November 06, 2019

ProSight Global, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

Net Income from Continuing Operations of $8.4 million, $0.19 per Diluted Share, and Adjusted Operating Income(1)of $13.8 million, $0.32 per Diluted Share.

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ProSight Global, Inc. (NYSE: PROS) (ProSight) today reported results for the third quarter of 2019.

Highlights for the third quarter and year to date of 2019 include:

  • Gross written premiums (GWP) for ongoing niches(2) increased 27.1%, to $224.5 million, as compared to the third quarter of 2018, with growth in GWP across all customer segments. The growth in the third quarter included $8.3 million of GWP from niches added during 2019.
  • The combined ratio was 98.3% for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 95.8% for the third quarter of 2018.
  • There were no catastrophe losses in either the thirdquarter of 2019 or 2018.
  • The loss and loss adjustment expense (LAE) ratio was 62.8% for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 58.8% for the third quarter of 2018. The adjusted loss and LAE ratio(3) was 62.0% for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 59.2% for the third quarter of 2018.
  • The expense ratio was 35.5% for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 37.0% for the third quarter of 2018. The adjusted expense ratio(3) was 36.3% for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 36.6% for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Net investment income increased 20.9% to $17.0 million, compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • Fully diluted book value per share grew by 18.7% to $11.73, for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
  • The annualized return on equity was 6.8% for the third quarter of 2019 and 8.9% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, and the annualized adjusted operating return on equity(4) was 11.2% for the third quarter of 2019 and 12.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
  • On July 25, 2019 ProSight’s shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol PROS.

 

From ProSight CEO Larry Hannon:

“I am very proud of the strong results that our employees were able to produce in the third quarter and throughout 2019.  Supported by our outstanding distribution partners, our ability to deliver a differentiated experience to our customers resulted in strong top-line growth across all customer segments and solid underwriting profitability for the quarter.  We believe that our continued efforts to provide unique, niche specific multi-line coverages and services will enable us to achieve sustained profitability over the long-term, allowing us to deliver true value to our customers and shareholders.”

Net income from continuing operations was $8.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $15.6 million, or $0.40(5) per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018.  The decrease in net income resulted from an increase in other expenses of $7.2 million, primarily due to non-recurring grants of restricted stock units in connection with the initial public offering.  Adjusted operating income(1) was $13.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $15.3 million, or $0.39(5) per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018.

Total ongoing GWP(2) were $224.5 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $176.7 million for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 27.1%.  Ongoing GWP(2) growth was driven by strong growth within the Real Estate (+113.3%), Construction (+21.3%), and Consumer Services (+18.7%) customer segments. Other GWP(2) were $2.7 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $24.6 million for the third quarter of 2018, the decrease driven by the exit from the excess workers compensation niche.  GWP including Other(2), increased 12.9% for the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the third quarter of 2018.

Underwriting income(1) was $3.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $7.9 million for the third quarter of 2018.  The combined ratio for the third quarter of 2019 was 98.3%, compared to 95.8% for the third quarter of 2018.  The decrease in underwriting income(1) was due to an increase in the loss and LAE ratio, partially offset by a decrease in the expense ratio, as discussed below:

  • The loss and LAE ratio was 62.8% for the thirdquarter of 2019, compared to 58.8% for the thirdquarter of 2018.Excluding the effect of the WAQS, the adjusted loss and LAE ratio(3) was 62.0% for the thirdquarter of 2019, compared to 59.2% for the third quarter of 2018. The adjusted loss and LAE ratio(3) for the third quarter of 2019 included unfavorable prior period reserve development of $3.9 million (1.9 percentage points) due to unfavorable development in general liability and commercial auto, partially offset by favorable development in workers compensation and all other.  This compares to $1.4 million (0.8 percentage points) of favorable prior period reserve development in the third quarter of 2018.  There were no catastrophe losses in either the thirdquarter of 2019 or 2018.
  • The expense ratio was 35.5% for the third quarter of 2019, compared to 37.0% in the third quarter of 2018.Excluding the effect of the WAQS, the adjusted expense ratio(3)was 36.3% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 36.6% in the third quarter of 2018.  Excluding the WAQS, the policy acquisition expense ratio was 23.5% in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 23.2% in the third quarter of 2018 and general & administrative expense ratio was 12.8% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 13.4% in the third quarter of 2018.

