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Bupa Half Year Results 2016

Evelyn Bourke, CEO of Bupa, commented, "In the first half of 2016, we remained focused on delivering value for money and providing great service and care to our customers. We have delivered modest growth in profitability despite challenging economic conditions in our key markets. The immediate impact on Bupa’s financial position following the EU referendum in June has been limited. While there will be some operational and legal impacts, it is too early to conclude how the Leave vote will affect our underlying businesses and employees. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Looking forward, we currently anticipate modest growth for the full year, with continued emphasis on deepening our relationships with our customers, combined with robust financial management."

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue £5.3bn (2015 HY: £5.0bn), up 7% at constant exchange rates (CER)1; up 8% at actual exchange rates (AER) (2015 HY: £4.9bn)
  • Underlying profit before taxation £261.7m, up 2% at CER (2015 HY: £256.8m); up 3% at AER (2015 HY: £253.3m)
  • Statutory profit before taxation £139.6m, down 45% at AER (2015 HY: £255.4m) impacted by the planned early redemption of a £235m legacy securitisation, enabling lower funding costs in the future
  • 28.2m customers, up 11%, including 7.1m from joint ventures and associates (2015 HY: 25.3m, 2015 FY: 32.2m)
  • Net cash flow from operations of £513.4m, up 13% at AER (2015 HY: £453.7m)

Market Unit performance

  • Revenue growth in our largest Market Units: Australia and New Zealand (up 8%); the UK (up 8%); and Spain and Latin America (up 7%).
  • Underlying profit growth in Australia and New Zealand (up 10%) and in the UK (up 30%). Underlying profit down in Spain and Latin America (down 9%) mainly driven by the negative impact of the Free Choice Act affecting the Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Valencia.
  • Revenue growth of 12% in International Development Markets with underlying profit down 9% largely due to high claims in Thailand.
  • Revenue down 3% and underlying profit down 43% in Bupa Global, reflecting investment in capability and infrastructure and 2013 decision to exit non-strategic markets. 

Operational highlights

  • Continued expansion in dental, having increased the number of centres in Australia and New Zealand by nine to 239, in Spain and Latin America by eight to 221, and in the UK by four to 43.
  • Opened four new care homes in Australia, one in New Zealand, and one in Spain. Integrated five care homes acquired from Hadrian Healthcare Limited in the UK in December 2015.
  • Launched new jointly-branded international private medical insurance (IPMI) products with Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in the UK, France, Guernsey, Jersey, Gibraltar, the Dominican Republic, and Bolivia.
  • 100% ownership of Bupa Chile (from 56.4% at 2015 half year), and increased ownership of Max Bupa in India to 49% (from 26%).

Financial position

  • Well capitalised under the Solvency II regime, with a solvency coverage ratio of 180%.
  • Statutory profit adversely affected by the early redemption of a legacy securitisation, to simplify debt structure, remove complexity and reduce future financial expense charges. This has resulted in a £112.3m net expense in 2016, as planned. In future years, Bupa will benefit from a lower cost of funding.
  • Leverage ratio down to 24.3% (2015 HY: 28.0%; 2015 FY: 27.7%), driven by lower borrowings alongside the increase in equity from profits and foreign exchange movements, following the weakening of sterling.
  • Bupa Finance plc’s senior credit ratings remain at A- stable (Fitch) and Baa2 positive (Moody’s).
  • Net cash generated from operating activities of £513.4m remains strong; £59.7m increase reflecting favourable timing of invoice collection and favourable foreign exchange impacts.
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The Health Insurance Group Revenue Up By 5%

The Health Insurance Group announced its 2016 half year trading results:

  • New business sales up 8% vs H1 2015, to £7.1m (Annual Premium Income)
  • Product portfolio increased by 8% vs H1 2015, to £124.7m (Annual Premium Income).
  • Revenues up 5% vs H1 2015, to £7.5m.

Brett Hill, Managing Director for The Health Insurance Group said, "Against the backdrop of a fiercely competitive private healthcare market and economic uncertainty we are delighted to report strong increases in sales, portfolio and revenues for 2016."

"In a varied yet progressive year we have continued innovating our core private healthcare programmes focusing on wellness and prevention while diversifying our expanding product portfolio, adding employee assistance services and specialist kidnap & ransom cover for international workers.  Meeting the obligations of auto-enrolment has posed a challenge for some SMEs, and we have made sure that we are able to support them in meeting their commitments through our partnership with Johnson Fleming."

"While the market will remain challenging and clients continue to make ever greater demands from us for excellence in service delivery, product diversity and value, the business remains resilient and continues on an upward trajectory.  We enter the second half of the year with some exciting innovations in development, giving us optimism and confidence that we are continuing to offer the kind of insurance solutions that meet the needs of our many UK and international retail, SME and small corporate clients."

