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HCI Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

TAMPA, Fla., March 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCI Group, Inc. (HCI), a holding company primarily engaged in homeowners insurance, with additional operations in reinsurance, real estate and information technology, reported results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 - Financial Results
In the fourth quarter, the company had a net loss of $8.5 million or $0.95 loss per common share compared with net income of $12.1 million or $1.14 diluted earnings per common share in the fourth quarter of 2017. There were two primary reasons for the change: a pre-tax loss of $16.5 million for Hurricane Michael and a pre-tax $5.7 million unrealized investment loss on equity securities.

Adjusted net loss (a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes unrealized gains and losses on equity securities) for the quarter was $4.2 million or $0.48 per share. The company has included in this press release an explanation of adjusted net income/loss as well as a reconciliation to net income/loss and earnings/loss per share calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (known as “GAAP”).

Consolidated gross premiums written were down 6% from $46.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $43.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018; for the same period, gross premiums written for TypTap were up 100%.

Consolidated gross premiums earned were down 3% from $87.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $85.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2018; for the same period, gross premiums earned for TypTap were up 70%.

Fourth Quarter 2018 - Financial Ratios
The loss ratio (defined as losses and loss adjustment expenses related to gross premiums earned) for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 49.4% compared with 26.4% for the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to Hurricane Michael.

The combined ratio (total of all expenses in relation to net premiums earned) was 122.0% for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with 80.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to Hurricane Michael.

Full Year 2018 - Financial Results
For the full year 2018, net income totaled $17.7 million or $2.34 diluted earnings per common share compared with a net loss of $6.9 million or $0.75 loss per common share in 2017. The primary reason for the improvement was a $56.3 million reduction in losses and loss adjustment expenses offset by a $10.2 million net unrealized investment loss related to the change in the value of equity securities. Adjusted net income for the year was $25.3 million or $3.23 per fully diluted share. An explanation of this non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliations to the applicable GAAP numbers accompany this press release.

Consolidated gross premiums written for the year declined 3% from $347.3 million in 2017 to $336.4 million in 2018; gross premiums written for TypTap increased 67%.

Consolidated gross premiums earned for the year declined 4% from $358.3 million in 2017 to $343.1 million in 2018; gross premiums earned for TypTap increased 102%.

Full Year 2018 - Financial Ratios
The loss ratio for 2018 was 31.9% compared with 46.2% for 2017 for the reasons explained above.

The combined ratio for 2018 was 95.8% compared with 115.8% for 2017 primarily due to the decline in the loss ratio as explained above.

Book value per share, defined as shareholders’ equity divided by common shares outstanding, was $21.71 at December 31, 2018 compared with $22.14 at December 31, 2017.

Management Commentary
“We remain excited about our business model, and believe our technology and underwriting expertise will provide us with a competitive advantage as we deliver profitable growth,” said Paresh Patel, HCI Group’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Conference Call
HCI Group will hold a conference call later today, March 7, 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: 866-682-6100

Listen-only international number: 862-298-0702

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 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 April 7, 2019.

Toll-free replay number: 877-481-4010
International replay number: 919-882-2331
Replay ID: 43357

About HCI Group, Inc.
HCI Group, Inc. owns subsidiaries engaged in diverse, yet complementary business activities, including homeowners’ insurance, reinsurance, real estate and information technology services. The company's largest subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., is a leading provider of property and casualty insurance in the state of Florida.

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 December, 2018

At December 31, 2017

Assets

Fixed-maturity securities, available for sale, at fair value

(amortized cost: $184,670 and $235,633, respectively)

$

182,723

237,484

Equity securities, at fair value (cost: $45,671 and $54,282, respectively)

41,143

59,956

Short-term investments, at fair value

66,479

-

Limited partnership investments, at equity

32,293

23,184

Investment in unconsolidated joint venture, at equity

845

1,304

Assets held for sale

9,810

-

Real estate investments

54,490

58,358

Total investments

387,783

380,286

Cash and cash equivalents

239,458

255,884

Restricted cash

700

809

Accrued interest and dividends receivable

1,792

1,983

Income taxes receivable

971

16,192

Premiums receivable

16,667

17,807

Prepaid reinsurance premiums

17,932

22,286

Reinsurance recoverable:

Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses

11,151

2,344

Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses

112,760

100,760

Deferred policy acquisition costs

16,507

16,712

Property and equipment, net

13,338

12,465

Intangible assets, net

4,800

4,995

Other assets

9,004

9,741

Total assets

$

832,863

842,264

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

$

207,586

198,578

Unearned premiums

157,729

164,896

Advance premiums

6,192

4,948

Assumed reinsurance balances payable

14

15

Accrued expenses

6,483

6,035

Reinsurance recovered in advance on unpaid losses

-

13,885

Deferred income taxes, net

1,068

1,890

Long-term debt

250,150

237,835

Other liabilities

22,200

20,207

Total liabilities

651,422

648,289

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,

8,356,730 and 8,762,416 shares issued and outstanding at

December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively)

