Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: PTP) today reported a net loss of $53.5 million and a loss per common share of $1.43 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.

The results for the quarter include net premiums earned of $166.8 million, net favorable development of $27.8 million, net investment income of $29.8 million and net realized gains on investments of $7.5 million.  The results also reflect the net negative impact of $112.4 million from major catastrophe losses, net of retrocessional coverage, reinstatement premiums and taxes.

Michael D. Price, Platinum's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our net income was adversely affected by natural catastrophe losses, particularly those arising from greater than expected claims activity from earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand earlier this year.  However, our book value per common share grew by 1.8% in the quarter to $46.26 as of September 30, 2011, reflecting strong investment results on a total return basis and favorable non-catastrophe reserve development."

Mr. Price added, "2011 has been a difficult year at Platinum with international catastrophe losses well in excess of our expectations.  Nevertheless, we remain strongly capitalized and stand ready to seize on good reinsurance and investment opportunities."

Results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 are summarized as follows:  

  • Net loss was $53.5 million and the loss per common share was $1.43.
  • Net premiums written were $177.1 million and net premiums earned were $166.8 million.
  • GAAP combined ratio was 145.6%.
  • Net investment income was $29.8 million.
  • Net realized gains on investments were $7.5 million.

Results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 as compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2010 are summarized as follows:

  • Net loss was $53.5 million compared to net income of $93.7 million.
  • Net premiums written decreased $22.3 million (or 11.2%) and net premiums earned decreased $16.6 million (or 9.0%).
  • GAAP combined ratio increased 77.5 percentage points.
  • Net investment income decreased $1.3 million (or 4.2%).
  • Net realized gains on investments decreased $36.9 million.

Net premiums written for Platinum's Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 were $101.6 million, $72.7 million and $2.8 million, respectively, representing 57.4% , 41.0% and 1.6%, respectively, of total net premiums written. Combined ratios for these segments were 206.2%, 81.7% and 93.8%, respectively. Compared with the quarter ended September 30, 2010, net premiums written decreased $13.3 million (or 11.5%), $7.7 million (or 9.5%) and $1.4 million (or 33.0%) in the Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments, respectively.

Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 are summarized as follows:  

  • Net loss was $231.1 million and the loss per common share was $6.18.
  • Net premiums written were $497.8 million and net premiums earned were $522.1 million.
  • GAAP combined ratio was 156.1%.
  • Net investment income was $96.1 million.
  • Net realized gains on investments were $3.2 million.

Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 as compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2010 are summarized as follows:

  • Net loss was $231.1 million compared to net income of $233.2 million.
  • Net premiums written decreased $100.8 million (or 16.8%) and net premiums earned decreased $72.9 million (or 12.2%).
  • GAAP combined ratio increased 76.8 percentage points.
  • Net investment income decreased $7.9 million (or 7.6%).
  • Net realized gains on investments decreased $96.1 million.

Net premiums written for Platinum's Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were $267.8 million, $222.4 million and $7.5 million, respectively, representing 53.8%, 44.7% and 1.5%, respectively, of total net premiums written. Combined ratios for these segments were 222.1%, 82.3% and 90.7%, respectively. Compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2010, net premiums written decreased $67.9 million (or 20.2%), $24.3 million (or 9.8%) and $8.5 million (or 53.2%) in the Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk segments, respectively.

Total assets were $4.7 billion as of September 30, 2011, an increase of $133.7 million (or 2.9%) from $4.6 billion as of December 31, 2010. Fixed maturity investments and cash and cash equivalents were $4.3 billion as of September 30, 2011, an increase of $111.0 million (or 2.6%) from $4.2 billion as of December 31, 2010.

Shareholders' equity was $1.7 billion as of September 30, 2011, a decrease of $168.5 million (or 8.9%) from $1.9 billion as of December 31, 2010.  Book value per common share was $46.26 as of September 30, 2011 based on 37.3 million common shares outstanding, a decrease of $3.94 (or 7.8%) from $50.20 as of December 31, 2010 based on 37.8 million common shares outstanding.  The Company did not repurchase any common shares during the quarter ended September 30, 2011.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company repurchased 762,000 common shares for approximately $33.9 million at a weighted average cost, including commissions, of $44.50 per share.  The Company also purchased 2,500,000 options held by RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. for $47.9 million on January 20, 2011.

