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Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: PTP) today reported net income of $67.5 million and diluted earnings per common share of $1.97 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

The results for the quarter include net premiums earned of $145.1 million, net favorable development of $23.2 million, net investment income of $26.2 million and net realized gains on investments of $25.0 million

Michael D. Price, Platinum's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our results reflect favorable non-catastrophe prior period development, strong investment results on a total return basis and active capital management.  Catastrophe activity did not meaningfully impact our results this quarter.  Our book value per common share grew to $51.84 as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 5.8% from March 31, 2012."

Mr. Price added, "With our strong balance sheet, low expense structure, specialized analytic capabilities, and broad market access, we are well positioned to participate in those underwriting and investment opportunities that may exist during this soft portion of the insurance pricing cycle."

Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 are summarized as follows: 

  • Net income was $67.5 million and diluted earnings per common share were $1.97.
  • Gross premiums written were $141.2 million.
  • Net premiums written were $141.5 million and net premiums earned were $145.1 million.
  • Combined ratio was 76.3%.
  • Net investment income was $26.2 million.
  • Net realized gains on investments were $25.0 million.

Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as compared with the quarter ended June 30, 2011 are summarized as follows:

  • Net income was $67.5 million compared to a net loss of $20.4 million.
  • Gross premiums written decreased $6.9 million (or 4.7%).
  • Net premiums written increased $15.6 million (or 12.4%) and net premiums earned decreased $27.4 million (or 15.9%).
  • Combined ratio decreased 43.1 percentage points.
  • Net investment income decreased $7.8 million (or 23.0%).
  • Net realized gains on investments were $25.0 million compared to net realized losses on investments of $4.7 million.

Net premiums written for Platinum's Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 were $61.7 million, $72.7 million and $7.1 million, respectively, representing 43.6%, 51.4% and 5.0%, respectively, of total net premiums written. Combined ratios for these segments were 53.9%, 92.3% and 105.9%, respectively. Compared with the quarter ended June 30, 2011, net premiums written increased $7.3 million (or 13.4%), $3.4 million (or 5.0%) and $4.8 million (or 216.1%) in the Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments, respectively.

Results for the six months ended June 30, 2012 are summarized as follows: 

  • Net income was $120.8 million and diluted earnings per common share were $3.46.
  • Gross premiums written were $285.3 million.
  • Net premiums written were $285.1 million and net premiums earned were $283.3 million.
  • Combined ratio was 82.1%.
  • Net investment income was $54.7 million.
  • Net realized gains on investments were $47.3 million.

Results for the six months ended June 30, 2012 as compared with the six months ended June 30, 2011 are summarized as follows:

  • Net income was $120.8 million compared to a net loss of $177.6 million.
  • Gross premiums written decreased $69.6 million (or 19.6%).
  • Net premiums written decreased $35.6 million (or 11.1%) and net premiums earned decreased $72.0 million (or 20.3%).
  • Combined ratio decreased 79.0 percentage points.
  • Net investment income decreased $11.6 million (or 17.5%).
  • Net realized gains on investments were $47.3 million compared to net realized losses on investments of $4.3 million.

Net premiums written for Platinum's Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $129.8 million, $147.1 million and $8.2 million, respectively, representing 45.5%, 51.6% and 2.9%, respectively, of total net premiums written. Combined ratios for these segments were 73.2%, 88.0% and 109.5%, respectively. Compared with the six months ended June 30, 2011, net premiums written decreased $36.4 million (or 21.9%) and $2.7 million (or 1.8%) in the Property and Marine and Casualty segments, respectively, and increased $3.5 million (or 74.1%) in the Finite Risk segment.

Total assets were $4.4 billion as of June 30, 2012, a decrease of $126.7 million (or 2.8%) from December 31, 2011. Investments and cash and cash equivalents were $4.1 billion as of June 30, 2012, a decrease of $112.4 million (or 2.7%) from December 31, 2011.

Shareholders' equity was $1.7 billion as of June 30, 2012, an increase of $31.0 million (or 1.8%) from December 31, 2011.  Book value per common share was $51.84 as of June 30, 2012 based on 33.2 million common shares outstanding, an increase of $4.25 (or 8.9%) from $47.59 as of December 31, 2011 based on 35.5 million common shares outstanding. During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company repurchased an aggregate of 1,655,775 common shares for $60.4 million at a weighted average cost, including commissions, of $36.51 per share.  During the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company repurchased 2,464,471 common shares for approximately $89.9 million at a weighted average cost, including commissions, of $36.49 per share. 

