Good morning. My name is Kelly, and I'll be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the RenaissanceRe First Quarter 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Thank you.
And I will now turn the call over to Mr. Peter Hill. Mr. Hill, you may begin your conference.
Thanks, Kelly. Good morning. And thank you all for joining our first quarter 2018 financial results conference call. Yesterday, after the market closed, we issued our quarterly release. If you didn't get a copy, please call me at (212) 521-4800, and we'll make sure to provide you with one. There will be an audio replay of the call available from about 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time today through midnight on June 2nd. The replay can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or +1 (404) 537-3406. The passcode you will need for both numbers is 18690171. Today's call is also available through the Investor Relations section at www.renre.com, and will be archived on RenaissanceRe's website through midnight on June 2nd.
Before we begin, I'm obliged to caution that today's discussion may contain forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially from those discussed. Additional information regarding the factors shaping these outcomes can be found in RenaissanceRe's SEC filings, to which we direct you.
With us to discuss today's results are Kevin O'Donnell, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Bob Qutub, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
I'd now like to turn the call over to Kevin. Kevin?
Thanks, Peter. Good morning, and thank you for joining today's call. I'll open the call with an overview of our performance for the quarter, Bob will then go over the financial results and finally, I'll come back on to speak more about the segments and take your questions.
Last night, we released our first quarter earnings. I am pleased to report that we had a strong quarter. We executed well into an expanding market and were able to grow our book materially. What we accomplished was not easy but rather it was the culmination of years of preparation, creating new platforms, developing gross-to-net partnerships, sharpening our tool, and relentlessly focusing on the three superiors. This preparation facilitated access to desirable risk across our Property and Casualty and Specialty businesses. Our team understood this strategy and pursued it aggressively.
For the first quarter, we reported growth in book value per share of 0.6% and growth in tangible book value per share plus accumulated dividends of 0.8%. We also reported an annualized return on average common equity of 5.7% and an annualized operating return on top end equity of 13.5%. The solid results we reported for the quarter were driven by a low level of cat activity during the quarter, higher net earned premium following a successful January 1 renewal where we targeted key announce and executed well and prior
President and Chief Executive Officer
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