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Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

RICHMOND, Va., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:KNSL) reported net income of $6.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $4.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income was $26.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $22.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2016 included:

  • 13.1% annualized return on equity (ROE) for the three months ended December 31, 2016
  • Net income of $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 49.2% over fourth quarter of 2015
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.32 for the fourth quarter of 2016
  • Underwriting income of $9.5 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 75.3%
  • 5.1% growth in gross written premiums to $47.5 million from $45.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015
  • 29.8% increase in net investment income to $2.1 million from $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015

Highlights for the full year of 2016 included:

  • 16.2% ROE for the year ended December 31, 2016
  • Net income of $26.2 million for the full year of 2016, an increase of 17.5% over 2015
  • Underwriting income of $34.3 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 74.3%
  • 6.5% growth in gross written premiums to $188.5 million for the full year of 2016
  • 85.3% increase in book value to $210.2 million from $113.5 million at December 31, 2015

"Kinsale delivered a strong finish to the year, as highlighted by a 5.1% growth in written premiums on a combined ratio of 75.3%, which reflected a favorable loss ratio and strong operating expense management. We remain focused on delivering long term shareholder value by matching disciplined underwriting with a low-cost business platform," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael P. Kehoe.

Results of Operations

Underwriting Results

Gross written premiums were $47.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, an increase of 5.1%, compared to $45.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Gross written premiums were $188.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, an increase of 6.5%, compared to $177.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in gross written premiums for both the fourth quarter and full year 2016 was due to a greater number of policies written, offset in part by a decrease in average premium size.

The Company participated in a quota share reinsurance agreement ("multiple line quota share" or "MLQS") whereby it transferred part of its risk to reinsurers in exchange for a proportion of the gross written premiums on that business. During the first nine months of 2016, the ceding percentage was 15%. As a result of the successful completion of its initial public offering ("IPO") in August 2016, the Company terminated and commuted its 2016 MLQS contract on October 1, 2016. During the first nine months of 2015, the ceding percentage was 50%. On October 1, 2015, the percentage was decreased to 40%. For comparative purposes, an exhibit that shows the calculation of underwriting income excluding the effects of the MLQS is included under the "Summary of Operating Results" section below.

The Company generated underwriting income of $9.5 million on a combined ratio of 75.3% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to underwriting income of $5.6 million on a combined ratio of 75.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Underwriting income increased by $3.9 million, or 69.9%, due primarily to higher premiums and higher favorable prior year loss development during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Loss and expense ratios were 50.5% and 24.8%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to 64.6% and 10.6% for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Adjusted loss and expense ratios, each of which excludes the effects of the MLQS, were 47.4% and 27.9%, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to 57.5% and 26.2% for the three months ended December 31, 2015. See the tables below under "Summary of Operating Results" for a reconciliation of adjusted loss and expense ratios, and "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of underwriting income, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, underwriting income was $34.3 million on a combined ratio of 74.3% compared to $29.3 million on a combined ratio of 60.6% for last year. Loss and expense ratios were 53.0% and 21.3%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to 56.8% and 3.8% for the year ended December 31, 2015. Adjusted loss and expense ratios, each of which excludes the effects of the MLQS, were 50.0% and 26.8%, respectively, for the full year 2016 compared to 51.5% and 26.0% for the full year 2015. The decrease in the adjusted loss ratio reflects higher favorable prior year loss development for the full year 2016 when compared to 2015. The increase in the adjusted expense ratio for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 compared to the same periods in 2015 was due primarily to higher employee compensation and public company operating costs. See the tables below under "Summary of Operating Results" for a reconciliation of adjusted loss and expense ratios, and "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of underwriting income, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

Investment Results

The Company’s net investment income was $2.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $1.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 29.8%. Net investment income was $7.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $5.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, an increase of 32.7%. The Company’s investment portfolio had a gross investment return of 2.2% for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to 2.1% for 2015. Funds are invested conservatively in high quality securities including, government agency, mortgage-backed, municipal and corporate bonds with an average credit quality of “AA.” The weighted average duration of the investment portfolio was 3.7 years at December 31, 2016 and 3.2 years at December 31, 2015. Investments totaled $429.6 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $344.1 million at December 31, 2015, an increase of 24.8%.

