RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income Of $201.4 Million For The First Quarter Of 2012 Or $3.88 Per Diluted Common Share; Quarterly Operating Income Of $155.5 Million Or $2.98 Per Diluted Common Share

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR) today reported net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $201.4 million or $3.88 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2012, compared to a net loss attributable to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $248.0 million or $4.69 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2011. Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders was $155.5 million or $2.98 per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2012, compared to an operating loss attributable to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $242.9 million or $4.59 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2011. The Company reported an annualized return on average common equity of 25.6% and an annualized operating return on average common equity of 19.7% in the first quarter of 2012, compared to negative 31.3% and negative 30.7%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2011. Book value per common share increased $3.41, or 5.8%, in the first quarter of 2012 to $62.68, compared to an 8.9% decrease in the first quarter of 2011.

See Comments on Regulation G for a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.

Neill A. Currie, CEO, commented: “In the first quarter of 2012, we generated an annualized operating ROE of over 19% and increased our book value per share by 5.8%. Our results reflect a light catastrophe loss quarter, strong investment returns and favorable development. We also benefited from a successful January 1st renewal season in which we deployed more capital, increased our premiums by over 30% in each of our Cat, Specialty and Lloyd's units, and constructed an attractive portfolio of business.”

FIRST QUARTER 2012 HIGHLIGHTS (1)
  • Underwriting income of $196.6 million and a combined ratio of 29.4%, compared to an underwriting loss of $397.2 million and a combined ratio of 230.0%, was primarily driven by the absence of large losses incurred during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the first quarter of 2011, which was negatively impacted by the Australian flooding and the New Zealand and Tohoku earthquakes which had a net negative impact (2) of $427.4 million and added 212.3 percentage points to the combined ratio.
  • Gross premiums written increased $53.6 million, or 8.8%, to $664.2 million. Excluding the impact of $Nil and $113.5 million of reinstatement premiums written from large losses in the first quarter of 2012 and 2011, respectively, gross premiums written increased $167.1 million, or 33.6%, primarily due to the catastrophe unit experiencing higher risk-adjusted pricing within its core lines of business during the January 2012 renewals, combined with continued growth within the Lloyd's segment across most lines of business.
  • Total investment income of $113.7 million, which includes the sum of net investment income, net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments and net other-than-temporary impairments, compared to $55.3 million. The increase in total investment income was primarily due to higher total returns in the Company's fixed maturity investment portfolio as a result of tightening credit spreads during the first quarter of 2012 and higher returns in the Company's private equity investment portfolio.
  • Other loss of $39.1 million, compared to other income of $50.1 million, was primarily due to trading losses within the Company's weather and energy risk management operations as a result of the unusually warm weather experienced in parts of the United Kingdom and parts of the United States during the first quarter of 2012. This unit reported a pre-tax loss of $35.5 million and an after-tax loss of $32.7 million. In addition, ceded reinsurance contracts accounted for at fair value incurred a loss of $1.8 million, compared to income of $43.5 million, as a result of net recoverables on the Tohoku earthquake in the first quarter of 2011 which did not reoccur in the first quarter of 2012.

Underwriting Results by Segment (1)

Reinsurance Segment

Gross premiums written in the Reinsurance segment were $609.8 million, an increase of $36.1 million, or 6.3%. Excluding the impact of $Nil and $112.8 million of reinstatement premiums written from large losses in the first quarter of 2012 and 2011, respectively, gross premiums written increased $148.8 million, or 32.3%, primarily due to the catastrophe unit experiencing improved market conditions on a risk-adjusted basis within its core lines of business during the January 2012 renewals, and inclusive of $33.5 million of gross premiums written on behalf of the Company's most recent fully collateralized joint venture, Upsilon Reinsurance Ltd. Managed catastrophe premiums totaled $559.0 million, an increase of $143.9 million, or 34.7%, excluding the impact of reinstatement premiums written from large losses in the first quarter of 2011. In addition, gross premiums written in the specialty unit were $100.5 million, an increase of $25.5 million, or 34.0%, due to the inception of several new contracts.

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