Book Value Per Share Increased to $19.35  

TORONTO, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trisura Group Ltd. (“Trisura” or “Trisura Group”) (TSX: TSU), a leading international specialty insurance holding company, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2018.

David Clare, CEO of Trisura, stated, “Strong underwriting and topline growth continued in Q3 for our Canadian subsidiary, with correspondingly strong returns. We are also very pleased with the development of our US business, which continues to bind programs, producing gross premiums written of $17.7 million in the third quarter of 2018.”

Highlights

  • Net income of $4.2 million compared to $2.0 million in Q3 2017. Net income was driven by strong Canadian results, favourable reserve development in our Reinsurance segment and lower operating expenses.
     
  • Profitable underwriting in our Canadian business, producing an 85.5% third quarter combined ratio versus 90.2% in Q3 2017 (and 87.2% compared to 87.2% on a YTD comparison) driving a 15.8% trailing twelve-month ROE in Canada. 
     
  • Continued premium growth in our Canadian Specialty P&C business, increasing gross premiums written by 10% in Q3 and 15% YTD.
     
  • Significant progress in our US operations, with $17.7 million of gross written premium in Q3 and bound 12 bound programs YTD.
     
  • Basic and diluted EPS of $0.62 for the quarter and $1.05 (basic) and $1.03 (diluted) on a YTD basis.
     
  • Book value per share of $19.35, a 7.4% increase over past 12 months.
Amounts in millions of Canadian dollarsQ3 2018Q3 2017varianceQ3 2018 YTDQ3 2017 YTDvariance
Gross Premiums Written57.3 36.1 58.6%150.8 108.1 39.5%
Net Premiums Written30.1 26.7 12.5%84.4 73.2 15.3%
Net Underwriting Income2.1 1.2 70.4%3.3 4.1 (19.1%)
Net Investment Income3.6 2.1 76.1%7.6 4.4 73.2%
Net Income (Loss)4.2 2.0 107.0%7.0 (0.3)nm
EPS – Basic, $0.62 0.35 78.5%1.05 0.39 168.5%
EPS –Diluted, $0.62 0.35 78.5%1.03 0.39 165.1%
Book Value Per Share, $19.35 18.02 7.4%19.35 18.02 7.4%
Debt-to-Capital Ratio18.8%22.2%(3.4pts)18.8%22.2%(3.4pts)
ROE Trailing Twelve Months ('TTM')5.6%n/an/a5.6%n/an/a
Combined Ratio - Canadian Specialty P&C85.5%90.2%(4.7pts)87.2%87.2%(0.0pts)
Canadian Specialty P&C ROE - TTM15.8%8.6%7.2pts15.8%8.6%7.2pts

Underwriting

  • $17.7 million of gross premiums written by our new US Specialty P&C business.
     
  • Our Canadian Specialty P&C business generated strong underwriting income with a combined ratio of 85.5% compared to 90.2% in Q3 2017 driven by strong performance in Surety.

Capital

  • The minimum capital test (“MCT”) ratio of our Canadian subsidiary was 247% as at September 30, 2018 (255% as at December 31, 2017), which comfortably exceeds regulatory requirements of 150%.
     
  • The capital and surplus in our US subsidiary of $63.4 million as at September 30, 2018 is well in excess of the $19.4 million minimum capital requirements of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
     
  • Our international subsidiary had capital of $28.4 million as at September 30, 2018 which was well in excess of its regulatory capital requirement of $0.2 million.
     
  • Consolidated debt-to-capital ratio of 18.8% as at September 30, 2018 is below our long-term target of 20%.

Investments

  • Net investment income of $3.6 million compared to $2.1 million in Q3 2017. Interest and dividend income were slightly higher in Q3 2018, as we continued to benefit from the deployed US portfolio. In Canada, investment income reflected higher interest income and realized gains from rebalancing of the portfolio.

Ratings

  • A.M. Best reaffirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) of both our Canadian subsidiary, Trisura Guarantee Insurance and our US subsidiary, Trisura Specialty with stable outlook.

Management Appointment

  • On October 16, 2018 Trisura announced that David Clare would be succeeding Greg Morrison as President and CEO of Trisura Group.
     
  • Greg Morrison will continue to act as a director of Trisura Group.

About Trisura Group

Trisura Group Ltd. is an international specialty insurance holding company operating in the surety, risk solutions, corporate insurance and reinsurance segments of the market. Trisura has three principal regulated subsidiaries: Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company in Canada, Trisura Specialty Insurance Company in the US and Trisura International Insurance Ltd. in Barbados. Trisura Group is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU”.

