Third Point Re Reports First Quarter 2017 Earnings Results

2017 / 05 / 04

Net Income of $104.2 million
Diluted Earnings per Common Share of $0.98

HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. ("Third Point Re" or the "Company") (NYSE:TPRE) today announced results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Third Point Re reported net income of $104.2 million, or $0.98 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2017, compared to a net loss of $51.1 million, or $(0.49) per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2016.

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, diluted book value per share increased by $0.88 per share, or 6.7%, to $14.04 per share as of March 31, 2017, from $13.16 per share as of December 31, 2016.

"We are very pleased with our first quarter performance, which resulted in a return on beginning shareholders' equity of 7.4% for the quarter.  This was primarily driven by strong investment returns of 5.8% in the period," commented Rob Bredahl, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Reinsurance underwriting conditions remain challenging, and we have continued to maintain our underwriting discipline.  As a result, our gross premiums written were $146.4 million in the first quarter, which represented a 25.8% decrease compared to the prior year's first quarter. Our combined ratio for the quarter was 106.3%, which was in line with expectations given current market conditions and the lines of business on which we focus. We finished the quarter with an asset leverage ratio of 1.52, which is within our target range and allows us to remain selective in our underwriting without diminishing our potential for solid book value growth with continued investment performance."

"Our first quarter performance demonstrates the strength of our total return model.  Although reinsurance market conditions remain very difficult, we generated strong results due to solid performance from Third Point LLC, our investment manager.  The management transitions we announced during the quarter have gone smoothly and Rob and I look forward to continuing to work closely together with the team to ensure the ongoing success of Third Point Re," commented John Berger, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The following table shows certain key financial metrics for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016:


2017


2016


($ in millions, except for per share data and ratios)

Gross premiums written

$

146.4


$

197.2

Net premiums earned

$

138.0


$

136.8

Net underwriting loss (1)

$

(8.7)


$

(6.6)

Combined ratio (1)

106.3%


104.9%

Net investment return on investments managed by Third Point LLC

5.8%


(2.0)%

Net investment income (loss)

$

128.5


$

(40.1)

Net investment income (loss) on float (2)

$

36.1


$

(8.3)

Net income (loss)

$

104.2


$

(51.1)

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$

0.98


$

(0.49)

Change in diluted book value per share (2)

6.7%


(3.7)%

Return on beginning shareholders' equity (2)

7.4%


(3.7)%

Net investments managed by Third Point LLC (3)

$

2,279.6


$

2,191.6









(1)

See the accompanying Segment Reporting for a calculation of net underwriting loss and combined ratio.

(2)

Net investment income on float, change in diluted book value per share and return on beginning shareholders' equity are non-GAAP financial measures. There are no comparable GAAP measures. See the accompanying Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures and Key Performance Indicators for an explanation and calculation of net investment income (loss) on float, diluted book value per share and return on beginning shareholders' equity.

(3)

Prior year comparatives represent amounts as of December 31, 2016.

Segment Highlights

Property and Casualty Reinsurance Segment

Gross premiums written decreased by $50.8 million, or 25.8%, to $146.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 from $197.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

The decrease in the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to the prior year period was primarily due to one contract that did not renew as a result of underlying terms and conditions, partially offset by contracts renewed in the quarter that did not have comparable premiums in the prior year period and new contracts bound in the quarter.

Net premiums earned for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were consistent with the three months ended March 31, 2016.

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, we incurred $1.6 million, or 1.1 percentage points, of net favorable prior years' reserve development. The $1.6 million of net favorable prior years' reserve development for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was accompanied by net increases of $1.6 million in acquisition costs, resulting in minimal impact in net underwriting loss.

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, we incurred $0.1 million, or 0.1 percentage points, of net favorable prior years' reserve development. The net $0.1 million of net favorable prior years' reserve development was accompanied by net decreases of $0.1 million in acquisition costs, resulting in a net decrease of $0.2 million in net underwriting loss, or 0.2 percentage points.

Investments

The return on investments managed by Third Point LLC by asset class for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 was as follows:


2017


2016

Long/short equities

5.2%


(1.1)%

Credit

0.2%


—%

Other

0.4%


(0.9)%


5.8%


(2.0)%

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, each investment strategy contributed to returns.  Within equities, gains were led by investments in the healthcare and industrials portfolios and each sector generated positive results.  The gains in our long equity portfolio were partially offset by losses in our short equity positions, which included market hedges.  Performance in the credit strategy was driven by modest returns in our corporate credit portfolio.  The other strategy was also positive as returns from currency and arbitrage investments more than offset losses from macroeconomic hedges. 

