Validus Announces Record Second Quarter 2012 Net Operating Income of $171.2 Million

Diluted Operating Earnings Per Share of $1.65

Diluted Book Value Per Share of $34.43 at June 30, 2012

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--()--Validus Holdings, Ltd. (“Validus” or the “Company”) (NYSE: VR) today reported net income available to Validus of $167.6 million, or $1.62 per diluted common share for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $109.9 million, or $1.05 per diluted common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Net income available to Validus for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $291.9 million, or $2.80 per diluted common share compared to net (loss) attributable to Validus of $(62.5) million, or $(0.68) per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Net operating income available to Validus for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $171.2 million, or $1.65 per diluted common share, compared to $81.8 million, or $0.78 per diluted common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Net operating income available to Validus for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $264.1 million, or $2.53 per diluted common share, compared to a net operating (loss) attributable to Validus of $(83.7) million, or $(0.89) per diluted common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Net operating income (loss), a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as net income (loss) excluding net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments, foreign exchange gains (losses) and non-recurring items. Net operating income (loss) available (attributable) to Validus is defined as net operating income (loss) as defined above, but excluding income (loss) available (attributable) to noncontrolling interest. Reconciliations of these measures to net income (loss) and net income (loss) available (attributable) to Validus, the most directly comparable GAAP measures, are presented at the end of this release.

Net income available to Validus, net operating income available to Validus and diluted earnings per share by Validus entity for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were as follows:

 

 

  Diluted Earnings  

 

  Diluted Operating

Net Income (loss)

Per Share

Net Operating

Earnings Per
Available to Available to

Income Available

Share Available to

  Validus   Validus  

to Validus

 

Validus

(Expressed in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share information)
Validus Re $ 159.8 $ 156.3
PaCRe (5.0 ) (0.1 )
Other AlphaCat Companies 12.1   11.9  
Validus Re consolidated 166.9 168.1
Talbot 29.1 31.5
Corporate & Eliminations   (28.4 )       (28.4 )    
Total $ 167.6   $ 1.62   $ 171.2   $ 1.65

Commenting on the financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2012, Ed Noonan, Validus' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated: “I am pleased to report record second quarter net operating income for Validus in the amount of $171.2 million which equates to an annualized operating return on average equity of 19.5%. These results and growth in diluted book value per share of 4.3% inclusive of dividends reflect the strength of the Validus franchise in our core short tail classes of reinsurance and insurance and our active capital management. All three of our segments - Validus Re, Talbot and AlphaCat - are firing on all cylinders."

"The current quarter results are also the first to include details of both PaCRe and AlphaCat Re 2012, two new ventures sponsored by Validus and other investors which were announced earlier this year. We are gratified by the reception to both AlphaCat Re 2012 and PaCRe from clients and intermediaries who have welcomed the deployment of additional managed property catastrophe capacity accessible through Validus."

Second Quarter 2012 Results

Highlights for the second quarter include the following:

  • Total managed gross premiums written which include gross premiums written from our non-consolidated affiliates, AlphaCat Re 2011, Ltd. ("AlphaCat Re 2011") and AlphaCat Re 2012, Ltd. ("AlphaCat Re 2012"), for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $670.5 million compared to $605.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $65.1 million or 10.8%.
  • Gross premiums written for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $627.1 million compared to $605.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $21.7 million, or 3.6%.
  • Net premiums earned for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $447.6 million compared to $425.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $22.0 million, or 5.2%.
  • Underwriting income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $149.4 million compared to $71.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $77.7 million, or 108.5%.
  • Combined ratio of 66.6% which included $37.6 million of favorable loss reserve development on prior accident years, benefiting the loss ratio by 8.4% percentage points.
  • Net operating income available to Validus for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $171.2 million compared to $81.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $89.4 million, or 109.3%.
  • Net income available to Validus for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $167.6 million compared to $109.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $57.7 million, or 52.5%.
  • Annualized return on average equity of 19.1% and annualized net operating return on average equity of 19.5%.