Additional paid-in capital

Retained income

182,894

189,409

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of taxes

(1,453

)

4,566

Total stockholders’ equity

181,441

193,975

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

832,863

842,264

HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Years Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2018

2017

2018

2017

Revenue

Gross premiums earned

$

85,211

87,877

343,065

358,253

Premiums ceded

(32,453

)

(32,106

)

(129,643

)

(133,635

)

Net premiums earned

52,758

55,771

213,422

224,618

Net investment income

4,910

2,917

16,581

11,439

Net realized investment gains (losses)

(337

)

2,070

6,183

4,346

Net unrealized investment (losses) gains

(5,655

)

18

(10,202

)

92

Net other-than-temporary impairment losses

-

(603

)

(80

)

(1,467

)

Policy fee income

826

901

3,389

3,622

Other

495

549

1,999

1,756

Total revenue

52,997

61,623

231,292

244,406

Expenses

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

42,101

23,204

109,328

165,629

Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses

9,795

10,018

38,943

39,663

General and administrative personnel expenses

5,004

4,106

25,908

25,127

Interest expense

4,569

4,439

18,096

16,767

Loss on repurchases of senior notes

-

-

-

743

Impairment Loss

-

-

-

38

Other operating expenses

2,873

2,909

12,115

12,063

Total expenses

64,342

44,676

204,390

260,030

Income (loss) before income taxes

(11,345

)

16,947

26,902

(15,624

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

(2,879

)

4,856

9,177

(8,731

)

Net income

$

(8,466

)

12,091

17,725

(6,893

)

Basic earnings (loss) per share

$

(0.95

)

1.37

2.34

(0.75

)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

(0.95

)

1.14

2.34

(0.75

)

Dividends per share

$

0.375

0.35

1.475

1.40


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

Year Ended

GAAP

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

Income

Shares

Per Share

Income

Shares

Per Share

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

Net (loss) income

$

(8,466

)

$

17,725

Less: Loss attributable to participating securities*

1,095

717

Basic Earnings Per Share:

(Loss) income allocated to common stockholders

(7,371

)

7,720

$

(0.95

)

18,442

7,878

$

2.34

Effect of Dilutive Securities:**

Stock options

--

--

--

17

Diluted Earnings Per Share:

Income available to common stockholders and assumed conversions

$

(7,371

)

7,720

$

(0.95

)

$

18,442

7,895

$

2.34

*Loss attributable to participating securities included the reclassification of cumulative dividends paid on certain restricted stock with market based vesting conditions from retained income to expense.

**Convertible senior notes were excluded due to antidilutive effect.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted net income/loss is a non-GAAP financial measure that removes from net income/loss the effect of unrealized gains and 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/loss 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/loss to non-GAAP Adjusted net income/loss and GAAP diluted earnings/loss per share to non-GAAP Adjusted diluted earnings/loss per share is provided below.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

GAAP Net (loss) income

$

(8,466

)

$

17,725

Add back: Net unrealized investment losses

$

5,655

$

10,202

Less: Tax effect at 25.345%

$

(1,433

)

$

(2,586

)

Net adjustment to Net (loss) income

$

4,222

$

7,616

Non-GAAP Adjusted Net (loss) income

$

(4,244

)

$

25,341

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

Year Ended

Non-GAAP

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

Income

Shares

Per Share

Income

Shares

Per Share

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$

(4,244

)

$

25,341

Less: Loss attributable to participating securities*

564

168

Basic Earnings Per Share before unrealized gains/losses on equity securities:

(Loss) income allocated to common stockholders

(3,680

)

7,720

$

(0.48

)

25,509

7,878

$

3.24

Effect of Dilutive Securities:

Stock options

--

--

--

17

Diluted Earnings Per Share before unrealized gains/losses on equity securities:

(Loss) income available to common stockholders and assumed conversions

$

(3,680

)

7,720

$

(0.48

)

$

25,509

7,895

$

3.23

*Loss attributable to participating securities included the reclassification of cumulative dividends paid on certain restricted stock with market based vesting conditions from retained income to expense.

**Convertible senior notes were excluded due to antidilutive effect.

Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted EPS to non-GAAP Adjusted Diluted EPS

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

GAAP diluted Earnings Per Share

$

(0.95

)

$

2.34

Add back: Net unrealized investment losses

$

0.73

$

1.29

Less: Tax effect at 25.345%

$

(0.26

)

$

(0.40

)

Net adjustment to GAAP diluted EPS

$

0.47

$

0.89

Non-GAAP Adjusted diluted EPS

$

(0.48

)

$

3.23