Arch Capital Group Ltd. Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

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Arch Capital Group Ltd. Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NAS: ACGL) reports that net income available to common shareholders for the 2013 first quarter was $251.0 million, or $1.85 per share, compared to $157.8 million, or $1.14 per share, for the 2012 first quarter. The Company also reported after-tax operating income available to common shareholders of $158.7 million, or $1.17 per share, for the 2013 first quarter, compared to after-tax operating income available to common shareholders of $113.7 million, or $0.82, for the 2012 first quarter. The Company's after-tax operating income or loss available to common shareholders represented an annualized return on average common equity of 12.9% for the 2013 first quarter, compared to 10.4% for the 2012 first quarter, while the Company's net income available to common shareholders represented an annualized return on average common equity of 20.4% for the 2013 first quarter, compared to 14.4% for the 2012 first quarter. The Company's book value per common share was $37.66 at March 31, 2013, a 4.1% increase from $36.19 per share at December 31, 2012 and a 13.0% increase from $33.33 per share at March 31, 2012.

After-tax operating income or loss available to common shareholders, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income available to common shareholders, excluding net realized gains or losses, net impairment losses recognized in earnings, equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method and net foreign exchange gains or losses, net of income taxes. See 'Comments on Regulation G' for a further discussion of after-tax operating income or loss available to common shareholders. All earnings per share amounts discussed in this release are on a diluted basis.


The following table summarizes the Company's underwriting results:

   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
(U.S. dollars in thousands)2013 2012
 
Gross premiums written$1,163,699$1,066,656
Net premiums written952,776863,611
Net premiums earned752,770680,312
Underwriting income116,39867,193
 
Combined ratio (1)84.6%90.1%
 

(1)

 

The combined ratio represents a measure of underwriting profitability, excluding investment income, and is the sum of the loss ratio and expense ratio. A combined ratio under 100% represents an underwriting profit and a combined ratio over 100% represents an underwriting loss.

For the 2013 first quarter, the combined ratio of the Company's insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries consisted of a loss ratio of 53.1% and an underwriting expense ratio of 31.5%, compared to a loss ratio of 58.1% and an underwriting expense ratio of 32.0% for the 2012 first quarter. For a discussion of underwriting activities and a review of the Company's results by operating segment, see "Segment Information" in the Supplemental Financial Information section of this release.

The following table summarizes, on an after-tax basis, the Company's consolidated financial data, including a reconciliation of after-tax operating income available to common shareholders to net income available to common shareholders and related diluted per share results:

   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data)2013 2012
 
After-tax operating income available to common shareholders$158,748$113,660
Net realized gains, net of tax54,92340,873
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings, net of tax(2,246)(1,023)
Equity in net income of investment funds accounted for using the equity method, net of tax13,82324,826
Net foreign exchange gains (losses), net of tax25,744 (20,541)
Net income available to common shareholders$250,992 $157,795 
 

Diluted per common share results:

After-tax operating income available to common shareholders$1.17$0.82
Net realized gains, net of tax0.410.30
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings, net of tax(0.02)(0.01)
Equity in net income of investment funds accounted for using the equity method, net of tax0.100.18
Net foreign exchange gains (losses), net of tax0.19 (0.15)
Net income available to common shareholders$1.85 $1.14 
 
Weighted average common shares and common share equivalents outstanding - diluted135,409,288137,814,906
 

The Company's investment portfolio continues to be comprised primarily of high quality fixed income securities with an average credit quality of "AA-/Aa2." The average effective duration of the Company's investment portfolio was 2.94 years at March 31, 2013, compared to 3.06 years at December 31, 2012. Including the effects of foreign exchange, total return on the Company's investment portfolio was 0.50% for the 2013 first quarter, compared to 1.87% for the 2012 first quarter. Excluding the effects of foreign exchange, total return was 1.01% for the 2013 first quarter, compared to 1.60% for the 2012 first quarter. Total return for the 2013 first quarter reflected the impact of weakening foreign currency rates, including the British Pound Sterling, Euro and other major currencies, against the U.S. Dollar on our non-U.S. investments.

