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AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Net Income Per Diluted Share of $0.13 and Operating Earnings Per Diluted Share(1) of $0.32, Including Catastrophe Losses of $0.10 Per Diluted Share

Book Value Per Common Share of $13.91, Up 0.7% Since December 31, 2016
First Quarter Annualized Return on Common Equity and Annualized Operating Return on Common Equity(1) of 3.8% and 9.4%, Respectively

First Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • First quarter gross written premium of $2.3 billion and net earned premium of $1.2 billion, up 17.2% and 13.8%, respectively, from the first quarter 2016(2)
  • First quarter service and fee income of $137.5 million, up 6.7% from the first quarter 2016(2)
  • First quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $22.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $84.0 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2016(2)
  • First quarter operating earnings(1) of $55.7 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $122.9 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2016(2)
  • First quarter combined ratio of 95.6%, compared with 91.9%, in the first quarter 2016(2)
  • First quarter catastrophe losses of $25.3 million (pre-tax), compared to $2.0 million (pre-tax) in the first quarter of 2016

NEW YORK, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) ("the Company" or "AmTrust") today announced first quarter 2017 net income attributable to common stockholders of $22.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $84.0 million, or $0.47 per diluted share in the first quarter 2016(2). For the first quarter 2017, operating earnings(1) was $55.7 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $122.9 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2016(2). Net income and operating earnings in the current year were impacted by catastrophe losses of $16.4 million after-tax ($25.3 million pre-tax), or $0.10 per diluted share.

“We achieved record gross written premium of $2.3 billion, driven by continued organic growth and contributions from prior acquisitions in our Small Commercial Business and Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty segments. Strong service and fee income and investment results also contributed to higher revenue, up 13.6% over the first quarter a year ago,” said Barry Zyskind, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AmTrust.

“Operating earnings of $55.7 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, reflect several items including primarily the impact of catastrophe losses related to wind and hail events in the personal lines business of Republic Companies, which is included in our Small Commercial Business segment, prior year adverse development related to one discontinued general liability program in our Specialty Program segment, higher professional service fees of approximately $17 million, and a higher effective tax rate compared with the prior year period. The first-quarter 2017 combined ratio of 95.6% includes approximately 2.1 percentage points related to the catastrophe events and 1.6 percentage points of prior year reserve development, resulting in an underlying combined ratio of 91.9%.”

First Quarter 2017 Results

Total revenue was $1.4 billion, an increase of $171.5 million, or 13.6%, from $1.3 billion in the first quarter 2016(2). Gross written premium was $2.3 billion, an increase of $333.2 million, or 17.2%, from $1.9 billion in the first quarter 2016. Net written premium was $1.3 billion, an increase of $123.4 million, or 10.1%, compared to $1.2 billion in the first quarter 2016. Net earned premium was $1.2 billion, an increase of $148.3 million, or 13.8%, from $1.1 billion in the first quarter 2016. The combined ratio was 95.6% compared to 91.9% in first quarter 2016(2).

Total service and fee income of $137.5 million increased $8.7 million, or 6.7%, from $128.8 million in the first quarter 2016(2) and included $20.3 million from related parties in the first quarter 2017 compared to $20.2 million in the first quarter 2016.

Net investment income, excluding net realized gains and losses on investments, totaled $63.3 million, an increase of 28.1% from $49.4 million in the first quarter 2016. Total cash and invested assets increased 6.4% to $9.8 billion as of March 31, 2017 compared to $9.2 billion as of December 31, 2016. In addition, first quarter 2017 results included net realized investment gains on investments of $8.6 million, or $5.6 million after-tax, on fixed maturity and equity investments compared with net realized investment gains of $8.0 million, or $5.2 million after-tax, in the first quarter of 2016.

Loss and loss adjustment expense totaled $840.3 million in the first quarter 2017, compared to $715.1 million in the first quarter 2016, and resulted in a loss ratio of 68.7% compared with 66.6% for the first quarter 2016.

