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Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter of 2018

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CLEARWATER, Fla., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRTG) ("Heritage" or the "Company"), a property and casualty insurance holding company, today reported its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2018.

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Second Quarter Highlights

  • Continued top line growth even with continued exposure and underwriting management
  • Premiums in force increase of 54% to $930.5 million at June 30, 2018 compared to $604.2 million at June 30, 2017
  • Gross Premiums written increased 66% from 2Q 2017
  • Tri-County TIV reduction of 17.3% at June 30, 2018 from June 30, 2017
  • Q2 2018 net income of $2.4 million
  • Board of Directors declared a second quarter dividend of $0.06 per share
  • $1.6 million of dividends paid in Q2 2018
  • Book value per share increase of 15.5% from June 30, 2017 to $14.98 as of June 30, 2018
  • $386.1 million of stockholders' equity at June 30, 2018
  • Earnings per share for the second quarter of $0.09

Bruce Lucas, the Company's Chairman and CEO, said, "The second quarter was a challenging weather quarter. In the second quarter we incurred approximately $14 million in non-hurricane weather losses and strengthened non-weather related loss reserves. These actions drove the miss against consensus estimates. Despite these weather events and reserve strengthening, I am pleased with the progress that we continue to make and believe that we are well-positioned for future growth and profitability. Voluntary sales and top-line growth continue to trend substantially higher year-over-year. We are continuing to diversify away from Florida, with virtually all of our growth coming from other states. Within Florida we continue to diversify away from fraud prone areas in the Tri-County and reduced our TIV in that region by 17.3% year-over-year.  As a result, our open claims related to the Tri-County are at the lowest levels in three years and we continue to see a downward trend in new claims and lawsuits from that region.  Similarly, the number of litigated claims continues to decline and current open litigated claims are nearly half of the 2Q 2017 inventory. Our diversification away from Tri-County will help to reduce fraud, earnings volatility, and reinsurance pricing."

Results of Operations

The following table summarizes our results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 (in thousands, except percentages and per share amounts):



Three Months Ended June 30,




Six Months Ended June 30,





2018



2017



Change




2018



2017



Change



Revenue

















Gross premiums written

$


263,664


$


159,255




66%



$


468,030


$


301,490




55%



Gross premiums earned

$


230,971


$


152,354




52%



$


458,134


$


306,962




49%



Ceded premiums

$


(119,767)


$


(61,902)




93%



$


(240,822)


$


(124,334)




94%



Net premiums earned

$


111,204


$


90,452




23%



$


217,312


$


182,628




19%






























Total revenues

$


117,972


$


96,938




22%



$


229,998


$


196,231




17%



Operating income

$


8,150


$


13,062




(38)%



$


32,968


$


24,952




32%



Income before income taxes

$


3,306


$


10,831




(69)%



$


23,304


$


20,540




13%



Net income

$


2,408


$


6,642




(64)%



$


17,238


$


12,625




37%






























Per Share Data:



























Book value per share

$


14.98


$


12.97




15%



$


14.98


$


12.97




15%



Earnings per diluted share

$


0.09


$


0.23




(61)%



$


0.65


$


0.44




48%






























Return on average equity - Net Income



2.5%




7.3%




(4.8)


pts



9.0%




7.0%




2.0


pts




























Ratios to Gross Premiums Earned:



























Ceded premium ratio



51.9%




40.6%




11.3


pts



52.6%




40.5%




12.1


pts

Gross loss ratio



28.6%




30.2%




(1.6)


pts



26.0%




30.2%




(4.2)


pts

Gross expense ratio



19.0%




24.9%




(5.9)


pts



17.0%




25.6%




(8.6)


pts

Combined expense ratio - Gross



99.5%




95.7%




3.8


pts



95.6%




96.3%




(0.7)


pts




























Ratios to Net Premiums Earned:



























Net loss ratio



59.3%




50.9%




8.4


pts



54.8%




50.8%




4.0


pts

Net expense ratio



39.4%




41.8%




(2.4)


pts



35.9%




43.0%




(7.1)


pts

Combined expense ratio - Net



98.7%




92.7%




6.0


pts



90.7%




93.8%




(3.1)


pts

 

Ratios

Ceded premium ratio. Our ceded premium ratio represents ceded premiums as a percentage of gross premiums earned.

Gross loss ratio. Our gross loss ratio represents losses and loss adjustment expenses net of reinsurance recoveries as a percentage of gross premiums earned.

Net loss ratio. Our net loss ratio represents losses and loss adjustment expenses as a percentage of net premiums earned.

Gross expense ratio. Our gross expense ratio represents policy acquisition costs and general and administrative expenses as a percentage of gross premiums earned. Ceding commission income is reported as a reduction of policy acquisition costs.

Net expense ratio. Our net expense ratio represents policy acquisition costs plus general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net premiums earned. Ceding commission income is reported as a reduction of policy acquisition and general and administrative costs.

