American Overseas Group Limited Announces Fourth Quarter 2013 Net Income of $3.4 Million and Operating Income of $1.1 Million HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Overseas Group Limited (BSX:AORE.BH) (Pink Sheets:AORE) ("AOG" or the "Company") today reported net income of $3.4 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. This compares to a net loss of $21.8 million, or $8.08 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012. The net income for the year of 2013 was $10.9 million, or $3.96 per diluted share. This compares to a net loss of $22.9 million, or $8.58 per diluted share, for the year of 2012. Property/casualty premiums earned for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $16.8 million compared to $6 million for the year of 2012. The results for the fourth quarter and year of 2013 were primarily impacted by the positive movement on the reserves related to the financial guaranty business, with the property/casualty business recording an approximately breakeven result. Book value per share at December 31, 2013 was $27.54, an increase of 5% from year-end 2012 when book value per share was $26.15. During the fourth quarter of 2013, operating income was $1.1 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to operating loss of $9.6 million, or $3.54 per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating income for the year of 2013 was $8.9 million, or $3.25 per diluted share, compared to operating loss of $6.9 million, or $2.57 per diluted share, for the year of 2012. Operating book value per share was $49.38 at December 31, 2013, an increase of 2% from year-end 2012 when operating book value per share was $48.35. Operating income and operating book value per share are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to "Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a description of operating income and for a reconciliation of operating income to net income and operating book value per share to book value per share. As a cost saving measure, the Company will be publicly reporting financial results and publishing financial statements semi-annually rather than quarterly. This is effective for reporting on periods beginning January 1, 2014. Subsequent Events: On February 14, 2014, the Company established an irrevocable trust (the "Series A Trust") for the benefit of the holders of the Series A Preferences Shares. The Company deposited assets valued at $3 million in the Series A Trust. An established trust provider in Bermuda was appointed as Trustee of the Series A Trust. The Company believes that the funds deposited in the Series A Trust will be sufficient to meet its obligation to the holders of the Series A Preference Shares at maturity on December 15, 2066. Establishment of the Series A Trust does not alter the Company's obligations to the holders of the Series A shares. Forward-Looking Statements This release contains statements that may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.These statements include, without limitation, the Company's expectations respecting the volatility of its insured portfolio, losses, loss reserves and loss development, the adequacy and availability of its liquidity and capital resources, its current run off strategy, its strategy for writing other reinsurance businesses and its expense reduction measures.These statements are based on current expectations and the current views of the economic and operating environment and are not guarantees of future performance.A number of risks and uncertainties, including economic competitive conditions, could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements.The Company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are: (i) the Company's ability to execute its business strategy, including with respect to new reinsurance businesses; (ii) changes in general economic conditions, including inflation, foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and other factors; (iii) the loss of significant customers with which AORE has a concentration of its reinsurance in force; (iv) legislative and regulatory developments; (v)changes in regulations or tax laws applicable to the Company or AORE or its customers; (vi) more severe or more frequent losses associated with AORE's reinsured portfolio; (vii) losses on credit derivatives; (viii) changes in the Company's accounting policies and procedures that impact the Company's reported financial results; (ix) the effects of ongoing and future litigation and (x) other risks and uncertainties that have not been identified at this time.The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in conditions, events, or expectations, except as required by law. Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures The Company believes that the following non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release serve to supplement GAAP information and are meaningful to investors. Operating income (loss): The Company believes operating income (loss) is a useful measure because it measures income from operations, unaffected by non-operating items such as realized investment gains or losses, unrealized gains or losses on credit derivatives and foreign currency gains or losses. Operating income (loss) is typically used by research analysts and rating agencies in their analysis of the Company. Operating book value per share and adjusted operating book value per share:The Company believes the presentation of operating book value per share and adjusted operating book value per share to be useful because they give a measure of the value of the Company, excluding non-operating items such as unrealized gains and losses on credit derivatives.The Company derives operating book value by beginning with GAAP book value and adding back the unrealized gain or loss portion of its derivative liability, excluding the impact of credit impairments.Adjusted operating book value per share begins with operating book value as calculated above and then adding or subtracting the value of: a. GAAP unearned premium reserves (on policies classified as financial guarantee); b. Deferred acquisition costs; c. Unearned premiums reserves and the present value of estimated future installment premiums net of ceding commissions on credit derivative policies (discounted at 1.75% at December 31, 2013, and 0.72% at December 31, 2012); d. Unrealized appreciation or depreciation of investments; and e. Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary – Class B preference shares. Credit impairments on insured credit default swap ("CDS") contracts: Management measures and monitors credit impairments on AORE's credit derivatives, which are expected to be paid out over the term of the CDS contracts.The credit impairments are a non-GAAP financial measure which management believes to be useful to analysts and investors in reviewing the results of our entire portfolio of policies.Management considers credit derivative policies as a normal extension of AORE's financial guarantee business and reinsurance in substance. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are set forth below. Information About the Company American Overseas Group Limited is a Bermuda-based holding company.Its operating subsidiary, American Overseas Reinsurance Company Ltd., is a property/casualty reinsurance company that currently writes short tail non-catastrophe property/casualty reinsurance and historically wrote financial guaranty reinsurance for U.S. and international public finance and structured finance transactions.The Company's financial guaranty reinsurance business is in run-off.More information can be found at www.aoreltd.com. American Overseas Group Limited Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited) As at December 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands) December 31, 2013 December 31, 2012 Assets Investments: Fixed-maturity securities held as available for sale, at fair value (Amortized cost: $137,930 and $154,334) $141,124 $165,758 Fixed income security held to maturity, at 4,700 -- amortized cost Equity investments available for sale, at 23,100 -- fair value (Cost: $21,000 and $Nil) Cash and cash equivalents 12,775 36,317 Restricted cash 43,688 45,139 Unsettled trades 9,068 Accrued investment income 777 1,189 Reinsurance balances receivable, net 10,611 11,561 Funds withheld 12,351 1,533 Salvage and subrogation recoverable 6,684 6,687 Deferred policy acquisition costs 24,264 28,775 Deferred expenses 259 346 Other assets 800 90 Total Assets $290,201 $297,396 Liabilities and Equity Liabilities: Loss and loss expense reserve $21,783 $22,247 Unearned premiums 62,002 72,538 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 745 698 Derivative liabilities 64,974 65,214 Redeemable Series A preference shares ($1,000 redemption value and $0.10 par value; authorized shares - 75,000;issued 59,700 59,700 and outstanding shares - 59,700 at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012) Total Liabilities 209,204 220,397 Shareholders' Equity: Common shares 2,721 2,677 Additional paid-in capital 232,578 231,891 Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,295 11,424 Retained deficit (165,650) (176,004) Total Shareholders' Equity 74,944 69,988 Noncontrolling interest- Class B 6,053 7,011 preference shares of subsidiary Total Equity 80,997 76,999 Total Liabilities and Equity $290,201 $297,396 American Overseas Group Limited Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited) For the year ended December 