United Insurance Holdings Corp. Reports Financial Results For Its Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2016

United Insurance Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: UIHC) (UPC Insurance or the Company), a property and casualty insurance holding company, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
       
($ in thousands, except per share and ratios) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016   2015   Change 2016   2015   Change
Gross premiums written $ 194,341 $ 155,985 24.6% $ 541,053 $ 425,183 27.3%
Gross premiums earned $ 173,520 $ 128,733 34.8% $ 484,607 $ 364,897 32.8%
Ceded premiums earned $ (53,299 ) $ (44,730 ) 19.2% $ (148,837 ) $ (122,394 ) 21.6%
Net premiums earned $ 120,221 $ 84,003 43.1% $ 335,770 $ 242,503 38.5%
Total revenues $ 127,202 $ 89,806 41.6% $ 355,684 $ 257,542 38.1%
Earnings before income tax $ 5,041 $ 12,984 (61.2)% $ 24,581 $ 21,509 14.3%
Net income $ 3,423 $ 8,083 (57.7)% $ 16,215 $ 13,556 19.6%
Net income per diluted share $ 0.16 $ 0.38 (57.9)% $ 0.75 $ 0.63 19.0%
Book value per share $ 11.99 $ 10.55 13.6%
Return on average equity, ttm 12.3 % 11.9 % 0.4 pts
Loss ratio, net 1 60.5 % 48.1 % 12.4 pts 59.4 % 56.5 % 2.9 pts
Expense ratio, net 2 40.9 % 43.4 % (2.5 ) pts 39.1 % 40.9 % (1.8 ) pts
Combined ratio (CR) 3 101.4 % 91.5 % 9.9 pts 98.5 % 97.4 % 1.1 pts
Effect of current year catastrophe losses on CR 4.2 % 4.5 % (0.3 ) pts 7.1 % 10.6 % (3.5 ) pts
Effect of prior year (favorable) development on CR 4.9 % (1.3 )% 6.2 pts 2.9 % (0.6 )% 3.5 pts
Underlying combined ratio 4 92.3 % 88.3 % 4.0 pts 88.5 % 87.4 % 1.1 pts
 
1   Loss ratio, net is calculated as losses and loss adjustment expenses (LAE) relative to net premiums earned.
2 Expense ratio, net is calculated as the sum of all operating expenses less interest expense relative to net premiums earned.
3 Combined ratio is the sum of the loss ratio, net and expense ratio, net.
4

Underlying combined ratio, a measure that is not based on U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), is reconciled above to the combined ratio, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release is in the "Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures" section of this document.

"We had a terrific top line and strong organic growth during the third quarter," said John Forney, President & CEO of UPC Insurance. "However, it was a difficult quarter for us on the loss side. Although Hurricane Hermine and the Louisiana storms certainly affected the quarter, the bulk of our loss ratio deterioration was caused by spikes in fire and hail losses in Florida and our Northeast region."

Quarterly Financial Results

Net income for the third quarter of 2016 was $3.4 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to $8.1 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015. The decrease in net income was primarily due to increases in loss and loss adjustment expenses for the third quarter of 2016 compared to the third quarter of 2015.

The Company's total gross written premium increased by $38.4 million, or 24.6%, to $194.3 million for the third quarter of 2016 from $156.0 million for the third quarter of 2015, primarily due to the strong organic growth in new and renewal business generated outside of Florida. The breakdown of the quarter-over-quarter changes in both direct written and assumed premiums by region is shown in the table below.
           
($ in thousands) Three Months Ended September 30,
Direct Written and Assumed Premium By Region (1) 2016   2015 Change Growth %
 
Florida $ 83,816 $ 77,732 $ 6,084 7.8 %
Gulf 47,279 32,197 15,082 46.8
Northeast 39,265 21,666 17,599 81.2
Southeast 24,070   19,584   4,486   22.9  
Total direct written premium by region 194,430 151,179 43,251 28.6
Assumed premium (2) (89 ) 4,806   (4,895 ) (101.9 )
Total gross written premium $ 194,341   $ 155,985   $ 38,356   24.6 %
1   Each region is comprised of the following states: Gulf includes Hawaii, Louisiana and Texas, Northeast includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, and Southeast includes Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
2 All assumed premiums are written in Florida due to policy assumptions from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.
 

Loss and LAE increased $32.3 million, or 79.9%, to $72.7 million for the third quarter of 2016 from $40.4 million for the third quarter of 2015. Loss and LAE expense as a percentage of net earned premiums increased 12.4 points to 60.5% for the quarter, compared to 48.1% for the same period last year. Excluding catastrophe losses and reserve development, the Company's gross underlying loss and LAE ratio for the quarter was 35.6%, an increase of 6.3 points from 29.3% during the third quarter of 2015, due primarily to an increase in fire and hail losses. Retained catastrophe losses of $5.1 million during the third quarter of 2016 included losses from Hurricane Hermine, the August Louisiana storms, and certain other losses not covered by the Company's reinsurance programs. Prior year loss reserve development of $5.9 million for the quarter was driven primarily by non-catastrophe claims in Florida for accident year 2015.

