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Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. Reports 2021 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE: KNSL) reported net income of $48.3 million, $2.09 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $38.2 million, $1.65 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2020. Net income was $152.7 million, $6.62 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $88.4 million, $3.87 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2020. For the fourth quarter of 2021, the impact on net income related to catastrophes was negligible. For the year ended December 31, 2021, net income included after-tax catastrophe losses of $6.8 million. For the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020, net income included after-tax catastrophe losses of $4.8 million and $18.3 million, respectively.

Net operating earnings(1) were $40.7 million, $1.76 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $26.3 million, $1.14 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2020. Net operating earnings(1) were $132.4 million, $5.74 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $72.3 million, $3.16 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2021 included:

  • Net income increased by 26.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020
  • Net operating earnings(1) increased by 54.7% compared to the fourth quarter of 2020
  • 36.0% growth in gross written premiums to $203.8 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020
  • 32.1% increase in net investment income to $8.6 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020
  • 94.9% increase in underwriting income(2) to $42.2 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, resulting in a combined ratio of 74.5%
  • 24.0% annualized operating return on equity(4) for the fourth quarter of 2021

Highlights for the full year of 2021 included:

  • Net income increased by 72.7% compared to the full year of 2020
  • Net operating earnings(1) increased by 83.1% compared to the full year of 2020
  • 38.3% growth in gross written premiums to $764.4 million compared to the full year of 2020
  • 18.9% increase in net investment income to $31.0 million compared to the full year of 2020
  • 144.4% increase in underwriting income(2) to $133.6 million compared to the full year of 2020, resulting in a combined ratio of 77.1%
  • 20.8% operating return on equity(4) for the year ended December 31, 2021

"We concluded 2021 with another strong quarter, highlighted by growth in gross written premiums of 36% and a combined ratio under 75%. By providing superior customer service combined with disciplined underwriting and low costs, we expanded our margins and achieved an operating return on equity of 21% for 2021. We are confident the favorable market momentum will persist in 2022, and combined with the strength of our business model we will deliver another successful year," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael P. Kehoe.

Results of Operations

Underwriting Results

Gross written premiums were $203.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $149.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 36.0%. Gross written premiums were $764.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $552.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of 38.3%. Growth in gross written premiums during the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 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 $42.2 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 74.5%, for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $21.6 million, and a combined ratio of 81.6% for the same period last year. The increase in underwriting income(2) for the fourth quarter of 2021 was due primarily to 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. In addition, underwriting income reflected the benefit of a lower expense ratio due to economies of scale from premium expansion and management's continued focus on controlling costs. Loss and expense ratios were 53.1% and 21.4%, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to 58.8% and 22.8% for the fourth quarter of 2020. The impact related to catastrophes during the fourth quarter of 2021 was negligible. The loss ratio included current accident year catastrophe losses of $6.1 million, or 5.1 points, for the fourth quarter of 2020. Favorable development on reserves from prior accident years was $6.6 million, or 4.0 points, for the fourth quarter of 2021, and $3.7 million, or 3.1 points, for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Underwriting income(2) was $133.6 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 77.1%, for the year ended December 31, 2021, compared to $54.7 million, and a combined ratio of 86.7% for the prior year. The increase in underwriting income(2) for the year ended December 31, 2021 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. In addition, underwriting income reflected the benefit of a lower expense ratio due to economies of scale from premium expansion and management's continued focus on controlling costs. Loss and expense ratios were 55.7% and 21.4%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to 63.9% and 22.8%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2020. The loss ratios included current accident year catastrophe losses of $8.6 million, or 1.5 points, for the year ended December 31, 2021 and $23.2 million, or 5.6 points, for the year ended December 31, 2020. The catastrophe activity in 2021 primarily related to Hurricane Ida and winter storms in Texas. Catastrophe activity in 2020 largely related to Hurricanes Laura and Sally and the California wildfires. Favorable development on reserves from prior accident years was $32.0 million, or 5.5 points, for the year ended December 31, 2021 and $13.3 million, or 3.2 points, for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Summary of Operating Results

The Company’s operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 are summarized as follows:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
 December 31,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
  ($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 203,820     $ 149,910     $ 764,373     $ 552,814  
Ceded written premiums   (26,339 )     (19,599 )     (104,164 )     (74,595 )
Net written premiums $ 177,481     $ 130,311     $ 660,209     $ 478,219  
               
