SOURCE: Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

August 08, 2012 15:05 ET

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Reports Second-Quarter 2012 Financial Results

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) - Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (the Company or Universal) (NYSE MKT: UVE), a vertically integrated insurance holding company, reported net income of $7.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $7.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. 

Second-Quarter 2012 Results
Net income during the second quarter of 2012 remained relatively flat increasing by 3 percent compared to the same quarter last year, while diluted earnings per share for both quarters was constant at $0.19. During the second quarter of 2012, the Company saw growth in premiums earned and commission revenue, which was largely offset by increased operating costs and expenses. Additionally, profitability was moderated as a result of weaker performance in the investment trading portfolio compared to the same period of 2011. For the second quarter of 2012, the Company's investment trading portfolio performance resulted in a decrease in income before income taxes of $7.5 million compared to a $6.7 million decrease for the second quarter of 2011. 

Direct premiums written collectively by Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC) and American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company (APPCIC), the Company's wholly-owned insurance company subsidiaries, rose by 4.3 percent during the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011. The premium rate increases over the past 24 months for UPCIC's homeowners insurance program within the state of Florida continue to flow through UPCIC's book of business. The most recent premium rate increases, which average approximately 14.9 percent statewide for its homeowners program and 8.8 percent statewide for its dwelling fire program, were effective January 9, 2012, for new business and February 28, 2012, for renewal business. 

At the end of the 2012 second quarter, the Company's insurance company subsidiaries serviced approximately 574 thousand homeowners and dwelling fire insurance policies compared to 584 thousand at March 31, 2012, and 591 thousand at June 30, 2011. Of the total policy count, UPCIC had approximately 19 thousand policies totaling approximately $19 million of in-force premiums at June 30, 2012, in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii and Georgia, combined.

Net premiums earned grew 12.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011, primarily as a result of increases in premium rates over the past 24 months, the most recent of which were in January and February of 2012. These rate increases, along with strategic initiatives the Company has undertaken to manage its exposure such as the decision not to renew certain policies, have resulted in a moderate reduction in the number of policies in force even as direct written premiums have increased. The benefit from the rate increases was also partially offset by wind mitigation credits within the state of Florida.

Commission revenue increased by $1.2 million, or 24.1 percent, to $6.1 million, and reflects an increase in ceded earned premium and a change in terms for the reinsurance contract periods that were in effect during the second quarter of 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011.

Second-quarter 2012 operating costs increased compared to the same quarter last year, as net losses and loss adjustment expenses (LAE) increased $3.6 million, or 13.9 percent, due primarily to an increase in direct losses incurred per exposure. Meanwhile, the loss and LAE ratio for the second quarter of 2012 was 52.9 percent compared to 52.2 percent for the same period in 2011. This reflects an increase in net losses and LAE proportionately larger than the increase in net earned premiums. 

General and administrative expenses increased by $2.8 million, or 19.0 percent. The increase in general and administrative expenses was due primarily to factors related to net deferred policy acquisition costs. The reduction in the amount of ceding commissions received from quota share reinsurers under the 2012-2013 reinsurance program effectively increased the amount of net deferred policy acquisition costs and related amortization. In addition, the Company is charging certain costs directly to earnings that were previously capitalized under the superseded FASB guidance which governed how the Company accounted for deferred policy acquisition costs until January 1, 2012.

At June 30, 2012, stockholders' equity was $161.8 million compared to $156.6 million at March 31, 2012, and $158.2 million at June 30, 2011. 

Investment Portfolio Update
As of June 30, 2012, the fair value of the Company's investment securities was $85.6 million compared to $100.8 million at March 31, 2012. At June 30, 2012, 95.4 percent of the investment securities were equity securities. 

UPCIC Expansion Update
On August 1, 2012, UPCIC announced that it bound its first homeowners insurance policy in Massachusetts. The expansion marks the sixth state where UPCIC writes homeowners insurance and continues Universal's strategy for additional expansion beyond the state of Florida. 