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IHH Healthcare Posts 74% Jump In Q4 Net Profit On Exceptional Gains

IHH Healthcare Berhad, the world's second-largest listed private healthcare provider based on market capitalisation, on Thursday posted a 74 per cent jump in net profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 to RM415.8 million (S$138.3 million), as a result of exceptional gains.

These gains include revaluation gain of RM49.2 million on investment properties, investment tax allowance granted of RM93.1 million and exchange gain on non-Turkish Lira denominated loans of RM121.3 million. Excluding the exceptional items, profit after tax and minority interests (Patmi) for the quarter was down 11 per cent year on year to RM214.6 million.

Revenue for the three months ended Dec 31, 2015, grew 18 per cent to RM2.3 billion, driven by sustained organic growth at existing hospitals and ramp up of its newer hospitals. These include the Acibadem Atakent Hospital and Acibadem Taksim Hospital in Turkey, as well as Pantai Hospital Manjung, Gleneagles Medini Hospital and Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu Hospital in Malaysia.

The consolidation of newly acquired Continental and Global Hospitals in India also contributed RM44.4 million to the group's Q4 revenue. For the full year, net profit went up 24 per cent to RM933.9 million, while revenue grew 15 per cent to RM8.5 billion. Excluding exceptional gains, Patmi in 2015 grew 15 per cent year on year to RM899.2 million.

The group has declared a first and final dividend of 3 sen per share for the full year. As at end December 2015, the group has RM2 billion in cash and cash equivalents. Net gearing increased to a still-healthy and manageable 0.19 times from 0.08 times as end December 2014, on planned capital expenditure and allocation of cash into money market funds and fixed deposit.

"IHH expects to face continued headwinds from the slowing economies and fluctuation of regional currencies in the countries it operates in. However, we are confident that the robust demand for quality private healthcare services in the region, especially in India and China, continues to present growth opportunities for IHH," the group said.

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VIDEO: Tom de Swaan, CEO a.i. On Zurich's Annual Results 2015

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) reported a business operating profit (BOP) of USD 2.9 billion and net income attributable to shareholders of USD 1.8 billion for the full-year ended December 31, 2015.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ad interim Tom de Swaan said, “This is a disappointing result, reflecting the previously announced challenges in our General Insurance business and restructuring charges, and we have taken rigorous actions to improve profitability. This includes re-underwriting or exiting unprofitable portfolios, increasing cost efficiency and further simplifying the organization. The remainder of the Group continues to perform well, with both Global Life and Farmers making further progress in the execution of their strategies.”

“Given the challenges within General Insurance, it is unlikely that the Group will achieve its target of a business operating profit after tax return on equity of 12-14% in 2016. Nevertheless, Zurich is on track to achieve its other targets for 2014 to 2016. The Zurich Economic Capital Model ratio stood at 114% as at the end of September, within our target range, and the Group expects to deliver cash remittances in excess of USD 10 billion for the period, well ahead of our target.”

“Given the Group’s healthy cash generation and the strong capital position the Board proposes an unchanged dividend of CHF 17 per share. The Board has also concluded that it is important to maintain the Group's capital strength and flexibility in the current circumstances and has, therefore, decided not to return additional capital to investors at this time.”

“We have accelerated our efficiency program and now aim to exceed the previously communicated cost savings target for 2016 of USD 300 million, and are on our way to achieving group-wide cost savings of more than USD 1 billion by the end of 2018. These savings will be achieved through the application of new technology, lean processes and the offshoring and near shoring of some activities. We estimate that as a result of these necessary measures around 8000 roles across Zurich will be affected by the end of 2018. This figure includes initiatives completed or announced in 2015.”

“Our key priorities in 2016 will be turning around our General Insurance business and continuing actions to position the Group for 2017 and beyond, including enhancing efficiency and sharpening the Group’s retail footprint. We have an excellent management team in place that will be further strengthened with the arrival of Mario Greco, who will lead preparations for the new strategic cycle.”

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VIDEO: Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year 2015 Results

Aetna have announced fourth-quarter 2015 operating earnings of $482.1 million, or $1.37 per share, a per-share increase of 12 percent over the fourth quarter of 2014. Full-year 2015 operating earnings were $2.7 billion, or $7.71 per share, a per-share increase of 15 percent over full-year 2014. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $320.8 million, or $0.91 per share. Full-year 2015 net income was $2.4 billion, or $6.78 per share. Net income for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015 includes $0.46 per share and $0.93 per share of net charges, respectively.

