Company Quick10K Filing
Quick10K
Berkley W R
Closing Price ($) Shares Out (MM) Market Cap ($MM)
$58.63 183 $10,730
10-K 2018-12-31 Annual: 2018-12-31
10-Q 2018-09-30 Quarter: 2018-09-30
10-Q 2018-06-30 Quarter: 2018-06-30
10-Q 2018-03-31 Quarter: 2018-03-31
10-K 2017-12-31 Annual: 2017-12-31
10-Q 2017-09-30 Quarter: 2017-09-30
10-Q 2017-06-30 Quarter: 2017-06-30
10-Q 2017-03-31 Quarter: 2017-03-31
10-K 2016-12-31 Annual: 2016-12-31
10-Q 2016-09-30 Quarter: 2016-09-30
10-Q 2016-06-30 Quarter: 2016-06-30
10-Q 2016-03-31 Quarter: 2016-03-31
10-K 2015-12-31 Annual: 2015-12-31
10-Q 2015-09-30 Quarter: 2015-09-30
10-Q 2015-06-30 Quarter: 2015-06-30
10-Q 2015-03-31 Quarter: 2015-03-31
10-K 2014-12-31 Annual: 2014-12-31
10-Q 2014-09-30 Quarter: 2014-09-30
10-Q 2014-06-30 Quarter: 2014-06-30
10-Q 2014-03-31 Quarter: 2014-03-31
10-K 2013-12-31 Annual: 2013-12-31
8-K 2019-04-23 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-02-21 Officers, Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2019-01-29 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-10-23 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-07-24 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-05-31 Officers, Shareholder Vote
8-K 2018-04-24 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-04-03 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-26 Enter Agreement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-19 Enter Agreement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-01-30 Earnings, Exhibits
IDXX Idexx Laboratories 19,120
SATS Echostar 3,830
PSEC Prospect Capital 2,460
VREX Varex Imaging 1,240
NINE Nine Energy Service 647
NYNY Empire Resorts 419
LMRK Landmark Infrastructure Partners 412
TIBR Tiberius Acquisition 217
CTA Emerging Cta Portfolio 0
NOVA Nova Star Innovations 0
WRB 2018-12-31
Part I
Item 1. Business
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2. Properties
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Part II
Item 5. Market for The Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6. Selected Financial Data
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
Item 9B. Other Information
Part III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11. Executive Compensation
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services
Part IV
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
Item 16. Form 10-K Summary
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Berkley W R Earnings 2018-12-31

WRB 10K Annual Report

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 10-K

(Mark One)
 
       [x]
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018
OR
[ ]
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from ______ to ______.

Commission file number 1-15202

W. R. BERKLEY CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 
22-1867895
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
475 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
06830
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (203) 629-3000
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
 
 
 
Common Stock, par value $.20 per share
 
New York Stock Exchange
5.625% Subordinated Debentures due 2053
 
New York Stock Exchange
5.9% Subordinated Debentures due 2056
 
New York Stock Exchange
5.75% Subordinated Debentures due 2056
 
New York Stock Exchange
5.70% Subordinated Debentures due 2058
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. 
 Yes S No o
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act. 
 Yes  o   No S
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes S   No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes S     No o
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. S




Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer S
 
 
Accelerated filer o
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer o
 
Smaller reporting company o
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
 o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  Yes o     No S
The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common stock held by non-affiliates (computed by reference to the price at which the common stock was last sold) as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter was $7,014,828,524.
Number of shares of common stock, $.20 par value, outstanding as of February 19, 2019: 122,013,621
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Company’s definitive proxy statement, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after December 31, 2018, are incorporated herein by reference in Part III.
 





