GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GLRE) (“Greenlight Re” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Greenlight Re reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $5.9 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $142.8 million for the same period in 2018. The fully diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2019 was $0.16, compared to a net loss per share of $3.85 for the same period in 2018.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $13.16 as of March 31, 2019, compared to $18.35 per share as of March 31, 2018 and $13.10 as of December 31, 2018.

Management Commentary

Simon Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re, stated, “We increased fully diluted book value per share by 0.5% in the quarter, driven by strong investment performance and offset by a reserve increase in our auto class. While this issue clouded the quarter, our ongoing work to diversify underwriting is aided by tailwinds from an overall improving rate environment and from dislocation in several London market specialty classes.”

David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “We were pleased to see our investment in Solasglas bounce back with the market at the start of 2019. The fund’s investment portfolio posted a positive return of 6.2%, net of all fees and expenses for the quarter. Even though growth stocks continue to lead value stocks, we achieved better results due to a series of positive company-specific developments. We generated an additional 4.8% return in April.”

Financial and Operating Highlights

First Quarter 2019

  • Gross written premiums were $162.6 million, a decrease from $175.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease of $12.5 million was primarily due to the non-renewal of two accounts in the financial and health lines of business.
     
  • Net written premiums were $141.2 million, compared to $145.3 million reported in the prior year period. Ceded premiums were $21.4 million compared to $29.8 million in the prior year period.
     
  • Net earned premiums were $125.4 million, a decrease from $145.8 million reported in the prior-year period.
     
  • A net underwriting loss of $21.8 million, compared to net underwriting income of $2.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2018.  The underwriting loss was primarily due to adverse prior-year loss development which resulted in a net negative financial impact of $25.7 million.
     
  • A composite ratio for the quarter of 115.2%, compared to 96.0% for the prior-year period.  The combined ratio for the quarter was 117.4%, compared to 98.3% for the prior-year period.
     
  • Total net investment income of $32.3 million, compared to net investment loss of $145.2 million in the first quarter of 2018.

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2019 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2019 Earnings Call, please dial in to the conference call at:

U.S. toll free                            1-888-336-7152
International                            1-412-902-4178

Telephone participants may avoid any delays by pre-registering for the call using the following link to receive a special dial-in number and PIN.

Conference Call registration link: http://dpregister.com/10131141

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:

https://services.choruscall.com/links/glre190507.html

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 7, 2019 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 14, 2019.  The replay of the call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S. toll free) or 1-412-317-0088 (international), access code 10131141. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company’s website, www.greenlightre.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting the Company’s results, management has included financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including fully diluted adjusted book value per share and net underwriting income (loss), are referred to as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. Management believes these measures allow for a more complete understanding of the underlying business. These measures are used to monitor our results and should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included in the attached financial information in accordance with Regulation G.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in the U.S. Federal securities laws. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include the impact of general economic conditions and conditions affecting the insurance and reinsurance industry, the adequacy of our reserves, our ability to assess underwriting risk, trends in rates for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, competition, investment market fluctuations, trends in insured and paid losses, catastrophes, regulatory and legal uncertainties and other factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities Exchange Commission.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as provided by law.

About Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.
Established in 2004, Greenlight Re (www.greenlightre.com) is a NASDAQ listed company with specialist property and casualty reinsurance companies based in the Cayman Islands and Ireland.  Greenlight Re provides risk management products and services to the insurance, reinsurance and other risk marketplaces.  The Company focuses on delivering risk solutions to clients and brokers by whom Greenlight Re's expertise, analytics and customer service offerings are demanded.  With an emphasis on deriving superior returns from both sides of the balance sheet, Greenlight Re manages its assets according to a value-oriented equity-focused strategy that supports the goal of long-term growth in book value per share.

