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Employers Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results; Declares Fourth Quarter 2019 Dividend of $0.22 per Share

RENO, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Company to Host Conference Call on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Employers Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) (EIG), a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select, small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Financial Highlights

  • Net income of $32.8 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, adjusted net income of $28.4 million or $0.88 per diluted share
  • Net investment income of $22.3 million, up 10% year-over-year
  • Gross premiums written of $166.5 million, down 12% year-over-year
  • $20.0 million of favorable prior year loss reserve development, compared to $12.0 million of favorable prior year loss reserve development a year ago
  • Combined ratio of 91.1%, combined ratio before the impact of the LPT of 92.4%
  • Book value per share including the Deferred Gain of $40.86, up 16.5% year-to-date including dividends declared

Operating Highlights

  • Implemented meaningful rate increases in California effective July 1
  • Recently entered the State of Hawaii, thereby completing the Company’s nationwide workers’ compensation platform

Management Commentary

Chief Executive Officer Douglas Dirks commented on the results: “The Company delivered a 9.3% annualized return on adjusted equity in the quarter (9.8% year-to-date) while continuing to execute well on its plan of aggressive development and implementation of digital IT initiatives and capabilities that will benefit and support our agency force as well as our direct (Cerity) customers. We continue to utilize technology to alleviate end-customer friction in attaining workers’ compensation insurance in our small-business, low-hazard markets. For the first nine months of the year, we were pleased to grow policies-in-force by approximately 6%, which we attribute to the success of these initiatives coupled with continued growth within our loyal agent network.

Over the past several quarters we have experienced favorable loss reserve development throughout nearly every prior accident year which is due, in part, to our enhanced claims analytics and triage capabilities as well as a continuation of our accelerated claims settlement initiatives.

Our top line was adversely impacted this quarter by the meaningful rate increases we recently undertook in California to address what we consider to be generally unfavorable pricing trends in the marketplace. Despite the expected resulting decrease in new business premiums written in California, our overall renewal premiums continue to be very strong both in terms of price and unit retention. We are committed to remaining proactive in terms of ensuring our rate adequacy over time, while still remaining competitive in our markets.”

Summary of Third Quarter 2019 Operating Results
(All comparisons vs. third quarter 2018, unless noted otherwise).

Gross premiums written were $166.5 million, a decrease of 12%. The decrease was primarily due to declines in new business premiums written in California, as well as an overall reduction in final audit premiums, partially offset by an increase in overall renewal premiums. Net earned premiums were $175.8 million, a decrease of 9% year-over-year.

The loss and LAE ratio before the impact of the LPT of 54.2% decreased by 2.4 percentage points reflecting continued observed favorable paid loss trends. During the quarter, the Company’s current accident year loss and LAE ratio on its voluntary business was 65.5% (versus 62.5% a year ago) and it recognized $20.0 million of favorable prior year loss reserve development (versus $12.0 million of favorable prior year loss reserve development a year ago).

The commission expense ratio of 12.5% decreased 0.4 percentage points, primarily as a result of a decrease in projected 2019 agency incentive commissions which were directly impacted by reductions in premiums written.

The underwriting and other operating expense ratio of 25.8% increased 5.8 percentage points. The reduction in earned premium, coupled with expenses associated with our aggressive development and implementation of new digital technologies and capabilities, were the primary contributors to the increase.

Net investment income of $22.3 million increased 10%, primarily as a result of the Company's strong operating cash flows, as well as a higher pre-tax book yield on the investment portfolio.

Income tax expense was $8.1 million (19.8% effective rate) versus $10.7 million (18.4% effective rate). The increases in the effective rates are due primarily to having a higher proportion of fully taxable income.

The Company's adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2019 decreased $4.3 million year-over-year. This decrease primarily reflects the after-tax impact of the following items: (i) $15.7 million of underwriting income versus $22.7 million a year ago, partially offset by; (ii) $22.3 million of net investment income versus $20.2 million a year ago.

