After reporting a 2005 fourth-quarter net loss of $821.9 million, management of XL Capital Ltd said today they expect good results this year and a hardening reinsurance market.

The Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer said its fourth-quarter net loss amounted to of $5.51 per share, compared with net income of $288 million, or $2.07 per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2004. The loss was attributed to an arbitration decision and the 2005 hurricanes.

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