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Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. Reports 2018 Third Quarter Results

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:KNSL) reported net income of $11.9 million, $0.55 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018 compared to $4.2 million, $0.20 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017. Net income was $29.3 million, $1.35 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2018 compared to $19.0 million, $0.88 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2017. Net income included after-tax catastrophe losses incurred of $0.3 million and $0.4 million in the third quarter and the first nine months of 2018, respectively, and $5.2 million and $5.3 million in the third quarter and the first nine months of 2017, respectively.

Net operating earnings(1) were $10.6 million, $0.49 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018 compared to $4.2 million, $0.20 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017. Net operating earnings(1) were $28.7 million, $1.32 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2018 compared to $19.0 million, $0.88 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2017.

Highlights for the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 included:

  • Net income increased by 184.2% compared to the third quarter of 2017
  • Net operating earnings(1) increased by 153.0% compared to the third quarter of 2017
  • 25.0% growth in gross written premiums to $69.5 million compared to the third quarter of 2017
  • 47.7% increase in net investment income to $4.1 million compared to the third quarter of 2017
  • Underwriting income(1) of $8.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, resulting in a combined ratio of 84.6%
  • 15.4% annualized operating return on equity(1) for the nine months ended September 30, 2018

(1)  See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

"Kinsale's disciplined underwriting and claims handling combined with a technology-driven, low-cost platform continue to power favorable returns. We achieved a combined ratio of 84.6% for the quarter and an annualized operating return on equity for the first nine months of 2018 of 15.4%, consistent with our forward guidance,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael P. Kehoe.

Results of Operations

Underwriting Results

Gross written premiums were $69.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $55.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of 25.0%. Gross written premiums were $203.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $166.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, an increase of 22.3%. The increase in gross written premiums during the third quarter and the first nine months of 2018 over the same periods last year was due to growth across most lines of business as submissions from brokers requesting policy quotes remained strong.

Underwriting income(2) was $8.4 million resulting in a combined ratio of 84.6% for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $2.5 million resulting in a combined ratio of 94.5% for same period last year. The increase in underwriting income(2) was principally due to lower catastrophe losses incurred in the third quarter of 2018 of $0.4 million compared to catastrophe losses incurred of $8.0 million the third quarter of 2017. Net favorable development of loss reserves on prior accident years was $2.2 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.9 million in the third quarter of 2017. Loss and expense ratios were 59.1% and 25.5%, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to 70.1% and 24.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Underwriting income(2) was $23.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, resulting in a combined ratio of 84.6% compared to $20.2 million resulting in a combined ratio of 84.3% for same period last year. Loss and expense ratios were 59.3% and 25.3%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to 58.8% and 25.5%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The increase in underwriting income(2) was principally the result of premium growth and lower catastrophe losses incurred, offset in part by lower net favorable development of loss reserves in prior accident years.

Summary of Underwriting Results

The Company’s underwriting results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 are summarized as follows:

  Three Months Ended
 September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
   
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 69,546     $ 55,633     $ 203,374     $ 166,248  
Ceded written premiums (11,602 )   (8,562 )   (29,448 )   (25,242 )
Net written premiums $ 57,944     $ 47,071     $ 173,926     $ 141,006  
               
Net earned premiums $ 54,296     $ 45,030     $ 153,250     $ 128,515  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 32,085     31,568     90,951     75,534  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses 13,850     10,989     38,767     32,775  
Underwriting income(2) $ 8,361     $ 2,473     $ 23,532     $ 20,206  
               
Loss ratio 59.1 %   70.1 %   59.3 %   58.8 %
Expense ratio 25.5 %   24.4 %   25.3 %   25.5 %
Combined ratio 84.6 %   94.5 %   84.6 %   84.3 %
                               
Annualized return on equity(3) 18.9 %   7.3 %   15.8 %   11.5 %
Annualized operating return on equity(4) 16.7 %   7.3 %   15.4 %   11.4 %

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

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

(4) Annualized operating return on equity is net operating earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period. See discussion of "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

The following tables summarize losses incurred for the current accident year and the development of prior accident years for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017:

  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2018
  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
   
