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Greenlight Re Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2018 Financial Results

Company to Hold Conference Call at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 28, 2019

/EIN News/ -- GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ: GLRE) (“Greenlight Re” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.  Greenlight Re reported a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $80.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $37.7 million for the same period in 2017. The net loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $2.25, compared to a net loss per share of $1.02 for the same period in 2017.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $13.10 as of December 31, 2018, compared to $22.22 per share as of December 31, 2017 and $15.29 as of September 30, 2018.

Management Commentary

Simon Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re, stated, “Our fourth quarter results were negatively impacted by an investment loss of $56.4 million and an underwriting loss of $18.0 million primarily due to losses related to Hurricane Michael and the California wildfires. The net financial impact of catastrophe losses incurred during the fourth quarter added 11.9 points to our 115.0% combined ratio.”

Mr. Burton concluded, “While our financial performance in 2018 was weak, I am optimistic about our positioning. Through the year we steadily improved the profile of our underwriting business, which has led to a solid start to 2019. I’m encouraged by opportunities we are seeing in the open market and in our Innovations and other strategic partnerships and the progress has been achieved without compromising our focus on expense control. I am also a firm believer in our value-investing strategy and its potential to generate strong returns for our shareholders.”

David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “The December equity market sell off contributed significantly to our fourth quarter investment loss.  We remain committed to our long-term investing strategy despite a difficult environment for value investing in 2018.”

Financial and Operating Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2018

  • Gross written premiums of $135.1 million, a decrease from $139.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The premium decrease was primarily due to a reduction in exposure to a multi-line casualty contract.
     
  • Ceded premiums were $30.3 million compared to $42.7 million in the prior year period as the Company continued to cede off a portion of its non-standard automobile business.
     
  • Net earned premiums were $119.6 million, a decrease from $141.1 million reported in the prior-year period.
     
  • A net underwriting loss of $18.0 million. Catastrophe losses, which were related primarily to Hurricane Michael and wildfires in California had a net financial impact of $18.9 million during the period. The underwriting loss of $19.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 included losses from natural catastrophes including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
     
  • Adverse prior year loss development of approximately $2.4 million, primarily due to a change in estimated reserves on automobile contracts from the 2015 and 2016 accident years.  The net financial impact of this reserve development after consideration of adjustments to ceding and profit commissions was a loss of $4.2 million.
     
  • A composite ratio for the quarter of 112.6%, compared to 111.8% for the prior-year period.  The combined ratio for the quarter was 115.0% compared to 114.0% for the prior-year period. Catastrophe losses contributed 11.9 percentage points to the composite and combined ratios for the quarter.
     
  • A net investment loss of $56.4 million, compared to net investment loss of $16.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Year Ended December 31, 2018

  • Gross written premiums were $567.5 million, compared to $692.7 million reported in the prior year.
     
  • Net earned premiums were $508.4 million, compared to $626.0 million reported in the prior year.
     
  • No significant prior year loss reserve development for the year however the net financial impact of prior year reserve development resulted in a loss of $7.4 million.
     
  • A composite ratio for the year ended December 31, 2018 of 100.2%, compared to 106.1% for the prior year.  The combined ratio for the year ended December 31, 2018 was 102.8%, compared to 108.6% for the prior-year period. Catastrophe losses contributed 3.7 percentage points to the composite and combined ratios for 2018, compared to 6.9 percentage points for 2017.
     
  • A net investment loss of $323.1 million, compared to net investment income of $20.2 million reported in the prior year.
     
  • Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $350.1 million, or $9.74 per share, compared to a net loss of $45.0 million or $1.21 per share, in 2017.

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, 2018 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Fourth Quarter and Year End 2018 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. Fourth Quarter and Year End 2018 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/10128657

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:

https://services.choruscall.com/links/glre190228.html

A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on February 28, 2019 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on March 7, 2019.  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 10128657. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company’s website, www.greenlightre.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting the Company’s results, management has included financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including fully diluted adjusted book value per share and net underwriting income (loss), are referred to as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. Management believes these measures allow for a more complete understanding of the underlying business. These measures are used to monitor our results and should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included in the attached financial information in accordance with Regulation G.

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, except as provided by law.

About Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.
Established in 2004, Greenlight Re (www.greenlightre.com) is a NASDAQ listed company with specialist property and casualty reinsurance companies based in the Cayman Islands and Ireland.  Greenlight Re provides risk management products and services to the insurance, reinsurance and other risk marketplaces.  The Company focuses on delivering risk solutions to clients and brokers by whom Greenlight Re's expertise, analytics and customer service offerings are demanded.  With an emphasis on deriving superior returns from both sides of the balance sheet, Greenlight Re manages its assets according to a value-oriented equity-focused strategy that supports the goal of long-term growth in book value per share.

