Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results
Achieved Highest Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Net Income and EPS in Company History
Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 24, 2016 – Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE)today reported record fourth quarter net income in 2015 of $29.2 million, an increase of 39.0%, or $8.2 million, over the same period in 2014. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.82 for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 39.0%, or $0.23 per share, over the same quarter in 2014. This compares to net income of $21.0 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the same period in 2014.
For the full year 2015, the Company reported record net income of $106.5 million, an increase of $33.5 million, or 45.9% compared to net income of $73.0 million for 2014. For earnings per share on a diluted basis, the Company reported $2.97 per share in 2015, as compared to $2.08 per share for 2014.
“I am very pleased with our outstanding fourth quarter results, concluding a year in which we delivered the highest earned premiums, total revenues, net income and diluted EPS in Company history,” said Sean P. Downes, Universal’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our track record of delivering consistent, organically generated growth is a testament to the strength of our strategy and business model. We continued to maintain focus on writing high quality, rate-adequate business, investing in our vertically integrated business model, improving our claims handling and customer service and building strong relationships with our independent agency force. We also continued to gain traction throughout 2015 on our geographic expansion efforts, concluding the year with a presence in 16 states. As a result of our efforts, our total insured value in states outside of Florida reached 16% as of the end of 2015, and policy count outside of Florida increased by 49%.
“Our record performance reflects the diligence and hard work of our employees and independent agents who form the cornerstone of our continued success. Looking ahead, we are better positioned now than at any other time in our history from an operational and financial standpoint, and we will continue to leverage our financial strength to return capital to our shareholders through dividends and share buybacks. As we enter 2016, our entire team is aligned on our goal of driving profitable growth and increasing shareholder value.”
Fourth-Quarter 2015 & Recent Highlights
Fourth-Quarter 2015 Results
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $29.2 million reflects an improvement across multiple measures including an increase in direct premiums written, net premiums written, net earned premiums, net investment income, realized gains, commissions, policy fees, and income before taxes. The increase in net earned premiums reflects both growth in policies in force and lower reinsurance costs, including the elimination of quota share reinsurance effective June 2015.
Stockholders’ equity reached an all-time high of $293.1 million as of December 31, 2015 compared to $218.9 million pro-forma stockholders’ equity as of December 31, 2014.
On November 18, 2015, the Company announced the completion of a $10 million share repurchase program with 363,100 shares repurchased at an average cost of $27.58 per share on the open market pursuant to the Board authorized share repurchase program announced on September 2, 2015.
On November 19, 2015, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized an additional share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to $10 million of its outstanding shares of common stock through December 31, 2016. The Company has repurchased 185,000 shares of its common stock at an average cost of $19.24 per share, with $6.4 million remaining to be deployed.
On November 5, 2015, the Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.27 per share of common stock which was paid on December 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 1, 2015. The $0.27 per share dividend includes the expected $0.12 per share fourth quarter dividend, in line with the dividends for the first three quarters of 2015, and an additional special dividend of $0.15 per share.
On January 14, 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had declared an increased cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock up $0.02 from the $0.12 per share paid the past four quarters. Payment will be made on March 2, 2016 to shareholders of record on February 18, 2016. The Company also announced that it expects to declare and pay a proposed regular quarterly dividend during fiscal year 2016 of $0.14 per share of the Company’s common stock.
Financial Results Presentation
The Company will make available an audio recording of a presentation discussing its fourth quarter 2015 financial results at approximately 5:00 pm Eastern on February 24, 2016. The presentation will be pre-recorded, and there will be no opportunity for live questions. The audio recording of this presentation will be available at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com until March 24, 2016.
About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated insurance holding company performing all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution and claims. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company, also a wholly-owned subsidiary, currently writes homeowners multi-peril 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 Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.