Other

Total comprehensive income, which includes after-tax unrealized gains and losses from the Company’s investment portfolio, was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $4.1 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in comprehensive income was primarily due to a decline in the value of the Company's fixed income investments as a result of an increase in interest rates toward the end of 2016. Total comprehensive income was $25.5 million for the full year 2016 compared to $20.7 million for 2015.

On August 2, 2016, the Company completed its IPO and has 20,968,707 shares of common stock outstanding. Stockholders' equity increased by 85.3% to $210.2 million at December 31, 2016, from $113.5 million at December 31, 2015, primarily as a result of the net proceeds received from the IPO of $72.8 million and profits generated in 2016 of $26.2 million.

Summary of Operating Results

The Company’s operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 are summarized as follows:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
                               
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 47,466     $ 45,169     $ 188,478     $ 177,009  
Ceded written premiums 2,696     (15,854 )   (21,214 )   (92,991 )
Net written premiums $ 50,162     $ 29,315     $ 167,264     $ 84,018  
               
Net earned premiums $ 38,462     $ 22,586     $ 133,816     $ 74,322  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 19,435     14,590     70,961     42,238  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses
9,520     2,401     28,551     2,809  
Underwriting income (1) $ 9,507     $ 5,595     $ 34,304     $ 29,275  
               
Loss ratio 50.5 %   64.6 %   53.0 %   56.8 %
Expense ratio 24.8 %   10.6 %   21.3 %   3.8 %
Combined ratio 75.3 %   75.2 %   74.3 %   60.6 %
                               
Annualized return on equity (3) 13.1 %   16.5 %   16.2 %   21.6 %

The following tables summarize the effect of the MLQS for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2016
  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015
  Including
 Quota
Share
  Effects of
Quota
Share
  Excluding
Quota
Share
  Including
 Quota
Share
  Effects of
Quota
Share
  Excluding
Quota
Share
                                               
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 47,466     $     $ 47,466     $ 45,169     $     $ 45,169  
Ceded written premiums 2,696     11,043     (8,347 )   (15,854 )   (8,509 )   (7,345 )
Net written premiums $ 50,162     $ 11,043     $ 39,119     $ 29,315     $ (8,509 )   $ 37,824  
                       
Net earned premiums $ 38,462     $     $ 38,462     $ 22,586     $ (15,338 )   $ 37,924  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses:                      
Current accident year (23,283 )       (23,283 )   (15,262 )   8,154     (23,416 )
Favorable development on prior accident years 3,848     (1,217 )   5,065     672     (954 )   1,626  
Total losses and loss adjustment expenses (19,435 )   (1,217 )   (18,218 )   (14,590 )   7,200     (21,790 )
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses
(9,520 )   1,217     (10,737 )   (2,401 )   7,524     (9,925 )
Underwriting income (1) $ 9,507     $     $ 9,507     $ 5,595     $ (614 )   $ 6,209  
                       
Loss ratio 50.5 %           64.6 %   46.9 %    
Expense ratio 24.8 %           10.6 %   49.1 %    
Combined ratio 75.3 %           75.2 %   96.0 %    
                       
Adjusted loss ratio (2)         47.4 %           57.5 %
Adjusted expense ratio (2)         27.9 %           26.2 %
Adjusted combined ratio (2)         75.3 %           83.7 %


  Year Ended
December 31, 2016
  Year Ended
December 31, 2015
  Including
 Quota
Share
  Effects of
Quota
Share
  Excluding
Quota
Share
  Including
 Quota
Share
  Effects of
Quota
Share
  Excluding
Quota
Share
   
