Employers Holdings, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

  • Net income of $25.6 million ($0.77 per diluted share), adjusted net income of $43.6 million ($1.31 per diluted share).
  • Combined ratio of 80.8%, combined ratio before the impact of the LPT of 82.2%.
  • The Board declared an increased quarterly dividend of $0.22 per share.

RENO, Nev.--()--Employers Holdings, Inc. (“EHI” or the “Company”) (NYSE:EIG) today reported the following for the fourth quarter of 2018: (i) net income of $25.6 million ($0.77 per diluted share); (ii) net income before the impact of the LPT of $23.1 million ($0.69 per diluted share); and (iii) adjusted net income of $43.6 million ($1.31 per diluted share).

The Company also reported that the Board of Directors declared a first quarter 2019 dividend of $0.22 per share, which will be paid on March 20, 2019 to stockholders of record on March 6, 2019.

The Company's adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased $8.4 million year-over-year. This increase primarily reflects: (i) strong underwriting results highlighted by a 62.5% current accident year loss ratio and $25.4 million of favorable prior year loss reserve development; and (ii) a reduction in income taxes as a result of U.S. corporate tax reform enacted in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Company's net income and net income before the impact of the LPT for the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased by $5.7 million and $5.1 million, respectively, year-over-year. These fourth quarter 2018 net income measures were each favorably impacted by the items previously mentioned, but were also unfavorably impacted by $27.4 million of after tax unrealized investment losses relating to the Company’s equity securities. Prior to January 1, 2018, the Company’s unrealized gains and losses on equity securities were not a component of its net income or net income before the impact of the LPT.

The Company’s book value per share of $31.08 and book value per share including the Deferred Gain of $35.64 increased by 9.7% and 6.9% for the year, respectively, each computed after taking into account dividends declared during 2018. These measures were each adversely impacted during 2018 by $47.1 million of after tax unrealized losses relating to the Company’s fixed maturity investments resulting from an increase in market interest rates.

Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Dirks commented on the results: “The fourth quarter marked a strong end to an exceptional year for EMPLOYERS. During the year we grew written premiums by 3% despite pricing headwinds, grew new business writings by 29% over 2017, maintained our current accident year loss ratio and delivered a 12.5% adjusted return on stockholders’ equity.

During 2018 we initiated a plan of aggressive development and implementation of new technologies and capabilities that we believe will fundamentally transform and enhance the digital experience of our customers. In January, we further defined these ongoing initiatives to include: (i) continued investments in new technology, data analytics and process improvement capabilities focused on improving the agent experience and enhancing agent efficiency; and (ii) the launch of Cerity, a subsidiary separate from our other insurance businesses, which offers digital, direct-to-customer workers’ compensation insurance solutions.

The development and implementation of these initiatives, including costs associated with the launch of Cerity, served to increase our 2018 underwriting and other operating expense ratio by approximately two percentage points, as compared to that experienced in 2017. Further, our 2019 and 2020 underwriting and other operating expense ratios will continue to be pressured as we further develop and implement these major initiatives. However, in future periods we expect that our underwriting and other operating expense ratio will gradually return to a normalized level as we generate new premium writings and operational efficiency gains.”

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

(All comparisons vs. fourth quarter 2017, unless noted otherwise).

Net earned premiums of $183.6 million increased $2.0 million due primarily to new business writings, partially offset by declines in renewal business premium.

The loss and LAE ratio before the impact of the LPT of 48.7% was consistent with that of a year ago, and reflects the continuing impacts of our key business initiatives including: an emphasis on settling open claims; diversifying our risk exposure across geographic markets; and leveraging data-driven strategies to target, underwrite and price profitable classes of business across all of our markets.

The commission expense ratio of 11.5% decreased 2.1 percentage points due mainly to decreases in agency incentives.

The underwriting and other operating expense ratio of 22.0% increased 1.2 percentage points due largely to expenses associated with the development and implementation of new technologies and capabilities.

