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Essent Group Ltd. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results & Declares Quarterly Dividend

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Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) today reported net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 of $144.6 million or $1.47 per diluted share, compared to $116.0 million or $1.18 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Essent also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share. The dividend is payable on December 16, 2019, to shareholders of record on December 4, 2019.

"We are pleased with our strong financial results for the third quarter and our continued progress in transitioning our franchise to a buy, manage and distribute model through the utilization of EssentEDGE and reinsurance," said Mark Casale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Additionally, our recent financial strength rating upgrade by Moody's to A3 was a significant achievement for Essent. We believe that this upgrade is further validation of the strength and sustainability that our buy, manage and distribute model provides our franchise."

Financial Highlights:

  • Insurance in force as of September 30, 2019 was $161.0 billion, compared to $153.3 billion as of June 30, 2019 and $131.2 billion as of September 30, 2018.
  • New insurance written for the third quarter was $18.7 billion, compared to $18.0 billion in the second quarter of 2019 and $13.9 billion in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Net premiums earned for the third quarter were $203.5 million, compared to $188.5 million in the second quarter of 2019 and $166.7 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • The expense ratio for the third quarter was 20.4%, compared to 22.0% in the second quarter of 2019 and 22.1% in the third quarter of 2018.
  • The provision for losses and LAE for the third quarter was $10.0 million, compared to a provision of $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2019 and a provision of $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • The percentage of loans in default as of September 30, 2019 was 0.75%, compared to 0.66% as of June 30, 2019 and 0.61% as of September 30, 2018.
  • The combined ratio for the third quarter was 25.3%, compared to 24.7% in the second quarter of 2019 and 25.4% in the third quarter of 2018.
  • The consolidated balance of cash and investments at September 30, 2019 was $3.4 billion, including cash and investment balances at Essent Group Ltd. of $98.2 million.
  • The combined risk-to-capital ratio of the U.S. mortgage insurance business, which includes statutory capital for both Essent Guaranty, Inc. and Essent Guaranty of PA, Inc., was 13.4:1 as of September 30, 2019.
  • During the quarter, we entered into our first quota share reinsurance transaction with a panel of third-party reinsurers. With an effective policy date of September 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020, the quota share agreement covers 20% of monthly NIW policies and 40% of single NIW policies written by Essent Guaranty, Inc. The transaction includes a 20% ceding commission and a profit commission of up to 60%.
  • On October 17, 2019, Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") upgraded the financial strength rating of Essent Guaranty, Inc. to A3 from Baa1.

Conference Call

Essent management will hold a conference call at 10:00 AM Eastern time today to discuss its results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://ir.essentgroup.com/investors/webcasts-and-presentations/event-calendar/default.aspx. The call may also be accessed by dialing 833-287-0797 inside the U.S., or 647-689-4456 for international callers, using passcode 3197255 or by referencing Essent.

A replay of the webcast will be available on the Essent website approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends for a period of one year. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call ends for a period of two weeks, using the following dial-in numbers and passcode: 800-585-8367 inside the U.S., or 416-621-4642 for international callers, passcode 3197255.

In addition to the information provided in the company's earnings news release, other statistical and financial information, which may be referred to during the conference call, will be available on Essent's website at http://ir.essentgroup.com/investors/financial-information/quarterly-financial-supplements/default.aspx.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include "forward-looking statements" which are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," or "potential" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: changes in or to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the "GSEs"), whether through Federal legislation, restructurings or a shift in business practices; failure to continue to meet the mortgage insurer eligibility requirements of the GSEs; competition for customers; lenders or investors seeking alternatives to private mortgage insurance; an increase in the number of loans insured through Federal government mortgage insurance programs, including those offered by the Federal Housing Administration; decline in new insurance written and franchise value due to loss of a significant customer; decline in the volume of low down payment mortgage originations; the definition of "Qualified Mortgage" reducing the size of the mortgage origination market or creating incentives to use government mortgage insurance programs; the definition of "Qualified Residential Mortgage" reducing the number of low down payment loans or lenders and investors seeking alternatives to private mortgage insurance; the implementation of the Basel III Capital Accord discouraging the use of private mortgage insurance; a decrease in the length of time that insurance policies are in force; uncertainty of loss reserve estimates; deteriorating economic conditions; our non-U.S. operations becoming subject to U.S. Federal income taxation; becoming considered a passive foreign investment company for U.S. Federal income tax purposes; and other risks and factors described in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 19, 2019. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

About the Company

Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE:ESNT) is a Bermuda-based holding company (collectively with its subsidiaries, "Essent") which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Essent Guaranty, Inc., offers private mortgage insurance for single-family mortgage loans in the United States. Essent provides private capital to mitigate mortgage credit risk, allowing lenders to make additional mortgage financing available to prospective homeowners. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Essent Guaranty, Inc. is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and is approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Essent also offers mortgage-related insurance, reinsurance and advisory services through its Bermuda-based subsidiary, Essent Reinsurance Ltd. Additional information regarding Essent may be found at www.essentgroup.com and www.essent.us.

Source: Essent Group Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essent Group Ltd. and Subsidiaries

Financial Results and Supplemental Information (Unaudited)

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