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Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results


HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:BCRH) (the "Company"), a Bermuda holding company today reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2019.  The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, previously offered collateralized reinsurance in the property catastrophe market and invested in various insurance-linked securities.  The Company is currently winding down its operations.

The Company recorded net income of $1.0 million ($0.12 per share) for the quarter and $2.8 million ($0.33 per share) for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The Company's fully converted book value per common share was $10.33 at June 30, 2019, reflecting a 1.0% increase for the quarter inclusive of dividends declared.

Reinsurance premiums written for the current quarter were $4.2 million, decreasing by $3.2 million over the same period a year ago.  The decrease was a result of a smaller available capital base and a shift away from excess of loss to quota share contract business that incepted at January 1, 2019 where premiums are recognized when earned throughout the contract period rather than at the contract's inception date.  The Company did not underwrite any new business in the second quarter of 2019, as the Company considered strategic alternatives and ultimately determined to cease active operations.

The combined ratio for the current quarter was 94.3% compared to 73.5% in the same period a year ago. The increase in the current period's combined ratio was driven by higher loss and loss adjustment expense, acquisition and general and administrative expense ratios. The current quarter's loss and loss adjustment expenses of $1.8 million included increased losses related to 2018 catastrophe events, partially offset by reductions in losses from 2017 catastrophe events.  Reinsurance acquisition costs for the current quarter of $1.4 million led to an increase in the acquisition expense ratio as a result of the shift to quota share contract business which contains higher levels of commissions. General and administrative expenses for the current quarter were $1.1 million and included higher professional fees related to a strategic review completed by the Board of Directors in the current quarter.

During the second quarter of 2019, the Company declared a regular dividend of $0.15 per common share, which was paid on July 15, 2019.

Michael J. McGuire, Chairman and CEO, commented: "As announced on July 25, 2019, the Board of Directors after considering strategic alternatives decided to cease active operations of the Company and pursue an orderly run-off.  In connection with this decision, no new contracts were incepted in the second quarter as the Company prepares to wind down its business in order to maximize value for our shareholders."

About the Company

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd., is currently winding down its operations.  The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, previously offered 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 the Company by Blue Capital Management Ltd., a subsidiary of Sompo International Holdings Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sompo Holdings, Inc.), a recognized global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and a leading property catastrophe and short tail reinsurer since 2001. Additional information can be found in the Company'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 the Company may make related oral forward-looking statements which reflect our current views with respect to future events, future special distributions and future 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 the Company's run-off performance and the timing and amount of special distributions to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity, uncertainties in our reserving process, changes to our tax status, 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, 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, 2018 and our Current Report on Form 8-K dated July 25, 2019.

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 the Company's most recent report on Form 10-K, our Current Report on Form 8-K dated July 25, 2019 and other documents of the Company on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements made in this material are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual special distributions, results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company or its business or operations. Except as required by law, the Company 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)
    June 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
Assets   (Unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3.0     $ 2.2  
Reinsurance premiums receivable   8.0     8.9  
Deferred reinsurance acquisition costs       0.1  
Funds held by reinsured companies as collateral   125.3     150.4  
Other assets   3.2     1.7  
Total Assets   $ 139.5     $ 163.3  
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves   $ 38.4     $ 49.9  
Unearned reinsurance premiums       0.8  
Debt       4.0  
Reinsurance balances payable   7.7     16.4  
Other liabilities   2.5     1.5  
Total Liabilities   48.6     72.6  
Shareholders' Equity        
Common Shares   8.8     8.8  
Additional paid-in capital   155.2     157.8  
Retained deficit   (73.1 )   (75.9 )
Total Shareholders' Equity   90.9     90.7  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity   $ 139.5     $ 163.3  
Common shares outstanding (000s)   8,775     8,767  
Common and common equivalent shares outstanding (000s)   8,802     8,784  

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Reinsurance premiums written   $ 4.2     $ 7.4     $ 9.6     $ 19.9  
Change in net unearned reinsurance premiums   0.3     (0.2 )   0.8     (5.1 )
Net reinsurance premiums earned   4.5     7.2     10.4     14.8  
Net investment income   0.8     0.5     1.6     0.9  
Total revenues   5.3     7.7     12.0     15.7  
Underwriting expenses:                
Loss and loss adjustment expenses - current year   0.6     0.6     1.9     1.4  
Loss and loss adjustment expenses - prior year   1.2    
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