Greenlight Re Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.  Greenlight Re reported net income of $30.0 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of $219.7 million for the same period in 2015.  The net income per share for the third quarter of 2016 was $0.80, compared to a net loss per share of $5.98 for the same period in 2015.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $22.04 as of September 30, 2016, a 5.4% decrease from $23.29 per share as of September 30, 2015. 

"We are pleased to report positive performance from both our underwriting and investment operations during the third quarter," said Bart Hedges, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re. "While we saw a slight reduction in our reported premiums written, primarily due to our non-renewal of certain Florida home-owners business, we continue to find attractive opportunities to grow profitably."

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016 include:
  • Gross written premiums of $128.2 million, a decrease from $134.6 million in the third quarter of 2015; net earned premiums were $112.8 million, an increase from $102.0 million reported in the prior-year period. 
  • Underwriting income of $0.6 million, compared to an underwriting loss of $31.7 million in the third quarter of 2015. 
  • A composite ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 of 101.9% compared to 111.0% for the prior year period.  The combined ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was 105.3% compared to 115.5% for the prior year period.
  • A net investment gain of 3.1% on Greenlight Re's investment portfolio, compared to a net investment loss of 14.2% in the third quarter of 2015. For the first nine months of 2016 net investment income was $23.3 million, representing a gain of 2.1%, compared to a net investment loss of $236.5 million during the comparable period in 2015 when Greenlight Re reported a 16.9% loss.

On November 3, 2016 A.M. Best revised Greenlight Re's rating from "A" (Excellent) with a negative outlook to "A-" (Excellent) stable.   A.M. Best has indicated that the lower rating is the result of Greenlight Re's underwriting results falling short of A.M. Best's expectations but notes that the Company's risk-adjusted capital position remains robust.

Hedges added, "We have experienced several years of adverse development on construction defect contracts, which have negatively affected financial year results. We have novated these contracts to limit further exposure to this business. The remainder of our underwriting portfolio continues to perform in line with our expectations."

"Our investment portfolio performed adequately during the quarter," stated David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "While we are disappointed with the rating action taken by A.M. Best, we will continue to leverage our underwriting relationships and strong capital position and focus on identifying and fostering new profitable opportunities."

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Call, please dial in to the conference call at:

U.S. toll free     1-888-336-7152International     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/10095266

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:

http://services.choruscall.com/links/glre161108.html

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on November 8, 2016 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on November 15, 2016.  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 10095266. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company's website, www.greenlightre.ky.

Regulation GFully 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 StatementsThis 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
 
September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
       
  September 30, 2016   December 31, 2015
  (unaudited)   (audited)
Assets      
Investments      
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value $ 74,058     $ 39,087  
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 834,281     905,994  
Other investments, at fair value 176,480     119,083  
Total investments 1,084,819     1,064,164  
Cash and cash equivalents 39,163     112,162  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 1,098,718     1,236,589  
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value 42,478     13,215  
Reinsurance balances receivable 227,425     187,940  
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable 3,220     3,368  
Deferred acquisition costs, net 55,818     59,823  
Unearned premiums ceded 3,131     3,251  
Notes receivable, net 34,102     25,146  
Other assets 4,878     6,864  
Total assets $ 2,593,752     $ 2,712,522  
Liabilities and equity      
Liabilities      
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value $ 802,863     $ 882,906  
Financial contracts payable, at fair value 2,570     28,245  
Due to prime brokers 398,711     396,453  
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 282,941     305,997  
Unearned premium reserves 213,835     211,954  
Reinsurance balances payable 33,115     18,326  
Funds withheld 5,930     7,143  
Other liabilities 12,824     12,725  
Total liabilities 1,755,202     1,863,749  
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, 31,103,618 (2015: 30,772,572): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,895 (2015: 6,254,895)) 3,736     3,703  
Additional paid-in capital 499,497     496,401  
Retained earnings 320,972     325,287  
Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders 824,205     825,391  
Non-controlling interest in joint venture 14,345     23,382  
Total equity 838,550     848,773  
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,593,752     $ 2,712,522  
               

GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
 
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
       
  Three months ended September 30   Nine months ended September 30
  2016   2015   2016   2015
Revenues              
Gross premiums written $ 128,205     $ 134,568     $ 387,234     $ 357,240  
Gross premiums ceded (2,119 )   (2,288 )   (7,748 )   (5,782 )
Net premiums written 126,086     132,280     379,486     351,458  
Change in net unearned premium reserves (13,294 )   (30,286 )   (3,000 )   (62,986 )
Net premiums earned 112,792     101,994     376,486     288,472  
Net investment income (loss) 32,945     (191,322 )   23,326     (236,456 )
Other income (expense), net (192 )   (542 )   (181 )   (2,714 )
Total revenues 145,545     (89,870 )   399,631     49,302  
Expenses              
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net 81,467     97,421     283,511     237,281  
Acquisition costs, net 25,844     32,146     100,291     82,926  
General and administrative expenses 6,937     5,382     18,930     18,436  
Total expenses 114,248     134,949     402,732     338,643  
Income (loss) before income tax 31,297     (224,819 )   (3,101 )   (289,341 )
Income tax (expense) benefit (305 )   1,233     (251 )   1,394  
Net income (loss) including non-controlling interest 30,992     (223,586 )   (3,352 )   (287,947 )
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in joint venture (981 )   3,909     (963 )   4,627  
Net income (loss) $ 30,011     $ (219,677 )   $ (4,315 )   $ (283,320 )
Earnings (loss) per share              
Basic $ 0.80     $ (5.98 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (7.73 )
Diluted $ 0.80     $ (5.98 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (7.73 )
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings and loss per share              
Basic 37,323,575     36,710,216     36,928,283     36,636,464  
Diluted 37,385,481     36,710,216     36,928,283     36,636,464  
                       

The following table provides the ratios for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:
  Nine months ended September 30
      2016           2015    
  Frequency   Severity   Total   Frequency   Severity   Total
                       
Loss ratio 76.4 %   62.9 %   75.3 %   87.4 %   5.4 %   82.3 %
Acquisition cost ratio 27.0 %   21.9 %   26.6 %   27.9 %   41.3 %   28.7 %
Composite ratio 103.4 %   84.8 %   101.9 %   115.3 %   46.7 %   111.0 %
Underwriting expense ratio         3.4 %           4.5 %
Combined ratio         105.3 %           115.5 %
                           

Contact:Garrett EdsonICR(203) 682-8331IR@greenlightre.kyMedia:Brian RubyICR(203) 682-8268Brian.ruby@icrinc.com

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