SUNRISE, Fla., Nov. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Federated National Holding Company (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FNHC) today reported results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Q3 2017 highlights (as measured against the same three-month period last year, except where noted):
  • Gross written premiums of $154.8 million
  • Florida homeowners' policies of approximately 280,000
  • 54.2% increase in non-Florida homeowners' policies to approximately 27,400
  • 17.7% increase in total revenue to $95.9 million
  • $310 million of estimated gross claims from Hurricane Irma, resulting in $21.4 million of claims, net of reinsurance
  • $3.3 million of claims, net of recoveries including reinsurance, from Hurricane Harvey, including $0.5 million in Automobile.
  • Net loss of $5.5 million or $0.42 per diluted share
  • Book value per share, excluding noncontrolling interest, of $16.26, unchanged from December 31, 2016
  • Repurchased 84,445 shares of common stock at an average price of $15.61, during the third quarter of 2017

Mr. Michael H. Braun, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, with reference to the quarter's results, said, "In a quarter in which weather damage to our insureds resulted in approximately $25 million of hurricane-related claims for the Company, pre-tax and net of reinsurance, our net loss of $5.5 million represents a strong result.  I am proud of the performance of our entire claims team, including our field and desk adjusters, agents and strategic partners, all of whom have come together to provide excellent service to the over 28,000 insureds who have filed hurricane-related claims with us so far.  Our robust reinsurance program, in which over eighty reinsurers participate, has demonstrated its strength.  Despite weathering the largest Category Five storm in the Atlantic Ocean in over a decade, which triggered hurricane warnings throughout the State of Florida, we utilized approximately 20% of our $1.5 billion per event reinsurance limit.  Our prepaid reinstatement features operated as intended, restoring our full $1.5 billion per event limit on a highly cost-effective basis, with $1.9 billion of total remaining limit available for multiple future events.  Our 2017 rate increase of 10.0%, which took effect on August 1 st, will mitigate the impact of assignment of benefits ("AOB") and improve our underwriting results in the coming quarters."

Revenues
  • Total revenues increased $14.4 million, or 17.7%, to $95.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared with $81.5 million for the same three-month period last year.
  • Gross written premiums decreased $6.3 million, or 3.9%, to $154.8 million in the quarter, compared with $161.1 million for the same three-month period last year.  The decrease was driven by Automobile, which decreased $14.3 million, partially offset by an increase in Homeowners of $7.9 million.  The Automobile decrease was due to management actions to reduce the size of our overall program.  During the quarter just ended, we had three active programs as compared to five active programs during the prior year quarter.  The Company's Automobile written premiums in the third quarter came almost entirely from active programs.  While the remaining run-off program is expected to produce earned premiums for the next several quarters, the magnitude thereof is lessening quickly.  Homeowners' non-Florida has continued its significant growth in 2017, specifically in Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina.  Homeowners' Florida written premiums this quarter partially reflect the 10.0% rate increase that became effective August 1, 2017.
  • Gross premiums earned increased $5.2 million, or 3.5%, to $152.8 million, driven primarily by 7.1% growth in Homeowners spanning all states, offset by management actions to decrease premiums in Automobile. 
  • Ceded premiums decreased $4.1 million, or 5.2%, to $74.1 million in the quarter, compared with the same three-month period last year.  The decrease in ceded premiums earned was driven by lower ceded premiums from Automobile as a result of lower gross premiums discussed above.  Additionally, to a lesser extent, Homeowners ceded premiums decreased due to the expiration of the retrospectively-rated 10% and 30% Florida-only property quota share treaties, which ended on July 1, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  The effect of these expirations was partially offset by a new 10% Florida-only property quota share treaty, which became effective on July 1, 2017, and by a slight increase in the new 2017-2018 excess of loss reinsurance program, portions of which became effective on June 1, 2017 and July 1, 2017.  This slight increase in cost is from Monarch National Insurance Company's reinsurance program, which reflects its premium growth in the past year.
  • Together, the increase in gross earned premium and the decrease in ceded premiums drove net premiums earned of $78.7 million, a $9.3 million increase, or 13.3%, from the same three-month period last year, with Homeowners up 15.8%.
  • Net realized investment gains were $6.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $1.1 million in the prior year period.  This increase was driven by a decision to re-deploy approximately $30.6 million of equities into fixed-income securities during the quarter in order to reduce the Company's exposure to the equity markets.

