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Maiden Holdings, Ltd. Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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Highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2017

  • Net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $63.6 million, or $0.74 per diluted common share compared with net income attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $31.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016;
  • Non-GAAP net operating loss(1) of 56.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted common share compared with non-GAAP operating earnings of $30.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016;
  • Net negative impact from catastrophes in the third quarter of 2017 was $20.0 million;
  • Net adverse loss reserve development in the third quarter of 2017 was $77.7 million. Primarily emanating from the AmTrust Reinsurance segment;
  • Gross premiums written decreased 10.7% to $631.0 million compared to the third quarter of 2016;
  • Net premiums written decreased 10.6% to $617.3 million compared to the third quarter of 2016;
  • Combined ratio(13) of 114.1% compared to 98.5% in the third quarter of 2016;
  • Net investment income of $40.8 million increased 14.5% compared to $35.7 million in the third quarter of 2016;
  • Book value per common share(4) of $11.30 decreased 6.8% compared to year-end 2016; and
  • During the third quarter of 2017, Maiden repurchased a total of 2,015,700 common shares at an average price of $7.11 per share.

Highlights for the nine months ended September 30, 2017

  • Net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $65.5 million, or $0.76 per diluted common share compared with net income attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $90.0 million, or $1.15 per diluted common share in the first nine months of 2016;
  • Non-GAAP operating loss(1) of $46.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share compared with non-GAAP operating earnings of $87.0 million, or $1.11 per diluted common share in the first nine months of 2016;
  • Gross premiums written were flat at $2.26 billion compared to the first nine months of 2016;
  • Net premiums written increased 3.2% to $2.20 billion compared to the first nine months of 2016;
  • Combined ratio(13) of 106.7% compared to 98.7% in the first nine months of 2016; and
  • Net investment income of $123.5 million increased 15.1% compared to $107.3 million in the first nine months of 2016.

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MHLD) ("Maiden" or "the Company") today reported a third quarter 2017 net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $63.6 million or $0.74 per diluted common share compared to net income attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $31.8 million or $0.40 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016.  The non-GAAP operating loss(1) was $56.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted common share compared with non-GAAP operating earnings of $30.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016.

Commenting on the results, Art Raschbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Maiden stated, "While results in the quarter were impacted by both catastrophe related loss activity and loss development primarily in the AmTrust Reinsurance segment, there were a number of favorable underlying trends which we believe will benefit future quarters. In the quarter we realized improved non-catastrophe operating performance in the U.S. portion of our Diversified Reinsurance segment. Across all of the Diversified Reinsurance segment we enjoyed strong premium growth. Investment earnings and invested assets continue to grow and operating cash flow was strong. Maiden's common share count declined, reflecting share repurchases made during the quarter. Importantly, we believe that the actions we have taken to address historical loss reserve development while improving underlying business trends will benefit Maiden and our shareholders in the future."

Results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017
Maiden reported a third quarter 2017 net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $63.6 million or $0.74 per diluted common share compared to net income attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $31.8 million or $0.40 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016.   The non-GAAP operating loss(1) was $56.4 million, or $ 0.66 per diluted common share compared with non-GAAP operating earnings of $30.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2016.

In the third quarter of 2017, gross premiums written decreased 10.7% to $631.0 million from $706.9 million in the third quarter of 2016.  Gross premiums written in the Diversified Reinsurance segment totaled $211.0 million, an increase of 13.0% versus the third quarter of 2016, primarily due the expansion of existing client relationships and new business development.  In the AmTrust Reinsurance segment, gross premiums written were $420.0 million, a decrease of 19.2% compared to the third quarter of 2016.  A significant portion of the AmTrust Reinsurance segment's gross premiums written decrease was the result of changes in 2017 to the mix of programs in the Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty business and in 2016 the cession of premium for the first time from a series of acquisitions made by AmTrust in its Small Commercial and Specialty Program businesses.

Net premiums written totaled $617.3 million in the third quarter of 2017, a decrease of 10.6% compared to the third quarter of 2016. 

Net premiums earned were $653.9 million, a decrease of 6.4% compared to the third quarter of 2016.  In the Diversified Reinsurance segment, net premiums earned increased 24.2% to $217.5 million compared to the third quarter of 2016.  The AmTrust Reinsurance segment net premiums earned were $436.4 million, down 16.6% compared to the third quarter of 2016.   

