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Trisura Group Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

TORONTO, Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trisura Group Ltd. (“Trisura” or “Trisura Group”) (TSU.TO), a leading international specialty insurance provider, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2019.

David Clare, President and CEO of Trisura, stated, “In Q3, Trisura Group Ltd. generated net income of $2.5 million, driven by strong performance from our specialty P&C platforms in North America.

In Canada, consistent underwriting and enhanced investment returns yielded a 19.1% TTM ROE. Our U.S. platform continued its trajectory of growth, with net income of $1.4 million alongside GPW of $71.2 million.

Declining interest rates in Europe drove strengthening in our reinsurance annuity reserves, offset by improved investment income as well as the adoption of a reserving methodology consistent with Solvency II.”

Highlights

  • Gross and net premiums written growth of 99.6% and 24.5% in Q3 2019, supported by strong momentum in our U.S. business and continued growth in Canada.
  • Q3 2019 net income of $2.5 million, driven by strong underwriting performance and investment income in Canada and the U.S., offset by an increase in our reinsurance reserves due to a decrease in European interest rates.
  • Consolidated Trailing Twelve Months (“TTM”) ROE of 1.9% at September 30, 2019, compared to 5.6% at September 30, 2018. Excluding the impact of our reinsurance business in 2019, consolidated TTM ROE is approximately 8.5%.
  • Successfully completed a $55.7 million equity raise to sustain growth in the US, and further improve asset liability matching in our reinsurance company, supported by existing and new shareholders.
  • Stable results from our Canadian business, achieving a 92.6% combined ratio, driving a 19.1% TTM ROE.
  • Accelerating premium generation in our US fronting platform, with $71.2 million in GPW, and increasing earned fee income generating consistent profitability.
  • Basic and diluted EPS of $0.37 in Q3 2019, compared to $0.62 in Q3 2018; $0.29 per share when adjusted for the share count at quarter end.
  • Book value per share of $21.41, a 10.6% increase over September 30, 2018.
Amounts in millions of Canadian dollars Q3 2019   Q3 2018   Variance   Q3 2019 YTD   Q3 2018 YTD   Variance  
Gross Premiums Written 114.4   57.3   99.6%   305.1   150.8   102.3%  
Net Premiums Written 37.4   30.1   24.5%   103.0   84.4   22.1%  
Net Underwriting (Loss) Income (6.6)   2.1   nm   (23.8)   3.3   nm  
Net Investment Income 10.0   3.6   174.6%   20.7   7.6   171.1%  
Net Income 2.5   4.2   (38.9%)   0.9   7.0   (86.8%)  
Earnings Per Common Share - basic, $ 0.37   0.62   (40.4%)   0.13   1.05   (87.8%)  
Adjusted Earnings Per Common Share, $* 0.29   n/a   n/a   0.10   n/a   n/a  
Book Value Per Share, $ 21.41   19.35   10.6%   21.41   19.35   10.6%  
Debt-to-Capital Ratio 13.6%   18.8%   (5.2pts)   13.6%   18.8%   (5.2pts)  
ROE TTM 1.9%   5.6%   (3.7pts)   1.9%   5.6%   (3.7pts)  
Combined Ratio - Canadian Specialty P&C 92.6%   85.5%   7.1pts   89.5%   87.2%   2.3pts  
Canadian Specialty P&C ROE - TTM 19.1%   15.8%   3.3pts   19.1%   15.8%   3.3pts  

* Net income attributable to common shareholders for the reporting period divided by the ending number of common shares as at the reporting date

Underwriting

  • Stable performance from our Canadian operations, achieving NPE growth of 10.7% and a 92.6% combined ratio supported by strong underwriting across all lines.
  • Accelerating premium growth in our U.S. platform, with GPW of $71.2 million in Q3 2019 compared to $55.5 million in Q2 2019. Earned fee income of $2.4 million, compared to $1.5 million in Q2 2019, helped support annualized quarterly ROE of 8.3%.
  • Weakening interest rates in Europe drove reserve strengthening in our reinsurance subsidiary, partially offset by investment income.
  • Adoption of a new reserving methodology, consistent with Solvency II, resulted in $5.8 million reduction in reserves.

Capital

  • The minimum capital test (“MCT”) ratio of our Canadian subsidiary was 233% (239% as at December 31, 2018), which comfortably exceeds regulatory requirements of 150%.
  • Trisura Specialty’s capital of $60.2 million USD as at September 30, 2019 ($48.8 million USD as at December 31, 2018) was in excess of the minimum requirement of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
  • Trisura International’s capital of $14.5 million USD as at September 30, 2019 ($21.1 million USD as at December 31, 2018) was sufficient to meet the FSC’s regulatory capital requirement.
  • Consolidated debt-to-capital ratio of 13.6% as at September 30, 2019 is below our long-term target of 20%.
  • AM Best affirmed the Financial Strength Rating A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Credit Rating of “a-” of Trisura Guarantee and Trisura Specialty. The outlook of these Credit Ratings remains stable.

Investments

  • Net investment income of $10.0 million in Q3 2019 compared to $3.6 million in Q3 2018, driven by deployment of reinsurance assets into long-dated European government bonds, which generated strong results in a declining interest rate environment.
  • In Canada, interest and dividend income increased 42.4% over the prior period as we continued to benefit from the reallocation of the Canadian portfolio.
  • In the fourth quarter we continued to deploy reinsurance capital into long-dated European government bonds which has further improved our asset liability matching, as well as increasing our expected interest income.

Corporate Development

  • On June 22, Trisura applied for approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to acquire control of 21st Century Preferred Insurance Company. The company is a shell entity, with 13 admitted state licenses that will enhance the offering of our US fronting platform.
  • Regulatory approval was received on October 22, and the transaction closed November 1.