Expenses
  • Losses and loss adjustment expenses ("LAE") increased $26.9 million, or 58.6%, to $72.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared with $46.0 million for the same three-month period last year.  Losses were impacted by claims, net of reinsurance, of $21.4 million related to Hurricane Irma across both of our insurance carriers.  The Company was also impacted by claims, net of reinsurance, of $5.5 million related to Hurricane Harvey in the Homeowners and Auto lines of businesses in Texas and Louisiana, $2.3 million of which is recoverable through a profit-share mechanism that is presented in commissions and other underwriting expenses.  The third quarter of 2016 included $4.0 million of losses related to Hurricane Hermine.  During the current quarter, we strengthened our 2017 net loss reserves by approximately $1.5 million in Homeowners in Florida, which increased our 2017 attritional loss ratio to 36.5%.  These impacts were offset by approximately $4.0 million of revenues in our managing general agent for catastrophe claims handling, which presents itself in the consolidated financial statements as lower net losses.  Approximately $2.5 million of the period over period increase stems from lower ceded losses in the third quarter of 2017 from the combination of the expiration of the retrospectively-rated 10% and 30% Florida-only property quota share treaties and the new 10% Florida-only property quota share treaty.  The remainder of the variance is primarily attributable to premium growth in the current quarter as compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • Commissions and other underwriting expenses decreased $0.7 million, or 2.1%, to $29.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared with $29.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Excluding the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the related profit-sharing provision, commissions and other underwriting expenses increased by $1.6 million over the prior year period due primarily to higher expense from the profit-sharing provision as a result of increased profitability in our homeowners' Non-Florida business and incremental expenses in support of higher premiums.

Stock Repurchase Program
  • During the third quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased 84,445 shares of common stock for $1.3 million at an average price of $15.61. 

Conference Call Information

The Company will hold an investor conference call at 9:00 AM (ET) Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The Company's CEO, Michael Braun, its CFO, Ronald Jordan, and its CAO, Erick Fernandez will discuss the financial results and review the outlook for the Company. Messrs. Braun, Jordan and Fernandez invite interested parties to participate in the conference call.

Listeners interested in participating in the Q&A session may dial-in with the number below:(877) 303-6913

Conference ID: 96863798

A live webcast of the call will be available online via the "Conference Calls" section of the Company's website at FedNat.com or interested parties can click on the following link:

http://www.fednat.com/investors/conference-calls/

Please call at least five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the presentation.  A webcast replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the live webcast is completed and may be accessed via the Company's website.

About the Company

The Company is authorized to underwrite, and/or place through our wholly owned subsidiaries, homeowners' multi-peril, personal automobile, commercial general liability, federal flood, and various other lines of insurance in Florida and various other states.  The Company also serves as managing general agent for its joint venture, Monarch National Insurance Company. The Company markets and distributes its own and third-party insurers' products and our other services through a network of independent agents. The Company also utilizes a select number of general agents for the same purpose.

The Company's supplemental line of business information is designed to afford users greater transparency into our results.  The "Homeowners" line of business consists of our homeowners and fire property and casualty insurance business, which currently operates in Florida, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina. The "Automobile" line of business consists of our nonstandard personal automobile insurance business which currently operates in Georgia, Texas, Alabama, and Florida. The "Other" line of business primarily consists of our commercial general liability and federal flood businesses, along with corporate and investment operations.

Forward-Looking Statements /Safe Harbor Statements

Safe harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those discussed herein. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "anticipate," "believe," "budget," "contemplate," "continue," "could," "envision," "estimate," "expect," "guidance," "indicate," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "possibly," "potential," "predict," "probably," "pro-forma," "project," "seek," "should," "target," or "will" or the negative thereof or other variations thereon and similar words or phrases or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements might also include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:
  • Projections of revenues, income, earnings per share, dividends, capital structure or other financial items or measures;
  • Descriptions of plans or objectives of management for future operations, insurance products/or services;
  • Forecasts of future insurable events, economic performance, liquidity, need for funding and income; and
  • Descriptions of assumptions or estimates underlying or relating to any of the foregoing.

The risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties related to estimates, assumptions and projections generally; the nature of the Company's business; the adequacy of its reserves for losses and loss adjustment expense; claims experience; weather conditions (including the severity and frequency of storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and hail) and other catastrophic losses; reinsurance costs and the ability of reinsurers to indemnify the Company; raising additional capital and our compliance with minimum capital and surplus requirements; potential assessments that support property and casualty insurance pools and associations; the effectiveness of internal financial controls; the effectiveness of our underwriting, pricing and related loss limitation methods; changes in loss trends, including as a result of insureds' assignment of benefits; court decisions and trends in litigation; our potential failure to pay claims accurately; ability to obtain regulatory approval applications for requested rate increases, or to underwrite in additional jurisdictions, and the timing thereof; the impact that the results of the Monarch joint venture may have on our results of operations; inflation and other changes in economic conditions (including changes in interest rates and financial markets); pricing competition and other initiatives by competitors; legislative and regulatory developments; the outcome of litigation pending against the Company, and any settlement thereof; dependence on investment income and the composition of the Company's investment portfolio; insurance agents; ratings by industry services; the reliability and security of our information technology systems; reliance on key personnel; acts of war and terrorist activities; and other matters described from time to time by the Company in releases and publications, and in periodic reports and other documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition, investors should be aware that generally accepted accounting principles prescribe when a company may reserve for particular risks, including claims and litigation exposures. Accordingly, results for a given reporting period could be significantly affected if and when a reserve is established for a contingency. Reported results may therefore appear to be volatile in certain accounting periods.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.  We do not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

CONTACT:  Michael H. Braun, CEO (954) 308-1322, Ronald Jordan, CFO (954) 308-1363, or Erick A. Fernandez, CAO (954) 308-1341 Federated National Holding Company

FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESConsolidated Statements of Operations(Unaudited)
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2017       2016       2017       2016  
  (in thousands, except per share data)
Revenue:  
  Gross premiums written $   154,782     $   161,137     $   469,525     $   468,379  
  Gross premiums earned     152,779         147,624         451,320         413,056  
  Ceded premiums earned     (74,116 )       (78,219 )       (211,005 )       (228,609 )
  Net premiums earned     78,663         69,405         240,315         184,447  
  Net investment income     2,603         2,164         7,481         6,398  
  Net realized investment gains     6,101         1,126         8,644         2,060  
  Direct written policy fees     3,651         4,318         13,222         13,445  
  Other income     4,874         4,493         14,511         13,321  
  Total revenue     95,892         81,506         284,173         219,671  
                 
Costs and expenses:              
  Losses and loss adjustment expenses     72,935         45,973         181,657         126,216  
  Commissions and other underwriting expenses     29,242         29,868         86,578         61,232  
  General and administrative expenses     5,042         4,044         14,737         13,211  
  Interest expense     81         81         247         259  
  Total costs and expenses     107,300         79,966         283,219         200,918  
                 
(Loss) income before income taxes     (11,408 )       1,540         954       18,753  
  Income taxes     (4,223 )       102         350         6,594  
Net (loss) income     (7,185 )       1,438         604         12,159  
  Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (1,674 )       44         (1,975 )       239  
Net (loss) income attributable to Federated National Holding Company shareholders $   (5,511 )   $   1,394     $  2,579     $   11,920  
                 
                 
Net (loss) income per share:              
  Basic $   (0.42 )   $   0.10     $   0.20     $   0.86  
  Diluted $   (0.42 )   $   0.10     $   0.19     $   0.85  
Number of shares used to calculate net income per share:              
  Basic     13,135         13,780         13,211         13,807  
  Diluted     13,135         13,943         13,302         13,999  
                 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $   0.08     $   0.08     $   0.24     $   0.17  

FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESSelected Operating Metrics(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Gross premiums written: (in thousands)
Homeowners/Fire Florida $   126,211     $   123,789     $   373,875     $   367,809  
Homeowners/Fire non-Florida     15,198         9,743         40,381         26,038  
Personal automobile     7,176         21,523         37,089         56,208  
Commercial general liability     2,546         3,171         8,768         10,493  
Federal flood     3,651         2,911         9,412         7,831  
Total gross premiums written $   154,782     $   161,137     $   469,525     $   468,379  
               
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Gross premiums earned: (in thousands)
Homeowners/Fire Florida $   121,771     $   116,852     $   359,147     $   336,037  
Homeowners/Fire non-Florida     11,734         7,857         31,064         20,496  
Personal automobile     13,525         17,163         43,932         39,579  
Commercial general liability     3,005         3,406         9,339         10,327  
Federal flood     2,744         2,346         7,838         6,617  
Total gross premiums earned $   152,779     $   147,624     $   451,320     $   413,056  
               
