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HCI Group Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

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TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI), an InsurTech company with operations in insurance, software development and real estate, reported results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 - Financial Results
Net income for the third quarter of 2020 totaled $15.4 million or $1.70 per diluted earnings per share compared with $5.9 million or $0.73 per diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2019. Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure which excludes net unrealized gains or losses on equity securities) for the quarter was $14.4 million or $1.60 per diluted earnings per share compared with $5.4 million or $0.67 per diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2019. The company has included in this press release an explanation of adjusted net income as well as a reconciliation to net income and earnings per share calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (known as “GAAP”).

Consolidated gross written premiums of $116.5 million for the third quarter of 2020 were up 19.6% from $97.3 million in the third quarter of 2019. The increase was due to the growth of Homeowners Choice as well as the continued growth of TypTap Insurance Company, HCI’s technology-driven insurance subsidiary. In-force premiums for TypTap at September 30, 2020 were $87.1 million compared with $40.1 million at September 30, 2019.

Consolidated gross premiums earned of $106.7 million for the third quarter of 2020 were up 24.1% from $86.0 million in the third of 2019.

Premiums ceded for reinsurance for the third quarter of 2020 increased to $44.2 million from $31.6 million in the third quarter of 2019 and represented 41.5% and 36.7%, respectively, of gross premiums earned. The $12.6 million increase was attributable to increased reinsurance costs effective June 1, 2020 with the beginning of the new reinsurance year and a greater level of reinsurance coverage.

Net investment income was $1.8 million compared with $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to lower interest income from fixed-maturity securities and cash equivalent instruments. Net unrealized investment gains were $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared with $0.6 million in 2019. The unrealized investment gains in the third quarter of 2020 reflect an increase in the fair value of equity securities resulting from an improved economic outlook since the market disruption attributable to COVID-19.

In July 2020, our headquarters was acquired by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) exercising the power of eminent domain for a highway expansion project in Tampa, Florida. This transaction resulted in a one-time pre-tax gain on involuntary conversion in the amount of $37.0 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses were $51.7 million compared with $27.3 million in the same period in 2019. The increase of $24.4 million was driven by the increase in gross premiums earned and loss reserves for Hurricane Sally offset by lower adverse development.

Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses were $14.2 million compared with $11.0 million in the same quarter of 2019. The increase relates to growth in gross premiums earned.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 - Financial Results
Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 totaled $24.9 million or $3.03 diluted earnings per share compared with $20.1 million or $2.49 diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The increase was due to an increase in net premiums earned of $39.9 million and the one-time gain on involuntary conversion of $37.0 million offset by a net decrease in income from our investment portfolio of $15.8 million, an increase in losses and loss adjustment expenses of $41.0 million, an increase in policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses of $8.3 million, and an increase in general and administrative personnel expenses of $4.7 million.

Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure which excludes unrealized gains or losses on equity securities) for the nine-month period was $25.3 million or $3.07 diluted earnings per share compared with $14.7 million or $1.82 diluted earnings per share in the same period of 2019. 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 nine months increased 22.3% to $364.9 million in 2020 from $298.4 million in 2019. The increase was due to the growth in Homeowners Choice as well as the continued growth of TypTap.

Gross premiums earned increased 21.8% to $306.9 million from $251.9 million in the same period in 2019.

Premiums ceded were $109.3 million or 35.6% of gross premiums earned compared with $94.3 million or 37.4% of gross premiums earned during the same period in 2019. The dollar increase was attributable to increased reinsurance costs effective June 1, 2020 and a higher level of reinsurance coverage.

Net investment income was $3.2 million compared with $11.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The decrease was primarily due to a loss of $2.1 million from limited partnership investments in 2020 as opposed to income of $1.3 million in 2019. In addition, interest income from cash, cash equivalents, fixed-maturity securities and short-term investments was lower by $4.0 million in 2020 compared with the same period in 2019 due to a lowering of investment yields, particularly on cash. Net unrealized investment losses for the period were $0.6 million compared to net unrealized investment gains of $7.3 million in the same period in 2019, reflecting a deterioration in the fair value of equity securities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 were $119.7 million and $78.6 million, respectively. The increase of $41.0 million was driven by the increase in gross premiums earned and loss reserves for Sally, offset by lower prior year development.

Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses were $39.0 million compared with $30.7 million in the same period in 2019. The increase relates primarily to premium growth in TypTap.

Management Commentary
“TypTap Insurance Company, our technology driven insurance company, continues to grow rapidly,” said HCI Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paresh Patel. “TypTap’s gross written premiums continue on a course of doubling each year.”

Conference Call

HCI Group will hold a conference call later today, November 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) 369-8774

Listen-only international number: (862) 298-0844

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 December 5, 2020.