Reinsurance Program Update
The Company has reduced the percentage of premiums ceded by UPCIC to its quota share reinsurer to 45 percent under the reinsurance program which became effective June 1, 2012, from 50 percent under the prior year quota share contract effective June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. The Company's intent is to increase its profitability over the contract term by ceding 5 percent less premium to its quota share reinsurer. The reduction of cession rate also decreases the amount of losses and loss adjustment expenses that may be ceded by UPCIC and effectively increases the amount of risk retained by UPCIC and the Company. The reduction of cession rate also reduces the amount of ceding commissions earned from the Company's quota share reinsurer during the contract term and decreased the amount of deferred ceding commission, as of June 30, 2012, that is a component of net deferred policy acquisition costs.

Cash Dividends
On April 23, 2012, the Company announced that its board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.08 per share, which was paid on July 9, 2012, to shareholders of record on June 26, 2012. At that time, the board further indicated that it expects to declare additional quarterly dividends in the same amount to shareholders of record in the third and fourth quarters of 2012. If declared and paid as intended, the annual dividend in 2012 would be $0.34 for each common share, which includes the $0.10 per share dividend paid on April 6, 2012. 

First Six-Months 2012 Results
For the first six months of 2012, the Company's net income and diluted earnings per share decreased by $3.8 million and $0.09, respectively, compared to the same period of 2011. The decrease is primarily attributable to weaker performance in the investment trading portfolio and increases in the amount of operating costs and expenses, partially offset by increases in earned premium and commission revenue. For the first six months of 2012, the Company's investment portfolio trading performance resulted in a decrease in income before income taxes of $5.8 million compared to a $0.4 million decrease for the same period of 2011. 

Net premiums earned increased 7.0 percent for the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, primarily as a result of the previously mentioned rate increases, which have had a positive effect on premium generated by renewal policies. These rate increases, along with strategic initiatives the Company has undertaken to manage its exposure such as the decision not to renew certain policies, have resulted in a moderate reduction in the number of policies in force even as direct written premiums have increased. The benefit from the rate increases continued to be partially offset by wind mitigation credits within the state of Florida. 

Commission revenue increased by $1.6 million, or 17.0 percent, to $10.7 million and reflects an increase in ceded earned premium for the reinsurance contract periods that were in effect during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Meanwhile, first six-months 2012 operating costs and expenses were higher compared to the same period of 2011, as net losses and LAE increased 6.9 percent and general and administrative expenses increased 18.7 percent. The increase in net losses and LAE of $3.6 million was due primarily to an increase in direct losses incurred per exposure. Despite the increase, the net loss and LAE ratio remained relatively flat at 53.3 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared to 53.4 percent in the same period of 2011, a result of the increase in premiums earned in the first half of 2012. The $5.6 million increase in general and administrative expenses was due primarily to factors related to net deferred policy acquisition costs. The reduction in the amount of ceding commissions received from quota share reinsurers under the 2012-2013 reinsurance program effectively increased the amount of net deferred policy acquisition costs and related amortization. In addition, the Company is charging certain costs directly to earnings that were previously capitalized under the superseded FASB guidance which governed how the Company accounted for deferred policy acquisition costs until January 1, 2012.

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated insurance holding company which, through its subsidiaries, covers substantially all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution, claims processing and exposure management. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of the three leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia and Massachusetts. American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company (APPCIC), also a wholly owned subsidiary, currently writes homeowners multi-peril and inland marine insurance on Florida homes valued in excess of $1 million, which are limits and coverages currently not targeted through its affiliate UPCIC. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Such statements may include commentary on plans, products and lines of business, marketing arrangements, reinsurance programs and other business developments and assumptions relating to the foregoing. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future results could differ materially from those described and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company's operations and future results, refer to the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Unaudited)  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
   
