Primus Guaranty, Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Primus Guaranty, Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Primus Guaranty, Ltd. ("Primus Guaranty" or "the Company") (OTC PINK:PRSG) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

  • GAAP net income available to common shares for the second quarter 2013 was $16.4 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income available to common shares of $1.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2012. GAAP net income available to common shares for the second quarter 2013 substantially resulted from a net unrealized mark-to-market gain of $12.3 million on Primus Financial Products, LLC ("Primus Financial")'s credit swap portfolio.

  • Economic Results for the second quarter 2013 were $4.1 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with Economic Results of $9.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2012. The primary difference between GAAP net income and Economic Results is that changes in the fair value of Primus Financial's credit swap portfolio are not included in Economic Results.

  • GAAP book value per common share was $10.10 at June 30, 2013, compared with GAAP book value per common share of $8.83 at December 31, 2012.

  • Economic Results book value per common share was $10.48 at June 30, 2013, compared with Economic Results book value per common share of $10.19 at December 31, 2012.

  • At June 30, 2013, the notional principal of Primus Financial's consolidated credit swap portfolio totaled $3.4 billion, compared with $4.1 billion at December 31, 2012.

  • During the second quarter of 2013, Primus Guaranty purchased 2 million of its common shares at a total cost of approximately $19 million and Primus Financial redeemed the remaining $77.4 million of its preferred securities at par.

  • On July 30, 2013, the Company's Board of Directors authorized an increase in the amount available for the purchase of the Company's common shares to $25 million. Purchases will be made at management's discretion.

Additional Information


A copy of this press release, the Company's financial supplement, summary details of Primus Financial's consolidated credit swap portfolio as of June 30, 2013, and a letter dated July 31, 2013 to the shareholders from Richard Claiden, Chief Executive Officer, are available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.primusguaranty.com. Also available on the Web site are the results of the Company's 2013 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on July 30, 2013.

Economic Results

In managing its business and assessing its profitability from a strategic and financial planning perspective, the Company believes it is appropriate to consider both its U.S. GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares as well as certain non-GAAP financial measures called "Economic Results". We define Economic Results as GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares, adjusted as follows:

  • Unrealized gains (losses) on credit swaps sold by Primus Financial are excluded from GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares;

  • Realized gains from early termination of credit swaps sold by Primus Financial are excluded from GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares;

  • Realized gains from early termination of credit swaps sold by Primus Financial are amortized over the period that would have been the remaining life of the credit swap. The amortized gain is included in Economic Results; and

  • A net adjustment in provision for credit default swaps on asset-backed securities ("CDS on ABS") credit events, upon termination or principal write-down of credit swaps, is included in Economic Results.

The Company believes that quarterly fluctuations in the fair market value of Primus Financial's consolidated credit swap portfolio have little or no effect on the Company's business operations and that Economic Results provides a useful, alternative view of the Company's economic performance.

About Primus Guaranty

Primus Guaranty, Ltd. is a Bermuda company with offices in New York. Through its subsidiary, Primus Financial Products, LLC, the Company provides protection against the risk of default on primarily investment grade corporate reference entities. Its common shares trade on the OTC Pink Tier of the OTC market. Investors can find market information for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements included in this press release and other statements Primus Guaranty may make, particularly those anticipating future financial performance, business prospects, operating strategies and plans, market performance, valuations and similar matters, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Any such statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Primus Guaranty assumes no duty to, and does not undertake to, update any forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements, and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

Primus Guaranty, Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (Unaudited)
(in thousands except share amounts)

June 30,

December 31,

2013

2012

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

41,612

$

51,860

Investments, at fair value

113,395

213,107

Restricted cash and investments

104,816

144,077

Accrued interest and premiums

1,788

3,210

Unrealized gain on credit swaps, at fair value

78

721

Debt issuance costs, net

-

510

Other assets (includes $2,034 and $2,701 at fair value as of

June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively)

2,899

4,019

Total assets

$

264,588

$

417,504

Liabilities and Equity

Liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

3,724

$

5,202

Unrealized loss on credit swaps, at fair value

14,827

43,682

Payable for credit events

-

1,280

Long-term debt

-

57,700

Other liabilities (includes $2,018 and $2,205 at fair value as of

June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively)

