Heritage Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRTG) (“Heritage” or the “Company”), a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company, today reported third quarter 2020 financial results.

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Third Quarter 2020 Highlights

  • Net loss of $5.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share. Realized investment gains contributed approximately $15.6 million to net income, or $0.56 per diluted share.
  • Book value per share increased to $15.97, up 3.9% year-over-year.
  • Gross premiums written of $278.2 million, up 17.3% year-over-year.
  • Favorable prior year reserve development of $5.8 million.
  • Net current accident quarter weather losses of $47.3 million, up substantially from $18.7 million in the prior year quarter. Current accident quarter weather losses include $24.5 million of catastrophe losses and $22.8 million of other weather losses.
  • Total capital returned to shareholders of $1.7 million, reflecting $0.06 per share regular quarterly dividend.
  • Began writing homeowners insurance in Delaware, representing fifteenth active state.

Bruce Lucas, the Company’s Chairman and CEO, said, “While we had an unprecedented level of weather losses in the third quarter, we grew book value per share year-over year and saw strong organic growth throughout our footprint. Our top priority is bottom line profitability and we’re continuing to pursue rate increases following recent years’ elevated weather trends.

Capital Management Update 
Heritage’s Board of Directors extended the Company’s existing share repurchase authorization by one year to a December 31, 2021 expiration and increased the authorization from the $23.8 million remaining to $50.0 million.

Additionally, Heritage’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be paid on January 5, 2021 to shareholders of record as of December 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Update
We are currently monitoring the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19. Through September 30, 2020, we saw virtually no impact to our business. As a residential property insurer, we view our business as relatively insulated from a short-term economic slowdown, as property owners and renters generally view our products as a necessity.

While we acknowledge uncertainties associated with future economic conditions, we do not expect a material impact to our business going forward. We will continue to monitor economic conditions and, in the case of a prolonged economic slowdown as a result of COVID-19, will take necessary actions to mitigate any negative impacts to our business, operations or financial results.

Results of Operations
The following table summarizes our results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 (amounts in thousands, except percentages and per share amounts):

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

Change

2020

2019

Change

Total revenues

$

165,119

$

131,699

25.4 %

$

433,837

$

372,803

16.4 %

Net (loss) income

$

(5,233)

$

8,133

(164.3) %

$

6,519

$

15,818

(58.8) %

Per Share

$

(0.19)

$

0.28

(167.9) %

$

0.23

$

0.54

(57.4) %

Book value per share

$

15.97

$

15.37

3.9 %

$

15.97

$

15.37

3.9 %

(Loss) Return on equity

(4.6) %

7.4 %

(12.0)

pts

1.9 %

4.8 %

(2.9)

pts

Underwriting summary

Gross premiums written

$

278,242

$

237,303

17.3 %

$

797,776

$

702,491

13.6 %

Gross premiums earned

$

254,982

$

231,617

10.1 %

$

731,489

$

690,165

6.0 %

Ceded premiums

$

(116,752)

$

(107,755)

8.3 %

$

(338,197)

$

(342,529)

(1.3) %

Net premiums earned

$

138,230

$

123,862

11.6 %

$

393,292

$

347,636

13.1 %

Ceded premium ratio

45.8 %

46.5 %

(0.7)

pts

46.2 %

49.6 %

(3.4)

pts

Ratios to Net Premiums Earned:

Loss ratio

86.6 %

56.6 %

30.0

pts

67.8 %

59.4 %

8.4

pts

Expense ratio

36.1 %

38.9 %

(2.8)

pts

38.6 %

39.8 %

(1.2)

pts

Combined ratio

122.7 %

95.5 %

27.2

pts

106.4 %

99.2 %

7.2

pts

 

*Return on equity represents annualized net income for the period divided by average stockholders’ equity during the period.

Note: Percentages and sums in the table may not recalculate precisely due to rounding.

 

Ratios
Ceded premium ratio represents ceded premiums as a percentage of gross premiums earned.

Net loss ratio represents net losses and loss adjustment expenses (“LAE”) as a percentage of net premiums earned.

Net expense ratio represents policy acquisition costs (“PAC”) and general and administrative (“G&A”) expenses as a percentage of net premiums earned. Ceding commission income is reported as a reduction of PAC and G&A expenses.

