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Maiden Holdings, Ltd. Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (MHLD) ("Maiden" or the "Company") today reported a first quarter 2019 net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $36.6 million or $0.44 per diluted common share, compared to a net income attributable to Maiden common shareholders of $13.7 million or $0.16 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2018. The non-GAAP operating loss(11) was $26.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted common share compared with a non-GAAP operating income of $5.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2018.

Maiden's book value per common share(1) was $1.44 at March 31, 2019, an increase of 33.3% from December 31, 2018.

Consolidated Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, gross premiums written were $(561.1) million, compared to $623.3 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to the termination of both quota share contracts in the AmTrust Reinsurance segment and the return of unearned premiums on certain lines covered by the Partial Termination Agreement with AmTrust. As previously reported, both terminations were effective January 1, 2019. Net premiums earned were $183.1 million in first quarter 2019, compared to $516.8 million in first quarter 2018 due to the combined impact of the terminated quota share contracts within the AmTrust Reinsurance segment and non-renewals in Maiden's European Capital Solutions business and a reduction in the German Auto programs produced by the Company's IIS unit within its Diversified Reinsurance segment.

First quarter 2019 net loss and loss adjustment expenses decreased to $152.7 million from $353.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, due primarily to lower earned premiums for the AmTrust Reinsurance segment. The first quarter 2019 loss ratio(6) was 83.0% compared to 67.9% reported in first quarter 2018. The increase in the loss ratio was primarily due to a change in the mix of business resulting from the Partial Termination Amendment entered into with AmTrust. Prior year adverse loss development was $7.3 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $9.8 million for the same period in 2018.

Commission and other acquisition expenses decreased to $69.6 million in first quarter 2019, from $166.6 million in the first quarter of 2018 due to significantly lower earned premiums resulting from the terminations in the AmTrust Reinsurance segment. The commission and other acquisition expense ratio increased 5.9 points to 37.9% for the first quarter of 2019 from 32.0% for the same period in 2018 as a result of the additional ceding commission agreed to as part of the Partial Termination Amendment with AmTrust.

General and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2019 totaled $15.9 million, compared to $15.7 million in the first quarter of 2018. Non-recurring expenses were $3.0 million during the first quarter of 2019, primarily related to salaries and related benefits for headcount reductions occurring in 2019. The general and administrative expense ratio(8) in the first quarter of 2019 increased to 8.7% from 3.0% in first quarter 2018 primarily as a result of lower earned premiums, while the total expense ratio(9) was 46.6% in first quarter 2019 compared with 35.0% for the same period last year.

The combined ratio(10) for first quarter 2019 totaled 129.6%, compared with 102.9% in first quarter 2018.

First quarter 2019 net investment income decreased modestly to $32.0 million from $32.9 million in the first quarter of 2018 largely due to the decline in average yield to 3.1% from 3.2% in the same period in 2018.

Additional information regarding the Company’s results of operations can be found in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filing made concurrent with this news release.

Quarterly Dividends

The Company's Board of Directors did not authorize any quarterly dividends related to either its common shares or any series of its preferred shares. Additional information regarding the Company’s dividends can be found in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filing made concurrent with this news release.

Other Financial Matters

Total assets were $4.6 billion at March 31, 2019, compared to $5.3 billion at December 31, 2018. Shareholders' equity was $584.3 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $554.3 million at December 31, 2018.

(1)(11) Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table for additional information on these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliation of these measures to GAAP measures.

(6)(7)(8)(9)(10) Loss ratio, commission and other acquisition expense ratio, general and administrative expense ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio are non-GAAP operating metrics. Please see the additional information on these measures under Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables.

About Maiden Holdings, Ltd.

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based holding company formed in 2007. The Company is focused on serving the needs of regional and specialty insurers in Europe and select other global markets by providing innovative reinsurance solutions designed to support their capital needs.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that actual developments will be those anticipated by the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including non-receipt of the expected payments, changes in interest rates, effect of the performance of financial markets on investment income and fair values of investments, developments of claims and the effect on loss reserves, accuracy in projecting loss reserves, the impact of competition and pricing environments, changes in the demand for the Company's products, the effect of general economic conditions and unusual frequency of storm activity, adverse state and federal legislation, regulations and regulatory investigations into industry practices, developments relating to existing agreements, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. In addition, the Company may not be able to complete the proposed transaction with Enstar on the terms summarized above or other acceptable terms, or at all, due to a number of factors, including but not limited to failure to obtain governmental and regulatory approvals or to satisfy other closing conditions. Additional information about these risks and uncertainties, as well as others that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected is contained in Item 1A. Risk Factors in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 as updated in periodic filings with the SEC. However these factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

