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05/07/18

National General Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

NEW YORK, May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National General Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:NGHC) today reported first quarter 2018 net income of $60.3 million or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to net income of $29.0 million or $0.27 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017. First quarter 2018 operating earnings(1) was $67.6 million or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to $35.7 million or $0.33 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017.

First Quarter 2018 Highlights Versus First Quarter 2017*

  • Gross written premium grew $165.1 million or 14.1% to $1,337.0 million, driven by continued organic growth in our P&C segment of 12.6% and in our A&H segment of 21.8%.
  • In the first quarter, our homeowners’ product experienced organic growth of 23.2% driven by strong results from strategic partnerships and the continued expansion in the high net worth market.  Our personal auto product experienced organic growth of 12.1%.
  • The overall combined ratio(9,13) was 90.7% compared to 94.8% in the prior year’s quarter, excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets. The P&C segment reported a decrease in combined ratio to 90.9% from 96.2% in the prior year’s quarter.  The combined ratio includes $14.2 million of losses, or 2.0 P&C loss ratio points, from weather-related events from winter weather that impacted the Northeast in the first quarter 2018, compared to $8.9 million of losses, or 1.2 P&C loss ratio points, from events in the first quarter 2017. The A&H segment reported a combined ratio of 90.0% compared to 86.8% in the prior year’s quarter.
  • Service and fee income grew 13.9% to $154.8 million, driven by organic growth in both our Accident & Health and Property & Casualty segments.
  • Shareholders’ equity was $1.96 billion and fully diluted book value per share was $14.09 at March 31, 2018, growth of 1.5% and 1.7%, respectively, from December 31, 2017. Our trailing twelve month operating return on average equity (ROE)(14) was 9.9% as of March 31, 2018.
  • First quarter 2018 operating earnings exclude the following material items, net of tax: $5.5 million or $0.05 per share of non-cash amortization of intangible assets and $1.2 million or $0.01 per share from equity in (earnings) losses of equity method investments.
  • During today’s Board of Directors meeting, the Board appointed Robert Karfunkel and Barry Karfunkel to serve as Co-Chairmen of the Board.  In addition, Robert Karfunkel will serve as President of the Company while Barry Karfunkel will continue his position as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, but no longer serve as President.

Barry Karfunkel, National General’s CEO, stated: “This quarter we reported the strongest operating results in the history of the company and highlighted the earnings capabilities of the platform that we have built.

I look forward to the dual leadership roles that Robert and I will have at National General as Co-Chairmen.  We have worked alongside each other since the platform was acquired in 2010, though in different areas of the business.  I think our diverse areas of expertise will complement each other and provide a well-rounded perspective for the Company moving forward.

I would like to thank Barry Zyskind for his leadership as National General’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He stepped into the position in a time of transition for the Company and his guidance was and continues to be of great importance for both myself and the entire organization.”

*NOTE: Unless specified otherwise, discussion of our first quarter 2018 and 2017 results do not include financial results from the Reciprocal Exchanges, which are presented within our consolidated financial results within this release but are not included in net income available to NGHC common stockholders.

Overview of First Quarter 2018 as Compared to First Quarter 2017 by Segment

  • Property & Casualty - Gross written premium grew by 12.6% to $1,103.3 million, net written premium decreased by 7.7% to $832.7 million and net earned premium decreased by 6.0% to $705.6 million. P&C gross written premium growth was primarily driven by organic growth of 23.2% from our homeowners’ product and 12.1% from our personal auto product. Service and fee income grew 5.8% to $109.6 million. Excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets, the combined ratio(9,13) was 90.9% with a loss ratio of 70.6% and an expense ratio(9,12) of 20.3%, versus a prior year combined ratio of 96.2% with a loss ratio of 69.5% and an expense ratio of 26.7%.The loss ratio was impacted by pre-tax catastrophe losses of approximately $14.2 million related to winter weather events in the Northeastern part of the U.S. in the first quarter 2018.
     