The Company's net income and net income before the impact of the LPT for the third quarter of 2019 decreased by $14.8 million and $14.5 million, respectively, year-over-year. These third quarter 2019 net income measures were each impacted by the after-tax impact of the items previously mentioned, but were further impacted by a $10.3 million after-tax decrease in net investment gains relating to the Company's investments.

The Company’s book value per share of $36.47, book value per share including the Deferred Gain of $40.86 and adjusted book value per share of $38.71 increased by 19.5%, 16.5%, and 9.2% during the first nine months of 2019, respectively, each computed after taking into account dividends declared. Book value per share and book value per share including the Deferred Gain at September 30, 2019 were each favorably impacted by $81.8 million of net after tax unrealized gains from the Company’s portfolio of fixed maturity securities.

Share Repurchases and Fourth Quarter Dividend Declaration

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 110,632 shares of its common stock at an average price of $42.22 per share.

On October 23, 2019, the Board of Directors declared a fourth quarter 2019 dividend of $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable on November 20, 2019 to stockholders of record as of November 6, 2019.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP

The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the Financial Supplement that is attached to this press release and is available on our website.

Within this earnings release we present various financial measures, some of which are “non-GAAP financial measures” as defined in Regulation G pursuant to Section 401 of the Sarbanes - Oxley Act of 2002. A description of these non-GAAP financial measures, as well as a reconciliation of such non-GAAP measures to our most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the attached Financial Supplement. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures are important to the Company's investors, analysts and other interested parties who benefit from having an objective and consistent basis for comparison with other companies within our industry. Management further believes that these measures are more relevant than comparable GAAP measures in evaluating our financial performance.

Earnings Conference Call and Webcast / Availability of Financial Supplement and Investor Presentation

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. To participate in the live conference call by telephone, dial +1 (484) 747-6630 or +1 (888) 364-8443 and use the conference call access code 9428229. The webcast will be accessible on the Company’s web site at www.employers.com through the “Investors” link. An archived version of the webcast will remain on the Company’s web site for up to seven days following the live webcast. To listen to a recording of the call by telephone, dial +1 (404) 537-3406 or +1 (855) 859-2056 and use the conference call access code 9428229.

The Company also has made a financial supplement and Investor Presentation available on its web site at www.employers.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release, the Company and its management discuss and make statements based on currently available information regarding their intentions, beliefs, current expectations, and projections of, among other things, the Company's future performance, business growth, retention rates, loss costs, claim trends and the impact of key business initiatives, future technologies and planned investments. Certain of these statements may constitute “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and are often identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “target,” “project,” “intend,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “pro forma,” “seek,” “likely,” or “continue,” or other comparable terminology and their negatives. The Company and its management caution investors that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Risks and uncertainties are inherent in the Company’s future performance. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, among other things, those discussed or identified from time to time in the Company’s public filings with the SEC, including the risks detailed in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the Company's Annual Reports on Form 10-K. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”)

The Company’s filings with the SEC and its quarterly investor presentations can be accessed through the “Investors” link on the Company's website, www.employers.com. The Company’s filings with the SEC can also be accessed through the SEC's EDGAR Database at www.sec.gov (EDGAR CIK No. 0001379041).

About Employers Holdings, Inc.

EMPLOYERS® and America’s small business insurance specialist® are registered trademarks of EIG Services, Inc. Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select, small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries. The Company operates throughout the United States, with the exception of four states that are served exclusively by their state funds. Insurance is offered through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, Employers Assurance Company and Cerity Insurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company. Not all companies do business in all jurisdictions. See www.employers.com and www.cerity.com for coverage availability.

Employers Holdings, Inc.
Third Quarter 2019
Financial Supplement

 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Table of Contents

Page

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Consolidated Financial Highlights

 

 

 

2

 

Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

 

3

 

Summary Consolidated Income Statements

 

 

 

4

 

Return on Equity

 

 

 

5

 

Combined Ratios

 

 

 

6

 

Roll-forward of Unpaid Losses and LAE

 

 

 

7

 

Consolidated Investment Portfolio

 

 

 

8

 

Book Value Per Share

 

 

 

9

 

Earnings Per Share

 

 

 

10

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Consolidated Financial Highlights (unaudited)

