Essent Reports Q1 Results & Declares Dividend

May 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Essent Group Ltd. reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 of $149.5 million or $1.52 per diluted share, compared to $127.7 million or $1.30 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Essent also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per common share. The dividend is payable on June 12, 2020, to shareholders of record on June 2, 2020.

“While we are pleased with our strong financial results for the first quarter, our focus is now on facing a challenging business environment as a result of COVID-19,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“We believe that the strength and sustainability of our buy, manage, and distribute operating model, as well as our strong balance sheet, capital and liquidity, has allowed us to enter these challenging times in a position of strength.”

Financial Highlights:

  • Insurance in force as of March 31, 2020 was $165.6 billion, compared to $164.0 billion as of December 31, 2019 and $143.2 billion as of March 31, 2019.
  • New insurance written for the first quarter was $13.5 billion, compared to $15.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $11.0 billion in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Net premiums earned for the first quarter were $206.5 million, compared to $207.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $177.8 million in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The expense ratio for the first quarter was 20.3%, compared to 19.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 23.1% in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The provision for losses and LAE for the first quarter was $8.1 million, compared to a provision of $10.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and a provision of $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The percentage of loans in default as of March 31, 2020 was 0.83%, compared to 0.85% as of December 31, 2019 and 0.65% as of March 31, 2019.
  • The combined ratio for the first quarter was 24.2%, compared to 25.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 27.1% in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Other income for the first quarter includes a $4.2 million loss for the change in the fair value of embedded derivatives in certain of our third-party reinsurance agreements, compared to a loss of $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and a gain of $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The consolidated balance of cash and investments at March 31, 2020 was $3.8 billion, including cash and investment balances at Essent Group Ltd. of $279.8 million.
  • The combined risk-to-capital ratio of the U.S. mortgage insurance business, which includes statutory capital for both Essent Guaranty, Inc. and Essent Guaranty of PA, Inc., was 11.7:1 as of March 31, 2020.
  • On January 31, 2020, Essent’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Essent Guaranty, Inc., announced it had obtained $495.9 million of fully collateralized excess of loss reinsurance coverage on mortgage insurance policies written by Essent in January through August 2019 from Radnor Re 2020-1 Ltd., a newly formed Bermuda special purpose insurer. Radnor Re 2020-1 Ltd. is not a subsidiary or an affiliate of Essent Group Ltd. Subsequent to the closing of the transaction with Radnor Re 2020-1 Ltd., Essent Guaranty, Inc. executed an excess of loss reinsurance transaction with a panel of third-party reinsurers for $55.1 million of reinsurance coverage on mortgage insurance policies written by Essent in January through August 2019.
  • On March 27, 2020, Essent borrowed $200 million from the revolving component of its credit facility. In addition to this borrowing, Essent had $225 million of term debt outstanding at March 31, 2020 and maintained $75 million of undrawn capacity under the revolving component of its credit facility.

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