RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income of $190.5 Million for the First Quarter of 2013 or $4.23 Per Dilute

RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income of $190.5 Million for the First Quarter of 2013 or $4.23 Per Diluted Common Share; Quarterly Operating Income of $176.6 Million or $3.92 Per Diluted Common Share

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYS: RNR) today reported net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $190.5 million or $4.23 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $201.4 million or $3.88 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2012. Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders was $176.6 million or $3.92 per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $155.5 million or $2.98, respectively, in the first quarter of 2012. The Company reported an annualized return on average common equity of 24.3% and an annualized operating return on average common equity of 22.5% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 25.6% and 19.7%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2012. Book value per common share increased $2.93, or 4.3%, in the first quarter of 2013 to $71.07, compared to a 5.8% increase in the first quarter of 2012. Tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends increased $3.22, or 4.8%, in the first quarter of 2013, compared to a 6.3% increase in the first quarter of 2012.

See Comments on Regulation G for a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.


Neill A. Currie, CEO, commented: "We enjoyed strong first quarter results, with an annualized operating ROE of 22.5% and 4.8% growth in tangible book value per share plus dividends for the quarter. Our results reflect strong underwriting profits, principally driven by our high-quality portfolio, the absence of significant catastrophe losses in the quarter, and solid total returns in our investment portfolio."

Mr. Currie added: "We are working with our customers to meet their needs for the upcoming renewal period. Our long-standing customer relationships, experienced underwriting team and superior capital management put us in a strong position to construct an attractive portfolio of risks during this period."

FIRST QUARTER 2013 HIGHLIGHTS(1)

  • Underwriting income of $173.0 million and a combined ratio of 36.2%, compared to $196.6 million and 29.4%, respectively. The decrease in underwriting income was primarily driven by an $11.7 million increase in net claims and claim expenses as a result of lower favorable development occurring during the quarter and a $7.4 million decrease in net premiums earned due to a combination of lower gross premiums written and an increase in ceded premiums written principally within the Company's catastrophe unit, as discussed below.

  • Gross premiums written decreased $28.7 million, or 4.3%, to $635.4 million with the decrease being driven by the Company's catastrophe and specialty units, and partially offset by growth in the Company's Lloyd's segment.

  • Total investment income of $51.4 million, which includes the sum of net investment income, net realized and unrealized gains on investments and net other-than-temporary impairments, compared to $113.7 million. The decrease was primarily driven by lower total returns in the Company's fixed maturity investment portfolio, combined with lower returns in the Company's portfolio of other investments, principally driven by the Company's private equity investments.

  • Other income improved $46.1 million to income of $7.0 million, compared to a loss of $39.1 million, primarily due to $8.7 million of income in the Company's weather and energy risk management operations, compared to a loss of $35.5 million from such operations as a result of unusually warm weather experienced in parts of the United Kingdom and certain parts of the United States during the first quarter of 2012.

Underwriting Results by Segment(1)

Reinsurance Segment

Gross premiums written in the Reinsurance segment were $561.1 million, a decrease of $48.6 million, or 8.0%, comprised of a $30.4 million decrease in the Company's catastrophe unit reflecting the non-renewal or renewal at lower rates for a number of contracts during the January 2013 renewals and an $18.2 million decrease in the Company's specialty unit, primarily due to the timing of certain multi-year contracts in the comparative quarter.

Managed catastrophe premiums totaled $529.7 million, a decrease of $29.3 million, or 5.2%, primarily driven by the reduction in gross premiums written in the catastrophe unit discussed above. The Company's managed catastrophe premiums are prone to significant volatility due to the timing of contract inception and also due to the business being characterized by a relatively small number of relatively large transactions.

The Reinsurance segment generated underwriting income of $168.3 million and a combined ratio of 27.9%, compared to $194.1 million and 23.5%, respectively, primarily as a result of a $20.4 million decrease in net premiums earned due to a decrease in gross premiums written, as discussed above, combined with an increase in ceded premiums written reflecting the inception of several new contracts and the external cession of business in Upsilon Reinsurance II Ltd., a managed joint venture, and a $5.1 million increase in net claims and claim expenses principally due to lower favorable development.