Policy acquisition costs increased $7.6 million, or 31.9%, to $31.3 million for the third quarter of 2016 from $23.8 million for the third quarter of 2015. These costs vary directly with changes in gross premiums earned and were generally consistent with the Company's growth in premium production and higher average market commission rates outside of Florida.

Operating expenses increased by $1.3 million, or 28.4%, to $5.6 million for the third quarter of 2016 from $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2015, primarily due to increased investments in information technology systems and equipment.

General and administrative expenses increased $4.0 million, or 48.0%, to $12.3 million for the third quarter of 2016 from $8.3 million for the third quarter of 2015, primarily due to increases in personnel costs related to the Company's continued growth and higher depreciation and amortization costs resulting from the acquisition of Interboro Insurance Company during the second quarter of 2016.

Combined Ratio Analysis

The calculation of the Company's underlying loss and combined ratios is shown below.
       
($ in thousands except ratios) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016   2015   Change 2016   2015   Change
Loss and LAE $ 72,746 $ 40,432 $ 32,314 $ 199,615 $ 137,030 $ 62,585
% of Gross earned premiums 41.9 % 31.4 % 10.5 pts 41.2 % 37.6 % 3.6 pts
% of Net earned premiums 60.5 % 48.1 % 12.4 pts 59.4 % 56.5 % 2.9 pts
Less:
Current year catastrophe losses $ 5,109 $ 3,808 $ 1,301 $ 23,885 $ 25,585 $ (1,700 )
Prior year reserve (favorable) development 5,909   (1,059 ) 6,968   9,585   (1,365 ) 10,950  
Underlying Loss and LAE * $ 61,728 $ 37,683 $ 24,045 $ 166,145 $ 112,810 $ 53,335
% of Gross earned premiums 35.6 % 29.3 % 6.3 pts 34.3 % 30.9 % 3.4 pts
% of Net earned premiums 51.4 % 44.9 % 6.5 pts 49.4 % 46.5 % 2.9 pts
Policy acquisition costs $ 31,333 $ 23,756 $ 7,577 $ 84,086 $ 64,140 $ 19,946
Operating and underwriting 5,558 4,329 1,229 15,326 12,679 2,647
General and administrative 12,329   8,331   3,998   31,759   22,244   9,515  
Total Operating Expenses $ 49,220 $ 36,416 $ 12,804 $ 131,171 $ 99,063 $ 32,108
% of Gross earned premiums 28.4 % 28.3 % 0.1 pts 27.1 % 27.1 % pts
% of Net earned premiums 40.9 % 43.4 % (2.5 ) pts 39.1 % 40.9 % (1.8 ) pts
Combined Ratio - as % of gross earned premiums 70.3 % 59.7 % 10.6 pts 68.3 % 64.7 % 3.6 pts
Underlying Combined Ratio - as % of gross earned premiums 64.0 % 57.6 % 6.4 pts 61.4 % 58.0 % 3.4 pts
Combined Ratio - as % of net earned premiums 101.4 % 91.5 % 9.9 pts 98.5 % 97.4 % 1.1 pts
Underlying Combined Ratio - as % of net earned premiums 92.3 % 88.3 % 4.0 pts 88.5 % 87.4 % 1.1 pts
*  

Underlying Loss and LAE is a non-GAAP financial measure and is reconciled above to Net Loss and LAE, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release is in the "Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures" section of this document.
 

Reinsurance Costs as a % of Earned Premium

Excluding the Company's flood business, for which it cedes 100% of the risk of loss, reinsurance costs in the third quarter of 2016 were 27.8% of gross premiums earned compared to 31.8% of gross premiums earned for the third quarter of 2015. Reinsurance costs for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 were 27.9% of gross premiums earned compared to 30.5% for the same period last year.

Investment Portfolio Highlights

UPC Insurance's cash and investment holdings totaled $665.7 million at September 30, 2016 compared to $537.5 million at December 31, 2015. UPC Insurance's cash and investment holdings consist of investments in U.S. Government and agency securities, corporate debt and 100% investment grade money market instruments. Fixed maturities represented approximately 89.8% of total investments at September 30, 2016 with a modified duration of 3.7 years compared to 87.6% at December 31, 2015 and a modified duration of 3.9 years.