“Aetna achieved record annual operating revenue and operating earnings in 2015, and delivered full-year operating EPS that was above our most recent projection,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna chairman and CEO. “Aetna’s strong 2015 results speak to our continued focus on disciplined pricing and execution of our growth strategy. Based on this performance, we are projecting 2016 operating earnings per share of at least $7.75.

“We continue to work diligently with the Department of Justice and state regulators toward final approval of our proposed acquisition of Humana, and we continue to advance our integration readiness plans. We have obtained seven of the necessary state approvals, and we believe we remain on track to close the transaction in the second half of 2016,” said Bertolini.

“We are quite pleased with the strength of our fourth quarter and full year results,” said Shawn M. Guertin, Aetna executive vice president and CFO. “Aetna’s operating results continue to be supported by strong cash flow and operating margins.

“Our Government business saw strong growth in membership and premiums, as well as improved underwriting margins. These reflect our ongoing execution of strategies to improve our margin profile in Medicare, as well as strong performance in our Medicaid business,” said Guertin.

Health Care segment results

Health Care, which provides a full range of insured and self-insured medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health products and services, reported:

  • Operating earnings were $492.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $447.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Operating earnings increased primarily as a result of higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Government business and higher fees and other revenue, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses as described in Operating expenses above.
  • Net income was $360.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $373.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Operating revenues were $14.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $14.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase is due primarily to membership growth in Aetna's Government business as well as higher premium yields in Aetna's Commercial business, partially offset by membership losses in Aetna's group Commercial Insured products. Total revenues were $14.4 billion and $14.1 billion for the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively.
  • Sequentially, fourth-quarter 2015 medical membership remained flat at 23.5 million at December 31, 2015.
  • Aetna's fourth-quarter 2015 Commercial MBR improved over the fourth quarter of 2014 primarily as a result of increased favorable development of prior-period health care cost estimates primarily related to Aetna's Individual Commercial business.
  • Aetna's fourth-quarter 2015 Government MBR improved over the fourth quarter of 2014 primarily as a result of actions impacting revenue and medical costs designed to solve for the gap between Medicare premiums and medical costs and other expenses.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2015, Aetna experienced favorable development of prior-period health care cost estimates in its Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare products, primarily attributable to third-quarter 2015 performance.
  • Prior-years' health care costs payable estimates developed favorably by $840.6 million and $580.8 million during 2015 and 2014, respectively. This development is reported on a basis consistent with the prior years' development reported in the health care costs payable table in Aetna's annual audited financial statements and does not directly correspond to an increase in 2015 operating results.

Full-year 2015 operating earnings for Health Care were $2.7 billion, compared with $2.4 billion in 2014. Operating earnings increased primarily as a result of higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Government business, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses. Full-year 2015 net income for Health Care was $2.4 billion compared with $2.2 billion in 2014.

Group Insurance segment results

Group Insurance, which includes group life, disability and long-term care products, reported:

  • Operating earnings were $21.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $21.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Net income was $17.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $23.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily reflecting net realized capital losses during the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Operating revenues were $618.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $615.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Total revenues were $612.5 million and $618.5 million for the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Full-year 2015 operating earnings for Group Insurance were $136.0 million, compared with $171.0 million in 2014. Operating earnings for 2015 decreased compared with 2014, primarily due to lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Long-Term Care and Life products as well as lower net investment income, partially offset by higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Disability products. Full-year 2015 net income for Group Insurance was $135.5 million, compared with $179.6 million in 2014.

 

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Anthem Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2015 Results

Anthem, Inc. announced that fourth quarter 2015 net income was $180.9 million, or $0.68 per share. These results included net negative adjustment items of $0.46per share. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $506.7 million, or $1.80 per share, which included net negative adjustment items of $0.06 per share.

Excluding the items noted in each period, adjusted net income was $1.14 per share in the fourth quarter of 2015, a decrease of 38.7 percent compared with adjusted net income of $1.86 per share in the prior year quarter (refer to the GAAP reconciliation table for a reconciliation to the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or “GAAP”).

Full year 2015 net income totaled approximately $2.6 billion, or $9.38 per share, including net negative adjustment items of $0.78 per share. Full year 2014 net income was approximately $2.6 billion, or $8.99 per share, including net negative adjustment items of $0.36 per share. Excluding the items noted in each period, adjusted net income was $10.16 per share for the full year of 2015, an increase of 8.7 percent from $9.35 per share in 2014 (refer to the GAAP reconciliation table).