Share Repurchase Program

During the three months ended March 31, 2017, we repurchased 1,532,871 of our common shares in the open market for an aggregate cost of $18.9 million at a weighted average cost, including commissions, of $12.32 per share. Common shares repurchased by the Company were not canceled and are classified as treasury shares.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company may repurchase up to an aggregate of $73.7 million of additional common shares under its share repurchase program.

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2017 results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 2017. The call will be webcast live over the Internet from the Company's website at www.thirdpointre.bm under "Investors". Participants should follow the instructions provided on the website to download and install any necessary audio applications. The conference call is also available by dialing 1-877-407-0789 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8562 (international). Participants should ask for the Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. first quarter earnings conference call.

A replay of the live conference call will be available approximately three hours after the call. The replay will be available on the Company's website or by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the replay passcode 13660643. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 12, 2017.

Safe Harbor Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond the Company's control. The Company cautions you that the forward-looking information presented in this press release is not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "plan," "seek," "comfortable with," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" or "continue" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from the Company's expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: (i) fluctuation in results of operations; (ii) more established competitors; (iii) losses exceeding reserves; (iv) downgrades or withdrawal of ratings by rating agencies; (v) dependence on key executives; (vi) dependence on letter of credit facilities that may not be available on commercially acceptable terms; (vii) dependence on financing available through our investment accounts to secure letters of credit and collateral for reinsurance contracts; (viii) potential inability to pay dividends; (ix) inability to service our indebtedness; (x) limited cash flow and liquidity due to our indebtedness; (xi) unavailability of capital in the future; (xii) fluctuations in market price of our common shares; (xiii) dependence on clients' evaluations of risks associated with such clients' insurance underwriting; (xiv) suspension or revocation of our  reinsurance licenses; (xv) potentially being deemed an investment company under U.S. federal securities law; (xvi) potential characterization of Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. and/or Third Point Re as a passive foreign investment company; (xvii) future strategic transactions such as acquisitions, dispositions, merger or joint ventures; (xviii) dependence on Third Point LLC to implement our investment strategy; (xix) termination by Third Point LLC of our investment management agreements; (xx) risks associated with our investment strategy being greater than those faced by competitors; (xxi) increased regulation or scrutiny of alternative investment advisers affecting our reputation; (xxii) Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. and/or Third Point Re potentially becoming subject to U.S. federal income taxation; (xxiii) potentially becoming subject to U.S. withholding and information reporting requirements under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act; (xxiv) changes in Bermuda or other law and regulation that may have an adverse impact on our operations; and (xxv) other risks and factors listed under "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic and current disclosures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Financial Metrics

In presenting Third Point Re's results, management has included financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including net investment income on float, book value per share, diluted book value per share and return on beginning shareholders' equity, are referred to as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. Management believes these measures allow for a more complete understanding of the underlying business. These measures are used to monitor our results and should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included in the attached financial information in accordance with Regulation G.

About the Company

The Company is a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange which, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Third Point Reinsurance Company Ltd. and Third Point Reinsurance (USA) Ltd., writes property and casualty reinsurance business.  Third Point Reinsurance Company Ltd. and Third Point Reinsurance (USA) Ltd. each have an "A-" (Excellent) financial strength rating from A.M. Best Company, Inc.

Contact

Third Point Reinsurance Ltd.
Manoj Gupta - Head of Investor Relations and Business Development
investorrelations@thirdpointre.bm
+1 441-542-3333

 

THIRD POINT REINSURANCE LTD.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)


As of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016


(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)






March 31,
 2017



December 31,
 2016

Assets






Equity securities, trading, at fair value (cost - $1,264,750; 2016 - $1,385,866)


$

1,484,378


$


1,506,854

Debt securities, trading, at fair value (cost - $919,246; 2016 - $1,036,716)


921,221



1,057,957

Other investments, at fair value


72,020



82,701

Total investments in securities


2,477,619



2,647,512

Cash and cash equivalents


11,829



9,951

Restricted cash and cash equivalents


334,813



298,940

Due from brokers


387,102



284,591

Derivative assets, at fair value


34,122



27,432

Interest and dividends receivable


8,003



6,505

Reinsurance balances receivable


421,034



381,951

Deferred acquisition costs, net


220,754



221,618

Other assets


14,079



17,144

Total assets


$

3,909,355


$


3,895,644

Liabilities and shareholders' equity








Liabilities








Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

11,509


$


10,321

Reinsurance balances payable


51,173



43,171

Deposit liabilities


105,778



104,905

Unearned premium reserves


565,243



557,076

Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves


625,786



605,129

Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value


217,836



92,668

Securities sold under an agreement to repurchase


16,524



Due to brokers


639,320



899,601

Derivative liabilities, at fair value


10,839



16,050

Performance fee payable to related party


30,857



Interest and dividends payable


2,361



3,443

Senior notes payable, net of deferred costs


113,599



113,555

Total liabilities


2,390,825



2,445,919

Commitments and contingent liabilities








Shareholders' equity








Preference shares (par value $0.10; authorized, 30,000,000;
none issued)




