TAMPA, Fla., March 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Homeowners Choice, Inc. (
"We experienced a great year with a 69 percent growth in income available to common stockholders and a 20 percent growth in gross premiums earned," said Homeowners Choice Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Paresh Patel. "Our results were significantly and positively impacted by the acquisition of policies from HomeWise Insurance Company in November last year which nearly doubled our policy count to approximately 120,000 policies at year end. Our results continue also to reflect prudent risk management, low policy acquisition costs, selective underwriting and a conservative investment portfolio."
Fourth Quarter 2011
Income available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $4.6 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared with $1.8 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2010. The fourth quarter includes two months of results following the company's acquisition of policies from HomeWise in November 2011.
Gross premiums earned for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased to $49.8 million from $30.0 million in the prior year quarter, primarily as a result of the policies assumed from HomeWise which accounted for $18.3 million of gross premiums earned in the quarter. Net premiums earned (gross premiums earned reduced by premiums paid to reinsurance companies) for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased approximately 130 percent to $35.7 million from $15.5 million in the prior year quarter.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, investment income increased 48 percent to $578,000 from $390,000 during the same period in 2010. Other income during the fourth quarter 2011 declined 5 percent to $629,000 from $665,000 in the prior year quarter. The company reported realized investment losses of $149,000 on investments sold during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared with realized investment gains of $469,000 during the same period 2011.
Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $16.9 million compared with $8.2 million in the prior year quarter. Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2011 and 2010 were $7.6 million and $4.2 million respectively. Other operating expenses, which include a variety of general and administrative costs, for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2011 and 2010 were $4.4 million and $1.9 million, respectively.
Full Year 2011
For the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, income available to common stockholders was $9.1 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, compared with $5.4 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010. Results for 2011 included a bargain purchase gain of $936,000 ($575,000 net of tax), or $0.08 per diluted share.
Stockholders' equity increased to $63.8 million at Dec. 31, 2011 from $46.6 million at Dec. 31, 2010. The company paid dividends of $0.525 per share in 2011 versus $0.30 per share in 2010.
Gross premiums earned for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011 increased by approximately 20 percent to $143.6 million from $119.8 million in the prior year. Net premiums earned for 2011 increased approximately 40 percent to $87.2 million from $62.4 million in the prior year. Investment income for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011 was $2.2 million compared with $2.0 million in the prior year. Realized investment gains of $0.3 million were recognized in 2011 compared with $2.0 million in 2010.
Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011 were $48.2 million compared with $37.7 million in the prior year. Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses for 2011 and 2010 were $18.1 million and $14.9 million, respectively. Other operating expenses increased to $12.1 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011 compared with $7.5 million in the prior year.
"The November transaction with HomeWise has been beneficial not only to Homeowners Choice, but also to the HomeWise policyholders who now continue in the private insurance market and the State of Florida which avoided absorbing these policies and the related risk exposure. We believe these additional policies will add significant value to our business going forward." said CEO Paresh Patel. "We look forward to 2012 and beyond as we continue to selectively expand and diversify our policyholder base."
Financial information is included below.
The Company will host an earnings conference call today, March 8, 2012 at 4:30 E.T. to discuss its fourth quarter 2011 and year end results. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live over the Internet at http://www.ir-site.com/hcpci/events.asp. The call is also available by dialing (877) 407-9210 (toll-free). International participants should instead call (201) 689-8049. Participants should dial into the conference call approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Replays of the webcast will be available until April 9, 2012.
Homeowners Choice, Inc. is a Florida-based insurance holding company headquartered in Tampa. Through its subsidiary corporations, Homeowners Choice provides property and casualty homeowners' insurance, condominium owners' insurance and tenants' insurance. Founded in 2006, Homeowners Choice serves approximately 120,000 policyholders throughout Florida representing approximately $227 million in annualized premiums. The company's common shares trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol HCII and are included in the Russell Microcap Index. Its warrants trade on the same market under the ticker symbol HCIIW. Its Series A, Cumulative Redeemable Preferred shares trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol HCIIP. More information about Homeowners Choice, Inc. is available at www.hcpci.com.
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|HOMEOWNERS CHOICE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Dollars in thousands, except share amounts)|
|At December 31, 2011||At December 31, 2010|
|Investment in fixed maturity securities, available-for-sale, at|
|fair value (amortized cost $34,147 and $28,456)||$||34,642||28,564|
|Equity securities, available-for-sale, at fair value||5,207||884|
|Cash and cash equivalents||100,355||54,849|
|Accrued interest and dividends receivable||408||180|
|Assumed reinsurance balances receivable||1,687||26|
|Prepaid reinsurance premiums||14,169||17,787|
|Deferred policy acquisition costs||12,321||9,407|
|Property and equipment, net||10,499||7,755|
|Deferred income taxes||2,368||584|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Losses and loss adjustment expenses||27,424||22,146|
|Income taxes payable||4,956||310|
|7% Series A cumulative convertible preferred stock (liquidation|
|preference $10.00 per share), no par value, 1,500,000 shares authorized,|
|1,247,700 shares issued and outstanding in 2011||—||—|
|Preferred stock (no par value 18,500,000 shares authorized,|
|no shares issued or outstanding)||—||—|
|Common stock, (no par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized,|
|6,202,485 and 6,205,396 shares issued and|
|outstanding in 2011 and 2010)||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||29,636||18,606|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||208||(42)|
|Total stockholders' equity||63,830||46,629|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||214,818||140,948|
|HOMEOWNERS CHOICE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Year Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Gross premiums earned||$||49,751||30,037||$||143,606||119,757|
|Net premiums earned||35,693||15,465||87,246||62,435|
|Net investment income||578||390||2,180||1,962|
|Policy fee income||159||155||1,438||1,464|
|Realized investment (loss)/gain||(149)||469||267||2,003|
|Gain on bargain purchase||—||—||936||—|
|Losses and loss adjustment expenses||16,886||8,208||48,243||37,667|
|Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses||7,557||4,189||18,129||14,878|
|Other operating expenses||4,446||1,880||12,062||7,484|
|Income before income taxes||8,022||2,867||16,405||8,586|
|Preferred stock dividends||(218)||—||(815)||—|
|Income available to common stockholders||$||4,578||1,784||$||9,149||5,422|
|Basic earnings per common share||$||0.74||0.29||$||1.49||0.88|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||0.62||0.27||$||1.34||0.81|
|Dividends per common share||$||0.23||0.30||$||0.53||0.30|
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