Everest Re Group, Ltd. (“Everest” or the “Company”) today reported that for the three months ended June 30, 2020, net income was $190.9 million, or $4.77 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $332.9 million, or $8.15 per diluted common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2019. After-tax operating income¹ for the quarter was $82.9 million, or $2.07 per diluted common share, compared to after-tax operating income¹ of $320.9 million, or $7.85 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2019.
Everest Re Group President & CEO Juan C. Andrade commented: “Despite the current challenging and uncertain public health, economic, and social environment, Everest reported another solid quarter and first half of 2020 results. Our ability to successfully leverage our capital position, our global platform, and our success in executing against our objectives - even under adverse conditions - drive our results. Our people continue to demonstrate the passion and resilience to differentiate Everest and deliver value to our customers. We have strong forward momentum across our Reinsurance and Insurance Segments.
Turning to the Company’s results, Everest wrote nearly $2.4 billion in gross written premiums for the quarter, an increase of 9.4% as compared to a year ago, 10.7% excluding the impact of foreign exchange. Our Reinsurance Segment (“Reinsurance”) grew 9.1% while the Insurance Segment (“Insurance”) was up 9.8% (11.0% and 10.0% respectively excluding the impact of foreign exchange). In Reinsurance, we continue to see excellent opportunities in several areas such as facultative risk, property and in certain territories including the US, Canada, Latin America and Asia, with an overall environment that gives us the opportunity to better shape our book towards deals with much better terms and pricing. In Insurance, the main growth drivers were continued strength in the Excess & Surplus business, strong and widespread rate momentum (excluding workers compensation up 18% and up over 12% including workers compensation) and high renewal retention across all of our businesses.
Insurance written rate also continues to exceed loss trend across our core P&C lines of business.
Our combined ratio for the quarter was 97.5%, 95.4% for Reinsurance and 103.4% for Insurance, resulting in $50.9 million of underwriting income and highlighting the underlying strength and sustainable profitability of the franchise. These results include $160 million in net pre-tax losses related to the Covid-19 Pandemic (“Pandemic”), attributed $130 million to Reinsurance and $30 million to Insurance. The Company also recorded $15 million of catastrophe losses from civil unrest in the United States. The attritional combined ratio excluding Pandemic impacts was 88.5%, 86.7% for Reinsurance and 93.7% for Insurance.
Our balance sheet and capital position remain a fundamental source of strength for Everest. This quarter reported record shareholder’s equity of $9.3 billion; combined with our low financial leverage and top tier ratings we have more than ample capital to take advantage of current and future opportunities in the global reinsurance and insurance market.”
Other operating highlights for the second quarter of 2020 included the following:
- Net written premium of $2.0 billion reflecting growth of 13.1%
- Cash flow from operations was $598.6 million for the quarter compared to $393.7 million for 2019.
- Net investment income of $38.1 million for the quarter including limited partnership losses of ($88.3) million. Note that net investment income from limited partnerships is generally subject to a quarterly reporting lag, which indicates that limited partnership losses in the first quarter of 2020 are reflected in our net investment income for the second quarter of 2020.
- Net after-tax realized gains amounted to $150.5 million for the quarter, while net after-tax unrealized gains were $544.5 million for the quarter.
- Shareholders’ equity at quarter end was $9.3 billion vs. $9.1 billion at year end 2019.
- The Company has paid $61.9 million in common share dividends during the quarter and $125.2 million thus far in 2020.
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 and investment income fluctuations, trends in insured and paid losses, catastrophes, pandemic, regulatory and legal uncertainties and other factors described in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K. 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.
About Everest Re Group, Ltd.
Everest Re Group, Ltd. (“Everest”) is a leading global provider of reinsurance and insurance, operating for close to 50 years through subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, Canada, Bermuda and other territories.
Everest offers property, casualty, and specialty products through its various operating affiliates located in key markets around the world.
Everest common stock (NYSE:RE) is a component of the S&P 500 index.
Additional information about Everest, our people, and our products can be found on our website at www.everestre.com. All issuing companies may not do business in all jurisdictions.
A conference call discussing the second quarter results will be held at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on August 6, 2020. The call will be available on the Internet through the Company’s web site at everestre.com/investors.
Recipients are encouraged to visit the Company’s web site to view supplemental financial information on the Company’s results. The supplemental information is located at www.everestre.com in the “Financial Reports” section of the “Investor Center”. The supplemental financial information may also be obtained by contacting the Company directly.
1 The Company generally uses after-tax operating income (loss), a non-GAAP financial measure, to evaluate its performance. After-tax operating income (loss) consists of net income (loss) excluding after-tax net realized capital gains (losses) and after-tax net foreign exchange income (expense) as the following reconciliation displays:
Three Months Ended June 30,
Six Months Ended June 30,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Net income (loss)
After-tax net realized capital gains (losses)
After-tax net foreign exchange income (expense)
After-tax operating income (loss)
(Some amounts may not reconcile due to rounding.)
