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Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results



HAMILTON, Bermuda , March 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq: SG) ("Sirius Group" or the "Company") today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019. The Company reported a comprehensive (loss) of $(117) million for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to $(136) million for the fourth quarter of 2018. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the comprehensive loss was $(82) million compared to a comprehensive loss of $(80) million for the year ended December 31, 2018. Book value per common share was $14.23 as of December 31, 2019 compared to $14.80 as of December 31, 2018, a decrease of 3.9%.

Adjusted book value per share (1) was $14.57 as of December 31, 2019, compared to $15.24 as of December 31, 2018, a decrease of 4.4%. Adjusted tangible book value per share (1) was $10.22 as of December 31, 2019, compared to $10.76 as of December 31, 2018, a decrease of 5.0%.

"Although we made substantial progress on our global reorganization during the year, our 2019 financial results were overwhelmed by underwriting losses mainly in our Property lines," said Kip Oberting , President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Group. "Regarding our ownership situation, we have been working hard in developing actionable alternatives. This includes, but is not limited to, alternatives that could enhance the Company's capital position and demonstrate financial flexibility. We recently announced that we have engaged Barclays to assist in a path forward. We have a 75-year history in this business, and we've successfully managed through past storms and transitions. We are confident that this time will be no different."

  • Net (loss) attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $(137) million . Basic and diluted earnings per common share was $(1.19) . This compares to net (loss) attributable to common shareholders of $(154) million and basic and diluted earnings per common share of $(1.31) for the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • For the year ended December 31, 2019, net (loss) attributable to common shareholders was $(38) million . Basic earnings per common share was $(0.33) and diluted earnings per common share was $(0.37) . This compares to a net (loss) attributable to common shareholders of $(43) million and basic and diluted earnings per common share of $(0.36) for the year ended December 31, 2018.
  • For the fourth quarter of 2019, Operating (loss) attributable to common shareholders (1) was $(96) million compared to an Operating (loss) attributable to common shareholders of $(106) million for the fourth quarter of 2018. For the year ended December 31, 2019, Operating (loss) attributable to common shareholders was $(162) million compared to an Operating (loss) attributable to common shareholders of $(56) million for 2018.

"The fourth quarter result was negatively impacted by losses in our Global Property segment, including $65 million from Typhoon Hagabis as well as $20 million of losses from riots in Chile ," commented Ralph Salamone , Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sirius Group.  "On the positive side, our investment portfolio performed well for the year with a 5.2% return. In January 2020 our Sirius Global Solutions team completed an incoming run-off Loss Portfolio bringing on $70 million of assets and reserves, demonstrating their ability to deliver run-off solutions."


(1)   

Adjusted book value, Adjusted book value per share, Adjusted tangible book value, Adjusted tangible book value per share, and Operating (loss) attributable to common shareholders are non-GAAP financial measures. See accompanying Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Summary

Underwriting

Sirius Group's combined ratio was 121% for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 127% for the fourth quarter of 2018. The decrease in the combined ratio was mainly driven by lower current year catastrophe losses, partially offset by current accident year losses in the Global Property and Specialty & Casualty segments. The fourth quarter of 2019 included 19 points of current year catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, compared to 33 points of current year catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, for the fourth quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter of 2019 also included 4 points of net unfavorable prior year loss reserve development compared to 5 points of net unfavorable prior year loss reserve development for the fourth quarter of 2018.

  • Gross written premiums for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $380 million , an increase of 25% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by Specialty & Casualty ( $46 million ) and Global Property ( $41 million ).
  • Pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, were $75 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to $114 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Highlights by reportable segment for the fourth quarter of 2019 include the following:

For the year ended December 31, 2019, Sirius Group's combined ratio was 111% compared to 103% for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase in the combined ratio was driven primarily by net unfavorable prior year loss reserve development and higher current accident year losses in the Global Property and Specialty & Casualty segments. Sirius Group's 2019 combined ratio included 7 points of net unfavorable prior year loss reserve development compared to 1 point of net favorable prior year loss reserve development in 2018. The combined ratios for the years 2019 and 2018 included 13 points and 15 points, respectively, of current year catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums.

Gross written premiums for 2019 were $1,903 million , an increase of 5% compared to 2018, driven by increases in the Specialty & Casualty segment ( $132 million ) and the Global A&H segment ( $92 million ) partially offset by a decrease in the Global Property segment ( $114 million ).

  • Pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance and reinstatement premiums, amounted to $194 million for each of the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018.
  • Highlights by reportable segment for 2019 included the following:

Investments and Other

  • During the fourth quarter of 2019, the investment portfolio returned 0.4% in original currencies and 0.8% in U.S. Dollars.
  • For the year ended December 31, 2019 , the investment portfolio returned 5.2% in both original currencies and in U.S. Dollars.
  • Common shareholders' equity as of December 31, 2019 was $1,640 million compared to $1,705 million at December 31, 2018 . The decrease was primarily due to a comprehensive loss of $(82) million . Book value ended the fourth quarter of 2019 at $1,640 million compared to $1,705 million as of December 31, 2018 . Adjusted book value (1) ended the fourth quarter of 2019 at $1,868 million compared to $1,937 million as of December 31, 2018 .

Supplemental Materials

In addition to this press release, we have provided supplemental financial information relating to fourth quarter and full year results. Readers are encouraged to visit the "Financial Information" section of Sirius Group's website located at http://ir.siriusgroup.com to view the supplemental financial information.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting Sirius Group's results, management has included and discussed non-GAAP financial measures:  Adjusted book value, Adjusted book value per share, Adjusted tangible book value, Adjusted tangible book value per share, and Operating (loss) income attributable to common shareholders. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, which may be defined and calculated differently by other companies, better explain and enhance the understanding of the Company's results of operations. However, these measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (''GAAP''). A reconciliation of Adjusted book value, Adjusted book value per share, Adjusted tangible book value, Adjusted tangible book value per share, and Operating (loss) income attributable to common shareholders to the most comparable GAAP measures is included in the attached financial information in accordance with Regulation G.

About Sirius Group

Sirius Group, with $2.5 billion of total capital and roots dating back to 1945, is a global multi-line (re)insurer headquartered in Bermuda with a unique global branch network, including offices in Stockholm , New York and London. Sirius Group's success over the years has come from working with honest, capable partners. Sirius Group provides a fully diversified set of tailored risk products to clients in approximately 150 countries, including health and travel products to consumers through its two managing general underwriters, ArmadaCorp Capital, LLC and IMG, Inc. Sirius Group has been publicly traded since November 2018. You can learn more by visiting www.siriusgroup.com .

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

We have made statements in this press release that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about the future ownership, capital position and financial flexibility of the Company. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "outlook," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "target," "continue," "could," "may," "might," "will," "possible," "potential," "predict," "should," "would," "seeks," "likely," and other similar words and expressions, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Sirius Group and speak only as of the date of this document. There can be no assurance that future developments will be those that have been anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, Sirius Group's exposure to unpredictable catastrophic and casualty events and unexpected accumulations of attritional losses; increased competition from existing insurers and reinsurers and from alternative capital providers, such as insurance-linked funds and collateralized special purpose insurers; decreased demand for Sirius Group's insurance or reinsurance products, consolidation and cyclical changes in the insurance and reinsurance industry; the inherent uncertainty of estimating loss and loss adjustment expenses reserves, including asbestos and environmental reserves, and the possibility that such reserves may be inadequate to cover Sirius Group's ultimate liability for losses; a decline in or withdrawal of Sirius Group's operating subsidiaries' ratings with rating agencies; the exposure of Sirius Group's investments to interest rate, credit, equity risks and market volatility, which may limit Sirius Group's net income and may affect the adequacy of its capital and liquidity; losses related to cyber-attacks on Sirius Group's information technology systems; the impact of various risks associated with transacting business in foreign countries, including foreign currency exchange-rate risk and political risks on investments in, and revenues from, Sirius Group's operations outside the U.S.; the possibility that Sirius Group may become subject to additional onerous governmental or regulatory requirements or fail to comply with applicable regulatory and solvency requirements; Sirius Group's significant deferred tax assets may become materially impaired as a result of insufficient taxable income or a reduction in applicable corporate tax rates or other change in applicable tax law; a decrease in the fair value of Global A&H and/or Sirius Group's intangible assets may result in future impairments; the limited liquidity and trading of Sirius Group's securities; CMIG International Holding Pte. Ltd.'s status as a controlling shareholder, including its affiliates' liquidity issues, and actions taken by CMIG International Holding Pte. Ltd or any other parties in interest in connection with such liquidity issues including ownership changes;  Sirius Group's status as a publicly traded company, foreign private issuer and controlled company; the consequences of the written resolution of Sirius Group's controlling shareholder which may  prohibit the Board of Sirius Group from issuing any form of equity without shareholder approval; and other risks identified in Sirius Group's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 , subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the assumptions made by the management of Sirius Group prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, or new information, data or methods, future events or other circumstances after the date of this release.