31, 2013 and 2012 (dollars in thousands except share and per share amounts) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2013 2012 2013 2012 Revenues Net premiums earned $8,428 $9,316 $28,383 $21,508 Change in fair value of credit derivatives Realized gains and 299 425 1,755 2,271 other settlements Unrealized gains 650 (11,886) 162 (17,073) (losses) Net change in fair value of credit 949 (11,461) 1,917 (14,802) derivatives Net investment 1,219 1,421 5,019 6,946 income Net realized gains on sale of 1,288 382 2,081 737 investments Total other-than-temporary -- -- -- -- impairment losses Portion of impairment losses recognized in other -- -- -- -- comprehensive income (loss) Net other-than-temporary impairment losses -- -- -- -- (recognized in earnings) Foreign currency 60 57 (87) 66 losses (gains) Total revenues 11,944 (284) 37,314 14,455 Expenses Losses and loss 4,492 16,267 12,318 22,052 adjustment expenses Acquisition expenses 2,626 3,771 8,566 9,114 Operating expenses 1,394 1,502 5,558 6,190 Total expenses 8,512 21,539 26,442 37,356 Net income (loss) $3,432 $(21,823) $10,871 $(22,901) Net income (loss) per common share: Basic $1.26 $(8.16) $4.01 $(8.60) Diluted 1.24 (8.08) 3.96 (8.58) Weighted average number of common shares outstanding: Basic 2,721,182 2,675,284 2,714,309 2,662,318 Diluted 2,757,119 2,699,306 2,743,184 2,669,674 Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, 2013 December 31, 2013 Segment information P&C FG Total P&C FG Total Net earned premiums $4,832 $3,596 $ $16,807 $11,576 $28,383 8,428 Incurred losses 3,463 1,028 4,492 12,746 (428) 12,318 Impairment on credit -- 359 359 -- (174) (174) derivatives Acquisition costs 1,624 1,002 2,626 4,424 4,142 8,566 Net underwriting $(256) $1,207 $951 $(363) $8,036 $7,673 (loss) gain Loss ratio 71.7% 38.6% 57.6% 75.8% -5.2% 42.8% Expense ratio 33.6% 27.9% 31.2% 26.3% 35.8% 30.2% Combined ratio 105.3% 66.5% 88.7% 102.2% 30.6% 73.0% Reconciliation of net income (loss) to operating income (loss): (Dollars in thousands except share and per share amounts) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2013 2012 2013 2012 Operating income Net income (loss) $3,432 $(21,823) $10,871 $(22,901) Less: Realized (gains) on sale of investments and (1,288) (382) (2,081) (737) other-than-temporary impairment losses Less: Unrealized (gains) losses on (650) 11,886 (162) 17,073 credit derivatives Add back: credit impairment on (359) 828 174 (254) derivatives Less: Foreign currency (gains) (60) (57) 87 (66) losses Operating income $1,075 $(9,549) $8,889 $(6,885) Net income (loss) per diluted share $1.24 $(8.08) $3.96 $(8.58) Less: Realized (gains) on sale of investments and (0.47) (0.14) (0.76) (0.28) other-than-temporary impairment losses Less: Unrealized (gains) losses on (0.24) 4.40 (0.06) 6.40 credit derivatives Add back: credit impairment on (0.13) 0.31 0.06 (0.10) derivatives Less: Foreign currency (gains) (0.02) (0.02) 0.03 (0.02) losses Operating income per diluted share $0.39 $(3.54) $3.25 $(2.57) Reconciliation of book value per share to operating book value per share and adjusted operating book value per share: (Dollars in thousands except per share amounts) As at As at Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2012 Shares outstanding 2,721 2,677 Book Value Per Share 27.54 26.15 Shareholders' Equity (Book Value) 74,944 69,988 Derivative liability ^(1) 64,792 64,953 Credit impairments on derivatives (5,363) (5,537) Operating book value per share 49.38 48.35 Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary - Class B 6,053 7,011 preference shares Unearned premiums ^(2) 62,445 73,205 Deferred acquisition costs (24,264) (28,775) Present value of installment premiums ^(3) 6,471 8,942 Unrealized gains on investments (5,295) (11,424) Adjusted operating book value per share $66.07 $66.64 (1) Represents the unrealized gains (losses) portion of the derivative liability. (2) Includes unearned premium balances on financial guaranty, property casualty and credit derivative policies. The unearned premiums on financial guaranty policies include the present value of future installment premiums, net of ceding commissions. (3) Estimated present value of future installments, net of ceding commissions, on policies written in credit derivative form only. At December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the discount rate was 1.75% and 0.72%, respectively. The Company has posted its fourth quarter 2013 financial results to its website at www.aoreltd.com under "Investor Information." CONTACT: American Overseas Group Limited email@example.com
American Overseas Group Limited Announces Fourth Quarter 2013 Net Income of $3.4 Million and Operating Income of $1.1 Million
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