“Our solid fourth quarter results reflected a continuation of our positive operating momentum as we ended the year serving 38.6 million members across our Commercial and Government markets. As we look ahead to 2016, we remain well-positioned to continue advancing affordability, quality and choice for our members. We believe our strategy will be enhanced with the pending acquisition of Cigna, which we continue to expect should close in the second half of 2016," said Joseph Swedish, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“We are pleased with our performance in the fourth quarter and our full-year 2015 results of $10.16 in adjusted EPS. Our 2015 performance and favorable medical cost trends set a strong starting point for 2016,” said Wayne DeVeydt, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

CONSOLIDATED HIGHLIGHTS

Membership: Medical enrollment totaled approximately 38.6 million members at December 31, 2015, an increase of approximately 1.1 million members, or 2.9 percent, from 37.5 million at December 31, 2014. Medicaid enrollment increased by 721,000 members and the Commercial & Specialty Business enrollment increased by 314,000 medical members as the Company experienced growth of 328,000 and 104,000 in the National and Local Group markets, respectively, partially offset by a decrease of 118,000 members in the Individual business. Enrollment also grew in theMedicare business and Federal Employee Program by 35,000 and 30,000, respectively.

Medical enrollment decreased by 102,000 members, or 0.3%, sequentially during the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease reflected enrollment losses in the National and Individual businesses, partially offset by gains in the Medicaidbusiness.

Operating Revenue: Operating revenue was $20.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of approximately $1.2 billion, or 6.6 percent, versus the nearly $18.8 billion in the prior year quarter. The growth in revenue reflected premium increases to cover overall cost trends and higher enrollment in the Medicaid and Commercial self-funded businesses. These increases were partially offset by a decline in Local Group fully insured and Individual enrollment.

Benefit Expense Ratio: The benefit expense ratio was 87.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 250 basis points from 84.5 percent in the prior year quarter. The increase was largely driven by an increase in the Individual and Local Group businesses, which included higher favorable prior period reserve development in the 4th quarter of 2014 than in the 4th quarter of 2015 and the timing of medical cost experience. The increase was partially offset by improved medical cost performance in certain markets in the Medicare business.

Medical claims reserves established at December 31, 2014, developed moderately better than the Company’s expectation during 2015, which resulted in offsetting adjustments for the risk stabilization programs from Health Care Reform.

Medical Cost Trend: For the full year 2015, underlying Local Group medical cost trend was at the lower half of our previously guided range of 6.5% - 7.5%. The Company anticipates that medical cost trends will be in the range of 7.0% - 7.5% in 2016.

Days in Claims Payable: Days in Claims Payable (“DCP”) was 42.7 days as of December 31, 2015, an increase of 0.4 days from 42.3 days as of September 30, 2015. The increase was primarily due to changes in the timing of claims payments between periods.

SG&A Expense Ratio: The SG&A expense ratio was 16.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 10 basis points from 16.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase was primarily driven by higher costs to support strong membership growth in 2015, partially offset by the impact of higher enrollment in the Medicaid business, which carries a lower average SG&A expense ratio than the consolidated company average.

Operating Cash Flow: Operating cash flow was $949.1 million, or 5.2 times net income in the fourth quarter of 2015, and approximately $4.1 billion, or 1.6 times net income for full year 2015. The Company’s 2015 results include the impact of approximately $500 million in timing items related to government and vendor payments. For 2016, the company expects operating cash flow to be greater than $3.0 billion, which includes the impact of the timing items referenced above.

Share Repurchase Program: The Company did not repurchase any shares of its common stock during the fourth quarter of 2015 due to the pending acquisition of Cigna. During 2015, the Company repurchased approximately 10.4 million shares of its common stock, or 3.9 percent of the shares outstanding as of December 31, 2014, for $1.5 billion, or a weighted-average price of $145.50. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had nearly $4.2 billion of Board-approved share repurchase authorization remaining.

Cash Dividend: During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company paid a quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share, representing a distribution of cash totaling $163.1 million.

Investment Portfolio & Capital Position: During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company recorded net realized gains on investments totaling $30.6 million and other-than-temporary impairment losses totaling $28.5 million. During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company recorded net realized gains of $43.8 million, partially offset by other-than-temporary impairment losses totaling $13.5 million.

As of December 31, 2015, the Company’s net unrealized gain position in the investment portfolio was $367.5 million, consisting of net unrealized gains on equity securities totaling $389.7 million and net unrealized losses on fixed maturity securities totaling $22.2 million. As of December 31, 2015, cash and investments at the parent company totaled approximately $1.4 billion.

Discontinued Operations: In late December 2013, the Company entered into agreements to divest its 1-800 CONTACTSsubsidiary and related assets. The sales were completed on January 31, 2014. As a result, the current and prior period operating results of 1-800 CONTACTS have been classified as discontinued operations, net of the related tax effects.