2,380

2,721

Total liabilities

$

20,931

$

110,585

Equity

Common shares, $0.08 par value, 62,500,000 shares authorized,

24,123,564 and 26,125,564 shares issued and outstanding

at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively

1,930

2,090

Additional paid-in capital

182,803

203,232

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,016

2,723

Retained earnings

57,908

22,619

Total shareholders' equity of Primus Guaranty, Ltd

243,657

230,664

Preferred securities of subsidiary

-

76,255

Total equity

243,657

306,919

Total liabilities and equity

$

264,588

$

417,504

Primus Guaranty, Ltd.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenues

Net credit swap revenue

$

16,524

$

823

$

36,832

$

266,940

Interest income

1,176

2,501

2,860

5,049

Gain on retirement of long-term debt

-

1,097

-

1,425

Other income

621

152

1,402

190

Total revenues

18,321

4,573

41,094

273,604

Expenses

Compensation and employee benefits

740

1,944

2,338

3,831

Professional and legal fees

330

361

649

798

Interest expense

-

2,236

692

4,544

Other

444

1,035

995

1,848

Total expenses

1,514

5,576

4,674

11,021

Income from continuing operations before provision

for income taxes

16,807

(1,003

)

36,420

262,583

Provision for income taxes

-

8

19

22

Income from continuing operations, net of tax

16,807

(1,011

)

36,401

262,561

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

154

3,256

238

3,633

Net income

16,961

2,245

36,639

266,194

Less:

Distributions on preferred securities of subsidiary

578

599

1,350

1,530

Net income available to common shares

$

16,383

$

1,646

$

35,289

$

264,664

Income per common share:

Basic:

Income from continuing operations

$

0.65

$

(0.05

)

$

1.37

$

8.03

Income from discontinued operations

$

-

$

0.10

$

0.01

$

0.11

Net income available to common shares

$

0.65

$

0.05

$

1.38

$

8.14

Diluted:

Income from continuing operations

$

0.65

$

(0.05

)

$

1.37

$

8.01

Income from discontinued operations

$

-

$

0.10

$

0.01

$

0.11

Net income available to common shares

$

0.65

$

0.05

$

1.38

$

8.12

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

25,125

31,429

25,625

32,935

Diluted

25,126

31,488

25,634

33,004

Note: Basic and diluted net income available to common shares for June 30, 2012 includes the impact of a $3.5 million gain that resulted from the purchase of $12.2 million (face value) Primus Financial preferred securities.

Primus Guaranty, Ltd.
Regulation G and Other Disclosure
Economic Results
June 30, 2013
(Unaudited)

In managing its business and assessing its profitability from a strategic and financial planning perspective, the Company believes it is appropriate to consider both its U.S. GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares as well as certain non-GAAP financial measures called "Economic Results". We define Economic Results as GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares, adjusted as follows:

  • Unrealized gains (losses) on credit swaps sold by Primus Financial are excluded from GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares;

  • Realized gains from early termination of credit swaps sold by Primus Financial are excluded from GAAP net income (loss) available to common shares;

  • Realized gains from early termination of credit swaps sold by Primus Financial are amortized over the period that would have been the remaining life of the credit swap. The amortized gain is included in Economic Results; and

  • A net adjustment in provision for CDS on ABS credit events, upon termination or principal write-down of credit swaps, is included in Economic Results.

The Company believes that quarterly fluctuations in the fair market value of Primus Financial's consolidated credit swap portfolio have little or no effect on the Company's business operations and that Economic Results provides a useful, alternative view of the Company's economic performance.

Economic Results per GAAP Diluted Share

(in 000's except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

GAAP Net income available to common shares

$

16,383

$

1,646

$

35,289

$

264,664

Adjustments:

Change in unrealized fair value of credit swaps sold (gain) loss by Primus Financial

(12,255

)

7,240

(28,212

)

(252,389

)

Amortization of realized gains from the early termination of credit swaps sold by Primus Financial

2

2

4

4

Net adjustment in provision for CDS on ABS credit events upon termination or principal write-down of credit swaps

-

286

73

2,357

Economic Results

$

4,130

$

9,174