Net investment income of $21.3 million increased 12% primarily as a result of higher pre-tax book yields.

Income tax expense was $4.9 million (a 16% effective rate) versus $14.7 million (a 28% effective rate). During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company also incurred a non-recurring income tax expense of $7.0 million in connection with tax reform representing the impact of re-measurement of its deferred tax assets and liabilities using the lower U.S. statutory tax rate.

Stockholders’ Equity including the Deferred Gain

Stockholders’ equity including the Deferred Gain was $1,167.8 million, an increase of 5% from December 31, 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast, Reports Filed with The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and Supplemental Materials

The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the Financial Supplement that is attached to this press release and is available on our website.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP

Within this earnings release we present various financial measures, some of which are "non-GAAP financial measures." A description of these non-GAAP financial measures, as well as a reconciliation of such non-GAAP measures to the Company's most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in the attached Financial Supplement. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures are meaningful to the Company's investors, analysts and other interested parties who benefit from having an objective and consistent basis for comparison with other companies within our industry. These non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures and investors should be careful when comparing the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The conference call will be available via a live web cast on the Company's web site at www.employers.com. An archived version will be available several hours after the call. The conference call replay number is (404) 537-3406 or (855) 859-2056 with a pass code of 8677028.

The Company provides its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and its investor presentations in the “Investors” section of its website at www.employers.com. The Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission can also be accessed through the SEC's EDGAR Database at www.sec.gov (EHI EDGAR CIK No. 0001379041).

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release, the Company and its management discuss and make statements based on currently available information regarding their intentions, beliefs, current expectations, and projections of, among other things, the Company's future performance, business growth, retention rates, loss costs, claim trends and the impact of key business initiatives, future technologies and planned investments. Certain of these statements may constitute "forward-looking" statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and are often identified by words such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "target," "project," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "pro forma," "seek," "likely," or "continue," or other comparable terminology and their negatives. EHI and its management caution investors that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Risks and uncertainties are inherent in EHI's future performance. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, among other things, those discussed or identified from time to time in EHI's public filings with the SEC, including the risks detailed in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the Company's Annual Reports on Form 10-K. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Copyright © 2019 EMPLOYERS. All rights reserved. EMPLOYERS® and America's small business insurance specialist. ® are registered trademarks of Employers Insurance Company of Nevada. Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select, small businesses engaged in low to medium hazard industries. Insurance subsidiaries include Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

Additional information can be found at: www.employers.com.

Employers Holdings, Inc.
Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2018
Financial Supplement

 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Table of Contents

 
Page  
 

1

Consolidated Financial Highlights
 

2

Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets
 

3

Summary Consolidated Income Statements
 

4

Return on Equity
 

5

Combined Ratios
 

6

Roll-forward of Unpaid Losses and LAE
 

7

Consolidated Investment Portfolio
 

8

Book Value Per Share
 

9

Earnings Per Share
 

10

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Financial Highlights (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amounts

