Trisura : Reports Fourth Quarter and 2019 Annual Results
02/12/2020 | 09:22pm EST
TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trisura Group Ltd. (“Trisura” or “Trisura Group”) (TSX: TSU), a leading international specialty insurance provider, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.
David Clare, President and CEO of Trisura, stated, “We are pleased with Trisura’s fourth quarter results, generating net income of $4.2 million driven by strong performance from our specialty platforms in North America.
“In Canada, substantial top-line growth, disciplined underwriting and enhanced investment returns sustained our industry leading return on equity. Our U.S. platform continued to build momentum, binding almost $100 million of quarterly gross premiums, and generating net income of $1.5 million to add to its first year of profitability.
“Importantly, improved asset-liability matching in our international reinsurance operations limited volatility in Q4.”
Gross and net premiums growth of 109.8% and 27.5% in Q4, and 104.7% and 23.5% for the full year supported by strong momentum in our U.S. business and continued growth in Canada.
Net income of $4.2 million in the quarter, and $5.1 million in 2019, driven by strong underwriting performance and investment income in Canada and a growing contribution from the U.S.
EPS of $0.47 in Q4 2019 and $0.69 in 2019, compared to $0.24 in Q4 2018 and 1.29 in 2018.
Book value per share of $21.58, a 9.9% increase over December 31, 2018.
Industry-leading results from our Canadian business, achieving a combined ratio of 82.9% in Q4 2019 and 87.8% in 2019, producing a 19.1% ROE for the year.
Continued acceleration in our U.S. business, producing $95.4 million in GPW in the quarter and $1.5 million in net income. For the year, GPW of $263.9 million drove fee income of $8.0 million and net income of $3.8 million representing our first year of profitability. This is an outstanding result considering the business commenced last year.
In February 2020, A.M. Best assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” to Trisura Insurance Company (“TIC”). The ratings of TIC also reflect an intercompany pooling agreement with its immediate parent, Trisura Specialty. TIC will commence writing admitted business in 2020 complementing Trisura Specialty’s non admitted business platform.
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Disciplined underwriting from our Canadian operations, achieving NPE growth of 19.2% and a combined ratio of 82.9% in the quarter, 14.4% and 87.8% respectively for the full year 2019, supported by strong underwriting across all lines.
Accelerating growth in our U.S. platform, with GPW of $95.4 million in Q4 2019 compared to $71.2 million in Q3 2019. Annual GPW of $263.9 million increased from $53.7 million in 2018. Earned fee income in Q4 2019 of $3.1 million helped support annual earned fee income of $8.0 million, compared to $2.4 million in Q3 2019 and $0.9 million in 2018.
Weakening interest rates in Europe drove reserve strengthening in our reinsurance subsidiary in the first nine months of 2019; however, the impact to net income in Q4 2019 was muted following an improvement in the asset-liability matching.
The minimum capital test (“MCT”) ratio of our Canadian subsidiary was 258% (239% as at December 31, 2018), which comfortably exceeds regulatory requirements of 150%.
Trisura Specialty’s capital of $83.3 million USD as at December 31, 2019 ($48.8 million USD as at December 31, 2018) was in excess of the minimum requirement of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
Trisura International’s capital of $14.2 million USD as at December 31, 2019 ($21.1 million USD as at December 31, 2018) was sufficient to meet the FSC’s regulatory capital requirement.
Consolidated debt-to-capital ratio of 13.5% as at December 31, 2019 is below our long-term target of 20%.
A.M. Best reaffirmed the Financial Strength Rating A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Trisura Guarantee and Trisura Specialty. The outlook of these Credit Ratings remains stable.
In 2019, net investment income of $16.2 million compared to $9.0 million in 2018, driven by an increase in duration of reinsurance assets, which generated strong results in a declining interest rate environment through the first nine months of 2019.
In Canada, interest and dividend income increased 8.9% in Q4 2019 and 42.8% for the full year, over the prior period, as we continued to benefit from an improved asset mix in the Canadian portfolio.
In the U.S., interest and dividend income increased 43.0% in Q4 2019 and 28.2% for the full year, over the prior period, as we benefited both from diversification of the portfolio and increased capital following our equity raise in September.
We continued to deploy capital into long-dated European government bonds, which has further improved our asset liability matching, as well as increasing our expected interest income. European rates rose in Q4 2019, which resulted in net investment loss of ($6.6) million in Trisura International, importantly offset by reserve reductions.
Following the close of the acquisition of TIC (formerly known as 21stCentury Preferred Insurance Company) on November 1, 2019, Trisura continues to grow its capabilities with the intention of securing admitted licenses in all 50 states.
About Trisura Group
Trisura Group Ltd. is an international specialty insurance provider 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 U.S. 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.
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