 
 
 
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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES
LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This is a “Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continued,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this report including statements related to our outlook for the industry and for our performance for the year 2019 and beyond, are based upon our historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. They are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to:

the cyclical nature of the property casualty industry;
the impact of significant competition, including new alternative entrants to the industry;
the long-tail and potentially volatile nature of the insurance and reinsurance business;
product demand and pricing;
claims development and the process of estimating reserves;
investment risks, including those of our portfolio of fixed maturity securities and investments in equity securities, including investments in financial institutions, municipal bonds, mortgage-backed securities, loans receivable, investment funds, including real estate, merger arbitrage, energy related and private equity investments;
the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues;
the uncertain nature of damage theories and loss amounts;
natural and man-made catastrophic losses, including as a result of terrorist activities;
the impact of climate change, which may increase the frequency and severity of catastrophe events;
general economic and market activities, including inflation, interest rates and volatility in the credit and capital markets;
the impact of conditions in the financial markets and the global economy, and the potential effect of legislative, regulatory, accounting or other initiatives taken in response to it, on our results and financial condition;
foreign currency and political risks (including those associated with the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, or "Brexit") relating to our international operations;
our ability to attract and retain key personnel and qualified employees;
continued availability of capital and financing;
the success of our new ventures or acquisitions and the availability of other opportunities;
the availability of reinsurance;
our retention under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 ("TRIPRA");
the ability or willingness of our reinsurers to pay reinsurance recoverables owed to us;
other legislative and regulatory developments, including those related to business practices in the insurance industry;
credit risk relating to our policyholders, independent agents and brokers;
changes in the ratings assigned to us or our insurance company subsidiaries by rating agencies;
the availability of dividends from our insurance company subsidiaries;
potential difficulties with technology and/or cyber security issues;
the effectiveness of our controls to ensure compliance with guidelines, policies and legal and regulatory standards; and
other risks detailed in this Form 10-K and from time to time in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).




We describe these risks and uncertainties in greater detail in Item 1A, Risk Factors. These risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results for the year 2019 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement we make. Any projections of growth in our revenues would not necessarily result in commensurate levels of earnings. Our future financial performance is dependent upon factors discussed elsewhere in this Form 10-K and our other SEC filings. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made.




PART I
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
    
W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business:

Insurance - predominantly commercial insurance business, including excess and surplus lines, admitted lines and specialty personal lines throughout the United States, as well as insurance business in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia.

Reinsurance - reinsurance business on a facultative and treaty basis, primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and South Africa.
Our two reporting segments are composed of individual operating units that serve a market defined by geography, products, services or industry served. Each of our operating units is positioned close to its customer base and participates in a niche market requiring specialized knowledge about a territory, product or industry served. This strategy of decentralized operations allows each of our units to identify and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and specific customer needs, while capitalizing on the benefits of centralized capital, investment and reinsurance management, and corporate actuarial, financial, enterprise risk management and legal staff support.
Our business approach is focused on meeting the needs of our customers, maintaining a high quality balance sheet, and allocating capital to our best opportunities. New businesses are started when opportunities are identified and when the right talent and expertise are found to lead a business. Of our 53 operating units, 46 have been organized and developed internally and seven have been added through acquisition.
    Net premiums written, as reported based on United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), for each of our operating segments for each of the past five years were as follows:
 
Year Ended December 31,
 (In thousands)
2018
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Net premiums written:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Insurance
$
5,952,861

 
$
5,715,871

 
$
5,743,620

 
$
5,555,437

 
$
5,302,436

Reinsurance
480,366

 
544,637

 
680,293

 
634,078

 
694,511

Total
$
6,433,227

 
$
6,260,508

 
$
6,423,913

 
$
6,189,515

 
$
5,996,947

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Percentage of net premiums written:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Insurance
92.5
%
 