 
  Three Months Ended     Years Ended  
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 % change 2018   2017 % change
Selected financial highlights:
Gross premiums written $   161.7 $   168.4 (4 )% $   748.9 $   729.7 3 %
Net premiums written 160.4 167.0 (4 ) 742.8 723.7 3
Net premiums earned 183.6 181.6 1 731.1 716.5 2
Net investment income 21.3 19.1 12 81.2 74.6 9
Underwriting income(1) 35.1 33.9 4 101.7 68.0 50
Net income before impact of the LPT(1) 23.1 28.2 (18 ) 126.7 89.6 41
Adjusted net income(1) 43.6 35.2 24 136.8 95.5 43
Net income 25.6 31.3 (18 ) 141.3 101.2 40
Comprehensive income 34.4 30.4 13 94.2 116.3 (19 )
Total assets 3,919.2 3,840.1 2
Stockholders' equity 1,018.2 947.7 7
Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain(2) 1,167.8 1,111.3 5
Adjusted stockholders' equity(2) 1,181.5 1,003.9 18
Annualized adjusted return on stockholders' equity(3) 14.9 % 14.1 % 6 % 12.5 % 9.8 % 28
Amounts per share:
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.20 $ 0.15 33 % $ 0.80 $ 0.60 33 %
Earnings per diluted share(4) 0.77 0.94 (18 ) 4.24 3.06 39
Earnings per diluted share before impact of the LPT(4) 0.69 0.85 (19 ) 3.80 2.71 40
Adjusted earnings per diluted share(4) 1.31 1.06 24 4.11 2.89 42
Book value per share(2) 31.08 29.07 7
Book value per share including the Deferred Gain(2) 35.64 34.09 5
Adjusted book value per share(2) 36.06 30.80 17
Combined ratio before impact of the LPT:(5)
Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio:
Current year 62.5 % 58.5 % 62.6 % 62.4 %
Prior year (13.8 ) (9.9 ) (9.1 ) (2.6 )
Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio 48.7 % 48.6 % 53.5 % 59.8 %
Commission expense ratio 11.5 13.6 12.9 12.8
Underwriting and other operating expense ratio 22.0   20.8   21.7   19.5  
Combined ratio before impact of the LPT 82.2 % 83.0 % 88.1 % 92.1 %
 
(1) See Page 3 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(2) See Page 8 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

(3) See Page 4 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
(4) See Page 9 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
(5) See Page 5 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amounts

 
 

December 31,
2018

 

December 31,
2017

ASSETS
Investments, cash and cash equivalents $   2,829.7 $   2,752.0
Accrued investment income 18.0 19.6
Premiums receivable, net 333.1 326.7
Reinsurance recoverable on paid and unpaid losses 511.1 544.2
Deferred policy acquisition costs 48.2 45.8
Deferred income taxes, net 26.9 28.7
Contingent commission receivable—LPT Agreement 32.0 31.4
Other assets 120.2   91.7  
Total assets $   3,919.2   $   3,840.1  
 
LIABILITIES
Unpaid losses and LAE $ 2,207.9 $ 2,266.1
Unearned premiums 336.3 318.3
Commissions and premium taxes payable 57.3 55.3
Deferred Gain 149.6 163.6
Notes payable 20.0 20.0
Other liabilities 129.9   69.1  
Total liabilities $ 2,901.0 $ 2,892.4
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common stock and additional paid-in capital $ 389.4 $ 381.8
Retained earnings 1,030.7 842.2
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net(2) (13.7 ) 107.4
Treasury stock, at cost (388.2 ) (383.7 )
Total stockholders’ equity 1,018.2   947.7  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $   3,919.2   $   3,840.1  
         
Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain (1) $ 1,167.8 $ 1,111.3
Adjusted stockholders' equity (1)   1,181.5     1,003.9  
Book value per share (1) $ 31.08 $ 29.07
Book value per share including the Deferred Gain (1) 35.64 34.09
Adjusted book value per share (1)   36.06     30.80  
(1) See Page 8 for calculations and Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
(2) Adoption of a new accounting standard (ASU No. 2016-01 resulted in a $74.0 million reclassification adjustment from Accumulated other comprehensive income to Retained earnings as of January 1, 2018
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Summary Consolidated Income Statements (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amounts