Contact:

Investor Relations:
Adam Prior
The Equity Group Inc.
(212) 836-9606
IR@greenlightre.ky

Public Relations/Media:
Mairi Mallon
Rein4ce
+44 (0)203 786 1160
mairi.mallon@rein4ce.co.uk

 
GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
    
 March 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
 (unaudited) (audited)
Assets   
Investments   
Investment in related party investment fund$246,392  $235,612 
Equity securities, trading, at fair value  36,908 
Other investments11,172  11,408 
Total investments257,564  283,928 
Cash and cash equivalents9,500  18,215 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents730,155  685,016 
Reinsurance balances receivable326,618  300,251 
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable46,196  43,705 
Deferred acquisition costs52,657  49,929 
Unearned premiums ceded24,253  24,981 
Notes receivable29,464  26,861 
Other assets2,849  2,559 
Total assets$1,479,256  $1,435,445 
Liabilities and equity   
Liabilities   
Due to related party investment fund$  $9,642 
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves507,931  482,662 
Unearned premium reserves226,968  211,789 
Reinsurance balances payable150,071  139,218 
Funds withheld15,056  16,418 
Other liabilities4,119  5,067 
Convertible senior notes payable90,796  91,185 
Total liabilities994,941  955,981 
    
Redeemable non-controlling interest in related party joint venture  1,692 
    
Equity   
Preferred share capital (par value $0.10; authorized, 50,000,000; none issued)   
Ordinary share capital (Class A: par value $0.10; authorized, 100,000,000; issued and outstanding, 30,463,046 (2018: 30,130,214): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,715 (2018: 6,254,715))3,672  3,638 
Additional paid-in capital500,814  499,726 
Retained earnings (deficit)(20,171) (26,077)
Shareholders’ equity attributable to Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.484,315  477,287 
Non-controlling interest in related party joint venture  485 
Total equity484,315  477,772 
Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and equity$1,479,256  $1,435,445 
        


 
GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
  
 Three months ended
March 31
 2019 2018
Revenues   
Gross premiums written$162,560  $175,125 
Gross premiums ceded(21,401) (29,843)
Net premiums written141,159  145,282 
Change in net unearned premium reserves(15,797) 562 
Net premiums earned125,362  145,844 
Income (loss) from investment in related party investment fund [net of related party expenses of $5,432 and $0, respectively]30,756   
Net investment income (loss) [net of related party expenses of $0 and $4,454, respectively]1,567  (145,216)
Other income (expense), net1,069  (487)
Total revenues158,754  141 
Expenses   
Net loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred122,865  95,824 
Acquisition costs21,526  44,209 
General and administrative expenses6,840  5,956 
Interest expense1,544   
Total expenses152,775  145,989 
Income (loss) before income tax5,979  (145,848)
Income tax (expense) benefit(73) 770 
Net income (loss)5,906  (145,078)
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in related party joint venture  2,326 
Net income (loss) attributable to Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.$5,906  $(142,752)
Earnings (loss) per share   
Basic$0.16  $(3.85)
Diluted$0.16  $(3.85)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings and loss per share   
Basic35,972,665  37,087,169 
Diluted36,364,358  37,087,169 
      

The following table provides the ratios categorized as Property, Casualty and Other:

 Three months ended March 31 Three months ended March 31
 2019 2018
 Property Casualty Other Total Property Casualty Other Total
                
Loss ratio70.8% 107.9% 82.9% 98.0% 40.3% 78.1% 49.0% 65.7%
Acquisition cost ratio10.6  15.3  31.7  17.2  22.8  24.7  53.0  30.3 
Composite ratio81.4% 123.2% 114.6% 115.2% 63.1% 102.8% 102.0% 96.0%
Underwriting expense ratio      2.2        2.3 
Combined ratio      117.4%       98.3%
                  

GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
NON-GAAP MEASURES AND RECONCILIATION

Basic Adjusted Book Value Per Share and Fully Diluted Adjusted Book Value Per Share

We believe that long-term growth in fully diluted adjusted book value per share is the most relevant measure of our financial performance because it provides management and investors a yardstick by which to monitor the shareholder value generated. In addition, fully diluted adjusted book value per share may be useful to our investors, shareholders and other interested parties to form a basis of comparison with other companies within the property and casualty reinsurance industry.

