TAMPA, Fla., March 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI) reported results today for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.
Fourth Quarter 2014 - Financial Results
Income available to common stockholders in the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $14.6 million or $1.30 diluted earnings per common share compared with $15.5 million or $1.31 diluted earnings per common share in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Gross premiums earned during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $91.4 million, consistent with $91.4 million during the comparable quarter in 2013.
Net premiums earned (defined as gross premiums earned less premiums ceded to reinsurance companies) in the fourth quarter of 2014 decreased 2.6% to $61.8 million from $63.4 million in the same period in 2013. Premiums ceded in the fourth quarter of 2014 were 32.4% of the company's gross premiums earned, compared with 30.6% during the same period in 2013.
Losses and loss adjustment expenses during the fourth quarter of 2014 were $20.5 million compared with $17.3 million in the same period in 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to loss development during the fourth quarter of 2014.
Salaries and wages during the fourth quarter of 2014 were $3.9 million compared with $4.9 million in the same period in 2013. The decrease in 2014 is primarily attributable to lower bonus costs in the fourth quarter of 2014 as compared with the fourth quarter of 2013.
Other operating expenses, which include a variety of general and administrative expenses, totaled $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Interest expense from the company's senior notes issued in 2013 totaled $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Fourth quarter 2014 - Financial Ratios
The company's loss ratio applicable to the fourth quarter of 2014 (defined as losses and loss adjustment expenses related to net premiums earned) was 33.2% compared with 27.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The expense ratio applicable to the fourth quarter of 2014 (defined as underwriting expenses, salaries and wages, interest and other operating expenses related to net premiums earned) was 33.6% compared with 35.7% in the same prior year period.
Expressed as a total of all expenses related to net premiums earned, the combined loss and expense ratio to net premiums earned was 66.8% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with 63.1% in the same year-ago period.
Full Year 2014 - Financial Results
Income available to common stockholders for 2014 totaled $62.7 million or $5.36 diluted earnings per common share compared with $65.5 million or $5.63 diluted earnings per common share for 2013.
Gross premiums earned in 2014 increased 8.4% to $365.5 million from $337.1 million in 2013. The increase in 2014 was primarily due to premiums of policies assumed from Citizens in November 2013 and December 2014.
Net premiums earned for 2014 increased 7.6% to $252.1 million from $234.2 million in 2013. Premiums ceded for 2014 were 31.0% of the company's gross premiums earned, compared with 30.5% during 2013.
Net investment income in 2014 was $4.8 million, an increase from $1.5 million in 2013. The increase in 2014 is primarily due to an increase in late 2013 in our investments in available-for-sale securities that comprise the majority of our investment portfolio and a change in the mix of our available-for-sale investments during 2014.
Net realized investment gains for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $4.7 million compared with approximately $80,000 in 2013. The increase in 2014 is due to sales of fixed-maturity securities primarily in the third quarter of 2014.
Losses and loss adjustment expenses for 2014 were $79.5 million compared with $65.1 million in 2013. Losses and loss adjustment expenses increased in 2014 primarily due to increased policy exposure from participation in the November 2013 assumption from Citizens and increases in frequency and severity of certain causes of losses.
Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses for 2014 were $38.0 million compared with $31.6 million for 2013. The increase in 2014 is primarily attributable to commissions and premium taxes related to the policies assumed from Citizens in November 2013 that have renewed and are included in 2014 direct written premiums.
Salaries and wages in 2014 totaled $16.5 million compared with $14.7 million in the same period in 2013. The increase in 2014 is primarily due to a 13% increase in employee headcount at our Tampa, Florida headquarters.
Other operating expenses in 2014 totaled $20.8 million compared with $19.6 million for 2013. The increase in 2014 is primarily due to increases in stock-based compensation and employee benefit expenses.
Interest expense from the company's senior notes issued in 2013 totaled $10.5 million in 2014 compared with $3.6 million for 2013. Interest expense increased in 2014 due to $103.0 million of senior notes issued in December 2013.
Full Year 2014 - Financial Ratios
The company's loss ratio applicable to the year ended December 31, 2014 was 31.5% compared with 27.8% for the year ended December 31, 2013.
The expense ratio applicable to 2014 was 34.0% compared with 29.7% in 2013.
The combined loss and expense ratio to net premiums earned was 65.5% in 2013 compared with 57.5% in 2013.