The Reinsurance segment experienced $33.6 million of favorable development on prior years reserves, compared to $46.8 million, including $18.5 million and $15.2 million of favorable development in the catastrophe and specialty units, respectively. Favorable development on prior years reserves within the catastrophe unit was primarily due to a number of relatively small reductions in estimated ultimate losses on prior period events. The specialty unit experienced prior accident years favorable development of $15.2 million principally due to the Company's annual actuarial assumption review which resulted in net reductions to prior accident years reserves of $10.4 million.

Lloyd's Segment

Gross premiums written in the Lloyd's segment were $74.3 million, an increase of $19.5 million, or 35.5%, primarily due to continued organic growth within the segment. The Lloyd's segment generated underwriting income of $4.2 million and a combined ratio of 89.0%, compared to underwriting income of $1.1 million and a combined ratio of 95.6%, respectively. The increase in underwriting income in the Lloyd's segment reflects the continued growth in gross premiums written noted above, partially offset by an increase in net claims and claims expenses of $5.5 million, primarily due to attritional loss activity.

Other Items(1)

  • During the first quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased 1.4 million common shares in open market transactions at an aggregate cost of $111.3 million and at an average share price of $81.29.

  • Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests of $38.6 million decreased from $53.6 million, primarily impacted by a decrease in profitability of DaVinciRe, partially offset by a decrease in the Company's ownership percentage in DaVinciRe from 34.7% at March 31, 2012 to 32.9% at March 31, 2013.

  • During January 2013, DaVinciRe redeemed shares from certain DaVinciRe shareholders, including the Company, while certain other existing DaVinciRe shareholders purchased additional shares in DaVinciRe. The net redemption as a result of these transactions was $150.0 million. The Company's ownership in DaVinciRe was 32.9% at March 31, 2013.

  • The Company repaid the full $100.0 million of its outstanding 5.875% Senior Notes upon their scheduled maturity of February 15, 2013 using available cash and investments.

This Press Release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures including "operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders", "operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted", "operating return on average common equity - annualized", "managed catastrophe premiums", "tangible book value per common share" and "tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends." A reconciliation of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures in accordance with Regulation G is presented in the attached supplemental financial data.

Please refer to the "Investor Information - Financial Reports - Financial Supplements" section of the Company's website at www.renre.com for a copy of the Financial Supplement which includes additional information on the Company's financial performance.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. will host a conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss this release. Live broadcast of the conference call will be available through the "Investor Information - Company Webcasts" section of RenaissanceRe's website at www.renre.com.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. is a global provider of reinsurance and insurance. The Company's business consists of two reportable segments: (i) Reinsurance, which includes catastrophe reinsurance, specialty reinsurance and certain property catastrophe and specialty joint ventures managed by the Company's ventures unit, and (ii) Lloyd's, which includes reinsurance and insurance business written through Syndicate 1458.

Cautionary Statement under "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements made in this earnings release contain information about the Company's future business prospects.These statements may be considered "forward-looking."These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements.For further information regarding cautionary statements and factors affecting future results, please refer to RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

(1) All comparisons are with the first quarter of 2012 unless specifically stated.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

Summary Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands of United States Dollars, except per share amounts and percentages)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

March 31,
2013

March 31,
2012

Revenues

Gross premiums written

$

635,418

$

664,151

Net premiums written

$

436,813

$

492,575

Increase in unearned premiums

(165,558

)

(213,910

)

Net premiums earned

271,255

278,665

Net investment income

43,615

66,971

Net foreign exchange gains (losses)

1,756

(1,460

)

Equity in earnings of other ventures

5,835

5,470

Other income (loss)

7,004

(39,094

)

Net realized and unrealized gains on investments

13,850

46,113

Total other-than-temporary impairments

(161

)

Portion recognized in other comprehensive income, before taxes

27

Net other-than-temporary impairments

(134

)

Total revenues

343,315

356,531

Expenses

Net claims and claim expenses incurred

27,251

15,552

Acquisition expenses

25,009

24,111

Operational expenses

46,014

42,383

Corporate expenses

4,529

4,811

Interest expense

5,034

5,718

Total expenses

107,837

92,575

Income from continuing operations before taxes

235,478

263,956

Income tax (expense) benefit

(122

)

