Homeowners Choice, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCII), a Florida-based provider of homeowners’ insurance, today announced its results of operations for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2008.
Net income for the third quarter 2008 was $802,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $114,000, or $0.02 loss per diluted share, for the third quarter 2007, and for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2008, net income was $7,538,000, or $1.33 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $393,000, or $0.12 loss per diluted share for the prior year period. Net premiums earned for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2008 were $8,051,000 and $28,309,000, respectively.
Homeowners Choice first began operations in July of 2007. Consequently certain period to period results are not comparable.
“We ended the quarter with approximately 17,000 policies outstanding, in part because we did not want to increase our loss exposure at the height of the 2008 hurricane season,” said the company’s CEO, F.X. McCahill. “We are pleased to report that after our October assumption of policies from Citizens, we currently have approximately 63,000 policies.”
Richard Allen, the company’s CFO, added, “The take-out of more than 45,000 policies from Citizens qualified us for a reduction of commissions ceded to Citizens from 16 percent to 6 percent, which should result in recognition of a pre-tax gain of approximately $3.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2008.”
Citizens is a state-sponsored homeowners’ insurance company. The State of Florida has a policy of encouraging private insurance companies to assume or “take-out” policies from Citizens to reduce the government’s risk exposure. Homeowners Choice recently announced approval from Citizens and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to take out up to 24,000 additional policies in December, 2008.
The company will host an earnings conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET during which McCahill and Allen will discuss the third quarter results. The call will be available live at 877-407-9210 (toll-free). International callers should call 201-689-8049. Analysts wishing to participate in the call should contact Jay Madhu, investor relations director, at 813-263-5007. A live audio webcast of the call will be available at http://www.ir-site.com/hcpci/events.asp. Replays of the webcast will be available until Feb. 12, 2009.
About Homeowners Choice, Inc.
Homeowners Choice, Inc. is a Florida-based insurance holding company, headquartered in Clearwater, Fla. and founded by Florida homeowners. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., which began operations in July 2007, provides property and casualty homeowners' insurance, condominium owners' insurance and tenants' insurance solely to Florida property owners. The company’s principal executive offices are located at 2340 Drew St., Suite 200, Clearwater, Fla. 33765. More information about Homeowners Choice, Inc. is available at www.hcpci.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” and “project” and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding the potential earnings from an expected reduction in commissions to Citizens. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company’s registration statement filed 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. Homeowners Choice, Inc. disclaims all obligations to update any forward-looking statements.
|HOMEOWNERS CHOICE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Dollars in thousands)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||26,169||15,729|
|Accrued interest and dividends receivable||55||60|
|Ceded reinsurance balances receivable||2,830||—|
|Assumed reinsurance balances receivable||497||—|
|Deferred policy acquisition costs||5,424||3,163|
|Office equipment, net||237||36|
|Deferred income taxes, net||1,161||653|
|Income taxes receivable||152||—|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Losses and loss adjustment expenses||7,323||1,688|
|Ceded reinsurance balances payable||—||1,060|
|Assumed reinsurance balances payable||—||833|
|Income taxes payable||—||1,266|
|Preferred stock (no par value 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding)||—||—|
|Common stock, (no par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized,|
|6,848,668 and 5,182,000 shares issued and outstanding in 2008 and 2007)||—||—|
|Additional paid-in capital||23,525||13,383|
|Total stockholders’ equity||32,018||14,338|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||76,018||39,993|
|HOMEOWNERS CHOICE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|Net premiums earned||$||8,051||1,692||28,309||1,692|
|Net investment income||425||203||1,152||314|
|Losses and loss adjustment expenses||4,565||984||11,011||984|
|Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses||2,774||1,182||6,893||1,188|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||1,326||(346)||12,148||(585)|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||524||(232)||4,610||(192)|
|Net income (loss)||$||802||(114)||7,538||(393)|
|Basic earnings (loss) per share||$||0.13||(0.02)||1.36||(0.12)|
|Diluted earnings (loss) per share||$||0.12||(0.02)||1.33||(0.12)|
|Dividends per share||$||—||—||—||—|