Highlights for the year to date include the following:

  • Total managed gross premiums written which include gross premiums written from our non-consolidated affiliates, AlphaCat Re 2011, Ltd. ("AlphaCat Re 2011") and AlphaCat Re 2012, Ltd. ("AlphaCat Re 2012"), for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $1,581.6 million compared to $1,455.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $126.4 million or 8.7%.
  • Gross premiums written for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $1,464.4 million compared to $1,455.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $9.1 million, or 0.6%.
  • Net premiums earned for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $898.8 million compared to $855.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $43.7 million, or 5.1%.
  • Underwriting income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $218.6 million compared to an underwriting (loss) of $(112.9) million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $331.5 million, or 293.7%.
  • Combined ratio of 75.7% which included $68.0 million of favorable loss reserve development on prior accident years, benefiting the loss ratio by 7.6% percentage points.
  • Net operating income available to Validus for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $264.1 million compared to a net operating (loss) attributable to Validus of $(83.7) million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $347.7 million, or 415.7%.
  • Net income available to Validus for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $291.9 million compared to a net (loss) attributable to Validus of $(62.5) million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $354.3 million, or 567.1%.
  • Annualized return on average equity of 16.7% and annualized operating return on average equity of 15.1%.

Notable Loss Events

During the three months ended June 30, 2012, the Company did not incur any notable loss events. For the three months ended June 30, 2011, the Company incurred $90.3 million of losses from notable loss events, which represented 21.2 percentage points of the loss ratio. Including the impact of $6.9 million of reinstatement premiums, the effect of these events on net income was a decrease of $83.4 million. The Company's loss ratio, excluding prior year development and notable loss events, for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was 42.7% and 33.5%, respectively.

  Three Months Ended June 30, 2012
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
Second Quarter 2012 Notable Loss Events Validus Re Talbot Total
Net Losses   Net Losses   Net Losses  
and Loss and Loss

 

and Loss
Description   Expenses % of NPE Expenses

% of NPE

Expenses % of NPE
None $   % $   % $   %
Total $   % $   % $   %
 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2011
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
Second Quarter 2011 Notable Loss Events (a) Validus Re Talbot Total

 

 

 

Net Losses

Net Losses

Net Losses

and Loss

% of NPE

and Loss

 

and Loss

Description  

Expenses (b)

(c)

Expenses (b)

% of NPE

Expenses (b)

% of NPE
Cat 46 Tornado $ 36,584 16.3 % $ 7,222 3.7 % $ 43,806 10.3 %
Cat 48 Tornado 20,869 9.3 % 10,612 5.5 % 31,481 7.4 %
Jupiter 1 Platform failure 4,970   2.2 % 10,038   5.2 % 15,008   3.5 %
Total $ 62,423   27.8 % $ 27,872   14.4 % $ 90,295   21.2 %
(a)   These notable loss event amounts were based on management's estimates following a review of the Company's potential exposure and discussions with certain clients and brokers. Given the magnitude and recent occurrence of these events, and other uncertainties inherent in loss estimation,meaningful uncertainty remains regarding losses from these events and the Company's actual ultimate net losses from these events may vary materially from these estimates.
 
(b) Net of reinsurance but not net of reinstatement premiums. Total reinstatement premiums were $6.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011.
 
(c) 2011 loss ratios for the Validus Re segment have been represented to exclude the impact of the AlphaCat segment.
 

Validus Re Segment Results

Gross premiums written for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $340.9 million compared to $290.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $50.2 million, or 17.3%. Gross premiums written for the three months ended June 30, 2012 included $292.3 million of property premiums, $24.9 million of marine premiums and $23.7 million of specialty premiums compared to $272.1 million of property premiums, $4.8 million of marine premiums and $13.7 million of specialty premiums for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

Net premiums earned for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $242.7 million compared to $224.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $18.4 million, or 8.2%.

The combined ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 43.8% compared to 65.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 21.2 percentage points.

The loss ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 21.9% compared to 41.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 20.0 percentage points. For the three months ended June 30, 2012, Validus Re did not incur any notable loss events. The loss ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 included favorable loss reserve development on prior accident years of $10.7 million, benefiting the loss ratio by 4.4 percentage points.

Gross premiums written for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $907.7 million compared to $894.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $12.9 million, or 1.4%. Gross premiums written for the six months ended June 30, 2012 included $610.7 million of property premiums, $223.3 million of marine premiums and $73.6 million of specialty premiums compared to $630.3 million of property premiums, $189.9 million of marine premiums and $74.6 million of specialty premiums for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Net premiums earned for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $495.7 million compared to $473.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $22.5 million, or 4.7%.