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Willis Group Urges Willis And Towers Watson Shareholders To Support Value Creating Strategic Combination

Willis Group Holdings today urged its shareholders, and those of Towers Watson to vote "FOR" the proposed merger of equals between the two firms.

For Willis shareholders, the proposed deal further strengthens the powerful standalone Willis value proposition. The proposed deal enables Willis shareholders to participate in the significant economic opportunity ($4.7 billion of estimated incremental value) generated by the planned combination.

For Towers Watson investors, the deal accelerates the firm's publicly stated long-term strategy. It delivers value to Towers Watson shareholders through clear, compelling synergies and new client opportunities. For Towers Watson shareholders, as Towers Watson has stated, the combination is expected to result in projected cash net income accretion of an estimated 45% by calendar year 20181.

This transaction was unanimously agreed upon by both boards of directors. Willis will contribute 55.8% of the projected combined EBITDA2 in 2016 excluding synergies, is enabling a significant portion of the merger synergies through its Irish domicile, and its CEO and CFO will not hold those roles in the new company. On the day before announcement, Towers Watson contributed 53.6% of the combined market capitalization3. Taking both these positions into consideration, the final terms were negotiated such that the overall economics (including the dividend to Towers Watson shareholders) were split virtually down the middle: 50.9% Towers Watson, 49.1% Willis. This resulted in a modest premium to Willis' unaffected share price, well within the range of "merger of equals" transactions.

Willis continues to believe strongly that the combined Willis Towers Watson will generate significantly higher shareholder returns than either company could have generated on their own. We urge both sets of shareholders to vote for the deal. We would also like to refute ISS' claim that, "Willis may have more riding on the approval of this transaction than Towers". As we displayed this past quarter, we expect to continue to achieve strong growth coupled with significant margin improvement as a result of our operational improvement program. We remain highly confident in our standalone plan and believe we are positioned for several years of strong earnings growth. 

Both Willis and Towers Watson investors will benefit from the significant incremental value the two companies expect to create together. As previously disclosed, the merger can create more than $375 million in incremental annual revenue in the healthcare exchange, large market property & casualty insurance broking, and global benefits consulting business. The companies also project approximately $100 million - $125 million in annual cost savings and $75 million in annual tax savings.

Dominic Casserley, Willis Group Chief Executive Officer, said: "This transaction is expected to generate significant value through very achievable cost savings, incremental revenues and tax benefits. Shareholders should support this deal as it will drive value creation and accretion to earnings. Willis remains committed to closing the transaction on the agreed terms."

James McCann, Chairman of Willis Group, said: "At the negotiated terms, this is a ground-breaking, strategic transaction that enhances the competitive position and value creation potential of both companies. We call on shareholders of both firms to support the agreed deal."

Willis will hold an extraordinary general meeting of its stockholders to vote on the proposed merger with Towers Watson at 9:30 a.m. on November 18, 2015 at the Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065. Willis stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 2, 2015 will be entitled to vote at the meeting. Towers Watson will hold a special meeting of its stockholders to vote on the proposed merger with Willis at 8:00 a.m. local time on November 18, 2015 at the Royal Palm South Beach, 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Towers Watson stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 1, 2015 will be entitled to vote at the Towers Watson special meeting.

Willis investors with questions about the transaction or how to vote their shares may contact the firm's proxy solicitor, Morrow & Co, LLC at 1 (800) 278-2141. Additional information on how to vote is available at www.willisandtowerswatson.mergerannouncement.com

1 See Towers Watson presentation filed with the SEC on 9th November 2015.

2 See projections on page 108 of the S-4 regarding Towers Watson Adjusted EBITDA and WIllis Underlying EBITDA.

3 Prior to adjustment for the pre-closing dividend to Towers Watson shareholders.

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HCI Group Reports Third Quarter And Nine-Month 2015 Results

Income available to common stockholders in the third quarter of 2015 totaled $7.4 million, or $0.71 diluted earnings per common share, compared with $14.1 million, or $1.23 diluted earnings per common share in the third quarter of 2014.

Gross premiums earned in the third quarter of 2015 increased 16.7% to $103.8 million from $88.9 million in the same period in 2014. The increase was primarily due to the assumption of approximately 6,000 homeowners multi-peril policies and approximately 30,000 wind-only policies from Florida's state sponsored Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in December 2014 and 4,000 primarily homeowners multi-peril policies from Citizens in February 2015.

Premiums ceded in the third quarter of 2015 were $41.1 million, or 39.6% of gross premiums earned, compared with $27.7 million, or 31.1% of gross premiums earned during the same period in 2014. The quarter over quarter increase is primarily due to higher rates implemented by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and an overall increase in units of reinsurance purchased for the 2015/16 reinsurance program.