91.3
%
 
89.4
%
 
89.8
%
 
88.4
%
Reinsurance
7.5

 
8.7

 
10.6

 
10.2

 
11.6

Total
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
    
Thirty-two of our insurance company subsidiaries are rated by A.M. Best Company, Inc. ("A.M. Best") and have ratings of A+ (Superior) (the second highest rating out of 15 possible ratings). A.M. Best's ratings are based upon factors of concern to policyholders, insurance agents and brokers and are not directed toward the protection of investors. A.M. Best states: “The Financial Strength Rating opinion addresses the relative ability of an insurer to meet its ongoing insurance obligations. The ratings are not assigned to specific insurance policies or contracts and do not address any other risk.” A.M. Best reviews its ratings on a periodic basis, and its ratings of the Company's subsidiaries are therefore subject to change.
Our twenty-five insurance company subsidiaries rated by Standard & Poor's (“S&P”) have financial strength ratings of A+ (the seventh highest rating out of twenty-seven possible ratings).
Our Moody's ratings are A1 for Berkley Insurance Company, Berkley Regional Insurance Company and Admiral Insurance Company (the sixth highest rating out of twenty-one possible ratings).

1



The following sections describe our reporting segments and their operating units in greater detail. These operating units underwrite on behalf of one or more affiliated insurance companies within the group. The operating units are identified by us for descriptive purposes only and are not legal entities. Unless otherwise indicated, all references in this Form 10-K to “Berkley,” “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” or similar terms refer to W. R. Berkley Corporation together with its subsidiaries and operating units. W. R. Berkley Corporation is a Delaware corporation formed in 1970.
Insurance
Our U.S.-based operating units predominantly underwrite commercial insurance business primarily throughout the United States, although many units offer coverage globally, focusing on the following general areas:
Excess & Surplus Lines: A number of our operating units are dedicated to the U.S. excess and surplus lines market. They serve a highly diverse group of customers that often have complex risk or unique exposures that typically fall outside the underwriting guidelines of the standard insurance market. Lines of business underwritten by our excess and surplus lines operating units include premises operations, commercial automobile, property, products liability and professional liability lines. Products are generally distributed through wholesale agents and brokers.
Industry Specialty: Certain other operating units focus on providing specialty coverages to customers within a particular industry that are best served by underwriters and claims professionals with specialized knowledge of that industry. They offer multiple lines of business with policies tailored to address these unique exposures, often with the flexibility of providing coverages on either an admitted or a non-admitted basis in the U.S., as well as internationally. Each operating unit delivers its products through one or more distribution channels, including retail and wholesale agents, brokers, and managing general agents (MGAs), depending on the customer and the particular risks insured.
Product Specialty: Other operating units specialize in providing specific lines of insurance coverage, such as workers’ compensation or professional liability, to a wide range of customers. They offer insurance products, analytical tools and risk management services such as loss control and claims management that enable clients to manage their risk appropriately. Business is typically written on an admitted basis, although some units may offer non-admitted products in the U.S. and offer products internationally. Independent agents and brokers are the primary means of distribution.
Regional: Certain operating units offer standard insurance products and services focused on meeting the specific needs of a geographically differentiated customer base. Key clients of these units are small-to-midsized businesses. These regionally focused operating units provide a broad array of commercial insurance products to customers primarily in 45 states and the District of Columbia and have developed expertise in niches that reflect local economies. They are organized geographically in order to provide them with the flexibility to adapt quickly to local market conditions and customer needs.
In addition, through our non-U.S. insurance operating units, we write business in more than 60 countries worldwide, with branches or offices in 26 locations outside the United States, including the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. In each of our operating territories, we have built decentralized structures that allow products and services to be tailored to each regional customer base. Our businesses are managed by teams of professionals with expertise in local markets and knowledge of regional environments.
In addition to providing insurance products, certain operating units also provide a wide variety of fee-based services, including claims, administrative and consulting services.
Operating units comprising the Insurance segment are as follows:
Acadia Insurance is a Northeast regional property casualty underwriter offering a broad portfolio of products exclusively through local independent agents in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. In addition to its general offerings, Acadia has specialized expertise in insuring regional industries such as construction, lumber, fishing and transportation.
Admiral Insurance provides excess and surplus lines coverage for commercial risks that generally consist of hard-to- place, specialized risks that involve moderate to high degrees of hazard. Its lines of business include general liability, professional liability, property, and excess and umbrella coverage. Admiral's professional liability and program operations include special coverages for technology, ambulatory surgery centers, chiropractors and concierge physicians. Its products are distributed exclusively by wholesale brokers.
American Mining Insurance Group specializes in mono-line workers’ compensation coverage for mining and mining related and high hazard industries in select states. 
Berkley Accident and Health underwrites accident and health insurance and reinsurance products in four primary areas: medical stop loss, managed care, special risk and group captive. It has a diversified product and service portfolio serving a range of clients from small employers, health care organizations, and membership groups to Fortune 500 companies.

