Everest Re Group Reports Third Quarter 2013 Earnings and Record Underwriting Income of $500 million through Nine Months Business Wire HAMILTON, Bermuda -- October 23, 2013 Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE:RE) today reported third quarter 2013 net income available to common shareholders of $234.8 million, or $4.81 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $250.9 million, or $4.82 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2012. After-tax operating income^1 available to common shareholders, excluding realized capital gains and losses, was $205.0 million, or $4.20 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2013, compared to after-tax operating income^1 of $210.6 million, or $4.05 per diluted common share, for the same period last year. A significant item impacting the quarter’s earnings was an increase in the annualized effective tax rate, reducing operating income by $24.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted common share. This change in the annualized effective tax rate was driven by lower than planned catastrophe losses in the quarter. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net income available to common shareholders was $894.7 million, or $17.94 per diluted common share, compared to $770.2 million, or $14.61 per diluted common share, for the first nine months of 2012. After-tax operating income^1 available to common shareholders, excluding realized capital gains and losses, was $759.2 million, or $15.22 per diluted common share, compared to $673.5 million or $12.78 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2012. Commenting on the Company’s results, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph V. Taranto said, “Through the first nine months we had $895 million of net income for a 19% return on equity and grew premium by 24%. Over the last several years we have strategically focused on expanding our global footprint and improving our risk adjusted returns. I want to thank our staff, which I believe is the best in the business, for their terrific work that helped us achieve these goals.” Operating highlights for the third quarter of 2013 included the following: *Gross written premiums were $1.5 billion, an increase of 22% compared to the third quarter of 2012. Total Reinsurance premiums were up 24% to $1.1 billion with continued strong growth emanating from expansion initiatives in the property reinsurance markets. Insurance premiums also rose with an increase of 12% for the quarter primarily driven by California workers’ compensation and non-standard automobile business. *The combined ratio for the quarter was 88.0% compared to 87.2% in the third quarter of 2012. Excluding catastrophe losses, reinstatement premiums, and prior period loss development, the current quarter attritional combined ratio was 82.3% compared to 84.9% for the same period last year. *Catastrophe losses were $75.0 million for the quarter arising from the German hailstorms and flood events in Canada, including an increase in estimated losses for the flooding in Alberta, Canada due to an escalation of the industry loss. The net impact of these losses in the quarter, after reinstatement premiums and taxes, was $65.0 million. *Net investment income for the quarter was $127.9 million and includes $4.6 million of limited partnership income. *Interest expense on debt has declined from $13.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 to $7.6 million in the current quarter as a result of the redemption of the 6.2% junior subordinated debt securities in May of this year. *Net after-tax realized capital gains amounted to $29.8 million in the quarter, offset, in part, by $22.5 million of unrealized losses, net of tax, on the fixed income portfolio. *Cash flow from operations was $380.4 million compared to $174.9 million for the same period in 2012. *The year-to-date effective tax rate on operating income increased from 12.3% at June 30, 2013 to 15.0% at September 30, 2013 resulting in a $24.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted common share, impact and an effective tax rate of 21.7% for the quarter. The increase in the effective tax rate was primarily attributable to lower than planned catastrophe losses, resulting in higher than expected income for the year. *Through nine months, the annualized after-tax operating income^1 return on average adjusted shareholders’ equity^2 was 16.1% compared to 15.3% in 2012. For this same period, the annualized net income return on average adjusted shareholders’ equity^2 was 19.0% compared to 17.5% in 2012. *During the quarter, the Company repurchased 724,654 of its common shares at an average price of $137.98 and a total cost of $100.0 million. For the year, the Company repurchased 4.3 million of its common shares for a total cost of $550.0 million. The repurchases were made pursuant to a share repurchase authorization, provided by the Company’s Board of Directors, under which there remains 5.0 million shares available. *Shareholders’ equity ended the quarter at $6.7 billion, relatively flat to the level at