 
  Three Months Ended   Years Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Underwriting revenues:
Gross premiums written $   161.7 $   168.4 $   748.9 $   729.7
Premiums ceded (1.3 ) (1.4 ) (6.1 ) (6.0 )
Net premiums written 160.4 167.0 742.8 723.7
Net premiums earned 183.6 181.6 731.1 716.5
Underwriting expenses:
Losses and LAE incurred (86.9 ) (85.2 ) (376.7 ) (417.2 )
Commission expense (21.2 ) (24.7 ) (94.2 ) (91.4 )
Underwriting and other operating expenses (40.4 ) (37.8 ) (158.5 ) (139.9 )
Underwriting income 35.1 33.9 101.7 68.0
Net investment income 21.3 19.1 81.2 74.6
Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on investments(1) (26.4 ) (13.1 ) 7.4
Gain on redemption of notes payable 2.1
Other income 0.9 0.3 1.2 0.8
Interest and financing expenses (0.4 ) (0.3 ) (1.5 ) (1.4 )
Other expenses (7.5 )
Income tax expense (4.9 ) (21.7 ) (28.2 ) (42.8 )
Net income 25.6 31.3 141.3 101.2
Unrealized AFS investment gains (losses) arising during the period, net of tax(2) 7.8 (0.9 ) (48.5 ) 19.9
Reclassification adjustment for realized AFS investment losses (gains) in net income, net of tax(2) 1.0     1.4   (4.8 )
Total Comprehensive income   $   34.4     $   30.4     $   94.2     $   116.3  
Net income $ 25.6 $ 31.3 $ 141.3 $ 101.2
Amortization of the Deferred Gain - losses (2.1 ) (2.3 ) (9.9 ) (9.3 )
Amortization of the Deferred Gain - contingent commission (0.4 ) (0.5 ) (2.0 ) (2.0 )
LPT reserve adjustment (2.2 )
LPT contingent commission adjustments   (0.3 ) (0.5 ) (0.3 )
Net income before impact of the LPT Agreement (3) $ 23.1 $ 28.2 $ 126.7 $ 89.6
Net realized and unrealized losses (gains) on investments 26.4 13.1 (7.4 )
Gain on redemption of notes payable (2.1 )
Write-off of previously capitalized costs 7.5
Amortization of intangibles 0.2 0.3
Income tax (benefit) expense related to items excluded from Net income (5.5 ) (2.8 ) 0.6
Net impact of Federal tax reform   (0.4 )   7.0     (0.4 )   7.0  
Adjusted net income (1)   $   43.6     $   35.2     $   136.8     $   95.5  
(1) Includes $27.4 million and $25.6 million of unrealized losses on equity securities for the three months ended and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively.
(2) AFS = Available for Sale securities
(3) See Page 10 regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Return on Equity (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amount

 
    Three Months Ended   Years Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
 
Net income A $   25.6 $   31.3 $   141.3 $   101.2
Impact of the LPT Agreement (2.5 ) (3.1 ) (14.6 ) (11.6 )
Net realized and unrealized losses (gains) on investments 26.4 13.1 (7.4 )
Gain on redemption of notes payable (2.1 )
Write-off of previously capitalized costs 7.5
Amortization of intangibles 0.2 0.3
Income tax (benefit) expense related to items excluded from Net income (5.5 ) (2.8 ) 0.6
Net impact of Federal tax reform (0.4 ) 7.0   (0.4 ) 7.0  
Adjusted net income(1)   B   $   43.6     $   35.2     $   136.8     $   95.5  
 
Stockholders' equity - end of period $ 1,018.2 $ 947.7 $ 1,018.2 $ 947.7
 
Stockholders' equity - beginning of period 991.2 917.1 947.7 840.6
 
Average stockholders' equity   C   $   1,004.7     $   932.4     $   983.0     $   894.2  
 
Stockholders' equity - end of period $ 1,018.2 $ 947.7 $ 1,018.2 $ 947.7
Deferred Gain - end of period 149.6 163.6 149.6 163.6
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (income), before taxes - end of period 17.3 (136.0 ) 17.3 (136.0 )
Income tax related to accumulated other comprehensive loss (income), before taxes - end of period (3.6 ) 28.6   (3.6 ) 28.6  
Adjusted stockholders' equity - end of period 1,181.5 1,003.9 1,181.5 1,003.9
Adjusted stockholders' equity - beginning of period 1,165.8   992.9   1,003.9   941.0  
Average adjusted stockholders' equity(1)   D   $   1,173.7     $   998.4     $   1,092.7     $   972.5  
 