About Greenlight Re Innovations
Greenlight Re Innovations was launched as a unit of Greenlight Re in March 2018 to support technology innovators working in the areas of risk preparedness, prevention, post-loss mitigation and risk finance. Over the past three months, Greenlight’s Innovation Unit has announced several strategic investments, including:

Contact:

Investor Relations:
Adam Prior
The Equity Group Inc.
(212) 836-9606
IR@greenlightre.ky

Public Relations/Media:
Mairi Mallon
Rein4ce
+44 (0)203 786 1160
mairi.mallon@rein4ce.co.uk


GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31, 2018 and 2017
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)

       
  2018   2017
Assets      
Investments      
Investment in related party investment fund, at fair value $ 235,612     $  
Debt instruments, trading, at fair value     7,180  
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 36,908     1,203,672  
Other investments 11,408     152,132  
Total investments 283,928     1,362,984  
Cash and cash equivalents 18,215     27,285  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 685,016     1,503,813  
Financial contracts receivable, at fair value     12,893  
Reinsurance balances receivable 300,251     301,762  
Loss and loss adjustment expenses recoverable 43,705     29,459  
Deferred acquisition costs, net 49,929     62,350  
Unearned premiums ceded 24,981     25,120  
Notes receivable, net 26,861     28,497  
Other assets 2,559     3,230  
Total assets $ 1,435,445     $ 3,357,393  
Liabilities and equity      
Liabilities      
Due to related party investment fund $ 9,642     $  
Securities sold, not yet purchased, at fair value     912,797  
Financial contracts payable, at fair value     22,222  
Due to prime brokers and other financial institutions     672,700  
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves 482,662     464,380  
Unearned premium reserves 211,789     255,818  
Reinsurance balances payable 139,218     144,058  
Funds withheld 16,418     23,579  
Other liabilities 5,067     10,413  
Convertible senior notes payable, net of deferred costs 91,185      
Total liabilities 955,981     2,505,967  
       
Redeemable non-controlling interest in related party joint venture 1,692     7,169  
       
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, 30,130,214 (2017: 31,104,830): Class B: par value $0.10; authorized,
25,000,000; issued and outstanding, 6,254,715 (2017: 6,254,715))
3,638     3,736  
Additional paid-in capital 499,726     503,316  
Retained earnings (deficit) (26,077 )   324,272  
Shareholders’ equity attributable to Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. 477,287     831,324  
Non-controlling interest in related party joint venture 485     12,933  
Total equity 477,772     844,257  
Total liabilities, redeemable non-controlling interest and equity $ 1,435,445     $ 3,357,393  


GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016
(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share and share amounts)

  2018   2017   2016
Revenues          
Gross premiums written $ 567,531     $ 692,651     $ 536,072  
Gross premiums ceded (102,788 )   (56,587 )   (10,015 )
Net premiums written 464,743     636,064     526,057  
Change in net unearned premium reserves 43,620     (10,060 )   (12,939 )
Net premiums earned 508,363     626,004     513,118  
Income (loss) from investment in related party investment fund
[net of related party expenses of $3,100, $0 and $0, respectively]
(60,573 )        
Net investment income (loss) [net of related party
expenses of $11,221, $19,863 and $24,543, respectively]
(262,533 )   20,231     76,183  
Other income (expense), net (2,228 )   (560 )   (935 )
Total revenues 183,029     645,675     588,366  
Expenses          
Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, net 363,873     502,404     380,815  
Acquisition costs, net 145,475     161,740     134,534  
General and administrative expenses 25,173     26,356     25,808  
Interest expense 2,505          
Total expenses 537,026     690,500     541,157  
Income (loss) before income tax (353,997 )   (44,825 )   47,209  
Income tax (expense) benefit (332 )   451     (509 )
Net income (loss) (354,329 )   (44,374 )   46,700  
Loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest in
related party joint venture
4,275     (578 )   (1,819 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. $ (350,054 )   $ (44,952 )   $ 44,881  
Earnings (loss) per share          
Basic $ (9.74 )   $ (1.21 )   $ 1.20  
Diluted $ (9.74 )   $ (1.21 )   $ 1.20  
Weighted average number of ordinary shares used in
the determination of earnings and loss per share
         
Basic 35,951,659     37,002,260     37,267,145  
Diluted 35,951,659     37,002,260     37,340,018  


The following table provides the ratios for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016:

           
  Year ended December 31   Year ended December 31   Year ended December 31
  2018   2017   2016
  Property   Casualty   Other   Total   Property   Casualty   Other   Total   Property   Casualty   Other   Total
                                               
Loss ratio 75.6 %   75.5 %   56.0 %   71.6 %   94.0 %   78.8 %   66.0 %   80.3 %   66.9 %   78.9 %   61.2 %   74.2 %
Acquisition cost ratio 24.0     26.2     40.1     28.6     26.7     23.8     33.5     25.8     29.9     24.5     29.8     26.2  
Composite ratio 99.6 %   101.7 %   96.1 %   100.2 %   120.7 %   102.6 %   99.5 %   106.1 %   96.8 %   103.4 %   91.0 %   100.4 %
Underwriting expense ratio             2.6                 2.5                 3.2  
Combined ratio             102.8 %               108.6 %               103.6 %


GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE, LTD.
NON-GAAP MEASURES AND RECONCILIATION

Basic Adjusted Book Value Per Share and Fully Diluted Adjusted Book Value Per Share

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 useful to our investors, shareholders and other interested parties to form a basis of comparison with other companies within the property and casualty reinsurance industry.