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 Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The call can be accessed by dialing 800-656-7435 (US callers) or 913-312-1430 (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 2945025.  

The teleconference will be recorded and a replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 until midnight Eastern time on Thursday, October 27, 2011.  To access the replay by telephone, dial 888-203-1112 (US callers) or 719-457-0820 (international callers) and specify passcode 2945025. 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 cyclicality of the property and casualty reinsurance business; 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; the preparation of our financial statements requires us to make many estimates and judgments; the representations, warranties and covenants in our credit facilities limit our financial and operational flexibility; 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 possibility that we may become subject to taxes in Bermuda after 2016; 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 if we are considered to be a passive foreign investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes; under certain circumstances, our shareholders may be required to pay taxes on their pro rata share of the related person insurance income of Platinum Underwriters Bermuda, Ltd.; 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; 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 impact of Bermuda's commitment to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to eliminate harmful tax practices on our tax status in Bermuda is uncertain; the effect 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 impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on our business; the dependence of the cash flows of Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd., a holding company, on dividends, interest and other permissible payments from its subsidiaries; 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, 2010.

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010

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




(unaudited)





September 30,


December 31,



2011


2010

Assets





Investments:





Fixed maturity securities


$  2,657,325


$  3,047,973

Short-term investments


538,887


176,648

Cash and cash equivalents


1,127,305


987,877

Accrued investment income


32,682


31,288

Reinsurance premiums receivable


152,633


162,682

Reinsurance balances (prepaid and recoverable)


57,025


18,434

Funds held by ceding companies


91,886


84,078

Deferred acquisition costs


31,417


36,584

Other assets


58,835


68,749

Total assets


$  4,747,995


$  4,614,313






Liabilities





Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses


$  2,468,987


$  2,217,378

Unearned premiums


141,814


154,975

Debt obligations


250,000


250,000

Commissions payable


56,413


59,388

Other liabilities


103,869


37,117

Total liabilities


$  3,021,083


$  2,718,858






Shareholders' Equity





Common shares


$  373


$  377

Additional paid-in capital


373,790


453,619

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


126,838


(24,488)

Retained earnings


1,225,911


1,465,947

Total shareholders' equity


$  1,726,912


$  1,895,455






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$  4,747,995


$  4,614,313






Book value per common share (a)


$  46.26


$  50.20






(a) 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 37,330 and 37,758 at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.



Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

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

For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 and 2010

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




Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30, 2011


September 30, 2010


September 30, 2011


September 30, 2010

Revenue









Net premiums earned


$  166,813


$  183,404


$  522,130


$  595,014

Net investment income


29,762


31,078


96,105


103,955

Net realized gains (losses) on investments


7,498


44,351


3,216


99,297

Net impairment losses on investments


(4,451)


(4,048)


(7,624)


(25,560)

Other income (expense)


(198)


(171)


838


(42)

Total revenue


199,424


254,614


614,665


772,664










Expenses









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses


201,453


79,094


680,405


315,137

Net acquisition expenses


30,208


32,517


98,273


113,934

Net changes in fair value of derivatives


4,546


4,154


5,294


6,499

Operating expenses


14,755


20,004


49,011


61,905

Net foreign currency exchange losses (gains)


(982)


235


(179)


(1,061)

Interest expense


4,769


4,763


14,302


14,232

Total expenses


254,749


140,767


847,106


510,646










Income (loss) before income taxes


(55,325)


113,847


(232,441)


262,018










Income tax expense (benefit)


(1,790)


20,185


(1,313)


28,796










Net income (loss)


$  (53,535)


$  93,662


$  (231,128)


$  233,222



















Basic









Weighted average common shares outstanding


37,183


40,485


37,165


43,029

Basic earnings (loss) per common share


$  (1.43)


$  2.31


$  (6.18)


$  5.42










Diluted









Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding


37,360


44,044


37,578


46,263

Diluted earnings (loss) per share


$  (1.43)


$  2.13


$  (6.18)


$  5.04










Comprehensive income (loss)









Net income (loss)


$  (53,535)


$  93,662


$  (231,128)


$  233,222

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of deferred taxes


86,804


45,895


151,326


128,600

Comprehensive income (loss)


$  33,269


$  139,557


$  (79,802)


$  361,822




Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd.

