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National General Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

NEW YORK, May 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National General Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NGHC) today reported first quarter 2016 operating earnings(1) of $53.7 million or $0.50 per diluted share, compared to $43.0 million or $0.45 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015. Net income was $52.7 million or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to $41.7 million or $0.43 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015.

First Quarter 2016 Highlights Versus First Quarter 2015*

  • Net written premium grew $233.2 million or 45.6% to $744.6 million, driven by added premiums from the National General Lender Services (formerly QBE Lender-Placed Insurance) and Assurant Health transactions which closed on October 1, 2015, the addition of ARS premium volume which is now written on National General paper beginning this quarter, underlying organic growth within our P&C business, and continued expansion of our A&H segment.
  • The overall combined ratio was 91.3% compared to 91.2% in the prior year's quarter, excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill. P&C underwriting profitability improved, with the combined ratio declining to 91.0% from 91.5%, while the A&H segment reported an increase in the combined ratio to 93.1% from 87.0% in the prior year’s quarter, but contributed meaningful profit to the quarter’s results as the segment has experienced substantial growth.
  • Total revenues grew by $259.1 million or 50.1% to $776.0 million, driven by the aforementioned premium growth, service and fee income growth of $34.3 million or 54.7% (including Attorney-in-Fact management fees of $9.6 million), and net investment income growth of $7.6 million or 53.6%, partially offset by a $2.9 million decline in ceding commission income.
  • Shareholders' equity was $1.56 billion and fully diluted book value per share was $12.34 at March 31, 2016, growth of 23.7% and 12.6%, respectively, from March 31, 2015. Annualized operating return on average equity (ROE) was 16.3% for the first quarter of 2016.
  • First quarter 2016 operating earnings exclude the following items, net of tax: $3.7 million or $0.03 per share of non-cash amortization of intangible assets, $2.4 million or $0.02 per share of realized investment gains, $0.4 million or less than $0.01 per share of foreign exchange gains, and $0.1 million or less than $0.01 per share of equity in losses of unconsolidated subsidiaries (other than LSC Entities and Real Estate investments).
  • First quarter 2016 operating earnings include approximately $5.0 million or $0.03 per share of losses related to hail storms that occurred in Dallas, Texas in late March 2016.

On April 27, National General announced with deep sadness the passing of Michael Karfunkel, who founded National General in 2009 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. His extraordinary leadership and passionate commitment will be remembered by those who were fortunate to work with him. The Board of Directors has appointed Barry Karfunkel, National General's President, to serve as Chief Executive Officer. The Board is confident in Barry’s ability to work cohesively with the Company’s senior management team to ensure the continuity of National General's strategic plan. Barry has been part of the management team at National General since its founding, and during that time worked closely with Michael to craft and execute the Company’s strategic vision.

*NOTE: Unless specified otherwise, discussion of our first quarter 2016 and 2015 results do not include financial results from the Reciprocal Exchanges, which are presented within our consolidated financial results within this release but are not included in net income available to NGHC common stockholders. Attorney-in-Fact management fees referenced within this release are eliminated in consolidated financial results.

Overview of First Quarter 2016 as Compared to First Quarter 2015

Gross written premium grew 39.3% to $816.2 million, net written premium grew 45.6% to $744.6 million, and net earned premium grew 49.8% to $654.9 million. Premium growth was driven by several key factors: underlying organic growth within our P&C business, continued expansion of our A&H segment, additional premiums from the National General Lender Services (formerly QBE Lender-Placed Insurance) and Assurant Health acquisitions which closed on October 1, 2015, and added premium volume from Assigned Risk Solutions (ARS), which we began writing on National General paper during the quarter.

Ceding commission income was a loss of $1.9 million reflecting a sliding scale adjustment related to third-party quota share which was terminated in 2013. Service and fee income grew 54.7% to $96.9 million, driven by added service and fee income from recently completed acquisitions, underlying growth within our A&H segment, and growth in management fees related to the Attorneys-in-Fact that manage the Reciprocal Exchanges (which were $9.6 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to $8.6 million in the prior year’s quarter).

Excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill, the combined ratio was 91.3% with a loss ratio of 62.5% and an expense ratio of 28.8%, compared to a prior year combined ratio of 91.2% with a loss ratio of 63.7% and an expense ratio of 27.5%. The P&C segment reported an improved combined ratio, while the A&H segment reported an increase in the combined ratio from the prior year’s quarter.

Underwriting results detailed by each of our business segments are as follows:

  • Property & Casualty - Gross written premium grew by 29.6% to $661.3 million, net written premium grew by 35.2% to $600.8 million, and net earned premium grew by 36.4% to $554.0 million. P&C premium growth was driven by several key factors: underlying organic growth of approximately 5.1%, the addition of $112.0 million of net written premium from the National General Lender Services acquisition, and the addition of $22.0 million of net written premium from ARS, which we began writing on National General paper during the first quarter. Ceding commission income was a loss of $2.3 million compared to $0.8 million of income in the prior year's quarter, with the current quarter reflecting a sliding scale adjustment related to our terminated third-party quota share. Service and fee income grew 40.4% to $63.5 million, driven by increased premium volume in the quarter, the addition of service and fee income from acquisitions completed during the past year (including ARS and National General Lender Services), and $9.6 million of fees earned by the Attorneys-in-Fact that manage the Reciprocal Exchanges, compared to $8.6 million in the prior year’s quarter. Excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill, the combined ratio was 91.0% with a loss ratio of 60.0% and an expense ratio of 30.9%, versus a prior year combined ratio of 91.5% with a loss ratio of 63.7% and an expense ratio of 27.8%. The improved loss ratio was driven primarily by business mix changes, partially offset by losses of approximately $5.0 million related to hail storms that occurred in Dallas, Texas in late March 2016. The increase in the expense ratio is the result of business mix changes, in particular the higher expense ratio which is typical within the lender placed business.
  • Accident & Health - Gross written premium grew to $154.9 million, net written premium grew to $143.8 million, and net earned premium grew to $100.9 million, from $75.4 million, $67.1 million, and $31.2 million, respectively, in the prior year's quarter. A&H premium growth was driven by the addition of $50.9 million of net written premium from the Assurant Health acquisition, as well as continued growth from both our domestic and international businesses, with $26.3 million in net written premium at our U.S. underwriting subsidiaries compared to $13.0 million in the prior year’s quarter, and $66.7 million of premium from EuroAccident (our Swedish group life and health MGA) compared to $54.1 million in the prior year’s quarter. Service and fee income grew to $33.5 million from $17.4 million in the prior year’s quarter, driven by the addition of service and fee income from the Assurant Health acquisition, and strong growth at VelaPoint (our call center general agency) and TABS (our domestic stop loss business). Excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill, the combined ratio was 93.1% with a loss ratio of 75.7% and an expense ratio of 17.4%, versus a prior year combined ratio of 87.0% with a loss ratio of 64.5% and an expense ratio of 22.5%. The increased loss ratio reflects a higher level of losses within the small group self-funded product, as well as a higher proportion of this product following the closing of the Assurant Health transaction, while the reduced expense ratio reflects the continued maturation of the A&H business coupled with increased service and fee income.
  • Reciprocal Exchanges - Results for the Reciprocal Exchanges are not included in net income available to NGHC common stockholders. Gross written premium was $68.3 million, net written premium was $34.2 million, and net earned premium was $35.2 million. Excluding non-cash amortization of intangible assets, the combined ratio was 80.2% with a loss ratio of 60.4% and an expense ratio of 19.8%.

Investment income grew 53.6% to $21.7 million, reflecting an increase in the size of our investment portfolio as compared to the prior year’s quarter. First quarter 2016 results included $3.6 million of net realized investment gains compared with a gain of $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter included no other than temporary impairment losses versus OTTI losses of $1.0 million in the prior year’s quarter. Total investments and cash equivalents were $2.8 billion as of March 31, 2016. Accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) increased to $4.5 million at March 31, 2016 from $(19.4) million at December 31, 2015.

Other revenue was $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to $1.2 million in the prior year’s quarter, with the current quarter driven by a $0.6 million foreign exchange gain from currency fluctuations within our European subsidiaries.