The combined ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was 58.2% compared to 107.7% for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 49.5% percentage points.

The loss ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was 35.8% compared to 85.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 49.7% percentage points. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, Validus Re incurred $84.7 million of losses attributable to notable loss events, which represented 17.1 points of the loss ratio. The loss ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 included favorable loss reserve development on prior accident years of $29.0 million, benefiting the loss ratio by 5.9% percentage points.

AlphaCat Segment Results

Managed gross premiums written from our non-consolidated affiliates, AlphaCat Re 2011 and AlphaCat Re 2012, for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $43.4 million compared to $42.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $0.8 million or 2.0%.

Gross premiums written from our consolidated entities for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $15.2 million compared to $8.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $6.8 million or 80.3% .

Net premiums earned for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $3.6 million compared to $8.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $4.8 million or 57.3%.

The combined ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 79.2% compared to 24.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 54.7 percentage points.

The loss ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was 0.0%.

Managed gross premiums written from our non-consolidated affiliates, AlphaCat Re 2011and AlphaCat Re 2012, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $117.3 million compared to $42.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $74.7 million or 175.6%.

Gross premiums written from our consolidated entities for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $18.7 million compared to $15.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $3.1 million or 20.0%.

Net premiums earned for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $6.3 million compared to $11.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $5.5 million or 46.8%.

The combined ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was 66.9% compared to 28.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 38.9% percentage points.

The loss ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was 0.0%.

Talbot Segment Results

Gross premiums written for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $283.5 million compared to $276.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $6.6 million, or 2.4%. Gross premiums written for the three months ended June 30, 2012 included $96.8 million of property premiums, $103.8 million of marine premiums and $82.9 million of specialty premiums compared to $97.7 million of property premiums, $93.5 million of marine premiums and $85.7 million of specialty premiums in the three months ended June 30, 2011.

Net premiums earned for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $201.4 million compared to $193.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $8.4 million, or 4.3%.

The combined ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 87.0% compared to 98.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 11.9 percentage points.

The loss ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was 49.9% compared to 58.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 8.8 percentage points. For the three months ended June 30, 2012, Talbot did not incur any notable loss events. The loss ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2012 included favorable loss reserve development on prior accident years of $26.9 million, benefiting the loss ratio by 13.4 percentage points.

Gross premiums written for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $576.8 million compared to $539.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $36.8 million, or 6.8%. Gross premiums written for the six months ended June 30, 2012 included $178.3 million of property premiums, $213.8 million of marine premiums and $184.6 million of specialty premiums compared to $168.5 million of property premiums, $198.4 million of marine premiums and $173.1 million of specialty premiums in the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Net premiums earned for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $396.9 million compared to $370.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $26.7 million, or 7.2%.

The combined ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was 89.8% compared to 114.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 24.7 percentage points.

The loss ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was 52.5% compared to 75.3% for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of 22.8% percentage points. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, Talbot incurred $16.0 million of losses attributable to notable loss events, which represented 4.0 percentage points of the loss ratio. The loss ratio for the six months ended June 30, 2012 included favorable loss reserve development on prior accident years of $39.0 million, benefiting the loss ratio by 9.8% percentage points.

Corporate Results

Corporate results include executive and board expenses, internal and external audit expenses, interest and costs incurred in connection with the Company's senior notes and junior subordinated deferrable debentures and other costs relating to the Company as a whole. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $14.1 million compared to $11.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $2.8 million, or 24.2%. Share compensation expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $3.0 million compared to $3.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 20.8%.

General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $28.9 million compared to $21.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, an increase of $7.8 million, or 36.7%. Share compensation expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $5.1 million compared to $10.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $4.8 million, or 48.4%.

Investments

Net investment income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $25.9 million compared to $26.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 2.3%. Net investment income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $53.6 million compared to $56.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $2.8 million or 5.0%.

Net realized gains on investments for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $6.2 million compared to $11.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $5.4 million, or 46.7%. Net realized gains on investments for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $13.7 million compared to $17.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 a decrease of $4.2 million or 23.7%.