$ in millions, except per share amounts

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 

% change

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2018

 

 

% change

Selected financial highlights:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross premiums written

 

$

166.5

 

 

$

189.2

 

 

(12

)%

 

$

553.1

 

 

$

587.2

 

 

(6

)%

Net premiums written

 

 

165.2

 

 

 

187.3

 

 

(12

)

 

 

549.1

 

 

 

582.5

 

 

(6

)

Net premiums earned

 

 

175.8

 

 

 

192.9

 

 

(9

)

 

 

526.1

 

 

 

547.5

 

 

(4

)

Net investment income

 

 

22.3

 

 

 

20.2

 

 

10

 

 

 

65.5

 

 

 

59.9

 

 

9

 

Underwriting income(1)

 

 

15.7

 

 

 

22.7

 

 

(31

)

 

 

53.6

 

 

 

66.6

 

 

(20

)

Net income before impact of the LPT(1)

 

 

30.5

 

 

 

45.0

 

 

(32

)

 

 

114.9

 

 

 

103.7

 

 

11

 

Adjusted net income(1)

 

 

28.4

 

 

 

32.7

 

 

(13

)

 

 

88.6

 

 

 

93.4

 

 

(5

)

Net income

 

 

32.8

 

 

 

47.6

 

 

(31

)

 

 

125.4

 

 

 

115.7

 

 

8

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

47.6

 

 

 

38.4

 

 

24

 

 

 

207.2

 

 

 

59.8

 

 

246

 

Total assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,024.9

 

 

 

3,898.5

 

 

3

 

Stockholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,160.4

 

 

 

991.2

 

 

17

 

Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,299.8

 

 

 

1,143.3

 

 

14

 

Adjusted stockholders' equity(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,231.7

 

 

 

1,165.8

 

 

6

 

Annualized adjusted return on stockholders' equity(3)

 

 

9.3

%

 

 

11.4

%

 

(18

)%

 

 

9.8

%

 

 

11.5

%

 

(15

)%

Amounts per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per share

 

$

0.22

 

 

$

0.20

 

 

10

%

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

10

%

Earnings per diluted share(4)

 

 

1.01

 

 

 

1.43

 

 

(29

)

 

 

3.85

 

 

 

3.48

 

 

11

 

Earnings per diluted share before impact of the LPT(4)

 

 

0.94

 

 

 

1.35

 

 

(30

)

 

 

3.53

 

 

 

3.12

 

 

13

 

Adjusted earnings per diluted share(4)

 

 

0.88

 

 

 

0.98

 

 

(10

)

 

 

2.72

 

 

 

2.81

 

 

(3

)

Book value per share(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36.47

 

 

 

30.22

 

 

21

 

Book value per share including the Deferred Gain(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.86

 

 

 

34.86

 

 

17

 

Adjusted book value per share(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38.71

 

 

 

35.55

 

 

9

 

Combined ratio before impact of the LPT:(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current year

 

 

65.6

%

 

 

62.8

%

 

 

 

 

65.5

%

 

 

62.6

%

 

 

Prior year

 

 

(11.4

)

 

 

(6.2

)

 

 

 

 

(12.5

)

 

 

(7.5

)

 

 

Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio

 

 

54.2

%

 

 

56.6

%

 

 

 

 

53.0

%

 

 

55.1

%

 

 

Commission expense ratio

 

 

12.5

 

 

 

12.9

 

 

 

 

 

12.9

 

 

 

13.4

 

 

 

Underwriting and other operating expenses ratio

 

 

25.8

 

 

 

20.0

 

 

 

 

 

25.9

 

 

 

21.5

 

 

 

Combined ratio before impact of the LPT

 

 

92.4

%

 

 

89.6

%

 

 

 

 

91.8

%

 

 

90.0

%

 

 

(1) See Page 3 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(2) See Page 8 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(3) See Page 4 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(4) See Page 9 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(5) See Page 5 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

$ in millions, except per share amounts

 

 

 

September 30,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Investments, cash and cash equivalents

 

$

2,937.5

 

 

$

2,829.7

 

Accrued investment income

 

