• Filing Date: 2013-03-14
  • Form Type: 10-K
  • Description: Annual report
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Related Party Transactions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions

Note 16 — Related Party Transactions

On June 1, 2012, Claddaugh Casualty Insurance Company, Ltd. (“Claddaugh”), the Company’s Bermuda-based captive reinsurer, entered into a reinsurance treaty with Moksha Re SPC Ltd. and multiple capital partners (“Moksha”) whereby a portion of the business assumed from the Company’s insurance subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. (“HCPCI”), is ceded by Claddaugh to Moksha. With respect to the 2012-2013 treaty year, which covers the period from June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013, Moksha assumed $13.8 million of the total covered exposure for approximately $4.0 million in premiums, a rate which management believes to be competitive with market rates available to Claddaugh. The $4.0 million premium was fully paid by Claddaugh in June 2012. Moksha capital partners deposited an aggregate of $9.8 million into a trust account along with the $4.0 million premium paid by Claddaugh to fully collateralize Moksha’s exposure. Trust assets may be withdrawn by HCPCI, the trust beneficiary, in the event amounts are due under the 2012-2013 Moksha reinsurance agreement. Among the Moksha capital partner participants, the Company’s chief executive officer and the Company’s vice president of investor relations contributed $700,000 and $200,000, respectively. In addition, members of the chief executive officer’s immediate family contributed $942,500. The remaining capital partner participants, who are multiple parties unrelated to the Company, contributed the balance of $7,960,000.

One of the Company’s directors is a partner at a law firm that manages certain of the Company’s corporate legal matters. Fees incurred with respect to this law firm for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 were approximately $335,000, $232,000 and $266,000, respectively.

During 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Company leased office space under an operating lease agreement with one director. The lease required annual base rental payments of approximately $150,000. The lease was terminated in December 2012 and the total payments during 2012 were $179,000. Lease payments on this property for each of the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 totaled $160,000.

 

Effective April 4, 2011, the Company repurchased and retired a total of 80,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $8.00 per share for a total cost of $640,000. Such shares were repurchased under a stock purchase agreement with one of the Company’s directors at a price below the $8.20 market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of the transaction. Such repurchases were not part of a publicly announced plan or program.

Effective June 27, 2011, the Company repurchased and retired a total of 85,200 shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $6.50 per share for a total cost of $553,800. Such shares were repurchased under a stock purchase agreement with the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer at a price below the $6.96 market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of the transaction. Such repurchases were not part of a publicly announced plan or program.

One of the Company’s directors received a consulting fee and software license fees for development and use of the Company’s premium administration application software. Under this arrangement, the Company incurred fees of $181,000 and $359,000 for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively. Effective June 30, 2011, all rights to the software license were assigned to the Company in exchange for a one-time payment of $50,000. Such payment was made to the Company’s director who developed and licensed the software to the Company. The related software license and consulting agreements were terminated coincident with this exchange.