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RICHMOND, Va., May 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Markel Group Inc. (NYSE:MKL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2024. The Company also announced today it filed its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Markel Group aspires to build one of the world’s great companies and deploys three financial engines in pursuit of this goal: Insurance, Investments and Markel Ventures.

“We are pleased with the overall performance of our businesses as we start the year,” said Tom Gayner, Chief Executive Officer. “Our insurance team grew the top line year over year, and both operating income and the combined ratio improved significantly from the close of last year as we work towards our long-term profitability objectives. Net investment income increased amid higher interest rates, and our public investments were up meaningfully. Lastly, our Markel Ventures businesses had another terrific quarter, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results of their efforts. Our promise to shareholders is to drive strong performance over the long-term, and with quarters like these, we continue to make progress towards that goal.”

The following table presents summary financial data, by engine, for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023.

Three Months Ended March 31,

(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

2024

2023

Operating revenues:

Insurance

$       2,185,718

$           2,009,932

Investments

1,140,331

528,777

Markel Ventures

1,140,606

1,104,680

Total operating revenues

$       4,466,655

$           3,643,389

Operating income:

Insurance (1)

$          135,825

$              177,340

Investments

1,140,331

528,777

Markel Ventures

103,915

92,178

Consolidated segment operating income (2)

1,380,071

798,295

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

(44,285)

(44,399)

Total operating income

$       1,335,786

$              753,896

Comprehensive income to shareholders

$          908,385

$              646,365

Diluted net income per common share

$              75.43

$                  37.26

Combined ratio

95.2 %

94.0 %

(1)

See “Supplemental Financial Information” for the components of our Insurance engine operating income.

(2)

See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for additional information on this non-GAAP measure.

Highlights of results from the quarter:

  • Operating revenue and operating income growth of 23% and 77%, respectively, was primarily driven by our Investments engine.
  • Our Investments engine benefited from the impact of more favorable market value movements within our equity portfolio in 2024 compared to 2023, as well as a 37% increase in net investment income reflecting higher interest rates in 2024 compared to 2023. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) require that we include unrealized gains and losses on equity securities in net income. This may lead to short-term volatility in revenues and operating income that temporarily obscures our underlying operating performance.
  • Our Markel Ventures engine grew segment operating income by 13% in 2024 as a result of revenue growth and improved operating margins across a number of our businesses.
  • Growth in our Insurance engine revenues of 9% was primarily attributable to an increase in earned premiums driven by new business growth and more favorable rates on select lines of business.
  • The higher combined ratio in 2024 compared to 2023 was primarily driven by a higher attritional loss ratio on our U.S. general liability and professional liability product lines.

We believe our financial performance is most meaningfully measured over longer periods of time, which tends to mitigate the effects of short-term volatility and also aligns with the long-term perspective we apply to operating our businesses and making investment decisions. The following table presents a long-term view of our performance.

Three Months
Ended March 31,

Years Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2024

2023

2022

2021

2020

Operating income:

Insurance (1)

$          135,825

$       348,145

$       928,709

$       718,800

$       136,985

Investments (2)

1,140,331

2,241,419

(1,167,548)

2,353,124

989,564

Markel Ventures

103,915

519,878

404,281

330,120

306,650

Consolidated segment operating income (3)

1,380,071

3,109,442

165,442

3,402,044

1,433,199

Amortization and impairment

(44,285)

(180,614)

(258,778)

(160,539)

(159,315)

Total operating income (loss)

$       1,335,786

$    2,928,828

$       (93,336)

$    3,241,505

$    1,273,884

Net investment gains (losses) (2)

$          902,281

$    1,524,054

$  (1,595,733)

$    1,978,534

$       617,979

CAGR in closing stock price per share (4)

December 31, 2019 to March 31, 2024

7 %

(1)

See “Supplemental Financial Information” for the components of our Insurance engine operating income.

(2)

Investments engine operating income includes net investment gains (losses), which are primarily comprised of unrealized gains and losses on equity securities.

(3)

See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for additional information on this non-GAAP measure.

(4)

CAGR – compound annual growth rate.

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A copy of our Form 10-Q is available on our website at mklgroup.com or on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Readers are urged to review the Form 10-Q for a more complete discussion of our financial performance. Our quarterly conference call, which will involve discussion of our financial results and business developments and may include forward-looking information, will be held Thursday, May 2, 2024, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). Investors, analysts and the general public may listen to the call via live webcast at ir.mklgroup.com. The call may be accessed telephonically by dialing (888) 660-9916 in the U.S., or (646) 960-0452 internationally, and providing Conference ID: 4614568. A replay of the call will be available on our website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call. Any person needing additional information can contact Markel Group’s Investor Relations Department at [email protected].

Additionally, our shareholders meeting will be held on May 22, 2024 at the University of Richmond Robins Center at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The shareholders meeting will be part of a two-day event we are calling the 2024 Reunion, which is open to shareholders, employees, and friends of Markel Group. More information on the agenda and registration for the 2024 Reunion is available at mklreunion.com.

Supplemental Financial Information
The following table presents the components of our Insurance engine operating income. 

