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HCI Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

TAMPA, Fla., March 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCI Group, Inc. (HCI), an InsurTech company with operations in insurance, software development and real estate, reported results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 - Financial Results

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 totaled $6.4 million or $0.82 diluted earnings per share compared with a net loss of $8.5 million or $0.95 loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2018. Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure which excludes net unrealized gains or losses on equity securities) for the quarter was $5.9 million or $0.76 diluted earnings per share compared with a loss of $4.2 million or $0.48 loss per share in the fourth 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 written premiums of $66.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 were up 52.8% from $43.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, reflecting the rapid growth of TypTap Insurance Company, HCI’s technology-driven insurance subsidiary. TypTap gross written premiums grew to $24.0 million in the fourth quarter compared with $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Consolidated gross premiums earned of $90.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 were up 5.8% from $85.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  

Losses and loss adjustment expenses were $28.9 million compared with $42.1 million in the same period in 2018. The decrease was primarily due to the pre-tax losses of $16.5 million attributable to Hurricane Michael from the fourth quarter of 2018.

Policy acquisition expenses were $11.8 million compared to $9.8 million in the same quarter of 2018. The increase relates to  premium growth in TypTap.

Interest expense was $2.9 million compared to $4.6 million in the same period in 2018. The decrease was primarily due to the repayment of the 3.875% Convertible Senior Notes in March of 2019.

Full Year 2019 - Financial Results

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $26.6 million or $3.31 diluted earnings per share compared with $17.7 million or $2.34 diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase in net premiums earned, a net increase in income from our investment portfolio, a decrease in loss expense and a decrease in interest expense, offset by an increase in general and administrative personnel expenses and an increase in policy acquisition expenses.

Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure which excludes unrealized gains or losses on equity securities) for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $20.6 million or $2.57 diluted earnings per share compared with $25.3 million or $3.23 diluted earnings per share in the same period of 2018. An explanation of this non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliations to the applicable GAAP numbers accompany this press release.

Consolidated gross written premiums for the full year increased 8.5% to $365.0 million in 2019 from $336.5 million in 2018 and gross premiums earned for the year decreased 0.3% to $342.1 million from $343.1 million in 2018.

Premiums ceded were $125.8 million or 36.8% of gross premiums earned compared with $129.6 million or 37.8% of gross premiums earned during the same period in 2018.

Net premiums earned increased to $216.3 million from $213.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 were $107.5 million and $109.3 million, respectively. Storm related loss expenses were lower in 2019 than in 2018 as were loss expenses related to reserve strengthening.  These decreases were offset somewhat by higher loss expenses in TypTap due to the growth in gross premium earned.

Interest expense was $13.1 million compared with $18.1 million in the same period in 2018. The decrease primarily resulted from the repayment of the 3.875% Convertible Senior Notes in March 2019.

Book value per share, defined as shareholders’ equity divided by common shares outstanding at the end of the period, was $23.90 at December 31, 2019 compared with $21.71 at December 31, 2018.

Management Commentary

“Our premium growth in the fourth quarter, driven by TypTap, evidences the effectiveness of our internally-developed underwriting and policy production software,” said Paresh Patel, HCI Group’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While we are pleased with our revenue growth, we remain focused on generating profits and shareholder returns.”

Conference Call

HCI Group will hold a conference call later today, March 5, 2020, 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: (844) 602-0380

Listen-only international number: (862) 298-0970

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 Gateway Investor Relations 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 5, 2020.

Toll-free replay number: (877) 481-4010
International replay number: (919) 882-2331
Replay ID: 58630

About HCI Group, Inc.

HCI Group, Inc. is an InsurTech company with operations in insurance, software development and real estate. HCI’s leading insurance operation, TypTap Insurance Company, is a rapidly growing, technology-driven insurance company, which provides homeowners’ insurance and flood insurance primarily in Florida. TypTap’s operations are powered in large part by insurance-related information technology developed by HCI’s software subsidiary, Exzeo USA, Inc.  HCI’s largest subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., provides homeowners’ insurance primarily in Florida. HCI’s real estate subsidiary, Greenleaf Capital, LLC, owns and operates multiple properties in Florida, including office buildings, retail centers and marinas.

The company's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HCI" and are included in the Russell 2000 and 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:
Rachel Swansiger, Esq.
HCI Group, Inc.
Tel (813) 405-3206
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HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollar amounts in thousands)

    At December 31, 2019     At December 31, 2018  
Assets                
Fixed-maturity securities, available for sale, at fair value (amortized cost: $199,954 and $184,670, respectively)   $ 202,839     $ 182,723  
Equity securities, at fair value (cost: $31,863 and $45,671, respectively)     35,285       41,143  
Short-term investments, at fair value     491       66,479  
Limited partnership investments, at equity     28,346       32,293  
Investment in unconsolidated joint venture, at equity     762       845  
Assets held for sale           9,810  
Real estate investments     73,763       54,490  
Total investments     341,486       387,783  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents     229,218       239,458  
Restricted cash     700       700  
Accrued interest and dividends receivable     1,616       1,792  
Income taxes receivable     1,040       971  
Premiums receivable     20,255       16,667  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums     17,983       17,932  
Reinsurance recoverable:                
Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses     16,155       11,151  
Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses     116,523       112,760  
Deferred policy acquisition costs     21,663       16,507  
Property and equipment, net     14,698       13,338  
Intangible assets, net     4,192       4,800  
Other assets     17,080       9,004  
                 