2



Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists offers insurance for larger commercial risks across the United States involved in the supply, storage, handling, processing and distribution of commodities related to the agriculture and food industries.     
Berkley Alliance Managers specializes in professional liability for the design professional, construction professional and certified public accounting industries. The Berkley Design Professional division specializes in architects, engineers and consultants. The Berkley Construction Professional division provides both project specific and annual policies for owners and contractors. The Accountants division insures mainly mid-sized CPA firms.
Berkley Aspire provides excess and surplus lines coverage on a national basis to small to medium-sized insureds with low to moderate insurance risk. Its product lines include general liability, liquor liability and some property and inland marine coverage. It serves a limited distribution channel consisting of select Berkley member company agents.
Berkley Canada underwrites specialty, casualty and surety lines of business on behalf of the Canadian branch of Berkley Insurance Company. It specializes in commercial casualty and professional liability, and offers a broad portfolio of risk products that include commercial general liability, umbrella, professional liability, directors and officers, commercial property and surety, in addition to niche products for specific industries such as technology, life sciences and travel.
Berkley Custom Insurance focuses on the excess casualty insurance market and offers umbrella liability, pollution liability, excess liability, construction wrap-ups and completed operations coverages to wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, insurance companies, financial institutions and construction companies.
Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions focuses on insurance and risk management products that respond to the changing cyber security vulnerabilities of organizations around the world. It offers specialty commercial cyber insurance coverages on a worldwide basis to clients of all sizes.
Berkley Entertainment underwrites property casualty insurance products, both on an admitted and non-admitted basis, for clients in the entertainment industry and sports-related organizations.
Berkley Environmental underwrites specialty insurance products for environmental customers such as contractors, consultants and owners of sites and facilities.
Berkley Europe is comprised of specialist operating units offering a focused range of insurance products to markets in Continental Europe and Nordic countries.
Berkley FinSecure serves the insurance needs of companies in the financial services industry. It offers a comprehensive range of property, casualty, professional liability, and specialty lines insurance products. Its Berkley crime division provides crime-related insurance products for commercial organizations, financial institutions and governmental entities.
Berkley Fire & Marine offers a broad range of preferred inland marine and related property risks and services to customers throughout the United States. Products are distributed through independent agents and brokers.
Berkley Global Product Recall Management provides worldwide insurance protection and technical assistance to help clients with the prevention, management and indemnification of product recall and contamination events.
Berkley Healthcare provides customized, comprehensive management and professional liability solutions for the full spectrum of healthcare providers.
Berkley Human Services provides property casualty insurance coverages to human services organizations, including nonprofit and for-profit organizations, public schools, sports and recreational organizations, and special events. Its product offerings include traditional primary coverages and risk purchasing groups, as well as alternative market solutions for clients who wish to retain a larger share of their risks.
Berkley Insurance Asia underwrites specialty commercial insurance coverages to clients in North Asia and Southeast Asia through offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
Berkley Insurance Australia underwrites general insurance business in Australia, including professional indemnity insurance for companies of all sizes.
Berkley Latinoamérica is a leading provider of property, casualty, automobile, surety, group life and workers' compensation products and services in its operating territories of Argentina, Brazil, the Caribbean, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.
Berkley Life Sciences offers a comprehensive spectrum of property, casualty, and specialty products such as professional and management liability to the life sciences industry on a global basis, including both primary and excess liability coverages. It serves pharmaceutical and biotech companies, medical device companies, dietary supplement companies, medical and research related software developers, contract research and manufacturing organizations, research institutions and organizations, and other related businesses.