Three Months Ended March 31,

Years Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2024

2023

2023

2022

2021

2020

Insurance operating income (loss):

Insurance segment

$      107,310

$           96,504

$       162,176

$       549,871

$       696,413

$       169,001

Reinsurance segment

12,010

24,234

(19,265)

83,859

(55,129)

(75,470)

Other insurance operations

16,505

56,602

205,234

294,979

77,516

43,454

Insurance

$      135,825

$         177,340

$       348,145

$       928,709

$       718,800

$       136,985

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Consolidated segment operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure as it represents the total of the segment operating income from each of our operating segments and excludes items included in operating income. Consolidated segment operating income excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets and goodwill impairments arising from purchase accounting as they do not represent costs of operating the underlying businesses. The following table reconciles operating income to consolidated segment operating income.

Three Months Ended March 31,

Years Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands)

2024

2023

2023

2022

2021

2020

Operating income (loss)

$  1,335,786

$        753,896

$  2,928,828

$      (93,336)

$  3,241,505

$  1,273,884

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

44,285

44,399

180,614

178,778

160,539

159,315

Impairment of goodwill

80,000

Consolidated segment operating income

$  1,380,071

$        798,295

$  3,109,442

$     165,442

$  3,402,044

$  1,433,199

About Markel Group
Markel Group Inc. is a diverse family of companies that includes everything from insurance to bakery equipment, building supplies, houseplants, and more. The leadership teams of these businesses operate with a high degree of independence, while at the same time living the values that we call the Markel Style. Our specialty insurance business sits at the core of our company. Through decades of sound underwriting, the insurance team has provided the capital base from which we built a system of businesses and investments that collectively increase Markel Group’s durability and adaptability. It’s a system that provides diverse income streams, access to a wide range of investment opportunities, and the ability to efficiently move capital to the best ideas across the company. Most importantly though, this system enables each of our businesses to advance our shared goal of helping our customers, associates, and shareholders win over the long term. Visit mklgroup.com to learn more.

Cautionary Statement
Certain of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs, plans or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our current plans, estimates and expectations. There are risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ are often presented with the forward-looking statements themselves. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ from those predicted are set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, including under “Business Overview,” “Risk Factors,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Safe Harbor and Cautionary Statement,” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk,” and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2024, including under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Safe Harbor and Cautionary Statement,” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk”. We assume no obligation to update this release (including any forward-looking statements) as a result of new information, developments, or otherwise. This release speaks only as of the date issued.

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Bitget Wallet Lists Ecosystem Token BWB on Native Launchpad, Seeks to Capitalize on Market Momentum

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bitget Wallet, one of the largest multi-chain wallets, has announced that its official ecosystem token will be listed on its native launchpad from May 23, 18:00 (UTC+8). This move marks a significant milestone in Bitget Wallet’s commitment to revolutionizing the digital asset landscape and providing users with unparalleled opportunities for growth and engagement.

Users who have accumulated at least $200 worth of transactions in the month of May on Bitget Swap, the wallet’s native trading platform, will be eligible for the public round of the launchpad.

“For a project to launch its own token, careful and robust consideration of various factors have to be made,” Alvin Kan, COO of Bitget Wallet comments. “A clear understanding of a project’s unique value proposition on the market, together with a strong community to back it, are paramount requirements that need to be met before a token launch. We are satisfied that these conditions have been adequately met at this point in time, which have led us to this strategic move.”

BWB Tokenomics

Following the recent conclusion of the BWB Points campaign, the BWB token, set to launch on Solana, Ethereum, and Base chains, will be capped at a total supply of 1 billion. 47% of this total supply will be allocated to the community treasury and 10% will go to investors, while 5% will be reserved for the pre-TGE (token generation event) airdrop.

Aside from community governance rights, BWB can also be used to cover gas fees on multiple chains, staking, and will qualify holders for future airdrops from Bitget Wallet. The token will soon make its way to the wallet’s native launchpad.

Bitget Wallet Launchpad: Democratizing DeFi

Distinguishing Bitget Wallet from other wallets by providing new and innovative ways to improve the overall user experience has been a central focus of Bitget Wallet’s development roadmap this year. By introducing a native launchpad, the wallet aims to provide an avenue for users to better discover new and upcoming projects that have been carefully vetted by the Bitget Wallet team. In doing so, not only will users be able to better capitalize on various “low risk, high return” opportunities in the DeFi space, it also empowers retail investors to follow smart money and trends in the industry.

“The democratization of investment opportunities is an important goal that we are working towards, as this allows users to participate in high-quality projects and strengthens the participation and reward mechanism of the entire ecosystem,” Alvin says.

Being one of the first wallets on Web3 to integrate a native launchpad also means that users will be able to participate in leading projects right from the convenience of their Bitget Wallet mobile application. The launch of the platform’s ecosystem token on its very own native launchpad marks a pivotal milestone in Bitget Wallet’s aims to expand its global influence and deepen customer engagement.