"2014 marked another successful year for HCI, highlighted by record gross premium of $365.5 million, an increase of over 8% from 2013," commented Paresh Patel, HCI Group's chairman and chief executive officer. "As we look into 2015 and beyond, we continue to patiently evaluate the marketplace and remain ideally positioned to capitalize on growth opportunities that will drive profitability and ultimately, shareholder value."
HCI management will host a conference call later today (March 5, 2015) to discuss these financial results followed by a question and answer session.
Interested parties can listen to the live presentation, which can be accessed by dialing the listen-only number below or by clicking the webcast link available on the Investor Information section of the company's website at www.hcigroup.com.
|Listen-only toll-free number: (877) 407-8033|
|Listen-only international number: (201) 689-8033|
|Conference ID: 13600979|
Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes before the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at (949) 574-3860.
A replay of the call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through April 6, 2015 and via the Investor Information section of the HCI Group website at www.hcigroup.com.
|Toll-free replay number: (877) 660-6853|
|International replay number: (201) 612-7415|
|Conference ID: 13600979|
About HCI Group, Inc.
HCI Group, Inc. owns subsidiaries engaged in diverse, yet complementary business activities, including homeowners' insurance, reinsurance, real estate and information technology services. The company's largest subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., is a leading provider of property and casualty insurance in the state of Florida.
The company's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HCI" and are included in the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600 Index. Its 8% Senior Notes trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HCJ." For more information about HCI Group, visit www.hcigroup.com.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "confident," "prospects" and "project" and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance, for example, that accretive growth opportunities will arise. Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should any risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have material adverse effects on the company's business, financial condition and results of operations. HCI Group, Inc. disclaims all obligations to update any forward-looking statements.
|HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Dollar amounts in thousands)|
|At December 31, 2014||At December 31, 2013|
|Fixed-maturity securities, available for sale, at fair value (amortized cost: $96,163 and $110,738, respectively)||$ 97,084||112,151|
|Equity securities, available for sale, at fair value (cost: $45,387 and $17,248, respectively)||45,550||17,649|
|Limited partnership investment, at equity||2,550||—|
|Investment in joint venture, at equity||4,477||—|
|Real estate investments||19,138||16,228|
|Cash and cash equivalents||314,716||293,398|
|Accrued interest and dividends receivable||1,059||1,133|
|Prepaid reinsurance premiums||34,096||28,066|
|Income taxes receivable||2,624||—|
|Deferred income taxes, net||2,499||—|
|Deferred policy acquisition costs||15,014||14,071|
|Property and equipment, net||12,292||13,132|
|Total assets||$ 602,210||526,316|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Losses and loss adjustment expenses||$ 48,908||43,686|
|Assumed reinsurance balances payable||218||4,660|
|Income taxes payable||—||543|
|Deferred income taxes, net||—||2,740|
|7% Series A cumulative convertible preferred stock (liquidation preference $10.00 per share), no par value, 1,500,000 shares authorized, 0 and 110,684 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively||—||—|
|Series B junior participating preferred stock (no par value, 400,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding)||—||—|
|Preferred stock (no par value 18,100,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding)||—||—|
|Common stock, (no par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized, 10,189,128 and 10,939,268 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||20,465||48,966|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes||666||1,114|
|Total stockholders' equity||182,585||160,521|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$ 602,210||526,316|
|HCI GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|(Dollar amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Gross premiums earned||$ 91,435||91,370||$ 365,488||337,113|
|Net premiums earned||61,776||63,428||252,065||234,248|
|Net investment income||1,028||655||4,781||1,469|
|Policy fee income||994||85||2,820||3,098|
|Net realized investment gains||270||37||4,735||80|
|Losses and loss adjustment expenses||20,529||17,348||79,468||65,123|
|Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses||9,278||9,456||37,952||31,619|
|Salaries and wages||3,869||4,871||16,483||14,714|
|Other operating expenses||4,938||7,117||20,790||19,572|
|Income before income taxes||23,494||25,232||100,962||106,453|
|Net income||$ 14,562||15,562||$ 62,664||65,562|
|Preferred stock dividends||—||(16)||4||(104)|
|Income available to common stockholders||$ 14,562||15,546||$ 62,668||65,458|
|Basic earnings per common share||$ 1.43||1.36||$ 5.90||5.82|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$ 1.30||1.31||$ 5.36||5.63|
|Dividends per common share||$ 0.27||0.27||$ 1.10||0.95|
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