Book Value Analysis

Book value per share increased 7.9% from $11.11 at December 31, 2015, to $11.99 at September 30, 2016 and underlying book value per share increased 5.3% from $11.04 at December 31, 2015 to $11.63 at September 30, 2016. The increase in the Company's book value per share and underlying book value per share was driven primarily by retained earnings during 2016. The Company's underlying book value per share growth was impacted by the increase in accumulated other comprehensive income as shown in the table below.
       
($ in thousands, except for per share data) September 30, December 31,
2016 2015
Book Value per Common Share
Numerator:
Common shareholders' equity $ 259,475   $ 239,211
Denominator:
Total Shares Outstanding 21,643,714   21,524,348
Book Value Per Common Share $ 11.99   $ 11.11
 
Book Value per Common Share, Excluding the Impact of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (AOCI)
Numerator:
Common shareholders' equity $ 259,475 $ 239,211
Accumulated other comprehensive income 7,671   1,620
Shareholders' Equity, excluding AOCI $ 251,804   $ 237,591
Denominator:
Total Shares Outstanding 21,643,714   21,524,348
Underlying Book Value Per Common Share* $ 11.63   $ 11.04
*  

Underlying book value per common share is a non-GAAP financial measure and is reconciled above to book value per common share, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Additional information regarding non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release is in the "Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures" section of this document.

Subsequent Event: Hurricane Matthew

During the fourth quarter of 2016, Hurricane Matthew impacted Florida and Georgia before making landfall in South Carolina and also impacting North Carolina. UPC Insurance writes property insurance in all four states and is working diligently to provide claim service to its insureds who were impacted by the storm. The Company has received over 5,000 claims related to Hurricane Matthew and expects to incur $30.0 million of pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance recoveries, during the fourth quarter of 2016 from this event.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures

We believe that investors' understanding of UPC Insurance's performance is enhanced by our disclosure of the following non-GAAP measures. Our methods for calculating these measures may differ from those used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited.

Combined ratio excluding the effects of current year catastrophe losses and reserve development (underlying combined ratio) is a non-GAAP ratio, which is computed as the difference between four GAAP operating ratios: the combined ratio, the effect of current year catastrophe losses on the combined ratio and prior year development on the combined ratio. We believe that this ratio is useful to investors and it is used by management to reveal the trends in our business that may be obscured by current year catastrophe losses, losses from lines in run-off and prior year development. Current year catastrophe losses cause our loss trends to vary significantly between periods as a result of their incidence of occurrence and magnitude, and can have a significant impact on the combined ratio. Prior year development is caused by unexpected loss development on historical reserves. We believe it is useful for investors to evaluate these components separately and in the aggregate when reviewing our performance. The most direct comparable GAAP measure is the combined ratio. The underlying combined ratio should not be considered as a substitute for the combined ratio and does not reflect the overall profitability of our business.

Net Loss and LAE excluding the effects of current year catastrophe losses and reserve development (underlying Loss and LAE) is a non-GAAP measure which is computed as the difference between loss and LAE, current year catastrophe losses and prior year reserve development. We use underlying loss and LAE figures to analyze our loss trends that may be impacted by current year catastrophe losses and prior year development on our reserves. As discussed previously, these three items can have a significant impact on our loss trend in a given period. The most direct comparable GAAP measure is net loss and LAE. The underlying loss and LAE measure should not be considered a substitute for net losses and LAE and does not reflect the overall profitability of our business.

Consolidated net loss ratio excluding the effects of current year catastrophe losses, reserve development (underlying loss ratio) is a non-GAAP ratio, which is computed as the difference between three GAAP operating ratios: the consolidated net loss ratio, the effect of current year catastrophe losses on the loss ratio, and the effect of prior year development on the loss ratio. We believe that this ratio is useful to investors and it is used by management to reveal the trends in our consolidated net loss ratio that may be obscured by current year catastrophe losses and prior year development. As discussed previously, these two items can have a significant impact on our consolidated net loss ratio in a given period. The most direct comparable GAAP ratio is our net consolidated Loss and LAE ratio. The underlying loss ratio should not be considered as a substitute for net consolidated loss ratio and does not reflect the overall profitability of our business.

Book value per common share, excluding the impact of accumulated other comprehensive income, is a ratio that uses a non-GAAP measure. It is calculated by dividing common shareholders' equity after excluding accumulated other comprehensive income by total common shares outstanding plus dilutive potential common shares outstanding. We use the trend in book value per common share, excluding the impact of accumulated other comprehensive income, in conjunction with book value per common share to identify and analyze the change in net worth attributable to management efforts between periods. We believe the non-GAAP ratio is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of interest rates that can fluctuate significantly from period to period and are generally driven by economic and financial factors which are not influenced by management. Book value per common share is the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Book value per common share, excluding the impact of accumulated other comprehensive income, should not be considered a substitute for book value per common share, and does not reflect the recorded net worth of our business.
 