Interest expense was $9.1 million, up from $5.4 million in the prior year’s quarter due to an increased amount of debt on our balance sheet. Debt was $446.2 million at March 31, 2016, up from $255.0 million at March 31, 2015 as a result of our August 2015 issuance of $100 million of subordinated notes and our October 2015 issuance of $100 million of senior unsecured notes.

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries (predominantly our investment in Life Settlement Entities and Real Estate investments) was a $6.7 million gain in the first quarter of 2016 versus a $5.0 million gain in the prior year's quarter, reflecting fair value adjustments on life settlement contracts and income from our real estate investments.

The first quarter 2016 provision for income taxes was $18.1 million and the effective tax rate for the quarter was 26.5%. Included in the first quarter 2016 provision for income taxes was a $1.8 million benefit attributable to a reduction of the deferred tax liability associated with the equalization reserves of our Luxembourg Reinsurance Company (LRC) subsidiaries. Excluding this benefit, the adjusted 2016 first quarter effective tax rate was 29.2%. As of March 31, 2016, the remaining DTL associated with our LRC subsidiaries was $12.0 million.

National General Holding Corp.'s shareholders' equity was $1.56 billion at March 31, 2016, growth of 23.7% from $1.26 billion at March 31, 2015. Fully diluted book value per share was $12.34 at March 31, 2016, growth of 12.6% from $10.96 at March 31, 2015. Annualized operating return on average equity (ROE) was 16.3% for the first quarter 2016.

Additional Items

  • Century-National Insurance Company Acquisition - On January 25, 2016 we announced an agreement to acquire Century-National Insurance Company (CNIC), a California based property and casualty underwriter. The purchase price for the transaction is currently expected to be approximately $315 million, based on September 30, 2015 results, with the actual purchase price calculated based upon financial position at closing. The estimated purchase price equates to a $50 million premium to tangible book value, and includes an upfront cash payment of approximately $140 million with the remaining balance deferred over two years. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
  • New Credit Agreement - On January 25, 2016, we entered into a $225 million revolving credit facility with a letter of credit sub-limit of $25 million and an expansion feature not to exceed $50 million. The New Credit Agreement has a maturity date of January 25, 2020, and replaces our previous $135 million credit agreement.
  • Standard Mutual Insurance Company Acquisition - On January 27, 2016 we announced that we had entered into a definitive agreement, pending regulatory and policyholder approval, to acquire Standard Mutual Insurance Company (SMIC), an Illinois based property and casualty underwriter, following the completion of the conversion of SMIC to a stock company from a mutual company. The transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Conference Call

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM ET Chief Financial Officer Mike Weiner will review results and discuss business conditions via a conference call that may be accessed as follows:

Toll-Free U.S. Dial-in: 888-267-2860
International Dial-in: 973-413-6102
Conference Entry Code: 445263
Webcast Registration: http://ir.nationalgeneral.com/events.cfm

A replay of the conference call will be accessible from 2:00 PM ET on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 to 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by dialing either 800-332-6854 (toll-free) within the U.S. or 973-528-0005 outside the U.S. and entering passcode 445263. In addition, a replay of the webcast can also be retrieved at
http://ir.nationalgeneral.com/events.cfm.

About National General Holdings Corp.

