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HCI Group Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

225 Days ago

TAMPA, Fla., May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI), a holding company primarily engaged in homeowners insurance, with additional operations in reinsurance, real estate and information technology, reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2019 - Financial Results
Net income for the first quarter of 2019 totaled $6.7 million or $0.82 diluted earnings per share compared with $10.8 million or $1.11 diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2018. Net income was negatively affected by $5.0 million of estimated losses from a late March hail storm, but benefited from $5.3 million of net unrealized gains on investment securities.

Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure which excludes net unrealized gains or losses on equity securities) for the quarter was $2.8 million or $0.35 diluted earnings per share compared with $12.7 million or $1.26 diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2018. The company has included in this press release an explanation of adjusted net income as well as a reconciliation to GAAP net income and earnings per share calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (known as “GAAP”). 

Consolidated gross premiums written were down 3.6% from $70.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 to $67.6 million for the first quarter of 2019; for the same period, gross premiums written for TypTap Insurance Company, HCI’s technology-driven insurance subsidiary, were up 184.5%.

Consolidated gross premiums earned were down 3.7% from $85.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 to $82.6 million for the first quarter of 2019; for the same period, gross premiums earned for TypTap were up 79.4%.

Net realized investment losses were $0.4 million compared with $2.2 million of net realized investment gains in the same period in 2018.

Net unrealized investment gains were $5.3 million compared with $2.6 million of net unrealized investment losses in the same period in 2018 representing a net favorable change in the fair value of equity securities.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses were $27.0 million compared with $19.7 million in the same period in 2018. During the first quarter of 2019, the company’s losses and loss adjustment expenses included $5.0 million related to a severe hail storm event in March.

Book value per share, defined as shareholders’ equity divided by common shares outstanding at the end of the period, was $22.37 at March 31, 2019 compared with $21.71 at December 31, 2018.

As previously announced, on March 15, 2019, the company repaid in cash at maturity all of its 3.875% Convertible Senior Notes, principal amount totaling $89.99 million. The impact will be to strengthen the balance sheet, reduce interest expense, reduce fully-diluted share count and increase fully-diluted earnings per share. 

First Quarter 2019 - Financial Ratios
The loss ratio (defined as losses and loss adjustment expenses related to net premiums earned) for the first quarter of 2019 was 52.7% compared with 36.7% for the first quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to the impact of the late March hail storm and a decrease in net premiums earned.

The expense ratio (defined as underwriting expenses, general and administrative personnel expenses, interest and other operating expenses related to net premiums earned) was 47.6% compared with 43.5% in the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to the decrease in net premiums earned.

The combined ratio (total of all expenses in relation to net premiums earned) is the measure of overall underwriting profitability before other income. The combined ratio for the first quarter of 2019 was 100.3% compared with 80.2% in the same prior year period.

Due to the impact reinsurance costs have on net premiums earned from period to period, the company believes the combined ratio measured to gross premiums earned is more relevant in assessing overall performance. The combined ratio to gross premiums earned was 62.2% for the quarter compared with 50.1% for the first quarter of 2018.

Management Commentary
“We are encouraged by the growth of TypTap, our technology-driven insurance subsidiary,” said Paresh Patel, HCI Group’s chairman and chief executive officer. “It demonstrates the power of our internally developed technology and moves us closer to becoming a technology company.”

Conference Call
HCI Group will hold a conference call later today, May 2, 2019, to discuss these financial results. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paresh Patel and Chief Financial Officer Mark Harmsworth will host the call starting at 4:45 p.m. Eastern time. A question and answer session will follow management's presentation.

Interested parties can listen to the live presentation by dialing the listen-only number below or by clicking the webcast link available on the Investor Information section of the company's website at www.hcigroup.com.

Listen-only toll-free number: (877) 407-8033

Listen-only international number: (201) 689-8033

Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes before the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at (949) 574-3860.

A replay of the call will be available by telephone after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day as the call and via the Investor Information section of the HCI Group website at www.hcigroup.com through June 2, 2019.

