Greenlight Re Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, May 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (Nasdaq:GLRE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Greenlight Re reported a net loss of $24.0 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of $8.9 million for the same period in 2014. The net loss per share for the first quarter of 2015 was $0.65, compared to a net loss per share of $0.24 for the same period in 2014.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $30.09 as of March 31, 2015, a 9.0% increase from $27.61 per share as of March 31, 2014.

"We are pleased with the new business and relationships we developed during the first quarter," said Bart Hedges, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re. "At the same time, we continue to maintain our underwriting discipline in this competitive environment."

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 include:

  • Gross written premiums of $129.7 million, an increase from $118.9 million in the first quarter of 2014; net earned premiums were $94.8 million, a decrease from $111.7 million reported in the prior-year period.
  • Underwriting income of $4.7 million, compared to underwriting income of $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • A net investment loss of 1.8% on Greenlight Re's investment portfolio managed by DME Advisors, LP compared to a net investment loss of 0.7% in the first quarter of 2014.

"Our investment portfolio had a small loss during the quarter. We became more defensively positioned through the quarter as we anticipate earnings headwinds to manifest this year," stated David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "We are encouraged by the increase in underwriting activity during the quarter as we prudently develop new relationships."

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2015 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2015 Earnings Call, please dial in to the conference call at:

U.S. toll free 1-888-336-7152
International 1-412-902-4178

Telephone participants may avoid any delays by pre-registering for the call using the following link to receive a special dial-in number and PIN.

Conference Call registration link:

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 5, 2015 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 12, 2015. The replay of the call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S. toll free) or 1-412-317-0088 (international), access code 10064156. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company's website,

Regulation G

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share is a non-GAAP measure and represents basic adjusted book value per share combined with the impact from dilution of share based compensation including in-the-money stock options and RSUs as of any period end. Book value is adjusted by subtracting the amount of the non-controlling interest in joint venture from total shareholders' equity to calculate adjusted book value. We believe that long term growth in fully diluted adjusted book value per share is the most relevant measure of our financial performance. In addition, fully diluted adjusted book value per share may be of benefit to our investors, shareholders and other interested parties to form a basis of comparison with other companies within the reinsurance industry.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in the U.S. Federal securities laws. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include the impact of general economic conditions and conditions affecting the insurance and reinsurance industry, the adequacy of our reserves, our ability to assess underwriting risk, trends in rates for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, competition, investment market fluctuations, trends in insured and paid losses, catastrophes, regulatory and legal uncertainties and other factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.

Greenlight Re ( is a NASDAQ listed company with specialist property and casualty reinsurance companies based in the Cayman Islands and Ireland. Greenlight Re provides a variety of custom-tailored reinsurance solutions to the insurance, risk retention group, captive and financial marketplaces. Established in 2004, Greenlight Re selectively offers customized reinsurance solutions in markets where capacity and alternatives are limited. With a focus on deriving superior returns from both sides of the balance sheet, Greenlight Re's assets are managed according to a value-oriented equity-focused strategy that complements the Company's business goal of long-term growth in book value per share.

March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
March 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
(unaudited) (audited)
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value $ 47,338 $ 49,212
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 1,245,720 1,266,175
Other investments, at fair value 159,604 115,591
Total investments 1,452,662 1,430,978
Cash and cash equivalents 11,466 12,030
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 1,524,999 1,296,914
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value 41,482 47,171
Reinsurance balances receivable 137,597 151,185
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable 2,655 11,523
Deferred acquisition costs, net 42,554 34,420
Unearned premiums ceded 3,670 4,027
Notes receivable 30,115 1,566
Other assets 6,028 5,478
Total assets $ 3,253,228 $ 2,995,292
Liabilities and equity
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value $ 1,327,605 $ 1,090,731
Financial contracts payable, at fair value 40,312 44,592
Due to prime brokers 255,660 211,070
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 260,310 264,243
Unearned premium reserves 160,981 128,736
Reinsurance balances payable 11,940 40,372
Funds withheld 6,770 6,558
Other liabilities 19,002 14,949
Total liabilities 2,082,580 1,801,251
Preferred share capital (par value $0.10; authorized, 50,000,000; none issued)
Ordinary share capital (Class A: par value $0.10; authorized, 100,000,000; issued and outstanding, 31,266,732 (2014: 31,129,648): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,895 (2014: 6,254,895)) 3,752 3,738
Additional paid-in capital 501,587 500,553
Retained earnings 636,813 660,860
Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders 1,142,152 1,165,151
Non-controlling interest in joint venture 28,496 28,890
Total equity 1,170,648 1,194,041
Total liabilities and equity $ 3,253,228 $ 2,995,292
For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
2015 2014
Gross premiums written $ 129,682 $ 118,901
Gross premiums ceded (1,626) (5,940)
Net premiums written 128,056 112,961
Change in net unearned premium reserves (33,263) (1,272)
Net premiums earned 94,793 111,689
Net investment income (loss) (24,829) (10,150)
Other income (expense), net 1,588 182
Total revenues 71,552 101,721
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net 63,207 67,363
Acquisition costs, net 26,841 37,796
General and administrative expenses 6,160 6,200
Total expenses 96,208 111,359
Loss before income tax expense (24,656) (9,638)
Income tax (expense) benefit 215 560
Net loss including non-controlling interest (24,441) (9,078)
Loss attributable to non-controlling interest in joint venture 394 197
Net loss $ (24,047) $ (8,881)
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic $ (0.65) $ (0.24)
Diluted $ (0.65) $ (0.24)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings and loss per share
Basic 37,173,008 36,808,386
Diluted 37,173,008 36,808,386

The following table provides the ratios for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014:

Three months ended March 31
2015 2014
Frequency Severity Total Frequency Severity Total
Loss ratio 69.5% 29.8% 66.7% 62.8% 18.8% 60.3%
Acquisition cost ratio 28.9% 20.6% 28.3% 34.9% 16.1% 33.8%
Composite ratio 98.4% 50.4% 95.0% 97.7% 34.9% 94.1%
Internal expense ratio 5.2% 4.8%
Corporate expense ratio 1.3% 0.7%
Combined ratio 101.5% 99.6%

CONTACT: Garrett Edson ICR (203) 682-8331 Media: Brian Ruby ICR (203) 682-8268

Source:Greenlight Capital Re