       
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands (000's), except per share data)
 
March 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
(Unaudited) (Audited)
Assets

Fixed maturities, available-for-sale, at fair value (Amortized cost 2019: $3,130,981 ; 2018:
$3,109,980)

$ 3,131,934 $ 3,051,568
Fixed maturities, held-to-maturity, at amortized cost (Fair value 2018: $998,012) - 1,015,681
Other investments, at fair value   24,693   23,716
Total investments 3,156,627 4,090,965
Cash and cash equivalents 89,521 200,841
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 42,334 130,148
Accrued investment income 27,788 27,824
Reinsurance balances receivable, net 72,867 67,308
Loan to related party 167,975 167,975
Deferred commission and other acquisition expenses, net 161,976 388,442
Funds withheld receivable 652,087 27,039
Other assets 14,729 12,443
Assets held for sale   177,452   174,475
Total Assets $ 4,563,356 $ 5,287,460
Liabilities and Equity
Liabilities
Reserve for loss and loss adjustment expenses $ 2,980,113 $ 3,055,976
Unearned premiums 455,175 1,200,419
Reinsurance balances payable, net 117,943 52,594
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 12,087 12,900
Senior notes - principal amount 262,500 262,500
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs   7,753   7,806
Senior notes, net   254,747   254,694
Liabilities held for sale   159,002   155,961
Total Liabilities   3,979,067   4,732,544
Commitments and Contingencies
Equity
Preference Shares 465,000 465,000
Common shares 881 879
Additional paid-in capital 750,670 749,418
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (220) (65,616)
Accumulated deficit (600,527) (563,891)
Treasury shares, at cost   (31,515)   (31,515)
Total Maiden Shareholders’ Equity 584,289 554,275
Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries   -   641
Total Equity   584,289   554,916
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 4,563,356 $ 5,287,460
 
 
Book value per common share(1) $ 1.44 $ 1.08
 
Common shares outstanding 83,064,173 82,948,577
 
 
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands (000's), except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended March 31,

2019

2018

Revenues:
Gross premiums written $ (561,139) $ 623,328
Net premiums written $ (561,530) $ 622,651
Change in unearned premiums   744,632   (105,838)
Net premiums earned 183,102 516,813
Other insurance revenue 750 3,726
Net investment income 32,022 32,869
Net realized (losses) gains on investment (11,101) 357
Total revenues   204,773   553,765
Expenses:
Net loss and loss adjustment expenses 152,689 353,206
Commission and other acquisition expenses 69,617 166,628
General and administrative expenses   15,939   15,671
Total expenses   238,245   535,505
Non-GAAP (loss) income from operations(2)   (33,472)   18,260
Other expenses:
Interest and amortization expenses (4,829) (4,829)
Foreign exchange and other gains (losses)   4,979   (2,407)
Total other expenses   150   (7,236)
(Loss) income before income taxes (33,322) 11,024
Less: income tax benefit   (38)   (1,324)
Net (loss) income from continuing operations (33,284) 12,348
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income tax   (3,352)   9,995
Net (loss) income (36,636) 22,343
Net income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests   -   (71)
Net (loss) income attributable to Maiden (36,636) 22,272
Dividends on preference shares(3)   -   (8,545)
Net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders $ (36,636) $ 13,727

Basic (loss) earnings from continuing operations per share attributable to Maiden common
shareholders

$ (0.40) $ 0.05

Basic (loss) earnings from discontinued operations per share attributable to Maiden common
shareholders

  (0.04)   0.12
Basic (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders $ (0.44) $ 0.17

Diluted (loss) earnings from continuing operations per share attributable to Maiden common
shareholders(15)

$ (0.40) $ 0.04

Diluted (loss) earnings from discontinued operations per share attributable to Maiden
common shareholders(15)

  (0.04)   0.12
Diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders(15) $ (0.44) $ 0.16
Dividends declared per common share $ - $ 0.15
Annualized return on average common equity -142.5% 7.6%
Weighted average number of common shares - basic 82,965,156 83,040,413
Adjusted weighted average number of common shares and assumed conversions - diluted(15) 82,965,156 83,318,542
 