National General Holdings Corp., headquartered in New York City, is a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. National General traces its roots to 1939, has a financial strength rating of A- (excellent) from A.M. Best, and provides personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, supplemental health, and other niche insurance products.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" that 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. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "plan," "expect," "project," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate" and "believe" or their variations or similar terminology. There can be no assurance that actual developments will be those anticipated by the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, non-receipt of expected payments from insureds or reinsurers, changes in interest rates, a downgrade in the financial strength ratings of our insurance subsidiaries, the effect of the performance of financial markets on our investment portfolio, estimates of the fair value of life settlement contracts, development of claims and the effect on loss reserves, accuracy in projecting loss reserves, the cost and availability of reinsurance coverage, the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues, changes in the demand for our products, our degree of success in integrating acquired businesses, the effect of general economic conditions, state and federal legislation, regulations and regulatory investigations into industry practices, risks associated with conducting business outside the United States, developments relating to existing agreements, disruptions to our business relationships, breaches in data security or other disruptions involving our technology, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement except as may be required by law. 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 the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Income Statement - First Quarter
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
NGHC Reciprocal Exchanges Consolidated NGHC Reciprocal Exchanges Consolidated
Revenues:
Gross written premium $816,194 $68,322 $883,626 (A) $585,808 $61,237 $643,455 (H)
Ceded premiums (related parties $408, $890, $408 for 2016; $348, $3,590, $348 for 2015) (71,607) (34,121) (104,838)(B) (74,420) (42,600) (113,430)(I)
Net written premium 744,587 34,201 778,788 511,388 18,637 530,025
Net earned premium 654,920 35,168 690,088 437,269 41,896 479,165
Ceding commission income/(loss) (1,895) 17,324 15,429 1,053 4,027 5,080
Service and fee income 96,944 2,611 89,965 (C) 62,653 795 54,870 (J)
Net investment income 21,670 2,172 23,842 14,109 2,039 16,148
Net realized gain/(loss) on investments 3,617 (1,440) 2,177 1,510 693 2,203
Other than temporary impairment loss (1,016) (1,016)
Other revenue 701 701 1,245 1,245
Total revenues $775,957 $55,835 $822,202 (D) $516,823 $49,450 $557,695 (K)
Expenses:
Loss and loss adjustment expense $409,050 $21,249 $430,299 $278,682 $28,004 $306,686
Acquisition costs and other underwriting expenses 112,899 12,287 125,158 (E) 86,629 3,261 89,885 (L)
General and administrative expenses 176,627 14,640 181,705 (F) 99,876 14,384 105,687 (M)
Interest expense 9,141 2,052 11,193 5,383 3,697 9,080
Total expenses $707,717 $50,228 $748,355 (G) $470,570 $49,346 $511,338 (N)
Income before provision/(benefit) for income taxes and equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated subsidiaries $68,240 $5,607 $73,847 $46,253 $104 $46,357
Provision/(benefit) for income taxes 18,083 (301) 17,782 8,419 (32) 8,387
Income before equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated subsidiaries 50,157 5,908 56,065 37,834 136 37,970
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated subsidiaries 6,682 6,682 4,958 4,958
Net income before non-controlling interest and dividends on preferred shares 56,839 5,908 62,747 42,792 136 42,928
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest 12 5,908 5,920 24 136 160
Net income before dividends on preferred shares 56,827 56,827 42,768 42,768
Less: dividends on preferred shares 4,125 4,125 1,031 1,031
Net income available to common stockholders $52,702 $ $52,702 $41,737 $ $41,737


NOTE
: Consolidated column includes eliminations as follows: (A) $(890), (B) $890, (C) $(9,590), (D) $(9,590), (E) $(28), (F) $(9,562), (G) $(9,590), (H) $(3,590), (I) $3,590, (J) $(8,578), (K) $(8,578), (L) $(5), (M) $(8,573), and (N) $(8,578).


Earnings and Per Share Data
$ in thousands, except shares and per share data
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
Net income available to common stockholders$52,702 $41,737
Basic net income per common share$0.50 $0.45
Diluted net income per common share$0.49 $0.43
Operating earnings attributable to NGHC(1)$53,734 $43,017
Basic operating earnings per common share(1)$0.51 $0.46
Diluted operating earnings per common share(1)$0.50 $0.45
Dividends declared per common share$0.03 $0.02
Weighted average number of basic shares outstanding105,597,594 93,454,236
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding108,266,508 96,087,952
Shares outstanding, end of period105,714,916 93,495,258
Fully diluted shares outstanding, end of period108,383,830 96,128,974
Book value per share$12.65 $11.27
Fully diluted book value per share$12.34 $10.96


Reconciliation of Net Income to Operating Earnings (Non-GAAP)
$ in thousands, except per share data
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
Net income available to common stockholders$52,702 $41,737
Add (subtract) net of tax:
Net realized (gain)/loss on investments(2,351) (982)
Other than temporary impairment losses 661
Foreign exchange (gain)/loss(403) (277)
Equity in (earnings)/losses of unconsolidated subsidiaries (other than LSC Entities and Real Estate investments)104 104
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets3,682 1,774
Non-cash impairment of goodwill
Operating earnings attributable to NGHC (1)$53,734 $43,017
Operating earnings per common share:
Basic operating earnings per common share$0.51 $0.46
Diluted operating earnings per common share$0.50 $0.45


