GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Indemnity Limited (NASDAQ:GBLI) today reported net income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 of $12.3 million or $0.70 per share, and operating income of $11.8 million or $0.67 per share. As of March 31st, book value per share was $46.44, an increase of 2.3% compared to book value per share of $45.42 at December 31, 2016.

Selected Operating and Balance Sheet Data (Dollars in millions, except per share data)

 
    For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
    As of
 March 31,
  As of
December 31,
     2017    2016     2017
  2016
                           
Gross Premiums Written   $ 123.8   $ 141.4   Book value per share $   46.44     $   45.42  
Net Premiums Written   $ 111.5   $ 116.9   Shareholders’ equity $   815.2     $   798.0  
            Cash and invested assets(1)  $ 1,621.8     $ 1,498.1  
Net income   $   12.3   $   7.1                  
Net income per share   $    0.70   $   0.41   (1) Including receivable/(payable) for securities sold/(purchased)
                           
Operating income   $   11.8   $   12.0                  
Operating income per share   $   0.67   $   0.69                  
                           
Combined ratio analysis:                          
Loss ratio     55.3     53.3                  
Expense ratio     41.1     42.8          
Combined ratio     96.4     96.1          
 

About Global Indemnity Limited and its subsidiaries

Global Indemnity Limited (NASDAQ:GBLI), through its several direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiary insurance and reinsurance companies, provides both admitted and non-admitted specialty property and casualty insurance coverages and individual policyholder coverages in the United States, as well as reinsurance worldwide.  Global Indemnity Limited’s three primary segments are:

  • United States Based Commercial Lines Operations
     
  • United States Based Personal Lines Operations
     
  • Bermuda Based Reinsurance Operations

For more information, visit the Global Indemnity Limited’s website at http://www.globalindemnity.ky.

Forward-Looking Information

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release1 do not address a number of risks and uncertainties.  Investors are cautioned that Global Indemnity’s actual results may be materially different from the estimates expressed in, or implied, or projected by, the forward looking statements. These statements are based on estimates and information available to us at the time of this press release. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Global Indemnity as of the date hereof. The foregoing review of factors that could cause actual financial or operating performance to differ materially from expectations is not exhaustive. Please see Global Indemnity’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of risks and uncertainties which could impact the company and for a more detailed explication regarding forward-looking statements. Global Indemnity does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.   

1 Disseminated pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of Section 21E of the Security Exchange Act of 1934.

Global Indemnity Limited’s Combined Ratio for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016  

The combined ratio is a key measure of insurance profitability.  The components comprising the combined ratio are as follows:

 
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2017   2016
Loss Ratio:      
Current Accident Year      
Excluding Catastrophes 49.5     49.2  
Catastrophes 14.8     9.5  
Current Accident Year 64.3     58.7  
Changes to Prior Accident Year   (9.0 )     (5.4 )
Loss Ratio – Calendar Year 55.3     53.3  
Expense Ratio 41.1     42.8  
Combined Ratio 96.4     96.1  
 

For the three months ended March 31st, the calendar year loss ratio increased by 2.0 points to 55.3 in 2017 from 53.3 in 2016 and the expense ratio improved by 1.7 points.

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, the current accident year loss ratio increased by 5.6 points in 2017 to 64.3 compared to 58.7 for the same period in 2016.

  • The current accident year property loss ratio increased by 7.7 points to 64.8 in 2017 from 57.1 in 2016 primarily due to higher losses in the agriculture reserve category from convective storms within the Personal Lines Operations in 2017 partially offset by lower claims frequency and severity within the Commercial Lines Operations in 2017.
     
  • The current accident year casualty loss ratio improved by 0.7 points to 62.9 in 2017 from 63.6 in 2016 primarily due to a decrease in reported claims frequency in 2017.