                 
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Supplemental Financial Data - Segment Information
(in thousands (000's))
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

Diversified
Reinsurance

AmTrust
Reinsurance

Other Total
Gross premiums written $ 15,338 $ (576,477) $ - $ (561,139)
Net premiums written $ 14,947 $ (576,477) $ - $ (561,530)
Net premiums earned $ 25,292 $ 157,810 $ - $ 183,102
Other insurance revenue 750 - - 750
Net loss and loss adjustment expenses ("loss and LAE") (14,391) (138,070) (228) (152,689)
Commissions and other acquisition expenses (9,261) (60,356) - (69,617)
General and administrative expenses(4)   (3,031)   (1,266)   -   (4,297)
Underwriting loss(5) $ (641) $ (41,882) $ (228) $ (42,751)
 
Reconciliation to net loss from continuing operations
Net investment income and realized losses on investment 20,921
Interest and amortization expenses (4,829)
Foreign exchange and other gains 4,979
Other general and administrative expenses(4) (11,642)
Income tax benefit   38
Net loss from continuing operations $ (33,284)
 
 
Net loss and LAE ratio(6)   55.3%   87.5%   83.0%
Commission and other acquisition expense ratio(7) 35.6% 38.2% 37.9%
General and administrative expense ratio(8)   11.6%   0.8%   8.7%
Expense ratio(9)   47.2%   39.0%   46.6%
Combined ratio(10)   102.5%   126.5%   129.6%
 
 
 
 
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Diversified
Reinsurance

AmTrust
Reinsurance

Other Total
Gross premiums written $ 49,400 $ 573,928 $ - $ 623,328
Net premiums written $ 48,271 $ 574,380 $ - $ 622,651
Net premiums earned $ 25,515 $ 491,298 $ - $ 516,813
Other insurance revenue 3,726 - - 3,726
Net loss and LAE (15,899) (337,307) - (353,206)
Commissions and other acquisition expenses (9,312) (157,316) - (166,628)
General and administrative expenses(4)   (4,481)   (920)   -   (5,401)
Underwriting loss(5) $ (451) $ (4,245) $ - $ (4,696)
 
Reconciliation to net income from continuing operations
Net investment income and realized gains on investment 33,226
Interest and amortization expenses (4,829)
Foreign exchange losses (2,407)
Other general and administrative expenses(4) (10,270)
Income tax benefit   1,324
Net income from continuing operations $ 12,348
 
Net loss and LAE ratio(6)   54.4%   68.7%   67.9%
Commission and other acquisition expense ratio(7) 31.8% 32.0% 32.0%
General and administrative expense ratio(8)   15.3%   0.2%   3.0%
Expense ratio(9)   47.1%   32.2%   35.0%
Combined ratio(10)   101.5%   100.9%   102.9%
 
     
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Non - GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands (000's), except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
For the Three Months Ended March 31,
2019 2018
Non-GAAP operating (loss) income attributable to Maiden common shareholders(11) $ (26,934) $ 5,782
Non-GAAP basic and diluted operating (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders $ (0.32) $ 0.07
Annualized non-GAAP operating return on average common equity(12) -104.7% 3.2%
 

Reconciliation of net (loss) income attributable to Maiden common shareholders to non-GAAP operating (loss)
income attributable to Maiden common shareholders:

Net (loss) income attributable to Maiden common shareholders $ (36,636) $ 13,727
Add (subtract)
Net realized losses (gains) on investment 11,101 (357)
Foreign exchange and other (gains) losses (4,979) 2,407
Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of income tax 3,352 (9,995)
Divested NGHC Quota Share run-off   228   -
Non-GAAP operating (loss) income attributable to Maiden common shareholders(11) $ (26,934) $ 5,782
 
Weighted average number of common shares - basic 82,965,156 83,040,413
Adjusted weighted average number of common shares and assumed conversions - diluted(15) 82,965,156 83,318,542
 

Reconciliation of diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders to non-GAAP
diluted operating (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders:

Diluted (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders $ (0.44) $ 0.16
 
Add (subtract)
Net realized losses (gains) on investment 0.13 -
Foreign exchange and other (gains) losses (0.06) 0.03
Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of income tax 0.04 (0.12)
Divested NGHC Quota Share run-off   0.01   -
Non-GAAP diluted operating (loss) earnings per share attributable to Maiden common shareholders $ (0.32) $ 0.07
 
