TORONTO, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trisura Group Ltd. (“Trisura” or “Trisura Group”) (TSX: TSU), a leading international specialty insurance holding company, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2019.

David Clare, President and CEO of Trisura, stated, “In Q2, Trisura Group Ltd. had a loss of $4.1 million or $(0.63) per share, driven by increases in our reinsurance reserves due to falling interest rates in Europe. Although our headline result is disappointing, it was driven by our legacy run-off reinsurance portfolio, and masks strong operational results from our growing businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

In Canada, consistent underwriting profitability and enhanced investment returns yielded a 21.7% ROE. Our evolving U.S. platform generated its first quarterly underwriting profit and is now the largest premium contributor with over $55 million in gross premiums written and $1.5 million in fee income.”

Highlights

  • Gross and net premiums written growth of 86.4% and 22.2% in Q2 2019, supported by strong momentum in our U.S. business and continued growth in Canada
  • Net loss in Q2 2019 of $4.1 million, driven by increases in our reinsurance reserves due to a decrease in European interest rates, offset by strong underwriting performance and investment income in Canada and the U.S. 
  • Consolidated ROE (trailing 12 months) of 3.3% at June 30, 2019, compared to 4.1% at June 30, 2018.
  • Strong results from our Canadian Specialty P&C business, achieving a 91.4% combined ratio, driving a 21.7% ROE for the trailing 12 months.
  • Basic and diluted EPS of $(0.63) in Q2 2019, compared to $0.14 in Q2 2018.
  • Book value per share of $19.55, a 2.2% increase over June 30, 2018.
             
Amounts in millions of Canadian dollarsQ2 2019 Q2 2018 Variance Q2 2019 YTD Q2 2018 YTD Variance 
Gross Premiums Written109.3 58.7 86.4% 190.7 93.5 104.0% 
Net Premiums Written37.1 30.4 22.2% 65.5 54.3 20.7% 
Net Underwriting (Loss) Income(8.9) 0.0 nm (17.2) 1.2 nm 
Net Investment Income6.1 2.1 193.0% 10.7 4.0 167.9% 
Net (loss) Income(4.1) 1.0 (520.5%) (1.6) 2.8 (156.9%) 
Earnings Per Common Share - basic and diluted, $(0.63) 0.14 (548.9%) (0.25) 0.42 (160.0%) 
Book Value Per Share, $19.55 19.13 2.2% 19.55 19.13 2.2% 
Debt-to-Capital Ratio18.7% 19.0% (0.3pts) 18.7% 19.0% (0.3pts) 
ROE Trailing Twelve Months (“TTM”)3.3% 4.1% (0.8pts) 3.3% 4.1% (0.8pts) 
Combined Ratio - Canadian Specialty P&C91.4% 92.5% (1.1pts) 87.8% 88.3% (0.5pts) 
Canadian Specialty P&C ROE - TTM21.7% 13.2% 8.5pts 21.7% 13.2% 8.5pts 
             

Underwriting

  • Excellent performance from our Canadian operations, achieving NPE growth of 16.8% and a 91.4% combined ratio supported by strong underwriting across all lines.
  • Accelerating premium growth in our U.S. platform, with GPW of $55.5 million in Q2 2019 compared to $41.9 million in Q1 2019. Earned fee income of $1.5 million compared to $1.0 million in Q1 2019 helped support our first quarterly underwriting profit in the U.S.
  • Weakening interest rates in Europe drove reserve strengthening in our International subsidiary, partially offset by investment income. The average of the 10 and 15-year European swap rate on spot and forward bases is a key interest rate in determining the value of our annuity liability, which declined in the quarter. See “Investments” for a discussion on improved asset liability matching since quarter end.

Capital

  • The minimum capital test (“MCT”) ratio of our Canadian subsidiary was 213%, impacted by a temporary charge as at June 30, 2019 (239% as at December 31, 2018), which comfortably exceeds regulatory requirements of 150%.
  • Trisura Specialty’s capital of $66.8 million as at June 30, 2019 ($66.5 million as at December 31, 2018) was in excess of the minimum requirement of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
  • Trisura International’s capital of $19.9 million as at June 30, 2019 ($28.7 million as at December 31, 2018) was sufficient to meet the FSC’s regulatory capital requirement.
  • Consolidated debt-to-capital ratio of 18.7% as at June 30, 2019 is below our long-term target of 20%.

Investments

  • Net investment income of $6.1 million in Q2 2019 compared to $2.1 million in Q2 2018.
  • In Canada, interest and dividend income increased 80.0% over the prior period as we continued to benefit from the reallocation of the Canadian portfolio.
  • Investment income related to the International portfolio increased as we deployed further capital to increase interest rates hedges, resulting in gains from declining interest rates in our sovereign bond portfolio.
  • Through June and continuing in the third quarter we deployed a large portion of cash into long-dated European government bonds, increasing the duration or our assets to more closely match our liability duration. We have improved our asset liability matching, as well as increasing our expected interest income.
  • Based on historical correlation of the current asset portfolio to the rates used to determine our liability, management believes that a significantly greater proportion of reserve movements will be offset by investment income, supported by recent experience.

