The Ward Group has released its annual list of top 50 P&Cinsurance companies in the U.S., with nine new additions. Eachyear, the Ward Group analyzes the financial performance ofmore than 3,000 U.S. P&C insurance companies and identifies thetop performers. The entire list can be found at the end of thisarticle.

The nine companies new to this year's list include:

  • Alleghany Group
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Amica Mutual Insurance Group
  • Andover Companies
  • CSE Insurance Group
  • Franklin Mutual Insurance Group
  • Goodville Mutual Casualty Company
  • Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance
  • ProMutual Group

Those who failed to make the 2010 list after being included last year were:

  • Central Insurance Companies
  • Farmers Mutual Insurance of Nebraska
  • Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
  • ICW Group Insurance Companies
  • Selective Insurance Company of America
  • Shelter Insurance Group
  • Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Co.
  • United Fire & Casualty Group
  • Utica National Insurance Group

What makes a top 50 company? Click to the next page to findout.

When compared to the rest of the industry, this year's top 50P&C group of insurance companies produced a 14.3 percent returnon average equity from 2005 to 2009, compared to 9.2 percent forthe P&C industry overall.

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