17.5

 

 

18.0

 

Premiums receivable, net

 

314.7

 

 

333.1

 

Reinsurance recoverable on paid and unpaid losses and LAE

 

534.2

 

 

511.1

 

Deferred policy acquisition costs

 

51.2

 

 

48.2

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

0.1

 

 

26.9

 

Contingent commission receivable—LPT Agreement

 

13.2

 

 

32.0

 

Other assets

 

156.5

 

 

120.2

 

Total assets

 

$

4,024.9

 

 

$

3,919.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Unpaid losses and LAE

 

$

2,197.3

 

 

$

2,207.9

 

Unearned premiums

 

360.3

 

 

336.3

 

Commissions and premium taxes payable

 

52.0

 

 

57.3

 

Deferred Gain

 

139.4

 

 

149.6

 

Notes payable

 

 

 

20.0

 

Other liabilities

 

115.5

 

 

129.9

 

Total liabilities

 

$

2,864.5

 

 

$

2,901.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

 

$

393.6

 

 

$

389.4

 

Retained earnings

 

1,134.3

 

 

1,030.7

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net

 

68.1

 

 

(13.7

)

Treasury stock, at cost

 

(435.6

)

 

(388.2

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

1,160.4

 

 

1,018.2

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

4,024.9

 

 

$

3,919.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain (1)

 

$

1,299.8

 

 

$

1,167.8

 

Adjusted stockholders' equity (1)

 

1,231.7

 

 

1,181.5

 

Book value per share (1)

 

$

36.47

 

 

$

31.08

 

Book value per share including the Deferred Gain(1)

 

40.86

 

 

35.64

 

Adjusted book value per share (1)

38.71

 

36.06

 

(1) See Page 8 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Summary Consolidated Income Statements (unaudited)

$ in millions

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Underwriting revenues:

 

 

 

Gross premiums written

$

166.5

 

 

$

189.2

 

 

$

553.1

 

 

$

587.2

 

Premiums ceded

(1.3

)

 

(1.9

)

 

(4.0

)

 

(4.7

)

Net premiums written

165.2

 

 

187.3

 

 

549.1

 

 

582.5

 

Net premiums earned

175.8

 

 

192.9

 

 

526.1

 

 

547.5

 

Underwriting expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and LAE incurred

(92.9

)

 

(106.6

)

 

(268.2

)

 

(289.7

)

Commission expense

(21.9

)

 

(24.8

)

 

(67.7

)

 

(73.1

)

Underwriting and other operating expenses

(45.3

)

 

(38.8

)

 

(136.6

)

 

(118.1

)

Underwriting income

15.7

 

 

22.7

 

 

53.6

 

 

66.6

 

Net investment income

22.3

 

 

20.2

 

 

65.5

 

 

59.9

 

Net realized and unrealized gains on investments(1)

2.6

 

 

15.6

 

 

33.3

 

 

13.2

 

Other income

0.3

 

 

0.2

 

 

0.6

 

 

0.4

 

Interest and financing expenses

 

 

(0.4

)

 

(0.6

)

 

(1.1

)

Income tax expense

(8.1

)

 

(10.7

)

 

(27.0

)

 

(23.3

)

Net income

32.8

 

 

47.6

 

 

125.4

 

 

115.7

 

Unrealized AFS investment gains (losses) arising during the period, net of tax(2)

16.4

 

 

(9.2

)

 

84.1

 

 

(56.3

)

Reclassification adjustment for realized AFS investment (gains) losses in net income, net of tax(2)

(1.6

)

 

 

 

(2.3

)

 

0.4

 

Comprehensive income

$

47.6

 

 

$

38.4

 

 

$

207.2

 

 

$

59.8

 

Net Income

$

32.8

 

 

$

47.6

 

 

$

125.4

 

 

$

115.7

 

Amortization of the Deferred Gain - losses

(1.9

)

 

(2.1

)

 

(7.1

)

 

(7.8

)

Amortization of the Deferred Gain - contingent commission

(0.4

)

 

(0.5

)

 

(1.4

)

 

(1.5

)