Acquisition costs and other underwriting expense of $328.2 million increased $55.7 million from $272.5 million for the first quarter 2016(2). The expense ratio was 26.9% compared to 25.3% for the first quarter 2016. Ceding commissions, primarily related to the reinsurance agreements with Maiden Holdings, Ltd. ("Maiden"), totaled $156.9 million, up 12.4% from $139.6 million in the first quarter 2016.

Other expense of $162.9 million increased $33.6 million, or 26.0%, from $129.3 million in the first quarter 2016(2), reflecting higher administrative, consulting and auditing costs associated with the Company's restatement of its previously issued consolidated financial statements.

The effective tax rate was 31.6%, compared to 17.2% in the first quarter 2016(2). The effective tax rate increased in the first quarter of 2017 as a greater percentage of the Company's taxable income was generated in jurisdictions with higher tax rates as compared to the first quarter of 2016, and an increase in deemed U.S. taxable income inclusions from foreign operations that the Company acquired in fiscal year 2016.

Total assets of approximately $23.9 billion as of March 31, 2017 increased approximately $1.3 billion, or 5.6%, from approximately $22.6 billion at December 31, 2016. AmTrust's stockholder's equity of $3.3 billion increased 0.8% from $3.3 billion at December 31, 2016.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company's debt-to-capitalization ratio was 28.6%, compared with 27.7% as of December 31, 2016.

During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the Board of Directors declared cash dividends totaling $0.17 per share on the Company's common stock and cash dividends on the following series of non-cumulative preferred stock:

Series Rate Dividend
A 6.750% $0.421875
B 7.250% $0.453125
C 7.625% $0.476563
D 7.500% $0.468750
E 7.750% $0.484375
F 6.950% $0.434375

Conference Call:

On May 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET, Chairman & CEO Barry Zyskind and EVP & CFO Ron Pipoly will review these results and discuss business conditions via a conference call and webcast that may be accessed as follows:

Toll-Free Dial-in: (877) 755-7421

Toll Dial-in (Outside the U.S): (973) 200-3087

Conference ID: 12271541

Webcast registration: http://ir.amtrustgroup.com/events.cfm

A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 8:30 PM ET Monday, May 8, 2017 through Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET. To listen to the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 (within the U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (outside the U.S.) and enter replay passcode 12271541, or access http://ir.amtrustgroup.com/events.cfm.

About AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., a multinational insurance holding company headquartered in New York City, offers specialty property and casualty insurance products, including workers' compensation, commercial automobile, general liability and extended service and warranty coverage through its primary insurance subsidiaries rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. For more information about AmTrust, visit www.amtrustgroup.com, or call AmTrust toll-free at (855) 327-2223.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When we use words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” or similar expressions, we do so to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include the plans and objectives of management for future operations, including those relating to future growth of our business activities and availability of funds, projections of the impact of potential errors or misstatements in our financial statements, and estimates of the impact of material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, and are based on current expectations that involve assumptions that are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond our control. 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, the amounts, timing and prices of any share repurchases made by us under our share repurchase program, 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, the impact of known or potential errors or misstatements in our financial statements, our ability to timely and effectively remediate the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting and implement effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures in the future, risks associated with conducting business outside the United States, the impact of Brexit, developments relating to existing agreements, disruptions to our business relationships with Maiden Holdings, Ltd. or National General Holdings Corp., breaches in data security or other disruptions with our technology, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. 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 our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The projections and statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Income Statements
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016 (2)
As Restated
Gross written premium $2,266,280 $1,933,074
Net written premium $1,344,066 $1,220,679
Change in unearned premium (121,534) (146,397)
Net earned premium 1,222,532 1,074,282
Service and fee income 137,496 128,805
Net investment income 63,325 49,415
Net realized gain on investments 8,615 7,975
Other revenue 209,436 186,195
Total revenue 1,431,968 1,260,477
Loss and loss adjustment expense 840,334 715,073
Acquisition costs and other underwriting expense 328,215 272,468
Other expense 162,853 129,267
Total expense 1,331,402 1,116,808
Income before other income (expense), provision for income taxes, equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries and non-controlling interest 100,566 143,669
Other income (loss):
Interest expense (23,601) (15,874)
Gain on life settlement contracts net of profit commission 8,610 10,730
Foreign currency loss (17,968) (38,233)
Gain on acquisition 9,678
Total other income (loss) (32,959) (33,699)
Income before provision for income taxes, equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries and non-controlling interest 67,607 109,970
Provision for income taxes 21,356 18,960
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries (related parties) 3,957 5,776
Net income 50,208 96,786
Net income attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest and non-controlling interest of subsidiaries (11,005) (4,017)
Net income attributable to AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. $39,203 $92,769
Dividends on preferred stock (16,571) (8,791)
Net income attributable to AmTrust common stockholders $22,632 $83,978
Operating earnings(1) attributable to AmTrust common stockholders $55,739 $122,886
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Income Statements
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016 (2)
As Restated
Earnings per common share:
Basic earnings per share $0.13 $0.48
Diluted earnings per share $0.13 $0.47
Operating diluted earnings per share (1) $0.32 $0.69
Weighted average number of basic shares outstanding 170,864 175,585
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding 172,692 177,927
Combined ratio 95.6% 91.9%
Return on common equity 3.8% 14.7%
Operating return on equity (1) 9.4% 21.6%
Net realized gain on investments:
Total other-than-temporary impairment loss $ $
Portion of loss recognized in other comprehensive income
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings
Net realized gain recognized on available for sale securities 11,630 5,272
Net unrealized gain (loss) on trading securities and other investments (3,015) 2,703
Net realized investment gain $8,615 $7,975


AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Balance Sheets Highlights
(in thousands, except book value per common share)
March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
(Unaudited) (Audited)
Cash, cash equivalents and investments $9,826,971 $9,235,666
Premium receivables, net 2,946,344 2,802,167
Goodwill and intangible assets 1,251,262 1,243,125
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 10,630,162 10,140,716
Unearned premium 5,199,465 4,880,066
Debt 1,306,701 1,234,900
Preferred stock 913,750 913,750
AmTrust's stockholders' equity 3,296,455 3,269,103
Book value per common share $13.91 $13.81


AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016 (2)
As Restated
Reconciliation of net income attributable to AmTrust common stockholders to operating earnings (1):
Net income attributable to AmTrust common stockholders $22,632 $83,978
Less: Net realized gain on investments 8,615 7,975
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets (19,091) (10,612)
Non-cash interest on convertible senior notes (1,648) (1,537)
Foreign currency loss (17,968) (38,233)
Gain on acquisition 9,678
Tax effect of adjustments reflected above (3) (3,015) (6,179)
Operating earnings (1) attributable to AmTrust common stockholders $55,739 $122,886
Reconciliation of diluted earnings per share to diluted operating earnings per share (1):
Diluted earnings per share $0.13 $0.47
Less: Net realized gain on investments 0.05 0.05
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets (0.11) (0.06)
Non-cash interest on convertible senior notes (0.01) (0.01)
Foreign currency loss (0.10) (0.22)
Gain on acquisition 0.06
Tax effect of adjustments reflected above (3) (0.02) (0.04)
Operating diluted earnings per share (1) $0.32 $0.69
Reconciliation of return on common equity to operating return on common equity (1):
Return on common equity 3.8% 14.7%
Less: Net realized gain on investments 1.5% 1.4%
Non-cash amortization of intangible assets (3.2)% (1.9)%
Non-cash interest on convertible senior notes (0.3)% (0.3)%
Foreign currency loss (3.1)% (6.8)%
Gain on acquisition % 1.7%
Tax effect of adjustments reflected above (3) (0.5)% (1.0)%
Operating return on common equity (1) 9.4% 21.6%

