Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: PTP) today reported net income of $49.9 million and diluted earnings per common share of $1.61 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

The results for the quarter include net premiums earned of $142.9 million, net favorable development of $44.1 million, net investment income of $17.8 million and net realized gains on investments of $11.7 million, partially offset by $18.6 million of losses from second quarter major catastrophes. 

Michael D. Price, Platinum's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our performance reflects favorable prior period development, investment losses on a total return basis and active capital management.  Our book value per common share was $59.67 as of June 30, 2013, a decrease of 0.9% from March 31, 2013."

Mr. Price added, "Absent major events in the insurance or capital markets, we expect mild deterioration in overall reinsurance rate adequacy. With our strong balance sheet and experienced underwriting, investment, and risk professionals we are well positioned to operate effectively in the current challenging market conditions."

Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 are summarized as follows: 

  • Net income was $49.9 million and diluted earnings per common share were $1.61.
  • Net premiums written were $146.4 million and net premiums earned were $142.9 million.
  • Combined ratio was 74.4%.
  • Net investment income was $17.8 million.
  • Net realized gains on investments were $11.7 million.

Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 as compared with the quarter ended June 30, 2012 are summarized as follows:

  • Net income was $49.9 million compared to net income of $67.5 million.
  • Net premiums written increased $4.9 million (or 3.5%) and net premiums earned decreased $2.1 million (or 1.5%).
  • Combined ratio decreased 1.9 percentage points.
  • Net investment income decreased $8.3 million (or 31.9%).
  • Net realized gains on investments decreased $13.3 million.

Net premiums written for Platinum's Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 were $57.4 million, $79.7 million and $9.3 million, respectively, representing 39.2%, 54.5% and 6.3%, respectively, of total net premiums written. Combined ratios for these segments were 65.3%, 78.2% and 105.0%, respectively.  Compared with the quarter ended June 30, 2012, net premiums written decreased $4.3 million (or 7.0%) in the Property and Marine segment and increased $7.0 million (or 9.7%) and $2.2 million (or 31.4%) in the Casualty and Finite Risk segments, respectively.

Results for the six months ended June 30, 2013 are summarized as follows: 

  • Net income was $136.4 million and diluted earnings per common share were $4.26.
  • Net premiums written were $281.1 million and net premiums earned were $269.8 million.
  • Combined ratio was 60.7%.
  • Net investment income was $36.4 million.
  • Net realized gains on investments were $25.0 million.

Results for the six months ended June 30, 2013 as compared with the six months ended June 30, 2012 are summarized as follows:

  • Net income was $136.4 million compared to net income of $120.8 million.
  • Net premiums written decreased $4.0 million (or 1.4%) and net premiums earned decreased $13.5 million (or 4.8%).
  • Combined ratio decreased 21.4 percentage points.
  • Net investment income decreased $18.4 million (or 33.6%).
  • Net realized gains on investments decreased $22.3 million.

Net premiums written for Platinum's Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were $116.8 million, $150.6 million and $13.8 million, respectively, representing 41.5%, 53.6% and 4.9%, respectively, of total net premiums written. Combined ratios for these segments were 35.9%, 75.6% and 106.7%, respectively.  Compared with the six months ended June 30, 2012, net premiums written decreased $13.1 million (or 10.1%) in the Property and Marine segment and increased $3.5 million (or 2.4%) and $5.6 million (or 68.4%) in the Casualty and Finite Risk segments, respectively.

Total assets were $4.0 billion as of June 30, 2013, a decrease of $221.4 million (or 5.2%) from March 31, 2013 and a decrease of $285.4 million (or 6.6%) from December 31, 2012.  Investments and cash and cash equivalents were $3.6 billion as of June 30, 2013, a decrease of $275.3 million (or 7.1%) from March 31, 2013 and a decrease of $339.9 million (or 8.6%) from December 31, 2012. 

Net unrealized gains on available-for-sale investments, net of deferred taxes, were $64.4 million as of June 30, 2013, a decrease of $66.7 million from March 31, 2013 and a decrease of $73.3 million from December 31, 2012.

During the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 2,705,797 common shares for $155.9 million at a weighted average cost, including commissions, of $57.62 per share.  During the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 3,997,661 common shares for $224.2 million at a weighted average cost, including commissions, of $56.09 per share. 

Shareholders' equity was $1.7 billion as of June 30, 2013, a decrease of $166.1 million (or 8.7%) from March 31, 2013 and a decrease of $148.0 million (or 7.8%) from December 31, 2012.  Book value per common share was $59.67 as of June 30, 2013 based on 29.3 million common shares outstanding, a decrease of $0.56 (or 0.9%) from $60.23 as of March 31, 2013 based on 31.8 million common shares outstanding and an increase of $1.77 (or 3.1%) from $57.90 as of December 31, 2012 based on 32.7 million common shares outstanding.  

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 18, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The call may be accessed by dialing 888-791-4321 (US callers) or 913-981-5507 (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 5503533.

The teleconference will be recorded and a replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, July 18, 2013 until 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  To access the replay by telephone, dial 888-203-1112 (US callers) or 719-457-0820 (international callers) and specify passcode 5503533. 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 certain schedules containing financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP).  Such measures, including underwriting income or loss, related underwriting ratios and book value per common share, 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.

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, including the effect of new entrants to the 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 retrocessional reinsurance 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; 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, 2012.