  • Accident & Health - Gross written premium grew by 21.8% to $233.8 million, net written premium grew by 23.3% to $223.4 million, and net earned premium grew by 19.4% to $153.9 million. The A&H gross written premium increase was driven by the continued growth across the entire book. Service and fee income was $45.2 million compared to $32.3 million in the prior year’s quarter. Excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets, the combined ratio(9,13) was 90.0% with a loss ratio of 59.3% and an expense ratio(9,12) of 30.7%, versus a prior year combined ratio of 86.8% with a loss ratio of 53.8% and an expense ratio of 33.0%.
     
  • Reciprocal Exchanges - Results for the Reciprocal Exchanges are not included in net income available to NGHC common stockholders. Gross written premium was $97.7 million, net written premium was $50.6 million, and net earned premium was $46.1 million. Reciprocal Exchanges combined ratio(9,13) excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets was 131.4% with a loss ratio of 96.7% and an expense ratio(9,12) of 34.7%.  The increase in the combined ratio related to winter weather events in the Northeastern part of the U.S.

First quarter 2018 investment income decreased to $25.0 million, compared to $28.4 million in the first quarter of 2017, reflecting results from equity in (earnings) losses from equity method investments. Total investments and cash and cash equivalents were $3.7 billion as of March 31, 2018. Accumulated other comprehensive income decreased to a $45.7 million loss at March 31, 2018 from a $8.1 million loss at December 31, 2017, primarily due to the impact of higher interest rates which negatively impacted bond valuations.

Interest expense was $11.2 million, from $11.5 million in the prior year’s quarter. Debt was $713.9 million at March 31, 2018, and $713.7 million at December 31, 2017.

The first quarter of 2018 provision for income taxes was $18.6 million and the effective tax rate for the quarter was 21.4%.

Shareholders’ equity was $1,957.1 million at March 31, 2018, growth of 1.5% from $1,928.6 million at December 31, 2017. Fully diluted book value per share was $14.09 at March 31, 2018, growth of 1.7% from $13.86 at December 31, 2017. Our trailing twelve month operating return on average equity (ROE)(14) was 9.9% as of March 31, 2018.

Year-to-Date P&C Segment Notable Large Losses
2018 Quarter     P&C Notable
Large Losses and
LAE

($ millions)
  P&C Loss Ratio
Points*

 
  EPS Impact After
Tax

 
Q1 Northeastern Winter Weather   $14.2   2.0%   $0.10

* Loss ratio points related to P&C net earned premium in quarter the loss event was recorded.

Conference Call

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:30 AM ET, Chief Executive Officer Barry Karfunkel and Chief Financial Officer Mike Weiner will review results and discuss business conditions via a conference call that may be accessed as follows:

Toll-Free U.S. Dial-in: 888-267-2845
International Dial-in: 973-413-6102
Conference Entry Code: 565529
Webcast Registration: http://ir.nationalgeneral.com/events-and-presentations 

A replay of the conference call will be accessible from 2:00 PM ET on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by dialing either 800-332-6854 (toll-free) within the U.S. or 973-528-0005 outside the U.S. and entering passcode 565529. In addition, a replay of the webcast can also be retrieved at
http://ir.nationalgeneral.com/events-and-presentations.

About National General Holdings Corp.

National General Holdings Corp., headquartered in New York City, is a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. National General traces its roots to 1939, has a financial strength rating of A- (excellent) from A.M. Best, and provides personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, lender-placed, supplemental health and other niche insurance products.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate” and “believe” or their variations or similar terminology. There can be no assurance that actual developments will be those anticipated by the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, non-receipt of expected payments from insureds or reinsurers, changes in interest rates, a downgrade in the financial strength ratings of our insurance subsidiaries, the effect of the performance of financial markets on our investment portfolio, our ability to accurately underwrite and price our products and to maintain and establish accurate loss reserves, estimates of the fair value of investments, development of claims and the effect on loss reserves, large loss activity including hurricanes and wildfires, the cost and availability of reinsurance coverage, the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues, changes in the demand for our products, our degree of success in integrating acquired businesses, the effect of general economic conditions, state and federal legislation, the effects of tax reform, regulations and regulatory investigations into industry practices, risks associated with conducting business outside the United States, developments relating to existing agreements, disruptions to our business relationships with third party or vendor agencies, breaches in data security or other disruptions involving our technology, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement except as may be required by law. Additional information about these risks and uncertainties, as well as others that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
Income Statement - First Quarter
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018     2017  
    NGHC   Reciprocal
Exchanges
  Consolidated     NGHC   Reciprocal
Exchanges
  Consolidated  
Revenues:                            
Gross written premium   $ 1,337,042     $ 97,689     $ 1,433,130   (A)   $ 1,171,968     $ 82,216     $ 1,253,383   (H)
Net written premium   1,056,065     50,578     1,106,643       1,083,352     41,701     1,125,053    
Net earned premium   859,483     46,055     905,538       879,453     39,032     918,485    
                             