Further information is available at http://www.trisura.com/group. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Details regarding the operations of Trisura Group are also set forth in regulatory filings. A copy of the filings may be obtained on Trisura Group’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

For more information, please contact:
Name: Bryan Sinclair
Tel: 416 607 2135
Email: bryan.sinclair@trisura.com

Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

As at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)

As atSeptember 30, 2018December 31, 2017
 Cash and cash equivalents102,688 165,675
 Investments266,318 190,641
 Premiums and accounts receivable, and other assets33,388 23,172
 Deferred acquisition costs56,095 40,266
 Recoverable from reinsurers95,841 65,254
 Capital assets and intangible assets2,636 2,612
 Deferred tax assets805 740
Total assets557,771 488,360
 Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities21,481 19,795
 Reinsurance premiums payable30,709 17,555
 Unearned premiums159,881 115,357
 Unearned reinsurance commissions14,441 5,566
 Unpaid claims and loss adjustment expenses173,419 178,885
 Loan payable29,700 29,700
Total liabilities429,631 366,858
Shareholders' equity128,140 121,502
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity557,771 488,360



Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
For the three and nine months ended September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)

  Q3 2018Q3 2017Q3 2018 YTDQ3 2017 YTD
 Gross premiums written57,282 36,123 150,767 108,074 
 Net premiums written30,072 26,742 84,361 73,176 
 Net premiums earned25,281 21,990 65,826 59,567 
 Fee income370 216 4,049 3,273 
Total underwriting revenue25,651 22,206 69,875 62,840 
 Net claims(4,583)(5,129)(13,482)(12,466)
 Net commissions(8,313)(6,799)(23,358)(19,687)
 Premium taxes(1,418)(1,246)(3,480)(3,236)
 Operating expenses(9,245)(7,804)(26,250)(23,366)
Net claims and expenses (23,559)(20,978)(66,570)(58,755)
Net underwriting income2,092 1,228 3,305 4,085 
 Net investment income3,639 2,067 7,628 4,404 
 Foreign exchange (losses) gains171 (253)(153)(138)
 Interest expense(243)(273)(709)(812)
 Change in minority interests-   2 - (5,156)
Income before income taxes5,659 2,771 10,071 2,383 
 Income tax expense(1,499)(761)(3,064)(2,648)
Net income (loss)4,160 2,010 7,007 (265)
Other comprehensive loss(2,712)(2,965)(468)(5,636)
Comprehensive income (loss)1,448 (955)6,539 (5,901)


Trisura Group Ltd.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the three and nine months ended September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted)

  Q3 2018Q3 2017Q3 2018 YTDQ3 2017 YTD
Net income (loss) from operating activities4,160 2,010 7,007 (265)
Non-cash items to be deducted457 873 3,089 1,209 
Change in working capital operating items9,255 12,070 7,010 20,722 
Realized gains (losses) on AFS investments(1,083)(340)(782)(704)
Income taxes paid(426)(968)(2,367)(6,123)
Interest paid (256)(286)(725)(810)
Net cash from operating activities12,107 13,359 13,232 14,029 
Proceeds on disposal of investments49,607 554 81,725 20,386 
Purchases of investments(55,982)(12,202)(160,731)(131,864)
Net purchases of capital and intangible assets(269)(38)(584)(145)
Net cash used in investing activities(6,644)(11,686)(79,590)(111,623)
Change in minority interests- (2)- 5,156 
Dividends paid(24)- (72)- 
Common shares issued- - - 140,270 
Issuance of new loan payable- - 29,700 - 
Repayment of note payable- - - (355)
Repayment of loan payable- (500)(29,700)(4,200)
Net cash (used in) from financing activities(24)(502)(72)140,871 
Net increase (decrease) in cash5,439 1,171 (66,430)43,277 
Cash at beginning of the period97,739 160,344 165,675 122,096 
Currency translation(490)(5,194)3,443 (9,052)
Cash at the end of the period 102,688 156,321 102,688 156,321 

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Note: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities regulations. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, include statements regarding the operations, business, financial condition, expected financial results, performance, prospects, opportunities, priorities, targets, goals, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of Trisura Group, as well as the outlook for North American and international economies for the current fiscal year and subsequent periods, and include words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “seeks,” “intends,” “targets,” “projects,” “forecasts” or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would” and “could.”

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We caution that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on our forward-looking statements, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Except as required by law, Trisura Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or information, whether written or oral, that may be as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.