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 33,882     62.4 %   $ 26,419     58.6 %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses 402     0.7 %   8,044     17.9 %
Effect of prior accident year development (2,199 )   (4.0 )%   (2,895 )   (6.4 )%
Total $ 32,085     59.1 %   $ 31,568     70.1 %
                           


  Nine Months Ended
 September 30, 2018
  Nine Months Ended
 September 30, 2017
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
   
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 96,115     62.7 %   $ 79,208     61.6 %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses 558     0.3 %   8,157     6.4 %
Effect of prior accident year development (5,722 )   (3.7 )%   (11,831 )   (9.2 )%
Total $ 90,951     59.3 %   $ 75,534     58.8 %
                           

Investment Results

The Company’s net investment income was $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 47.7%. Net investment income was $11.1 million in the first nine months of 2018 compared to $7.5 million in the first nine months of 2017. The Company’s investment portfolio, excluding cash and cash equivalents, had an annualized gross investment return of 2.9% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to 2.4% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Funds are generally invested conservatively in high quality securities, including government agency, asset and mortgage-backed securities, municipal and corporate bonds with an average credit quality of "AA." The weighted average duration of the fixed-maturity investment portfolio, including cash equivalents, was 4.0 years at September 30, 2018 and 3.9 years at December 31, 2017. Cash and invested assets totaled $634.2 million at September 30, 2018 compared to $561.1 million at December 31, 2017.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted a new accounting standard, which prescribed several changes, including eliminating the available-for-sale classification of equity investments and requiring changes in unrealized gains and losses in the fair value of equity investments to be recognized in net income. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company recognized unrealized gains, net of taxes, related to its equity portfolio in the consolidated statement of income of $1.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively.

Other

The effective tax rates for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 were 17.1% and 30.5%, respectively. The decrease in the effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 compared to the prior-year period was largely attributable to the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which lowered the federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.

Total comprehensive income, which includes the change in after-tax unrealized gains and losses from the Company’s available-for-sale fixed-maturity investments, was $10.0 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared to $5.8 million for the same period in 2017. Total comprehensive income was $21.5 million for the first nine months of 2018 compared to $23.9 million for the first nine months of 2017. The decline in total comprehensive income was principally due to an increase in unrealized losses during the first nine months of 2018 related to lower fair values of Company's fixed-maturity investments, which was mostly attributable to a higher interest rate environment.

Stockholders' equity was $257.9 million at September 30, 2018, compared to $238.2 million at December 31, 2017. Annualized return on equity was 15.8% for the first nine months of 2018, an increase from 11.5% for the first nine months of 2017. The increase was due to a number of factors, including lower catastrophe losses incurred, the lower income tax rate resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and higher overall returns on the investment portfolio, offset in part by lower net favorable development of loss reserves in prior accident years.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Net Operating Earnings

Net operating earnings exclude the impact of realized investment gains and losses and unrealized gains and losses on equity securities. Management believes the exclusion of these items provides a more useful comparison of the Company's underlying business performance from period to period. Net operating earnings and percentages or calculations using net operating earnings (e.g., diluted operating earnings per share and annualized operating return on equity) are non-GAAP financial measures. Net operating earnings should not be viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and other companies may define net operating earnings differently.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, net income and diluted earnings per share reconcile to net operating earnings and diluted operating earnings per share as follows:

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
     
    ($ in thousands, except per share data)
Net operating earnings:                
Net income   $ 11,940     $ 4,201     $ 29,339     $ 18,977  
Net unrealized gains losses on equity securities, after taxes   (1,390 )       (454 )    
Net realized losses (gains) on investments, after taxes   5     (29 )   (221 )   (23 )
Net operating earnings   $ 10,555     $ 4,172     $ 28,664     $ 18,954  
                 
Diluted operating earnings per share:                
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.55     $ 0.20     $ 1.35     $ 0.88  
Net unrealized gains on equity securities, after taxes, per share   (0.06 )       (0.02 )    
Net realized losses (gains) on investments, after taxes, per share           (0.01 )    
Diluted operating earnings per share   $ 0.49     $ 0.20     $ 1.32     $ 0.88  
                 
Operating return on equity:                
Average equity(1)   $ 252,925     $ 228,902     $ 248,047     $ 220,986  
Annualized return on equity(2)   18.9 %   7.3 %   15.8 %   11.5 %
Annualized operating return on equity(3)   16.7 %   7.3 %   15.4 %   11.4 %

(1) Computed by adding the total equity as of the date indicated to the prior quarter-end or year-end total, as applicable, and dividing by two.

