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Greenlight Re Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 Financial Results

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Feb. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Greenlight Re reported net income of $49.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of $43.1 million for the same period in 2015. The net income per share for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.31, compared to a net loss per share of $1.17 for the same period in 2015.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $23.38 as of December 31, 2016, a 5.5% increase from $22.17 per share as of December 31, 2015.

“We are pleased with our fourth quarter underwriting performance,” said Bart Hedges, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re. “Despite the competitive environment during 2016, we continued to grow and diversify our underwriting portfolio while also resolving some problematic legacy contracts.”

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 include:

  • Gross written premiums of $148.8 million, compared to $144.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015; net earned premiums were $136.6 million, an increase from $119.9 million reported in the prior-year period.
  • Underwriting income of $1.4 million, compared to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • The combined ratio for the fourth quarter 2016 was 99.0% compared to 97.7% for the fourth quarter 2015.
  • A net investment gain of 5.0% on Greenlight Re’s investment portfolio managed by DME Advisors, LP compared to a net investment loss of 4.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“Our fourth quarter 2016 investment gain was solid despite our low net exposure,” stated David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “While we faced challenges during 2016, the Company made significant strides to position itself to grow book value per share from both underwriting and investment activities.”

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the year ended December 31, 2016 include:

  • Gross written premiums in 2016 of $536.1 million, an increase of 6.8% compared to 2015; net earned premiums were $513.1 million, an increase of 25.6% over the previous year.
  • An underwriting loss of $18.8 million, compared to an underwriting loss of $41.9 million for 2015. All of the loss during 2016 related to the novation of legacy contracts in run-off.
  • The combined ratio for the year ended December 31, 2016 was 103.6%, compared to 110.3% for 2015.
  • Net investment income of $76.2 million, representing a return of 7.2%, compared to a net investment loss of $281.9 million during 2015 when Greenlight Re reported a negative 20.2% return.

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Fourth Quarter and Year End 2016 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: http://dpregister.com/10100396

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:

http://services.choruscall.com/links/glre170223.html

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on February 23, 2017 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on March 2, 2017. 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 10100396. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company’s website, www.greenlightre.ky.

Regulation G
Fully diluted adjusted book value per share is considered 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 because it provides management and investors a yardstick by which to monitor the shareholder value generated. 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 property and casualty reinsurance industry.

Net underwriting income (loss) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes items used in the calculation of net income before taxes under U.S. GAAP. The measure includes underwriting expenses which are directly related to underwriting activities as well as an allocation of other general and administrative expenses. Net underwriting income (loss) is calculated as net premiums earned, less net loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, less, acquisition costs and less underwriting expenses. The measure excludes, on a recurring basis: (1) net investment income; (2) any foreign exchange gains or losses; (3) corporate general and administrative expenses; (4) other income (expense) not related to underwriting, and (5) income taxes and income attributable to non-controlling interest. We exclude net investment income and foreign exchange gains or losses as we believe these are influenced by market conditions and other factors not related to underwriting decisions. We exclude corporate general and administrative expenses because these expenses are generally fixed and not incremental to or directly related to our underwriting operations. We believe all of these amounts are largely independent of our underwriting process and including them distorts the analysis of trends in our underwriting operations. Net underwriting income should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income.

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 (www.greenlightre.ky) 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.

GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
December 31, 2016 and 2015
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
2016 2015
Assets
Investments
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value$22,473 $39,087
Equity securities, trading, at fair value844,001 905,994
Other investments, at fair value156,063 119,083
Total investments1,022,537 1,064,164
Cash and cash equivalents39,858 112,162
Restricted cash and cash equivalents1,202,651 1,236,589
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value76,381 13,215
Reinsurance balances receivable219,126 187,940
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable2,704 3,368
Deferred acquisition costs, net61,022 59,823
Unearned premiums ceded2,377 3,251
Notes receivable, net33,734 25,146
Other assets4,303 6,864
Total assets$2,664,693 $2,712,522
Liabilities and equity
Liabilities
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value$859,902 $882,906
Financial contracts payable, at fair value2,237 28,245
Due to prime brokers319,830 396,453
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves306,641 305,997
Unearned premium reserves222,527 211,954
Reinsurance balances payable41,415 18,326
Funds withheld5,927 7,143
Other liabilities14,527 12,725
Total liabilities1,773,006 1,863,749
Equity
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, 31,111,432 (2015: 30,772,572): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,895 (2015: 6,254,895))3,737 3,703
Additional paid-in capital500,337 496,401
Retained earnings370,168 325,287
Shareholders’ equity attributable to shareholders874,242 825,391
Non-controlling interest in joint venture17,445 23,382
Total equity891,687 848,773
Total liabilities and equity$2,664,693 $2,712,522


GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
2016 2015 2014
Revenues
Gross premiums written$536,072 $502,124 $324,023
Gross premiums ceded(10,015) (9,001) (13,493)
Net premiums written526,057 493,123 310,530
Change in net unearned premium reserves(12,939) (84,736) 43,710
Net premiums earned513,118 408,387 354,240
Net investment income (loss)76,183 (281,924) 122,575
Other income (expense), net(935) (3,413) 2,987
Total revenues588,366 123,050 479,802
Expenses
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net380,815 317,097 234,986
Acquisition costs, net134,534 116,207 107,665
General and administrative expenses25,808 23,434 24,500
Total expenses541,157 456,738 367,151
Income (loss) before income tax47,209 (333,688) 112,651
Income tax (expense) benefit(509) 1,755 624
Net income (loss) including non-controlling interest46,700 (331,933) 113,275
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in joint venture(1,819) 5,508 (3,683)
Net income (loss)$44,881 $(326,425) $109,592
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic$1.20 $(8.90) $2.94
Diluted$1.20 $(8.90) $2.89
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings and loss per share
Basic37,267,145 36,670,466 37,242,687
Diluted37,340,018 36,670,466 37,874,387


The following table provides the ratios for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014:
Year ended December 31
2016 2015 2014
Frequency Severity Total Frequency Severity Total Frequency Severity Total
Loss ratio75.8% 55.4% 74.2% 82.6% 9.5% 77.6% 69.9% 16.1% 66.3%
Acquisition cost ratio26.5% 23.2% 26.2% 28.0% 35.2% 28.5% 31.2% 19.7% 30.4%
Composite ratio102.3% 78.6% 100.4% 110.6% 44.7% 106.1% 101.1% 35.8% 96.7%
Underwriting expense ratio 3.2% 4.2% 4.7%
Combined ratio 103.6% 110.3% 101.4%


Contact: Garrett Edson ICR (203) 682-8331 IR@greenlightre.ky Media: Brian Ruby ICR (203) 682-8268 Brian.ruby@icrinc.com

Source:Greenlight Capital Re