Calendar year results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 include a 9.0 point reduction in the loss ratio related to prior accident years.  This was primarily driven by lower than expected claims severity experienced in Commercial Lines across multiple prior accident years and lower than expected case incurred emergence experienced in Personal Lines, as well as a reduction related to the Company’s property treaties within the Reinsurance Operations. 

For the three months ended March 31st, the expense ratio improved from 42.8 in 2016 to 41.1 in 2017.

The improvement in the expense ratio is primarily due to a reduction in compensation cost and lower acquisition costs.

Global Indemnity Limited’s Gross and Net Premiums Written Results by Segment

 
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  Gross Premiums Written   Net Premiums Written
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Commercial Lines Operations $ 45,911   $ 48,480   $ 41,115   $ 42,966
Personal Lines Operations $ 62,017   $ 80,151   $ 54,583   $ 61,171
Reinsurance Operations $ 15,823   $ 12,735   $ 15,808   $ 12,735
Total $ 123,751   $ 141,366   $ 111,506   $ 116,872
 

Commercial Lines Operations: For the three months ended March 31, 2017, gross premiums written and net premiums written both decreased 5.3% and 4.3%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2016. The reduction in gross premiums and net premiums written was primarily due to the discontinuance of one unprofitable program.

Personal Lines Operations:  Gross premiums written include business written by American Reliable that is ceded to insurance entities owned by Assurant under a 100% quota share reinsurance agreement in the amount of $1.1 million and $13.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  Excluding the business that is ceded 100% to insurance entities owned by Assurant, gross premiums written decreased by 8.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2017 as compared to 2016. The decrease in gross and net written premiums was primarily due to a targeted reduction of catastrophe exposed business.  For the three months ended March 31, 2017, gross premiums written, including business that is ceded to insurance entities owned by Assurant, decreased 22.6% and net premiums written decreased 10.8% compared to the same period in 2016.

Reinsurance Operations: For the three months ended March 31, 2017, gross premiums written and net premiums written increased 24.2% and 24.1%, respectively, as compared to the same period in 2016. This increase in gross and net premiums written is mainly due to a new treaty written in the fourth quarter of 2016 partially offset by a slight reduction in property writings.

Note: Tables Follow

 
Global Indemnity Limited
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
 
  For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
  2017   2016
       
Gross premiums written $   123,751     $   141,366  
       
Net premiums written $   111,506     $   116,872  
       
Net premiums earned $   113,126     $   121,636  
Net investment income   8,644       9,746  
Net realized investment gains (losses)   775       (7,493 )
Other income   1,368       956  
  Total revenues   123,913       124,845  
       
Net losses and loss adjustment expenses   62,561       64,784  
Acquisition costs and other underwriting expenses   46,551       52,090  
Corporate and other operating expenses   3,054       3,803  
Interest expense   2,467       2,215  
  Income before income taxes   9,280       1,953  
Income tax benefit   (3,002 )     (5,172 )
  Net income $   12,282     $   7,125  
       
Weighted average shares outstanding–basic   17,316       17,224  
       
Weighted average shares outstanding–diluted   17,646       17,444  
       
Net income per share – basic $   0.71     $   0.41  
       
Net income per share – diluted $   0.70     $   0.41  
       
Combined ratio analysis: (1)      
Loss ratio   55.3       53.3  
Expense ratio   41.1       42.8  
Combined ratio   96.4       96.1  
               
(1)  The loss ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio are GAAP financial measures that are generally viewed in the insurance industry as indicators of underwriting profitability.  The loss ratio is the ratio of net losses and loss adjustment expenses to net premiums earned.  The expense ratio is the ratio of acquisition costs and other underwriting expenses to net premiums earned.  The combined ratio is the sum of the loss and expense ratios.

