White Mountains Reports Second Quarter Results

August 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. reported book value per share of $1,021 and adjusted book value per share of $1,022 as of June 30, 2020.

A spokesperson said, “White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. reported book value per share of $1,021 and adjusted book value per share of $1,022 as of June 30, 2020. Book value per share and adjusted book value per share both increased approximately 4% in the second quarter of 2020. Book value per share decreased 0.2% and adjusted book value per share increased 0.4% in the first six months of 2020, including dividends.

Manning Rountree, CEO, commented, “We had a good second quarter. ABVPS increased 4% to $1,022, driven primarily by a 6.5% return on our investment portfolio. BAM wrote $43 million of direct premiums and member surplus contributions, its biggest quarter ever, driven by robust demand for insurance and higher pricing. NSM saw 2% organic growth in controlled premiums, quarter over quarter, and closed the Kingsbridge acquisition in April.

“Kudu enjoyed a strong quarter, benefiting from the rebound in investment markets and closing the Sequoia transaction in June. MediaAlpha had another excellent quarter, driven by strong performance in its insurance verticals. At PassportCard/DavidShield, the global slowdown in travel activity has caused a significant decline in premiums and revenues; in May we invested $15 million to support operations and to continue global expansion. During the quarter, we repurchased $31 million of shares at an average price of $887. We ended the quarter with $0.8 billion of undeployed capital and ample liquidity.”

“Comprehensive income [loss] attributable to common shareholders was $116 million and $[17] million in the second quarter and first six months of 2020, compared to comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders of $18 million and $302 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2019. The results in the first six months of 2019 include $182 million of realized and unrealized gains from MediaAlpha’s sale of a significant minority stake to Insignia Capital Group on February 26, 2019 [the "MediaAlpha Transaction"].”

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