Net premiums earned (defined as gross premiums earned less premiums ceded to reinsurance companies) in the third quarter of 2015 increased 2.5% to $62.8 million from $61.3 million in the same period in 2014.

Investment related losses during the quarter ended September 30, 2015 totaled $0.8 million. In addition, the company recognized a net non-cash charge of $1.9 million due to declines in the fair value of securities owned by the company determined to be other than temporary. The losses are primarily due to material market declines and volatility that occurred during the quarter.  This loss compares with $4.5 million in investment related income in the third quarter of 2014, which included $3.3 million of net realized gains from investment sales.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses during the third quarter of 2015 were $26.2 million compared with $22.0 million in the same period in 2014. We experienced significant weather-related events during the current quarter, which contributed to an increase in the volume of reported claims and losses incurred when compared to the same period in 2014. We also experienced unfavorable development during the quarter attributable to the settlement and further development of older claims.

Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses in the third quarter of 2015 were $10.7 million compared with $10.0 million in the comparable period in 2014. The increase was primarily attributable to commissions and premium taxes related to the policies assumed in December 2014 from Citizens that have renewed and are included in 2015 premiums.

Salaries and wages during the third quarter of 2015 were $5.0 million compared with $4.4 million in the same period in 2014. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in headcount at the Tampa headquarters.

Other operating expenses, which include a variety of general and administrative expenses, totaled $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared with $5.2 million in the third quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily attributable to a $1.0 million decrease in stock-based compensation expense.

Third Quarter 2015 - Financial Ratios

The loss ratio applicable to the three months ended September 30, 2015 (defined as losses and loss adjustment expenses related to net premiums earned) was 41.7% compared with 35.9% in the three months ended September 30, 2014. The increase is attributable to higher reinsurance costs, which impacted net premiums earned, combined with significant weather-related events as well as unfavorable development that increased losses and loss adjustment expenses during the quarter.

The expense ratio applicable to the three months ended September 30, 2015 (defined as underwriting expenses, salaries and wages, interest and other operating expenses related to net premiums earned) was 36.9% compared with 36.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Expressed as a total of all expenses in relation to net premiums earned, the combined loss and expense ratio to net premiums earned was 78.6% in the third quarter of 2015 compared with 72.1% for the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Nine months Ended September 30, 2015 - Financial Results

Income available to common stockholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 totaled $54.8 million, or $4.84 diluted earnings per common share, compared with $48.1 million, or $4.07 diluted earnings per common share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Gross premiums earned for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 increased 17.2% to $321.2 million from $274.1 million in the same year-ago period.

Premiums ceded for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 were $100.3 million, or 31.2% of gross premiums earned, compared with $83.8 million, or 30.6% of the gross premiums earned, during the same period in 2014.

Net premiums earned for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 increased 16.1% to $220.9 million from $190.3 million in the same period in 2014.

Investment related income in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $2.1 million, which was offset by a $3.9 million non-cash charge for declines in the fair value of securities owned by the company determined to be other than temporary. This income amount compares with $8.2 million in investment related income in the nine months ended September 30, 2014, which included $4.5 million of net realized gains from investment sales.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 were $65.8 million and $58.9 million respectively.

Policy acquisition and other underwriting expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 were $30.9 million compared with $28.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Salaries and wages during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 were $15.2 million compared with $12.6 million in the same period in 2014.

Other operating expenses totaled $14.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared with $15.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Nine months Ended September 30, 2015 - Financial Ratios

The loss ratio applicable to the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was 29.8% compared with 31.0% in the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

The expense ratio applicable to the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was 30.9% compared with 34.1% in the same period in 2014.

Expressed as a total of all expenses related to net premiums earned, the combined loss and expense ratio to net premiums earned was 60.7% in the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared with 65.1% in the same period in 2014.

Management Commentary

"Despite the heavy rains in parts of Florida during the third quarter, our geographically diversified book of homeowners' insurance business was again able to produce profitable results," said Paresh Patel, HCI Group's chairman and chief executive officer. "As we look to the remainder of 2015 and beyond, our capital position allows us to patiently seek opportunities to add shareholder value."  

 

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Aon Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Aon plc (NYSE: AON) reported results for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders was $295 million, or $1.04 per share, compared to $309 million, or $1.04 per share, for the prior year quarter.  Net income per share attributable to Aon shareholders, adjusted for certain items, decreased 4% to $1.24, compared to $1.29 in the prior year quarter, including a $0.09 per share unfavorable impact on adjusted net income from continuing operations if the Company were to translate prior year quarter results at current quarter foreign exchange rates ("foreign currency translation").  The prior year quarter included a $25 million pre-tax, or $0.07 per share after tax, gain related to the sale of a business.  Certain items that impacted third quarter results and comparisons with the prior year quarter are detailed in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings per Share" on page 12 of this press release. 