LPT reserve adjustment

 

 

 

 

(1.8

)

 

(2.2

)

LPT contingent commission adjustments

 

 

 

 

(0.2

)

 

(0.5

)

Net income before impact of the LPT Agreement (3)

30.5

 

 

45.0

 

 

114.9

 

 

103.7

 

Net realized and unrealized gains on investments

(2.6

)

 

(15.6

)

 

(33.3

)

 

(13.2

)

Amortization of intangibles

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

Income tax expense related to items excluded from Net income

0.5

 

 

3.3

 

 

7.0

 

 

2.8

 

Adjusted net income (3)

$

28.4

 

 

$

32.7

 

 

$

88.6

 

 

$

93.4

 

(1) Includes unrealized gains (losses) on equity securities of $(10.3) million and $11.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $17.7 million and $1.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

(2) AFS = Available for Sale securities.

(3) See Page 10 regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Return on Equity (unaudited)

$ in millions

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

A

$

32.8

 

 

$

47.6

 

 

$

125.4

 

 

$

115.7

 

Impact of the LPT Agreement

 

(2.3

)

 

(2.6

)

 

(10.5

)

 

(12.0

)

Net realized and unrealized gains on investments

 

(2.6

)

 

(15.6

)

 

(33.3

)

 

(13.2

)

Amortization of intangibles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

Income tax expense related to items excluded from Net income

 

0.5

 

 

3.3

 

 

7.0

 

 

2.8

 

Adjusted net income (1)

B

28.4

 

 

32.7

 

 

88.6

 

 

93.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity - end of period

 

$

1,160.4

 

 

$

991.2

 

 

$

1,160.4

 

 

$

991.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity - beginning of period

 

1,121.5

 

 

956.5

 

 

1,018.2

 

 

947.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average stockholders' equity

C

1,141.0

 

 

973.9

 

 

1,089.3

 

 

969.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity - end of period

 

$

1,160.4

 

 

$

991.2

 

 

$

1,160.4

 

 

$

991.2

 

Deferred Gain - end of period

 

139.4

 

 

152.1

 

 

139.4

 

 

152.1

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss (income) - end of period

 

(86.2

)

 

28.4

 

 

(86.2

)

 

28.4

 

Income taxes related to accumulated other comprehensive gains and losses - end of period

 

18.1

 

 

(5.9

)

 

18.1

 

 

(5.9

)

Adjusted stockholders' equity - end of period

 

1,231.7

 

 

1,165.8

 

 

1,231.7

 

 

1,165.8

 

Adjusted stockholders' equity - beginning of period

 

1,209.9

 

 

1,124.5

 

 

1,181.5

 

 

1,003.9

 

Average adjusted stockholders' equity (1)

D

1,220.8

 

 

1,145.2

 

 

1,206.6

 

 

1,084.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on stockholders' equity

A / C

2.9

%

 

4.9

%

 

11.5

%

 

11.9

%

Annualized return on stockholders' equity

 

11.5

 

 

19.6

 

 

15.3

 

 

15.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted return on stockholders' equity (1)

B / D

2.3

%

 

2.9

%

 

7.3

%

 

8.6

%

Annualized adjusted return on stockholders' equity (1)

 

9.3

 

 

11.4

 

 

9.8

 

 

11.5

 

(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Combined Ratios (unaudited)

$ in millions

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net premiums earned

A

$

175.8

 

 

$

192.9

 

 

$

526.1

 

 

$

547.5

 

Losses and LAE incurred

B

92.9

 

 

106.6

 

 

268.2

 

 

289.7

 

Amortization of the Deferred Gain - losses

 

1.9

 

 

2.1

 

 

7.1

 

 

7.8

 

Amortization of the Deferred Gain - contingent commission

 

0.4

 

 

0.5

 

 

1.4

 

 

1.5

 

LPT reserve adjustment

 

 

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

2.2

 

LPT contingent commission adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

0.5

 

Losses and LAE before impact of the LPT (1)

C

95.2

 

 

109.2

 

 

278.7

 

 

301.7

 

Prior accident year favorable loss reserve development

 