3



Berkley Luxury Group provides commercial package insurance programs for high-end cooperative, condominium, and quality rental apartment buildings and upscale restaurants in the New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Washington, D.C. metropolitan markets, as well as other select markets.
Berkley Medical Excess insures healthcare organizations such as hospitals and clinics that retain a portion of their risk exposure through a self-funded mechanism and seek to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of their excess risk financing program.
Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group provides commercial property casualty coverages to a wide variety of businesses in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Focusing on middle market accounts, it complements its standard writings with specialized products in areas such as construction.
Berkley Net Underwriters focuses on small and medium-sized commercial risks, using a web-based system to allow producers to quote, bind and service workers' compensation insurance products on behalf of Berkley member insurance companies. Berkley Net Underwriters also manages Berkley's assigned risk servicing carrier operations.
Berkley North Pacific provides local underwriting, claims and risk management services for businesses in the Northwest. It operates with a select group of agents in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington to sell and service property and casualty policies for larger middle-market standard businesses and specialty lines, such as construction, restaurants and manufacturing.
Berkley Offshore Underwriting Managers is a specialist global underwriter of energy and marine risks. Its three divisions provide specialty insurance products in the energy upstream, energy liability and marine sectors.    
Berkley Oil & Gas provides property casualty products and risk services to the United States energy sector. Its customer base includes risks of all sizes that work in the oil patch, including operators, drillers, geophysical contractors, well-servicing contractors, and manufacturers/distributors of oil field products, as well as those in the renewable energy sector.    
Berkley One provides a customizable suite of personal lines insurance solutions including home, condo/co-op, auto, liability and collectibles. Berkley One targets high net worth individuals and families with sophisticated risk management needs.
Berkley Professional Liability specializes in professional liability insurance for publicly-traded and private entities on a worldwide basis. Its liability coverages include directors and officers, errors and omissions, fiduciary, employment practices, and sponsored insurance agents' errors and omissions. Berkley Transactional, a division of Berkley Professional Liability, underwrites a full suite of transactional insurance products, including representations and warranties insurance, tax opinion insurance and contingency liability insurance.
Berkley Program Specialists is a program management company offering both admitted and non-admitted insurance support on a nationwide basis for commercial casualty and property program administrators with specialized insurance expertise. Its book is built around blocks of homogeneous business, or programs, allowing for efficient processes, effective oversight of existing programs and sound implementation of new programs.    
Berkley Public Entity specializes in providing excess coverage and services to individual governmental and scholastic entities and intergovernmental risk sharing groups. Products include general liability, automobile liability, law enforcement liability, public officials and educator's legal liability, employment practices liability, incidental medical, property and crime.
Berkley Risk provides at-risk and alternative risk insurance program management services for a broad range of groups and individuals including public entity pools, professional associations, captives and self-insured clients. As a third party administrator, it manages workers’ compensation, liability and property claims nationwide.
Berkley Select specializes in underwriting professional liability insurance on a surplus lines basis for law firms and accounting firms through a limited number of brokers. It also offers executive and professional liability products, including directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, and employment practices liability, to small to middle market privately held and not for profit customers on both an admitted and surplus lines basis.    
Berkley Southeast offers a wide array of commercial lines products in six southeastern states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, specializing in small to mid-sized accounts.    
Berkley Surety provides a broad array of surety products for contract and commercial surety risks in the U.S. and Canada, including specialty niches such as environmental and secured credit for small contractors, through an independent agency and broker platform across a network of 21 field offices.    
Berkley Technology Underwriters provides a broad range of first and third-party insurance programs for technology exposures and technology industries on both a local and global basis.
Carolina Casualty is a national provider of primary commercial insurance products and services to the transportation industry. It underwrites on an admitted basis in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