Reconciliation of net (loss) income attributable to Maiden to non-GAAP (loss) income from operations:
Net (loss) income attributable to Maiden $ (36,636) $ 22,272
Add (subtract)
Foreign exchange and other (gains) losses (4,979) 2,407
Interest and amortization expenses 4,829 4,829
Income tax benefit (38) (1,324)

Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of income tax

3,352

(9,995)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

-

 

71

Non-GAAP (loss) income from operations(2) $ (33,472) $ 18,260
 
               
Maiden Holdings, Ltd.
Non - GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands (000's), except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
March 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Investable assets:
Total investments $ 3,156,627 $ 4,090,965
Cash and cash equivalents 89,521 200,841
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 42,334 130,148
Loan to related party 167,975 167,975
Funds withheld       652,087   27,039
Total investable assets(13) $     4,108,544 $ 4,616,968
 
March 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Capital:
Preference shares $ 465,000 $ 465,000
Common shareholders' equity       119,289   89,275
Total Maiden shareholders' equity 584,289 554,275
2016 Senior Notes 110,000 110,000
2013 Senior Notes       152,500   152,500
Total capital resources(14) $     846,789 $ 816,775
 
(1) Book value per common share is calculated using Maiden common shareholders’ equity (shareholders' equity excluding the aggregate liquidation value of our preference shares) divided by the number of common shares outstanding.
 
(2) Non-GAAP (loss) income from operations is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net loss attributable to Maiden excluding foreign exchange and other gains and losses, interest and amortization expenses, income tax expense, net income or loss attributable to noncontrolling interest and loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss). The Company’s management believes that non-GAAP (loss) income from operations is a useful measure of the Company’s underlying earnings fundamentals based on its underwriting and investment income before financing costs. This (loss) income from operations enables readers of this information to more clearly understand the essential operating results of the Company. The Company’s measure of non-GAAP (loss) income from operations may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
 
(3) Dividends on preference shares consist of $0 and $3,094 paid to Preference shares - Series A for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, $0 and $2,939 paid to Preference shares - Series C for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and $0 and $2,512 paid to Preference shares - Series D for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
 
(4) Underwriting related general and administrative expenses is a non-GAAP measure and includes expenses which are segregated for analytical purposes as a component of underwriting income.
 
(5) Underwriting loss is a non-GAAP measure and is calculated as net premiums earned plus other insurance revenue less net loss and LAE, commission and other acquisition expenses and general and administrative expenses directly related to underwriting activities. Management believes that this measure is important in evaluating the underwriting performance of the Company and its segments. This measure is also a useful tool to measure the profitability of the Company separately from the investment results and is also a widely used performance indicator in the insurance industry.
 
(6) Calculated by dividing net loss and LAE by the sum of net premiums earned and other insurance revenue.
 
(7) Calculated by dividing commission and other acquisition expenses by the sum of net premiums earned and other insurance revenue.
 
(8) Calculated by dividing general and administrative expenses by the sum of net premiums earned and other insurance revenue.
 
(9) Calculated by adding together the commission and other acquisition expense ratio and general and administrative expense ratio.
 
(10) Calculated by adding together the net loss and LAE ratio and the expense ratio.
 
(11) Non-GAAP operating (loss) income is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net loss attributable to Maiden common shareholders excluding realized and unrealized investment gains and losses, foreign exchange and other gains and losses, Divested NGHC Quota Share run-off and loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax and should not be considered as an alternative to net loss. The Company's management believes that non-GAAP operating (loss) income is a useful indicator of trends in the Company's underlying operations. The Company's measure of non-GAAP operating (loss) income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
 
(12) Non-GAAP operating return on average common equity is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management uses non-GAAP operating return on average common shareholders' equity as a measure of profitability that focuses on the return to Maiden common shareholders. It is calculated using non-GAAP operating (loss) income attributable to Maiden common shareholders divided by average Maiden common shareholders' equity.
 
(13) Investable assets is the total of the Company's investments, cash and cash equivalents, funds withheld receivable and loan to a related party.
 
(14) Total capital resources is the sum of the Company's principal amount of debt and Maiden shareholders' equity.
 
(15) During a period of loss, the basic weighted average common shares outstanding is used in the denominator of the diluted loss per common share computation as the effect of including potential dilutive shares would be anti-dilutive.
 

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