Ceding commission income   32,958     11,510     44,468       2,747     17,247     19,994    
Service and fee income   154,760     2,446     142,122   (B)   135,863     2,080     125,942   (I)
Net investment income   25,019     2,144     25,011   (C)   28,423     2,884     29,044   (J)
Net gain (loss) on investments   249     (131 )   118       (1,412 )       (1,412 )  
Other income                 9,801         9,801    
Total revenues   $ 1,072,469     $ 62,024     $ 1,117,257   (D)   $ 1,054,875     $ 61,243     $ 1,101,854   (K)
                             
Expenses:                            
Loss and loss adjustment expense   $ 589,635     $ 44,531     $ 634,166       $ 590,717     $ 28,100     $ 618,817    
Acquisition costs and other underwriting expenses   157,608     11,102     168,710       160,540     14,180     174,720    
General and administrative expenses   227,293     18,796     231,005   (E)   242,083     25,103     255,185   (L)
Interest expense   11,154     2,152     11,154   (F)   11,545     2,263     11,545   (M)
Total expenses   $ 985,690     $ 76,581     $ 1,045,035   (G)   $ 1,004,885     $ 69,646     $ 1,060,267   (N)
                             
Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes   $ 86,779     $ (14,557 )   $ 72,222       $ 49,990     $ (8,403 )   $ 41,587    
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   18,571     (2,369 )   16,202       13,037     (2,248 )   10,789    
Net income (loss) before non-controlling interest and dividends on preferred shares   68,208     (12,188 )   56,020       36,953     (6,155 )   30,798    
Less: net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest       (12,188 )   (12,188 )     30     (6,155 )   (6,125 )  
Net income before dividends on preferred shares   68,208         68,208       36,923         36,923    
Less: dividends on preferred shares   7,875         7,875       7,875         7,875    
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 60,333     $     $ 60,333       $ 29,048     $     $ 29,048    
                                                     

NOTES: Consolidated column includes eliminations as follows: (A) $(1,601), (B) $(15,084), (C) $(2,152), (D) $(17,236), (E) $(15,084), (F) $(2,152), (G) $(17,236), (H) $(801), (I) $(12,001), (J) $(2,263), (K) $(14,264), (L) $(12,001), (M) $(2,263) and (N) $(14,264).

 

 
Earnings and Per Share Data
$ in thousands, except shares and per share data
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018   2017
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 60,333     $ 29,048  
Basic net income per common share   $ 0.57     $ 0.27  
Diluted net income per common share   $ 0.55     $ 0.27  
         
Operating earnings attributable to NGHC(1)   $ 67,623     $ 35,739  
Basic operating earnings per common share(1)   $ 0.63     $ 0.34  
Diluted operating earnings per common share(1)   $ 0.62     $ 0.33  
         
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.04     $ 0.04  
         
Weighted average number of basic shares outstanding   106,758,641     106,467,599  
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding   108,950,984     109,166,681  
Shares outstanding, end of period   106,887,566     106,502,250  
Fully diluted shares outstanding, end of period   109,079,909     109,378,890  
Book value per share   $ 14.38     $ 14.09  
Fully diluted book value per share   $ 14.09     $ 13.72  

 

Reconciliation of Net Income to Operating Earnings (Non-GAAP)
$ in thousands, except per share data
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018   2017
Net income available to common stockholders   $ 60,333     $ 29,048  
Add (subtract):        
Net (gain) on investments   (249 )   1,412  
Other income       (9,801 )
Equity in (earnings) losses of equity method investments   1,469     (2,654 )
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets   6,920     21,337  
Income tax expense (benefit)   (850 )   (3,603 )
Operating earnings attributable to NGHC (1)   $ 67,623     $ 35,739  
         
