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Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Declares Special Dividend


PEMBROKE, Bermuda -  February 1, 2017 - Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: BCRH) ("Blue Capital" or the "Company"), a Bermuda holding company that, through its operating subsidiaries, offers collateralized reinsurance in the property catastrophe market and invests in various insurance-linked securities, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Company's net income was $4.0 million ($0.46 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $14.3 million ($1.63 per share) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016. The Company's fully converted book value per common share was $20.90 at December 31, 2016, reflecting a 2.3% increase for the quarter and a 7.6% increase year-to-date, each inclusive of dividends declared in both periods.

Reinsurance premiums written for the current quarter and full year 2016 were $8.7 million and $43.2 million, increasing by $3.7 million and $4.6 million compared to the same periods in 2015 primarily due to increased participation in quota share contracts, partially offset by a decrease in direct written premiums.

The combined ratio for the current quarter and full year 2016 was 61.1% and 65.0% compared to 42.4% and 45.3% in the same periods in 2015.  The increases in the current period combined ratios were driven by higher loss and loss adjustment expense ratios partially offset by lower acquisition and general and administrative expense ratios. Loss and loss adjustment expenses were $3.4 million for the current quarter and were $13.7 million for the current year compared to $0.3 million and $2.6 million, respectively, in 2015. The increase in loss and loss adjustment expenses was predominantly driven by a higher level of 2016 global loss activity, including Hurricane Matthew and the New Zealand earthquake in the fourth quarter and the Canadian wildfires, the Japanese earthquake, and U.S. severe weather activity, which occurred earlier in the year. General and administrative expenses were lower in the current periods compared to a year ago largely due to lower performance fees reflecting the higher catastrophe activity.  Acquisition expenses were lower in the current periods compared to a year ago due to lower profit commissions.

The Company's Board of Directors has declared a special dividend of $0.59 per common share, which is payable on March 15, 2017 to all shareholders of record as of February 28, 2017. This special dividend, together with the regular dividends declared during each of the first three quarters of 2016, represents 90.6% of the Company's "Distributable Income" with respect to 2016. Distributable Income, a non-GAAP measure, has been defined within the Company's capital management policy to be its net income plus (minus) non-cash expenses (revenues) recorded in net income for the period.

Adam Szakmary, President and CEO, commented: "2016 was a solid year for Blue Capital as we generated growth in book value of 7.6% inclusive of dividends and a combined ratio of 65.0% against a backdrop of the costliest year for industry losses within the last five years.  These results led to our declaring a special dividend for the third year in a row which, when combined with our previous 2016 regular quarterly dividends, represents a return of over 90% of total annual earnings.  2016 was also the first full year of the Company's operations since Blue Capital Management Ltd. was purchased by Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., resulting in greater access by the Company to a larger more diversified catastrophe portfolio, thereby enhancing our ability to effectively select risks and build a higher quality portfolio designed to generate shareholder value."

January Renewal Update

As of January 31, 2017 the Company bound indemnity reinsurance contracts with expected total annual premiums of $35.5 million, a decrease of $2.1 million when compared to the same period in 2016 as a result of a bound portfolio timing change year over year.  The business underwritten by the Company is expected to produce a net rate on line for the portfolio of 21.2%, which is a 1.7% increase when compared to the same period in 2016 due to a shift to greater retrocessional market exposure because of a more favorable pricing environment.

The Company's in-force portfolio deployed as of January 31, 2017 consisted of approximately 29.8% in support of first event reinsurance coverages, 56.3% in support of catastrophe quota share coverages and the balance in support of second and subsequent event reinsurance coverages.

About Blue Capital

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, offers collateralized reinsurance in the property catastrophe market, leveraging underwriting expertise and infrastructure from established resources. Underwriting decisions,  operations and other management services are provided to Blue Capital by Blue Capital Management Ltd., a  subsidiary of Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: ENH), a recognized global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and a leading property catastrophe and short tail reinsurer since 2001. Endurance acquired Blue Capital Management Ltd. as part of its acquisition of Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiaries in July 2015. Additional information can be found in Blue Capital's public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or at

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Some of the statements in this press release may include, and Blue Capital may make related oral forward-looking statements which reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such statements may include forward-looking statements both with respect to us in general and the insurance and reinsurance sectors specifically, both as to underwriting and investment matters. Statements that include the words "should," "would," "expect," "estimates", "intend," "plan," "believe," "project," "target," "anticipate," "seek," "will," "deliver," and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements in this press release for purposes of the U.S. federal securities laws or otherwise. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or may be important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effects of competitors' pricing policies, greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity, changes in market conditions, decreased demand for property and casualty reinsurance, changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage, our inability to renew business previously underwritten or acquired, uncertainties in our reserving process, changes to our tax status, reduced acceptance of our existing or new products and services, a loss of business from and credit risk related to our broker counterparties, assessments for high risk or otherwise uninsured individuals, possible terrorism or the outbreak of war, a loss of key personnel, political conditions, changes in insurance regulation, operational risk, including the risk of fraud and errors and omissions, as well as technology breaches or failure, changes in accounting policies, our investment performance, the valuation of our invested assets, a breach of our investment guidelines, potential treatment of us as an investment company or a passive foreign investment company for purposes of U.S. securities laws or U.S. federal taxation, respectively, our dependence as a holding company upon dividends or distributions from our operating subsidiaries, the unavailability of capital in the future, developments in the world's financial and capital markets and our access to such markets, government intervention in the insurance and reinsurance industry, illiquidity in the credit markets, changes in general economic conditions and other factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016.
The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Blue Capital's reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other documents of Blue Capital on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Blue Capital will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Blue Capital or its business or operations. Except as required by law, Blue Capital undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
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(In millions of U.S. dollars, except share amounts)

    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
Assets   (Unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1.6     $ 1.0  
Cash and cash equivalents pledged as collateral   3.1     5.1  
Reinsurance premiums receivable   7.7     15.9  
Deferred reinsurance acquisition costs   0.1     0.1  
Funds held by reinsured companies as collateral   191.4     195.3  
Other assets   0.8     0.2  
Total Assets   $ 204.7     $ 217.6  
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves   $ 11.1     $ 4.0  
Unearned reinsurance premiums   0.9     1.3  
Debt   -     13.0  
Reinsurance balances payable   7.1     7.6  
Other liabilities   2.3     4.1  
Total Liabilities   21.4     30.0  
Shareholders' Equity        
Common Shares and additional paid-in capital   8.8     8.8  
Additional paid-in capital   165.5     165.3  
Retained earnings   9.0     13.5  
Total Shareholders' Equity   183.3     187.6  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity   $ 204.7     $ 217.6  
Common shares outstanding (000s)   8,756     8,752  
Common and common equivalent shares outstanding (000s)   8,769     8,762  

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Reinsurance premiums written   $ 8.7     $ 5.0     $ 43.2     $ 38.6  
Change in net unearned reinsurance premiums   2.8     4.3     0.4     (0.3
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