Essent Q4 & Full Year Results, Declares Dividend

February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Essent Group Ltd. reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 of $123.6 million or $1.10 per diluted share, compared to $147.0 million or $1.49 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. For the full year 2020, net income was $413.0 million, or $3.88 per diluted share, compared to $555.7 million, or $5.66 per diluted share for 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 March 19, 2021, to shareholders of record on March 10, 2021.

“2020 was a challenging year for our country and economy, however, we were pleased with the confidence that our buy, manage and distribute operating model provides our stakeholders in navigating the COVID-19 environment,” said Mark A. Casale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“During 2020, we were also pleased with housing’s resilience, which remains the bright spot in the economy entering 2021 as supply-demand imbalances and favorable first-time home buying trends persist which are positive for our franchise.”

Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Insurance in force as of December 31, 2020 was $198.9 billion, compared to $190.8 billion as of September 30, 2020 and $164.0 billion as of December 31, 2019.
  • New insurance written for the fourth quarter was $29.6 billion, compared to $36.7 billion in the third quarter of 2020 and $15.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Net premiums earned for the fourth quarter were $222.3 million, compared to $222.3 million in the third quarter of 2020 and $207.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • The expense ratio for the fourth quarter was 16.6%, compared to 16.7% in the third quarter of 2020 and 19.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • The provision for losses and LAE for the fourth quarter was $62.1 million, compared to a provision of $55.3 million in the third quarter of 2020 and a provision of $10.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • The percentage of loans in default as of December 31, 2020 was 3.93%, compared to 4.54% as of September 30, 2020 and 0.85% as of December 31, 2019.
  • As of January 31, 2021, the percentage of loans in default was 3.89%.
  • The combined ratio for the fourth quarter was 44.5%, compared to 41.6% in the third quarter of 2020 and 25.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • The consolidated balance of cash and investments at December 31, 2020 was $4.8 billion, including cash and investment balances at Essent Group Ltd. of $562.7 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 11.1:1 as of December 31, 2020.
  • On October 8, 2020, Essent Guaranty, Inc. obtained $399.2 million of fully collateralized excess of loss reinsurance coverage on mortgage insurance policies written by Essent in September 2019 through July 2020 from Radnor Re 2020-2 Ltd., a newly formed Bermuda special purpose insurer. Radnor Re 2020-2 Ltd. is not a subsidiary or an affiliate of Essent Group Ltd.
  • On October 14, 2020, Essent Group Ltd. entered into an amended and restated credit facility, increasing to $625 million the committed capacity and extending the contractual maturity to October 16, 2023.

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