December 31, 2012. Book value per share increased 7% from $130.96 at December 31, 2012 to $140.20 at September 30, 2013. Effective July 1, 2013, Mt. Logan Re established separate segregated accounts and issued non-voting, redeemable preferred shares to capitalize the segregated accounts. Mt. Logan Re meets the definition of a variable interest entity. Accordingly, the financial position and operating results for Mt. Logan Re are consolidated with the Company. The non-controlling interests in Mt. Logan Re’s operating results and equity are presented as separate captions in the Company’s financial statements. The Company’s financial supplement, located on the website at www.everestregroup.com, now includes an additional segment for the activities related to Mt. Logan Re to assist investors with the impact of this new entity on the Company’s financials. 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 latest Annual Report on Form 10-K. 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. Everest Re Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company that operates through the following subsidiaries: Everest Reinsurance Company provides reinsurance to property and casualty insurers in both the U.S. and international markets. Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd., including through its branch in the United Kingdom, provides reinsurance and insurance to worldwide property and casualty markets and reinsurance to life insurers. Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland), Limited provides reinsurance to non-life insurers in Europe. Mt. Logan Re, a segregated cell company, capitalized by the Company and third party investors, is a specialty reinsurer of catastrophe risks. Everest National Insurance Company and Everest Security Insurance Company provide property and casualty insurance to policyholders in the U.S. Everest Indemnity Insurance Company offers excess and surplus lines insurance in the U.S. Everest Insurance Company of Canada provides property and casualty insurance to policyholders in Canada. Additional information on Everest Re Group companies can be found at the Group’s web site at www.everestregroup.com. A conference call discussing the third quarter results will be held at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on October 24, 2013. The call will be available on the Internet through the Company’s web site or at www.streetevents.com. Recipients are encouraged to visit the Company’s web site to view supplemental financial information on the Company’s results. The supplemental information is located at www.everestregroup.com in the “Financial Reports” section of the “Investor Center”. The supplemental financial information may also be obtained by contacting the Company directly. ___________________________ ^1 The Company generally uses after-tax operating income (loss), a non-GAAP financial measure, to evaluate its performance. After-tax operating income (loss) consists of net income (loss) excluding after-tax net realized capital gains (losses) as the following reconciliation displays: Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, (Dollars in thousands, 2013 2012 2013 2012 except per share amounts) (unaudited) (unaudited) Per Per Per Per Diluted Diluted Diluted Diluted Common Common Common Common Amount Share Amount Share Amount Share Amount Share Net income $ 234,759 $ 4.81 $ 250,922 $ 4.82 $ 894,744 $ 17.94 $ 770,177 $ 14.61 (loss)* After-tax net realized 29,781 0.61 40,351 0.78 135,544 2.72 96,665 1.83 capital gains (losses) After-tax operating $ 204,978 $ 4.20 $ 210,571 $ 4.05 $ 759,200 $ 15.22 $ 673,512 $ 12.78 income (loss)* * attributable to common shareholders (Some amounts may not reconcile due to rounding.) Although net realized capital gains (losses) are an integral part of the Company’s insurance operations, the determination of net realized capital gains (losses) is independent of the insurance underwriting process. The Company believes that the level of net realized capital gains (losses) for any particular period is not indicative of the performance of the underlying business in that particular period. Providing only a GAAP presentation of net income (loss) makes it more difficult for users of the financial information to evaluate the Company’s success or failure in its basic business, and may lead to incorrect or misleading assumptions and conclusions. The Company understands that the equity analysts who follow the Company focus on after-tax operating income (loss) in their analyses for the reasons discussed above. The Company provides after-tax operating income (loss) to investors so that they have what management believes to be a useful supplement to GAAP information concerning the Company’s performance. ^2 Adjusted shareholders’ equity excludes net after-tax unrealized (appreciation) depreciation of investments. --Financial Details Follow-- EVEREST RE GROUP, LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, (Dollars in thousands, except 2013 2012 2013 2012 per share amounts) (unaudited) (unaudited) REVENUES: Premiums earned $ 1,225,755 $ 1,009,454 $ 3,466,047 $ 3,045,232 Net investment 127,872 152,024 422,382 453,791 income Net realized capital gains (losses): Other-than-temporary impairments on fixed - (3,548 ) (191 ) (9,902 ) maturity securities Other-than-temporary impairments on fixed maturity securities - - - - transferred to other comprehensive income (loss) Other net realized capital gains 44,958 66,291 205,789 154,784 (losses) Total net realized capital gains 44,958 62,743 205,598 144,882 (losses) Net derivative gain 5,639 703 33,005 (9,420 ) (loss) Other income (2,726 ) (5,943 ) (3,318 ) 15,675 (expense) Total revenues 1,401,498 1,218,981 4,123,714 3,650,160 CLAIMS AND EXPENSES: Incurred losses and loss adjustment 770,102 603,654 2,074,336 1,813,990 expenses Commission, brokerage, taxes and 248,587 221,082 723,700 724,374 fees Other underwriting 59,860 55,762 167,707 153,932 expenses Corporate expenses 4,758 5,947 16,643 16,683 Interest, fees and bond issue cost 7,637 13,331 38,480 39,753 amortization expense Total claims and 1,090,944 899,776 3,020,866 2,748,732 expenses INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE 310,554 319,205 1,102,848 901,428 TAXES Income tax expense 72,027 68,283 204,336 131,251 (benefit) NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 238,527 $ 250,922 $ 898,512 $ 770,177 Net (income) loss attributable to (3,768 ) - (3,768 ) - noncontrolling interests NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO $ 234,759 $ 250,922 $ 894,744 $ 770,177 EVEREST RE GROUP Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax: Unrealized appreciation (depreciation) (20,925 ) 116,694 (340,267 ) 202,229 ("URA(D)") on securities arising during the period Less: reclassification adjustment for (1,592 ) 1,512 (7,511 ) (5,702 ) realized losses (gains) included in net income (loss) Total URA(D) on securities arising (22,517 ) 118,206 (347,778 ) 196,527 during the period Foreign currency translation (5,913 ) 36,252 (13,228 ) 27,125 adjustments Pension adjustments 1,470 1,199 4,161 3,166 Total other comprehensive income (26,960 ) 155,657 (356,845 ) 226,818 (loss) Other comprehensive (income) loss attributable to - - - - noncontrolling interests Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax (26,960 ) 155,657 (356,845 ) 226,818 attributable to Everest Re Group COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 207,799 $ 406,579 $ 537,899 $ 996,995 (LOSS) EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO EVEREST RE GROUP: Basic $ 4.85 $ 4.84 $ 18.09 $ 14.66 Diluted 4.81 4.82 17.94 14.61 Dividends declared 0.48 0.48 1.44 1.44 EVEREST RE GROUP, LTD. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS September 30, December 31, (Dollars and share amounts in thousands, 2013 2012 except par value per share) (unaudited) ASSETS: Fixed maturities - available for sale, at $ 12,690,506 $ 13,141,657 market value (amortized cost: 2013, $12,380,972; 2012, $12,444,880) Fixed maturities - available for sale, at 19,780 41,470 fair value Equity securities - available for sale, at market value (cost: 2013, $143,131; 2012, 139,471 143,493 $131,630) Equity securities - available for sale, at 1,417,398 1,255,557 fair value Short-term investments 867,356 860,379 Other invested assets (cost: 2013, $523,811; 523,811 596,590 2012, $596,590) Cash 589,534 537,050 Total investments and cash 16,247,856 16,576,196 Accrued investment income 120,955 130,209 Premiums receivable 1,635,693 1,237,859 Reinsurance receivables 724,232 659,081 Funds held by reinsureds 226,294 228,375 Deferred acquisition costs 353,815 303,268 Prepaid reinsurance premiums 90,642 71,107 Deferred tax asset 208,141 262,024 Income taxes recoverable 51,579 68,442 Other assets 368,713 241,346 TOTAL ASSETS $ 20,027,920 $ 19,777,907 LIABILITIES: Reserve for losses and loss adjustment $ 9,737,917 $ 10,069,055 expenses Future policy benefit reserve 65,255 66,107 Unearned premium reserve 1,622,098 1,322,525 Funds held under reinsurance treaties 2,592 2,755 Commission reserves 67,047 65,533 Other net payable to reinsurers 224,873 162,778 Losses in course of payment 595,304 191,076 5.4% Senior notes due 10/15/2014 249,945 249,907 6.6% Long term notes due 5/1/2067 238,360 238,357 Junior subordinated debt securities payable - 329,897 Accrued interest on debt and borrowings 12,092 4,781 Equity index put option liability 46,462 79,467 Unsettled securities payable 52,536 48,830 Other liabilities 304,721 213,372 Total liabilities 13,219,202 13,044,440 NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS: Redeemable noncontrolling interests - Mt. 91,268 - Logan Re SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY: Preferred shares, par value: $0.01; 50,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and - - outstanding Common shares, par value: $0.01; 200,000 shares authorized; (2013) 67,863 and (2012) 679 671 67,105 outstanding before treasury shares Additional paid-in capital 2,013,191 1,946,439 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of deferred income tax expense 180,204 537,049 (benefit) of $59,848 at 2013 and $119,629 at 2012 Treasury shares, at cost; 19,949 shares (1,913,914 ) (1,363,958 ) (2013) and 15,687 shares (2012) Retained earnings 6,437,290 5,613,266 Total shareholders' equity attributable to 6,717,450 6,733,467 Everest Re Group, Ltd. TOTAL LIABILITIES, NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS $ 20,027,920 $ 19,777,907 AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY EVEREST RE GROUP, LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, (Dollars in 2013 2012 2013 2012 thousands) (unaudited) (unaudited) CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $ 238,527 $ 250,922 $ 898,512 $ 770,177 (loss) Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Decrease (increase) in (181,317 ) (227,333 ) (401,623 ) (119,923 ) premiums receivable Decrease (increase) in funds held by 12,729 37,682 485 46,089 reinsureds, net Decrease (increase) in (11,187 ) (22,945 ) (77,165 ) (35,972 ) reinsurance receivables Decrease (increase) in 15,641 19,927 16,730 21,386 current income taxes Decrease (increase) in 57,638 14,935 113,278 48,896 deferred tax asset Decrease (increase) in prepaid (14,605 ) (27,524 ) (21,513 ) (18,401 ) reinsurance premiums Increase (decrease) in reserve for losses and (100,751 ) (138,310 ) (275,893 ) (405,540 ) loss adjustment expenses Increase (decrease) in future policy (285 ) (535 ) (852 ) (1,454 ) benefit reserve Increase (decrease) in 178,193 121,344 304,728 (52,225 ) unearned premiums Increase (decrease) in other net 33,937 138,239 63,702 165,142 payable to reinsurers Increase (decrease) in losses in 174,701 76,527 404,836 87,337 course of payment Change in equity adjustments in (4,343 ) (18,274 ) (40,693 ) (46,766 ) limited partnerships Change in other assets and 6,754 (11,280 ) (68,112 ) 96,913 liabilities, net Non-cash compensation 4,923 9,452 15,088 22,826 expense Amortization of bond premium 14,773 14,829 50,280 45,795 (accrual of bond discount) Amortization of underwriting 14 13 41 38 discount on senior notes Net realized capital (44,958 ) (62,743 ) (205,598 ) (144,882 ) (gains) losses Net cash provided by (used in) 380,384 174,926 776,231 479,436 operating activities CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from fixed maturities matured/called 594,260 503,303 1,912,978 1,294,896 - available for sale, at market value Proceeds from fixed maturities matured/called - 1,300 7,213 1,300 - available for sale, at fair value Proceeds from fixed maturities sold - 214,173 217,983 845,357 639,301 available for sale, at market value Proceeds from fixed maturities sold - 1,056 11,783 18,398 72,926 available for sale, at fair value Proceeds from equity securities sold - 326 76,000 45,749 130,792 available for sale, at market value Proceeds from equity securities sold - 101,176 89,311 459,945 386,917 available for sale, at fair value Distributions from other 10,874 32,015 128,422 53,032 invested assets Cost of fixed maturities acquired - (671,876 ) (889,195 ) (2,794,035 ) (2,143,771 ) available for sale, at market value Cost of fixed maturities acquired - (2,092 ) (1,658 ) (4,798 ) (7,164 ) available for sale, at fair value Cost of equity securities acquired - (1,097 ) (7,472 ) (54,584 ) (20,126 ) available for sale, at market value Cost of equity securities acquired - (180,308 ) (111,767 ) (424,252 ) (305,046 ) available for sale, at fair value Cost of other invested (3,762 ) (21,089 ) (15,063 ) (49,681 ) assets acquired Net change in short-term (139,544 ) (24,466 ) (7,408 ) (287,196 ) investments Net change in unsettled (70,186 ) 59,991 (14,518 ) 65,957 securities transactions Net cash provided by (used in) (147,000 ) (63,961 ) 103,404 (167,863 ) investing activities CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Common shares issued during 5,103 1,913 51,672 19,868 the period, net Purchase of treasury (100,001 ) (25,026 ) (549,956 ) (250,025 ) shares Revolving credit (40,000 ) - - - borrowings Net cost of junior subordinated - - (329,897 ) - debt securities maturing Third party investment in redeemable 87,500 - 87,500 - noncontrolling interest Dividends paid to (23,174 ) (24,897 ) (70,720 ) (75,667 ) shareholders Net cash provided by (used in) (70,572 ) (48,010 ) (811,401 ) (305,824 ) financing activities EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE (12,414 ) 16,752 (15,750 ) 24,158 CHANGES ON CASH Net increase (decrease) in 150,398 79,707 52,484 29,907 cash Cash, beginning of 439,136 398,851 537,050 448,651 period Cash, end of $ 589,534 $ 478,558 $ 589,534 $ 478,558 period SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION: Income taxes paid $ (1,820 ) $ 30,662 $ 64,918 $ 54,463 (recovered) Interest paid 243 5,851 23,524 31,936 Non-cash transaction: Conversion of equity securities - available for sale, at market value, to fixed maturity securities - - - - 92,981 available for sale, at market value, including accrued interest at time of conversion Contact: Everest Global Services, Inc. Elizabeth B. Farrell, 908-604-3169 Vice President, Investor Relations
Everest Re Group Reports Third Quarter 2013 Earnings and Record Underwriting Income of $500 million through Nine Months
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