Common shares (par value $0.10; authorized, 300,000,000;
issued and outstanding, 107,182,083 (2016 - 106,501,299))


10,718



10,650

Treasury shares (2,177,639 shares (2016 - 644,768 shares))


(26,273)



(7,389)

Additional paid-in capital


1,096,828



1,094,568

Retained earnings


420,408



316,222

Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders


1,501,681



1,414,051

Non-controlling interests


16,849



35,674

Total shareholders' equity


1,518,530



1,449,725

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

3,909,355


$


3,895,644













THIRD POINT REINSURANCE LTD.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS) (UNAUDITED)


For the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016


(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)






2017



2016

Revenues






Gross premiums written


$

146,354


$


197,156

Gross premiums ceded


(1,125)



Net premiums written


145,229



197,156

Change in net unearned premium reserves


(7,220)



(60,354)

Net premiums earned


138,009



136,802

Net investment income (loss)


128,510



(40,110)

Total revenues


266,519



96,692

Expenses








Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net


85,895



84,676

Acquisition costs, net


54,452



51,687

General and administrative expenses


10,572



11,288

Other expenses


2,901



2,706

Interest expense


2,026



2,048

Foreign exchange (gains) losses


15



(2,386)

Total expenses


155,861



150,019

Income (loss) before income tax (expense) benefit


110,658



(53,327)

Income tax (expense) benefit


(5,298)



1,929

Income (loss) including non-controlling interests


105,360



(51,398)

(Income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests


(1,174)



269

Net income (loss)


$

104,186


$


(51,129)

Earnings (loss) per share








Basic


$

1.00


$


(0.49)

Diluted


$

0.98


$


(0.49)

Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the
determination of earnings (loss) per share








Basic


104,013,871



104,257,874

Diluted


105,701,599



104,257,874

 

 

 

THIRD POINT REINSURANCE LTD.

SEGMENT REPORTING



Three months ended March 31, 2017


Property and
Casualty
Reinsurance


Corporate


Total

Revenues

($ in thousands)

Gross premiums written

$

146,354


$


$

146,354

Gross premiums ceded

(1,125)



(1,125)

Net premiums written

145,229



145,229

Change in net unearned premium reserves

(7,220)



(7,220)

Net premiums earned

138,009



138,009

Expenses









Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net

85,895



85,895

Acquisition costs, net

54,452



54,452

General and administrative expenses

6,312


4,260


10,572

Total expenses

146,659


4,260


150,919

Net underwriting loss

(8,650)


 n/a


 n/a

Net investment income

36,120


92,390


128,510

Other expenses

(2,901)



(2,901)

Interest expense


(2,026)


(2,026)

Foreign exchange losses


(15)


(15)

Income tax expense


(5,298)


(5,298)

Segment income including non-controlling interests

24,569


80,791


105,360

Segment income attributable to non-controlling interests


(1,174)


(1,174)

Segment income

$

24,569


$

79,617


$

104,186

Property and Casualty Reinsurance -Underwriting Ratios (1):








Loss ratio

62.2%





Acquisition cost ratio

39.5%





Composite ratio

101.7%





General and administrative expense ratio

4.6%





Combined ratio

106.3%












Three months ended March 31, 2016


Property and
Casualty
Reinsurance


Corporate


Total

Revenues

($ in thousands)

Gross premiums written

$

197,156


$


$

197,156

Gross premiums ceded



Net premiums written

197,156



197,156

Change in net unearned premium reserves

(60,354)



(60,354)

Net premiums earned

136,802



136,802

Expenses








Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net

84,676



84,676

Acquisition costs, net

51,687



51,687

General and administrative expenses

7,062


4,226


11,288

Total expenses

143,425


4,226


147,651

Net underwriting loss

(6,623)


 n/a


 n/a

Net investment loss

(8,261)


(31,849)


(40,110)

Other expenses

(2,706)



(2,706)

Interest expense


(2,048)


(2,048)

Foreign exchange gains


2,386


2,386

Income tax benefit


1,929


1,929

Segment income (loss) including non-controlling interests

(17,590)


(33,808)


(51,398)

Segment (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests


269


269

Segment income (loss)

$

(17,590)


$

(33,539)


$

(51,129)

Property and Casualty Reinsurance -Underwriting Ratios (1):








Loss ratio

61.9%





Acquisition cost ratio

37.8%





Composite ratio

99.7%





General and administrative expense ratio

5.2%





Combined ratio

104.9%






(1)      Underwriting ratios are calculated by dividing the related expense by net premiums earned.