4



Continental Western Group is a Midwest regional property and casualty insurance operation based in Des Moines, Iowa, providing underwriting and risk management services to a broad array of regional businesses in thirteen Midwest states. In addition to its generalist portfolio, Continental Western offers specialty underwriting solutions for diversified agriculture, construction, light manufacturing, transportation, volunteer fire departments, rural utilities and public entities.
Gemini Transportation is a national provider of excess liability insurance for various domestic surface transportation businesses. It underwrites liability insurance policies for the railroad industry as well as excess liability policies for the trucking, busing and other industries that use rubber-wheeled vehicles for over-the-road use.
Intrepid Direct offers business coverages to franchise restaurants and auto repair garages on a direct basis.
Key Risk is a premier provider of workers' compensation insurance.  It focuses on middle market accounts in several niches that appreciate expertise and exceptional service. The unit operates two business units; one focused on middle market accounts located primarily in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States and one focused on national temporary staffing and United States Longshoreman & Harbor Act (USL&H) specialty programs. Its products are distributed by a select group of independent retail agents and wholesale brokers located through the United States.
Midwest Employers Casualty provides excess workers' compensation insurance products to individual employers, groups and workers' compensation insurance companies across the United States. Its workers' compensation excess of loss products include self-insured excess of loss coverages and large deductible policies. Through its relationship with Berkley Net Underwriters, Midwest Employers Casualty also offers multi-state coverage for group self-insureds. It has developed sophisticated, proprietary analytical tools and risk management services that help its insureds lower their total cost of risk.
Nautilus Insurance Group insures excess and surplus lines risks for small to medium-sized commercial risks with low to moderate susceptibility to loss. It writes commercial excess and surplus lines business nationwide and admitted lines commercial business in a limited number of states. A substantial portion of Nautilus' business is written through its close, long-standing network of general agents, who are chosen on a highly selective basis.
Preferred Employers Insurance focuses exclusively on workers' compensation products and services for businesses in California. It serves over 12,000 customers covering a broad spectrum of industries throughout the state.    
Union Standard offers preferred commercial property and casualty insurance products and services to a wide range of small to medium size commercial entities through independent agents in Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Vela Insurance Services specializes in commercial casualty insurance on an excess and surplus lines basis. Its primary focus is on general liability insurance for construction, manufacturing and general casualty clients as well as products liability and miscellaneous professional liability coverages distributed through wholesale insurance brokers.
Verus Underwriting Managers offers general liability, professional liability and property coverages for small to mid-sized commercial risks in the excess and surplus lines insurance market through a select group of appointed wholesale brokers and agents.
W / R / B Underwriting provides a broad range of leading insurance products to the Lloyd's marketplace, with a concentration in specialist classes of business including property, professional indemnity, crisis management, personal accident and asset protection.

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The following table sets forth the percentage of gross premiums written by each Insurance operating unit:
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Acadia Insurance
6.5%
 
6.8%
 
6.8%
 
6.7%
 
7.2%
Admiral Insurance
5.7
 
5.7
 
5.5
 
4.9
 
5.3
American Mining Insurance Group
0.9
 
0.8
 
0.7
 
0.8
 
0.7
Berkley Accident and Health
5.6
 
4.7
 
4.4
 
3.7
 
2.9
Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists
1.2
 
1.2
 
1.1
 
0.9
 
0.9
Berkley Alliance Managers
2.5
 
1.9
 
1.5
 
0.7
 
0.1
Berkley Aspire
0.3
 
0.3
 
0.3
 
0.3
 
0.4
Berkley Canada
1.0
 
0.9
 
0.8
 
0.6
 
0.5
Berkley Custom Insurance
2.6
 
2.5
 
2.7
 
2.9
 
2.4
Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions
0.2
 
0.1
 
 
 