(1) References to operating earnings attributable to AmTrust common stockholders ("Operating Earnings"), operating diluted earnings per share ("EPS"), and operating return on common equity are non-GAAP financial measures. Operating earnings is defined by the Company as net income attributable to AmTrust common stockholders less net realized gain on investments, non-cash amortization of intangible assets, non-cash interest on convertible senior notes, foreign currency loss, gain on acquisition and the income tax impact on certain of these aforementioned adjustments. Operating Earnings should not be considered an alternative to net income. Operating diluted earnings per share is defined by the Company as Operating Earnings divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period and should not be considered an alternative to diluted earnings per share. Operating return on common equity is defined by the Company as Operating Earnings divided by the average common equity for the period and should not be considered an alternative to return on common equity. The Company believes Operating Earnings, operating diluted earnings per share, and operating return on common equity are more relevant measures of the Company's profitability because Operating Earnings, operating diluted earnings per share, and operating return on common equity 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. The Company's measure of Operating Earnings, operating diluted earnings per share, and operating return on common equity may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(2) In connection with the preparation, review and audit of the Company's consolidated financial statements required to be included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, management identified certain errors in the Company's historical financial statements, resulting in a conclusion by the Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors, in consultation with management and the Company's current and former independent registered public accounting firms, that the Company's previously issued consolidated financial statements for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2016 needed to be restated. The Restatement corrects errors primarily related to: (1) upfront recognition of the portion of warranty contract revenue associated with administration services, instead of recognizing the revenue over the life of the contract; and (2) bonuses that were expensed in the year paid but that should have been accrued as earned based on ASC 270, Interim Reporting, and ASC 450, Contingencies. The Company has also identified other adjustments that have been corrected as part of this Restatement. The table below summarizes the effects of the Restatement adjustments recorded to the previously reported three month period ended March 31, 2016:

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
(In thousands, except for share information) As Restated As Previously
Reported
Service and fee income $128,805 $144,201
Total revenue 1,260,477 1,275,873
Acquisition costs and other underwriting expense 272,468 264,634
Other expense 129,267 128,186
Total expense 1,116,808 1,107,893
Income before other income (expense), provision for income taxes, equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries and non-controlling interest 143,669 167,980
Interest expense (15,874) (17,700)
Foreign currency loss (38,233) (35,673)
Income before provision for income taxes, equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries and non-controlling interest 109,970 135,015
Provision for income taxes 18,960 27,726
Net income 96,786 113,065
Net income attributable to AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. 92,769 109,048
Net income attributable to AmTrust common stockholders 83,978 100,257
Operating earnings(1) attributable to AmTrust common stockholders 122,886 136,604
Basic earnings per share $0.48 $0.57
Diluted earnings per share $0.47 $0.56
Operating diluted earnings per share(1) $0.69 $0.77
Return on common equity 14.7% 16.2%
Operating return on common equity(1) 21.6% 22.1%

(3) The Company calculated the income tax effect of certain adjustments using the U.S. federal statutory income tax rate of 35%. Specifically, realized gain on investments is predominantly U.S. sourced and, therefore, is subject to tax at 35%. In addition, gain on acquisition is both U.S. and foreign sourced gain that is ultimately subject to tax at 35%. The Company does not report non-cash amortization of intangible assets, non-cash interest on convertible senior notes, or foreign currency loss net of tax.

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Segment Information
(in thousands, except percentages)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2017 2016
As Restated
Gross written premium
Small Commercial Business $1,257,285 $1,066,132
Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty 732,442 529,446
Specialty Program 276,553 337,496
$2,266,280 $1,933,074
Net written premium
Small Commercial Business $658,979 $624,528
Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty 510,208 337,833
Specialty Program 174,879 258,318
$1,344,066 $1,220,679
Net earned premium
Small Commercial Business $553,625 $504,094
Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty 473,490 321,841
Specialty Program 195,417 248,347
$1,222,532 $1,074,282
Loss Ratio:
Small Commercial Business 68.2% 66.0%
Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty 66.0% 65.5%
Specialty Program 76.9% 69.0%
Total 68.7% 66.6%
Expense Ratio:
Small Commercial Business (2) 27.9% 26.5%
Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty (2) 25.0% 22.7%
Specialty Program (2) 28.2% 26.6%
Total 26.9% 25.3%
Combined Ratio:
Small Commercial Business (2) 96.1% 92.5%
Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty (2) 91.0% 88.2%
Specialty Program (2) 105.1% 95.6%
Total 95.6% 91.9%


CONTACT: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Chief Communications Officer & SVP Corporate Affairs Chaya Cooperberg chaya.cooperberg@amtrustgroup.com (646) 458-3332

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