Balance Sheet
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
March 31, 2016 (unaudited) December 31, 2015 (audited)
ASSETS NGHC Reciprocal
Exchanges
Consolidated NGHC Reciprocal
Exchanges
Consolidated
Total investments $2,538,144 $255,601 $2,738,662 (A) $2,425,168 $242,542 $2,667,710
Cash and cash equivalents 272,076 2,673 274,749 273,884 8,393 282,277
Premiums and other receivables, net (2) 834,385 52,922 886,417 (B) 702,439 56,194 758,633
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses (3) 794,485 43,401 837,886 794,091 39,085 833,176
Intangible assets, net 338,466 4,710 343,176 344,073 4,825 348,898
Goodwill 119,553 119,553 112,414 112,414
Other 478,930 101,506 580,436 459,619 100,665 560,284
Total assets $5,376,039 $460,813 $5,780,879 (C) $5,111,688 $451,704 $5,563,392
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Liabilities:
Unpaid loss and loss adjustment expense reserves $1,646,440 $137,093 $1,783,533 $1,623,232 $132,392 $1,755,624
Unearned premiums 1,144,830 143,194 1,288,024 1,046,313 146,186 1,192,499
Reinsurance payable (4) 71,370 11,982 82,462 (D) 54,815 14,357 69,172
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (5) 298,305 16,400 305,277 (E) 265,057 19,845 284,902
Notes payable (6) 446,244 45,655 446,244 (F) 446,061 45,476 491,537
Other 211,336 72,764 284,100 162,189 70,829 233,018
Total liabilities $3,818,525 $427,088 $4,189,640 (G) $3,597,667 $429,085 4,026,752
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock (7) $1,057 $ $1,057 $1,056 $ $1,056
Preferred stock (8) 220,000 220,000 220,000 220,000
Additional paid-in capital 870,116 870,116 900,114 900,114
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) 4,534 4,534 (19,414) (19,414)
Retained earnings 461,574 461,574 412,044 412,044
Total National General Holdings Corp. stockholders' equity 1,557,281 1,557,281 1,513,800 1,513,800
Non-controlling interest 233 33,725 33,958 221 22,619 22,840
Total stockholders’ equity 1,557,514 33,725 1,591,239 1,514,021 22,619 1,536,640
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $5,376,039 $460,813 $5,780,879 (H) $5,111,688 $451,704 $5,563,392


NOTE
: Consolidated column includes eliminations as follows: (A) $(55,083), (B) $(890), (C) $(55,973), (D) $(890), (E) $(9,428), (F) $(45,655), (G) $(55,973), and (H) $(55,973)


Segment Information - First Quarter
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
P&C A&H NGHC Reciprocal
Exchanges
P&C A&H NGHC Reciprocal
Exchanges
Gross written premium $661,337 $154,857 $816,194 $68,322 $510,451 $75,357 $585,808 $61,237
Net written premium 600,774 143,813 744,587 34,201 444,260 67,128 511,388 18,637
Net earned premium 554,048 100,872 654,920 35,168 406,094 31,175 437,269 41,896
Ceding commission income/(loss) (2,264) 369 (1,895) 17,324 771 282 1,053 4,027
Service and fee income 63,488 33,456 96,944 2,611 45,234 17,419 62,653 795
Total underwriting revenue 615,272 134,697 749,969 55,103 452,099 48,876 500,975 46,718
Loss and loss adjustment expense 332,659 76,391 409,050 21,249 258,579 20,103 278,682 28,004
Acquisition costs and other 91,659 21,240 112,899 12,287 75,337 11,292 86,629 3,261
General and administrative 144,694 31,933 176,627 14,640 85,729 14,147 99,876 14,384
Total underwriting expenses 569,012 129,564 698,576 48,176 419,645 45,542 465,187 45,649
Underwriting income/(loss) 46,260 5,133 51,393 6,927 32,454 3,334 35,788 1,069
Non-cash impairment of goodwill
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets 3,847 1,817 5,664 35 2,019 710 2,729 2,252
Underwriting income/(loss) before amortization and impairment $50,107 $6,950 $57,057 $6,962 $34,473 $4,044 $38,517 $3,321
Underwriting ratios
Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio (9) 60.0% 75.7% 62.5% 60.4% 63.7% 64.5% 63.7% 66.8%
Operating expense ratio (Non-GAAP) (10,11) 31.6% 19.2% 29.7% 19.9% 28.3% 24.8% 28.1% 30.6%
Combined ratio (Non-GAAP) (10,12) 91.7% 94.9% 92.2% 80.3% 92.0% 89.3% 91.8% 97.4%
Underwriting ratios (before amortization and impairment)
Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio (9) 60.0% 75.7% 62.5% 60.4% 63.7% 64.5% 63.7% 66.8%
Operating expense ratio (Non-GAAP) (10,13) 30.9% 17.4% 28.8% 19.8% 27.8% 22.5% 27.5% 25.2%
Combined ratio (Non-GAAP) (10,12) 91.0% 93.1% 91.3% 80.2% 91.5% 87.0% 91.2% 92.1%