Total assets   $ 802,609     $ 832,863  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity                
Losses and loss adjustment expenses   $ 214,697     $ 207,586  
Unearned premiums     181,163       157,729  
Advance premiums     5,589       6,192  
Assumed reinsurance balances payable     76       14  
Accrued expenses     10,059       6,483  
Deferred income taxes, net     4,008       1,068  
Revolving credit facility     9,750        
Long-term debt     163,695       250,150  
Other liabilities     28,029       22,200  
                 
Total liabilities     617,066       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, 7,764,564 and 8,356,730
  shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)
           
Additional paid-in capital            
Retained income     183,365       182,894  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of taxes     2,178       (1,453 )
                 
Total stockholders’ equity     185,543       181,441  
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 802,609     $ 832,863  


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,  
    2019     2018     2019     2018  
Revenue                        
                                 
Gross premiums earned   $ 90,165     $ 85,211       342,079     $ 343,065  
Premiums ceded     (31,467 )     (32,453 )     (125,765 )     (129,643 )
                                 
Net premiums earned     58,698       52,758       216,314       213,422  
                                 
Net investment income     2,517       4,910       13,642       16,581  
Net realized investment (losses) gains     281       (337 )     (254 )     6,183  
Net unrealized investment gains (losses)     689       (5,655 )     7,950       (10,202 )
Net other-than-temporary impairment losses     (289 )           (289 )     (80 )
Policy fee income     823       826       3,229       3,389  
Other     512       495       1,882       1,999  
                                 
Total revenue     63,231       52,997       242,474       231,292  
                                 
Expenses                                
                                 
Losses and loss adjustment expenses     28,898       42,101       107,514       109,328  
Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses     11,759       9,795       42,497       38,943  
General and administrative personnel expenses     7,799       5,004       31,112       25,908  
Interest expense     2,927       4,569       13,055       18,096  
Other operating expenses     3,072       2,873       12,203       12,115  
                                 
Total expenses     54,455       64,342       206,381       204,390  
                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes     8,776       (11,345 )     36,093       26,902  
                                 
Income tax expense (benefit)     2,344       (2,879 )     9,517       9,177  
                                 
Net income (loss)   $ 6,432     $ (8,466 )   $ 26,576     $ 17,725  
                                 
Basic earnings (loss) per share   $ 0.84     $ (0.95 )     3.32     $ 2.34  
                                 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ 0.82     $ (0.95 )     3.31     $ 2.34  
                                 
Dividends per share   $ 0.40     $ 0.375       1.60     $ 1.475  


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, 2019     December 31, 2019  
    Income     Shares     Per Share     Income     Shares     Per Share  
    (Numerator)     (Denominator)     Amount     (Numerator)     (Denominator)     Amount  
Net income   $ 6,432                     $ 26,576                  
Less: Income attributable to participating securities     (334 )                     (1,448 )                
                                                 
Basic Earnings Per Share:                                                
Income allocated to common stockholders     6,098       7,389     $ 0.84       25,128       7,580     $ 3.32  
                                                 
Effect of Dilutive Securities:                                                
Stock options           11                     12          
Convertible senior notes     1,921       2,351               8,748       2,646          
                                                 
Diluted Earnings Per Share:                                                
Income available to common stockholders and
  assumed conversions
  $ 8,019       9,751     $ 0.82     $ 33,876       10,238     $ 3.31  
                                                 
   

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 required to be included in results of operations in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 321. HCI Group believes net income without the effect of volatility in equity prices more accurately depicts 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   Year Ended
    December 31, 2019   December 31, 2019
GAAP Net income           $ 6,432             $ 26,576  
Net unrealized investment (gains) losses   $ (689 )           $ (7,950 )        
Less: Tax effect at 24.52182%   $ 169             $ 1,949          
Net adjustment to Net income           $ (520 )           $ (6,001 )
Non-GAAP Adjusted Net income           $ 5,912             $ 20,575  


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, 2019     December 31, 2019  
    Income     Shares     Per Share     Income     Shares     Per Share  
    (Numerator)     (Denominator)     Amount     (Numerator)     (Denominator)     Amount  
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)   $ 5,912                     $ 20,575                  
Less: Income attributable to participating securities     (306 )                     (1,077 )                
                                                 
Basic Earnings Per Share before unrealized
  gains/losses on equity securities:
                                               
Income allocated to common stockholders     5,606       7,389     $ 0.76       19,498       7,580     $ 2.57  
                                                 
Effect of Dilutive Securities:                                                
Stock options           11                     12          
Convertible senior notes*                                        
                                                 
Diluted Earnings Per Share before unrealized
  gains/losses on equity securities:
                                               
Income available to common stockholders and
  assumed conversions
  $ 5,606       7,400     $ 0.76     $ 19,498       7,592     $ 2.57  
                                                 
*Convertible senior notes for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 were excluded due to anti-dilutive effect.  


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

    Three Months Ended   Year Ended
    December 31, 2019   December 31, 2019
GAAP diluted Earnings Per Share           $ 0.82             $ 3.31  
Net unrealized investment (gains) losses   $ (0.09 )           $ (1.05 )        
Less: Tax effect at 24.52182%   $ 0.03             $ 0.31          
Net adjustment to GAAP diluted EPS           $ (0.06 )           $ (0.74 )
Non-GAAP Adjusted diluted EPS           $ 0.76             $ 2.57