"In our seasonally weakest quarter, our results reflect organic revenue growth and operating margin expansion across both segments, effective capital management and significant free cash flow generation, despite the impact of unfavorable foreign currency translation and macroeconomic challenges," said Greg Case, president and chief executive officer.  "Driven by our industry-leading portfolio and investments across data and analytics, we expect a strong fourth quarter and finish to the year across each of our key metrics, further positioning the firm for free cash flow generation and shareholder value creation."

THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Total revenue decreased 5% to $2.7 billion compared to the prior year quarter driven primarily by a 7% unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation, partially offset by 2% organic revenue growth.

Total operating expenses for the third quarter decreased 5% to $2.3 billion compared to the prior year quarter due primarily to a $162 million favorable impact from foreign currency translation and a $12 million decrease in intangible asset amortization, partially offset by an increase in expense to support 2% organic revenue growth.

Depreciation expense decreased 8%, or $5 million, to $56 million compared to the prior year period.

Intangible asset amortization expense decreased 13%, or $12 million, to $78 million compared to the prior year quarter, consisting of a $10 million decrease in HR Solutions and a $2 million decrease in Risk Solutions.

Foreign currency exchange rates in the third quarter had a $0.09 per share, or $30 million pretax, unfavorable impact (-$25 million in Risk Solutions and -$5 million in HR Solutions) on adjusted net income from continuing operations, if the Company were to translate prior year quarter results at current quarter foreign exchange rates.

Effective tax rate used in the U.S. GAAP financial statements in the third quarter was 14.0%, compared to the prior year quarter of 19.1%.  After adjusting to exclude the applicable tax impact associated with expenses for legacy litigation incurred in the second quarter, the adjusted effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2015 declined to 16.0% compared to 19.1% in the prior year quarter, due primarily to certain favorable discrete items. 

Average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 283.8 million in the third quarter compared to 296.1 million in the prior year quarter.  The Company repurchased 6.3 million Class A Ordinary Shares for approximately $600 million in the third quarter.  As ofSeptember 30, 2015, the Company had $4.5 billion of remaining authorization under its share repurchase program.

Cash flow from operations for the first nine months of 2015 increased 22%, or $192 million, to $1.1 billion driven by working capital improvements and a decline in cash paid for pension contributions, taxes, and restructuring.

Free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, for the first nine months of 2015 increased 21%, or $146 million, to $850 million driven by an increase in cash flow from operations, partially offset by a $46 million increase in capital expenditures primarily due to real estate related projects.  

THIRD QUARTER SEGMENT REVIEW

Certain noteworthy items impacted operating income and operating margins in the third quarters of 2015 and 2014.  The third quarter segment reviews provided below include supplemental information related to organic revenue, adjusted operating income and operating margin.

Risk Solutions total revenue decreased 8% to $1.7 billion compared to the prior year quarter due to an 8% unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation and a 1% decrease in commissions and fees related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, partially offset by 1% organic growth in commissions and fees.

Retail organic revenue increased 2% reflecting revenue growth in both the Americas and International businesses.  Americas organic revenue increased 4% driven by growth across all region and product lines, including strong new business generation in US Retail andCanada and effective management of the renewal book portfolio in Latin America.  International organic revenue increased 1% driven by growth in New Zealand and across Asia. 

Reinsurance organic revenue decreased 4% compared to the prior year quarter due primarily to an unfavorable market impact globally, a modest decline in facultative placements, and unfavorable timing, partially offset by record new business growth in treaty placements.

   

Three Months Ended

   

(millions)

 

Sep 30,
 2015

 

Sep 30,
 2014

 

%

 Change

Revenue

 

$

1,689

 

$

1,836

 

(8)%

Expenses

           

Compensation and benefits

 

979

 

1,055

 

(7)

Other general expenses

 

386

 

438

 

(12)

Total operating expenses

 

1,365

 

1,493

 

(9)

Operating income

 

$

324

 

$

343

 

(6)%

Operating margin

 

19.2%

 

18.7%

   

Operating income - adjusted

 

$

351

 

$

372

 

(6)%

Operating margin - adjusted

 

20.8%

 

20.3%

   

Compensation and benefits for the third quarter decreased 7%, or $76 million, compared to the prior year quarter due primarily to an $84 million favorable impact from foreign currency translation and a $9 million decrease in expenses related to acquisitions, net of divestitures, partially offset by an increase in expense to support 1% organic growth.

Other general expenses for the third quarter decreased 12%, or $52 million, compared to the prior year quarter due primarily to a $46 million favorable impact from foreign currency translation.

