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Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. Reports 2021 Third Quarter Results

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: KNSL) reported net income of $36.6 million, $1.59 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $14.9 million, $0.65 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020. Net income included after-tax catastrophe losses of $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2021 and $13.2 million in the third quarter of 2020. Net income was $104.3 million, $4.53 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2021 compared to $50.2 million, $2.21 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2020. After-tax catastrophe losses were $6.9 million for the first nine months of 2021 and $13.5 million for the first nine months of 2020.

Net operating earnings(1) were $36.7 million, $1.59 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $9.6 million, $0.42 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020. Net operating earnings(1) were $91.7 million, $3.98 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2021 compared to $46.0 million, $2.02 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2020.

Highlights for the quarter included:

  • Net income increased by 146.0% compared to the third quarter of 2020
  • Net operating earnings(1) of $36.7 million increased by 281.9% compared to the third quarter of 2020
  • 36.5% growth in gross written premiums to $197.6 million compared to the third quarter of 2020
  • 15.5% increase in net investment income to $8.1 million compared to the third quarter of 2020
  • Underwriting income(2) of $38.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, resulting in a combined ratio of 75.7%
  • 19.8% annualized operating return on equity(4) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021

“Third quarter premium growth and profitability were both favorable. In particular, our quarterly combined ratio of 75.7% reflects the margin expansion resulting from several years of robust rate increases as well as our disciplined underwriting and low cost model. Looking ahead, we remain optimistic about overall market conditions as well as our ability to deliver strong returns and expand our market share over the long term,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael P. Kehoe.

Results of Operations

Underwriting Results

Gross written premiums were $197.6 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $144.8 million for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 36.5%. Gross written premiums were $560.6 million for the first nine months of 2021 compared to $402.9 million for the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 39.1%. Growth in gross written premiums during the third quarter and first nine months of 2021 over the same periods last year was driven by higher submission activity from brokers and rate increases on bound accounts.

Underwriting income(2) was $38.1 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 75.7%, for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $2.9 million and a combined ratio of 97.3% for the same period last year. The increase in underwriting income(2) quarter over quarter, was due to a combination of factors including premium growth and continued rate increases from a strong underwriting environment, lower catastrophe activity and higher net favorable development of loss reserves from prior accident years. Loss and expense ratios were 55.7% and 20.0%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2021 compared to 76.1% and 21.2% for the third quarter of 2020. Results for the third quarters of 2021 and 2020 included net favorable development of loss reserves from prior accident years of $9.2 million, or 5.9 points, and $3.0 million, or 2.8 points, respectively. The loss ratio for the third quarter of 2021 included 3.8 points of net incurred losses related to catastrophes, primarily from Hurricane Ida. The loss ratio for the third quarter of 2020 included 15.4 points of net incurred losses related to catastrophes, primarily related to Hurricanes Laura and Sally, and the California wildfires.

Underwriting income(2) was $91.4 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 78.1%, for the first nine months of 2021, compared to $33.0 million and a combined ratio of 88.8% for the same period last year. The increase in underwriting income(2) for the first nine months of 2021 compared to the prior year period was primarily due to premium growth and continued rate increases, higher net favorable development of loss reserves from prior accident years and lower catastrophe activity. Loss and expense ratios were 56.7% and 21.4%, respectively, for the first nine months of 2021 compared to 65.9% and 22.9% for the first nine months of 2020. Results for the first nine months of 2021 and 2020 included net favorable development of loss reserves from prior accident years of $25.4 million, or 6.1 points, and $9.6 million, or 3.3 points, respectively. The loss ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 included 2.1 points of net incurred losses related to catastrophes compared to 5.8 points for the same period last year. The catastrophe activity in first nine months of 2021 primarily related to Hurricane Ida and winter storms Uri and Viola in Texas. Catastrophe activity in first nine months of 2020 primarily related to Hurricanes Laura and Sally and the California wildfires.

