RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income of $26.8 Million for the Second Quarter of 2013 or $0.60 Per Dilute

RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income of $26.8 Million for the Second Quarter of 2013 or $0.60 Per Diluted Common Share; Quarterly Operating Income of $96.4 Million or $2.17 Per Diluted Common Share

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYS: RNR) today reported net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $26.8 million or $0.60 per diluted common share in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $142.3 million or $2.75 per diluted common share in the second quarter of 2012. Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders was $96.4 million, or $2.17 per diluted common share for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $111.5 million or $2.14, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012. The Company reported an annualized return on average common equity of 3.4% and an annualized operating return on average common equity of 12.2% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 17.5% and 13.7%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012. Book value per common share increased $0.31, or 0.4%, in the second quarter of 2013 to $71.38, compared to a 3.8% increase in the second quarter of 2012. Tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends increased $0.59, or 0.8%, in the second quarter of 2013, compared to a 4.3% increase in the second quarter of 2012.

Kevin J. O'Donnell, CEO, commented: "In the second quarter of 2013, we generated an annualized operating ROE of 12.2% and increased our tangible book value per share plus dividends by 0.8%, despite several notable catastrophe losses and a challenging investment environment."


Mr. O'Donnell continued: "Although the expected decline in property catastrophe market pricing overall at June 1st accelerated, our team executed well in a rapidly changing market and I am pleased with our results from the recent renewal. We focused on our strategy of meeting clients' needs and matching desirable risks with efficient capital, which enabled us to build an attractive portfolio of risks. We recently launched a new platform in the U.S. to support the growth of our specialty reinsurance business. By expanding our footprint in the U.S., Asia and Lloyd's, we believe we will be able to leverage our core specialty and property catastrophe businesses over time, bringing new options for our clients in an evolving market."

SECOND QUARTER 2013 HIGHLIGHTS(1)

  • Underwriting income of $113.3 million and a combined ratio of 61.2%, compared to $127.9 million and 47.7%, respectively. The decrease in underwriting income was primarily driven by a $35.8 million increase in current accident year net claims and claim expenses principally due to the floods in Europe during late May and early June 2013 (the "European Floods") and the tornadoes that impacted Texas and Oklahoma during May 2013 (the "May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes") and a decrease of $18.6 million in favorable development on prior accident years net claims and claim expenses, partially offset by a $47.5 million increase in net premiums earned due to a combination of higher gross premiums written during the preceding twelve months and a decrease in ceded premiums written principally within the Company's catastrophe unit.

  • The net negative impact (2) from the European Floods and May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes was $20.0 million and $18.8 million, respectively, for a total of $38.8 million from these events, as detailed in the table below.

  • Gross premiums written increased $35.9 million, or 5.4%, to $703.2 million with the increase being driven by growth in the Company's specialty unit and Lloyd's segment, partially offset by a decrease in the Company's catastrophe unit.

  • Total investment losses of $43.5 million, which includes the sum of net investment income, net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on investments and net other-than-temporary impairments, compared to gains of $44.8 million. The decrease was primarily driven by lower total returns in the Company's fixed maturity investment portfolio as a result of a rising interest rate environment and widening credit spreads.

  • Other income declined $10.7 million to $0.6 million, compared to $11.3 million, primarily driven by a $4.1 million decrease in the profitability in the Company's weather and energy risk management operations and a $4.7 million reduction in the fair value of the Company's assumed and ceded reinsurance contracts accounted for at fair value.

European Floods and May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes

The following is supplemental financial data regarding the net financial statement impact on the Company's segment underwriting results and consolidated results for the second quarter of 2013 due to the European Floods and May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes:

Three months ended June 30, 2013

European
Floods

May 2013 U.S.
Tornadoes

Total

(in thousands, except percentages)

Net claims and claim expenses incurred

$

(30,378

)

$

(26,271

)

$

(56,649

)

Reinstatement premiums earned

6,666

3,157

9,823

Profit commissions

85

374

459

Net negative impact on underwriting result

$

(23,627

)

$

(22,740

)

(46,367

)

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

3,621

3,968

7,589

Net negative impact (2)

$

(20,006

)

$

(18,772

)

$

(38,778

)