Net combined ratio represents the sum of net losses and LAE, PAC and G&A expenses as a percentage of net premiums earned.   The net combined ratio is a key measure of underwriting performance traditionally used in the property and casualty industry. A combined ratio under 100% generally reflects profitable underwriting results.

Quarterly Financial Results
Third quarter 2020 net loss was $5.2 million, down from net income of $8.1 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease primarily stems from elevated weather losses, partly offset by higher realized investment gains and net premiums earned.

Gross premiums written were $278.2 million, up 17.3% year-over-year, including 18.1% growth outside Florida and 16.3% growth in Florida. All personal residential Florida growth was outside the Tri-County region and rate increases benefited top line results.

Premiums-in-force were $1.0 billion in third quarter 2020, representing a 16.9% annualized growth rate from second quarter 2020. The increase stems from the same items impacting gross premiums written.

Gross premiums earned were $255.0 million in third quarter 2020, up 10.1% from $231.6 million in the prior year quarter. The increase reflects higher gross premiums written over the last twelve months.

The ceded premium ratio was 45.8% in third quarter 2020, down 0.7 points from 46.5% in the prior year quarter. The decrease primarily stems from strong gross premiums earned growth, which modestly outpaced ceded premium growth.  

The net loss ratio was 86.6% in third quarter 2020, up 30.0 points from 56.6% in the prior year quarter. The increase primarily stems from unusually high weather losses and worse current accident year reserve development, partly offset by better prior year reserve development.

The net expense ratio was 36.1% in third quarter 2020, down 2.8 points from 38.9% in the prior year quarter. The decrease primarily stems from a lower G&A expense ratio.

The net combined ratio was 122.7% in third quarter 2020, up 27.2 points from 95.5% in the prior year quarter. The increase stems from a higher net loss ratio, partly offset by a lower net expense ratio, as described above.

Book Value Analysis
Book value per share increased to $15.97 at September 30, 2020, up 3.9% year-over-year.

 

As Of

Book Value Per Share

September 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

September 30, 2019

Numerator:

Common stockholders’ equity

$

443,140

$

448,799

$

445,230

Denominator:

Total Shares Outstanding

27,748,606

28,650,918

28,963,841

Book Value Per Common Share

$

15.97

$

15.66

$

15.37

 

Conference Call Details:
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. EDT
Participant Dial-in Numbers Toll Free: 1-888-346-3095
Participant International Dial In: 1-412-902-4258
Canada Toll Free: 1-855-669-9657

Webcast:
To listen to the live webcast, please go to http://investors.heritagepci.com/. This webcast will be archived and accessible on the Company’s website.

 

 

HERITAGE INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 

September 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

(unaudited)

Fixed maturities, available-for-sale, at fair value

$

445,481

$

587,256

Equity securities, at fair value

1,599

1,618

Other investments

26,774

6,375

Total investments

473,854

595,249

Cash and cash equivalents

509,596

268,351

Restricted cash

5,437

14,657

Accrued investment income

2,637

4,377

Premiums receivable, net

70,038

63,685

Reinsurance recoverable on paid and unpaid claims

424,157

428,903

Prepaid reinsurance premiums

307,997

224,102

Income taxes receivable

16,250

3,171

Deferred policy acquisition costs, net

86,140

77,211

Property and equipment, net

19,134

20,753

Intangibles, net

63,864

68,642

Goodwill

152,459

152,459

Other assets

16,827

18,110

Total Assets

$

2,148,390

$

1,939,670

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses

$

662,997

$

613,533

Unearned premiums

552,627

486,220

Reinsurance payable

240,857

156,351

Long-term debt, net

122,589

129,248

Deferred income tax, net

12,448

12,623

Advance premiums

31,618

16,504

Accrued compensation

11,617

5,347

Accounts payable and other liabilities

70,497

71,045

Total Liabilities

$

1,705,250

$

1,490,871

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ Equity:

Common stock

3

3

Additional paid-in capital

333,332

329,568

Accumulated other comprehensive income

6,525

7,330

Treasury stock, at cost

(115,365)

(105,368)