Return on stockholders' equity A / C 2.5 % 3.4 % 14.4 % 11.3 %
Annualized return on stockholders' equity 10.2 % 13.4 %
 
Adjusted return on stockholders' equity(1) B / D 3.7 % 3.5 % 12.5 % 9.8 %
Annualized adjusted return on stockholders' equity(1)       14.9 %   14.1 %        
 
(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Combined Ratios (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amounts

 
    Three Months Ended   Years Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Net premiums earned A $   183.6 $   181.6 $   731.1 $   716.5
Losses and LAE incurred B 86.9 85.2 376.7 417.2
Amortization of the Deferred Gain - losses 2.1 2.3 9.9 9.3
Amortization of the Deferred Gain - contingent commission 0.4 0.5 2.0 2.0
LPT reserve adjustment 2.2
LPT contingent commission adjustments   0.3   0.5   0.3  
Losses and LAE before impact of the LPT (1) C $ 89.4 $ 88.3 $ 391.3 $ 428.8
Prior accident year favorable loss reserve development (25.4 ) (18.0 ) (66.2 ) (18.5 )
Losses and LAE before impact of the LPT - current accident year D $   114.8   $   106.3   $   457.5   $   447.3  
Commission expense E $ 21.2 $ 24.7 $ 94.2 $ 91.4
Underwriting and other operating expenses   F   40.4     37.8     158.5     139.9  
Combined ratio:
Loss and LAE ratio B/A 47.3 % 46.9 % 51.5 % 58.2 %
Commission expense ratio E/A 11.5 13.6 12.9 12.8
Underwriting and other operating expense ratio F/A 22.0   20.8   21.7   19.5  
Combined ratio       80.8 %   81.3 %   86.1 %   90.5 %
Combined ratio before impact of the LPT: (1)
Loss and LAE ratio before impact of the LPT C/A 48.7 % 48.6 % 53.5 % 59.8 %
Commission expense ratio E/A 11.5 13.6 12.9 12.8
Underwriting and other operating expense ratio F/A 22.0   20.8   21.7   19.5  
Combined ratio before impact of the LPT       82.2 %   83.0 %   88.1 %   92.1 %
Combined ratio before impact of the LPT: current accident year: (1)
Loss and LAE ratio before impact of the LPT D/A 62.5 % 58.5 % 62.6 % 62.4 %
Commission expense ratio E/A 11.5 13.6 12.9 12.8
Underwriting and other operating expense ratio F/A 22.0   20.8   21.7   19.5  
Combined ratio before impact of the LPT: current accident year       96.0 %   92.9 %   97.2 %   94.7 %
 
(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Roll-forward of Unpaid Losses and LAE (unaudited)
$ in millions

 
  Three Months Ended   Years Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
 
Unpaid losses and LAE at beginning of period $   2,233.7 $   2,298.9 $   2,266.1 $   2,301.0
Less reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses and LAE 511.8   553.1   537.0   580.0  
Net unpaid losses and LAE at beginning of period 1,721.9   1,745.8   1,729.1   1,721.0  
Losses and LAE incurred:
Current year losses 115.0 106.3 457.5 447.3
Prior year losses on voluntary business (25.0 ) (17.4 ) (65.5 ) (17.4 )
Prior year losses on involuntary business (0.4 ) (0.6 ) (0.7 ) (1.1 )
Total losses incurred 89.6   88.3   391.3   428.8  
Losses and LAE paid:
Current year losses 36.1 31.7 93.0 76.9
Prior year losses 71.9   73.3   323.9   343.8  
Total paid losses 108.0   105.0   416.9   420.7  
Net unpaid losses and LAE at end of period 1,703.5 1,729.1 1,703.5 1,729.1
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses and LAE 504.4   537.0   504.4   537.0  
Unpaid losses and LAE at end of period $   2,207.9   $   2,266.1   $   2,207.9   $   2,266.1  
 