(20.2

)

 

(11.9

)

 

(66.1

)

 

(40.8

)

Losses and LAE before impact of the LPT - current accident year

D

$

115.4

 

 

$

121.1

 

 

$

344.8

 

 

$

342.5

 

Commission expense

E

$

21.9

 

 

$

24.8

 

 

$

67.7

 

 

$

73.1

 

Underwriting and other operating expenses

F

45.3

 

 

38.8

 

 

136.6

 

 

118.1

 

Combined ratio:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and LAE ratio

B/A

52.8

%

 

55.3

%

 

51.0

%

 

52.9

%

Commission expense ratio

E/A

12.5

 

 

12.9

 

 

12.9

 

 

13.4

 

Underwriting and other operating expenses ratio

F/A

25.8

 

 

20.0

 

 

25.9

 

 

21.5

 

Combined ratio

 

91.1

%

 

88.2

%

 

89.8

%

 

87.8

%

Combined ratio before impact of the LPT: (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and LAE ratio before impact of the LPT

C/A

54.2

%

 

56.6

%

 

53.0

%

 

55.1

%

Commission expense ratio

E/A

12.5

 

 

12.9

 

 

12.9

 

 

13.4

 

Underwriting and other operating expenses ratio

F/A

25.8

 

 

20.0

 

 

25.9

 

 

21.5

 

Combined ratio before impact of the LPT

 

92.4

%

 

89.6

%

 

91.8

%

 

90.0

%

Combined ratio before impact of the LPT: current accident year (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and LAE ratio before impact of the LPT

D/A

65.6

%

 

62.8

%

 

65.5

%

 

62.6

%

Commission expense ratio

E/A

12.5

 

 

12.9

 

 

12.9

 

 

13.4

 

Underwriting and other operating expenses ratio

F/A

25.8

 

 

20.0

 

 

25.9

 

 

21.5

 

Combined ratio before impact of the LPT: current accident year

 

103.9

%

 

95.7

%

 

104.4

%

 

97.5

%

(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Roll-forward of Unpaid Losses and LAE (unaudited)

$ in millions

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unpaid losses and LAE at beginning of period

$

2,161.8

 

 

$

2,227.9

 

 

$

2,207.9

 

 

$

2,266.1

 

Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses and LAE

484.2

 

 

512.5

 

 

504.4

 

 

537.0

 

Net unpaid losses and LAE at beginning of period

1,677.6

 

 

1,715.4

 

 

1,703.5

 

 

1,729.1

 

Losses and LAE incurred:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current year losses

115.4

 

 

121.1

 

 

344.8

 

 

342.5

 

Prior year losses on voluntary business

(20.0

)

 

(12.0

)

 

(66.0

)

 

(40.5

)

Prior year losses on involuntary business

(0.2

)

 

0.1

 

 

(0.1

)

 

(0.3

)

Total losses incurred

95.2

 

 

109.2

 

 

278.7

 

 

301.7

 

Losses and LAE paid:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current year losses

32.9

 

 

31.2

 

 

63.5

 

 

56.9

 

Prior year losses

69.7

 

 

71.5

 

 

248.5

 

 

252.0

 

Total paid losses

102.6

 

 

102.7

 

 

312.0

 

 

308.9

 

Net unpaid losses and LAE at end of period

1,670.2

 

 

1,721.9

 

 

1,670.2

 

 

1,721.9

 

Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses and LAE

527.1

 

 

511.8

 

 

527.1

 

 

511.8

 

Unpaid losses and LAE at end of period

$

2,197.3

 

 

$

2,233.7

 

 

$

2,197.3

 

 

$

2,233.7

 

Total losses and LAE shown in the above table exclude amortization of the Deferred Gain, LPT Reserve Adjustments, and LPT Contingent Commission Adjustments which totaled $2.3 million and $2.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $10.5 million and $12.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Consolidated Investment Portfolio (unaudited)

$ in millions

 

 

 

September 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

Investment Positions:

 

Cost or
Amortized
Cost

 

Net Unrealized
Gain (Loss)

 

Fair Value

 