Percentage point impact on consolidated combined ratio

9.2

8.3

17.8

Net negative impact on Reinsurance segment underwriting result

$

(19,647

)

$

(21,723

)

$

(41,370

)

Net negative impact on Lloyd's segment underwriting result

(3,980

)

(1,017

)

(4,997

)

Net negative impact on underwriting result

$

(23,627

)

$

(22,740

)

$

(46,367

)

Underwriting Results by Segment(1)

Reinsurance Segment

Gross premiums written in the Reinsurance segment were $635.4 million, an increase of $18.4 million, or 3.0%, comprised of:

  • a $21.2 million, or 56.9% increase in the Company's specialty unit to $58.5 million, compared to $37.3 million, primarily due to a number of new contracts and higher renewal rates across certain lines of business within the specialty unit; and partially offset by

  • a $2.8 million decrease in the Company's catastrophe unit primarily reflecting reduced risk-adjusted pricing in the Florida market as a whole and the non-renewal of a number of contracts during the June renewals, partially offset by net positive reinstatement premiums written of $9.8 million during the current quarter related to the European Floods and May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes (compared to net negative reinstatement premiums written of $30.7 million in the comparative quarter related to the 2011 New Zealand and Tohoku Earthquakes), and $37.4 million of gross premiums written related to increased quota share premium in the second quarter of 2013.

Managed catastrophe premiums, net of reinstatement premiums written, totaled $608.3 million, a decrease of $50.7 million, or 7.7%, 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 $116.9 million and a combined ratio of 53.2%, compared to $128.4 million and 40.1%, respectively. The $11.5 million decrease in underwriting income was primarily a result of a $25.6 million increase in current accident year net claims and claim expenses and a $17.3 million reduction in favorable development on prior accident years net claims and claim expenses, partially offset by a $35.4 million increase in net premiums earned. Included in current accident year net claims and claim expenses is $26.4 million and $25.2 million related to the European Floods and May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes, respectively. The increase in net premiums earned was due to a combination of higher gross premiums written during the preceding twelve months and a decrease in ceded premiums written, principally within the Company's catastrophe unit.

The Reinsurance segment experienced $23.8 million of favorable development on prior years reserves, compared to $41.1 million, including $18.5 million and $5.4 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 reductions of $4.7 million and $4.1 million related to the 2008 Hurricanes and the 2011 New Zealand Earthquake, respectively, with the remainder 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 $5.4 million principally due to the application of the Company's formulaic actuarial reserving methodology.

Lloyd's Segment

Gross premiums written in the Lloyd's segment were $68.8 million, an increase of $18.5 million, or 36.7%, primarily due to continued organic growth within the segment. The Lloyd's segment generated an underwriting loss of $3.5 million and a combined ratio of 108.4%, compared to an underwriting loss of $0.9 million and a combined ratio of 103.0%, respectively. The increase in the underwriting loss in the Lloyd's segment reflects an increase in net claims and claims expenses of $10.6 million, primarily due to attritional loss activity and $5.0 million related to the European Floods and May 2013 U.S. Tornadoes.

Other Items(1)

  • During the second quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased 128 thousand common shares in open market transactions at an aggregate cost of $10.7 million and at an average share price of $83.32.

  • Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests of $14.0 million decreased from $33.6 million, primarily impacted by a decrease in profitability of DaVinciRe and an increase in the Company's ownership percentage in DaVinciRe from 31.5% at June 30, 2012 to 32.9% at June 30, 2013.

  • In May 2013, the Company raised $275.0 million through the issuance of 11.0 million 5.375% Series E Preference Shares at $25 per share. The proceeds of the issuance of the Series E Preference Shares were used to redeem the remaining 6.0 million, or $150.0 million liquidation preference, of the outstanding 6.60% Series D Preference Shares and 5.0 million, or $125.0 million liquidation preference, of the outstanding 6.08% Series C Preference Shares. Following the redemptions, 5.0 million Series C Preference Shares remain outstanding.

  • Corporate expenses increased $17.5 million, primarily due to costs associated with the Company's recently announced senior management changes.