Although net realized capital gains (losses) and net foreign exchange income (expense) are an integral part of the Company’s insurance operations, the determination of net realized capital gains (losses) and foreign exchange income (expense) is independent of the insurance underwriting process. The Company believes that the level of net realized capital gains (losses) and net foreign exchange income (expense) for any particular period is not indicative of the performance of the underlying business in that particular period. Providing only a GAAP presentation of net income (loss) makes it more difficult for users of the financial information to evaluate the Company’s success or failure in its basic business and may lead to incorrect or misleading assumptions and conclusions. The Company understands that the equity analysts who follow the Company focus on after-tax operating income (loss) in their analyses for the reasons discussed above. The Company provides after-tax operating income (loss) to investors so that they have what management believes to be a useful supplement to GAAP information concerning the Company’s performance.
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|EVEREST RE GROUP, LTD.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Net investment income|
|Net realized capital gains (losses):|
|Credit allowances on fixed maturity securities|
|Other-than-temporary impairments on fixed maturity securities|
|Other net realized capital gains (losses)|
|Total net realized capital gains (losses)|
|Net derivative gain (loss)|
|Other income (expense)|
|CLAIMS AND EXPENSES:|
|Incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses|
|Commission, brokerage, taxes and fees|
|Other underwriting expenses|
|Interest, fees and bond issue cost amortization expense|
|Total claims and expenses|
|INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE TAXES|
|Income tax expense (benefit)|
|NET INCOME (LOSS)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:|
|Unrealized appreciation (depreciation) ("URA(D)") on securities arising during the period|
|Reclassification adjustment for realized losses (gains) included in net income (loss)|
|Total URA(D) on securities arising during the period|
|Foreign currency translation adjustments|
|Reclassification adjustment for amortization of net (gain) loss included in net income (loss)|
|Total benefit plan net gain (loss) for the period|
|Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax|
|COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)|
|EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:|
|EVEREST RE GROUP, LTD.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|(Dollars and share amounts in thousands, except par value per share)|
|Fixed maturities - available for sale, at market value|
|(amortized cost: 2020, $16,392,238; 2019, $16,473,491, credit allowances: 2020, $25,837; 2019, $0)|
|Fixed maturities - available for sale, at fair value|
|Equity securities, at fair value|
|Short-term investments (cost: 2020, $854,248; 2019, $414,639)|
|Other invested assets (cost: 2020, $1,816,373; 2019, $1,763,531)|
|Total investments and cash|
|Accrued investment income|
|Funds held by reinsureds|
|Deferred acquisition costs|
|Prepaid reinsurance premiums|
|Reserve for losses and loss adjustment expenses|
|Future policy benefit reserve|
|Unearned premium reserve|
|Funds held under reinsurance treaties|
|Other net payable to reinsurers|
|Losses in course of payment|
|Senior notes due 6/1/2044|
|Long term notes due 5/1/2067|
|Accrued interest on debt and borrowings|
|Equity index put option liability|
|Unsettled securities payable|
|Preferred shares, par value: $0.01; 50,000 shares authorized;|
|no shares issued and outstanding|
|Common shares, par value: $0.01; 200,000 shares authorized; (2020) 69,608|
|and (2019) 69,464 outstanding before treasury shares|
|Additional paid-in capital|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of deferred income tax expense|
|(benefit) of $66,616 at 2020 and $30,996 at 2019|
|Treasury shares, at cost; 29,636 shares (2020) and 28,665 shares (2019)|
|Total shareholders' equity|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|EVEREST RE GROUP, LTD.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Six Months Ended|
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|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Net income (loss)|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Decrease (increase) in premiums receivable|
|Decrease (increase) in funds held by reinsureds, net|
|Decrease (increase) in reinsurance receivables|
|Decrease (increase) in income taxes|
|Decrease (increase) in prepaid reinsurance premiums|
|Increase (decrease) in reserve for losses and loss adjustment expenses|
|Increase (decrease) in future policy benefit reserve|
|Increase (decrease) in unearned premiums|
|Increase (decrease) in other net payable to reinsurers|
|Increase (decrease) in losses in course of payment|
|Change in equity adjustments in limited partnerships|
|Distribution of limited partnership income|
|Change in other assets and liabilities, net|
|Non-cash compensation expense|
|Amortization of bond premium (accrual of bond discount)|
|Net realized capital (gains) losses|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from fixed maturities matured/called - available for sale, at market value|
|Proceeds from fixed maturities sold - available for sale, at market value|
|Proceeds from fixed maturities sold - available for sale, at fair value|
|Proceeds from equity securities sold, at fair value|
|Distributions from other invested assets|
|Cost of fixed maturities acquired - available for sale, at market value|
|Cost of equity securities acquired, at fair value|
|Cost of other invested assets acquired|
|Net change in short-term investments|
|Net change in unsettled securities transactions|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Common shares issued during the period for share-based compensation, net of expense|
|Purchase of treasury shares|
|Dividends paid to shareholders|
|Cost of debt repurchase|
|Cost of shares withheld on settlements of share-based compensation awards|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities|
|EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH|
|Net increase (decrease) in cash|
|Cash, beginning of period|
|Cash, end of period|
|SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:|
|Income taxes paid (recovered)|
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Everest Global Services, Inc.