Operating earnings per common share:        
Basic operating earnings per common share   $ 0.63     $ 0.34  
Diluted operating earnings per common share   $ 0.62     $ 0.33  

 

Balance Sheet
$ in thousands
 
    March 31, 2018 (unaudited)     December 31, 2017 (audited)  
ASSETS   NGHC   Reciprocal
Exchanges
  Consolidated     NGHC   Reciprocal
Exchanges
  Consolidated  
Total investments (2)   $ 3,406,943     $ 332,565     $ 3,650,316   (A)   $ 3,411,730     $ 327,213     $ 3,649,788   (K)
Cash and cash equivalents   316,057     5,880     321,937       286,840     5,442     292,282    
Premiums and other receivables, net   1,449,891     49,581     1,497,871   (B)   1,268,330     56,792     1,324,321   (L)
Reinsurance recoverable (3)   1,227,476     107,250     1,334,726       1,199,961     94,204     1,294,165    
Intangible assets, net   393,766     3,640     397,406       400,385     3,685     404,070    
Goodwill   174,153         174,153       174,153         174,153    
Other (4)   1,182,896     128,612     1,292,737   (C)   1,186,056     130,763     1,300,964   (M)
Total assets   $ 8,151,182     $ 627,528     $ 8,669,146   (D)   $ 7,927,455     $ 618,099     $ 8,439,743   (N)
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                            
Liabilities:                            
Unpaid loss and loss adjustment expense reserves   $ 2,520,121     $ 158,796     $ 2,678,917       $ 2,520,204     $ 143,353     $ 2,663,557    
Unearned premiums and other revenue   2,003,147     228,198     2,230,544   (E)   1,807,210     225,395     2,032,605    
Reinsurance payable   378,517     60,155     437,071   (F)   329,772     69,076     398,047   (O)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (5)   401,407     28,110     411,547   (G)   423,054     24,682     431,881   (P)
Debt   713,893     89,192     713,893   (H)   713,710     89,155     713,710   (Q)
Other   177,008     55,513     232,521       204,936     41,582     246,518    
Total liabilities   $ 6,194,093     $ 619,964     $ 6,704,493   (I)   $ 5,998,886     $ 593,243     $ 6,486,318   (R)
Stockholders’ equity:                            
Common stock (6)   $ 1,069     $     $ 1,069       $ 1,067     $     $ 1,067    
Preferred stock (7)   420,000         420,000       420,000         420,000    
Additional paid-in capital   919,029         919,029       917,751         917,751    
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (45,722 )       (45,722 )     (8,112 )       (8,112 )  
Retained earnings   662,713         662,713       597,863         597,863    
Total National General Holdings Corp. stockholders’ equity   1,957,089         1,957,089       1,928,569         1,928,569    
Non-controlling interest       7,564     7,564           24,856     24,856    
Total stockholders’ equity   $ 1,957,089     $ 7,564     $ 1,964,653       $ 1,928,569     $ 24,856     $ 1,953,425    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 8,151,182     $ 627,528     $ 8,669,146   (J)   $ 7,927,455     $ 618,099     $ 8,439,743   (S)
                                                     

NOTES: Consolidated column includes eliminations as follows: (A) $(89,192), (B) $(1,601), (C) $(18,771), (D) $(109,564), (E) $(801), (F) $(1,601), (G) $(17,970), (H) $(89,192), (I) $(109,564), (J) $(109,564), (K) $(89,155), (L) $(801), (M) $(15,855), (N) $(105,811), (O) $(801), (P) $(15,855), (Q) $(89,155), (R) $(105,811) and (S) $(105,811).