Toll-free replay number: (877) 481-4010
International replay number: (919) 882-2331
Replay ID: 45782

About HCI Group, Inc.
HCI Group, Inc. owns subsidiaries engaged in diverse, yet complementary business activities. The most important of these business activities are insurance, the development of insurance-related information technology, or “InsurTech,” and the ownership and development of real estate. HCI’s largest subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., is a leading provider of homeowners’ insurance in Florida. HCI also has a rapidly growing, technology-driven insurance subsidiary called TypTap Insurance Company which provides homeowners’ and flood insurance primarily in Florida. TypTap’s operations are based in large part on information technology developed by HCI’s software subsidiary, Exzeo USA, Inc. HCI’s real estate subsidiary, Greenleaf Capital, owns and operates multiple properties in Florida, including office buildings and waterfront properties.  

The company's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HCI" and are included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. HCI Group, Inc. regularly publishes financial and other information in the Investor Information section of the company’s website. For more information about HCI Group and its subsidiaries, visit www.hcigroup.com

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "confident," "prospects" and "project" and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties. For example, the estimation of reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses is an inherently imprecise process involving many assumptions and considerable management judgment. Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should any risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have material adverse effects on the company's business, financial condition and results of operations. HCI Group, Inc. disclaims all obligations to update any forward-looking statements.

Company Contact:
Kevin Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations
HCI Group, Inc.
Tel (813) 405-3603
kmitchell@hcigroup.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover or Najim Mostamand, CFA
Liolios Group, Inc.
Tel (949) 574-3860
HCI@liolios.com

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HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
             
      At March 31, 2019     At December 31, 2018
      (Unaudited)      
Assets            
Fixed-maturity securities, available for sale, at fair value            
(amortized cost: $210,004 and $184,670, respectively)   $ 210,728   $ 182,723  
Equity securities, at fair value (cost: $29,463 and $45,671, respectively)     30,228     41,143  
Short-term investments     31,075     66,479  
Limited partnership investments, at equity     31,830     32,293  
Investment in unconsolidated joint venture, at equity     812     845  
Assets held for sale     9,810     9,810  
Real estate investments     63,309     54,490  
Total investments     377,792     387,783  
             
Cash and cash equivalents     177,965     239,458  
Restricted cash     700     700  
Accrued interest and dividends receivable     2,456     1,792  
Income taxes receivable     -     971  
Premiums receivable     16,888     16,667  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums     7,364     17,932  
Reinsurance recoverable:            
Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses     19,432     11,151  
Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses     86,208     112,760  
Deferred policy acquisition costs     15,171     16,507  
Property and equipment, net     13,584     13,338  
Intangible assets, net     4,649     4,800  
Other assets     11,198     9,004  
             
Total assets   $ 733,407   $ 832,863  
             
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity            
Losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 184,661   $ 207,586  
Unearned premiums     143,300     157,729  
Advance premiums     16,160     6,192  
Assumed reinsurance balances payable     4     14  
Accrued expenses     8,586     6,483  
Income taxes payable     1,429     -  
Deferred income taxes, net     1,857     1,068  
Revolving credit facility     8,000     -  
Long-term debt     161,623     250,150  
Other liabilities     20,747     22,200  
             
Total liabilities     546,367     651,422  
             
Stockholders’ equity:            
7% Series A cumulative convertible preferred stock (no par value,            
1,500,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding)          
Series B junior participating preferred stock (no par value, 400,000            
shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding)          
Preferred stock (no par value, 18,100,000 shares authorized,            
no shares issued or outstanding)          
Common stock, (no par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized,            
8,359,889 and 8,356,730 shares issued and outstanding at            
March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)          
Additional paid-in capital     103      
Retained income     186,396     182,894  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of taxes     541     (1,453 )
             
Total stockholders’ equity     187,040     181,441  
             
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 733,407   $ 832,863  
               

 

HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  
             
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2019
    2018
      (Unaudited)
     
Revenue                
             
Gross premiums earned   $ 82,597     $ 85,772  
Premiums ceded     (31,413 )     (32,250 )
             
Net premiums earned     51,184       53,522  
             
Net investment income     3,278       3,218  
Net realized investment (losses) gains     (372 )     2,232  
Net unrealized investment gains (losses)     5,293       (2,600 )
Net other-than-temporary impairment losses     -       (40 )
Policy fee income     795       865  
Other     456       542  
             
