Greenlight Re Announces First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, May 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (Nasdaq:GLRE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Greenlight Re reported net income of $56.7 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to net income of $65.1 million for the same period in 2012. Fully diluted net income per share was $1.52 compared to fully diluted net income per share of $1.75 for the same period in 2012.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $23.45 as of March 31, 2013, a 0.7% increase from $23.29 per share as of March 31, 2012.

Financial and operating highlights for Greenlight Re for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 include:

  • Gross written premiums in the first quarter of 2013 were $127.0 million, compared to $152.2 million in the first quarter of 2012; net earned premiums were $109.5 million, an increase from $101.6 million reported in the prior-year period.
  • Underwriting income of $1.9 million was reported for the first quarter of 2013, compared to underwriting income of $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, the company established additional net reserves of $1.6 million, as additional reserves related to Greenlight Re's general liability book of business were partially offset by a reversal of reserves established for super-storm Sandy.
  • A net investment gain of 5.8%, on Greenlight Re's investment portfolio managed by DME Advisors, LP was reported for the first quarter 2013. This compares to a net investment gain of 6.5% in the first quarter of 2012.

"While we saw gains in our investment portfolio, our underwriting results in the first quarter were impacted by an increase to our reserves, despite the reversal of all reserves related to super-storm Sandy," said Bart Hedges, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re. "We continued to take advantage of several opportunities in our non-standard automobile segment and have begun to execute on European opportunities via our Irish subsidiary."

"Our investment portfolio performed well and remains conservatively positioned given the uncertainty in the financial markets," stated David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Our underwriting team remains focused on developing long-term relationships with our insurance partners, and we believe we are well positioned to identify and act upon new opportunities despite the competitive environment."

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2013 on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2013 Earnings Call.

To participate, please dial in to the conference call at:

U.S. toll free 1-877-317-6789
International 1-412-317-6789

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 7, 2013 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 15, 2013. 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 10026875. 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, 2013 and December 31, 2012
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
March 31, 2013 December 31, 2012
(unaudited) (audited)
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value $ 7,100 $ 1,763
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 1,112,684 1,042,715
Other investments, at fair value 146,340 133,450
Total investments 1,266,124 1,177,928
Cash and cash equivalents 10,973 21,890
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 1,378,563 1,206,837
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value 61,636 22,744
Reinsurance balances receivable 195,998 173,221
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable 21,133 34,451
Deferred acquisition costs, net 64,027 59,177
Unearned premiums ceded 2,468 3,616
Notes receivable 15,865 19,330
Other assets 3,424 3,559
Total assets $ 3,020,211 $ 2,722,753
Liabilities and equity
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value $ 1,092,473 $ 908,368
Financial contracts payable, at fair value 14,847 19,637
Due to prime brokers 366,681 326,488
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 349,902 356,470
Unearned premium reserves 207,594 188,185
Reinsurance balances payable 35,282 35,292
Funds withheld 13,068 17,415
Other liabilities 13,449 10,488
Performance compensation payable to related party 16,113
Total liabilities 2,109,409 1,862,343
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, 30,567,227 (2012: 30,447,179): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized, 25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,949 (2012: 6,254,949)) 3,682 3,670
Additional paid-in capital 493,492 492,469
Retained earnings 382,302 325,569
Shareholders' equity attributable to shareholders 879,476 821,708
Non-controlling interest in joint venture 31,326 38,702
Total equity 910,802 860,410
Total liabilities and equity $ 3,020,211 $ 2,722,753
For the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)
Three months ended March 31
2013 2012
Gross premiums written $ 126,964 $ 152,220
Gross premiums ceded 3,978 (10,994)
Net premiums written 130,942 141,226
Change in net unearned premium reserves (21,471) (39,637)
Net premiums earned 109,471 101,589
Net investment income 61,139 71,606
Other income (expense), net 389 (212)
Total revenues 170,999 172,983
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net 66,278 63,307
Acquisition costs, net 41,296 36,025
General and administrative expenses 3,760 4,624
Total expenses 111,334 103,956
Income before income tax expense 59,665 69,027
Income tax expense (308) (262)
Net income including non-controlling interest 59,357 68,765
Income attributable to non-controlling interest in joint venture (2,624) (3,632)
Net income $ 56,733 $ 65,133
Earnings per share
Basic $ 1.54 $ 1.78
Diluted $ 1.52 $ 1.75
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in the determination of earnings per share
Basic 36,730,315 36,550,953
Diluted 37,424,894 37,279,371

The following table provides the ratios for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012:

Three months ended March 31 Three months ended March 31
2013 2012
Frequency Severity Total Frequency Severity Total
Loss ratio 71.2% (676.4)% 60.5% 65.2% 2.1% 62.3%
Acquisition cost ratio 37.6% 46.2% 37.7% 36.3% 17.0% 35.5%
Composite ratio 108.8% (630.2)% 98.2% 101.5% 19.1% 97.8%
Internal expense ratio 4.5% 3.1%
Corporate expense ratio (1.0)% 1.5%
Combined ratio 101.7% 102.4%

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

Source:Greenlight Capital Re