W. R. Berkley Corporation Announces Sale of Real Estate Investment
Estimates Fourth Quarter Pre-Tax Net Gain of Approximately $105 Million
W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) today announced the sale of one of its real estate investments - an office complex located in New York City. The Company expects to report a realized pre-tax net gain of approximately $105 million on the sale in the fourth quarter of 2020 and an approximate $52 million pre-tax increase in stockholders’ equity as a result of the accounting treatment required by the transaction’s structure. The gain is in keeping with the Company’s long-term strategy of investing for total return in order to continue delivering superior long-term value creation to shareholders despite a low interest rate environment.
Founded in 1967, 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 and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. For further information about W. R. Berkley Corporation, please visit www.berkley.com.
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Karen A. Horvath
Vice President - External
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