Retained earnings

218,645

217,266

Total Stockholders’ Equity

443,140

448,799

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

2,148,390

$

1,939,670

 

 

HERITAGE INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Other Comprehensive Income
(Amounts in thousands, except share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,

For the Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

REVENUES:

Gross premiums written

$

278,242

$

237,303

$

797,776

$

702,491

Change in gross unearned premiums

(23,260)

(5,686)

(66,287)

(12,326)

Gross premiums earned

254,982

231,617

731,489

690,165

Ceded premiums

(116,752)

(107,755)

(338,197)

(342,529)

Net premiums earned

138,230

123,862

393,292

347,636

Net investment income

2,817

3,655

9,783

11,157

Net realized and unrealized gains

20,355

805

20,377

3,132

Other revenue

3,717

3,377

10,385

10,878

Total revenues

165,119

131,699

433,837

372,803

EXPENSES:

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

119,718

70,052

266,769

206,490

Policy acquisition costs

31,960

26,686

92,243

79,793

General and administrative expenses

17,923

21,477

59,583

58,465

Total expenses

169,601

118,215

418,595

344,748

Operating (loss) income

(4,482)

13,484

15,242

28,055

Interest expense, net

2,251

2,401

5,939

6,502

Other non-operating loss, net

48

(Loss) Income before income taxes

(6,733)

11,083

9,303

21,505

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(1,500)

2,950

2,784

5,687

Net (loss) income

$

(5,233)

$

8,133

$

6,519

$

15,818

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Change in net unrealized gains on investments

2,480

4,429

19,330

19,533

Reclassification adjustment for net realized investment (gains) losses

(20,355)

(103)

(20,377)

291

Income tax (expense) benefit related to items of other comprehensive income

4,137

(1,035)

242

(4,747)

Total comprehensive (loss) income

$

(18,971)

$

11,424

$

5,714

$

30,895

Weighted average shares outstanding

Basic

27,739,839

29,109,962

28,053,959

29,329,742

Diluted

27,739,839

29,168,392

28,073,570

29,352,756

(Loss) Earnings per share

Basic

$

(0.19)

$

0.28

$

0.23

$

0.54

Diluted

$

(0.19)

$

0.28

$

0.23

$

0.54

 

 

About Heritage
Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company. Through its insurance subsidiaries and a large network of experienced agents, the Company writes over $1 billion of gross personal and commercial residential premium across its multi-state footprint.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those discussed herein. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “estimate,” “or “continue” or the other negative variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. This release includes forward-looking statements relating to (i) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations and financial condition and our ability to navigate the uncertainty and mitigate the impact, (ii) our ability to continue to grow profitably and (iii) our ability to successfully pursue rate increases. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ from those expressed or implied herein include, without limitation: our ability to comply with our obligations under the new credit facilities, including the financial and other covenants contained therein; the success of the Company’s marketing initiatives; the continued and potentially prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, demand for our products and our operations, including measures taken by the governmental authorities to address COVID-19, which may precipitate or exacerbate other risks and/or uncertainties; inflation and other changes in economic conditions (including changes in interest rates and financial markets), including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of new federal and state regulations that affect the property and casualty insurance market; the costs of reinsurance, the collectability of reinsurance and our ability to obtain reinsurance coverage on terms and at a cost acceptable to us; assessments charged by various governmental agencies; pricing competition and other initiatives by competitors; our ability to obtain regulatory approval for requested rate changes, and the timing thereof; legislative and regulatory developments; the outcome of litigation pending against us, including the terms of any settlements; risks related to the nature of our business; dependence on investment income and the composition of our investment portfolio; the adequacy of our liability for losses and loss adjustment expense; our ability to build and maintain relationships with insurance agents; claims experience; ratings by industry services; catastrophe losses; reliance on key personnel; weather conditions (including the severity and frequency of storms, hurricanes, tornadoes and hail); changes in loss trends; acts of war and terrorist activities; court decisions and trends in litigation; and other matters described from time to time by us in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 10, 2020. The Company undertakes no obligations to update, change or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, additional or subsequent developments or otherwise.

Investor Contact:
Arash Soleimani, CFA, CPA
Executive Vice President
727.871.0206
Email: asoleimani@heritagepci.com

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