                 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,  
  2012   2011   2012   2011  
PREMIUMS EARNED AND OTHER REVENUES                
Direct premiums written $ 222,568   $ 213,479   $ 412,571   $ 386,654  
Ceded premiums written   (102,433 )   (145,798 )   (265,867 )   (269,689 )
Net premiums written   120,135     67,681     146,704     116,965  
Change in net unearned premium   (64,441 )   (18,157 )   (42,370 )   (19,437 )
  Premiums earned, net   55,694     49,524     104,334     97,528  
  Net investment income (expense)   (16 )   (21 )   (52 )   236  
  Net realized gains (losses) on investments   (1,705 )   2,960     (9,154 )   6,612  
  Net unrealized gains (losses) on investments   (5,788 )   (9,640 )   3,399     (7,052 )
  Net foreign currency gains (losses) on investments   -     -     23     71  
  Commission revenue   6,131     4,941     10,672     9,121  
  Policy fees   4,072     4,402     7,973     8,575  
  Other revenue   1,540     1,506     2,980     2,914  
Total premiums earned and other revenues   59,928     53,672     120,175     118,005  
                         
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES                        
  Losses and loss adjustment expenses   29,437     25,852     55,611     52,037  
  General and administrative expenses   17,499     14,699     35,343     29,771  
Total operating costs and expenses   46,936     40,551     90,954     81,808  
                         
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   12,992     13,121     29,221     36,197  
                         
  Income taxes, current   9,086     9,622     9,860     18,359  
  Income taxes, deferred   (3,871 )   (4,050 )   1,711     (3,609 )
    Income taxes, net   5,215     5,572     11,571     14,750  
NET INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 7,777   $ 7,549   $ 17,650   $ 21,447  
                         
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.20   $ 0.19   $ 0.44   $ 0.55  
Weighted average of common shares                        
  outstanding - Basic   39,668     39,187     39,528     39,187  
                         
Fully diluted earnings per common share $ 0.19   $ 0.19   $ 0.44   $ 0.53  
Weighted average of common shares                        
  outstanding - Diluted   40,377     40,645     40,460     40,657  
                         
Cash dividend declared per common share $ 0.08   $ -   $ 0.18   $ 0.10  
                         
                         
                         
UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)  
(in thousands, except per share data)  
   
  As of  
  June 30,   December 31,  
ASSETS: 2012   2011  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 356,325   $ 229,685  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents   74,274     78,312  
Fixed maturities, at fair value   3,913     3,801  
Equity securities, at fair value   81,713     95,345  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums   247,835     243,095  
Reinsurance recoverables   115,459     85,706  
Reinsurance receivable, net   125,664     55,205  
Premiums receivable, net   56,377     45,828  
Receivable from securities sold   594     9,737  
Other receivables   3,631     2,732  
Property and equipment, net   8,915     7,116  
Deferred policy acquisition costs, net   17,744     12,996  
Income taxes recoverable   624     -  
Deferred income tax asset, net   21,280     22,991  
Other assets   1,825     1,477  
    Total assets $ 1,116,173   $ 894,026  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
LIABILITIES:            
Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 164,625   $ 187,215  
Unearned premiums   406,952     359,842  
Advance premium   25,606     19,390  
Accounts payable   5,342     4,314  
Bank overdraft   27,650     25,485  
Payable for securities purchased   1,239     1,067  
Reinsurance payable   273,787     87,497  
Income taxes payable   1,331     12,740  
Dividends payable to shareholders   3,214     -  
Other liabilities and accrued expenses   23,710     24,780  
Long-term debt   20,956     21,691  
    Total liabilities   954,412     744,021  
             
             
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:            
Cumulative convertible preferred stock, $.01 par value   1     1  
  Authorized shares - 1,000            
  Issued shares - 108            
  Outstanding shares - 108            
  Minimum liquidation preference, $2.66 per share            
Common stock, $.01 par value   412     411  
  Authorized shares - 55,000            
  Issued shares - 41,189 and 41,100            
  Outstanding shares - 40,171 and 40,082            
  Treasury shares, at cost - 1,018   (3,101 )   (3,101 )
Additional paid-in capital   38,126     36,536  
Retained earnings   126,323     116,158  
    Total stockholders' equity   161,761     150,005  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,116,173   $ 894,026  

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