%

 

Fair Value

 

%

Fixed maturity securities

 

$

2,394.6

 

 

$

86.2

 

 

$

2,480.8

 

 

84

%

 

$

2,496.4

 

 

88

%

Equity securities

 

205.7

 

 

85.7

 

 

291.4

 

 

10

 

 

206.3

 

 

7

 

Short-term investments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25.0

 

 

1

 

Other invested assets

 

24.9

 

 

(0.2

)

 

24.7

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

140.3

 

 

 

 

140.3

 

 

5

 

 

101.4

 

 

4

 

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

 

0.3

 

 

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

Total investments and cash

 

$

2,765.8

 

 

$

171.7

 

 

$

2,937.5

 

 

100

%

 

$

2,829.7

 

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakout of Fixed Maturity Securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Treasuries and agencies

 

$

84.7

 

 

$

2.4

 

 

$

87.1

 

 

4

%

 

$

117.8

 

 

5

%

States and municipalities

 

464.8

 

 

27.9

 

 

492.7

 

 

20

 

 

528.0

 

 

21

 

Corporate securities

 

1,035.9

 

 

41.9

 

 

1,077.8

 

 

43

 

 

1,090.4

 

 

44

 

Mortgage-backed securities

 

573.3

 

 

12.4

 

 

585.7

 

 

24

 

 

545.8

 

 

22

 

Asset-backed securities

 

56.7

 

 

1.3

 

 

58.0

 

 

2

 

 

64.5

 

 

3

 

Bank loans

 

179.2

 

 

0.3

 

 

179.5

 

 

7

 

 

149.9

 

 

6

 

Total fixed maturity securities

 

$

2,394.6

 

 

$

86.2

 

 

$

2,480.8

 

 

100

%

 

$

2,496.4

 

 

100

%

 

Weighted average book yield

 

 

3.4%

 

 

 

3.4%

Average credit quality (S&P)

 

 

A+

 

 

 

AA-

Duration

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

4.4

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Book Value Per Share (unaudited)

$ in millions, except per share amounts

 

 

 

September 30,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

 

September 30,
2018

 

December 31,
2017

Numerators:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity

A

$

1,160.4

 

 

$

1,018.2

 

 

$

991.2

 

 

$

947.7

 

Plus: Deferred Gain

 

139.4

 

 

149.6

 

 

152.1

 

 

163.6

 

Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain (1)

B

1,299.8

 

 

1,167.8

 

 

1,143.3

 

 

1,111.3

 

Accumulated other comprehensive (income) loss

 

(86.2

)

 

17.3

 

 

28.4

 

 

(136.0

)

Income taxes related to accumulated other comprehensive gains and losses

 

18.1

 

 

(3.6

)

 

(5.9

)

 

28.6

 

Adjusted stockholders' equity (1)

C

$

1,231.7

 

 

$

1,181.5

 

 

$

1,165.8

 

 

$

1,003.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denominator (shares outstanding)

D

31,814,678

 

 

32,765,792

 

 

32,796,666

 

 

32,597,819

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per share (1)

A / D

$

36.47

 

 

$

31.08

 

 

$

30.22

 

 

$

29.07

 

Book value per share including the Deferred Gain(1)

B / D

40.86

 

 

35.64

 

 

34.86

 

 

34.09

 

Adjusted book value per share (1)

C / D

38.71

 

 

36.06

 

 

35.55

 

 

30.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YTD Change in: (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per share

 

19.5

%

 

 

 

6.0

%

 

 

Book value per share including the Deferred Gain

 

16.5

 

 

 

 

4.0

 

 

 

Adjusted book value per share

 

9.2

 

 

 

 

17.4

 

 

 

(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(2) Reflects the change in book value per share after taking into account dividends declared of $0.66 and $0.60 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, and 2018, respectively. .

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.