Net loss and loss adjustment expenses of $536.0 million were up 14.8% compared to the third quarter of 2016.  The loss ratio(9) of 81.6% was higher than the 66.6% reported in the third quarter of 2016.

Commission and other acquisition expenses decreased 6.4% to $193.5 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the third quarter of 2016.  The expense ratio(12) increased to 32.5% for the third quarter of 2017 compared with 31.9% in the same quarter last year.  General and administrative expenses for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $19.5 million, a 15.0% increase compared with $17.0 million in the third quarter of 2016. The general and administrative expense ratio(11) was 3.0% in the third quarter of 2017, compared to 2.4% in the third quarter of 2016. 

The combined ratio(13) for the third quarter of 2017 totaled 114.1% compared with 98.5% in the third quarter of 2016.  The Diversified Reinsurance segment combined ratio was 107.1% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 102.2% in the third quarter of 2016.  The Diversified Reinsurance segment results were impacted by $15.0 million of losses from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that occurred in the third quarter of 2017.  In addition, prior year net adverse development of loss reserves was $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2017.  Absent the impact of hurricanes and notwithstanding adverse development, the Diversified Reinsurance segment combined ratio would have been 100.3% in the third quarter of 2017.  The AmTrust Reinsurance segment combined ratio was 113.3% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 95.9% in the third quarter of 2016.  The AmTrust Reinsurance segment combined ratio was impacted by $61.1 million of net adverse development in predominantly in the general liability line of business.  In addition, the non-operating "Other" reporting category result reflects $8.7 million of adverse development primarily emanating from increases in Superstorm Sandy loss reserves in the discontinued E&S property business.

Net investment income of $40.8 million in the third quarter of 2017 increased 14.5% compared to the third quarter of 2016.  As of September 30, 2017, the average yield on the fixed income portfolio (excluding cash) is 3.17% with an average duration of 4.69 years. 

Total assets increased 9.4% to $6.8 billion at September 30, 2017 compared to $6.3 billion at year-end 2016.   Shareholders' equity was $1.4 billion, up 4.4% compared to December 31, 2016.  Book value per common share(4) was $11.30 at September 30, 2017 or 6.8% lower than at December 31, 2016.

During the third quarter of 2017, the Board of Directors declared dividends of $0.15 per common share, $0.515625 per Series A preference share, $0.445313 per Series C preference share and $0.418750 per Series D preference shares.  During the third quarter of 2017, the Company repurchased a total of 2,015,700 common shares at an average price of $7.11 per share. As at September 30, 2017, the Company has a remaining authorization of $85.7 million for share repurchases.

Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2017
Net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders was $65.5 million or $0.76 per diluted common share in the first nine months of 2017 compared to net income attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $90.0 million or $1.15 per diluted common share in the first nine months of 2016.  The non-GAAP net operating loss(1) for the first nine months of 2017 was $46.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share compared with non-GAAP operating income(1) of $87.0 million, or $1.11 per diluted common share in the first nine months of 2016.

In the first nine months of 2017, gross premiums written totaled $2.3 billion, which was the same as the first nine months of 2016.  Gross premiums written in the Diversified Reinsurance segment totaled $683.8 million, an increase of 2.5% versus the first nine months of 2016.  In the AmTrust Reinsurance segment, gross premiums written decreased by 1.0% to $1.6 billion compared to the first nine months of 2016.

In the first nine months of 2017, net premiums written totaled $2.2 billion, an increase of 3.2% compared to the first nine months of 2016. 

Net premiums earned of $2.1 billion increased 6.3% compared to the first nine months of 2016.  Net premiums earned increased 15.9% in the Diversified Reinsurance segment to $623.6 million compared to the first nine months of 2016. The AmTrust Reinsurance segment net premiums earned were up 2.6% to $1.5 billion compared to the first nine months of 2016.

Net loss and loss adjustment expenses of $1.5 billion were up 19.1% compared to the first nine months of 2016.  The loss ratio(9) of 74.2% was higher than the 66.2% in the first nine months of 2016.