Berkley Entertainment
2.5
 
2.1
 
2.0
 
1.9
 
1.8
Berkley Environmental
5.0
 
4.7
 
4.1
 
3.8
 
3.5
Berkley Europe
1.9
 
1.7
 
1.7
 
1.9
 
2.4
Berkley FinSecure
0.9
 
1.0
 
0.9
 
1.0
 
0.7
Berkley Fire & Marine
0.6
 
0.5
 
0.4
 
0.3
 
0.2
Berkley Global Product Recall Management
0.5
 
0.3
 
0.2
 
 
Berkley Healthcare
0.3
 
0.2
 
0.2
 
 
Berkley Human Services
0.7
 
0.6
 
0.7
 
0.6
 
0.6
Berkley Insurance Asia
0.4
 
0.2
 
 
 
Berkley Insurance Australia
1.1
 
1.0
 
1.0
 
0.8
 
1.3
Berkley Latinoamérica
4.1
 
4.8
 
4.2
 
4.7
 
4.6
Berkley Life Sciences
0.8
 
0.8
 
0.8
 
0.8
 
0.9
Berkley Luxury Group
1.4
 
1.3
 
1.3
 
1.3
 
1.3
Berkley Medical Excess
0.9
 
0.9
 
0.8
 
0.9
 
0.8
Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group
1.2
 
1.1
 
1.2
 
1.8
 
2.4
Berkley Net Underwriters
4.9
 
6.7
 
8.0
 
4.0
 
3.7
Berkley North Pacific
1.2
 
1.5
 
1.5
 
1.7
 
1.6
Berkley Offshore Underwriting Managers
1.1
 
1.1
 
1.1
 
1.4
 
1.7
Berkley Oil & Gas
3.5
 
2.7
 
2.8
 
3.2
 
3.5
Berkley One
0.2
 
 
 
 
Berkley Professional Liability
1.8
 
1.6
 
1.5
 
1.7
 
1.8
Berkley Program Specialists
1.1
 
1.2
 
1.2
 
1.2
 
1.2
Berkley Public Entity
0.4
 
0.5
 
0.5
 
0.4
 
0.4
Berkley Risk
0.2
 
0.2
 
0.2
 
4.0
 
3.9
Berkley Select
3.1
 
3.4
 
3.9
 
4.0
 
4.0
Berkley Southeast
2.0
 
1.9
 
2.0
 
2.3
 
2.5
Berkley Surety
1.3
 
1.2
 
1.2
 
1.2
 
1.2
Berkley Technology Underwriters
0.7
 
0.7
 
0.6
 
0.5
 
0.4
Carolina Casualty
0.5
 
0.4
 
0.6
 
1.2
 
1.8
Continental Western Group
3.4
 
3.8
 
4.0
 
4.0
 
3.9
Gemini Transportation
2.3
 
2.1
 
1.8
 
1.1
 
0.9
Intrepid Direct
0.3
 
0.1
 
 
 
Key Risk
2.8
 
2.7
 
2.6
 
2.9
 
3.0
Midwest Employers Casualty
2.5
 
2.5
 
2.3
 
2.3
 
2.3
Nautilus Insurance Group
4.9
 
5.1
 
5.0
 
4.7
 
4.7
Preferred Employers Insurance
2.4
 
2.8
 
2.6
 
2.5
 
2.1
Union Standard
2.6
 
2.7
 
2.6
 
2.6
 
2.7

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Vela Insurance Services
2.6
 
3.0
 
3.9
 
3.3
 
3.2
Verus Underwriting Managers
0.9
 
0.9
 
0.9
 
0.8
 
0.8
W/R/B Underwriting
3.4
 
3.1
 
4.0
 
5.5
 
7.2
Other
1.1
 
2.0
 
1.9
 
2.2
 
0.9
Total
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
    
The following table sets forth percentages of gross premiums written, by line, by our Insurance operations:
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
Other liability
31.6%
 
30.6%
 
30.9%
 
28.9%
 
28.3%
Short-tail lines (1)
22.9
 
22.8
 
23.1
 
24.3
 
25.9
Workers' compensation
22.6
 
24.6
 
25.1
 
25.5
 
24.2
Professional liability
11.7
 
11.0