q4-2015. On a per share basis, the fourth-quarter operating loss was $2.72, compared with a net loss of $1.07 per share in last year’s corresponding quarter. Analysts had expected AIG to report fourth-quarter operating profit of $0.42 per share.

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The main reason for the loss was the reserve charge taken for risks associated with long-term US commercial insurance policies written by the firm long-back. In this regard, it can be noted that AIG had entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc to pass on most of the future losses, if any, to the latter. AIG is currently implementing a two year strategic plan, revealed last year, to turn around the company. The billionaire investor Carl Icahn had repeatedly called the company to be split into three, following the poor performance last year. Considering the severe operational difficulties faced by AIG, investment research firm S&P Global ratings had downgraded it on January 31st . On the basis of the details provided above, we forecast the stock to remain bearish.

The poor results paved way for the stock to break the major support level of 64.50. Furthermore, the stock opened with a huge negative gap, after the results were announced. The stock has also fallen below the 12-day moving average of 64.40. The stochastic oscillator is descending. These technicalities underline the prevailing bearishness in the stock. So, we can anticipate the stock to drift downwards and test the next major support at 58.

American International Group Stock Price: February 20th 2017

American International Group Stock Price: February 20th 2017

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Hi, my name is Clive Nelson and welcome to Traders Bible. Just to tell you bit about myself…I have been trading FX and binary options for the best part of 10 years now. After graduating with honours in economics, I began working for an investment bank in New York as an assistant trader before working my way up. After a few years, I went on to work as a broker in London, England and then eventually came back to the U.S to work in a hedge fund, where I manage $800 million of my clients’ investments. There have been times over the course of my career where I’ve had to take a hit, but I’ve accepted that losing is part of the game, it’s a learning curve. I’ve learnt from my mistakes and you don’t have to make the same errors I did. A lot of my education came from when I was a broker and this is why I’m here to tell you that Traders’ Bible offers you the foundations of how to become a great trader.

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