 
GLOBAL INDEMNITY LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands)
 

ASSETS

  (Unaudited)
March 31, 2017
  December 31, 2016
Fixed Maturities:        
  Available for sale securities, at fair value (amortized cost: 2017 – $1,309,245 and 2016 – $1,241,339)   $ 1,309,753     $ 1,240,031  
Equity securities:        
  Available for sale, at fair value (cost: 2017 – $122,559 and 2016 – $119,515)     128,705       120,557  
Other invested assets     64,213       66,121  
  Total investments     1,502,671       1,426,709  
         
Cash and cash equivalents     127,543       75,110  
Premiums receivable, net     80,727       92,094  
Reinsurance receivables, net     106,432       143,774  
Funds held by ceding insurers     31,862       13,114  
Deferred federal income taxes     41,989       40,957  
Deferred acquisition costs     58,090       57,901  
Intangible assets     22,946       23,079  
Goodwill     6,521       6,521  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums     33,108       42,583  
Other assets     60,496       51,104  
  Total assets   $ 2,072,385     $ 1,972,946  
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Liabilities:        
Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 622,088     $ 651,042  
Unearned premiums     275,884       286,984  
Ceded balances payable     7,550       14,675  
Payables for securities purchased     8,387       3,717  
Contingent commissions     3,553       9,454  
Debt     296,454       163,143  
Federal income taxes payable     220       219  
Other liabilities     43,082       45,761  
  Total liabilities     1,257,218       1,174,995  
         
Shareholders’ equity:        
Ordinary shares, $0.0001 par value, 900,000,000 ordinary shares authorized; A ordinary shares issued:13,449,721 and 13,436,548 respectively; A ordinary shares outstanding: 13,420,756 and 13,436,548, respectively; B ordinary  shares issued and outstanding: 4,133,366 and 4,133,366, respectively     2       2  
Additional paid-in capital     431,404       430,283  
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes     4,332       (618 )
Retained earnings     380,566       368,284  
A ordinary shares in treasury, at cost: 28,965 and 0 shares, respectively     (1,137 )      
  Total shareholders’ equity     815,167       797,951  
         
  Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 2,072,385     $ 1,972,946  

GLOBAL INDEMNITY LIMITED
SELECTED INVESTMENT DATA
(Dollars in millions)
 
    Market Value as of
    (Unaudited)
March 31, 2017
  December 31, 2016
         
Fixed maturities   $ 1,309.8     $ 1,240.0  
Cash and cash equivalents     127.5       75.1  
Total bonds and cash and cash equivalents     1,437.3       1,315.1  
Equities and other invested assets     192.9       186.7  
Total cash and invested assets, gross     1,630.2       1,501.8  
Payable for securities purchased     (8.4 )       (3.7 )
Total cash and invested assets, net    $ 1,621.8     $ 1,498.1  

    (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
(a)
     
Net investment income   $ 8.6  
     
Net realized investment gains     0.8  
Net change in unrealized investment gains     7.0  
Net realized and unrealized investment returns     7.8  
     
Total investment return   $ 16.4  
     
Average total cash and invested assets (b)   $ 1,560.0  
     
Total investment return % annualized     4.2 %
 
(a)  Amounts in this table are shown on a pre-tax basis.
(b)  Simple average of beginning and end of period, net of payable/receivable for securities.

 
GLOBAL INDEMNITY LIMITED
SUMMARY OF OPERATING INCOME
(Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
 
  For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
  2017   2016
       
Operating income $   11,764     $  11,991  
Adjustments:      
Net realized investment gains/(losses), net of tax   518       (4,866 )
       
Net income $   12,282     $  7,125  
       
Weighted average shares outstanding –  basic   17,316       17,224  
       
Weighted average shares outstanding –  diluted   17,646       17,444  
       
Operating income per share – basic $   0.68     $   0.70  
       
Operating income per share – diluted $   0.67     $   0.69  
       

Note Regarding Operating Income

Operating income, a non-GAAP financial measure, is equal to net income excluding after-tax net realized investment gains (losses). Operating income is not a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP, and investors should not place undue reliance on this measure.

CONTACT: Contact:          
Media
Stephen W. Ries
Senior Corporate Counsel
(610) 668-3270           
sries@global-indemnity.com
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