Greenlight Re Announces Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. Greenlight Re reported a net loss of $219.7 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of $51.8 million for the same period in 2014. The net loss per share for the third quarter of 2015 was $5.98, compared to a net loss per share of $1.40 for the same period in 2014.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $23.29 as of September 30, 2015, a 20.1% decrease from $29.16 per share as of September 30, 2014.

"We are disappointed with our third quarter results as we reported losses on both our underwriting and investment portfolios," said Bart Hedges, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re. "We completed a review of our run-off book with the assistance of a third party expert and increased reserves on one contract. While these legacy contracts have negatively impacted our results, we are encouraged by the performance of our current underwriting portfolio."

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015 include:

  • Gross written premiums of $134.6 million, an increase from $97.2 million in the third quarter of 2014; net earned premiums were $102.0 million, an increase from $79.5 million reported in the prior-year period.
  • An underwriting loss of $27.6 million, compared to underwriting income of $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2014.
  • A composite ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 of 111.0% compared to 94.2% for the prior year period. The combined ratio for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was 117.4% compared to 100.6% for the prior year period.
  • A net investment loss of 14.2% on Greenlight Re's investment portfolio managed by DME Advisors, LP compared to a net investment loss of 3.7% in the third quarter of 2014. For the first nine months of 2015, the net investment loss was $236.5 million, representing a loss of 16.9%, compared to net investment income of $49.8 million during the comparable period in 2014 when Greenlight Re reported a 3.2% gain.
  • During the third quarter 2015, Greenlight Re repurchased 473,540 Class A ordinary shares at an average price of $28.41. Greenlight Re can repurchase up to an additional 1,386,460 Class A ordinary shares or securities convertible into Class A ordinary shares in the open market under its current share repurchase plan, which expires on June 30, 2016.

On October 23, 2015 A.M. Best affirmed Greenlight Re's rating of "A" (Excellent) but revised the outlook from stable to negative. A.M. Best has indicated that the negative outlook is driven by Greenlight Re's less favorable underwriting results in recent years which have fallen short of A.M. Best's expectations.

"During the third quarter of 2015, our investment portfolio was adversely affected by declining prices in three of our largest investments," stated David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "With the recent market decline, we have added modestly to our net long exposure."

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Third Quarter 2015 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Third 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 October 29, 2015 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on November 6, 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 10074449. 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.

September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
September 30, 2015 (unaudited) December 31, 2014 (audited)
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value $ 28,657 $ 49,212
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 966,755 1,266,175
Other investments, at fair value 108,125 115,591
Total investments 1,103,537 1,430,978
Cash and cash equivalents 99,351 12,030
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 1,046,157 1,296,914
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value 14,872 47,171
Reinsurance balances receivable 156,952 151,185
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable 3,253 11,523
Deferred acquisition costs, net 54,023 34,420
Unearned premiums ceded 2,680 4,027
Notes receivable 27,546 1,566
Other assets 6,008 5,478
Total assets $ 2,514,379 $ 2,995,292
Liabilities and equity
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value $ 800,105 $ 1,090,731
Financial contracts payable, at fair value 25,864 44,592
Due to prime brokers 266,975 211,070
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 302,165 264,243
Unearned premium reserves 189,945 128,736
Reinsurance balances payable 18,652 40,372
Funds withheld 6,428 6,558
Other liabilities 12,629 14,949
Total liabilities 1,622,763 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, 30,772,572 (2014: 31,129,648): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,895 (2014: 6,254,895)) 3,703 3,738
Additional paid-in capital 495,258 500,553
Retained earnings 368,392 660,860
Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders 867,353 1,165,151
Non-controlling interest in joint venture 24,263 28,890
Total equity 891,616 1,194,041
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,514,379 $ 2,995,292
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
Three months ended
September 30
Nine months ended
September 30
2015 2014 2015 2014
Gross premiums written $ 134,568 $ 97,200 $ 357,240 $ 249,755
Gross premiums ceded (2,288) (2,706) (5,782) (11,405)
Net premiums written 132,280 94,494 351,458 238,350
Change in net unearned premium reserves (30,286) (15,003) (62,986) 40,685
Net premiums earned 101,994 79,491 288,472 279,035
Net investment income (loss) (191,322) (54,027) (236,456) 49,755
Other income (expense), net (542) 2,664 (2,714) 1,445
Total revenues (89,870) 28,128 49,302 330,235
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net 97,421 53,028 237,281 177,035
Acquisition costs, net 32,146 22,478 82,926 85,844
General and administrative expenses 5,382 6,013 18,436 17,771
Total expenses 134,949 81,519 338,643 280,650
Income (loss) before income tax expense (224,819) (53,391) (289,341) 49,585
Income tax benefit 1,233 254 1,394 828
Net income (loss) including non-controlling interest (223,586) (53,137) (287,947) 50,413
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in joint venture 3,909 1,369 4,627 (1,509)
Net income (loss) $ (219,677) $ (51,768) $ (283,320) $ 48,904
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic $ (5.98) $ (1.40) $ (7.73) $ 1.31
Diluted $ (5.98) $ (1.40) $ (7.73) $ 1.29
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings and loss per share
Basic 36,710,216 36,984,650 36,636,464 37,214,809
Diluted 36,710,216 36,984,650 36,636,464 37,874,627

The following table provides the ratios for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:

Nine months ended September 30
2015 2014
Frequency Severity Total Frequency Severity Total
Loss ratio 87.4% 5.4% 82.3% 66.8% 14.5% 63.4%
Acquisition cost ratio 27.9% 41.3% 28.7% 31.5% 19.3% 30.8%
Composite ratio 115.3% 46.7% 111.0% 98.3% 33.8% 94.2%
Internal expense ratio 4.9% 5.5%
Corporate expense ratio 1.5% 0.9%
Combined ratio 117.4% 100.6%

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

Source:Greenlight Capital Re