Financial Supplement
Platinum has posted a financial supplement on the Financial Reports page of the Investor Relations section of its website (Financial Supplement).  The Financial Supplement provides additional detail regarding the financial performance of Platinum and its business segments.

Teleconference
Platinum will host a teleconference to discuss its financial results on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The call may be accessed by dialing 888-215-6899 (US callers) or 913-981-5575 (international callers) or in a listen-only mode via the Investor Relations section of Platinum's website at www.platinumre.com.  Those who intend to participate in the teleconference should register at least ten minutes in advance to ensure access to the call.  Please specify passcode 1402479.

The teleconference will be recorded and a replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, July 19, 2012 until 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, July 26, 2012.  To access the replay by telephone, dial 888-203-1112 (US callers) or 719-457-0820 (international callers) and specify passcode 1402479. The teleconference will also be archived on the Investor Relations section of Platinum's website at www.platinumre.com for the same period of time.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In presenting the Company's results, management has included and discussed certain financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including segment underwriting income (or loss), related underwriting ratios and book value per common share, are referred to as non-GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. Management believes these measures, which are used to monitor the results of operations, allow for a more complete understanding of the underlying business. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures such as income (loss) before income taxes and total shareholders' equity is presented in the attached financial information in accordance with Regulation G.

About Platinum
Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: PTP) is a leading provider of property, casualty and finite risk reinsurance coverages, through reinsurance intermediaries, to a diverse clientele on a worldwide basis.  Platinum operates through its principal subsidiaries in Bermuda and the United States.  For further information, please visit Platinum's website at www.platinumre.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements are based on our current plans or expectations that are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.  These uncertainties and contingencies can affect actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, us.  In particular, statements using words such as "may," "should," "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "predict," "potential," or words of similar import generally involve forward-looking statements.  The inclusion of forward-looking statements in this press release should not be considered as a representation by us or any other person that our current plans or expectations will be achieved.  Numerous factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the occurrence of severe natural or man-made catastrophic events; the effectiveness of our loss limitation methods and pricing models; the adequacy of our ceding companies' ability to assess the risks they underwrite; the adequacy of our liability for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses; the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues on our business; our ability to maintain our A.M. Best and S&P ratings; our ability to raise capital on acceptable terms if necessary; our exposure to credit loss from counterparties in the normal course of business; our ability to provide reinsurance from Bermuda to insurers domiciled in the United States; the effect on our business of the cyclicality of the property and casualty reinsurance business; the effect on our business of the highly competitive nature of the property and casualty reinsurance industry; losses that we could face from terrorism, political unrest and war; our dependence on the business provided to us by reinsurance brokers and our exposure to credit risk associated with our brokers during the premium and loss settlement process; the availability of catastrophic loss protection on acceptable terms; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuation; our ability to maintain and enhance effective operating procedures and internal controls over financial reporting; our need to make many estimates and judgments in the preparation of our financial statements; the limitations placed on our financial and operational flexibility by the representations, warranties and covenants in our debt and credit facilities; our ability to retain key executives and attract and retain additional qualified personnel in the future; the performance of our investment portfolio; fluctuations in the mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities markets; the effects of changes in market interest rates on our investment portfolio; the concentration of our investment portfolio in any particular industry, asset class or geographic region; the effects that the imposition of U.S. corporate income tax would have on Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. and its non-U.S. subsidiaries; the risk that U.S. persons who hold our shares will be subject to adverse U.S. federal income tax consequences under certain circumstances; the risk that U.S. persons who dispose of our shares may be subject to U.S. federal income taxation at the rates applicable to dividends on all or a portion of their gains, if any; the risk that holders of 10% or more of our shares may be subject to U.S. income taxation under the "controlled foreign corporation" rules; the effect of changes in U.S. federal income tax law on an investment in our shares; the possibility that we may become subject to taxes in Bermuda; the effect on our business of potential changes in the regulatory system under which we operate; the impact of regulatory regimes and changes to accounting rules on our financial results, irrespective of business operations; the uncertain impact on our business of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; the dependence of the cash flows of Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd., a holding company, on dividends, interest and other permissible payments from its subsidiaries to meet its obligations; the risk that our shareholders may have greater difficulty in protecting their interests than would shareholders of a U.S. corporation; and limitations on the ownership, transfer and voting rights of our common shares.  As a consequence, our future financial condition and results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of us. The foregoing factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Additionally, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to revise or update forward-looking statements to reflect new information or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of future events.  For a detailed discussion of our risk factors, refer to Item 1A, "Risk Factors," in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

