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Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. Reports 2022 First Quarter Results

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 28, 2022-- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE: KNSL) reported net income of $31.8 million, $1.38 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2022 compared to $32.1 million, $1.39 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021. Net operating earnings(1) were $37.7 million, $1.63 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2022 compared to $25.5 million, $1.11 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021.

Highlights for the quarter included:

  • Net income decreased by 0.9% resulting from a decline in the fair value of equity investments during the quarter compared to an increase in the fair value of these investments during the same period last year
  • Net operating earnings(1) of $37.7 million increased by 47.6% compared to the first quarter of 2021
  • Gross written premiums increased by 45.4% to $245.5 million compared to the first quarter of 2021
  • Net investment income increased by 30.9% to $9.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2021
  • Underwriting income(2) was $37.5 million in the first quarter of 2022, resulting in a combined ratio of 79.0%, compared to $24.6 million and a combined ratio of 80.0% in the first quarter of 2021
  • Annualized operating return on equity(4) of 22.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2022

“Our first quarter results reflect another period of strong performance with premium growth of 45% and operating return on equity of 22%. We achieved a combined ratio of 79% for the quarter - a result of disciplined underwriting and technology-driven low costs that allow us to quickly capitalize on current opportunities in the marketplace. Looking ahead, we believe favorable market conditions will prevail throughout 2022, and we will continue to expand our market share and deliver strong returns over the long term,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael P. Kehoe.

Results of Operations

Underwriting Results

Gross written premiums were $245.5 million for the first quarter of 2022 compared to $168.9 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 45.4%. The increase in gross written premiums during the first quarter of 2022 over the same period last year was driven by higher submission activity from brokers and a continued favorable pricing environment.

Underwriting income(2) was $37.5 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 79.0%, for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $24.6 million and a combined ratio of 80.0% for the first quarter of 2021. The increase in underwriting income(2) quarter over quarter was primarily due to strong premium growth and lower relative expenses. Loss and expense ratios were 57.4% and 21.6%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 57.1% and 22.9% for the first quarter of 2021. Results for the first quarter of 2022 and 2021 included net favorable development of loss reserves from prior accident years of $8.3 million, or 4.7 points, and $7.1 million, or 5.7 points, respectively.

Summary of Operating Results

The Company’s operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 are summarized as follows:

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

($ in thousands)

Gross written premiums

$

245,513

 

 

$

168,876

 

Ceded written premiums

 

(29,015

)

 

 

(24,578

)

Net written premiums

$

216,498

 

 

$

144,298

 

 

 

 

 

Net earned premiums

$

178,562

 

 

$

123,041

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

102,505

 

 

 

70,260

 

Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses

 

38,545

 

 

 

28,136

 

Underwriting income(2)

$

37,512

 

 

$

24,645

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

57.4

%

 

 

57.1

%

Expense ratio

 

21.6

%

 

 

22.9

%

Combined ratio

 

79.0

%

 

 

80.0

%

 

 

 

 

Annualized return on equity(3)

 

18.6

%

 

 

22.1

%

Annualized operating return on equity(4)

 

22.1

%

 

 

17.6

%

(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 table summarizes losses incurred for the current accident year and the development of prior accident years for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

 

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2021

 

Losses and
Loss Adjustment
Expenses

 

% of Earned
Premiums

 

Losses and
Loss Adjustment
Expenses

 

% of Earned
Premiums

Loss ratio:

($ in thousands)

Current accident year

$

110,789

 

 

62.1

%

 

$

77,257

 

 

62.8

%

Current accident year - catastrophe losses

 

62

 

 

%

 

 

76

 

 

%

Effect of prior accident year development

 

(8,346

)

 

(4.7

)%

 

 

(7,073

)

 

(5.7

)%

Total

$

102,505

 

 

57.4

%

 

$

70,260

 

 

57.1

%

 

Investment Results

Net investment income was $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 30.9%. This increase was driven by growth in the Company's investment portfolio generated largely from the investment of positive cash flows since March 31, 2021. The Company’s investment portfolio had an annualized gross investment return(5) of 2.5% for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2.6% for the first quarter of 2021. Funds are generally invested conservatively in high quality securities with an average credit quality of "AA-" and the weighted average duration of the fixed-maturity investment portfolio, including cash equivalents, was 4.6 years and 4.3 years at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively. Cash and invested assets totaled $1.7 billion at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, as rising interest rates exerted downward pressure on fixed-maturity valuations during the first quarter of 2022. Net operating cash flows were $121.9 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $91.3 million in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 33.5%.

 

(5)

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

 

Other

The effective tax rates for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 were 18.2% and 18.7%, respectively. In both the first quarters of 2022 and 2021, 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 $665.6 million at March 31, 2022 compared to $699.3 million at December 31, 2021. The decrease in stockholders' equity was primarily due to a decline in the fair value of the Company's fixed-maturity investments, resulting from a higher interest rate environment. Annualized operating return on equity(4) was 22.1% for the first quarter of 2022, an increase from 17.6% for the first quarter of 2021, which was attributable primarily to growth in the business from favorable market conditions and rate increases.