NOTE: Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio and operating expense ratio may not sum to combined ratio due to rounding.


Reconciliation of Operating Expense Ratio (Non-GAAP)
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
P&C A&H NGHC Reciprocal Exchanges P&C A&H NGHC Reciprocal Exchanges
Total underwriting expenses $569,012 $129,564 $698,576 $48,176 $419,645 $45,542 $465,187 $45,649
Less: Loss and loss adjustment expense 332,659 76,391 409,050 21,249 258,579 20,103 278,682 28,004
Less: Ceding commission income/(loss) (2,264) 369 (1,895) 17,324 771 282 1,053 4,027
Less: Service and fee income 63,488 33,456 96,944 2,611 45,234 17,419 62,653 795
Operating expense 175,129 19,348 194,477 6,992 115,061 7,738 122,799 12,823
Net earned premium $554,048 $100,872 $654,920 $35,168 $406,094 $31,175 $437,269 $41,896
Operating expense ratio (Non-GAAP) 31.6% 19.2% 29.7% 19.9% 28.3% 24.8% 28.1% 30.6%
Total underwriting expenses $569,012 $129,564 $698,576 $48,176 $419,645 $45,542 $465,187 $45,649
Less: Loss and loss adjustment expense 332,659 76,391 409,050 21,249 258,579 20,103 278,682 28,004
Less: Ceding commission income/(loss) (2,264) 369 (1,895) 17,324 771 282 1,053 4,027
Less: Service and fee income 63,488 33,456 96,944 2,611 45,234 17,419 62,653 795
Less: Non-cash impairment of goodwill
Less: Non-cash amortization of intangible assets 3,847 1,817 5,664 35 2,019 710 2,729 2,252
Operating expense before amortization and impairment 171,282 17,531 188,813 6,957 113,042 7,028 120,070 10,571
Net earned premium $554,048 $100,872 $654,920 $35,168 $406,094 $31,175 $437,269 $41,896
Operating expense ratio before amortization and impairment (Non-GAAP) 30.9% 17.4% 28.8% 19.8% 27.8% 22.5% 27.5% 25.2%


Premiums by Business Line
$ in thousands
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Gross Written Premium Net Written Premium Net Earned Premium
2016 2015 Change 2016 2015 Change 2016 2015 Change
Property & Casualty
Personal Auto $385,198 $339,334 13.5% $335,326 $295,243 13.6% $271,997 $267,531 1.7%
Homeowners 70,301 87,824 (20.0)% 65,876 70,390 (6.4)% 74,439 64,123 16.1%
RV/Packaged 39,603 37,550 5.5% 39,456 36,894 6.9% 37,519 35,976 4.3%
Commercial Auto 50,151 41,346 21.3% 44,993 37,993 18.4% 43,844 34,622 26.6%
Lender-placed insurance 111,997 NA 111,997 NA 122,806 NA
Other 4,087 4,397 (7.1)% 3,126 3,740 (16.4)% 3,443 3,842 (10.4)%
Property & Casualty Total 661,337 510,451 29.6% 600,774 444,260 35.2% 554,048 406,094 36.4%
Accident & Health 154,857 75,357 105.5% 143,813 67,128 114.2% 100,872 31,175 223.6%
Total National General 816,194 585,808 39.3% 744,587 511,388 45.6% 654,920 437,269 49.8%
Reciprocal Exchanges
Personal Auto 22,973 17,691 29.9% 12,025 16,606 (27.6)% 12,541 22,930 (45.3)%
Homeowners 43,614 41,613 4.8% 20,704 (36) NA 20,986 17,716 18.5%
Other 1,735 1,933 (10.2)% 1,472 2,067 (28.8)% 1,641 1,250 31.3%
Reciprocal Exchanges Total 68,322 61,237 11.6% 34,201 18,637 83.5% 35,168 41,896 (16.1)%
Consolidated Total $883,626 $643,455 37.3% $778,788 $530,025 46.9% $690,088 $479,165 44.0%


