Palomar Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
LA JOLLA, Calif., Aug. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR) (“Palomar” or the “Company”) reported net income of $6.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2019 compared to net income of $6.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018.
Adjusted net income(1) was $8.0 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2019 as compared to $6.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2019 excludes certain expenses related to the Company’s initial public offering (“IPO”), tax restructuring, stock-based compensation, and $1.3 million of expenses associated with the retirement of debt, including the tax impact of those expenses. There were no adjustments to net income for the second quarter of 2018.
Second Quarter 2019 Highlights
- Gross written premiums increased by 56.2% to $58.3 million compared to $37.3 million in the second quarter of 2018
- Net income of $6.7 million compared to net income of $6.9 million in the second quarter of 2018
- Adjusted net income(1) increased by 15.4% to $8.0 million compared to $6.9 million in the second quarter of 2018
- Total loss ratio of 2.8% compared to 4.0% in the second quarter of 2018
- Combined ratio of 69.2% compared to 65.1% in the second quarter of 2018
- Adjusted combined ratio(1) of 63.8%, compared to 65.1% in the second quarter of 2018
- Annualized return on equity of 17.8%
- Annualized adjusted return on equity(1) of 21.2%
(1) See discussion of “Non-GAAP and Key Performance Indicators” below.
“We are pleased with our second quarter results, highlighted by gross written premium growth of 56.2%, year over year, driven by strong performance across all of our product lines. Additionally, we successfully renewed $470 million of our core reinsurance program at June 1, 2019 and purchased $200 million of incremental limit at the top of our reinsurance tower, expanding our coverage for earthquake events up to $1.05 billion. We continue to pursue what we believe is a substantial market opportunity while maintaining a thoughtful and conservative risk transfer strategy. Our retention remains at $5.0 million per earthquake or wind event, which not only provides loss protection but also strong visibility into our earnings,” commented Mac Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer and Founder. “Our core products continued to demonstrate high retention, improving pricing trends, and strong new business activity. In addition, we maintained our focus on developing innovative products that address underserved markets and saw increasing contributions from several of our newer product offerings including our recently launched Inland Marine and Assumed Reinsurance divisions. Looking forward, we believe we are well positioned for growth as we continue to scale our existing lines of business, introduce new products and expand our geographic footprint.”
Gross written premiums increased 56.2% to $58.3 million compared to $37.3 million in the second quarter of 2018. Net earned premiums increased 27.0% compared to the prior year’s second quarter. This increase was primarily due to the increase in gross written premiums offset by ceded written premiums under reinsurance agreements. Underwriting income(1) was $7.2 million resulting in a combined ratio of 69.2% compared to underwriting income of $6.4 million and a combined ratio of 65.1% during the same period last year. The second quarter combined ratio includes expenses related to the Company’s IPO, tax restructuring, stock-based compensation, and $1.3 million of expenses associated with the retirement of debt. Excluding those items the Company’s adjusted combined ratio(1) was 63.8% in the quarter compared to 65.1% in the same period in 2018. Additionally, the Company’s adjusted net income(1) during the quarter increased by 15.4% to $8.0 million compared to $6.9 million in last year’s second quarter.
Net investment income increased by 103.4% to $1.5 million compared to $0.7 million in the prior year’s second quarter. The year over year increase was primarily due to interest income generated by the proceeds received in Company’s IPO. Funds are generally invested conservatively in high quality securities, including government agency, asset and mortgage-backed securities, municipal and corporate bonds with an average credit quality of “AA.” The weighted average duration of the fixed-maturity investment portfolio, including cash equivalents, was 3.90 years at June 30, 2019. Cash and invested assets totaled $245.3 million at June 30, 2019. During the second quarter, the Company recognized realized and unrealized gains of $0.5 million related to its investment portfolio as compared to $0.3 million in last year’s second quarter.
The effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was 21.1% compared to 0.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The change in the effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to the prior-year period was due to the tax restructuring of the Company prior to the IPO, resulting in all operations of the Company being taxable in the U.S. Prior to the tax restructuring the Company’s Bermuda operations were not subject to U.S. tax, thus the overall effective tax rate was lower in 2018.