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 ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, net income and diluted earnings per share reconcile to net operating earnings and diluted operating earnings per share as follows:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

($ in thousands, except per share data)

Net operating earnings:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

31,791

 

 

$

32,079

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

Change in the fair value of equity securities, before taxes

 

 

7,751

 

 

 

(7,091

)

Income tax expense (1)

 

 

(1,628

)

 

 

1,489

 

Change in fair value of equity securities, after taxes

 

 

6,123

 

 

 

(5,602

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized investment gains, before taxes

 

 

(295

)

 

 

(1,198

)

Income tax expense (1)

 

 

62

 

 

 

252

 

Net realized investment gains, after taxes

 

 

(233

)

 

 

(946

)

Net operating earnings

 

$

37,681

 

 

$

25,531

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted operating earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

1.38

 

 

$

1.39

 

Change in the fair value of equity securities, after taxes, per share

 

 

0.27

 

 

 

(0.24

)

Net realized investment gains, after taxes, per share

 

 

(0.01

)

 

 

(0.04

)

Diluted operating earnings per share(2)

 

$

1.63

 

 

$

1.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating return on equity:

 

 

 

 

Average equity(3)

 

$

682,453

 

 

$

581,902

 

Annualized return on equity(4)

 

 

18.6

%

 

 

22.1

%

Annualized operating return on equity(5)

 

 

22.1

%

 

 

17.6

%

(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 year-end total 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 ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, net income reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

(in thousands)

Net income

 

$

31,791

 

 

$

32,079

 

Income tax expense

 

 

7,081

 

 

 

7,360

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

38,872

 

 

 

39,439

 

Other expenses (6)

 

 

396

 

 

 

448

 

Net investment income

 

 

(9,088

)

 

 

(6,942

)

Change in the fair value of equity securities

 

 

7,751

 

 

 

(7,091

)

Net realized investment gains

 

 

(295

)

 

 

(1,198

)

Other income

 

 

(124

)

 

 

(11

)

Underwriting income

 

$

37,512

 

 

$

24,645

 

(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, April 29, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). Members of the public may access the conference call by dialing (844) 239-5282, conference ID# 8992208, 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 May 27, 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.

 

KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Revenues

 

(in thousands, except per share data)

Gross written premiums

 

$

245,513

 

 

$

168,876

 

Ceded written premiums

 

 

(29,015

)

 

 

(24,578

)

Net written premiums

 

 

216,498

 

 

 

144,298

 

Change in unearned premiums

 

 

(37,936

)

 

 

(21,257

)

Net earned premiums

 

 

178,562

 

 

 

123,041

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment income

 

 

9,088

 

 

 

6,942

 

Change in the fair value of equity securities

 

 

(7,751

)

 

 

7,091

 

Net realized investment gains

 

 

295

 

 

 

1,198

 

Other income

 

 

124

 

 

 

11

 

Total revenues

 

 

180,318

 

 

 

138,283

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

102,505

 

 

 

70,260

 

Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses

 

 

38,545

 

 

 

28,136

 

Other expenses

 

 

396

 

 

 

448

 

Total expenses

 

 

141,446

 

 

 

98,844

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

38,872

 

 

 

39,439

 

Total income tax expense

 

 

7,081

 

 

 

7,360

 

Net income

 

 

31,791

 

 

 

32,079

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

 

 

Change in net unrealized losses on available-for-sale investments, net of taxes

 

 

(63,930

)

 

 

(19,622

)

Total comprehensive (loss) income

 

$

(32,139

)

 

$

12,457

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.40

 

 

$

1.42

 

Diluted

 

$

1.38

 

 

$

1.39

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

22,753

 

 

 

22,665

 

Diluted

 

 

23,093

 

 

 

23,069

 

 

KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

 

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

 

(in thousands)

Investments:

 

 

 

 

Fixed-maturity securities at fair value

 

$

1,461,415

 

$

1,392,066

Equity securities at fair value

 

 

163,574

 

 

172,611

Short-term investments

 

 

825

 

 

Total investments

 

 

1,625,814

 

 

1,564,677

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

104,158

 

 

121,040

Investment income due and accrued

 

 

8,225

 

 

7,658

Premiums receivable, net

 

 

86,397

 

 

71,004

Reinsurance recoverables, net

 

 

129,287

 

 

122,970

Ceded unearned premiums

 

 

35,628

 

 

33,679

Deferred policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commissions

 

 

47,483

 

 

41,968

Intangible assets

 

 

3,538

 

 

3,538

Deferred income tax asset, net

 

 

22,314

 

 

2,109

Other assets

 

 

51,711

 

 

57,012

Total assets

 

$

2,114,555

 

$

2,025,655

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

$

957,575

 

$

881,344

Unearned premiums

 

 

387,615

 

 

347,730

Payable to reinsurers

 

 

16,080

 

 

16,112

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

8,913

 

 

23,250

Credit facility

 

 

42,727

 

 

42,696

Other liabilities

 

 

36,075

 

 

15,188

Total liabilities

 

 

1,448,985

 

 

1,326,320

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

665,570

 

 

699,335

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

2,114,555

 

$

2,025,655

 

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

Source: Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.