Total losses and LAE shown in the above table exclude amortization of the Deferred Gain, LPT Reserve Adjustments, and LPT Contingent Commission Adjustments, which totaled $2.5 million and $3.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 a nd 2017, respectively, and $14.6 million and $11.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Consolidated Investment Portfolio (unaudited)
$ in millions

 
December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017
Investment Positions:

Cost or
Amortized
Cost

 

Net Unrealized
(Losses) Gains

  Fair Value   % Fair Value   %
Fixed maturities $ 2,513.7 $ (17.3 ) $ 2,496.4     88 % $ 2,463.4     90 %
Equity securities 138.3 68.0 206.3 7 210.3 8
Short-term investments 25.0 25.0 1 4.0
Cash and cash equivalents 101.4 101.4 4 73.3 3
Restricted cash and cash equivalents 0.6     0.6       1.0        
Total investments and cash $ 2,779.0   $ 50.7   $ 2,829.7     100 % $ 2,752.0       100 %
 
Breakout of Fixed Maturities:
U.S. Treasuries and Agencies $ 118.0 $ (0.2 ) $ 117.8 5 % $ 148.8 6 %
States and Municipalities 513.4 14.6 528.0 21 642.5 26
Corporate Securities 1,106.2 (15.8 ) 1,090.4 44 1,118.0 45
Mortgage-Backed Securities 555.8 (10.0 ) 545.8 22 495.3 20
Asset-Backed Securities 64.7 (0.2 ) 64.5 3 58.8 2
Other 155.6   (5.7 ) 149.9     6          
Total fixed maturities $ 2,513.7   $ (17.3 ) $ 2,496.4     100 % $ 2,463.4       100 %
 
Weighted average book yield 3.4 % 3.1 %
Average credit quality (S&P) AA- AA-
Duration       4.1     4.2  
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Book Value Per Share (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amounts

     

December 31,
2018

December 31,
2017

Numerators:
Stockholders' equity A $   1,018.2 $   947.7
Plus: Deferred Gain 149.6   163.6  
Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain(1) B 1,167.8 1,111.3
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (income), before taxes 17.3 (136.0 )
Income tax (benefit) expense related to accumulated other comprehensive loss (income), before taxes (3.6 ) 28.6  
Adjusted stockholders' equity(1) C $   1,181.5   $   1,003.9  
 
Denominator (shares outstanding) D 32,765,792 32,597,819
 
Book value per share(1) A / D $ 31.08 $ 29.07
Book value per share including the Deferred Gain(1) B / D 35.64 34.09
Adjusted book value per share(1) C / D 36.06 30.80
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.80 $ 0.60
 
YTD Change in:(2)
Book value per share 9.7 % 13.4 %
Book value per share including the Deferred Gain 6.9 9.7
Adjusted book value per share 19.7 7.2
 
(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
(2) Reflects the change per share after taking into account dividends declared in the period.
 

EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC.
Earnings Per Share (unaudited)
$ in millions, except per share amounts

     
Three Months Ended Years Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Numerators:
Net income A $   25.6 $   31.3 $   141.3 $   101.2
Impact of the LPT Agreement (2.5 ) (3.1 ) (14.6 ) (11.6 )
Net income before impact of the LPT (1) B $   23.1   $   28.2   $   126.7   $

 

89.6  
Net realized and unrealized losses (gains) on investments 26.4 13.1 (7.4 )
Gain on redemption of notes payable (2.1 )
Write-off of previously capitalized costs 7.5
Amortization of intangibles 0.2 0.3
Income tax (benefit) expense related to items excluded from Net income (5.5 ) (2.8 ) 0.6
Net impact of Federal tax reform (0.4 ) 7.0   (0.4 ) 7.0  
Adjusted net income (1) C $   43.6   $   35.2   $   136.8   $   95.5  
 
Denominators:
Average common shares outstanding (basic) D 32,926,984 32,641,438 32,884,828 32,501,576
Average common shares outstanding (diluted) E 33,390,486 33,219,850 33,311,337 33,060,760
 