Summary of Operating Results

The Company’s operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 are summarized as follows:

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 197,616       $ 144,777       $ 560,553       $ 402,904    
Ceded written premiums (26,939 )     (22,529 )     (77,825 )     (54,996 )  
Net written premiums $ 170,677       $ 122,248       $ 482,728       $ 347,908    
               
Net earned premiums $ 156,871       $ 108,244       $ 417,612       $ 294,962    
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 87,352       82,431       236,727       194,468    
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses 31,465       22,927       89,490       67,471    
Underwriting income(2) $ 38,054       $ 2,886       $ 91,395       $ 33,023    
               
Loss ratio 55.7   %   76.1   %   56.7   %   65.9   %
Expense ratio 20.0   %   21.2   %   21.4   %   22.9   %
Combined ratio 75.7   %   97.3   %   78.1   %   88.8   %
               
Annualized return on equity(3) 22.7   %   12.0   %   22.5   %   14.3   %
Annualized operating return on equity(4) 22.8   %   7.8   %   19.8   %   13.0   %


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

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, 2021 and 2020:

  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2021
  Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 90,675       57.8   %   $ 68,764       63.5   %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses 5,882       3.8   %   16,670       15.4   %
Effect of prior accident year development (9,205 )     (5.9 ) %   (3,003 )     (2.8 ) %
Total $ 87,352       55.7   %   $ 82,431       76.1   %
               


  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2021
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2020
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
  Losses and
Loss
Adjustment
Expenses
  % of Earned
Premiums
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 253,348       60.7   %   $ 186,965       63.4   %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses 8,792       2.1   %   17,131       5.8   %
Effect of prior accident year development (25,413 )     (6.1 ) %   (9,628 )     (3.3 ) %
Total $ 236,727       56.7   %   $ 194,468       65.9   %

Investment Results

Net investment income was $8.1 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared to $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 15.5%. Net investment income was $22.5 million in the first nine months of 2021 compared to $19.6 million in the first nine months of 2020, an increase of 14.5%. These increases were primarily due to growth in the Company's investment portfolio generated from the investment of positive operating cash flow since September 30, 2020 and proceeds from the Company's equity offering in the third quarter of 2020. The Company’s investment portfolio, excluding cash and cash equivalents, had an annualized gross investment return(5) of 2.5% for the first nine months of 2021 compared to 3.0% for the first nine months of 2020. Funds are generally invested conservatively in high quality securities, including government agency, asset- and mortgage-backed securities, and 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 4.4 years and 4.3 years at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. Cash and invested assets totaled $1.6 billion at September 30, 2021 compared to $1.3 billion at December 31, 2020.

(5) Gross investment return is investment income from fixed-maturity and equity securities, before any deductions for fees and expenses, expressed as a percentage of the average beginning and ending book value of those investments during the period.

Other

Total comprehensive income was $88.2 million for the first nine months of 2021 compared to $74.6 million for the first nine months of 2020. The increase was due to higher net income offset in part by a decrease in the fair values of the Company's fixed-maturity investments, resulting from a higher interest rate environment.

The effective tax rates for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 were 18.9% and 12.8%, respectively. In the first nine months of 2021 and 2020, the effective tax rates were lower than the federal statutory rate of 21% primarily due to the tax benefits from stock-based compensation and tax-exempt investment income.

Stockholders' equity was $659.2 million at September 30, 2021, compared to $576.2 million at December 31, 2020. Annualized operating return on equity(4) was 19.8% for the first nine months of 2021, an increase from 13.0% for the first nine months of 2020, which was attributable primarily to growth in the business from continuing favorable market conditions and rate increases and higher net favorable development of loss reserves from prior accident years.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Net Operating Earnings

Net operating earnings is defined as net income excluding the effects of the change in the fair value of equity securities, after taxes, and net realized investment gains and losses, after taxes. 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, 2021 and 2020, 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,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  ($ in thousands, except per share data)
Net operating earnings:              
Net income $ 36,625       $ 14,890       $ 104,339       $ 50,238    
Change in the fair value of equity securities, after taxes 799       (4,764 )     (10,779 )     (2,930 )  
Net realized investment gains, after taxes (707 )     (511 )     (1,894 )     (1,324 )  
Net operating earnings $ 36,717       $ 9,615       $ 91,666       $ 45,984    
               
Diluted operating earnings per share:              
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.59       $ 0.65       $ 4.53       $ 2.21    
Change in the fair value of equity securities, after taxes, per share 0.03       (0.21 )     (0.47 )     (0.13 )  
Net realized investment gains, after taxes, per share (0.03 )     (0.02 )     (0.08 )     (0.06 )  
Diluted operating earnings per share(1) $ 1.59       $ 0.42       $ 3.98       $ 2.02    
               
Operating return on equity:              
Average stockholders' equity(2) $ 644,401       $ 495,123       $ 617,702       $ 470,006    
Annualized return on equity(3) 22.7   %   12.0   %   22.5   %   14.3   %
Annualized operating return on equity(4) 22.8   %   7.8   %   19.8   %   13.0   %


(1) Diluted operating earnings per share may not add due to rounding.
(2) Computed by adding the total stockholders' equity as of the date indicated to the prior quarter-end or year-end total, as applicable, and dividing by two.
(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 expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.