 

Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018


(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except share information)

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2018


Unaudited


Assets



Fixed maturity investments, trading, at fair value (Amortized cost 2019: $1,656.6;
2018: $1,952.9)

$

1,681.0


$

1,949.2


Short-term investments, at fair value (Amortized cost 2019: $1,090.9; 2018:
$716.1)

1,085.2


715.5


Equity securities, trading, at fair value (Cost 2019: $379.2; 2018: $409.4)

405.2


380.0


Other long-term investments, at fair value (Cost 2019: $315.4; 2018: $337.6)

346.8


365.0


Cash

136.3


119.4


Restricted cash

14.3


12.8


Total investments and cash

3,668.8


3,541.9


Accrued investment income

11.2


14.1


Insurance and reinsurance premiums receivable

730.1


630.6


Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses

410.3


350.2


Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses

73.9


55.0


Funds held by ceding companies

293.9


186.8


Ceded unearned insurance and reinsurance premiums

162.0


159.8


Deferred acquisition costs

148.2


141.6


Deferred tax asset

166.7


202.5


Accounts receivable on unsettled investment sales

6.7


5.0


Goodwill

400.8


400.6


Intangible assets

179.8


195.6


Other assets

161.4


124.0


Total assets

$

6,413.8


$

6,007.7


Liabilities



Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves

$

2,331.5


$

2,016.7


Unearned insurance and reinsurance premiums

708.0


647.2


Ceded reinsurance payable

244.7


206.9


Funds held under reinsurance treaties

169.1


110.6


Deferred tax liability

205.9


237.4


Debt

685.2


696.8


Accounts payable on unsettled investment purchases

2.3


3.2


Other liabilities

201.3


150.5


Total liabilities

4,548.0


4,069.3


Commitments and contingencies



Mezzanine equity



Series B preference shares

223.0


232.2


Total mezzanine equity

223.0


232.2


Common shareholders' equity



Common shares (shares issued and outstanding, 2019: 115,299,341;
2018: 115,151,251)

1.2


1.2


Additional paid-in surplus

1,098.2


1,089.1


Retained earnings

778.5


816.6


Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)

(237.5)


(202.4)


Total common shareholders' equity

1,640.4


1,704.5


Non-controlling interests

2.4


1.7


Total equity

1,642.8


1,706.2


Total liabilities, mezzanine equity, and equity

$

6,413.8


$

6,007.7


 

 

 

Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of (Loss) (Unaudited)

For the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018



Three months ended
December 31

Years ended
 December 31

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except share and per share
information)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues





Net earned insurance and reinsurance premiums

$

384.8


$

347.8


$

1,441.6


$

1,262.3


Net investment income

17.4


19.6


84.7


71.4


Net realized investment gains (losses)

16.8


(5.7)


56.7


2.3


Net unrealized investment (losses) gains

(62.8)


(52.2)


80.6


(23.2)


Net foreign exchange (losses) gains

(1.7)


1.0


7.7


22.7


Revaluation of contingent consideration

(2.2)


9.6


(6.3)


9.6


Other revenue

(0.3)


16.7


55.1


112.7


Total revenues

352.0


336.8


1,720.1


1,457.8


Expenses





Loss and loss adjustment expenses

359.8


347.2


1,170.3


900.0


Insurance and reinsurance acquisition expenses

73.3


66.4


288.7


255.4


Other underwriting expenses

32.0


29.1


138.2


146.2


General and administrative expenses

29.2


19.9


109.8


77.9


Intangible asset amortization expenses

4.0


4.0


15.8


15.8


Impairment of intangible assets


8.0



8.0


Interest expense on debt

7.7


7.7


31.0


30.8


Total expenses

506.0


482.3


1,753.8


1,434.1


Pre-tax (loss) income

(154.0)


(145.5)


(33.7)


23.7


Income tax benefit (expense)

3.7


15.0


(11.9)


(40.4)


Net (loss)

(150.3)


(130.5)


(45.6)


(16.7)


Less: Income attributable to non-controlling interests

(0.1)


(0.5)


(1.7)


(1.4)


Net (loss) attributable to Sirius Group

(150.4)