Total revenue     60,634       57,739  
             
Expenses            
             
Losses and loss adjustment expenses     26,996       19,655  
Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses     9,673       9,360  
General and administrative personnel expenses     7,364       6,283  
Interest expense     4,337       4,470  
Other operating expenses     2,981       3,167  
             
Total expenses     51,351       42,935  
             
Income before income taxes     9,283       14,804  
             
Income tax expense     2,545       4,013  
             
Net income   $ 6,738     $ 10,791  
             
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.82     $ 1.25  
             
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.82     $ 1.11  
             
Dividends per share   $ 0.40     $ 0.35  
             

 

HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
               
A summary of the numerator and denominator of basic and diluted income per common share calculated in accordance with GAAP is presented below.
               
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
  GAAP March 31, 2019   March 31, 2018
  Income Shares Per Share   Income Shares Per Share
  (Numerator) (Denominator) Amount   (Numerator) (Denominator) Amount
Net income $ 6,738         $ 10,791      
Less: Income attributable to participating securities   (408 )         (701 )    
                                   
Basic Earnings Per Share:                                  
Income allocated to common stockholders   6,330     7,736   $ 0.82     10,090     8,082   $ 1.25
                                   
Effect of Dilutive Securities:                                  
Stock options   --     19         --     17  
Convertible senior notes*   --     --         3,133     3,799  
                                   
Diluted Earnings Per Share:                                  
Income available to common stockholders and assumed conversions $ 6,330     7,755   $ 0.82   $ 13,223     11,898   $ 1.11
                                   
* For the three months ended March 31, 2019, convertible senior notes were excluded due to anti-dilutive effect.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that removes from net income the effect of unrealized gains or losses on equity securities that are required to be included in results of operations in accordance with a new accounting standard effective January 1, 2018. HCI Group believes net income without the effect of volatility in equity prices is more comparable to prior period operating results.  This financial measurement is not recognized in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance.  A reconciliation of GAAP Net income to non-GAAP Adjusted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share to non-GAAP Adjusted diluted earnings per share is provided below.

 
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income  
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2019   March 31, 2018
               
GAAP Net income   $ 6,738           $ 10,791    
Net unrealized investment (gains) losses $ (5,293 )         $ 2,600        
Less: Tax effect at 25.345% $ 1,342           $ (659 )      
Net adjustment to Net income   $ (3,951 )         $ 1,941    
Non-GAAP Adjusted Net income   $ 2,787           $ 12,732    
               
               
HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
               
A summary of the numerator and denominator of the basic and diluted income per common share calculated with the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted net income is presented below.
               
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
Non-GAAP March 31, 2019   March 31, 2018
  Income
    Shares
    Per Share
  Income
    Shares
  Per Share
  (Numerator)
    (Denominator)
    Amount
  (Numerator)
    (Denominator)
  Amount
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP) $ 2,787                   $ 12,732              
Less: Income attributable to participating securities   (103 )                   (833 )            
                                         
Basic Earnings Per Share before unrealized gains/losses on equity securities:                                        
Income allocated to common stockholders   2,684       7,736     $ 0.35     11,899       8,082   $ 1.47
                                         
Effect of Dilutive Securities:                                        
Stock options   --       19           --       17    
Convertible senior notes*   --       --           3,133       3,799    
                                         
Diluted Earnings Per Share before unrealized gains/losses on equity securities:                                        
Income available to common stockholders and assumed conversions $ 2,684       7,755     $ 0.35   $ 15,032       11,898   $ 1.26
                                         
* For the three months ended March 31, 2019, convertible senior notes were excluded due to anti-dilutive effect.
               
Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted EPS to non-GAAP Adjusted Diluted EPS    
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2019   March 31, 2018
GAAP diluted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.82           $ 1.11    
Net unrealized investment (gains) losses $ (0.68 )         $ 0.22        
Less: Tax effect at 25.345% $ 0.21           $ (0.07 )      
Net adjustment to GAAP diluted EPS   $ (0.47 )         $ 0.15    
Non-GAAP Adjusted diluted EPS   $ 0.35           $ 1.26    

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