Net investment income for the 2013 first quarter was $65.7 million, or $0.48 per share, compared to $73.8 million, or $0.53 per share, for the 2012 fourth quarter, and $74.3 million, or $0.54 per share, for the 2012 first quarter. The annualized pre-tax investment income yield was 2.20% for the 2013 first quarter, compared to 2.46% for the 2012 fourth quarter and 2.52% for the 2012 first quarter. The $8.1 million decline in net investment income in the 2013 first quarter from the 2012 fourth quarter resulted, in part, from (i) a $2.2 million increase in investment expenses, including $1.3 million of costs on a fund investment which are not expected to recur, (ii) $1.9 million related to inflation adjustments on U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities and (iii) a reduction in gross income related to TALF assets, which contributed $1.0 million to income in the 2012 fourth quarter (partially offset by $0.2 million of interest expense) and were sold prior to year-end due to total return considerations. In addition, the decline in the 2013 first quarter also reflects the effects of lower prevailing interest rates available in the market, the effects of share repurchases and the Company's investment strategy which puts a priority on total return. Consolidated cash flow provided by operating activities for the 2013 first quarter was $205.7 million, compared to $144.8 million for the 2012 first quarter. The increase in operating cash flows in the 2013 first quarter reflected a higher level of premium receipts and income distributions from investment funds than in the 2012 first quarter.

For the 2013 first quarter, the Company's effective tax rate on income before income taxes was an expense of 1.9%, compared to an expense of 1.1% for the 2012 first quarter. For the 2013 first quarter, the Company's effective tax rate on pre-tax operating income was an expense of 1.7%, compared to a benefit of 1.0% for the 2012 first quarter. The Company's effective tax rates may fluctuate from period to period based on the relative mix of income reported by jurisdiction primarily due to the varying tax rates in each jurisdiction. In addition, the Company's Bermuda-based reinsurer incurs federal excise taxes for premiums assumed on U.S. risks. The Company incurred $2.0 million of federal excise taxes for the 2013 first quarter, compared to $2.0 million for the 2012 first quarter. Such amounts are reflected as acquisition expenses in the Company's consolidated statements of income.

On a pre-tax basis, net foreign exchange gains for the 2013 first quarter were $24.3 million (net unrealized gains of $25.9 million and net realized losses of $1.7 million), compared to net foreign exchange losses for the 2012 first quarter of $20.7 million (net unrealized losses of $20.2 million and net realized losses of $0.5 million). The 2013 first quarter net foreign exchange gains reflected the strengthening of the U.S. Dollar against the British Pound Sterling, Euro and other major currencies during the period. Net unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses result from the effects of revaluing the Company's net insurance liabilities required to be settled in foreign currencies at each balance sheet date. Changes in the value of investments held in foreign currencies due to foreign currency rate movements are reflected as a direct increase or decrease to shareholders' equity and are not included in the consolidated statements of income. The Company has not matched a portion of its projected liabilities in foreign currencies with investments in the same currencies and may not match such amounts in future periods, which could increase the Company's exposure to foreign currency fluctuations and increase the volatility of the Company's shareholders' equity.

At March 31, 2013, the Company's capital of $5.74 billion consisted of $300.0 million of senior notes, representing 5.2% of the total, $100.0 million of revolving credit agreement borrowings due in August 2014, representing 1.7% of the total, $325.0 million of preferred shares, representing 5.7% of the total, and common shareholders' equity of $5.01 billion, representing the balance. At December 31, 2012, the Company's capital of $5.57 billion consisted of $300.0 million of senior notes, representing 5.4% of the total, $100.0 million of revolving credit agreement borrowings, representing 1.8% of the total, $325.0 million of preferred shares, representing 5.8% of the total, and common shareholders' equity of $4.84 billion, representing the balance.

The Company will hold a conference call for investors and analysts at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. A live webcast of this call will be available via the Investor Relations - Events & Presentations section of the Company's website at http://www.archcapgroup.bm. A telephone replay of the conference call also will be available beginning on April 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time until May 7, 2013 at midnight Eastern Time. To access the replay, domestic callers should dial 888-286-8010 (passcode 96104883), and international callers should dial 617-801-6888 (passcode 96104883).

Please refer to the Company's Financial Supplement dated March 31, 2013, which is posted on the Company's website at http://www.archcapgroup.bm/EarningsReleases.aspx. The Financial Supplement provides additional detail regarding the financial performance of the Company. From time to time, the Company posts additional financial information and presentations to its website, including information with respect to its subsidiaries. Investors and other recipients of this information are encouraged to check the Company's website regularly, including the Investor Relations - Events & Presentations section of the Company's website at http://www.archcapgroup.bm/presentations.aspx for additional information regarding the Company.

Arch Capital Group Ltd., a Bermuda-based company with approximately $5.74 billion in capital at March 31, 2013, provides insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through its wholly owned subsidiaries.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA") provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. This release or any other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of the Company may include forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in or incorporated by reference in this release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, for purposes of the PSLRA or otherwise, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" or "continue" and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature or their negative or variations or similar terminology.