Conference Call Details
 

Date and Time:
    November 2, 2016 - 9:00 A.M. ET
 

Participant Dial-In:
(United States): 877-407-8829

 

(International): 201-493-6724
 

Webcast:

To listen to the live webcast, please go to www.upcinsurance.com (Investor Relations) and click on the conference call link, or go to: http://upcinsurance.equisolvewebcast.com/q3-2016
 

About UPC Insurance

Founded in 1999, UPC Insurance is an insurance holding company that sources, writes and services residential and commercial property and casualty insurance policies using a network of independent agents and a group of wholly owned insurance subsidiaries. Our insurance affiliates write and service property and casualty insurance in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas and are licensed to write in Alabama, Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Virginia. From its headquarters in St. Petersburg, UPC Insurance's team of dedicated professionals manages a completely integrated insurance company, including sales, underwriting, customer service and claims.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release, conference call identified above, and otherwise, that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that anticipate results based on our estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty. These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA). These forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may be identified by their use of words like "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "would," "estimate," "or "continue" and other words with similar meanings. We believe these statements are based on reasonable estimates, assumptions and plans. However, if the estimates, assumptions or plans underlying the forward-looking statements prove inaccurate or if other risks or uncertainties arise, actual results could differ materially from those communicated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements may be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

In thousands, except share and per share amounts
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
REVENUE:
Gross premiums written $ 194,341 $ 155,985 $ 541,053 $ 425,183
Increase in gross unearned premiums (20,821 ) (27,252 ) (56,446 ) (60,286 )
Gross premiums earned 173,520 128,733 484,607 364,897
Ceded premiums earned (53,299 ) (44,730 ) (148,837 ) (122,394 )
Net premiums earned 120,221 84,003 335,770 242,503
Investment income 2,663 2,413 7,786 6,725
Net realized gains 106 323 478 312
Other revenue 4,212   3,067   11,650   8,002  
Total revenues $ 127,202 $ 89,806 $ 355,684 $ 257,542
EXPENSES:
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 72,746 40,432 199,615 137,030
Policy acquisition costs 31,333 23,756 84,086 64,140
Operating expenses 5,558 4,329 15,326 12,679
General and administrative expenses 12,329 8,331 31,759 22,244
Interest expense 206   81   397   232  
Total expenses 122,172 76,929 331,183 236,325
Income before other income 5,030 12,877 24,501 21,217
Other income 11   107   80   292  
Income before income taxes 5,041 12,984 24,581 21,509
Provision for income taxes 1,618   4,901   8,366   7,953  
Net income $ 3,423   $ 8,083   $ 16,215   $ 13,556  
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:
Change in net unrealized gains (losses) on investments (3,495 ) 641 10,305 (1,722 )
Reclassification adjustment for net realized investment gains (106 ) (323 ) (478 ) (312 )
Income tax benefit (expense) related to items of other comprehensive income 1,298   (123 ) (3,776 ) 786  
Total comprehensive income $ 1,120   $ 8,278   $ 22,266   $ 12,308  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 21,448,892   21,290,759   21,406,599   21,193,825  
Diluted 21,643,401   21,528,546   21,604,135   21,427,398  
 
Earnings per share
Basic $ 0.16   $ 0.38   $ 0.76   $ 0.64  
Diluted $ 0.16   $ 0.38   $ 0.75   $ 0.63  
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.06   $ 0.05   $ 0.17   $ 0.15  
 
 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

In thousands, except share amounts
       
 
September 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
ASSETS
Investments available for sale, at fair value:
Fixed maturities $ 472,668 $ 396,698
Equity securities - common and preferred 47,748 50,806
Other investments 5,690   5,210  
Total investments $ 526,106   $ 452,714  
Cash and cash equivalents 139,556 84,786
Accrued investment income 3,408 2,915
Property and equipment, net 18,041 17,135
Premiums receivable, net 42,038 41,170
Reinsurance recoverable on paid and unpaid losses 17,389 2,961
Prepaid reinsurance premiums 135,289 79,399
Goodwill 13,519 3,413
Deferred policy acquisition costs 64,896 46,732
Other assets 14,173   8,796  
Total Assets $ 974,415   $ 740,021  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:
Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 122,660 $ 76,792
Unearned premiums 387,342 304,653
Reinsurance payable 122,536 64,542
Other liabilities 57,268 42,470
Notes payable 25,134   12,353  
Total Liabilities $ 714,940   $ 500,810  
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 21,855,797 and 21,736,431 issued; 21,643,714 and 21,524,348 outstanding for 2016 and 2015, respectively 2 2
Additional paid-in capital 98,836 97,163
Treasury shares, at cost; 212,083 shares (431 ) (431 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 7,671 1,620
Retained earnings 153,397   140,857  
Total Stockholders' Equity $ 259,475   $ 239,211  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 974,415   $ 740,021  

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