Net unrealized (losses) on investments for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $(53.6) million compared to gains of $18.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $72.1 million, or 389.2%. Net unrealized (losses) for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $(32.9) million compared to gains of $5.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 a decrease of $38.6 million or 677.4%.

Finance Expenses

Finance expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $13.7 million compared to $16.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, a decrease of $2.7 million, or 16.2%. Finance expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $30.0 million compared to $30.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 a decrease of $0.4 million or 1.2%.

Shareholders' Equity and Capitalization

As at June 30, 2012, total shareholders' equity was $3.9 billion including $404.7 million of noncontrolling interest. Shareholders equity available to Validus was $3.5 billion as at June 30, 2012. Diluted book value per common share was $34.43 at June 30, 2012, compared to $33.25 at March 31, 2012. Diluted book value per common share is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of this measure to shareholders' equity is presented at the end of this release.

Total capitalization at June 30, 2012 was $4.4 billion, including $289.8 million of junior subordinated deferrable debentures and $247.0 million of senior notes.

Share Repurchases

A summary of the share repurchases made to date under the Company’s previously announced share repurchase program is as follows:

 

 

Share Repurchase Activity

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars except for share and per share information)

As at March 31, 2012         Quarter ended
Effect of share repurchases: (cumulative) April May June June 30, 2012
Aggregate purchase price (a) $ 958,478 $ $ $ 209,944 $ 209,944
Shares repurchased 35,404,545 6,558,884 6,558,884
Average price (a) $ 27.07 $ $ $ 32.01 $ 32.01
Estimated net accretive (dilutive) impact on:
Diluted BV per common share (b) 1.87
Diluted EPS - Quarter (c) 0.42
 

 

Share Repurchase Activity

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars except for share and per share information)

As at June 30, 2012   As at  
Effect of share repurchases: (cumulative) July 24, 2012 Cumulative to Date Effect
Aggregate purchase price (a) $ 1,168,422 $ 17,068 $ 1,185,490
Shares repurchased 41,963,429 521,347 42,484,776
Average price (a) $ 27.84 $ 32.74 $ 27.90
(a)   Share transactions are on a trade date basis through July 24, 2012 and are inclusive of commissions. Average share price is rounded to two decimal places.
 
(b) As the average price per share repurchased during the periods 2009, 2010 , 2011 and 2012 was lower than the book value per common share, the repurchase of shares increased the Company's period ending book value per share.
 
(c) The estimated impact on diluted earnings per share was calculated by comparing reported results versus i) net income per share plus an estimate of lost net investment income on the cumulative share repurchases divided by ii) weighted average diluted shares outstanding excluding the weighted average impact of cumulative share repurchases. The impact of cumulative share repurchases was accretive to diluted earnings per share.
 

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call for analysts and investors on July 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Eastern) to discuss the second quarter 2012 financial results and related matters. The conference call can be accessed via telephone by dialing 1-866-543-6408 (toll-free U.S.) or 1-617-213-8899 (international) and entering the pass code 99803076#. Those who intend to participate in the conference call should register at least ten minutes in advance to ensure access to the call. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through August 10, 2012 by dialing 1-888-286-8010 (toll-free U.S) or 1-617-801-6888 (international) and entering the pass code 21144257#.

This conference call will also be available through a live audio webcast accessible through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website located at www.validusholdings.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the Investor Relations section of the Company's website through August 10, 2012. In addition, a financial supplement relating to the Company's financial results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

About Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a provider of reinsurance and insurance, conducting its operations worldwide through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. and Talbot Holdings Ltd. Validus Re is a Bermuda based reinsurer focused on short-tail lines of reinsurance. Talbot is the Bermuda parent of the specialty insurance group primarily operating within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 1183.