Segment Reporting (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 and 2010

($ in thousands)


Three Months Ended September 30, 2011




Property and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total











Net premiums written

$  101,633


$  72,689


$  2,802


$  177,124











Net premiums earned

85,239


78,021


3,553


166,813











Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

156,995


42,704


1,754


201,453


Net acquisition expenses

12,068


16,780


1,360


30,208


Other underwriting expenses

6,686


4,300


218


11,204











Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$  (90,510)


$  14,237


$  221


(76,052)











Net investment income







29,762


Net realized gains (losses) on investments







7,498


Net impairment losses on investments







(4,451)


Other income (expense)







(198)


Net changes in fair value of derivatives







(4,546)


Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(3,551)


Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







982


Interest expense







(4,769)


Income (loss) before income taxes







$  (55,325)











Underwriting ratios*:









Net loss and loss adjustment expense

184.2%


54.7%


49.4%


120.8%


Net acquisition expense

14.2%


21.5%


38.3%


18.1%


Other underwriting expense

7.8%


5.5%


6.1%


6.7%


Combined

206.2%


81.7%


93.8%


145.6%




















Three Months Ended September 30, 2010




Property and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total











Net premiums written

$  114,885


$  80,362


$  4,180


$  199,427











Net premiums earned

98,342


80,437


4,625


183,404











Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

70,657


8,156


281


79,094


Net acquisition expenses

14,140


16,395


1,982


32,517


Other underwriting expenses

7,905


5,171


307


13,383











Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$  5,640


$  50,715


$  2,055


58,410











Net investment income







31,078


Net realized gains (losses) on investments







44,351


Net impairment losses on investments







(4,048)


Other income (expense)







(171)


Net changes in fair value of derivatives







(4,154)


Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(6,621)


Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







(235)


Interest expense







(4,763)


Income (loss) before income taxes







$  113,847











Underwriting ratios*:









Net loss and loss adjustment expense

71.8%


10.1%


6.1%


43.1%


Net acquisition expense

14.4%


20.4%


42.9%


17.7%


Other underwriting expense

8.0%


6.4%


6.6%


7.3%


Combined

94.2%


36.9%


55.6%


68.1%











* Segment underwriting income or loss and underwriting ratios are non-GAAP financial 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 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 and 2010

($ in thousands)


Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011



Property and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total









Net premiums written

267,846


$  222,442


$  7,508


$  497,796









Net premiums earned

274,996


235,949


11,185


522,130









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

551,868


126,191


2,346


680,405

Net acquisition expenses

37,703


53,487


7,083


98,273

Other underwriting expenses

21,281


14,461


717


36,459









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$  (335,856)


$  41,810


$  1,039


(293,007)









Net investment income







96,105

Net realized gains (losses) on investments







3,216

Net impairment losses on investments







(7,624)

Other income (expense)







838

Net changes in fair value of derivatives







(5,294)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(12,552)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







179

Interest expense







(14,302)

Income (loss) before income taxes







$  (232,441)









Underwriting ratios*:








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

200.7%


53.5%


21.0%


130.3%

Net acquisition expense

13.7%


22.7%


63.3%


18.8%

Other underwriting expense

7.7%


6.1%


6.4%


7.0%

Combined

222.1%


82.3%


90.7%


156.1%

















Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010



Property and Marine


Casualty


Finite Risk


Total









Net premiums written

335,775


$  246,741


$  16,056


$  598,572









Net premiums earned

326,698


253,505


14,811


595,014









Net losses and loss adjustment expenses

232,294


79,744


3,099


315,137

Net acquisition expenses

47,589


52,874


13,471


113,934

Other underwriting expenses

24,324


17,295


958


42,577









Segment underwriting income (loss)*

$  22,491


$  103,592


$  (2,717)


123,366

















Net investment income







103,955

Net realized gains (losses) on investments







99,297

Net impairment losses on investments







(25,560)

Other income (expense)







(42)

Net changes in fair value of derivatives







(6,499)

Corporate expenses not allocated to segments







(19,328)

Net foreign currency exchange (losses) gains







1,061

Interest expense







(14,232)

Income (loss) before income taxes







$  262,018









Underwriting ratios*:








Net loss and loss adjustment expense

71.1%


31.5%


20.9%


53.0%

Net acquisition expense

14.6%


20.9%


91.0%


19.1%

Other underwriting expense

7.4%


6.8%


6.5%


7.2%

Combined

93.1%


59.2%


118.4%


79.3%









* Segment underwriting income or loss and underwriting ratios are non-GAAP financial 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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