Forward-looking statements involve the Company's current assessment of risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated in such statements are discussed below and elsewhere in this release and in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and include:

  • the Company's ability to successfully implement its business strategy during "soft" as well as "hard" markets;
  • acceptance of the Company's business strategy, security and financial condition by rating agencies and regulators, as well as by brokers and its insureds and reinsureds;
  • the Company's ability to maintain or improve its ratings, which may be affected by its ability to raise additional equity or debt financings, by ratings agencies' existing or new policies and practices, as well as other factors described herein;
  • general economic and market conditions (including inflation, interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, prevailing credit terms and the depth and duration of a recession) and conditions specific to the reinsurance and insurance markets (including the length and magnitude of the current "soft" market) in which the Company operates;
  • competition, including increased competition, on the basis of pricing, capacity, coverage terms or other factors;
  • developments in the world's financial and capital markets and the Company's access to such markets;
  • the Company's ability to successfully enhance, integrate and maintain operating procedures (including information technology) to effectively support its current and new business;
  • the loss of key personnel;
  • the integration of businesses the Company has acquired or may acquire into its existing operations;
  • accuracy of those estimates and judgments utilized in the preparation of the Company's financial statements, including those related to revenue recognition, insurance and other reserves, reinsurance recoverables, investment valuations, intangible assets, bad debts, income taxes, contingencies and litigation, and any determination to use the deposit method of accounting, which for a relatively new insurance and reinsurance company, like the Company, are even more difficult to make than those made in a mature company since relatively limited historical information has been reported to the Company through March 31, 2013;
  • greater than expected loss ratios on business written by the Company and adverse development on claim and/or claim expense liabilities related to business written by its insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries;
  • severity and/or frequency of losses;
  • claims for natural or man-made catastrophic events in the Company's insurance or reinsurance business could cause large losses and substantial volatility in its results of operations;
  • acts of terrorism, political unrest and other hostilities or other unforecasted and unpredictable events;
  • availability to the Company of reinsurance to manage its gross and net exposures and the cost of such reinsurance;
  • the failure of reinsurers, managing general agents, third party administrators or others to meet their obligations to the Company;
  • the timing of loss payments being faster or the receipt of reinsurance recoverables being slower than anticipated by the Company;
  • the Company's investment performance, including legislative or regulatory developments that may adversely affect the fair value of the Company's investments;
  • the impact of the continued weakness of the U.S., European countries and other key economies, projected budget deficits for the U.S., European countries and other governments and the consequences associated with possible additional downgrades of securities of the U.S., European countries and other governments by credit rating agencies, and the resulting effect on the value of securities in the Company's investment portfolio as well as the uncertainty in the market generally;
  • losses relating to aviation business and business produced by a certain managing underwriting agency for which the Company may be liable to the purchaser of its prior reinsurance business or to others in connection with the May 5, 2000 asset sale described in the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC;
  • changes in accounting principles or policies or in the Company's application of such accounting principles or policies;
  • changes in the political environment of certain countries in which the Company operates, underwrites business or invests;
  • statutory or regulatory developments, including as to tax policy matters and insurance and other regulatory matters such as the adoption of proposed legislation that would affect Bermuda-headquartered companies and/or Bermuda-based insurers or reinsurers and/or changes in regulations or tax laws applicable to the Company, its subsidiaries, brokers or customers; and
  • the other matters set forth under Item 1A "Risk Factors", Item 7 "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and other sections of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as the other factors set forth in the Company's other documents on file with the SEC, and management's response to any of the aforementioned factors.

All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with other cautionary statements that are included herein or elsewhere. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Comment on Regulation G

Throughout this release, the Company presents its operations in the way it believes will be the most meaningful and useful to investors, analysts, rating agencies and others who use the Company's financial information in evaluating the performance of the Company. This presentation includes the use of after-tax operating income or loss available to common shareholders, which is defined as net income available to common shareholders, excluding net realized gains or losses, net impairment losses recognized in earnings, equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method and net foreign exchange gains or losses, net of income taxes. The presentation of after-tax operating income or loss available to common shareholders is a "non-GAAP financial measure" as defined in Regulation G. The reconciliation of such measure to net income available to common shareholders (the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure) in accordance with Regulation G is included on page 2 of this release.