 

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

($ and amounts in thousands, except per share data)




(unaudited)





June 30,


December 31,



2012


2011

Assets





Investments:





Fixed maturity securities


$      2,423,834


$      2,788,700

Short-term investments


167,778


588,834

Cash and cash equivalents


1,465,983


792,510

Accrued investment income


24,541


29,440

Reinsurance premiums receivable


145,132


159,387

Reinsurance balances (prepaid and recoverable)


4,538


14,662

Funds held by ceding companies


111,408


94,546

Deferred acquisition costs


27,620


28,779

Other assets


54,103


54,753

Total assets


$      4,424,937


$      4,551,611






Liabilities





Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses


$      2,229,603


$      2,389,614

Unearned premiums


114,759


121,164

Debt obligations


250,000


250,000

Commissions payable


64,304


62,773

Other liabilities


44,444


37,201

Total liabilities


$      2,703,110


$      2,860,752






Shareholders' Equity





Common shares


$                 332


$                 355

Additional paid-in capital


227,482


313,730

Accumulated other comprehensive income


148,562


146,635

Retained earnings


1,345,451


1,230,139

Total shareholders' equity


$      1,721,827


$      1,690,859






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$      4,424,937


$      4,551,611






Book value per common share (1)


$              51.84


$              47.59






(1) Book value per common share is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by Regulation G and is determined by dividing shareholders' equity by common shares outstanding of 33,212 and 35,526 at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.



 

 

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) (Unaudited)

For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

($ and amounts in thousands, except per share data)




Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30, 2012


June 30, 2011


June 30, 2012


June 30, 2011

Revenue









Net premiums earned


$ 145,075


$   172,436


$ 283,287


$   355,317

Net investment income


26,155


33,965


54,707


66,343

Net realized gains (losses) on investments


24,978


(4,689)


47,317


(4,282)

Net impairment losses on investments


(1,113)


(1,666)


(2,183)


(3,173)

Other income (expense)


(191)


(60)


(670)


1,036

Total revenue


194,904


199,986


382,458


415,241










Expenses









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses


67,117


159,357


146,313


478,952

Net acquisition expenses


30,200


34,115


60,857


68,065

Net changes in fair value of derivatives


-


4,474


-


748

Operating expenses


19,696


17,105


36,679


34,256

Net foreign currency exchange losses (gains)


(310)


614


222


803

Interest expense


4,774


4,767


9,546


9,533

Total expenses


121,477


220,432


253,617


592,357










Income (loss) before income taxes


73,427


(20,446)


128,841


(177,116)










Income tax expense (benefit)


5,895


(45)


8,022


477










Net income (loss)


$   67,532


$    (20,401)


$ 120,819


$ (177,593)



















Basic









Weighted average common shares outstanding


33,914


37,113


34,602


37,155

Basic earnings (loss) per common share


$        1.98


$        (0.55)


$      3.48


$        (4.75)










Diluted









Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding


34,104


37,399


34,805


37,692

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share (1)


$        1.97


$        (0.55)


$      3.46


$        (4.75)










Comprehensive income (loss)









Net income (loss)


$   67,532


$    (20,401)


$ 120,819


$ (177,593)

Other comprehensive income, net of deferred taxes


8,104


52,518


1,927


64,522

Comprehensive income (loss)


$   75,636


$     32,117


$ 122,746


$ (113,071)










(1) During a period of loss, the basic weighted average common shares outstanding is used in the denominator of the diluted loss per common share computation as the effect of including potential dilutive shares would be anti-dilutive.