 

Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at June 30, 2012 (unaudited) and December 31, 2011

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

   
  June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
(unaudited)
 
Assets
Fixed maturities, at fair value (amortized cost: 2012 - $4,715,764; 2011 - $4,859,705) $ 4,772,899 $ 4,894,145
Short-term investments, at fair value (amortized cost: 2012 - $310,715; 2011 - $280,299) 310,703 280,191
Other investments at fair value (amortized cost: 2012 - $510,900; 2011 - $15,002) 463,018 16,787
Cash and cash equivalents 903,310   832,844  
Total investments and cash 6,449,930 6,023,967
Investments in affiliates 92,807 53,031
Premiums receivable 977,431 646,354
Deferred acquisition costs 176,172 121,505
Prepaid reinsurance premiums 176,387 91,381
Securities lending collateral 3,456 7,736
Loss reserves recoverable 371,484 372,485
Paid losses recoverable 32,395 90,495
Income taxes recoverable 2,651
Intangible assets 112,651 114,731
Goodwill 20,393 20,393
Accrued investment income 21,399 25,906
Other assets   62,412     50,487  
Total assets $ 8,499,568   $ 7,618,471  
 
Liabilities
Reserve for losses and loss expenses $ 2,591,299 $ 2,631,143
Unearned premiums 1,196,836 772,382
Reinsurance balances payable 185,456 119,899
Securities lending payable 4,145 8,462
Deferred income taxes 19,197 16,720
Net payable for investments purchased 6,451 1,256
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 76,774 83,402
Senior notes payable 247,036 246,982
Debentures payable   289,800     289,800  
Total liabilities   4,616,994     4,170,046  
 
Commitments and contingent liabilities
 
Shareholders' equity

Common shares, 571,428,571 authorized, par value $0.175 (Issued: 2012 - 135,374,491; 2011 -

134,503,065; Outstanding: 2012 - 93,411,062; 2011 - 99,471,080)

23,691 23,538
Treasury shares (2012 - 41,963,429; 2011 - 35,031,985) (7,343 ) (6,131 )
Additional paid-in-capital 1,684,781 1,893,890
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) (5,965 ) (6,601 )
Retained earnings   1,782,670     1,543,729  
Total shareholders' equity available to Validus   3,477,834     3,448,425  
 
Noncontrolling interest 404,740
       
Total shareholders equity   3,882,574     3,448,425  
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 8,499,568   $ 7,618,471  
 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Consolidated Statement of Operations

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) (unaudited)
2012   2011 2012   2011
Underwriting income
Gross premiums written $ 627,089 $ 605,387 $ 1,464,378 $ 1,455,283
Reinsurance premiums ceded   (119,052 )   (132,346 )   (226,104 )   (242,166 )
Net premiums written 508,037 473,041 1,238,274 1,213,117
Change in unearned premiums   (60,410 )   (47,401 )   (339,448 )   (357,944 )
Net premiums earned   447,627     425,640     898,826     855,173  
 
Underwriting deductions
Losses and loss expenses 153,692 207,307 385,681 683,505
Policy acquisition costs 76,129 78,230 154,261 155,526
General and administrative expenses 61,635 60,841 128,010 109,318
Share compensation expenses   6,800     7,628     12,238     19,677  
Total underwriting deductions   298,256     354,006     680,190     968,026  
 
Underwriting income (loss) $ 149,371 $ 71,634 $ 218,636 $ (112,853 )
 
Net investment income 25,885 26,494 53,645 56,469
Other income 5,994 595 14,885 2,201
Finance expenses   (13,706 )   (16,361 )   (29,985 )   (30,362 )
Operating income (loss) before taxes and
income from operating affiliates $ 167,544 $ 82,362 $ 257,181 $ (84,545 )
Tax (expense) benefit (404 ) 29 (543 ) 1,488
Income from operating affiliates   3,592         6,959      
Net operating income (loss) $ 170,732 $ 82,391 $ 263,597 $ (83,057 )
 
Net realized gains on investments 6,154 11,552 13,686 17,931
Net unrealized (losses) gains on investments (53,574 ) 18,526 (32,903 ) 5,698
(Loss) from investment affiliate (398 ) (398 )
Foreign exchange (losses) gains   (652 )   (1,991 )   2,514     (2,458 )
Net income (loss) $ 122,262 $ 110,478 $ 246,496 $ (61,886 )
 
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest 45,360 (594 ) 45,360 (594 )
               
Net income (loss) available (attributable) to Validus $ 167,622   $ 109,884   $ 291,856   $ (62,480 )
 
Selected ratios:
Net premiums written / Gross premiums written 81.0 % 78.1 % 84.6 % 83.4 %
 
Losses and loss expenses 34.3 % 48.7 % 42.9 % 79.9 %
Policy acquisition costs 17.0 % 18.4 % 17.2 % 18.2 %
General and administrative expenses   15.3 %   16.1 %   15.6 %   15.1 %
Expense ratio   32.3 %   34.5 %   32.8 %   33.3 %
 