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Net premiums earned: (in thousands)
Homeowners/Fire $   72,266     $   62,421     $   217,820     $   166,556  
Personal automobile     3,547         3,754         13,640         8,100  
Commercial general liability     2,850         3,230         8,855         9,791  
Total net premiums earned $   78,663     $   69,405     $   240,315     $   184,447  
               
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Commissions and other underwriting expenses: (in thousands)
Homeowners/Fire Florida $   14,707     $   13,700     $   43,171     $   39,725  
All other lines of business     8,455         9,196         25,189         22,218  
Ceded commissions     (5,387 )       (5,156 )       (15,083 )       (32,944 )
Total commissions and other fees     17,775         17,740         53,277         28,999  
Salaries and wages     3,958         3,609         11,361         10,418  
Other underwriting expenses     7,509         8,519         21,940         21,815  
Total commissions and other underwriting expenses: $   29,242     $   29,868     $   86,578     $   61,232  

FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESSelected Operating Metrics (continued)(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Net Loss Ratio   92.7 %     66.2 %     75.6 %     68.4 %
Net Expense Ratio   43.6 %     48.9 %     42.2 %     40.4 %
Combined Ratio   136.3 %     115.1 %     117.8 %     108.8 %
Gross Loss Ratio   254.4 %     48.9 %     118.7 %     48.6 %
Gross Expense Ratio   26.0 %     26.5 %      25.8 %      26.0 %
Book value per share excluding noncontrolling interest $   16.26     $   17.72     $   16.26     $   17.72  

FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESConsolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited)
      September 30,   December 31,  
        2017     2016  
ASSETS (in thousands, except share and per share data)
Investments        
  Debt securities, available-for-sale, at fair value $   422,359   $   374,756  
  Debt securities, held-to-maturity, at amortized cost     5,410       5,551  
  Equity securities, available-for-sale, at fair value     15,575       29,375  
    Total investments     443,344       409,682  
             
Cash and cash equivalents     81,535       74,593  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums     189,957       156,932  
Premiums receivable, net of allowance     55,145       54,854  
Reinsurance recoverable, net     338,015       48,530  
Deferred acquisition costs     38,958       37,477  
Income taxes receivable     20,707       13,871  
Property and equipment, net     4,202       4,194  
Other assets     9,607       11,509  
TOTAL ASSETS $   1,181,470   $   811,642  
             
LIABILITIES        
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves $   461,541   $   158,476  
Unearned premiums     312,227       294,022  
Reinsurance payable     126,479       79,154  
Debt from consolidated variable interest entity     4,925       4,909  
Deferred income taxes, net     8,769       1,433  
Other liabilities      38,766       35,792  
  Total liabilities     952,707       573,786  
             
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: 1,000,000 shares authorized     -        -   
Common stock, $0.01 par value: 25,000,000 shares authorized; 13,053,281 and 13,473,120 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     130       134  
Additional paid-in capital     139,161       136,779  
Accumulated other comprehensive income     2,713       1,941  
Retained earnings     70,265       80,275  
  Total Federated National Holding Company shareholders' equity     212,269       219,129  
Noncontrolling interest     16,494       18,727  
  Total shareholders' equity     228,763       237,856  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $   1,181,470   $   811,642  

FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESSUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONStatements of Operations and Operating Metrics by Line of Business(Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended September 30,
    2017       2016  
  Homeowners Automobile Other Consolidated   Homeowners Automobile Other Consolidated
  (in thousands)
Revenue:                  
Gross premiums written $   141,409   $   7,176   $   6,197   $   154,782     $   133,532   $   21,523   $   6,082   $   161,137  
Gross premiums earned     133,505       13,525       5,749       152,779         124,709       17,163       5,752      147,624  
Ceded premiums earned     (61,239 )     (9,978 )     (2,899 )     (74,116 )       (62,288 )    (13,409 )     (2,522 )     (78,219 )
Net premiums earned     72,266       3,547       2,850       78,663         62,421       3,754       3,230       69,405  
Net investment income     —       —       2,603       2,603         —       —       2,164       2,164  
Net realized investment gains     —       —       6,101       6,101         —       —       1,126       1,126  
Direct written policy fees     2,306       1,206       139       3,651         2,190       1,977       151       4,318  
Other income     3,432       495       947       4,874         2,765       1,318       410       4,493  
Total revenue     78,004       5,248       12,640      95,892        67,376       7,049       7,081       81,506  
                   