 

 
Segment Information - First Quarter
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018     2017
    P&C   A&H   NGHC     Reciprocal
Exchanges
    P&C   A&H   NGHC     Reciprocal
Exchanges
Gross written premium   $ 1,103,266     $ 233,776     $ 1,337,042       $ 97,689       $ 980,013     $ 191,955     $ 1,171,968       $ 82,216  
Net written premium   832,712     223,353     1,056,065       50,578       902,238     181,114     1,083,352       41,701  
Net earned premium   705,607     153,876     859,483       46,055       750,527     128,926     879,453       39,032  
                                       
Ceding commission income   32,700     258     32,958       11,510       2,460     287     2,747       17,247  
Service and fee income   109,573     45,187     154,760       2,446       103,590     32,273     135,863       2,080  
Total underwriting revenues   $ 847,880     $ 199,321     $ 1,047,201       $ 60,011       $ 856,577     $ 161,486     $ 1,018,063       $ 58,359  
                                       
Loss and loss adjustment expense   498,357     91,278     589,635       44,531       521,334     69,383     590,717       28,100  
Acquisition costs and other   114,000     43,608     157,608       11,102       129,050     31,490     160,540       14,180  
General and administrative   176,685     50,608     227,293       18,796       196,870     45,213     242,083       25,103  
Total underwriting expenses   $ 789,042     $ 185,494     $ 974,536       $ 74,429       $ 847,254     $ 146,086     $ 993,340       $ 67,383  
                                       
Underwriting income (loss)   58,838     13,827     72,665       (14,418 )     9,323     15,400     24,723       (9,024 )
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets   5,400     1,520     6,920       (27 )     19,734     1,603     21,337       7,069  
Underwriting income (loss) before amortization and impairment   $ 64,238     $ 15,347     $ 79,585       $ (14,445 )     $ 29,057     $ 17,003     $ 46,060       $ (1,955 )
                                       
Underwriting ratios                                      
Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio (8)   70.6 %   59.3 %   68.6 %     96.7 %     69.5 %   53.8 %   67.2 %     72.0 %
Operating expense ratio (Non-GAAP) (9,10)   21.0 %   31.7 %   22.9 %     34.6 %     29.3 %   34.2 %   30.0 %     51.1 %
Combined ratio (Non-GAAP) (9,11)   91.6 %   91.0 %   91.5 %     131.3 %     98.8 %   88.0 %   97.2 %     123.1 %
                                                                       
Underwriting ratios (before amortization and impairment)                                                                      
Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio (8)   70.6 %   59.3 %   68.6 %     96.7 %     69.5 %   53.8 %   67.2 %     72.0 %
Operating expense ratio (Non-GAAP) (9,12)   20.3 %   30.7 %   22.1 %     34.7 %     26.7 %   33.0 %   27.6 %     33.0 %
Combined ratio before amortization and impairment (Non-GAAP) (9,13)   90.9 %   90.0 %   90.7 %     131.4 %     96.2 %   86.8 %   94.8 %     105.0 %

NOTE: Loss and loss adjustment expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018 included $15,169 of favorable development on prior accident year loss and loss adjustment expense reserves in the P&C segment, and $3,383 of favorable development in the A&H segment, versus $4,354 of favorable development in the P&C segment, and $8,320 of favorable development in the A&H segment for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

 
Reconciliation of Operating Expense Ratio (Non-GAAP)
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2018     2017
    P&C   A&H   NGHC     Reciprocal
Exchanges
    P&C   A&H   NGHC     Reciprocal
Exchanges
Total underwriting expenses   $ 789,042     $ 185,494     $ 974,536       $ 74,429       $ 847,254     $ 146,086     $ 993,340       $ 67,383  
Less: Loss and loss adjustment expense   498,357     91,278     589,635       44,531       521,334     69,383     590,717       28,100  
Less: Ceding commission income   32,700     258     32,958       11,510       2,460     287     2,747       17,247  
Less: Service and fee income   109,573     45,187     154,760       2,446       103,590     32,273     135,863       2,080  
Operating expense   148,412     48,771     197,183       15,942       219,870     44,143     264,013       19,956  
Net earned premium   $ 705,607     $ 153,876     $ 859,483       $ 46,055       $ 750,527     $ 128,926     $ 879,453       $ 39,032  
Operating expense ratio (Non-GAAP)   21.0 %   31.7 %   22.9 %     34.6 %     29.3 %   34.2 %   30.0 %     51.1 %
                                                                       