 


Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012

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








(unaudited)





June 30,


December 31,



2013


2012

Assets





Investments:





Fixed maturity securities


$        1,920,710


$         2,054,498

Short-term investments


77,636


172,801

Cash and cash equivalents


1,609,461


1,720,395

Accrued investment income


19,805


21,299

Reinsurance premiums receivable


133,360


128,517

Reinsurance balances (prepaid and recoverable)


5,464


6,560

Funds held by ceding companies


119,445


114,090

Deferred acquisition costs


30,173


28,112

Reinsurance deposit assets


76,948


50,693

Other assets


54,900


36,338

Total assets


$        4,047,902


$         4,333,303






Liabilities





Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses


$        1,793,087


$         1,961,282

Unearned premiums


123,590


113,960

Debt obligations


250,000


250,000

Commissions payable


72,994


64,849

Other liabilities


61,685


48,678

Total liabilities


$        2,301,356


$         2,438,769






Shareholders' Equity





Common shares


$                  293


$                   327

Additional paid-in capital


3,817


209,897

Accumulated other comprehensive income


64,367


137,690

Retained earnings


1,678,069


1,546,620

Total shareholders' equity


$        1,746,546


$         1,894,534






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        4,047,902


$         4,333,303






Book value per common share (1)


$               59.67


$                57.90






(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 29,268 and 32,722 at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively.

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

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

For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

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








Three Months Ended

June 30,


Six Months Ended

June 30,



2013


2012


2013


2012

Revenue









Net premiums earned


$ 142,933


$ 145,075


$ 269,786


$ 283,287

Net investment income


17,808


26,155


36,352


54,707

Net realized gains on investments


11,686


24,978


25,004


47,317

Net impairment losses on investments

(1,516)


(1,113)


(1,937)


(2,183)

Other income (expense)


(315)


(191)


1,077


(670)

   Total revenue


170,596


194,904


330,282


382,458










Expenses









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

62,667


67,117


76,665


146,313

Net acquisition expenses


30,313


30,200


60,532


60,857

Operating expenses


19,718


19,696


39,023


36,679

Net foreign currency exchange losses 
       (gains)

(859)


(310)


(1,079)


222

Interest expense


4,780


4,774


9,559


9,546

   Total expenses


116,619


121,477


184,700


253,617

   Income before income taxes


53,977


73,427


145,582


128,841










Income tax expense


4,123


5,895


9,212


8,022










   Net income


$   49,854


$   67,532


$ 136,370


$ 120,819



















Basic









Weighted average common shares
       outstanding

30,571


33,914


31,467


34,602

Basic earnings per common share


$       1.63


$       1.98


$       4.32


$       3.48










Diluted









Adjusted weighted average common
       shares outstanding


30,970


34,104


31,904


34,805

Diluted earnings per common share


$       1.61


$       1.97


$       4.26


$       3.46










Comprehensive income (loss)









Net income


$   49,854


$   67,532


$ 136,370


$ 120,819

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of 
      deferred taxes

(66,736)


8,104


(73,323)


1,927

Comprehensive income (loss)


$ (16,882)


$   75,636


$   63,047


$ 122,746

 

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Segment Reporting (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012

($ in thousands)




Three Months Ended June 30, 2013


Property
and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total

Net premiums written

$ 57,350


$ 79,711


$ 9,309


$ 146,370









Net premiums earned

58,832


75,629


8,472


142,933









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

21,292


35,358


6,017


62,667

Net acquisition expenses

9,698


18,068


2,547


30,313

Other underwriting expenses

7,414


5,670


327


13,411









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$ 20,428


$ 16,533


$   (419)


36,542









Net investment income







17,808

Net realized gains on investments







11,686

Net impairment losses on investments







(1,516)

Other income (expense)







(315)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(6,307)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







859

Interest expense







(4,780)

Income before income taxes







$   53,977









Underwriting ratios:*








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

36.2%


46.8%


71.0%


43.8%

Net acquisition expense

16.5%


23.9%


30.1%


21.2%

Other underwriting expense

12.6%


7.5%


3.9%


9.4%

     Combined

65.3%


78.2%


105.0%


74.4%


















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 on investments







24,978

Net impairment losses on investments







(1,113)

Other income (expense)







(191)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(6,350)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







310

Interest expense







(4,774)

Income 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%

*    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, 2013 and 2012

($ in thousands)




Six Months Ended June 30, 2013


Property
and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total

Net premiums written

$ 116,777


$ 150,555


$ 13,803


$ 281,135









Net premiums earned

110,684


146,424


12,678


269,786









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

7,087


65,001


4,577


76,665

Net acquisition expenses

17,925


34,317


8,290


60,532

Other underwriting expenses

14,746


11,393


660


26,799









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$   70,926


$   35,713


$     (849)


105,790









Net investment income







36,352

Net realized gains on investments







25,004

Net impairment losses on investments







(1,937)

Other income (expense)







1,077

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(12,224)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







1,079

Interest expense







(9,559)

Income before income taxes







$ 145,582









Underwriting ratios:*








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

6.4%


44.4%


36.1%


28.4%

Net acquisition expense

16.2%


23.4%


65.4%


22.4%

Other underwriting expense

13.3%


7.8%


5.2%


9.9%

     Combined

35.9%


75.6%


106.7%


60.7%


















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 on investments







47,317

Net impairment losses on investments







(2,183)

Other income (expense)







(670)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(11,271)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







(222)

Interest expense







(9,546)

Income 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%

*    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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