Costs and expenses:                  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses     65,600       4,581       2,754       72,935        40,399       3,498       2,076       45,973  
Commissions and other underwriting expenses     24,587       3,431       1,224       29,242        23,875       4,883       1,110       29,868  
General and administrative expenses     3,915       150       977      5,042         3,033       150       861       4,044  
Interest expense     81       —       —       81         81       —       —       81  
Total costs and expenses     94,183       8,162       4,955       107,300         67,388       8,531       4,047       79,966  
                   
(Loss) income before income taxes     (16,179 )     (2,914 )     7,685     (11,408 )       (12 )     (1,482 )     3,034       1,540  
Income taxes     (6,241 )     (1,124 )     3,142     (4,223 )       (4 )     (572 )     678       102  
Net (loss) income     (9,938 )   (1,790 )    4,543      (7,185 )       (8 )     (910 )     2,356       1,438  
Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interest     (1,674 )     —       —       (1,674 )       44       —       —       44  
Net (loss) income attributable to Federated National Holding Company shareholders $   (8,264 ) $   (1,790 ) $   4,543   $   (5,511 )   $   (52 ) $   (910 ) $   2,356   $   1,394  
                   
Net loss ratio   90.8 %   129.2 %   96.6 %   92.7 %     64.7 %   93.2 %   64.3 %   66.2 %
Net expense ratio   39.4 %       43.6 %     43.1 %       48.9 %
Combined ratio   130.2 %       136.3 %     107.8 %       115.1 %

FEDERATED NATIONAL HOLDING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIESSUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONStatements of Operations and Operating Metrics by Line of Business(Unaudited)(Continued)
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2017       2016  
  Homeowners Automobile Other Consolidated   Homeowners Automobile Other Consolidated
  (in thousands)
Revenue:                  
Gross premiums written $   414,256   $   37,089   $   18,180   $   469,525     $   393,847   $   56,208   $   18,324   $   468,379  
Gross premiums earned   390,211       43,932       17,177       451,320        356,533       39,579       16,944       413,056  
Ceded premiums earned     (172,391 )     (30,292 )     (8,322 )     (211,005 )       (189,977 )     (31,479 )     (7,153 )     (228,609 )
Net premiums earned     217,820       13,640       8,855       240,315         166,556       8,100       9,791       184,447  
Net investment income     -        -        7,481       7,481         -        -        6,398       6,398  
Net realized investment gains     -        -        8,644       8,644         -        -      2,060       2,060  
Direct written policy fees     6,935       5,828       459       13,222         6,478       6,477       490       13,445  
Other income     8,917       2,982       2,612       14,511         6,673       4,838       1,810       13,321  
Total revenue     233,672       22,450       28,051       284,173         179,707       19,415       20,549       219,671  
                   
Costs and expenses:                  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses     159,497       18,093       4,067      181,657         111,211     7,227       7,778     126,216  
Commissions and other underwriting expenses     72,742       10,126       3,710       86,578         49,517       8,282       3,433       61,232  
General and administrative expenses     11,288       500       2,949       14,737         10,127       450       2,634       13,211  
Interest expense     247       -        -        247         259       -        -        259  
Total costs and expenses     243,774       28,719       10,726      283,219       171,114       15,959       13,845     200,918  
                   
(Loss) income before income taxes     (10,102 )     (6,269 )     17,325       954         8,593       3,456       6,704       18,753  
Income taxes     (3,896 )     (2,418 )     6,664       350         3,316       1,332       1,946       6,594  
Net (loss) income     (6,206 )    (3,851 )     10,661       604         5,277       2,124       4,758       12,159  
Net (loss)  income attributable to noncontrolling interest     (1,975 )     -        -        (1,975 )       239       -        -        239  
Net (loss)  income attributable to Federated National Holding Company shareholders $   (4,231 ) $   (3,851 ) $   10,661   $  2,579     $   5,038   $   2,124   $   4,758   $   11,920  
                   
Net loss ratio   73.2 %   132.6 %   45.9 %   75.6 %     66.8 %   89.2 %   79.4 %   68.4 %
Net expense ratio   38.6 %       42.2 %     35.8 %       40.4 %
Combined ratio   111.8 %       117.8 %     102.6 %       108.8 %