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

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

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.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, net income reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
     
    (in thousands)
Net income   $ 11,940     $ 4,201     $ 29,339     $ 18,977  
Income tax expense   2,155     1,054     6,032     8,319  
Income before income taxes   14,095     5,255     35,371     27,296  
Other expenses   107     27     121     429  
Net investment income   (4,085 )   (2,765 )   (11,096 )   (7,483 )
Net unrealized gains on equity securities   (1,760 )       (575 )    
Net realized losses (gains) on investments   6     (44 )   (280 )   (36 )
Other income   (2 )       (9 )    
Underwriting income   $ 8,361     $ 2,473     $ 23,532     $ 20,206  
                                 

Conference Call

Kinsale Capital Group will hold a conference call to discuss this press release on Friday, November 2, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public may access the conference call by dialing (844) 239-5282, conference ID# 1079188, 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 on the website until the close of business on December 31, 2018.

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; inherent uncertainty of models resulting in actual losses that are materially different than the Company's estimates; 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 excess and surplus lines 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, Virginia, focusing on the excess and surplus lines market.

Contact

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

 
KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
 
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
     
    (in thousands, except per share data)
Revenues                
Gross written premiums   $ 69,546     $ 55,633     $ 203,374     $ 166,248  
Ceded written premiums   (11,602 )   (8,562 )   (29,448 )   (25,242 )
Net written premiums   57,944     47,071     173,926     141,006  
Change in unearned premiums   (3,648 )   (2,041 )   (20,676 )   (12,491 )
Net earned premiums   54,296     45,030     153,250     128,515  
                 
Net investment income   4,085     2,765     11,096     7,483  
Net unrealized gains on equity securities   1,760         575      
Net realized (losses) gains on investments   (6 )   44     280     36  
Other income   2         9      
Total revenues   60,137     47,839     165,210     136,034  
                 
Expenses                
Losses and loss adjustment expenses   32,085     31,568     90,951     75,534  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses   13,850     10,989     38,767     32,775  
Other expenses   107     27     121     429  
Total expenses   46,042     42,584     129,839     108,738  
Income before income taxes   14,095     5,255     35,371     27,296  
Total income tax expense   2,155     1,054     6,032     8,319  
Net income   11,940     4,201     29,339     18,977  
                 
Other comprehensive income                
Change in unrealized (losses) gains on available-for-sale securities, net of taxes   (1,953 )   1,639     (7,825 )   4,886  
Total comprehensive income   $ 9,987     $ 5,840     $ 21,514     $ 23,863  
                 
                 
Earnings per share - basic   $ 0.57     $ 0.20     $ 1.39     $ 0.90  
Earnings per share - diluted   $ 0.55     $ 0.20     $ 1.35     $ 0.88  
                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic   21,102     20,995     21,073     20,978  
Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted   21,721     21,520     21,671     21,461  


KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
    September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
     
Assets   (in thousands)
Investments:        
Fixed-maturity securities at fair value   $ 508,011     $ 425,191  
Equity securities at fair value   61,448     54,132  
Total investments   569,459     479,323  
         
Cash and cash equivalents   64,744     81,747  
Investment income due and accrued   3,711     3,077  
Premiums receivable, net   22,465     19,787  
Reinsurance recoverable   64,949     49,593  
Ceded unearned premiums   15,646     13,858  
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions   14,485     11,775  
Intangible assets   3,538     3,538  
Deferred income tax asset, net   6,129     2,492  
Other assets   5,375     2,659  
Total assets   $ 770,501     $ 667,849  
         
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity        
Liabilities:        
Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 365,814     $ 315,717  
Unearned premiums   125,574     103,110  
Payable to reinsurers   5,313     3,226  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   5,726     6,519  
Other liabilities   10,169     1,088  
Total liabilities   512,596     429,660  
         
Stockholders' equity   257,905     238,189  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 770,501     $ 667,849  
                 

 

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Source: Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.