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Greenlight Re announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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Company to Hold Conference Call at 9:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, April 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLRE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.  Greenlight Re reported a net loss of $142.8 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $8.4 million for the same period in 2017.  The net loss per share for the first quarter of 2018 was $3.85, compared to fully diluted net income per share of $0.22 for the same period in 2017.

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share was $18.35 as of March 31, 2018, a 22.1% decrease from $23.57 per share as of March 31, 2017, and a 17.4% decrease from the prior quarter.

Management Commentary

Simon Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Re, stated, “The investment loss this quarter overshadowed our improved underwriting performance and a quarter combined ratio of 98.3%. Our reserve position showed favorable prior year reserve development and the ongoing business is performing well under difficult market conditions.  We launched Greenlight Re Innovations, where we will partner with technology and risk enterprises to deliver on our mission of supporting commerce and personal health and welfare. This initiative is central to the transformation of Greenlight Re into a risk innovation leader in an increasingly technology-enabled world.”

David Einhorn, Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “I am pleased to see that the steps management has taken in our underwriting business are beginning to materialize in a positive manner.  We experienced a difficult quarter in our investment portfolio, reporting a loss of 11.8%.  Notwithstanding the quarterly loss, we remain confident that our disciplined, value-oriented style and patience will be rewarded.”

Financial and Operating Highlights

2018 First Quarter

  • Gross written premiums of $175.1 million, a decrease from $197.2 million in the first quarter of 2017.   Net written premiums were $145.3 million compared to $193.8 million in the prior year period. Gross premium ceded increased during the first quarter as the Company ceded off a portion of its non-standard automobile business.
  • Net earned premiums were $145.8 million, a decrease from $151.9 million reported in the prior-year period.
  • Net investment loss of $145.2 million, compared to net investment income of $11.6 million in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Underwriting income of $2.5 million, compared to an underwriting loss of $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2017.
  • The Company reported favorable prior year development of approximately $2.7 million, primarily due to a favorable change in estimated catastrophe losses.
  • A composite ratio for the three months ended March 31, 2018 of 96.0%, compared to 97.4% for the prior-year period.  The combined ratio for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was 98.3%, compared to 100.1% for the prior-year period.

Conference Call Details

Greenlight Re will hold a live conference call to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  The conference call title is Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2018 Earnings Call.

To participate in the Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd. First Quarter 2018 Earnings Call, please dial in to the conference call at:

U.S. toll free                                      1-888-336-7152
International                                      1-412-902-4178

Telephone participants may avoid any delays by pre-registering for the call using the following link to receive a special dial-in number and PIN.

Conference Call registration link: http://dpregister.com/10117876

The conference call can also be accessed via webcast at:


A telephone replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 1, 2018 until 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 8, 2018.  The replay of the call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S. toll free) or 1-412-317-0088 (international), access code 10117876. An audio file of the call will also be available on the Company’s website,www.greenlightre.ky.

Regulation G

Fully diluted adjusted book value per share is considered a non-GAAP measure and represents basic adjusted book value per share combined with the impact from dilution of share based compensation including in-the-money stock options and RSUs as of any period end.  Book value is adjusted by subtracting the amount of the non-controlling interest in joint venture from total shareholders’ equity to calculate adjusted book value.  We believe that long term growth in fully diluted adjusted book value per share is the most relevant measure of our financial performance because it provides management and investors a yardstick by which to monitor the shareholder value generated.  In addition, fully diluted adjusted book value per share may be of benefit to our investors, shareholders and other interested parties to form a basis of comparison with other companies within the property and casualty reinsurance industry.

Net underwriting income (loss) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes items used in the calculation of net income before taxes under U.S. GAAP.  The measure includes underwriting expenses which are directly related to underwriting activities as well as an allocation of other general and administrative expenses. Net underwriting income (loss) is calculated as net premiums earned, less net loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, less, acquisition costs and less underwriting expenses. The measure excludes, on a recurring basis: (1) net investment income; (2) any foreign exchange gains or losses; (3) corporate general and administrative expenses; (4) other income (expense) not related to underwriting, and (5) income taxes and income attributable to non-controlling interest. We exclude net investment income and foreign exchange gains or losses as we believe these are influenced by market conditions and other factors not related to underwriting decisions. We exclude corporate general and administrative expenses because these expenses are generally fixed and not incremental to or directly related to our underwriting operations. We believe all of these amounts are largely independent of our underwriting process and including them distorts the analysis of trends in our underwriting operations. We include other income and expense relating to deposit accounted contracts and industry loss warranty contracts which we believe are part of our underwriting operations and should be reflected in our underwriting income (loss).  Net underwriting income should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in the U.S. Federal securities laws. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made on behalf of the Company. These risks and uncertainties include the impact of general economic conditions and conditions affecting the insurance and reinsurance industry, the adequacy of our reserves, our ability to assess underwriting risk, trends in rates for property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, competition, investment market fluctuations, trends in insured and paid losses, catastrophes, regulatory and legal uncertainties and other factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.

Established in 2004, Greenlight Re (www.greenlightre.ky) is a NASDAQ listed company with specialist property and casualty reinsurance companies based in the Cayman Islands and Ireland.  Greenlight Re provides risk management products and services to the insurance, reinsurance and other risk marketplaces.  The Company focuses on delivering risk solutions to clients and brokers by whom Greenlight Re’s expertise, analytics and customer service offerings are demanded.  With an emphasis on deriving superior returns from both sides of the balance sheet, Greenlight Re manages its assets according to a value-oriented equity-focused strategy that supports the goal of long-term growth in book value per share.


Investor Relations:
Adam Prior
The Equity Group Inc.
(212) 836-9606
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