Toll-free replay number: (877) 481-4010
International replay number: (919) 882-2331
Replay ID: 38036

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.
Investor Relations
HCI Group, Inc.
Tel (813) 405-3206
rswansiger@hcigroup.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover
Gateway Investor Relations
Tel (949) 574-3860
HCI@gatewayir.com

Media Contact:
Amber Brinkley
Kippen Communications
Tel (727) 466-7695
amber@kippencommunications.com

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HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

At September 30, 2020

At December 31, 2019

(Unaudited)

Assets

Fixed-maturity securities, available for sale, at fair value (amortized cost: $91,166 and $199,954, respectively) (allowance for credit losses: $596 and $0, respectively)

$

92,743

$

202,839

Equity securities, at fair value (cost: $39,861 and $31,863, respectively)

42,702

35,285

Short-term investments, at fair value

491

Limited partnership investments

27,497

28,346

Investment in unconsolidated joint venture, at equity

716

762

Assets held for sale

4,519

Real estate investments

70,566

73,763

Total investments

238,743

341,486

Cash and cash equivalents

410,691

229,218

Restricted cash

2,400

700

Accrued interest and dividends receivable

916

1,616

Income taxes receivable

2,711

1,040

Premiums receivable

28,505

20,255

Prepaid reinsurance premiums

42,170

17,983

Reinsurance recoverable, net of allowance for credit losses:

Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses (allowance: $0 and $0, respectively)

20,240

16,155

Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses (allowance: $90 and $0, respectively)

74,944

116,523

Deferred policy acquisition costs

29,701

21,663

Property and equipment, net

12,693

14,698

Intangible assets, net

3,723

4,192

Other assets

20,376

17,080

Total assets

$

887,813

$

802,609

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

$

219,345

$

214,697

Unearned premiums

238,936

181,163

Advance premiums

17,083

5,589

Assumed reinsurance balances payable

92

76

Accrued expenses

15,855

10,059

Deferred income taxes, net

8,866

4,008

Revolving credit facility

8,750

9,750

Long-term debt

155,675

163,695

Other liabilities

23,479

28,029

Total liabilities

688,081

617,066

Stockholders’ equity:

7% Series A cumulative convertible preferred stock (no par value, none and 1,500,000 shares authorized
at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, no shares issued and outstanding)

Series B junior participating preferred stock (no par value, none and 400,000 shares authorized
at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, no shares issued or outstanding)

Preferred stock (no par value, 20,000,000 and 18,100,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2020 and
December 31, 2019, respectively, no shares issued or outstanding)

Common stock, (no par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 7,793,677 and 7,764,564
shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

Additional paid-in capital

Retained income

198,092

183,365

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes

1,640

2,178

Total stockholders’ equity

199,732

185,543

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

887,813

$

802,609

HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue

Gross premiums earned

$

106,694

$

86,002

$

306,862

$

251,914

Premiums ceded

(44,231

)

(31,568

)

(109,304

)

(94,298

)

Net premiums earned

62,463

54,434

197,558

157,616

Net investment income

1,832

3,621

3,244

11,125

Net realized investment gains (losses)

177

(30

)

(632

)

(535

)

Net unrealized investment gains (losses)

1,340

642

(581

)

7,261

Credit losses on investments

(70

)

(596

)

Policy fee income

895

811

2,571

2,406

Gain on involuntary conversion

36,969

36,969

Other

421

501

1,591

1,370

Total revenue

104,027

59,979

240,124

179,243

Expenses

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

51,743

27,327

119,664

78,616

Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses

14,210

10,988

39,027

30,738

General and administrative personnel expenses

9,871

7,951

27,969

23,313

Interest expense

2,856

2,907

8,846

10,128

Loss on repurchases of convertible senior notes

150

Loss on extinguishment of debt

98

98

Other operating expenses

3,713

3,087

10,354

9,131

Total operating expenses

82,491

52,260

206,108

151,926

Income before income taxes

21,536

7,719

34,016

27,317

Income tax expense

6,146

1,866

9,143

7,173

Net income

$

15,390

$

5,853

$

24,873

$

20,144

Basic earnings per share

$

1.97

$

0.73

$

3.21

$

2.49

Diluted earnings per share

$

1.70

$

0.73

$

3.03

$

2.49

Dividends per share

$

0.40

$

0.40

$

1.20

$

1.20

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

Nine Months Ended

GAAP

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Income

Shares

Per Share

Income

Shares

Per Share

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

Net income

$

15,390

$

24,873

Less: Income attributable to participating securities

(865

)

(1,309

)

Basic Earnings Per Share:

Income allocated to common stockholders

14,525

7,356

$

1.97

23,564

7,350

$

3.21

Effect of Dilutive Securities:

Stock options

37

17

Convertible senior notes

1,903

2,284

5,787

2,330

Diluted Earnings Per Share:

Income available to common stockholders and
assumed conversions

$

16,428

9,677

$

1.70

$

29,351

9,697

$

3.03

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

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

GAAP Net income

$

15,390

$

24,873

Net unrealized investment losses (gains)

$

(1,340

)

$

581

Less: Tax effect at 24.52182%

$

329

$

(142

)

Net adjustment to Net income

$

(1,011

)

$

439

Non-GAAP Adjusted Net income

$

14,379

$

25,312

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

Nine Months Ended

Non-GAAP

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Income

Shares

Per Share

Income

Shares

Per Share

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

(Numerator)

(Denominator)

Amount

Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)

$

14,379

$

25,312

Less: Income attributable to participating securities

(808

)

(1,333

)

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

Income allocated to common stockholders

13,571

7,356

$

1.85

23,979

7,350

$

3.26

Effect of Dilutive Securities:

Stock options

37

17

Convertible senior notes

1,903

2,284

5,787

2,330

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

Income available to common stockholders and
assumed conversions

$

15,474

9,677

$

1.60

$

29,766

9,697

$

3.07

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

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

GAAP diluted Earnings Per Share

$

1.70

$

3.03

Net unrealized investment losses (gains)

$

(0.14

)

$

0.06

Less: Tax effect at 24.52182%

$

0.04

$

(0.02

)

Net adjustment to GAAP diluted EPS

$

(0.10

)

$

0.04

Non-GAAP Adjusted diluted EPS

$

1.60

$

3.07