Net earned premiums $ 165,267     $ 117,792     $ 582,879     $ 412,754  
Losses and loss adjustment expenses   87,688       69,334       324,415       263,802  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses   35,410       26,825       124,900       94,296  
Underwriting income(2) $ 42,169     $ 21,633     $ 133,564     $ 54,656  
               
Loss ratio   53.1 %     58.8 %     55.7 %     63.9 %
Expense ratio   21.4 %     22.8 %     21.4 %     22.8 %
Combined ratio   74.5 %     81.6 %     77.1 %     86.7 %
               
Annualized return on equity(3)   28.5 %     27.5 %     23.9 %     18.0 %
Annualized operating return on equity(4)   24.0 %     19.0 %     20.8 %     14.7 %


(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 months and year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:

  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2021
  Three Months Ended
December 31, 2020
  Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses   % of Earned Premiums   Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses   % of Earned Premiums
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 94,413     57.1 %   $ 66,983     56.8 %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses   (152 )   %     6,061     5.1 %
Effect of prior accident year development   (6,573 )   (4.0) %     (3,710 )   (3.1) %
Total $ 87,688     53.1 %   $ 69,334     58.8 %


  Year Ended
 December 31, 2021
  Year Ended
 December 31, 2020
  Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses   % of Earned Premiums   Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses   % of Earned Premiums
Loss ratio: ($ in thousands)
Current accident year $ 347,761     59.7 %   $ 253,948     61.5 %
Current accident year - catastrophe losses   8,640     1.5 %     23,192     5.6 %
Effect of prior accident year development   (31,986 )   (5.5) %     (13,338 )   (3.2) %
Total $ 324,415     55.7 %   $ 263,802     63.9 %
                           

Investment Results

The Company’s net investment income was $8.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 32.1%. Net investment income was $31.0 million for the full year of 2021 compared to $26.1 million for the full year of 2020. This increase was primarily due to growth in our investment portfolio generated from the investment of positive operating funds since December 31, 2020. The Company’s investment portfolio, excluding cash and cash equivalents, had a gross investment return(5) of 2.5% for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to 2.9% for the year ended December 31, 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 4.3 years at both December 31, 2021 and 2020. Cash and invested assets totaled $1.7 billion at December 31, 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 average beginning and ending book values of those investments during the period.
   

Other

The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2021 was 19.1%. The effective tax rate was lower than the federal statutory rate primarily due to the tax benefits from stock-based compensation and tax-exempt investment income.

Stockholders' equity was $699.3 million at December 31, 2021, compared to $576.2 million at December 31, 2020. Operating return on equity was 20.8% for the full year of 2021, an increase from 14.7% for the full year of 2020, which was attributable primarily to growth in the business from continuing favorable market conditions and rate increases, lower catastrophe losses, and higher favorable development on net 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 months and year ended December 31, 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
December 31,
  Year Ended
 December 31,
      2021       2020       2021       2020  
    ($ in thousands, except per share data)
Net operating earnings:                
Net income   $ 48,320     $ 38,181     $ 152,659     $ 88,419  
Adjustments:                
Change in the fair value of equity securities, before taxes     (9,168 )     (13,146 )     (22,812 )     (16,855 )
Income tax expense (1)     1,925       2,761       4,791       3,540  
Change in fair value of equity securities, after taxes     (7,243 )     (10,385 )     (18,021 )     (13,315 )
                 
Net realized investment gains, before taxes     (431 )     (1,857 )     (2,828 )     (3,533 )
Income tax expense (1)     91       390       594       742  
Net realized investment gains, after taxes     (340 )     (1,467 )     (2,234 )     (2,791 )
Net operating earnings   $ 40,737     $ 26,329     $ 132,404     $ 72,313  
                 
Diluted operating earnings per share:                
Diluted earnings per share   $ 2.09     $ 1.65     $ 6.62     $ 3.87  
Change in fair value of equity securities, after taxes, per share     (0.31 )     (0.45 )     (0.78 )     (0.58 )
Net realized investment gains, after taxes, per share     (0.01 )     (0.06 )     (0.10 )     (0.12 )
Diluted operating earnings per share(2)   $ 1.76     $ 1.14     $ 5.74     $ 3.16  
                 