Corporate Development

On June 22nd, Trisura applied for approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to acquire control of 21st Century Preferred Insurance Company. The company is a shell entity, with 13 admitted state licenses that will enhance the offering of our US fronting platform. Regulatory approval is pending.

Management Appointment

David Scotland, currently the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Trisura Group, succeeding Jimmy Doyle. Mr. Scotland’s CFO role at Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company will be incorporated into his mandate as CFO of Trisura Group.

“Jimmy Doyle has been instrumental in growing and developing Trisura Group, working closely with David Scotland to establish and refine our public materials, financial controls and reporting infrastructure,” said David Clare. “David has a strong history of leadership in Trisura Guarantee and has been an important member of the finance team at Trisura Group. I look forward to working with him in his new role, as well as continuing to work with Jimmy as Chief Risk Officer, and CEO of our reinsurance platform.”

About Trisura Group

Trisura Group Ltd. is an international specialty insurance holding company operating in the surety, risk solutions, corporate insurance and reinsurance segments of the market. Trisura has three principal regulated subsidiaries: Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company in Canada, Trisura Specialty Insurance Company in the U.S. and Trisura International Insurance Ltd. in Barbados. Trisura Group is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU”.

Further information is available at http://www.trisura.com/group. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Details regarding the operations of Trisura Group are also set forth in regulatory filings. A copy of the filings may be obtained on Trisura Group’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

For more information, please contact:
Name: Bryan Sinclair
Tel: 416 607 2135
Email: bryan.sinclair@trisura.com

 
Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
As at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)
 
As atJune 30, 2019 December 31, 2018 
Cash and cash equivalents64,949 95,212 
Investments321,844 282,874 
Premiums and accounts receivable, and other assets72,143 46,276 
Deferred acquisition costs81,642 63,715 
Recoverable from reinsurers197,986 109,567 
Capital assets and intangible assets10,208 2,512 
Deferred tax assets1,700 826 
Total assets750,472 600,982 
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities30,868 24,167 
Reinsurance premiums payable51,144 41,406 
Unearned premiums254,658 182,623 
Unearned reinsurance commissions33,154 19,137 
Unpaid claims and loss adjustment expenses221,499 173,997 
Loan payable29,700 29,700 
Total liabilities621,023 471,030 
Shareholders' equity129,449 129,952 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity750,472 600,982 


Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income
For the three and six months ended June 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)
 
 Q2 2019 Q2 2018 Q2 2019 YTD Q2 2018 YTD 
Gross premiums written109,313 58,661 190,696 93,485 
Net premiums written37,133 30,378 65,543 54,289 
Net premiums earned25,982 21,291 48,075 40,545 
Fee income1,752 403 6,101 3,679 
Total underwriting revenue27,734 21,694 54,176 44,224 
Net claims(16,263) (4,196) (31,157) (8,899) 
Net commissions(9,056) (7,448) (17,574) (15,045) 
Premium taxes(1,388) (1,126) (2,398) (2,062) 
Operating expenses(9,937) (8,884) (20,217) (17,005) 
Net claims and expenses (36,644) (21,654) (71,346) (43,011) 
Net underwriting (loss) income(8,910) 40 (17,170) 1,213 
Net investment income6,092 2,079 10,688 3,989 
Settlement from structured insurance assets- - 8,077 - 
Foreign exchange gains (losses)212 (207) 584 (324) 
Interest expense(342) (235) (687) (466) 
(Loss) income before income taxes(2,948) 1,677 1,492 4,412 
Income tax expense(1,190) (693) (3,113) (1,565) 
Net (loss) income(4,138) 984 (1,621) 2,847 
Other comprehensive (loss) income(1,710) 1,942 948 2,244 
Comprehensive (loss) income(5,848) 2,926 (673) 5,091 


Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the three and six months ended June 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)
 
 Q2 2019 Q2 2018 Q2 2019 YTD Q2 2018 YTD 
Net (loss) income from operating activities(4,138) 984 (1,621) 2,847 
Non-cash items to be deducted(2,538) 1,288 (1,160) 2,389 
Stock options granted153 155 218 243 
Change in working capital operating items16,713 4,819 14,278 (2,245) 
Realized (gains) losses on AFS investments(325) (191) (1,746) 301 
Income taxes paid(1,007) (1,010) (1,867) (1,941) 
Interest paid(423) (236) (706) (469) 
Net cash from operating activities8,435 5,809 7,396 1,125 
Proceeds on disposal of investments15,009 26,356 28,549 32,118 
Purchases of investments(39,451) (40,532) (63,244) (104,749) 
Net purchases of capital and intangible assets(104) (86) (304) (315) 
Net cash used in investing activities(24,546) (14,262) (34,999) (72,946) 
Dividends paid(24) (24) (48) (48) 
Issuance of new loan payable- - - 29,700 
Repayment of loan payable- - - (29,700) 
Principal portion of lease payments(182) - (495) - 
Net cash used in financing activities(206) (24) (543) (48) 
Net decrease in cash(16,317) (8,477) (28,146) (71,869) 
Cash at beginning of the period82,072 104,627 95,212 165,675 
Currency translation(806) 1,589 (2,117) 3,933 
Cash at the end of the period64,949 97,739 64,949 97,739 
         

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We caution that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Except as required by law, Trisura Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether written or oral, that may be as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.