GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Greenlight Re reported a net loss of $35.5 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of $63.0 million for the same period in 2016. The net loss per share for the second quarter of 2017 was $0.96, compared to $1.69 for the same period in 2016.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $22.64 as of June 30, 2017, a 6.8% increase from $21.20 per share as of June 30, 2016. 

“We are pleased with our underwriting results thus far in 2017 as reflected in our combined ratio of 98.5% for the first half of the year,” said Simon Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re. “We continue to develop and evolve our underwriting strategy as we move forward in a very competitive underwriting environment.”

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017 include:

  • Gross written premiums of $174.9 million, an increase from $92.2 million in the second quarter of 2016. Net earned premiums were $160.3 million, an increase from $125.6 million reported in the prior-year period.
     
  • Underwriting income of $4.8 million, compared to an underwriting loss of $24.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. 
     
  • A composite ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2017 of 95.9%, compared to 104.8% for the prior-year period. The combined ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2017 was 98.5%, compared to 107.8% for the prior-year period.
     
  • Net investment loss of $27.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, representing a loss of 2.5%, compared to a net investment loss of $9.6 million during the comparable period in 2016 when Greenlight Re reported a 1.0% loss.
     
  • During the second quarter and in July 2017, Greenlight Re repurchased 136,312 Class A ordinary shares at an average price of $20.66 per share.  Greenlight Re can repurchase up to an additional 1,863,688 Class A ordinary shares in the open market under its current share repurchase plan which expires on June 30, 2018.

“The investing environment was challenging for our value oriented strategy,” stated David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We believe that there is a great deal of latent intrinsic value in our current portfolio.”

Hope Taitz Appointed to Board of Directors

Additionally, Greenlight Re announced today that Hope Schefler Taitz has been appointed to the Board of Directors as an independent director, effective July 25, 2017. The appointment increases the Board size from eight directors to nine. Ms. Taitz will serve as a member of Greenlight Re’s Nomination and Governance Committee, and brings to the Board an extensive financial background leading teams and making investments in a wide range of industries. She has broad experience in both public and private companies, along with in-depth experience in technology, digital and social media and engaging with the millennial generation.

Ms. Taitz is currently the CEO of ELY Capital. Previously, she served as Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners, a long-short hedge fund. Prior to Catalyst Partners, Ms. Taitz was portfolio manager at Crystal Asset Management, where she managed a $1 billion high-yield portfolio. Ms. Taitz has also previously held positions at The Argosy Group (now part of CIBC) and Drexel Burnham Lambert. She currently sits on the boards of Athene Holding Ltd., MidCap FinCo and Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. She received her B.A. in economics with honors and a concentration in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Call, please dial in to the conference call at:

U.S. toll free  1-888-336-7152
International  1-412-902-4178

Telephone participants may avoid any delays by pre-registering for the call using the following link to receive a special dial-in number and PIN.

Conference Call registration link: http://dpregister.com/10110508

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:

http://services.choruscall.com/links/glre170801.html

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on August 1, 2017 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on August 8, 2017. The replay of the call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S. toll free) or 1-412-317-0088 (international), access code 10110508. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company’s website, www.greenlightre.ky.

Regulation G
Fully diluted adjusted book value per share is considered a non-GAAP measure and represents basic adjusted book value per share combined with the impact from dilution of share based compensation including in-the-money stock options and RSUs as of any period end. Book value is adjusted by subtracting the amount of the non-controlling interest in joint venture from total shareholders’ equity to calculate adjusted book value. We believe that long term growth in fully diluted adjusted book value per share is the most relevant measure of our financial performance because it provides management and investors a yardstick by which to monitor the shareholder value generated. In addition, fully diluted adjusted book value per share may be of benefit to our investors, shareholders and other interested parties to form a basis of comparison with other companies within the property and casualty reinsurance industry.

Net underwriting income (loss) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes items used in the calculation of net income before taxes under U.S. GAAP. The measure includes underwriting expenses which are directly related to underwriting activities as well as an allocation of other general and administrative expenses. Net underwriting income (loss) is calculated as net premiums earned, less net loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, less, acquisition costs and less underwriting expenses. The measure excludes, on a recurring basis: (1) net investment income; (2) any foreign exchange gains or losses; (3) corporate general and administrative expenses; (4) other income (expense) not related to underwriting, and (5) income taxes and income attributable to non-controlling interest. We exclude net investment income and foreign exchange gains or losses as we believe these are influenced by market conditions and other factors not related to underwriting decisions. We exclude corporate general and administrative expenses because these expenses are generally fixed and not incremental to or directly related to our underwriting operations. We believe all of these amounts are largely independent of our underwriting process and including them distorts the analysis of trends in our underwriting operations. Net underwriting income should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in the U.S. Federal securities laws. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include the impact of general economic conditions and conditions affecting the insurance and reinsurance industry, the adequacy of our reserves, our ability to assess underwriting risk, trends in rates for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, competition, investment market fluctuations, trends in insured and paid losses, catastrophes, regulatory and legal uncertainties and other factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.
Greenlight Re (www.greenlightre.ky) is a NASDAQ listed company with specialist property and casualty reinsurance companies based in the Cayman Islands and Ireland. Greenlight Re provides a variety of custom-tailored reinsurance solutions to the insurance, risk retention group, captive and financial marketplaces. Established in 2004, Greenlight Re selectively offers customized reinsurance solutions in markets where capacity and alternatives are limited.  With a focus on deriving superior returns from both sides of the balance sheet, Greenlight Re’s assets are managed according to a value-oriented equity-focused strategy that complements the Company’s business goal of long-term growth in book value per share.

GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
       
June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
       
  June 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
  (unaudited)   (audited)
Assets      
Investments      
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value $ 6,271     $ 22,473  
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 1,053,640     844,001  
Other investments, at fair value 138,190     156,063  
Total investments 1,198,101     1,022,537  
Cash and cash equivalents 41,661     39,858  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 1,352,839     1,202,651  
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value 29,166     76,381  
Reinsurance balances receivable 266,747     219,126  
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable 2,661     2,704  
Deferred acquisition costs, net 78,216     61,022  
Unearned premiums ceded 2,979     2,377  
Notes receivable, net 33,627     33,734  
Other assets 6,247     4,303  
Total assets $ 3,012,244     $ 2,664,693  
Liabilities and equity      
Liabilities      
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value $ 878,714     $ 859,902  
Financial contracts payable, at fair value 15,355     2,237  
Due to prime brokers 543,559     319,830  
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 359,355     306,641  
Unearned premium reserves 277,349     222,527  
Reinsurance balances payable 55,369     41,415  
Funds withheld 7,031     5,927  
Other liabilities 11,628     14,527  
Performance compensation payable to related party      
Total liabilities 2,148,360     1,773,006  
Equity      
Preferred share capital (par value $0.10; authorized, 50,000,000; none issued)      
Ordinary share capital (Class A: par value $0.10; authorized, 100,000,000; issued and outstanding, 31,112,199 (2016: 31,111,432): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,895 (2016: 6,254,895)) 3,737     3,737  
Additional paid-in capital 500,682     500,337  
Retained earnings 342,318     370,168  
Shareholders’ equity attributable to shareholders 846,737     874,242  
Non-controlling interest in joint venture 17,147     17,445  
Total equity 863,884     891,687  
Total liabilities and equity $ 3,012,244     $ 2,664,693  
               

GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
 
For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
       
  Three months ended June 30   Six months ended June 30
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Revenues              
Gross premiums written $ 174,889     $ 92,237     $ 372,103     $ 259,029  
Gross premiums ceded (2,523 )   (3,522 )   (5,949 )   (5,629 )
Net premiums written 172,366     88,715     366,154     253,400  
Change in net unearned premium reserves (12,042 )   36,867     (53,928 )   10,294  
Net premiums earned 160,324     125,582     312,226     263,694  
Net investment income (loss) (39,149 )   (38,054 )   (27,531 )   (9,619 )
Other income (expense), net 303     282     296     11  
Total revenues 121,478     87,810     284,991     254,086  
Expenses              
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net 106,016     111,376     210,828     202,044  
Acquisition costs, net 45,429     35,484     88,640     74,447  
General and administrative expenses 6,347     4,994     13,090     11,993  
Total expenses 157,792     151,854     312,558     288,484  
Income (loss) before income tax (36,314 )   (64,044 )   (27,567 )   (34,398 )
Income tax benefit 295     258     174     54  
Net income (loss) including non-controlling interest (36,019 )   (63,786 )   (27,393 )   (34,344 )
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in joint venture 550     791     298     18  
Net income (loss) $ (35,469 )   $ (62,995 )   $ (27,095 )   $ (34,326 )
Earnings (loss) per share              
Basic $ (0.96 )   $ (1.69 )   $ (0.73 )   $ (0.92 )
Diluted $ (0.96 )   $ (1.69 )   $ (0.73 )   $ (0.92 )
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings and loss per share              
Basic 37,025,703     37,281,392     37,009,539     37,194,428  
Diluted 37,042,506     37,281,392     37,035,236     37,194,428  
                       

The following table provides the ratios for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016:

  Six months ended June 30
      2017           2016    
  Frequency   Severity   Total   Frequency   Severity   Total
                       
Loss ratio 69.4 %   36.0 %   67.5 %   76.7 %   75.6 %   76.6 %
Acquisition cost ratio 28.4 %   28.0 %   28.4 %   28.8 %   22.0 %   28.2 %
Composite ratio 97.8 %   64.0 %   95.9 %   105.5 %   97.6 %   104.8 %
Underwriting expense ratio         2.6 %           3.0 %
Combined ratio         98.5 %           107.8 %
                           
CONTACT: Contact:

Investor Relations:
Garrett Edson
ICR
(203) 682-8331
IR@greenlightre.ky

Public Relations/Media:
Mairi Mallon
Rein4ce
+44 (0)203 786 1160
mairi.mallon@rein4ce.co.uk
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