Basic adjusted book value per share is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes from the total equity the non-controlling interest in related party joint venture. Fully diluted adjusted book value per share is also considered a non-GAAP financial measure and represents basic adjusted book value per share combined with the impact of dilution of all in-the-money stock options and RSUs issued and outstanding as of any period end. In addition, the fully diluted adjusted book value per share includes the dilutive effect, if any, of ordinary shares to be issued upon conversion of the convertible notes. We adjust the total equity by excluding the non-controlling interest in related party joint venture because it does not reflect the equity attributable to our shareholders. Basic adjusted book value per share and fully diluted adjusted book value per share should not be viewed as substitutes for the comparable U.S. GAAP measures.

Our primary financial goal is to increase the long-term value in fully diluted adjusted book value per share.

The following table presents a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures basic adjusted and fully diluted adjusted book value per share to the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure.

           
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
   ($ in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
Numerator for basic adjusted and fully diluted
adjusted book value per share:
         
Total equity (U.S. GAAP) $ 477,772     $ 844,257     $ 885,803  
Less: Non-controlling interest in joint venture (485 )   (12,933 )   (11,561 )
Numerator for basic adjusted book value per share 477,287     831,324     874,242  
Add: Proceeds from in-the-money stock options
issued and outstanding
    13,859     2,120  
Numerator for fully diluted adjusted book value per share $ 477,287     $ 845,183     $ 876,362  
Denominator for basic adjusted and fully 
diluted adjusted book value per share:
         
Ordinary shares issued and outstanding (denominator
for basic adjusted book value per share)
36,384,929     37,359,545     37,366,327  
Add: In-the-money stock options and RSUs issued and outstanding 46,398     679,684     123,320  
Denominator for fully diluted adjusted book value per share 36,431,327     38,039,229     37,489,647  
Basic adjusted book value per share $ 13.12     $ 22.25     $ 23.40  
Increase (decrease) in basic adjusted book value per share ($) (9.13 )   (1.15 )   1.11  
Increase (decrease) in basic adjusted book value per share (%) (41.0 )   (4.9 )   5.0  
           
Fully diluted adjusted book value per share $ 13.10     $ 22.22     $ 23.38  
Change in fully diluted adjusted book value per share ($) (9.12 )   (1.16 )   1.21  
Change in fully diluted adjusted book value per share (%) (41.0 )   (5.0 )   5.5  
                 

Net Underwriting Income (Loss)

One way that we evaluate the Company’s underwriting performance is through the measurement of net underwriting income (loss). We do not use premiums written as a measure of performance. Net underwriting income (loss) is a performance measure used by management as it measures the underlying fundamentals of the Company’s underwriting operations. We believe that the use of net underwriting income (loss) enables investors and other users of the Company’s financial information to analyze our performance in a manner similar to how management analyzes performance. Management also believes that this measure follows industry practice and allows the users of financial information to compare the Company’s performance with its those of our industry peer group.

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 a portion of general and administrative expenses. Net underwriting income (loss) is calculated as net premiums earned, plus other income (expense) related to underwriting activities, less net loss and loss adjustment expenses, less acquisition costs, and less underwriting expenses. The measure excludes, on a recurring basis: (1) net investment income (loss); (2) foreign exchange gains or losses; (3) corporate general and administrative expenses; (4) interest expense and other income (expense) not related to underwriting, (5) income taxes and (6) income attributable to non-controlling interest. We exclude total investment related income or loss and foreign exchange gains or losses as we believe these items are influenced by market conditions and other factors not related to underwriting decisions. We exclude corporate 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 could hinder the analysis of trends in our underwriting operations. We include other income and expense relating to deposit accounted contracts and industry loss warranty contracts, which we consider part of our underwriting operations. Net underwriting income (loss) should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income.

The reconciliations of net underwriting income (loss) to income (loss) before income taxes (the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure) on a consolidated basis is shown below:

  Year ended December 31
  2018   2017   2016
  ($ in thousands)
Income (loss) before income tax $ (353,997 )   $ (44,825 )   $ 47,209  
Add (subtract):          
Investment related (income) loss 323,106     (20,231 )   (76,183 )
Other (income) expense 1,943     210     935  
Corporate expenses 12,059     11,218     9,225  
Interest expense 2,505          
Net underwriting income (loss) $ (14,384 )   $ (53,628 )   $ (18,814 )

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