Total underwriting expenses   $ 789,042     $ 185,494     $ 974,536       $ 74,429       $ 847,254     $ 146,086     $ 993,340       $ 67,383  
Less: Loss and loss adjustment expense   498,357     91,278     589,635       44,531       521,334     69,383     590,717       28,100  
Less: Ceding commission income   32,700     258     32,958       11,510       2,460     287     2,747       17,247  
Less: Service and fee income   109,573     45,187     154,760       2,446       103,590     32,273     135,863       2,080  
Less: Non-cash amortization of intangible assets   5,400     1,520     6,920       (27 )     19,734     1,603     21,337       7,069  
Operating expense before amortization and impairment   143,012     47,251     190,263       15,969       200,136     42,540     242,676       12,887  
Net earned premium   $ 705,607     $ 153,876     $ 859,483       $ 46,055       $ 750,527     $ 128,926     $ 879,453       $ 39,032  
Operating expense ratio before amortization and impairment (Non-GAAP)   20.3 %   30.7 %   22.1 %     34.7 %     26.7 %   33.0 %   27.6 %     33.0 %

 

Premiums by Business Line
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    Gross Written Premium     Net Written Premium     Net Earned Premium
    2018   2017   Change     2018   2017   Change     2018   2017   Change
Property & Casualty                                        
Personal Auto   $ 725,212     $ 647,181     12.1 %     $ 553,997     $ 596,879     (7.2 )%     $ 454,216     $ 454,415     0.8 %
Homeowners   141,287     114,725     23.2 %     92,596     104,545     (11.4 )%     82,195     104,129     22.7 %
RV/Packaged   49,464     44,754     10.5 %     49,189     44,519     10.5 %     45,689     40,650     (1.1 )%
Small Business Auto   86,244     86,376     (0.2 )%     64,727     79,208     (18.3 )%     58,562     63,241     1.0 %
Lender-placed insurance   84,934     76,270     11.4 %     63,214     72,832     (13.2 )%     60,469     83,741     (24.4 )%
Other   16,125     10,707     50.6 %     8,989     4,255     111.3 %     4,476     4,351     (40.7 )%
Property & Casualty   1,103,266     980,013     12.6 %     832,712     902,238     (7.7 )%     705,607     750,527     (0.5 )%
                                         
Accident & Health   233,776     191,955     21.8 %     223,353     181,114     23.3 %     153,876     128,926     15.0 %
Total National General   $ 1,337,042     $ 1,171,968     14.1 %     $ 1,056,065     $ 1,083,352     (2.5 )%     $ 859,483     $ 879,453     2.0 %
                                         
Reciprocal Exchanges                                        
Personal Auto   $ 34,297     $ 28,159     21.8 %     $ 13,495     $ 17,106     (21.1 )%     $ 12,997     $ 16,117     (28.0 )%
Homeowners   62,521     53,327     17.2 %     36,808     24,216     52.0 %     32,771     22,538     16.6 %
Other   871     730     19.3 %     275     379     (27.4 )%     287     377     (35.9 )%
Reciprocal Exchanges   $ 97,689     $ 82,216     18.8 %     $ 50,578     $ 41,701     21.3 %     $ 46,055     $ 39,032     (1.2 )%
                                         
Consolidated Total (A)   $ 1,433,130     $ 1,253,383     14.3 %     $ 1,106,643     $ 1,125,053     (1.6 )%     $ 905,538     $ 918,485     1.8 %
                                                                       

NOTES: (A) Consolidated Total includes eliminations between National General and the Reciprocal Exchanges of $(567) in Personal Auto and $(1,034) in
Homeowners Gross Written Premium in 2018, respectively, and $(277) in Personal Auto and $(524) in Homeowners Gross Written Premium in 2017, respectively.

Additional Disclosures

(1) References to operating earnings and basic and diluted operating earnings per share (“EPS”) are non-GAAP financial measures defined by the Company as net income/loss and basic and diluted earnings per share excluding after-tax net gain or loss on investments (including foreign exchange gain or loss), other-than-temporary impairment losses, bargain purchase gains, earnings or losses of equity method investments (related parties), deferred tax asset impairment, non-cash impairment of goodwill and non-cash amortization of intangible assets. The Company believes operating earnings and basic and diluted operating EPS are relevant measures of the Company’s profitability because operating earnings and basic and diluted operating EPS contain the components of net income upon which the Company’s management has the most influence and excludes factors outside management’s direct control and non-recurring items. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(2) Total investments includes $241,801 and $347,548 in related parties at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(3) Reinsurance recoverable includes $11,399 and $15,688 from related parties at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(4) Other includes $1,174 and $2,334 from related parties at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(5) Accounts payable and accrued expenses includes $72,641 and $140,057 to related parties at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(6) Common stock: $0.01 par value - authorized 150,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 106,887,566 shares - March 31, 2018; authorized 150,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 106,697,648 shares - December 31, 2017.