(131.0)


(47.3)


(18.1)


Change in carrying value of Series B preference shares

13.1


(36.4)


9.2


(36.4)


Add: Gain on redemption of Series A redeemable preference shares


13.8



13.8


Less: Accrued dividends on Series A redeemable preference shares




(2.6)


Net (loss) attributable to Sirius Group's common shareholders

$

(137.3)


$

(153.6)


$

(38.1)


$

(43.3)







Net (loss) per common share and common share equivalent





Basic earnings per common share and common share equivalent

$

(1.19)


$

(1.31)


$

(0.33)


$

(0.36)


Diluted earnings per common share and common share equivalent

$

(1.19)


$

(1.31)


$

(0.37)


$

(0.36)


Weighted average number of common shares and common share
equivalents outstanding:





Basic weighted average number of common shares and common
share equivalents outstanding

115,258,327


117,040,026

115,234,105


119,253,924

Diluted weighted average number of common shares and common
share equivalents outstanding

115,258,327


117,040,026

127,135,775


119,253,924

 

 

 

Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) (Unaudited)

For the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018



Three months ended
December 31

Years ended
December 31

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Comprehensive (loss)





Net (loss)

$

(150.3)


$

(130.5)


$

(45.6)


$

(16.7)


Other comprehensive income (loss)





Change in foreign currency translation, net of tax

33.9


(4.7)


(35.1)


(61.9)


Total other comprehensive income (loss)

33.9


(4.7)


(35.1)


(61.9)


Comprehensive (loss)

(116.4)


(135.2)


(80.7)


(78.6)


Net (income) attributable to non-controlling interests

(0.1)


(0.5)


(1.7)


(1.4)


Comprehensive (loss) attributable to Sirius Group

$

(116.5)


$

(135.7)


$

(82.4)


$

(80.0)


 

 

 

Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd.

Consolidated Underwriting Results by Segment



Three months ended December 31, 2019

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

Global
Property

Global
A&H

Specialty &
Casualty

Runoff &
Other

Corporate
Elimination

Total

Gross written premiums

$

127.9


$

133.9


$

118.3


$

(0.5)


$


$

379.6


Net written premiums

$

89.1


$

98.0


$

105.7


$

1.0


$


$

293.8


Net earned insurance and reinsurance premiums

$

172.0


$

113.3


$

98.5


$

1.0


$


$

384.8


Loss and allocated LAE

(204.4)


(72.7)


(77.2)


2.6



(351.7)


Insurance and reinsurance acquisition expenses

(25.1)


(30.7)


(26.6)


(0.3)


9.4


(73.3)


Technical (loss) profit

(57.5)


9.9


(5.3)


3.3


9.4


(40.2)


Unallocated LAE

(1.2)


(1.9)


(2.2)


(0.1)


(2.7)


(8.1)


Other underwriting expenses

(16.0)


(4.9)


(7.5)


(1.3)


(2.3)


(32.0)


Underwriting (loss) income

(74.7)


3.1


(15.0)


1.9


4.4


(80.3)


Service fee revenue


26.6




(10.3)


16.3


Managing general underwriter unallocated LAE


(3.6)




3.6



Managing general underwriter other
underwriting expenses


(2.3)




2.3



General and administrative expenses, MGU +
Runoff & Other


(20.6)



(0.7)



(21.3)


Underwriting (loss) income, including net
service fee income

$

(74.7)


$

3.2


$

(15.0)


$

1.2


$


$

(85.3)









Underwriting Ratios (1) (2)







Loss ratio

119.5

%

65.8

%

80.6

%

NM

NM

93.5

%

Acquisition expense ratio

14.6

%

27.1

%

27.0

%

NM

NM

19.0

%

Other underwriting expense ratio

9.3

%

4.3

%

7.6

%

NM

NM

8.3

%

Combined ratio

143.4

%

97.2

%

115.2

%

NM

NM

120.8

%








(1)  Underwriting ratios are calculated by dividing the related expense by net earned insurance and reinsurance premiums.

(2)  Ratios considered not meaningful ("NM") to Runoff & Other and Corporate Eliminations.

 

 

 

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Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd.

Consolidated Underwriting Results by Segment



Year Ended December 31, 2019

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)

Global
Property

Global
A&H

Specialty &
Casualty

Runoff &
Other

Corporate
Elimination

Total

Gross written premiums

$

848.4


$

593.4


$

456.7


$