Earnings per share:
Basic A / D $ 0.78 $ 0.96 $ 4.30 $ 3.11
Diluted A / E 0.77 0.94 4.24 3.06
 
Earnings per share before impact of the LPT:(1)
Basic B / D $ 0.70 $ 0.86 $ 3.85 $ 2.76
Diluted B / E 0.69 0.85 3.80 2.71
 
Adjusted earnings per share:(1)
Basic C / D $ 1.32 $ 1.08 $ 4.16 $ 2.94
Diluted C / E 1.31 1.06 4.11 2.89
 

(1) See Page 10 for information regarding our use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

 

Glossary of Financial Measures

Within this earnings release we present the following measures, each of which are "non-GAAP financial measures." A reconciliation of these measures to the Company's most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included herein. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures are important to the Company's investors, analysts and other interested parties who benefit from having an objective and consistent basis for comparison with other companies within our industry. Management further believes that these measures are more relevant than comparable GAAP measures in evaluating our financial performance.

The LPT Agreement is a non-recurring transaction that does not result in ongoing cash benefits to the Company. Management believes that providing non-GAAP measures that exclude the effects of the LPT Agreement (amortization of deferred reinsurance gain, adjustments to LPT Agreement ceded reserves and adjustments to contingent commission receivable) is useful in providing investors, analysts and other interested parties a meaningful understanding of the Company's ongoing underwriting performance.

Deferred reinsurance gain (Deferred Gain) reflects the unamortized gain from the LPT Agreement. This gain has been deferred and is being amortized using the recovery method, whereby the amortization is determined by the proportion of actual reinsurance recoveries to total estimated recoveries, except for the contingent profit commission, which is being amortized through June 30, 2024. Amortization is reflected in losses and LAE incurred.

Adjusted net income (see Page 4 for calculations) is net income excluding the effects of the LPT Agreement, net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments (net of tax), net impact of Federal tax reform, gain on redemption of notes payable (net of tax), write-off of previously capitalized costs (net of tax) and amortization of intangible assets (net of tax). Management believes that providing this non-GAAP measures is helpful to investors, analysts and other interested parties in identifying trends in the Company's operating performance because such items have limited significance to its ongoing operations or can be impacted by both discretionary and other economic factors and may not represent operating trends. The Company previously referred to Adjusted net income as Operating income.

Stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain is stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain. Management believes that providing this non-GAAP measure is useful in providing investors, analysts and other interested parties a meaningful measure of the Company's total underwriting capital.

Adjusted stockholders' equity (see Page 8 for calculations) is stockholders' equity including the Deferred Gain, less accumulated other comprehensive income (net of tax). Management believes that providing this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors, analysts and other interested parties since it serves as the denominator to the Company's operating return on equity metric.

Return on stockholders' equity and Adjusted return on stockholders' equity (see Page 4 for calculations). Management believes that these profitability measures are widely used by our investors, analysts and other interested parties. The Company previously referred to Adjusted return on stockholders' equity as Operating return on adjusted stockholders' equity.

Book value per share, Book value per share including the Deferred Gain, and Adjusted book value per share (see Page 8 for calculations). Management believes that these valuation measures are widely used by our investors, analysts and other interested parties. The Company previously referred to Book value per share as GAAP book value per share, and Book value per share including Deferred Gain as Book value per share.

Net income, Combined ratio, and Combined ratio before impact of the LPT (see Pages 3 and 5 for calculations). Management believes that these performance and underwriting measures are widely used by our investors, analysts and other interested parties.

Contacts

Media: Ty Vukelich, (775) 327-2677, tvukelich@employers.com

Analysts: Mike Paquette, (775) 327-2562, mwoodard@employers.com

Contacts

Media: Ty Vukelich, (775) 327-2677, tvukelich@employers.com

Analysts: Mike Paquette, (775) 327-2562, mwoodard@employers.com