About Bitget Wallet

Bitget Wallet is Asia’s largest and a leading global Web3 wallet with over 20 million users worldwide. It offers a comprehensive range of features, including asset management, intelligent market data, swap trading, launchpad, inscribing, NFT, DApp, and token earning center. Currently, it supports more than 100 major blockchains, hundreds of EVM-compatible chains, and over 250,000 cryptocurrencies. Bitget Wallet enhances liquidity by aggregating it across hundreds of top DEXs and cross-chain bridges, facilitating seamless trading on nearly 50 blockchains.

For more information, visit: Website | Twitter | Telegram | Discord

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Dubai World Trade Centre Drives Impact as Economic Output Surges to US$4.98 Billion in 2023, up 40% YoY

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DUBAI, UAE, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), a global leader in the events and exhibitions industry, has once again demonstrated its significant impact on Dubai’s economy in 2023, welcoming 2.47 million participants and hosting 301 events, 76 of which, were large-scale events that attracted 1.54 million attendees, with 46% from overseas.

DWTC’s 2023 Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) Report, based on its 76 large-scale events (2000 or more attendees) revealed an impressive surge in the total economic output, reaching US$4.98 billion, marking an incredible 40% YoY increase, with high returns for adjacent industries such as Travel, Accommodation and Retail, connected to the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) ecosystem.

DWTC’s large-scale events generated a substantial US$2.87 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) to Dubai’s GDP, retaining an impressive 58% of the total economic output locally. International participation soared by 53%, with overseas visitors driving 6.2 times more contribution than domestic counterparts.

Events hosted at DWTC supported 69,281 jobs, generating US$915 million in disposable household income for the city’s residents. The substantial economic impact of these events extends beyond direct revenue generation, fostering socio-economic development and contributing to Dubai’s status as a leading global business hub.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DWTC Authority, said: “Aligned with Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33, we continue to spearhead efforts in sector diversification, reinforcing the city’s stature as a leading global business hub. The remarkable accomplishments of 2023, presented in the ‘DWTC Economic Impact Assessment Report’ demonstrate that Dubai’s MICE sector, driven by DWTC, remains a vital pillar of financial resilience and growth underscoring our accelerated strides towards sustainable socio-economic development. The increase in international participation, along with the significant economic impact generated across diverse sectors such as travel, accommodation and retail, highlights the city’s steadfast commitment to propelling business tourism.”

The venue’s formidable events portfolio strategically aligned with Dubai’s economic priorities, showcasing Healthcare, Medical, and Scientific; Information Technology (IT); and Food, Hotel, and Catering as the top contributors. These leading sectors collectively accounted for 59% (US$1.71 billion) of the GVA to Dubai’s economy, and 49% (747,468) of the total large-scale event visitation.

Adjacent sectors, including hotels, air travel, and local transportation experienced a significant boost in economic activity. The direct revenue generated through expenditure was nearly US$2.94 billion.

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Phishing, BEC, and Beyond: Tackling the Top Cyber Threats to UK Banks

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KnowBe4’s new report finds that UK financial institutions face onslaught of cyberattacks at unprecedented rate

LEEDS, England, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today released its report on cyber threats faced by the financial sector in the UK. The report examines the escalating rise of cyberattacks on this sector, the tactics deployed by cybercriminals and what financial institutions should do to safeguard themselves and their employees.

The report shows that, in general, the financial sector in the UK is under constant attack and that it is grappling to keep pace with ever-evolving cyber threats. A clear urgency is emerging for financial institutions to adapt their security strategies for dealing with more sophisticated cyberattacks as banking is shifting towards being fully digital.

Some key findings in the report reveal a startling landscape of cyber threats:

  • The frequency of ransomware attacks on the financial sector in the UK doubled in 2023, showcasing an alarming escalation.
  • Phishing and Business Email Compromise (BEC) remain the top threats to organisations, which includes financial institutions.
  • AI-driven deepfake audio impersonations are notably on the rise.
  • For the first time, cyberattacks, and their potential to disrupt essential services, were perceived as an acute risk, more so than geopolitical tensions, inflation, or economic recessions.
  • There was a dramatic 81% surge in cyberattacks against UK financial institutions in the year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, outpacing the global increase of 61% during the same timeframe.
  • Multiple UK banks are lacking basic online and app protections, including use of outdated and vulnerable web applications, failure to enforce secure passwords, and the absence of alerts for critical account changes.

The report further delves into the prevailing cyber threats in the sector as well as real-life examples. It also provides some practical advice on how financial institutions can protect themselves against cyber threats and cyberattacks.

Addressing the urgency of the situation, Javvad Malik, lead security advocate at KnowBe4 stated, “These findings underscore a stark reality for the UK’s financial sector – they are being attacked at an unprecedented rate. Cyber defences need to adapt with the same speed and intelligence as the threats themselves. In addition to traditional security strategies, fostering a culture of security awareness to mitigate the inherent human risk of any organisation is no longer optional; it is a cornerstone for survival against cybercrime.”

To download a copy of KnowBe4’s report on UK financial institutions, click here.

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 65,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. The late Kevin Mitnick, who was an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense and trust the KnowBe4 platform to strengthen their security culture and reduce human risk.

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