Combined ratio   66.6 %   83.2 %   75.7 %   113.2 %
 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Consolidated Segment Underwriting Income (Loss)

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) (unaudited)
2012   2011 2012   2011

Validus Re

Gross premiums written $ 340,850 $ 290,691 $ 907,716 $ 894,779
Reinsurance premiums ceded   (97,077 )   (98,218 )   (127,078 )   (145,023 )
Net premiums written 243,773 192,473 780,638 749,756
Change in unearned premiums   (1,087 )   31,814     (284,943 )   (276,526 )
Net premiums earned   242,686     224,287     495,695     473,230  
 
Losses and loss expenses 53,190 94,035 177,396 404,579
Policy acquisition costs 37,084 35,013 75,874 74,763
General and administrative expenses 14,142 15,059 31,394 25,589
Share compensation expenses   1,966     1,823     3,838     4,928  
Total underwriting deductions   106,382     145,930     288,502     509,859  
 
Underwriting income (loss)   136,304     78,357     207,193     (36,629 )
 

AlphaCat

Gross premiums written $ 15,155 $ 50,960

$

18,673

$

58,110
Reinsurance premiums ceded                
Net premiums written 15,155 50,960 18,673 58,110
Change in unearned premiums   (11,568 )   (42,569 )   (12,423 )   (46,353 )
Net premiums earned   3,587     8,391     6,250     11,757  
 
Losses and loss expenses
Policy acquisition costs 382 973 638 1,289
General and administrative expenses 2,402 1,061 3,434 1,955
Share compensation expenses   59     21     111     48  
Total underwriting deductions   2,843     2,055     4,183     3,292  
 
Underwriting income   744     6,336     2,067     8,465  
 

Talbot

Gross premiums written $ 283,528 $ 276,886

$

576,781

$

539,943
Reinsurance premiums ceded   (34,419 )   (47,278 )   (137,818 )   (134,692 )
Net premiums written 249,109 229,608 438,963 405,251
Change in unearned premiums   (47,755 )   (36,646 )   (42,082 )   (35,065 )
Net premiums earned   201,354     192,962     396,881     370,186  
 
Losses and loss expenses 100,502 113,272 208,285 278,926
Policy acquisition costs 41,803 42,307 80,541 79,523
General and administrative expenses 30,957 33,345 64,305 60,651
Share compensation expenses   1,799     2,026     3,147     4,745  
Total underwriting deductions   175,061     190,950     356,278     423,845  
 
Underwriting income (loss)   26,293     2,012     40,603     (53,659 )
 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Consolidated Segment Underwriting Income (Loss)

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

 
Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) (unaudited)
2012   2011 2012   2011

Corporate & Eliminations

Gross premiums written $ (12,444 ) $ (13,150 )

$

(38,792 )

$

(37,549 )
Reinsurance premiums ceded   12,444     13,150     38,792     37,549  
Net premiums written
Change in unearned premiums                
Net premiums earned                
 
Losses and loss expenses
Policy acquisition costs (3,140 ) (63 ) (2,792 ) (49 )
General and administrative expenses 14,134 11,376 28,877 21,123
Share compensation expenses   2,976     3,758     5,142     9,956  
Total underwriting deductions   13,970     15,071     31,227     31,030  
 
Underwriting (loss)   (13,970 )   (15,071 )   (31,227 )   (31,030 )
               
Total underwriting income (loss) $ 149,371   $ 71,634  

$

218,636  

$

(112,853 )
 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation

Managed Gross Premiums Written

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

     
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
(unaudited) (unaudited)
June 30,   June 30, June 30,   June 30,
2012   2011(a)   2012   2011(a)
 
Total gross premiums written $ 627,089 $ 605,387 $ 1,464,378 $ 1,455,283
Adjustments for:
Gross premiums written on behalf of AlphaCat Re 2011 12,830 86,705
Gross premiums written on behalf of AlphaCat Re 2012   30,558         30,558    
Total managed gross premiums written $ 670,477   $ 605,387   $ 1,581,641   $ 1,455,283
(a)   Total gross premiums written for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 included $42.6 million of gross premiums written from AlphaCat Re 2011, which was a consolidated subsidiary during the three months ended June 30, September 30 and December 31, 2011. The balance sheet of AlphaCat Re 2011 was deconsolidated as at December 31, 2011.
 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation

Net Operating Income (Loss), Net Operating Income (Loss) per share,

and Annualized Net Operating Return on Average Equity

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

 

 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  (unaudited) (unaudited)
June 30,   June 30, June 30,   June 30,
  2012   2011   2012   2011
 

Net income (loss) available (attributable)

to Validus

$ 167,622 $ 109,884

$

291,856

$

(62,480 )
Adjustments for:
Net realized (gains) on investments (6,154 ) (11,552 ) (13,686 ) (17,931 )
Net unrealized losses (gains) on investments 53,574 (18,526 ) 32,903 (5,698 )
Loss from investment affiliate 398 398
Foreign exchange losses (gains) 652 1,991 (2,514 ) 2,458
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (44,881 )   (44,881 )  

Net operating income (loss) available (attributable)

to Validus

171,211 81,797 264,076 (83,651 )

less: Dividends and distributions declared on

outstanding warrants

  (1,729 )   (1,966 )   (3,458 )   (3,950 )

Net operating income (loss) available

(attributable) to Validus, adjusted

$ 169,482   $ 79,831  

$

260,618  

$

(87,601 )
 

Net income (loss) per share available

(attributable) to Validus - diluted

$ 1.62 $ 1.05

$

2.80

$

(0.68 )
Adjustments for:
Net realized (gains) on investments (0.06 ) (0.11 ) (0.13 ) (0.18 )
Net unrealized losses (gains) on investments 0.52 (0.18 ) 0.32 (0.06 )
Loss from investment affiliate
Foreign exchange losses (gains) 0.01 0.02 (0.02 ) 0.03
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest   (0.44 )       (0.44 )    

Net operating income (loss) per share available

(attributable) to Validus - diluted

$ 1.65   $ 0.78  

$

2.53  

$

(0.89 )
 

Weighted average number of common shares and

common share equivalents

103,667,967 104,562,450 104,382,030 98,165,132
 
Average shareholders' equity available to Validus $ 3,508,673 $ 3,361,819

$

3,488,590

$

3,409,490
 
Annualized net operating return on average equity   19.5 %   9.7 %   15.1 %   (4.9 )%
 
Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation

Book Value and Diluted Book Value per Common Share

As at June 30, 2012 (unaudited) and December 31, 2011

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share information)

 
  As at June 30, 2012
(unaudited)
Equity Amount   Shares   Exercise Price  

Book Value Per
Share

Book value per common share  
Total shareholders' equity available to Validus $ 3,477,834 93,411,062 $ 37.23
 
Diluted book value per common share
Total shareholders' equity available to Validus 3,477,834 93,411,062
Assumed exercise of outstanding warrants 121,445 6,916,677 $ 17.56
Assumed exercise of outstanding stock options 42,451 2,091,912 $ 20.29
Unvested restricted shares       3,343,727  
Diluted book value per common share $ 3,641,730     105,763,378   $ 34.43
 
As at December 31, 2011
Equity Amount Shares Exercise Price

Book Value Per
Share

Book value per common share
Total shareholders' equity available to Validus $ 3,448,425 99,471,080 $ 34.67
 
Diluted book value per common share
Total shareholders' equity available to Validus 3,448,425 99,471,080
Assumed exercise of outstanding warrants 121,445 6,916,677 $ 17.56
Assumed exercise of outstanding stock options 45,530 2,263,012 $ 20.12
Unvested restricted shares       3,340,729  
Diluted book value per common share $ 3,615,400     111,991,498   $ 32.28
 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements, both with respect to the Company and its industry, that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Statements that include the words "expect", "intend", "plan", "believe", "project", "anticipate", "will", "may" and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such statements and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on any such statements. We believe that these factors include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) unpredictability and severity of catastrophic events; 2) rating agency actions; 3) adequacy of Validus' risk management and loss limitation methods; 4) cyclicality of demand and pricing in the insurance and reinsurance markets; 5) statutory or regulatory developments including tax policy, reinsurance and other regulatory matters; 6) Validus' ability to implement its business strategy during "soft" as well as "hard" markets; 7) adequacy of Validus' loss reserves; 8) continued availability of capital and financing; 9) retention of key personnel; 10) competition; 11) potential loss of business from one or more major insurance or reinsurance brokers; 12) Validus' ability to implement, successfully and on a timely basis, complex infrastructure, distribution capabilities, systems, procedures and internal controls, and to develop accurate actuarial data to support the business and regulatory and reporting requirements; 13) general economic and market conditions (including inflation, volatility in the credit and capital markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates); 14) the integration of businesses Validus may acquire or new business ventures Validus may start; 15) the effect on Validus' investment portfolios of changing financial market conditions including inflation, interest rates, liquidity and other factors; 16) acts of terrorism or outbreak of war; and 17) availability of reinsurance and retrocessional coverage, as well as management's response to any of the aforementioned factors.