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 188,478     $     $ 188,478     $ 177,009     $     $ 177,009  
Ceded written premiums (21,214 )   10,269     (31,483 )   (92,991 )   (63,991 )   (29,000 )
Net written premiums $ 167,264     $ 10,269     $ 156,995     $ 84,018     $ (63,991 )   $ 148,009  
                       
Net earned premiums $ 133,816     $ (16,996 )   $ 150,812     $ 74,322     $ (67,950 )   $ 142,272  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses:                      
Current accident year (83,675 )   9,339     (93,014 )   (51,434 )   36,795     (88,229 )
Favorable development on prior accident years 12,714     (4,959 )   17,673     9,196     (5,817 )   15,013  
Total losses and loss adjustment expenses (70,961 )   4,380     (75,341 )   (42,238 )   30,978     (73,216 )
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses (28,551 )   11,936     (40,487 )   (2,809 )   34,254     (37,063 )
Underwriting income (1) $ 34,304     $ (680 )   $ 34,984     $ 29,275     $ (2,718 )   $ 31,993  
                       
Loss ratio 53.0 %   25.8 %       56.8 %   45.6 %    
Expense ratio 21.3 %   70.2 %       3.8 %   50.4 %    
Combined ratio 74.3 %   96.0 %       60.6 %   96.0 %    
                       
Adjusted loss ratio (2)         50.0 %           51.5 %
Adjusted expense ratio (2)         26.8 %           26.0 %
Adjusted combined ratio (2)         76.8 %           77.5 %

(1) Underwriting income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

(2) Adjusted loss ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio are non-GAAP financial measures.  See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

(3) Return on equity is net income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Underwriting Income

Underwriting income is a non-GAAP financial measure that is useful in evaluating the Company's underwriting performance without regard to investment income. Underwriting income represents the pre-tax profitability of the Company's insurance operations and is derived by subtracting losses and loss adjustment expenses and underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses from net earned premiums. The Company uses underwriting income as an internal performance measure in the management of its operations because the Company believes it gives management and users of the Company's financial information useful insight into the Company's results of operations and underlying business performance. Underwriting income should not be viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and other companies may define underwriting income differently.

Net income for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
                                 
    (in thousands)
Net income   $ 6,871     $ 4,604     $ 26,167     $ 22,273  
                 
Income tax expense   3,429     2,276     13,369     11,284  
Other expenses   1,098     511     2,567     1,992  
Net investment income   (2,098 )   (1,616 )   (7,487 )   (5,643 )
Net investment losses (gains)   207     (51 )   (176 )   (59 )
Other income       (129 )   (136 )   (572 )
Underwriting income   $ 9,507     $ 5,595     $ 34,304     $ 29,275  
                                 

Adjusted Loss and Expense Ratios

Adjusted loss ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company defines its adjusted loss ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio as each of its loss ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio, respectively, excluding the effects of the MLQS. The Company uses these adjusted ratios as internal performance measures in the management of its operations because the Company believes they give management and other users of the Company's financial information useful insight into the Company's results of operations and underlying business performance. The Company's adjusted loss ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio should not be viewed as substitutes for its loss ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio, respectively, which are presented in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call

Kinsale Capital Group will hold a conference call to discuss this press release on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public may access the conference call by dialing (844) 239-5282 Conference ID# 62270313 or via the Internet by going to www.kinsalecapitalgroup.com and clicking on the "Investor Relations" link. A replay of the call will be available at the website until the close of business on May 2, 2017.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, such forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as "believe," "expect," "seek," "may," "will," "intend," "project," "plan," "estimate" or similar words. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: inadequate loss reserves to cover the Company's actual losses; adverse economic factors; a decline in the Company's financial strength rating; loss of one or more key executives; loss of a group of brokers that generate significant portions of the Company's business; failure of any of the loss limitations or exclusions the Company employs, or change in other claims or coverage issues; adverse performance of the Company's investment portfolio; adverse market conditions that affect its E&S insurance operations and other risks described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

About Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.

Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. is a specialty insurance group headquartered in Richmond, VA, focusing on the excess and surplus lines market.

 
KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
 
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
                                 
Revenues   (in thousands, except per share data)
Gross written premiums   $ 47,466     $ 45,169     $ 188,478     $ 177,009  
Ceded written premiums   2,696     (15,854 )   (21,214 )   (92,991 )
Net written premiums   50,162     29,315     167,264     84,018  
Change in unearned premiums   (11,700 )   (6,729 )   (33,448 )   (9,696 )
Net earned premiums   38,462     22,586     133,816     74,322  
                 
Net investment income   2,098     1,616     7,487     5,643  
Net investment gains (losses):                
Net realized investment gains, excluding other-than temporary impairment losses
  69     51     452     59  
Other-than-temporary impairment losses   (276 )       (276 )    
Net investment (losses) gains   (207 )   51     176     59  
Other income       129     136     572  
Total revenues   40,353     24,382     141,615     80,596  
                 
Expenses                
Losses and loss adjustment expenses   19,435     14,590     70,961     42,238  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses   9,520     2,401     28,551     2,809  
Other expenses   1,098     511     2,567     1,992  
Total expenses   30,053     17,502     102,079     47,039  
Income before income taxes   10,300     6,880     39,536     33,557  
Income tax expense   3,429     2,276     13,369     11,284  
Net income   6,871     4,604     26,167     22,273  
                 
Other comprehensive income                
Change in unrealized losses on investments, net of taxes   (5,655 )   (468 )   (640 )   (1,563 )
Total comprehensive income   $ 1,216     $ 4,136     $ 25,527     $ 20,710  
                 
Earnings per share - basic:                
Common stock   $ 0.33     $     $ 0.57     $  
Class A common stock   $     $ 0.33     $ 0.98     $ 1.53  
Class B common stock   $     $ 0.02     $ 0.48     $ 0.84  
                 
Earnings per share - diluted:                
Common stock   $ 0.32     $     $ 0.56     $  
Class A common stock   $     $ 0.33     $ 0.98     $ 1.53  
Class B common stock   $     $ 0.02     $ 0.46     $ 0.81  
                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic:                
Common stock   20,969         20,841      
Class A common stock       13,803     13,844     13,796  
Class B common stock       1,510     1,574     1,413  
                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted:                
Common stock   21,281         21,073      
Class A common stock       13,803     13,844     13,796  
Class B common stock       1,514     1,644     1,452  


KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
                 
Assets   ($ in thousands)
Investments:        
Fixed maturity securities available-for-sale   $ 411,223     $ 327,602  
Equity securities available-for-sale   18,374     14,240  
Short-term investments       2,299  
Total investments   429,597     344,141  
         
Cash and cash equivalents   50,752     24,544  
Investment income due and accrued   2,293     1,844  
Premiums receivable, net   16,984     15,550  
Receivable from reinsurers   8,567     11,928  
Reinsurance recoverables   70,317     95,670  
Ceded unearned premiums   13,512     39,329  
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions   10,150      
Intangible assets   3,538     3,538  
Deferred income tax asset, net   6,605     6,822  
Other assets   2,074     1,912  
Total assets   $ 614,389     $ 545,278  
         
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity        
Liabilities:        
Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 264,801     $ 219,629  
Unearned premiums   89,344     81,713  
Payable to reinsurers   4,090     3,833  
Funds held for reinsurers   36,497     87,206  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   8,752     7,410  
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions       1,696  
Note payable       29,603  
Other liabilities   691     737  
Total liabilities   404,175     431,827  
         
Stockholders' equity   210,214     113,451  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 614,389     $ 545,278  
                 

Contact:

Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.Bryan Petrucelli
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
804-289-1272
ir@kinsalecapitalgroup.com

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