37

Income from continuing operations

235,356

263,993

Loss from discontinued operations

(173

)

Net income

235,356

263,820

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(38,607

)

(53,641

)

Net income available to RenaissanceRe

196,749

210,179

Dividends on preference shares

(6,275

)

(8,750

)

Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders

$

190,474

$

201,429

Income from continuing operations available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - basic

$

4.32

$

3.93

Income from discontinued operations available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - basic

Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - basic

$

4.32

$

3.93

Income from continuing operations available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted

$

4.23

$

3.88

Income from discontinued operations available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted

Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted

$

4.23

$

3.88

Average shares outstanding - basic

43,461

50,377

Average shares outstanding - diluted

44,290

50,981

Net claims and claim expense ratio

10.0

%

5.6

%

Underwriting expense ratio

26.2

%

23.8

%

Combined ratio

36.2

%

29.4

%

Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted (1)

$

3.92

$

2.98

Operating return on average common equity - annualized (1)

22.5

%

19.7

%

(1) See Comments on Regulation G for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands of United States Dollars, except per share amounts)

March 31,
2013

December 31,
2012

Assets

Fixed maturity investments trading, at fair value

$

4,511,885

$

4,665,421

Fixed maturity investments available for sale, at fair value

45,254

83,442

Total fixed maturity investments, at fair value

4,557,139

4,748,863

Short term investments, at fair value

997,889

821,163

Equity investments trading, at fair value

555

58,186

Other investments, at fair value

652,802

644,711

Investments in other ventures, under equity method

92,054

87,724

Total investments

6,300,439

6,360,647

Cash and cash equivalents

335,625

325,358

Premiums receivable

654,368

491,365

Prepaid reinsurance premiums

170,216

77,082

Reinsurance recoverable

162,948

192,512

Accrued investment income

29,921

33,478

Deferred acquisition costs

77,914

52,622

Receivable for investments sold

163,584

168,673

Other assets

193,521

218,405

Goodwill and other intangibles

8,384

8,486

Total assets

$

8,096,920

$

7,928,628

Liabilities, Noncontrolling Interests and Shareholders' Equity

Liabilities

Reserve for claims and claim expenses

$

1,755,783

$

1,879,377

Unearned premiums

658,209

399,517

Debt

254,315

351,775

Reinsurance balances payable

380,939

290,419

Payable for investments purchased

397,517

278,787

Other liabilities

207,535

253,438

Total liabilities

3,654,298

3,453,313

Redeemable noncontrolling interest - DaVinciRe

875,770

968,259

Shareholders' Equity

Preference shares

400,000

400,000

Common shares

44,510

45,542

Accumulated other comprehensive income

6,050

13,622

Retained earnings

3,112,545

3,043,901

Total shareholders' equity attributable to RenaissanceRe

3,563,105

3,503,065

Noncontrolling interest

3,747

3,991

Total shareholders' equity

3,566,852

3,507,056

Total liabilities, noncontrolling interests and shareholders' equity

$

8,096,920

$

7,928,628

Book value per common share

$

71.07

$

68.14

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

Supplemental Financial Data - Segment Information

(in thousands of United States Dollars, except percentages)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended March 31, 2013

Reinsurance

Lloyd's

Other

Eliminations

Total

Gross premiums written

$

561,126

$

74,292

$

$

$

635,418

Net premiums written

$

380,872

$

55,924

$

17

$

436,813

Net premiums earned

$

233,460

$

37,779

$

16

$

271,255

Net claims and claim expenses incurred

13,400

14,528

(677

)

27,251

Acquisition expenses

18,059

6,916

34

25,009

Operational expenses

33,675

12,178

161

46,014

Underwriting income

$

168,326

$

4,157

$

498

172,981

Net investment income

43,615

43,615

Net foreign exchange gains

1,756

1,756

Equity in earnings of other ventures

5,835

5,835

Other income

7,004

7,004

Net realized and unrealized gains on investments

13,850

13,850

Corporate expenses

(4,529

)

(4,529

)

Interest expense

(5,034

)