Stockholders’ Equity and Returns
Stockholders’ equity was $199.6 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $96.3 million at December 31, 2018. For the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company’s annualized return on equity was 17.8% which compares to 32.1% for the same period last year. Over the same period, annualized adjusted return on equity decreased to 21.2% from 32.1%. The decrease in adjusted return on equity was due primarily to the proceeds from the Company’s IPO increasing the average stockholders’ equity balance during the period.
As previously announced, Palomar will host a conference call August 13, 2019, to discuss its second quarter 2019 results at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-423-9813 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8573 (international) and asking for the Palomar Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Call. A telephonic replay will be available approximately two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921, or for international callers 1-412-317-6671 and providing the access code 13693238. The telephonic replay will be available until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on August 20, 2019.
Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the investor relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.palomarspecialty.com/. The online replay will remain available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.
About Palomar Holdings, Inc.
Palomar Holdings, Inc. is the ultimate parent and insurance holding company of its operating subsidiaries, Palomar Specialty Insurance Company and Palomar Specialty Reinsurance Company Bermuda Ltd. Palomar is an innovative insurer that focuses on the provision of specialty property insurance for residential and commercial clients. Palomar’s underwriting and analytical acumen allow it to concentrate on certain markets that it believes are underserved by other insurance companies, such as the markets for earthquake, wind and flood insurance. Based in La Jolla, California, the company is an admitted carrier in 26 states. Palomar Specialty Insurance Company has an A.M. Best financial strength rating of “A-” (Excellent) FSC VIII. To learn more about us, visit www.palomarspecialty.com.
Non-GAAP and Key Performance Indicators
Palomar discusses certain key performance indicators, described below, which provide useful information about the Company’s business and the operational factors underlying the Company’s financial performance.
Underwriting revenue is a non‑GAAP financial measure defined as total revenue, excluding net investment income and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments. See “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of total revenue to underwriting revenue in accordance with GAAP.
Underwriting income is a non‑GAAP financial measure defined as income before income taxes excluding net investment income, net realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments and interest expense. See “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of income before income taxes to underwriting income in accordance with GAAP.
Adjusted net income is a non‑GAAP financial measure defined as net income excluding the impact of certain items that may not be indicative of underlying business trends, operating results, or future outlook, net of tax impact. Palomar calculates the tax impact only on adjustments which would be included in calculating the Company’s income tax expense using the effective tax rate at the end of each period. See “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of net income to adjusted net income in accordance with GAAP.
Return on equity is net income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.
Adjusted return on equity is a non‑GAAP financial measure defined as adjusted net income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period. See “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of return on equity to adjusted return on equity in accordance with GAAP.
Loss ratio, expressed as a percentage, is the ratio of losses and loss adjustment expenses, to net earned premiums.
Expense ratio, expressed as a percentage, is the ratio of underwriting, acquisition and other underwriting expenses net of commission and other income to net earned premiums.
Combined ratio is defined as the sum of the loss ratio and the expense ratio. A combined ratio under 100% generally indicates an underwriting profit. A combined ratio over 100% generally indicates an underwriting loss.
Adjusted Combined ratio is a non‑GAAP financial measure defined as the sum of the loss ratio and the expense ratio calculated excluding the impact of certain items that may not be indicative of underlying business trends, operating results, or future outlook. See “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of combined ratio to adjusted combined ratio in accordance with GAAP.
Tangible stockholders’ equity is a non‑GAAP financial measure defined as stockholders’ equity less intangible assets. See “Reconciliation of Non‑GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of stockholders’ equity to tangible stockholders’ equity in accordance with GAAP.
Safe Harbor Statement
Palomar cautions you that statements contained in this press release may regard matters that are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the company’s current beliefs and expectations. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Palomar that any of its plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business. The forward-looking statements are typically, but not always, identified through use of the words “believe,” “enable,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “intends,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “predict,” “probable,” “potential,” “possible,” “should,” “continue,” and other words of similar meaning. Actual results could differ materially from the expectations contained in forward-looking statements as a result of several factors, including unexpected expenditures and costs, unexpected results or delays in development and regulatory review, regulatory approval requirements, the frequency and severity of adverse events and competitive conditions. These and other factors that may result in differences are discussed in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, which is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Source: Palomar Holdings, Inc.
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