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Kingstone Companies Announces Second Quarter Results

Stocks in this article: KINS

Kingstone Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: KINS) reported its results for the period ended June 30, 2011. Second quarter 2011 net income was $773,931, or $.20 per share, and net operating income 1 was $714,555, or $.18 per share.

The Company also announced that its board today declared the first quarterly dividend of $.03 per share payable on September 15, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 30, 2011.

           

Financial Highlights

                     
       

Three

Months Ended

June 30,

 

 

 

Change

 

Six

Months Ended

June 30,

 

 

 

Change

          2011     2010   $   %     2011     2010   $   %

(000’s except per shareamounts and percentages)

                                   

Direct premiums written

      $ 10,587   $ 8,932   $ 1,655     18.5     $ 20,120   $ 16,593   $ 3,527     21.3  
Net premiums written 1       $ 4,106   $ 3,704   $ 402     10.9     $ 8,143   $ 7,083   $ 1,060     15.0  
Net premiums earned       $

3,517

  $ 2,622   $ 895     34.1     $ 6,885   $ 4,840   $ 2,045     42.3  
Ceding commission revenue       $ 2,727   $ 1,971   $ 756     38.4     $ 5,040   $ 4,182   $ 858     20.5  
Net investment income       $ 160   $ 149   $ 11     7.4     $ 338   $ 281   $ 57     20.3  
Interest expense       $ 39   $ 47   $ (8 )   (17.0 )   $ 85   $ 92   $ (7 )   (7.6 )
Net income       $ 774   $ 358   $ 416     116.2     $ 901   $ 591   $ 310     52.5  
Net income per diluted share       $ .20   $ .11   $ .09     81.8     $ .23   $ .20   $ .03     15.0  
Comprehensive income       $ 973   $ 356   $ 617     173.3     $ 1,121   $ 615   $ 506     82.3  
Net operating income 1       $ 715   $ 285   $ 430     150.9     $ 795   $ 495   $ 300     60.6  
Operating income per diluted share 1       $ .18   $ .09   $ .09     100.0     $ .20   $ .16   $ .04     25.0  
       

Second Quarter Operating Highlights

  • A.M. Best upgraded the financial strength rating of Kingstone Insurance Company (“KICO”) to B+ (Good) from B (Fair). Concurrently, A.M. Best upgraded the Issuer Credit Rating of Kingstone Companies, Inc. (“KINS”) to "bb-" from "b+".
  • KINS repaid $703,000 (48.5%) of its previously issued Notes Payable. The maturity date of the remaining notes has been extended for three years to July 10, 2014 while the interest rate has been reduced to 9.5% from the previous 12.625%. This results in an annualized pre-tax savings to the Company of $112,000. Capitalized leases have been extinguished.
  • Investments in marketable securities increased 29.2% to $22.1 million from the prior year amount of $17.1 million. Annualized interest and dividend income at June 30, 2011 was $1.038 million, up 32.1% from $.786 million at June 30, 2010. The Company reduced its exposure to municipal bonds from 40.9% at June 30, 2010 to 28.7% at June 30, 2011. All of the Company’s fixed income holdings are investment grade.
  • KICO successfully renewed its major reinsurance agreements effective July 1, 2011. Its quota sharing agreements include the same reinsurer group as in the expired treaties. KICO continues to cede 75% of its written premium on personal lines (homeowners, dwelling fire, etc.) and has reduced the commercial lines ceding percentage from 75% to 60%. KICO increased the amount of catastrophe coverage purchased.
  • The Company’s net combined ratio (GAAP basis) was 63.5% in the second quarter of 2011 and 77.3% for the first six months of 2011 as compared to 67.5% and 65.2% for the second quarter and first six months of 2010, respectively.
  • KICO began a marketing effort in Western New York State and has commenced the distribution of its various products. In addition, having secured a license in Pennsylvania, KICO is readying for its initial writings in the Keystone State, anticipated to occur during the 4 th quarter of 2011.

Management Commentary

Barry Goldstein, Kingstone’s Chairman and CEO, stated “June 30 th marked the two year anniversary of the conversion of Commercial Mutual Insurance Company to a stock company now named Kingstone Insurance Company (“KICO”). With the hard work of our staff, cooperation with our reinsurers and loyalty shown us by our select producers, we are proud that we’ve been able to deliver the results we hoped for when embarking on the de-mutualization. Following our plan, we’ve grown in a controlled responsible fashion. In two years we’ve seen book value for KICO increase by 34.7%, from $11,398,321 to $15,350,437. This equates to a current book value per share for KICO of $4.00. Over this same two year period, annualized direct written premiums have grown by 50% to $40,248,318 (for the six months ended June 30, 2011) from $26,765,078 (for the six months ended June 30, 2009). KICO has a return on average equity of 15.7% for the twelve months ended June 30, 2011, compared to 15.9% for the twelve months ended June 30, 2010. At June 30, 2009, KICO was unrated by A.M. Best. After our initial rating of B (Fair) in 2010, our current rating (effective May 26, 2011) is B+ (Good). At the parent level, we’ve reduced long-term debt and mandatorily redeemable preferred stock by 59% to $747,000 from $1,823,000 at June 30, 2009.”

Victor Brodsky, Kingstone’s Chief Financial Officer, added “For the two years following the conversion, KICO was bound by a commitment with the NYS Insurance Department that it could not make any distributions to KINS without Insurance Department approval. After consideration by the Board of Directors of both KICO and KINS, KINS will begin paying a dividend to its shareholders. The initial quarterly dividend of $.03 per share will be paid on September 15, 2011 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 30, 2011.”

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