Underwriting Income

Underwriting income is defined as net income excluding net investment income, the change in the fair value of equity securities, net realized investment gains and losses, other income, other expenses and income tax expense. 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, 2021 and 2020, net income reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  (in thousands)
Net income $ 36,625     $ 14,890     $ 104,339     $ 50,238  
Income tax expense 9,054     1,231     24,387     7,355  
Income before income taxes 45,679     16,121     128,726     57,593  
Other expenses (5) 388     1,022     1,234     1,022  
Net investment income (8,095 )   (7,008 )   (22,466 )   (19,613 )
Change in the fair value of equity securities 1,012     (6,031 )   (13,644 )   (3,709 )
Net realized investment gains (895 )   (647 )   (2,397 )   (1,676 )
Other income (35 )   (571 )   (58 )   (594 )
Underwriting income $ 38,054     $ 2,886     $ 91,395     $ 33,023  


(5) Other expenses are comprised of interest expense on the Company's Credit Facility and other corporate expenses not allocated to the Company's insurance operations.

Conference Call

Kinsale Capital Group will hold a conference call to discuss this press release on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public may access the conference call by dialing (844) 239-5282, conference ID# 3495415 , 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 30, 2021.

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 "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "believes," "seeks," "outlook," "future," "will," "would," "should," "could," "may," "can have," "prospects" 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; inherent uncertainty of models resulting in actual losses that are materially different than the Company's estimates; 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 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
Executive 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,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Revenues (in thousands, except per share data)
Gross written premiums $ 197,616     $ 144,777     $ 560,553     $ 402,904  
Ceded written premiums (26,939 )   (22,529 )   (77,825 )   (54,996 )
Net written premiums 170,677     122,248     482,728     347,908  
Change in unearned premiums (13,806 )   (14,004 )   (65,116 )   (52,946 )
Net earned premiums 156,871     108,244     417,612     294,962  
               
Net investment income 8,095     7,008     22,466     19,613  
Change in the fair value of equity securities (1,012 )   6,031     13,644     3,709  
Net realized investment gains 895     647     2,397     1,676  
Other income 35     571     58     594  
Total revenues 164,884     122,501     456,177     320,554  
               
Expenses              
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 87,352     82,431     236,727     194,468  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses 31,465     22,927     89,490     67,471  
Other expenses 388     1,022     1,234     1,022  
Total expenses 119,205     106,380     327,451     262,961  
Income before income taxes 45,679     16,121     128,726     57,593  
Total income tax expense 9,054     1,231     24,387     7,355  
Net income 36,625     14,890     104,339     50,238  
               
Other comprehensive income              
Change in net unrealized gains on available-for-sale investments, net of taxes (6,072 )   6,554     (16,111 )   24,339  
Total comprehensive income $ 30,553     $ 21,444     $ 88,228     $ 74,577  
               
Earnings per share:              
Basic $ 1.61     $ 0.66     $ 4.60     $ 2.26  
Diluted $ 1.59     $ 0.65     $ 4.53     $ 2.21  
               
Weighted-average shares outstanding:              
Basic 22,714     22,398     22,681     22,220  
Diluted 23,064     22,928     23,057     22,775  
                       

KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

  September 30, 2021   December 31, 2020
Assets (in thousands)
Investments:      
Fixed-maturity securities at fair value $ 1,342,873     $ 1,081,800  
Equity securities at fair value 151,792     129,662  
Total investments 1,494,665     1,211,462  
       
Cash and cash equivalents 90,012     77,093  
Investment income due and accrued 7,276     6,637  
Premiums receivable, net 63,709     48,641  
Reinsurance recoverables 112,026     93,215  
Ceded unearned premiums 32,783     24,265  
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions 40,273     31,912  
Intangible assets 3,538     3,538  
Deferred income tax asset, net 392      
Other assets 54,221     50,133  
Total assets $ 1,898,895     $ 1,546,896  
       
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity      
Liabilities:      
Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 814,856     $ 636,013  
Unearned premiums 334,620     260,986  
Payable to reinsurers 15,097     12,672  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 16,725     13,651  
Credit facility 42,664     42,570  
Deferred income tax liability, net     4,648  
Other liabilities 15,768     118  
Total liabilities 1,239,730     970,658  
       
Stockholders' equity 659,165     576,238  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,898,895     $ 1,546,896  

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