American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AVF CL) Q1 2016 Earnings Conference Call - Preliminary Transcript
May 03, 2016 • 08:00 am ET
Please stand by, we're off to begin. Good day and welcome to the AIG AIG's First Quarter Financial Results Earnings Conference. Today's conference is being recorded.
At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Ms. Liz Werner, please go ahead.
Elizabeth A. Werner
Thank you, Jennifer. And before we get started this morning, I'd like to remind you that today's presentation may contain certain forward-looking statements which are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances.
Any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events. Actual performance and events may differ, possibly materially, from such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause this include the factors described in our first quarter Form 10-Q and our 2016 Form 10-K, under Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and under Risk Factors.
AIG is not under any obligation and expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Today's presentation may contain non-GAAP financial measures. The reconciliation of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures is included in our financial suppliment and is available on our website, www.aig.com.
Nothing in today's presentation or in any oral statements made in connection with this presentation is intended to constitute nor shall it be deemed to constitute any offer of any securities for sale or the solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities in any jurisdiction. This morning, I'm joined by the members of our senior management team, including our CEO Peter Hancock, our CFO Sid Sankaran, Head of Commercial, Rob Schimek, Head of Consumer, Kevin Hogan and our Chief Investment Officer, Doug Dachille. And so we will all be available during Q&A.
And at this time, I'd like to lead off the prepared remarks with Peter.
Thank you, Eli and good morning, everyone. I'm happy to report the tangible progress we're making as we deliver on our strategic plans. Across AIG, we're working hard to execute on a transformation that will lead to improve profitability and will best serve all our stakeholders. As we've been repositioning the Company, the support of our brokers, clients, and employees has being greatly appreciated, and is essential to our success.
In the first quarter, we reported $0.65 of operating earnings per share, including market related losses of $0.48 largely due to hedge funds. Market sensitive assets continue to decline, and Sid will speak to our progress to further reduce these asset exposures.We're off to a solid start to the year and in the quarter we reduced expenses by 5% and returned $4 billion of capital to shareholders.
As you can see on this on slide three and later in the presentation, our organizational improvements are proceeding on plan and we're on target to reach our $1.6 billion in gross expense reduction by 2017. The steady pace of capital return continued throughout the quarter. Of strong capital and leverage ratios, attractive free cash flows and risk