 

 

             

THIRD POINT REINSURANCE LTD.

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES AND KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS



March 31,
 2017


December 31,
 2016

Basic and diluted book value per share numerator:

($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Total shareholders' equity

$

1,518,530


$

1,449,725

Less: non-controlling interests

(16,849)


(35,674)

Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders

1,501,681


1,414,051

Effect of dilutive warrants issued to founders and an advisor

46,512


46,512

Effect of dilutive stock options issued to directors and employees

52,430


52,930

Diluted book value per share numerator

$

1,600,623


$

1,513,493

Basic and diluted book value per share denominator:




Issued and outstanding shares, net of treasury shares

103,050,620


104,173,748

Effect of dilutive warrants issued to founders and an advisor

4,651,163


4,651,163

Effect of dilutive stock options issued to directors and employees

5,224,333


5,274,333

Effect of dilutive restricted shares issued to employees

1,103,140


878,529

Diluted book value per share denominator

114,029,256


114,977,773






Basic book value per share

$

14.57


$

13.57

Diluted book value per share

$

14.04


$

13.16






2017


2016


($ in thousands)

Net investment income (loss) on float

$

36,120


$

(8,261)

Net investment income (loss) on capital

92,123


(32,096)

Net investment income (loss) on investments managed
by Third Point LLC

128,243


(40,357)

Net gain on investment in Kiskadee Fund

267


247


$

128,510


$

(40,110)






2017


2016


($ in thousands)

Net income (loss)

$

104,186


$

(51,129)

Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders - 
beginning of period

1,414,051


1,379,726

Impact of weighting related to shareholders' equity
from shares repurchased

(5,038)


Adjusted shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders -
beginning of period

$

1,409,013


$

1,379,726

Return on beginning shareholders' equity

7.4%


(3.7)%

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators

Book Value per Share and Diluted Book Value per Share

Book value per share and diluted book value per share are non-GAAP financial measures and there are no comparable GAAP measures. Book value per share is calculated by dividing shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders by the number of issued and outstanding shares at period end, net of treasury shares. Diluted book value per share represents book value per share combined with the impact from dilution of all in-the-money share options issued, warrants and unvested restricted shares outstanding as of any period end. For unvested restricted shares with a performance condition, we include the unvested restricted shares for which we consider vesting to be probable. Change in book value per share is calculated by taking the change in book value per share divided by the beginning of period book value per share. Change in diluted book value per share is calculated by taking the change in diluted book value per share divided by the beginning of period diluted book value per share. We believe that long-term growth in diluted book value per share is the most important measure of our financial performance because it allows our management and investors to track over time the value created by the retention of earnings.  In addition, we believe this metric is used by investors because it provides a basis for comparison with other companies in our industry that also report a similar measure.

Net Investment Income on Float

Net investment income on float is an important aspect of our property and casualty reinsurance operation. In an insurance or reinsurance operation, float arises because premiums and proceeds from deposit accounted contracts are collected before losses are paid. In some instances, the interval between receipts and payments can extend over many years. During this time interval, insurance and reinsurance companies invest the premiums received and generate investment returns. Float is not a concept defined by U.S. GAAP and therefore, there are no comparable U.S. GAAP measures. Float, as a result, is considered to be a non-GAAP financial measure. We believe that net investment income generated on float is an important consideration in evaluating the overall contribution of our property and casualty reinsurance operation to our consolidated results. It is also explicitly considered as part of the evaluation of management's performance for purposes of long-term incentive compensation.

Net Investment Return on Investments Managed by Third Point LLC

Net investment return represents the return on our investments managed by Third Point LLC, net of fees. The net investment return on investments managed by Third Point LLC is the percentage change in value of a dollar invested over the reporting period on our investment assets managed by Third Point LLC, net of non-controlling interest. The stated return is net of withholding taxes, which are presented as a component of income tax expense in our condensed consolidated statements of income (loss). Net investment return is the key indicator by which we measure the performance of Third Point LLC, our investment manager. 

Return on Beginning Shareholders' Equity

Return on beginning shareholders' equity as presented is a non-GAAP financial measure. Return on beginning shareholders' equity is calculated by dividing net income (loss) by the beginning shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders. We believe that return on beginning shareholders' equity is an important measure because it assists our management and investors in evaluating the Company's profitability. For  the three months ended March 31, 2017, we have also adjusted the beginning shareholders' equity for the impact of the shares repurchased on a weighted average basis. This adjustment increased the stated returns on beginning shareholders' equity.

Asset Leverage

Asset leverage represents net investments managed by Third Point LLC as a percentage of shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders.

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