Operating return on equity:                
Average equity(3)   $ 679,250     $ 555,185     $ 637,787     $ 491,059  
Annualized return on equity(4)     28.5 %     27.5 %     23.9 %     18.0 %
Annualized operating return on equity(5)     24.0 %     19.0 %     20.8 %     14.7 %


(1) Income taxes on adjustments to reconcile net income to net operating earnings use a 21% effective tax rate.
(2) Diluted operating earnings per share may not add due to rounding.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) 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 months and year ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, net income reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
 December 31,
      2021       2020       2021       2020  
    (in thousands)
Net income   $ 48,320     $ 38,181     $ 152,659     $ 88,419  
Income tax expense     11,755       4,639       36,142       11,994  
Income before income taxes     60,075       42,820       188,801       100,413  
Other expenses (6)     429       353       1,663       1,375  
Net investment income     (8,582 )     (6,497 )     (31,048 )     (26,110 )
Change in fair value of equity securities     (9,168 )     (13,146 )     (22,812 )     (16,855 )
Net realized investment gains     (431 )     (1,857 )     (2,828 )     (3,533 )
Other income     (154 )     (40 )     (212 )     (634 )
Underwriting income   $ 42,169     $ 21,633     $ 133,564     $ 54,656  


(6) Other expenses are comprised of interest expense on the Company's Credit Facility and 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, February 18, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public may access the conference call by dialing (844) 239-5282, conference ID# 2881553, 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 April 19, 2022.

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
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
      2021       2020       2021       2020  
Revenues   (in thousands, except per share data)
Gross written premiums   $ 203,820     $ 149,910     $ 764,373     $ 552,814  
Ceded written premiums     (26,339 )     (19,599 )     (104,164 )     (74,595 )
Net written premiums     177,481       130,311       660,209       478,219  
Change in unearned premiums     (12,214 )     (12,519 )     (77,330 )     (65,465 )
Net earned premiums     165,267       117,792       582,879       412,754  
                 
Net investment income     8,582       6,497       31,048       26,110  
Change in fair value of equity securities     9,168       13,146       22,812       16,855  
Net realized investment gains     431       1,857       2,828       3,533  
Other income     154       40       212       634  
Total revenues     183,602       139,332       639,779       459,886  
                 
Expenses                
Losses and loss adjustment expenses     87,688       69,334       324,415       263,802  
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses     35,410       26,825       124,900       94,296  
Other expenses     429       353       1,663       1,375  
Total expenses     123,527       96,512       450,978       359,473  
Income before income taxes     60,075       42,820       188,801       100,413  
Income tax expense     11,755       4,639       36,142       11,994  
Net income     48,320       38,181       152,659       88,419  
                 
Other comprehensive (loss) income                
Change in unrealized (losses) gains on available-for-sale investments, net of taxes     (7,144 )     3,523       (23,255 )     27,862  
Total comprehensive income   $ 41,176     $ 41,704     $ 129,404     $ 116,281  
                 
Earnings per share:                
Basic   $ 2.13     $ 1.69     $ 6.73     $ 3.96  
Diluted   $ 2.09     $ 1.65     $ 6.62     $ 3.87  
                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:                
Basic     22,728       22,611       22,693       22,319  
Diluted     23,083       23,073       23,062       22,852  
                                 

KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    December 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
    (in thousands)
Assets        
Investments:        
Fixed-maturity securities at fair value   $ 1,392,066   $ 1,081,800
Equity securities at fair value     172,611     129,662
Total investments     1,564,677     1,211,462
         
Cash and cash equivalents     121,040     77,093
Investment income due and accrued     7,658     6,637
Premiums receivable, net     71,004     48,641
Reinsurance recoverables, net     122,970     93,215
Ceded unearned premiums     33,679     24,265
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions     41,968     31,912
Intangible assets     3,538     3,538
Deferred income tax asset, net     2,109    
Other assets     57,012     50,133
Total assets   $ 2,025,655   $ 1,546,896
         
Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity        
Liabilities:        
Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 881,344   $ 636,013
Unearned premiums     347,730     260,986
Payable to reinsurers     16,112     12,672
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     23,250     13,651
Credit facility     42,696     42,570
Deferred income tax liability, net         4,648
Other liabilities     15,188     118
Total liabilities     1,326,320     970,658
         
Stockholders' equity     699,335     576,238
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 2,025,655   $ 1,546,896

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