The Company believes that net realized gains or losses, net impairment losses recognized in earnings, equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method and net foreign exchange gains or losses in any particular period are not indicative of the performance of, or trends in, the Company's business performance. Although net realized gains or losses, net impairment losses recognized in earnings, equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method and net foreign exchange gains or losses are an integral part of the Company's operations, the decision to realize investment gains or losses, the recognition of the change in the carrying value of investments accounted for using the fair value option in net realized gains or losses, the recognition of net impairment losses, the recognition of equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method and the recognition of foreign exchange gains or losses are independent of the insurance underwriting process and result, in large part, from general economic and financial market conditions. Furthermore, certain users of the Company's financial information believe that, for many companies, the timing of the realization of investment gains or losses is largely opportunistic. In addition, net impairment losses recognized in earnings on the Company's investments represent other-than-temporary declines in expected recovery values on securities without actual realization. The use of the equity method on certain of the Company's investments in certain funds that invest in fixed maturity securities is driven by the ownership structure of such funds (either limited partnerships or limited liability companies). In applying the equity method, these investments are initially recorded at cost and are subsequently adjusted based on the Company's proportionate share of the net income or loss of the funds (which include changes in the fair value of the underlying securities in the funds). This method of accounting is different from the way the Company accounts for its other fixed maturity securities and the timing of the recognition of equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method may differ from gains or losses in the future upon sale or maturity of such investments. Due to these reasons, the Company excludes net realized gains or losses, net impairment losses recognized in earnings, equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method and net foreign exchange gains or losses from the calculation of after-tax operating income or loss available to common shareholders.

The Company believes that showing net income available to common shareholders exclusive of the items referred to above reflects the underlying fundamentals of the Company's business since the Company evaluates the performance of and manages its business to produce an underwriting profit. In addition to presenting net income available to common shareholders, the Company believes that this presentation enables investors and other users of the Company's financial information to analyze the Company's performance in a manner similar to how the Company's management analyzes performance. The Company also believes that this measure follows industry practice and, therefore, allows the users of the Company's financial information to compare the Company's performance with its industry peer group. The Company believes that the equity analysts and certain rating agencies which follow the Company and the insurance industry as a whole generally exclude these items from their analyses for the same reasons.

    
ARCH CAPITAL GROUP LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Book Value Per Common Share
 
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data)March 31,
2013
December 31,
2012
 
Calculation of book value per common share:
Total shareholders' equity$5,335,530$5,168,878
Less preferred shareholders' equity325,000 325,000
Common shareholders' equity5,010,5304,843,878
Common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares (1)133,063,225 133,842,613
Book value per common share$37.66 $36.19
 
(1) Excludes the effects of 8,324,285 and 8,221,444 stock options and 475,435 and 480,406 restricted stock units outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively.
    
Investment Information
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share data)20132012
 
Components of net investment income:
Fixed maturities$62,006$73,450
Term loan investments (1)4,2172,299
Equity securities1,4231,664
Short-term investments392372
Other6,299 3,193 
Gross investment income74,33780,978
Investment expenses(8,665)(6,681)
Net investment income$65,672 $74,297 
 
Per share$0.48$0.54
 
Investment income yield, at amortized cost (2):
Pre-tax2.20%2.52%
After-tax2.07%2.40%
 
Total return (3):
Including effects of foreign exchange0.50%1.87%
Excluding effects of foreign exchange1.01%1.60%
 
Cash flow from operations$205,659$144,821
 

(1)

 

Included in "investments accounted for using the fair value option" on the Company's balance sheet.

(2)

Investment income yield is presented on an annualized basis and excludes the impact of investments for which returns are not included within investment income, such as investments accounted for using the equity method and certain equities.

(3)

Includes net investment income, equity in net income or loss of investment funds accounted for using the equity method, net realized gains and losses and the change in unrealized gains or losses generated by the Company's investment portfolio. Total return is calculated on a pre-tax basis and before investment expenses.

    
Investment Information (continued)
 
(U.S. dollars in thousands)March 31,
2013
December 31,
2012
 
Investable assets:
Fixed maturities available for sale, at fair value$9,890,425$9,839,988
Fixed maturities, at fair value (1)364,385363,541
Fixed maturities pledged under securities lending agreements, at fair value (2)89,941 42,600 
Total fixed maturities10,344,75110,246,129
Short-term investments available for sale, at fair value943,414722,121
Short-term investments pledged under securities lending agreements, at fair value (2)8608,248
Cash356,767371,041
Equity securities available for sale, at fair value342,091312,749
Equity securities, at fair value (1)25,954
Other investments available for sale, at fair value585,277549,280
Other investments, at fair value (1)537,845527,971
Investments accounted for using the equity method (3)219,674307,105
Securities sold but not yet purchased (4)(6,924)
Securities transactions entered into but not settled at the balance sheet date(198,563 Read Full Story

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