(7) Preferred stock: $0.01 par value - authorized 10,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 2,565,000 shares - March 31, 2018; authorized 10,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 2,565,000 shares - December 31, 2017.

(8) Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio is calculated by dividing loss and loss adjustment expense by net earned premium.

(9) Operating expense ratio and combined ratio are considered non-GAAP financial measures under applicable SEC rules because a component of those ratios, operating expense, is calculated by offsetting acquisition and other underwriting costs and general and administrative expenses by ceding commission income and service and fee income. Management uses operating expense ratio (non-GAAP) and combined ratio (non-GAAP) to evaluate financial performance against historical results and establish targets on a consolidated basis. The Company believes this presentation enhances the understanding of our results by eliminating what we believe are volatile and unusual events and presenting the ratios with what we believe are the underlying run rates of the business. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and, therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(10) Operating expense ratio is a non-GAAP measure defined by the Company, that is commonly used in the insurance industry. The Company calculates the ratio by dividing operating expense by net earned premium. Operating expense consists of the sum of acquisition and other underwriting costs and general and administrative expenses less ceding commission income and service and fee income. The ratio is used as an indicator of the Company’s efficiency in acquiring and servicing its business. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(11) Combined ratio is a non-GAAP measure defined by the Company, that is commonly used in the insurance industry. The Company calculates the ratio by adding the loss and loss adjustment expense ratio and the operating expense ratio (non-GAAP) together. The ratio is used as an indicator of the Company’s underwriting discipline, efficiency in acquiring and servicing its business, and overall underwriting profit. A combined ratio under 100% generally indicates an underwriting profit, while over 100% an underwriting loss. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General.

(12) Operating expense ratio before amortization and impairment is a non-GAAP measure defined by the Company, that is commonly used in the insurance industry. The Company calculates the ratio by dividing the operating expense before amortization and impairment by net earned premium. Operating expense before amortization and impairment consists of the sum of acquisition and other underwriting costs and general and administrative expenses less ceding commission income and service and fee income less non-cash amortization of intangible assets and non-cash impairment of goodwill. The ratio is used as an indicator of the Company’s efficiency in acquiring and servicing its business. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(13) Combined ratio before amortization and impairment is a non-GAAP measure defined by the Company, that is commonly used in the insurance industry. The Company calculates the ratio by adding the loss and loss adjustment expense ratio and the operating expense ratio before amortization and impairment (non-GAAP) together. The ratio is used as an indicator of the Company’s underwriting discipline, efficiency in acquiring and servicing its business, and overall underwriting profit. A combined ratio under 100% generally indicates an underwriting profit, while over 100% an underwriting loss. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(14) Trailing twelve month operating return on average equity is the ratio of the previous twelve months operating earnings to average shareholders’ equity for the periods presented. Average shareholders’ equity is the sum of the shareholders’ equity excluding preferred stock at the beginning and end of the period presented divided by two. In the opinion of the Company’s management this ratio is an important indicator of how well management creates value for its shareholders through its operating activities and capital management. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of net income to operating earnings, which is the Non-GAAP component of the operating return on average equity.

(15) Combined ratio excluding losses from various Q1’18 weather-related events, and is calculated by taking the combined ratio as defined in Note 13, and adjusting it to exclude the total net losses of $14.2 million from these events. The company believes this measure enhances investors’ understanding of our results by eliminating what we believe are volatile and unusual events.

    Q1’18 Combined
Ratio

 
  Impact of Q1’18
Weather-related
Events

 
  Q1’18 Combined
Ratio Excluding
Weather-related
Events
P&C Segment   90.9%   2.0%   88.9%
             
Overall NGHC   90.7%   1.7%   89.0%

Investor Contact

Christine Worley
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: 212-380-9462
Email: Christine.Worley@NGIC.com 

 

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Source: National General Holdings Corp