Net investment income increased by 20.9% to $17.0 million for the third quarter of 2019, from $14.0 million for the third quarter of 2018.  The increase in net investment income was driven by an increase in the size of the investment portfolio.  Total invested assets at book value were $2.1 billion at September 30, 2019, growth of 10.5%, from $1.9 billion at December 31, 2018. The net annualized yield on total cash and investments was 3.3% for the third quarter of 2019 and 3.2% for the third quarter of 2018.  Realized investment gains for the thirdquarter of 2019 were $0.2 million, compared to realized investment gains of $0.4 million for the thirdquarter of 2018.

Total stockholders’ equity was $530.6 million as of September 30, 2019, compared to $389.8 million as of December 31, 2018. Tangible stockholders’ equity(6)  was $501.4 million as of September 30, 2019, compared $360.6 million as of December 31, 2018. The increases in total stockholders’ equity and tangible stockholders’ equity(6) were driven by net unrealized gains on investment securities of $56.2 million, proceeds from common stock sold in initial public offering of $51.6 million, and net income of $30.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.

Fully diluted book value per sharegrew by 18.7% to $11.73 at September 30, 2019, compared to$9.88(5)at December 31, 2018. Fully diluted tangible book value per share(6) increased by 21.3% to $11.09 at September 30, 2019, compared to $9.14(5) at December 31, 2018.

(1). Adjusted operating income and Underwriting Income are non-GAAP measures. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures”.
(2). Total GWP for the third quarter of 2019 including Other were $227.2 million. Total GWP for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 including Other were $718.1 million. Other includes GWP from certain niches that are no longer part of our ongoing business. All GWP from exited niches are included in “Other” which consists of (i) primary and excess workers’ compensation coverage for Self-Insured Groups (ii) niches exited prior to 2018, many with a concentration in commercial auto, (iii) fronting arrangements in which all premium written is ceded to a third party, (iv) participation in industry pools, and (v) emerging new business customer segments.
(3).Adjusted loss and LAE ratio and adjusted expense ratio are non-GAAP financial measures. We define adjusted loss and LAE ratio and adjusted expense ratio as the corresponding ratio (calculated in accordance with GAAP) excluding the effects of the WAQS. We use these adjusted ratios as internal performance measures in the management of our operations because we believe they give our management and other users of our financial information useful insight into our results of operations and our underlying business performance. Our adjusted loss and LAE ratio and adjusted expense ratio should not be viewed as substitutes for our loss and LAE ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio, respectively.
(4). Adjusted operating return on equity is a non-GAAP measure Adjusted operating return on equity is adjusted operating income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.
(5). All per share amounts have been restated to give effect to the reorganization of ProSight on July 25, 2019.  See “Reorganization”.
(6). Tangible stockholders’ equity and fully diluted tangible book value per share are non-GAAP measures. Tangible stockholders’ equity is total common stockholders’ equity excluding the value of goodwill and other intangible assets. Fully diluted tangible book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity excluding the after-tax value of goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of common shares outstanding, unvested restricted shares, and vested not issued shares. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures”.

 

Conference Call

As previously announced, on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. EST, ProSight senior management will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 financial results. The call will be available via webcast at https://investors.prosightspecialty.com/ or by dialing (866) 497-6416 (within the United States) or (825) 312-2248 (international), using the passcode 5050539.  A replay of the call will be available at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019, until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019, and can be accessed by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642, using the passcode 5050539. The webcast will be available one hour after the call concludes and will be archived on ProSight’s website for one year.

