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Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. Reports 2019 First Quarter Results

77 Days ago

RICHMOND, Va., May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:KNSL) reported net income of $18.7 million, $0.86 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019 compared to $7.3 million, $0.34 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2018. Net operating earnings(1) were $13.8 million, $0.64 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019 compared to $8.2 million, $0.38 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2018.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2019 included:

  • Net income increased by 156.9% compared to the first quarter of 2018
  • Net operating earnings(1) of $13.8 million increased by 68.6% compared to the first quarter of 2018
  • 32.5% growth in gross written premiums to $84.6 million compared to the first quarter of 2018
  • 39.8% increase in net investment income to $4.5 million compared to the first quarter of 2018
  • Underwriting income(1) of $12.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, resulting in a combined ratio of 80.3%
  • 20.0% annualized operating return on equity(1) for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

(1) See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

"Premiums increased by 32.5% in the first quarter of 2019 over last year driven by our strategy of disciplined underwriting and low costs combined with a favorable and improving E&S market. We posted a combined ratio of 80.3% and an annualized operating return on equity of 20.0%. These results represent a strong start to the year and we look forward to building on this momentum throughout 2019,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael P. Kehoe.

Results of Operations

Underwriting Results

Gross written premiums were $84.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $63.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, an increase of 32.5%. The increase in gross written premiums in the first quarter 2019 over the same period last year was due to strong growth in broker submissions across substantially all lines of business.

Underwriting income(2) was $12.1 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 80.3%, for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $6.8 million, and a combined ratio of 85.9% for the same period last year. The increase in underwriting income(2) was due primarily to higher favorable development on loss reserves from prior accident years and growth in the business quarter over quarter. Loss and expense ratios were 54.9% and 25.4%, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to 60.1% and 25.8% for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Results for the first quarters of 2019 and 2018 included favorable development on loss reserves from prior accident years of $6.4 million, or 10.4 points, and $1.3 million, or 2.7 points, respectively.

Summary of Operating Results

The Company’s operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 are summarized as follows:

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018
   
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 84,626     $ 63,847  
Ceded written premiums (11,559 )   (8,756 )
Net written premiums $ 73,067     $ 55,091  
       
Net earned premiums $ 61,491     $ 48,061  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 33,732     28,899  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses 15,616     12,398  
Underwriting income(2) $ 12,143     $ 6,764  
       
Loss ratio 54.9 %   60.1 %
Expense ratio 25.4 %   25.8 %
Combined ratio 80.3 %   85.9 %
               
Annualized return on equity(3) 27.1 %   12.2 %
Annualized operating return on equity(4) 20.0 %   13.7 %

(2) Underwriting income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

(3) Annualized return on equity is net income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.

(4) Annualized operating return on equity is net operating earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average stockholders’ equity during the period. See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

The following table summarizes losses incurred for the current accident year and the development of prior accident years for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018:

  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
   
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 40,098     65.2 %   $ 30,183     62.8 %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses 30     0.1 %       %
Effect of prior accident year development (6,396 )   (10.4 )%   (1,284 )   (2.7 )%
Total $ 33,732     54.9 %   $ 28,899     60.1 %
                           

Investment Results

The Company’s net investment income was $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 39.8%. The Company’s investment portfolio, excluding cash and cash equivalents, had an annualized gross investment return(5) of 3.2% for the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to 2.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Funds are generally invested conservatively in high quality securities, including government agency, asset and mortgage-backed securities, municipal and corporate bonds with an average credit quality of "AA." The weighted average duration of the fixed-maturity investment portfolio, including cash equivalents, was 3.9 years at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018. Cash and invested assets totaled $708.1 million at March 31, 2019 compared to $643.1 million at December 31, 2018.

(5) Gross investment return is investment income from fixed-maturity and equity securities, before any deductions for fees and expenses, expressed as a percentage of average beginning and ending balances of those investments during the period.

Other

Total comprehensive income, which includes the change in after-tax unrealized gains and losses from the Company’s available-for-sale investments, was $25.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared to $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2018. The increase in total comprehensive income was principally due to an increase in the fair value of Company's fixed-maturity investments, which was mostly attributable to a declining interest rate environment during the quarter.

Stockholders' equity was $288.9 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $264.0 million at December 31, 2018. Annualized operating return on equity was 20.0% for the first quarter of 2019, an increase from 13.7% for the first quarter of 2018, which was attributable to favorable development on loss reserves from prior accident years and growth in the business quarter over quarter.

The effective tax rates for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 were 17.9% and 17.3%. The effective tax rates were lower than the federal statutory rate of 21% due to the tax benefits from the exercise of stock options and from income generated by certain tax-advantaged investments.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Net Operating Earnings

Net operating earnings exclude the effect of realized investment gains and losses and unrealized gains and losses on equity securities. Management believes the exclusion of these items provides a more useful comparison of the Company's underlying business performance from period to period. Net operating earnings and percentages or calculations using net operating earnings (e.g., diluted operating earnings per share and annualized operating return on equity) are non-GAAP financial measures. Net operating earnings should not be viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and other companies may define net operating earnings differently.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, net income and diluted earnings per share reconcile to net operating earnings and diluted operating earnings per share as follows:

    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2019   2018
     
    ($ in thousands, except per share data)
Net operating earnings:        
Net income   $ 18,720     $ 7,287  
Net unrealized (gains) losses on equity securities, after taxes   (4,657 )   1,010  
Net realized gains on investments, after taxes   (221 )   (88 )
Net operating earnings   $ 13,842     $ 8,209  
         
Diluted operating earnings per share:        
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.86     $ 0.34  
Net unrealized (gains) losses on equity securities, after taxes, per share   (0.21 )   0.04  
Net realized gains on investments, after taxes, per share   (0.01 )    
Diluted operating earnings per share   $ 0.64     $ 0.38  
         
Operating return on equity:        
Average equity(1)   $ 276,438     $ 239,020  
Annualized return on equity(2)   27.1 %   12.2 %
Annualized operating return on equity(3)   20.0 %   13.7 %

(1) Computed by adding the total equity as of the date indicated to the prior quarter-end or year-end total, as applicable, and dividing by two.

(2) Annualized return on equity is net income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average stockholders’ equity during the period.

(3) Annualized operating return on equity is net operating earnings expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average stockholders’ equity during the period.

Underwriting Income

Underwriting income is defined as pre-tax income excluding net investment income, realized gains and losses on investments, unrealized gains and losses on equity securities, and other income and expenses. The Company uses underwriting income as an internal performance measure in the management of its operations because the Company believes it gives management and users of the Company's financial information useful insight into the Company's results of operations and underlying business performance. Underwriting income should not be viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and other companies may define underwriting income differently.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, net income reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2019   2018
    (in thousands)
Net income   $ 18,720     $ 7,287  
Income tax expense   4,081     1,528  
Income before income taxes   22,801     8,815  
Other expenses   36     14  
Net investment income   (4,515 )   (3,229 )
Net unrealized (gains) losses on equity securities   (5,895 )   1,279  
Net realized investment gains   (280 )   (112 )
Other income   (4 )   (3 )
Underwriting income   $ 12,143     $ 6,764  
                 

Conference Call

Kinsale Capital Group will hold a conference call to discuss this press release on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public may access the conference call by dialing (844) 239-5282, conference ID# 6448849, or via the Internet by going to www.kinsalecapitalgroup.com and clicking on the "Investor Relations" link. A replay of the call will be available on the website until the close of business on July 2, 2019.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, such forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as "believe," "expect," "seek," "may," "will," "intend," "project," "plan," "estimate" or similar words. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: inadequate loss reserves to cover the Company's actual losses; adverse economic factors; inherent uncertainty of models resulting in actual losses that are materially different than the Company's estimates; a decline in the Company's financial strength rating; loss of one or more key executives; loss of a group of brokers that generate significant portions of the Company's business; failure of any of the loss limitations or exclusions the Company employs, or change in other claims or coverage issues; adverse performance of the Company's investment portfolio; adverse market conditions that affect its excess and surplus lines insurance operations; and other risks described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

About Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.

Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. is a specialty insurance group headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, focusing on the excess and surplus lines market.

Contact

Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.
Bryan Petrucelli
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
804-289-1272
ir@kinsalecapitalgroup.com 


KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

    Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2019   2018
     
Revenues   (in thousands, except per share data)
Gross written premiums   $ 84,626     $ 63,847  
Ceded written premiums   (11,559 )   (8,756 )
Net written premiums   73,067     55,091  
Change in unearned premiums   (11,576 )   (7,030 )
Net earned premiums   61,491     48,061  
         
Net investment income   4,515     3,229  
Net unrealized gains (losses) on equity securities   5,895     (1,279 )
Net realized investment gains   280     112  
Other income   4     3  
Total revenues   72,185     50,126  
         
Expenses        
Losses and loss adjustment expenses   33,732     28,899  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses   15,616     12,398  
Other expenses   36     14  
Total expenses   49,384     41,311  
Income before income taxes   22,801     8,815  
Total income tax expense   4,081     1,528  
Net income   18,720     7,287  
         
Other comprehensive income        
Change in unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale investments, net of taxes   6,780     (4,856 )
Total comprehensive income   $ 25,500     $ 2,431  
         
Earnings per share:        
Earnings per share - basic   $ 0.88     $ 0.35  
Earnings per share - diluted   $ 0.86     $ 0.34  
         
Weighted-average shares outstanding:        
Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic   21,169     21,045  
Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted   21,763     21,628  


KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
     
Assets   (in thousands)
Investments:        
Fixed-maturity securities at fair value   $ 540,778     $ 510,251  
Equity securities at fair value   64,481     57,711  
Total investments   605,259     567,962  
         
Cash and cash equivalents   102,874     75,089  
Investment income due and accrued   3,587     3,783  
Premiums receivable, net   30,941     24,253  
Reinsurance recoverable   59,334     56,788  
Ceded unearned premiums   16,987     16,072  
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions   16,314     14,801  
Intangible assets   3,538     3,538  
Deferred income tax asset, net   6,928     7,176  
Other assets   7,111     3,601  
Total assets   $ 852,873     $ 773,063  
         
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity        
Liabilities:        
Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 385,125     $ 369,152  
Unearned premiums   140,741     128,250  
Payable to reinsurers   5,532     4,565  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   4,840     7,090  
Other liabilities   27,746     20  
Total liabilities   563,984     509,077  
         
Stockholders' equity   288,889     263,986  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 852,873     $ 773,063  
                 

 

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