Earnings Per Share (unaudited)

$ in millions, except per share amounts

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Numerators:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

A

$

32.8

 

 

$

47.6

 

 

$

125.4

 

 

$

115.7

 

Impact of the LPT Agreement

 

(2.3

)

 

(2.6

)

 

(10.5

)

 

(12.0

)

Net income before impact of the LPT (1)

B

30.5

 

 

45.0

 

 

114.9

 

 

103.7

 

Net realized and unrealized gains on investments

 

(2.6

)

 

(15.6

)

 

(33.3

)

 

(13.2

)

Amortization of intangibles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

Income tax expense related to items excluded from Net income

 

0.5

 

 

3.3

 

 

7.0

 

 

2.8

 

Adjusted net income (1)

C

$

28.4

 

 

$

32.7

 

 

$

88.6

 

 

$

93.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denominators:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average common shares outstanding (basic)

D

31,946,851

 

 

32,906,250

 

 

32,168,826

 

 

32,864,612

 

Average common shares outstanding (diluted)

E

32,318,017

 

 

33,316,164

 

 

32,587,455

 

 

33,278,790

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

A / D

$

1.03

 

 

$

1.45

 

 

$

3.90

 

 

$

3.52

 

Diluted

A / E

1.01

 

 

1.43

 

 

3.85

 

 

3.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share before impact of the LPT: (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

B / D

$

0.95

 

 

$

1.37

 

 

$

3.57

 

 

$

3.16

 

Diluted

B / E

0.94

 

 

1.35

 

 

3.53

 

 

3.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share: (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

C / D

$

0.89

 

 

$

0.99

 

 

$

2.75

 

 

$

2.84

 

Diluted

C / E

0.88

 

 

0.98

 

 

2.72

 

 

2.81

 

(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

Glossary of Financial Measures

Within this earnings release we present the following measures, each of which are "non-GAAP financial measures." A reconciliation of these measures to the Company's most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included herein. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures are important to the Company's investors, analysts and other interested parties who benefit from having an objective and consistent basis for comparison with other companies within our industry. Management further believes that these measures are more relevant than comparable GAAP measures in evaluating our financial performance.

The LPT Agreement is a non-recurring transaction that does not result in any significant ongoing cash benefits to the Company. Management believes that providing non-GAAP measures that exclude the effects of the LPT Agreement (amortization of deferred reinsurance gain, adjustments to LPT Agreement ceded reserves and adjustments to contingent commission receivable) is useful in providing investors, analysts and other interested parties a meaningful understanding of the Company's ongoing underwriting performance.

Deferred reinsurance gain (Deferred Gain) reflects the unamortized gain from the LPT Agreement. This gain has been deferred and is being amortized using the recovery method, whereby the amortization is determined by the proportion of actual reinsurance recoveries to total estimated recoveries, except for the contingent profit commission, which is being amortized through June 30, 2024. Amortization is reflected in losses and LAE incurred.

Adjusted net income (see Page 4 for calculations) is net income excluding the effects of the LPT Agreement, net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments (net of tax), and amortization of intangible assets (net of tax). Management believes that providing this non-GAAP measures is helpful to investors, analysts and other interested parties in identifying trends in the Company's operating performance because such items have limited significance to its ongoing operations or can be impacted by both discretionary and other economic factors and may not represent operating trends.

Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain is stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain. Management believes that providing this non-GAAP measure is useful in providing investors, analysts and other interested parties a meaningful measure of the Company's total underwriting capital.

Adjusted stockholders' equity (see Page 8 for calculations) is stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain, less accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax). Management believes that providing this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors, analysts and other interested parties since it serves as the denominator to the Company's operating return on equity metric.

Return on stockholders' equity and Adjusted return on stockholders' equity (see Page 4 for calculations). Management believes that these profitability measures are widely used by our investors, analysts and other interested parties.

Book value per share, Book value per share including the Deferred Gain, and Adjusted book value per share (see Page 8 for calculations). Management believes that these valuation measures are widely used by our investors, analysts and other interested parties. The Company previously referred to Book value per share as GAAP book value per share, and Book value per share including Deferred Gain as Book value per share.

Net income, Combined ratio, and Combined ratio before impact of the LPT (see Pages 3 and 5 for calculations). Management believes that these performance and underwriting measures are widely used by our investors, analysts and other interested parties.

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