Basic adjusted book value per share is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because the numerator excludes non-controlling interests in the Joint Venture. The Joint Venture was terminated during the first quarter of 2019, and as a result no such adjustment is required as at March 31, 2019. Fully diluted adjusted book value per share is also considered a non-GAAP financial measure and represents basic adjusted book value per share combined with the impact of dilution of all in-the-money stock options and RSUs issued and outstanding as of any period end. In addition, the fully diluted adjusted book value per share includes the dilutive effect, if any, of ordinary shares to be issued upon conversion of the convertible notes. Basic adjusted book value per share and fully diluted adjusted book value per share should not be viewed as substitutes for the comparable U.S. GAAP measures.

Our primary financial goal is to increase fully diluted adjusted book value per share over the long term.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures basic adjusted and fully diluted adjusted book value per share to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure.

 March 31,
2019
 December 31,
2018
 March 31,
2018
      
  ($ in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
Numerator for basic adjusted and fully diluted adjusted book value per share:     
Total equity (U.S. GAAP)$484,315  $477,772  $700,916 
Less: Non-controlling interest in joint venture  (485) (11,071)
Numerator for basic adjusted book value per share484,315  477,287  689,845 
Add: Proceeds from in-the-money stock options issued and outstanding     
Numerator for fully diluted adjusted book value per share$484,315  $477,287  $689,845 
Denominator for basic adjusted and fully diluted adjusted book value per share:     
Ordinary shares issued and outstanding (denominator for basic adjusted book value per share)36,717,761  36,384,929  37,550,648 
Add: In-the-money stock options and RSUs issued and outstanding87,747  46,398  46,398 
Denominator for fully diluted adjusted book value per share36,805,508  36,431,327  37,597,046 
Basic adjusted book value per share$13.19  $13.12  $18.37 
Increase (decrease) in basic adjusted book value per share ($)$0.07  $(2.19) $(3.88)
Increase (decrease) in basic adjusted book value per share (%)0.5% (14.3)% (17.4)%
      
Fully diluted adjusted book value per share$13.16  $13.10  $18.35 
Change in fully diluted adjusted book value per share ($)$0.06  $(2.19) $(3.87)
Change in fully diluted adjusted book value per share (%)0.5% (14.3)% (17.4)%
         

Net Underwriting Income (Loss)

One way that we evaluate the Company’s underwriting performance is through the measurement of net underwriting income (loss). We do not use premiums written as a measure of performance. Net underwriting income (loss) is a performance measure used by management as it measures the fundamentals underlying the Company’s underwriting operations. We believe that the use of net underwriting income (loss) enables investors and other users of the Company’s financial information to analyze our performance in a manner similar to how management analyzes performance. Management also believes that this measure follows industry practice and allows the users of financial information to compare the Company’s performance with its those of our industry peer group.

Net underwriting income (loss) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes items used in the calculation of net income before taxes under U.S. GAAP.  Net underwriting income (loss) is calculated as net premiums earned, plus other income (expense) related to underwriting activities, less net loss and loss adjustment expenses, less acquisition costs, and less underwriting expenses. The measure excludes, on a recurring basis: (1) investment income (loss); (2) foreign exchange gains or losses; (3) corporate general and administrative expenses; (4) interest expense and other income (expense) not related to underwriting, (5) income taxes and (6) income attributable to non-controlling interest. We exclude total investment-related income or loss and foreign exchange gains or losses as we believe these items are influenced by market conditions and other factors not related to underwriting decisions. We exclude corporate expenses because these expenses are generally fixed and not incremental to or directly related to our underwriting operations. We believe all of these amounts are largely independent of our underwriting process and including them could hinder the analysis of trends in our underwriting operations. We include other income and expense relating to deposit accounted contracts and industry loss warranty contracts, which we consider part of our underwriting operations. Net underwriting income (loss) should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income.

The reconciliations of net underwriting income (loss) to income (loss) before income taxes (the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure) on a consolidated basis is shown below:

 Three months ended March 31
 2019 2018
    
 ($ in thousands)
Income (loss) before income tax$5,979  $(145,848)
Add (subtract):   
Investment related (income) loss(32,323) 145,216 
Other (income) expense(69) 670 
Corporate expenses3,034  2,463 
Interest expense1,544   
Net underwriting income (loss)$(21,835) $2,501