  • Prior to 2013, investments-related derivative net realized and unrealized gains (losses) were included in net investment income and were also included in the calculation of operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders and related measures. Commencing in 2013, the Company has reclassified its investments-related derivatives to net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments and has reclassified prior periods for comparability. Effective January 1, 2013, the Company now excludes these net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments-related derivatives from operating income and related measures. See Comments on Regulation G for a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.

    As a result of this reclassification, included in net realized and unrealized losses on investments of $69.5 million, is $20.5 million of net realized and unrealized gains on investments-related derivatives, compared to $2.9 million net realized and unrealized losses on investments-related derivatives included in $28.1 million of net realized and unrealized gains on 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 Wednesday, July 31, 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 second quarter of 2012 unless specifically stated.

(2)

Net negative impact includes the sum of estimates of net claims and claim expenses incurred, earned reinstatement premiums assumed and ceded, profit commissions and redeemable noncontrolling interest. The Company's estimates are based on a review of its potential exposures, preliminary discussions with certain counterparties and catastrophe modeling techniques. Given the magnitude and recent occurrence of these events, delays in receiving claims data, potential uncertainties relating to reinsurance recoveries and other uncertainties inherent in loss estimation, meaningful uncertainty remains regarding losses from these events. Accordingly, the Company's actual net impact from these events will vary from these preliminary estimates, perhaps materially so. Changes in these estimates will be recorded in the period in which they occur.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

Summary Consolidated Statements of Operations

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

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Six months ended

June 30,
2013

June 30,
2012

June 30,
2013

June 30,
2012

Revenues

Gross premiums written

$

703,223

$

667,336

$

1,338,641

$

1,331,487

Net premiums written

$

559,109

$

427,630

$

995,922

$

920,205

Increase in unearned premiums

(267,220

)

(183,214

)

(432,778

)

(397,124

)

Net premiums earned

291,889

244,416

563,144

523,081

Net investment income

27,324

17,673

70,518

83,149

Net foreign exchange (losses) gains

(1,085

)

2,410

671

950

Equity in earnings of other ventures

3,772

6,846

9,607

12,316

Other income (loss)

631

11,289

7,635

(27,805

)

Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on investments

(69,544

)

28,073

(55,273

)

75,681

Total other-than-temporary impairments

(234

)

(395

)

Portion recognized in other comprehensive income, before taxes

25

52

Net other-than-temporary impairments

(209

)

(343

)

Total revenues

252,987

310,498

596,302

667,029

Expenses

Net claims and claim expenses incurred

103,962

49,551

131,213

65,103

Acquisition expenses

31,767

25,608

56,776

49,719

Operational expenses

42,819

41,407

88,833

83,790

Corporate expenses

21,588

4,067

26,117

8,878

Interest expense

4,300

5,716

9,334

11,434

Total expenses

204,436

126,349

312,273

218,924

Income from continuing operations before taxes

48,551

184,149

284,029

448,105

Income tax expense

(247

)

(898

)

(369

)

(861

)

Income from continuing operations

48,304

183,251

283,660

447,244

Income from discontinued operations

1,393

1,220

Net income

48,304

184,644

283,660

448,464

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(14,015

)

(33,624

)

(52,622

)

(87,265

)

Net income available to RenaissanceRe

34,289

151,020

231,038

361,199

Dividends on preference shares

(7,483

)

(8,750

)

(13,758

)

(17,500

)

Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders

$

26,806

$

142,270

$

217,280

$

343,699

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

$

0.61

$

2.75

$

4.93

$

6.70

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

0.03

0.02

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

$

0.61

$

2.78

$

4.93

$

6.72

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

$

0.60

$

2.72

$

4.83

$

6.61

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

0.03

0.02

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

$

0.60

$

2.75

$

4.83

$

6.63

Average shares outstanding - basic

43,372

50,278

43,453

50,328

Average shares outstanding - diluted

44,243

51,012

44,303

50,997

Net claims and claim expense ratio

35.6

%

20.3

%

23.3

%

12.4

%

Underwriting expense ratio

25.6

%

27.4

%

25.9

%

25.6

%

Combined ratio

61.2

%

47.7

%

49.2

%

38.0

%

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

$

2.17

$

2.14

$

6.08

$

5.13

Operating return on average common equity - annualized (1)