NOTE
: Consolidated Total includes elimination of $(890) and $(3,590) within 2016 and 2015 Gross Written Premium, respectively.

Additional Disclosures

(1) References to operating earnings and basic and diluted operating EPS are Non-GAAP financial measures defined by the Company as net income and basic earnings per share excluding after-tax net realized investment gain or loss on securities, other than temporary impairment losses, foreign exchange gain or loss, equity in earnings or losses of unconsolidated subsidiaries (other than LSC Entities and Real Estate investment gains or losses), non-cash amortization of intangible assets, and non-cash impairment of goodwill. The Company believes operating earnings and basic and diluted operating EPS are more relevant measures of the Company’s profitability because operating earnings and basic and diluted operating EPS contain the components of net income upon which the Company’s management has the most influence and excludes factors outside management’s direct control and non-recurring items. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(2) Premiums and other receivables, net (NGHC) includes $27,974 and $62,304 from related parties at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.

(3) Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses (NGHC) includes $37,412 and $42,774 from related parties at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.

(4) Reinsurance payable (NGHC) includes $30,964 and $31,923 due to related party at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.

(5) Accounts payable and accrued expenses (NGHC) includes $41,849 and $51,755 to related parties at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.

(6) Notes payable (Reciprocal Exchanges) includes $0 and $45,476 owed to related party at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.

(7) Common stock: $0.01 par value - authorized 150,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 105,714,916 shares - March 31, 2016; authorized 150,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 105,554,331 shares - December 31, 2015.

(8) Preferred stock: $0.01 par value, authorized 10,000,000 shares, issued and outstanding 2,365,000 shares, at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2014.

(9) Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio is calculated by dividing loss and loss adjustment expenses by net earned premium.

(10) Operating expense ratio and combined ratio are considered non-GAAP financial measures under applicable SEC rules because a component of those ratios, operating expense, is calculated by offsetting acquisition and other underwriting costs and general and administrative expense by ceding commission income and service and fee income. Management uses operating expense ratio (non-GAAP) and combined ratio (non-GAAP) to evaluate financial performance against historical results and establish targets on a consolidated basis. The Company believes this presentation enhances the understanding of our results by eliminating what we believe are volatile and unusual events and presenting the ratios with what we believe are the underlying run rates of the business. Other companies may calculate these measures differently, and, therefore, their measures may not be comparable to those used by National General. Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table within this release for the reconciliation of these Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(11) Operating expense ratio (non-GAAP) is calculated by dividing operating expense by net earned premium. Operating expense consists of the sum of acquisition and other underwriting costs and general and administrative expense less ceding commission income and service and fee income.

(12) Combined ratio (non-GAAP) is calculated by adding the loss and loss adjustment expense ratio and the operating expense ratio (non-GAAP) together.

(13) Operating expense ratio (non-GAAP) before amortization and impairment is calculated by dividing the operating expense before amortization and impairment by net earned premium. Operating expense before amortization and impairment consists of the sum of acquisition and other underwriting costs and general and administrative expense less ceding commission income and service and fee income less non-cash amortization of intangible assets and non-cash impairment of goodwill.

Investor Contact Dean Evans Director of Investor Relations Phone: 212-380-9462 Email: Dean.Evans@NGIC.com

Source:National General Holdings Corp.