Combined ratios. Our combined ratio on a gross basis represents the sum of ceded premiums, losses and loss adjustment expenses, policy acquisition costs and general and administrative expenses as a percentage of gross premiums earned. Our combined ratio on a net basis represents the sum of losses and loss adjustment expenses, policy acquisition costs and general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net premiums earned.

The combined ratio is the key measure of underwriting performance traditionally used in the property and casualty industry. A combined ratio under 100% generally reflects profitable underwriting results.

Quarterly Financial Results

Net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $2.4 million compared to $6.6 million for the second quarter of 2017. The decrease is attributable to a challenging quarter for Heritage P&C, which included higher than expected non catastrophe weather losses.  Inclusion of net income from Narragansett Bay Insurance Company ("NBIC"), which we acquired on November 30, 2017, served to offset a portion of those losses.

Gross premiums written were $263.7 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $159.3 million for the second quarter of 2017.  The increase is due to inclusion of NBIC premiums of $89.6 million as well as an increase in gross premium written by the legacy Heritage insurers of approximately $14.8 million.

Gross premiums earned were $231.0 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $152.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily driven by the inclusion of NBIC gross premiums earned, partially offset by a reduction of gross premium earned by Heritage P&C due to selective underwriting and exposure management aimed mostly in the Tri-County area to improve Florida underwriting results.

Ceded premiums as a percentage of gross premiums earned were 51.9% for the second quarter of 2018 compared to 40.6% for the second quarter of 2017. The increase is a result of the quota share reinsurance agreements that NBIC has in place.  Excluding the results of NBIC, the Company's ceded premium ratio would have been 37.1% for the second quarter of 2018.  The decrease reflects the anticipated reinsurance synergies from the diversified portfolio inclusive of Heritage P&C, Zephyr, and NBIC. 

The loss ratio on a net basis was 59.3% for the second quarter of 2018 compared to 50.9% for the second quarter of 2017.  The increase in the net loss ratio was largely driven by weather losses and reserve strengthening at Heritage P&C. The impact of these two items impacted the loss ratio for the quarter by over 14 points, which was partially mitigated by profitability arising from utilization of our vertically integrated affiliate, Contractors Alliance Network.

The Company's expense ratio on a net basis was 39.4% for the second quarter of 2018 compared to 41.8% for the second quarter of 2017. The expense ratio in the second quarter of 2018 benefited from ceding commission income earned by NBIC.  We have included NBIC's second quarter ceding commission earned of approximately $17.9 million from its quota share agreements as a reduction to policy acquisition costs and general and administrative expenses in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Other Comprehensive Income. The net operating expense ratio for the legacy consolidated Heritage entities increased primarily from infrastructure growth and costs associated with systems and operational integration related to the NBIC acquisition.

The combined ratio on a net basis increased to 98.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2018 compared to 92.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The combined ratio on a net basis increased primarily due to the higher ceded premium and net loss ratio as described above, partially offset by ceding commission income earned on the quota share reinsurance treaties.

The combined ratio on a gross basis increased to 99.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2018 compared to 95.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase in the combined ratio on a gross basis relates primarily to the higher ceded premium ratio described above coupled with a higher loss ratio at the consolidated legacy Heritage entities, partially offset by ceding commission income earned on the quota share reinsurance treaties.

Book Value Analysis

Book value per share increased 15.5% to $14.98 at June 30, 2018 compared to $12.97 at June 30, 2017.


As Of


Book Value Per Share

June 30, 2018



December 31, 2017



June 30, 2017


Numerator:












Common stockholders' equity

$

386,080



$

379,816



$

365,267


Denominator:












Total Shares Outstanding


25,769,804




25,885,004




28,156,421


Book Value Per Common Share

$

14.98



$

14.67



$

12.97


 

Conference Call Details:

Friday, August 3, 20188:30 a.m. EDT
Participant Dial-in Numbers Toll Free: 1-888-346-3095
Participant International Dial In: 1-412-902-4258
Canada Toll Free: 1-855-669-9657

Webcast:

To listen to the live webcast, please go to http://investors.heritagepci.com/. This webcast will be archived and accessible on the Company's website.

 

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except share amounts)



June 30, 2018



December 31, 2017


ASSETS


(unaudited)






Fixed maturity securities, available for sale, at fair value (amortized
cost of $519,875 and $552,458 in 2018 and 2017, respectively)


$

508,921



$

549,796


Equity securities, available for sale, at fair value (cost of $17,070 and 
$17,548 in 2018 and 2017, respectively)



15,958




17,217


Total investments



524,879




567,013


Cash and cash equivalents



218,343




153,697


Restricted cash



16,884




20,833


Accrued investment income



4,306




5,057


Premiums receivable, net



68,168




67,757


Reinsurance recoverable on paid and unpaid claims



467,857




357,357


Prepaid reinsurance premiums



295,924




227,764


Income taxes receivable



42,492




37,338


Deferred policy acquisition costs, net



69,648




41,678


Property and equipment, net



18,329




18,748


Intangibles, net



88,371




101,626


Goodwill



152,459




152,459


Other assets



23,239




19,883


Total Assets


$

1,990,899



$

1,771,210


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses


$

488,610



$

470,083


Unearned premiums



485,230




475,334


Reinsurance payable



276,507




17,577


Long-term debt, net



177,257




184,405


Deferred income tax



15,350




34,333


Advance premiums



35,821




23,648


Accrued compensation



6,754




16,477


Accounts payable and other liabilities



119,290




169,537


Total Liabilities


$

1,604,819



$

1,391,394











Commitments and contingencies









Stockholders' Equity:









Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized,
26,569,804 shares issued and 25,769,804 outstanding at June 30, 2018
and 26,560,004 shares issued and 25,885,004 outstanding at December 31, 2017



3




3


Additional paid-in capital



294,183




294,836


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(8,348)




(3,064)


Treasury stock, at cost, 7,214,797 shares at June 30, 2018 and 7,099,597
shares at December 31, 2017



(89,185)




(87,185)


Retained earnings



189,427




175,226


Total Stockholders' Equity



386,080




379,816


Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


$

1,990,899



$

1,771,210


 

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Other Comprehensive Income

(Amounts in thousands, except per share and share amounts)

(Unaudited)










For the Three Months Ended
June 30,



For the Six Months Ended June
30,




2018



2017



2018



2017


REVENUES:

















Gross premiums written


$

263,664



$

159,255



$

468,030



$

301,490


Change in gross unearned premiums



(32,693)




(6,901)




(9,896)




5,472


Gross premiums earned



230,971




152,354




458,134




306,962


Ceded premiums



(119,767)




(61,902)




(240,822)




(124,334)


Net premiums earned



111,204




90,452




217,312




182,628


Net investment income



2,555




2,973




5,857




5,475


Net realized (losses) gains



(85)




(125)




(312)




646


Other revenue



4,298




3,638




7,141




7,482


Total revenues



117,972




96,938




229,998




196,231


EXPENSES:

















Losses and loss adjustment expenses



65,989




46,046




119,080




92,693


Policy acquisition costs, net of ceding commission income 
 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, of
 $13,493 and $27,738, respectively



19,411




21,738




31,598




45,180


General and administrative expenses, net of ceding
 commission income for the three and six months ended
 June 30, 2018, of $4,498 and $9,246, respectively



24,422




16,092




46,352




33,406


Total expenses



109,822




83,876




197,030




171,279


Operating income



8,150




13,062




32,968




24,952


Interest expense, net



5,386




2,231




10,206




4,412


Other non-operating income, net



(542)







(542)





Income before income taxes



3,306




10,831




23,304




20,540


Provision for income taxes



898




4,189




6,066




7,915


Net income


$

2,408



$

6,642



$

17,238



$

12,625


OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

















Change in net unrealized (losses) gains on investments



(545)




3,899




(7,023)




7,880


Reclassification adjustment for net realized investment 
  losses (gains)



85




125




312




(646)


Income tax (expense) benefit related to items of other
 comprehensive income



(239)




(1,549)




1,584




(2,785)


Total comprehensive income


$

1,709



$

9,117



$

12,111



$

17,074


Weighted average shares outstanding

















Basic



25,631,871




28,283,587




25,679,448




28,543,703


Diluted



26,316,597




28,283,587




26,480,707




28,543,703


Earnings per share

















Basic


$

0.09



$

0.23



$

0.67



$

0.44


Diluted


$

0.09



$

0.23



$

0.65



$

0.44


 

About Heritage

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a property and casualty insurance holding company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Its insurance subsidiaries, Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Zephyr Insurance Company, and Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, write approximately $930 million of personal and commercial residential premium through a large network of experienced agents. The Company is currently writing property and casualty insurance policies in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is led by a seasoned senior management team with an average of 25 years of insurance industry experience.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those discussed herein. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "would," "estimate," "or "continue" or the other negative variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ from those expressed or implied herein include, without limitation: the success of the Company's marketing initiatives; inflation and other changes in economic conditions (including changes in interest rates and financial markets); the impact of new federal and state regulations that affect the property and casualty insurance market; the costs of reinsurance and the collectability of reinsurance; assessments charged by various governmental agencies; pricing competition and other initiatives by competitors; our ability to obtain regulatory approval for requested rate changes, and the timing thereof; legislative and regulatory developments; the outcome of litigation pending against us, including the terms of any settlements; risks related to the nature of our business; dependence on investment income and the composition of our investment portfolio; the adequacy of our liability for losses and loss adjustment expense; our ability to build and maintain relationships with insurance agents; claims experience; ratings by industry services; catastrophe losses; reliance on key personnel; weather conditions (including the severity and frequency of storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and hail); changes in loss trends; acts of war and terrorist activities; court decisions and trends in litigation; and other matters described from time to time by us in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15, 2018. The Company undertakes no obligations to update, change or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, additional or subsequent developments or otherwise.

Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc.

Investor Contact:
Kirk Lusk, CFO
727-362-7211
klusk@heritagepci.com 
or
Joseph Peiso, Vice President - Compliance
727-362-7261
jpeiso@heritagepci.com

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