About Trisura Group

Trisura Group Ltd. is an international specialty insurance provider operating in the surety, risk solutions, corporate insurance and reinsurance segments of the market. Trisura has three principal regulated subsidiaries: Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company in Canada, Trisura Specialty Insurance Company in the U.S. and Trisura International Insurance Ltd. in Barbados. Trisura Group is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU”.

Further information is available at http://www.trisura.com/group. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Details regarding the operations of Trisura Group are also set forth in regulatory filings. A copy of the filings may be obtained on Trisura Group’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

For more information, please contact:
Name: Bryan Sinclair
Tel: 416 607 2135
Email: bryan.sinclair@trisura.com


Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

As at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)

As at September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018  
Cash and cash equivalents 131,913   95,212  
Investments 340,130   282,874  
Premiums and accounts receivable, and other assets 72,504   46,276  
Deferred acquisition costs 91,912   63,715  
Recoverable from reinsurers 238,872   109,567  
Capital assets and intangible assets 10,201   2,512  
Deferred tax assets 1,361   826  
Total assets 886,893   600,982  
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities 33,719   24,167  
Reinsurance premiums payable 62,750   41,406  
Unearned premiums 285,268   182,623  
Unearned reinsurance commissions 40,932   19,137  
Unpaid claims and loss adjustment expenses 245,693   173,997  
Loan payable 29,700   29,700  
Total liabilities 698,062   471,030  
Shareholders' equity 188,831   129,952  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 886,893   600,982  


Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
For the three and nine months ended September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)

  Q3 2019 Q3 2018 Q3 2019 YTD Q3 2018 YTD
Gross premiums written 114,354   57,282   305,050   150,767  
Net premiums written 37,429   30,072   102,972   84,361  
Net premiums earned 29,719   25,281   77,794   65,826  
Fee income 2,530   370   8,631   4,049  
Total underwriting revenue 32,249   25,651   86,425   69,875  
Net claims (18,092)   (4,583)   (49,249)   (13,482)  
Net commissions (10,265)   (8,313)   (27,839)   (23,358)  
Premium taxes (1,491)   (1,418)   (3,889)   (3,480)  
Operating expenses (9,020)   (9,245)   (29,237)   (26,250)  
Net claims and expenses (38,868)   (23,559)   (110,214)   (66,570)  
Net underwriting (loss) income (6,619)   2,092   (23,789)   3,305  
Net investment income 9,991   3,639   20,679   7,628  
Settlement from structured insurance assets -   -   8,077   -  
Foreign exchange gains (losses) 512   171   1,096   (153)  
Interest expense (333)   (243)   (1,020)   (709)  
Income before income taxes 3,551   5,659   5,043   10,071  
Income tax expense (1,008)   (1,499)   (4,121)   (3,064)  
Net income 2,543   4,160   922   7,007  
Other comprehensive income (loss) 1,048   (2,712)   1,996   (468)  
Comprehensive income 3,591   1,448   2,918   6,539  


Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the three and nine months ended September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)

  Q3 2019 Q3 2018 Q3 2019 YTD Q3 2018 YTD
Net income from operating activities 2,543   4,160   922   7,007  
Non-cash items to be deducted (348)   529   (1,508)   2,918  
Stock options granted 146   (72)   364   171  
Change in working capital operating items 25,704   9,255   39,982   7,010  
Realized gains on AFS investments (1,054)   (1,083)   (2,800)   (782)  
Income taxes paid (592)   (426)   (2,459)   (2,367)  
Interest paid (350)   (256)   (1,056)   (725)  
Net cash from operating activities 26,049   12,107   33,445   13,232  
Proceeds on disposal of investments 13,098   49,607   41,647   81,725  
Purchases of investments (27,832)   (55,982)   (91,076)   (160,731)  
Net purchases of capital and intangible assets (104)   (269)   (408)   (584)  
Net cash used in investing activities (14,838)   (6,644)   (49,837)   (79,590)  
Dividends paid (24)   (24)   (72)   (72)  
Shares issued 55,669     55,669    
Issuance of new loan payable -   -   -   29,700  
Repayment of loan payable -   -   -   (29,700)  
Principal portion of lease payments (265)   -   (760)   -  
Net cash from (used in) financing activities 55,380   (24)   54,837   (72)  
Net increase (decrease) in cash 66,591   5,439   38,445   (66,430)  
Cash at beginning of the period 64,949   97,739   95,212   165,675  
Currency translation 373   (490)   (1,744)   3,443  
Cash at the end of the period 131,913   102,688   131,913   102,688  


Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information

Note: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities regulations. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, include statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of Trisura Group, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods, and include words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “seeks,” “intends,” “targets,” “projects,” “forecasts” or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would” and “could.”

Although we believe that our anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements and information are based upon reasonable assumptions and expectations, the reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Trisura Group to differ materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and information.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or implied by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the impact or unanticipated impact of general economic, political and market factors in the countries in which we do business; the behavior of financial markets, including fluctuations in interest and foreign exchange rates; global equity and capital markets and the availability of equity and debt financing and refinancing within these markets; strategic actions including dispositions; the ability to complete and effectively integrate acquisitions into existing operations and the ability to attain expected benefits; changes in accounting policies and methods used to report financial condition (including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates); the ability to appropriately manage human capital; the effect of applying future accounting changes; business competition; operational and reputational risks; technological change; changes in government regulation and legislation within the countries in which we operate; governmental investigations; litigation; changes in tax laws; ability to collect amounts owed; catastrophic events, such as earthquakes and hurricanes; the possible impact of international conflicts and other developments including terrorist acts and cyber terrorism; and other risks and factors detailed from time to time in our documents filed with the securities regulators in Canada.

We caution that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Except as required by law, Trisura Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether written or oral, that may be as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.