 

 

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Segment Reporting (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

($ in thousands)




Three Months Ended June 30, 2012


Property

and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total









Net premiums written

$ 61,695


$ 72,678


$ 7,086


$ 141,459









Net premiums earned

62,838


75,746


6,491


145,075









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

17,653


45,851


3,613


67,117

Net acquisition expenses

8,721


18,487


2,992


30,200

Other underwriting expenses

7,454


5,625


267


13,346









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$ 29,010


$ 5,783


$ (381)


34,412









Net investment income







26,155

Net realized gains (losses) on investments







24,978

Net impairment losses on investments







(1,113)

Other income (expense)







(191)

Net changes in fair value of derivatives







-

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(6,350)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







310

Interest expense







(4,774)

Income (loss) before income taxes







$ 73,427









Underwriting ratios:*








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

28.1%


60.5%


55.7%


46.3%

Net acquisition expense

13.9%


24.4%


46.1%


20.8%

Other underwriting expense

11.9%


7.4%


4.1%


9.2%

Combined

53.9%


92.3%


105.9%


76.3%


















Three Months Ended June 30, 2011


Property

and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total









Net premiums written

$ 54,411


$ 69,234


$ 2,242


$ 125,887









Net premiums earned

91,852


77,104


3,480


172,436









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

116,543


43,868


(1,054)


159,357

Net acquisition expenses

12,009


18,144


3,962


34,115

Other underwriting expenses

7,274


4,829


264


12,367









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$ (43,974)


$ 10,263


$ 308


(33,403)









Net investment income







33,965

Net realized gains (losses) on investments







(4,689)

Net impairment losses on investments







(1,666)

Other income (expense)







(60)

Net changes in fair value of derivatives







(4,474)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(4,738)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







(614)

Interest expense







(4,767)

Income (loss) before income taxes







$ (20,446)









Underwriting ratios:*








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

126.9%


56.9%


(30.3%)


92.4%

Net acquisition expense

13.1%


23.5%


113.9%


19.8%

Other underwriting expense

7.9%


6.3%


7.6%


7.2%

Combined

147.9%


86.7%


91.2%


119.4%









* Segment underwriting income or loss and underwriting ratios are non-GAAP measures as defined by Regulation G. The underwriting ratios are calculated by dividing each item above by net premiums earned.

 

 

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Segment Reporting (Unaudited)

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

($ in thousands)



Six Months Ended June 30, 2012


Property

and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total









Net premiums written

$ 129,848


$ 147,078


$ 8,194


$ 285,120









Net premiums earned

124,166


151,512


7,609


283,287









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

58,590


86,887


836


146,313

Net acquisition expenses

17,956


35,862


7,039


60,857

Other underwriting expenses

14,289


10,661


458


25,408









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$ 33,331


$ 18,102


$ (724)


50,709









Net investment income







54,707

Net realized gains (losses) on investments







47,317

Net impairment losses on investments







(2,183)

Other income (expense)







(670)

Net changes in fair value of derivatives







-

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(11,271)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







(222)

Interest expense







(9,546)

Income (loss) before income taxes







$ 128,841









Underwriting ratios:*








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

47.2%


57.3%


11.0%


51.6%

Net acquisition expense

14.5%


23.7%


92.5%


21.5%

Other underwriting expense

11.5%


7.0%


6.0%


9.0%

Combined

73.2%


88.0%


109.5%


82.1%


















Six Months Ended June 30, 2011


Property

and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total









Net premiums written

$ 166,213


$ 149,753


$ 4,706


$ 320,672









Net premiums earned

189,757


157,928


7,632


355,317









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

394,873


83,487


592


478,952

Net acquisition expenses

25,635


36,707


5,723


68,065

Other underwriting expenses

14,595


10,161


499


25,255









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$ (245,346)


$ 27,573


$ 818


(216,955)

















Net investment income







66,343

Net realized gains (losses) on investments







(4,282)

Net impairment losses on investments







(3,173)

Other income (expense)







1,036

Net changes in fair value of derivatives







(748)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(9,001)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







(803)

Interest expense







(9,533)

Income (loss) before income taxes







$ (177,116)









Underwriting ratios:*








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

208.1%


52.9%


7.8%


134.8%

Net acquisition expense

13.5%


23.2%


75.0%


19.2%

Other underwriting expense

7.7%


6.4%


6.5%


7.1%

Combined

229.3%


82.5%


89.3%


161.1%









* Segment underwriting income or loss and underwriting ratios are non-GAAP measures as defined by Regulation G. The underwriting ratios are calculated by dividing each item above by net premiums earned.

 

 

SOURCE Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.



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