The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Validus' most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other documents of the Company on file with or furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Any forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Validus will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Validus or its business or operations. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting the Company's results, management has included and discussed certain schedules containing net operating income (loss), net operating income (loss) per share, underwriting income (loss), managed gross premiums written, annualized net operating return on average equity and diluted book value per common share that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise U.S. GAAP. Such measures are referred to as non-GAAP. Non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. A reconciliation of net operating income (loss) to net income (loss), the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is presented in the section above entitled “Net Operating Income (Loss), Net Operating Income (Loss) per share and Annualized Net Operating Return on Average Equity”. A reconciliation of underwriting income and operating income to net income, the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is presented in the “Consolidated Statements of Operations” above. A reconciliation of managed gross premiums written to gross premiums written, the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is presented in the section above entitled "Managed Gross Premiums Written".

Underwriting income indicates the performance of the Company's core underwriting function, excluding revenues and expenses such as net investment income (loss), other income, finance expenses, net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments and foreign exchange gains (losses). The Company believes the reporting of underwriting income enhances the understanding of our results by highlighting the underlying profitability of the Company's core insurance and reinsurance business. Underwriting profitability is influenced significantly by earned premium growth, adequacy of the Company's pricing and loss frequency and severity.

Underwriting profitability over time is also influenced by the Company's underwriting discipline, which seeks to manage exposure to loss through favorable risk selection and diversification, its management of claims, its use of reinsurance and its ability to manage its expense ratio, which it accomplishes through its management of acquisition costs and other underwriting expenses. The Company believes that underwriting income provides investors with a valuable measure of profitability derived from underwriting activities.

Managed gross premiums written represents gross premiums written by the Company and its operating affiliates. Managed gross premiums written differs from total gross premiums written, which the Company believes is the most directly comparable GAAP measure, due to the inclusion of premiums written on behalf of the Company's operating affiliates, AlphaCat Re 2011, Ltd. and AlphaCat Re 2012, Ltd., which are accounted for under the equity method of accounting.

Annualized net operating return on average equity is presented in the section above entitled “Net Operating Income (Loss), Net Operating Income (Loss) per share and Annualized Net Operating Return on Average Equity.” A reconciliation of diluted book value per common share to book value per common share, the most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, is presented in the section above entitled “Book Value Per Common Share and Diluted Book Value Per Common Share.” Net operating income (loss) is calculated based on net income (loss) excluding net realized gains (losses) on investments, net unrealized gains (losses) on investments, gains (losses) arising from translation of non-US$ denominated balances and non-recurring items. Realized gains (losses) from the sale of investments are driven by the timing of the disposition of investments, not by our operating performance. Gains (losses) arising from translation of non-US$ denominated balances are unrelated to our underlying business. Net operating income (loss) available (attributable) to Validus is defined as net operating income (loss) as defined above, but excluding income (loss) available (attributable) to noncontrolling interest.

Contacts

Investors:
Validus Holdings, Ltd.
Jon Levenson, +1-441-278-9000
Executive Vice President
Jon.Levenson@validusholdings.com
or
Media:
Brunswick Group
Greg Faje / Jessie Baker, +1-212-333-3810

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Contacts

Investors:
Validus Holdings, Ltd.
Jon Levenson, +1-441-278-9000
Executive Vice President
Jon.Levenson@validusholdings.com
or
Media:
Brunswick Group
Greg Faje / Jessie Baker, +1-212-333-3810