Third quarter operating income decreased 6% to $324 million compared to the prior year quarter. 

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Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. 

Second Quarter 2015 Consolidated Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $22.7 million, an increase of 8.6% over $20.9 million in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Total collections from customers, which our industry refers to as premium equivalents, was $38.5 million, an increase of 3.5% over $37.2 million in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EPS was $0.08, compared to $0.09 in the second quarter of 2014. EPS per diluted share was a net loss of $0.04, compared to net income of $0.05 in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $1.8 million, compared to $2.1 million in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Record policies in force as of June 30, 2015, totaled 113,000, a 14.1% increase from 99,000 as of June 30, 2014.

"By the end of the second quarter 2015, our sales were in line with our growth expectations, and we expect this trend to continue for the remainder of 2015. Our overall sales results for the quarter reflect the adverse impact of the government's annual enrollment period and the one-time special tax enrollment period for ACA plans, which ended on April 30th. We now have better knowledge and data of sales trends during the open enrollment period that will reflect in future forecasts. In addition, the next ACA open enrollment period is expected to be 90 days shorter, and we expect additional growth as a result. I am pleased with the investments and progress that HII is making in building the leading innovative, consumer- and technology-centric platform in the affordable individual health insurance market," said Michael Kosloske, HII's Chief Executive Officer.

Pat McNamee, HII's President, commented, "I am excited by the opportunities available to HII to meaningfully penetrate the large market for affordable health insurance products. Since my joining the company two months ago, we have been rebuilding the team at HII to support our growth strategies with a focus on core execution, distribution and product expansion. In the second quarter, we have already expanded and diversified our distribution network, adding two new key components including a brokerage distribution network and a new direct-to-consumer network, AgileHealthInsurance.com. We now have four distinct channels of distribution: owned call centers, non-owned call centers, brokerages, and online direct-to-consumer via AgileHealthInsurance.com."

Mr. McNamee continued, "We are setting the stage for 2016 by layering new opportunities over our core business, including AgileHealthInsurance.com, our brokerage distribution channel, new and expanded products, and leveraging our technology solutions to meet the consumer needs of the vast and growing base of customers in need of affordable health insurance alternatives. We believe we are making the right investments at the right time for the long-term benefits of all our stakeholders – our shareholders, partners, employees and customers."

2015 Full Year Guidance

For the full year 2015 we expect revenue between $97 million - $103 million and adjusted earnings per share between $0.18 - $0.25.

Second Quarter Financial Discussion

During the second quarter of 2015, we changed the structure of our operating segments to a single reportable segment. HealthPocket is no longer a separate reportable segment. We believe one segment is more appropriate as a result of our anticipated internal fulfillment of HealthPocket's client referral leads by HII's owned call centers and the launch of AgileHealthInsurance.com.

Second quarter revenues of $22.7 million and premium equivalents of $38.5 million increased by 8.6% and 3.5%, respectively, as compared to the second quarter of 2014. The increases were primarily due to the increase in the total number of policies in force as a result of our continuing expansion of our distribution network and continued success in providing quality ancillary insurance products as supplements to our individual and family plans ("IFP"). We have consolidated short term medical and hospital indemnity policies which have a similar financial profile as IFP. Going forward we will report two categories: IFP and ancillary products. By policy type, the 2015 second quarter mix of revenues was as follows: 71% IFP and 29% ancillary products. A reconciliation of premium equivalents to revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 is in the financial supplement included in this press release.

Adjusted gross margin, which is calculated starting with revenues and then adjusted for third party commissions, and credit card and ACH fees, increased to $11.0 million or 28.6% of premium equivalents for the second quarter of 2015, compared to $10.1 million of adjusted gross margin and 27.2% of premium equivalents in the same period in 2014. A reconciliation of premium equivalents to revenues and adjusted gross margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 is included within this press release.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $8.6 million in 2014. The increase in SG&A expense was primarily driven by the impact of acquisitions and investments in innovations to drive sustainable growth in 2015 and beyond, as well as restructuring costs in our continued effort to control future SG&A costs.

EBITDA was $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $1.6 million in the same period in 2014. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated starting with EBITDA, which is then further adjusted for items that are not part of regular operating activities, including acquisition costs and other non-cash items such as stock-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $2.1 million in the same period in 2014. A reconciliation of net (loss) income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 is included within this press release.

Cash and short term investments totaled $8.8 million at the end of the second quarter of 2015, and the Company has no debt. Cash decreased by $1.7 million during the quarter primarily due to a $2.0 million increase in advanced commissions that we provide to our distributors. As of the end of the second quarter of 2015, our advance commissions totaled $10.0 million.

 

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