May 21, 2019

ProSight Announces First Quarter 2019 Results

MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ProSight Global, Inc. today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.  Net income from continuing operations was $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $10.0 million for the first quarter of 2018.  Adjusted operating income (1) was $13.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $10.3 million for the first quarter of 2018.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Gross written premiums for on-going niches increased 6.3% compared to the first quarter of 2018, or 2.6% including Other (2). Growth was driven by strong results within the Transportation and Consumer Services customer segments. Thus far in 2019, the Company added three new niches, one each within Consumer Services, Construction and Media & Entertainment customer segments.
  • Underwriting income (3) of $3.5 million, increased $1.5 million when compared to the first quarter of 2018. The combined ratio was 98.2%, including $0.4 million or 0.2 points of favorable prior period reserve development and no impact from catastrophe losses in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Net investment income increased 25.2% to $17.2 million, when compared to the first quarter of 2018, driven by a larger investment portfolio and an improved portfolio yield.
  • Adjusted operating income (1) was $13.6 million, growth of 31.9% when compared to the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating return on equity was 13.3% for the first quarter of 2019.

ProSight President and CEO Larry Hannon commented, “Our first quarter 2019 results were a strong start to the year. We achieved profitable growth across our specialty niche portfolio, added three new niches, have a healthy pipeline of potential new niches, and continue to position the company for profitable growth going forward. Our underwriting and solid investment income results combined to create a strong 13.3% adjusted operating ROE for the quarter. We continue to believe that ProSight’s focus on delivering value to the customer is a sustainable advantage and view the first quarter 2019 results as another strong data point to support that thesis.”

First Quarter 2019 Results

Gross written premiums were $255.8 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $249.4 million for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 2.6%. Gross written premium growth was driven by particularly strong growth within the Transportation (+26.4%) and Consumer Services (+25.5%) customer segments, offset primarily by Other (2) (-8.2%), which was driven by a planned decline in the excess workers compensation niche.

Net premiums earned increased 16.8% to $195.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $167.5 million for the first quarter of 2018, or 8.3% excluding the impact of the Whole Account Quota Share (WAQS). Primarily due to the termination of WAQS reinsurance agreement, net written premiums declined 19.7% to $209.9 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $261.4 million for the first quarter of 2018.

Underwriting income (3) was $3.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of $1.5 million.  The combined ratio was 98.2% for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 98.8% for the first quarter of 2018.  The improvement in combined ratio was due to a decrease in both the loss and loss adjustment expense (LAE) ratio and the expense ratio, as discussed below:

  • The loss and LAE ratio was 60.5% for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 60.8% for the first quarter of 2018. The first quarter of 2019 included favorable prior period reserve development of $0.4 million (0.2 points) compared to $1.3 million (0.8 points) of favorable prior period reserve development in the first quarter of 2018. Catastrophe losses had no impact in the first quarter of 2019 and 2018 respectively.
  • The expense ratio was 37.7% for the first quarter of 2019, compared to 38.0% for the first quarter of 2018. Excluding the effect of the WAQS, the policy acquisition expense ratio was 23.8% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 23.6% in the first quarter of 2018 and general & administrative expense ratio was 13.9% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 14.0% in the first quarter of 2018.

Net investment income increased by 25.2% to $17.2 million for the first quarter of 2019 from $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2018.  The increase was driven by an increase in the size of the investment portfolio and an increased portfolio yield due to actions taken to improve portfolio returns while maintaining credit quality.  Total cash and invested assets were $2.0 billion at March 31, 2019 compared to $1.6 billion at March 31, 2018.  The net annualized return on total cash and investments was 3.6% for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 3.4% for the first quarter of 2018.  Realized investment gains for the first quarter of 2019 were $0.1 million, compared to realized investment losses of $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2018.

Interest expense was $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2018.  Total debt was $182.4 million at both March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, equating to a debt-to-total capitalization ratio of 29.9% and 31.9%, respectively.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2019 was 21.8%, compared to 20.4% in the prior year’s quarter. The modest increase in the effective tax rate is primarily the result of favorable state income tax items benefitting the first quarter of 2018 tax rate.

Net income from continuing operations was $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $10.0 million for the first quarter of 2018.  Adjusted operating income (1) was $13.6 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared to $10.3 million for the first quarter of 2018.

Total shareholders’ equity was $426.9 million as of March 31, 2019, compared to $389.8 million as of December 31, 2018.  Tangible shareholders’ equity was $397.7 million as of March 31, 2019, compared $360.6 million as of December 31, 2018. The increases in total shareholders’ equity and tangible shareholders’ equity were driven by net income produced during the first quarter of 2019, coupled with a meaningful increase in accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) of $27.7 million when compared to December 31, 2018.  The significant increase in AOCI related to the impact of tightening credit spreads on our investments in the first quarter of 2019.

Adjusted operating return on equity was 13.3% and adjusted operating return on tangible equity was 14.3%, for the first quarter of 2019 respectively.

Other Items      

In January 2019, ProSight decided to strategically exit the excess workers compensation product line. The Company does not expect future performance of the line to offer the same underwriting profit potential as the recent past.  In 2018, ProSight wrote $98.2 million of excess workers compensation gross written premiums. Results for the first quarter of 2019 include $36.4 millionof excess workers compensation gross written premiums, compared to $46.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, with each amount reflected in Other(2) and excluded from the on-going niches.  Beyond the first quarter of 2019, the Company does not anticipate writing any future excess workers compensation premium other than premium adjustments to existing policies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to future developments in our business or expectations for our future financial performance and any statement not involving a historical fact. Forward-looking statements use words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “should,” “seek,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to, statements about (i) our strategies to continue our growth trajectory, expand our distribution network and maintain underwriting profitability; (ii) future growth in existing niches or by entering into new niches; and (iii) our loss expectations and expectation to decrease our loss ratio.  Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control. We caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes and that actual performance and outcomes may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this release. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows, and the development of the market in which we operate, are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this release, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods. New factors emerge from time to time that may cause our business not to develop as we expect, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them.  Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting ProSight Global, Inc.’s results, management has included financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including underwriting income and adjusted operating income, are referred to as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included at the end of this press release.

About ProSight 

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, ProSight Global, Inc. is an innovative property and casualty insurance company that designs unique insurance solutions to help customers improve their business and realize value from their insurance purchasing decision. The company focuses on select niche industries, deploying differentiated underwriting and claims expertise with the goal of enhancing each customer’s operating performance.  ProSight’s products are sold through a limited and select group of retail and wholesale distribution partners.  Each of ProSight’s regulated insurance company subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. To learn more about ProSight visit www.prosightspecialty.com.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(1). Underwriting income is a non-GAAP financial measure that we believe is useful in evaluating our underwriting performance without regard to investment income. Underwriting income represents the pre-tax profitability of our insurance operations and is derived by subtracting losses and LAE and underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses from net earned premiums. We use underwriting income as an internal performance measure in the management of our operations because we believe it gives us and users of our financial information useful insight into our results of operations and our underlying business performance. Underwriting income should not be considered in isolation or viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and other companies may calculate underwriting income differently.

Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 reconciles to underwriting income as follows:

(2). Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure that we use as an internal performance measure in the management of our operations because we believe it gives our management and other users of our financial information useful insight into our results of operations and underlying business performance, by excluding items that are not part of our underlying profitability drivers or likely to re-occur in the foreseeable future. Adjusted operating income should not be considered in isolation or viewed as a substitute for our net income calculated in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate underwriting income differently.

Adjusted operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 reconciles to net income as follows:

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