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. ProSight’s shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol PROS. To learn more about ProSight visit www.prosightspecialty.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to future developments in ProSight business or expectations for ProSight’s 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,” “continue,” and other words and terms of similar meaning. ProSight’s management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the time made.  However, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements because such statements speak only as of the date when made.  Except as required by law, ProSight undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control. ProSight cautions 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.  For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect ProSight’s future results and financial condition, see our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” in our ProSight’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019 filed on November 6, 2019.  References to “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “ProSight”, refer to ProSight Global, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Reorganization

ProSight was incorporated in Delaware in 2010.  Prior to July 25, 2019, ProSight was a wholly-owned subsidiary of ProSight Global Holdings Limited (“PGHL”), a Bermuda holding company.  Effective July 25, 2019, PGHL merged with and into ProSight, with ProSight surviving the merger. As a result of the merger, all shares of PGHL then outstanding were converted into the right to receive, without interest, 6.46 shares of ProSight for each share of PGHL.  The historical share and per share figures contained in this release relating to periods prior to and including June 30, 2019 have been restated to give effect to this conversion, including reclassifying an amount equal to the change in value of common stock to additional paid-in capital, as of the stated period or date.  Further details regarding this merger and related reorganization transactions are included in ProSight’ s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019 filed on November 6, 2019

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 U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Such measures, including underwriting income, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating return on equity, adjusted loss and LAE excluding WAQS, adjusted expense ratio excluding WAQS, adjusted combined ratio excluding WAQS, and tangible stockholders’ equity 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 these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included at the end of this press release.

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(1). All share amounts have been restated to give effect to the reorganization of ProSight on July 25, 2019. See “Reorganization”.

(1). Return on equity is net income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.
(2). Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures”.
(3). Adjusted operating return on equity is adjusted operating income expressed on an annualized basis as a percentage of average beginning and ending stockholders’ equity during the period.

(1). The Supplementary Underwriting Information includes the impact of “the WAQS.” See “Factors Affecting Our Results of Operations” on the following page excluding the impact of “the WAQS.”

(1). Net retention is the ratio of net written premiums to gross written premiums.
(2). Underwriting income is a non-GAAP measure. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures”
(3).Adjusted loss and LAE ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio are non-GAAP financial measures. We define adjusted loss and LAE ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio as the corresponding ratio (calculated in accordance with GAAP) excluding the effects of the WAQS. We use these adjusted ratios as internal performance measures in the management of our operations because we believe they give our management and other users of our financial information useful insight into our results of operations and our underlying business performance. Our adjusted loss and LAE ratio, adjusted expense ratio and adjusted combined ratio should not be viewed as substitutes for our loss and LAE ratio, expense ratio and combined ratio, respectively.
(4). The effect of prior year development is included within losses and LAE.

(1). Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures”.
(2). Book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity divided by the number of common shares outstanding. Tangible book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity excluding value of goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of common shares outstanding.  Fully diluted book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity divided by the number of common shares outstanding, unvested restricted shares, and vested not issued shares.  Fully diluted tangible book value per share is total common stockholders’ equity excluding the after-tax value of goodwill and other intangible assets divided by the number of common shares outstanding, unvested restricted shares, and vested not issued shares.
(3). Adjusted operating return on equity is the annualized value of adjusted operating income divided by average total stockholders’ equity for the two most recent sequential periods.  Adjusted operating return on tangible equity is the annualized value of adjusted operating income divided by average total stockholders’ equity excluding goodwill and other intangible assets for the two most recent sequential periods.
(4). All share and per share amounts have been restated to give effect to the reorganization of ProSight on July 25, 2019.

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 and nine months ended September 30, 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 adjusted operating income differently.

Adjusted operating income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 reconciles to net income as follows:

(1) Other Expense within the adjusted operating income includes non-recurring grants of restricted stock units in connection with the initial public offering and costs associated with the transition of our former Chief Executive Officer.

(3). Tangible stockholders’ equity is a non-GAAP financial measure. We define tangible stockholders’ equity as stockholders’ equity less goodwill and intangible assets. Our definition of tangible stockholders’ equity may not be comparable to that of other companies, and it should not be viewed as a substitute for stockholders’ equity calculated in accordance with GAAP. We use tangible stockholders’ equity internally to evaluate the strength of our balance sheet and to compare returns relative to this measure.

Stockholders’ equity at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018 reconciles to tangible stockholders’ equity as follows:

 

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