Commission and other acquisition expenses, increased 6.5% to $625.5 million in the first nine months of 2017 compared to the first nine months of 2016, while the expense ratio(12) remained at 32.5% compared with the first nine months of 2016.  General and administrative expenses for the first nine months of 2017 totaled $52.3 million, 5.1% higher than in the first nine months of 2016. The general and administrative expense ratio(11) was 2.5% in the first nine months of both 2017 and 2016.

The combined ratio(13) for the first nine months of 2017 was 106.7% compared to the 98.7% combined ratio reported for the first nine months of 2016.  The Diversified Reinsurance segment had a combined ratio of 106.6% in the first nine months of 2017 compared to 102.8% in the first nine months of 2016.  The AmTrust Reinsurance segment combined ratio was 104.4% in the first nine months of 2017 compared to 95.4% in the first nine months of 2016.

Net investment income of $123.5 million in the first nine months of 2017 increased 15.1% compared to $107.3 million in the first nine months of 2016.

(1)(4) Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table for additional information on these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliation of these measures to GAAP measures.

(9)(11)(12)(13) Loss ratio, general and administrative expense ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio are non-GAAP operating metrics. Please see the additional information on these measures under Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables.

Conference Call

Maiden's Chief Executive Officer, Art Raschbaum and Chief Financial Officer, Karen Schmitt will review these results tomorrow via teleconference and live audio webcast beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

To participate in the conference call, please access one of the following at least five minutes prior to the start time: 

U.S. Callers: 1.877.734.5373

Outside U.S. Callers: 1.973.200.3059

Passcode: 6998969

Webcast: http://www.maiden.bm/news_events

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on November 9, 2017 through 11:30 a.m. ET on November 16, 2017. To listen to the replay, please dial toll free: 1.855.859.2056 (U.S. Callers) or toll: 1.404.537.3406 (callers outside the U.S.) and enter the Passcode: 6998969; or access http://www.maiden.bm/news_events

About Maiden Holdings, Ltd.

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based holding company formed in 2007.  Through its subsidiaries, which are each A rated (excellent) by A.M. Best, the Company is focused on providing non-catastrophic, customized reinsurance products and services to small and mid-size insurance companies in the United States and Europe. As of September 30, 2017, Maiden had $6.8 billion in assets and shareholders' equity of $1.4 billion. 

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that actual developments will be those anticipated by the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including non-receipt of the expected payments, changes in interest rates, effect of the performance of financial markets on investment income and fair values of investments, developments of claims and the effect on loss reserves, accuracy in projecting loss reserves, the impact of competition and pricing environments, changes in the demand for the Company's products, the effect of general economic conditions and unusual frequency of storm activity, adverse state and federal legislation, regulations and regulatory investigations into industry practices, developments relating to existing agreements, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. Additional information about these risks and uncertainties, as well as others that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected is contained in Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 as updated in periodic filings with the SEC. However these factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law. 

CONTACT:
 
Noah Fields, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations 
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Phone: 441.298.4927
E-mail: nfields@maiden.bm


Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(in thousands (000's), except per share data)
 
      September 30, 2017     December 31, 2016
       (Unaudited)     (Audited)
  Assets          
  Fixed maturities, available-for-sale, at fair value (Amortized cost 2017: $3,844,996 ; 2016: $4,005,642) $   3,884,587     $   3,971,666  
  Fixed maturities, held-to-maturity, at amortized cost (Fair value 2017: $1,152,106; 2016: $766,135)     1,118,368         752,212  
  Other investments, at fair value (Cost 2017: $5,640; 2016: $10,057)     7,041         13,060  
  Total investments     5,009,996         4,736,938  
  Cash and cash equivalents     182,677         45,747  
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents     131,598         103,788  
  Accrued investment income     35,547         36,517  
  Reinsurance balances receivable, net     479,472         410,166  
  Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses     140,629         99,936  
  Loan to related party     167,975         167,975  
  Deferred commission and other acquisition expenses, net     469,617         424,605  
  Goodwill and intangible assets, net     76,116         77,715  
  Other assets     145,470         148,912  
  Total Assets $   6,839,097     $   6,252,299  
  Liabilities and  Equity          
  Liabilities          
  Reserve for loss and loss adjustment expenses $   3,365,011     $   2,896,496  
  Unearned premiums     1,601,
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