SiriusPoint Ltd

Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call


spk02: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Serious Point Limited first quarter of 2023 earnings conference call. Before today's presentation, all parties will be in listen-only mode. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. Now, I'd like to turn the call over to Mr. Drew Gallotto, Head of Investor Relations and Chief Strategy Officer of Serious Point. Please go ahead now, sir.
spk01: Thank you, Operator, and good morning, good afternoon to everyone listening. I welcome you to the Serious Point earnings call for the 2023 first quarter results. Last night, we issued our earnings press release and financial supplement, which are both available on our website, Additionally, a webcast presentation will coincide with today's discussion and is available on our website. With me here today are Scott Egan, our Chief Executive Officer, and Steve Yendel, our Chief Financial Officer. Before we start, I would like to remind you that today's remarks contain forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations. Actual results may differ. Please refer to page two of our investor presentation for additional information and the company's latest public filings. At this point, I will turn the call over to Scott.
spk03: Thank you Drew and good morning. Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining our first quarter results call. We have been busy executing against our strategic priorities, which I outlined as part of our full year 2022 results. I intend to provide you with a fuller update on our progress against these our half year results update, but today I will highlight the significant progress we have made during this quarter. Before we get into the results, I would like to update on two areas. Firstly, we're extremely pleased to announce today the appointment of Bronic Masajada as an independent director to our board. Bronic is a proven industry leader with over 30 years of insurance experience, which will further strengthen our board. We look forward to welcoming him to the company. Secondly, turning to the 13D filing by Dan Loeb, As an update, the City's Point Board of Directors has established a special committee of independent directors to review any acquisition proposal made by Mr. Loeb if and when a proposal is received. In connection with forming the special committee, the board agreed that it would not move forward with any transaction unless it is first approved by the committee. I'd like to remind everyone that there is no assurance that any definitive agreement will be executed with Mr Loeb or any other party or that a proposal or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. Now I will turn to our result and I will share some of the key messages from the last quarter. These are outlined on slide five and provide an update on our strong progress across our strategic initiatives. Overall, we are pleased to report continuing performance improvement in Q1, as we build on the progress made in Q3 and Q4 of last year. To put this in perspective, this is the first time we have delivered a quarterly profit since Q2 of 2021. Importantly, we have seen positive capital generation across all parts of our business, underwriting, MGAs and investment returns. Culture is an important part of the improvement journey and its serious point, we are focused on creating a performance culture that rewards underwriting performance and aligns closely with shareholder value creation. To that end, in a recent proxy statement released in April, we have made changes to the annual incentive plan for 2023. This sets out clear Therefore, you should take from that. This is the combined ratio management is targeting in 2023 X our lost portfolio transfer benefits. And as of Q1, we are on track. But we also recognize there are three more quarters to go. This level of combined ratio would be a significant improvement compared to 2022. It also includes the switch of significant expenses from net corporate and other expenses to be within the combined ratio. We believe the significant change to structure and target levels closely aligns with shareholder value creation and most importantly indicates a step change in overall performance levels. Turning more specifically to our underwriting result for quarter one, We delivered the combined ratio of 80.5%. This was supported by significant reserve releases. However, importantly, our combined ratio would be 2.5 points better year on year, excluding these releases and expense reallocations to combined ratio from outside of the underwriting result. We have also seen improvements in the attritional loss ratio. In addition, despite the high level of reserve releases in the quarter, our balance sheet is strong as we continue to maintain our prudent and conservative approach to reserving. Investment results have also been strong this quarter and on a run rate basis in line to meet a full year guidance previously communicated. Our capital life fee income from a five to our profits. So in summary, a strong performance from all the areas of our business, but of course with room to improve further. Our diluted book value per share grew very strongly by 9% to $12.31 during the quarter. This, as a reminder, doesn't fully reflect the value of our five consolidated MGAs, which are held at only $91 million as of March 31st, and a plan to grow in 2023 as demonstrated by our Q1 numbers. As I said before, these are underappreciated in our current book volume. In summary, our focus on execution is high. It has to be. These set of results begin to show the evidence Our ambition is to keep the execution momentum and focus high, as we see significant room for performance improvement over the next two to three years. Our aim is to deliver against this ambition. If I may move quickly to the lost portfolio transfer deal with Comp Rean, which we announced in March. At the time of the announcement, we highlighted This remains on track. Today, we are also sharing new details on the split of reserves and the substantial capital release we expect as a result of this deal. The lost portfolio transfer covers around $1.3 billion of reserves. The reserves are split between short-tail property and long-tail casualty lines. and include lines of business which we have already exited. It is also very attractive financially. We expect to release more than $150 million of capital, which gives us future capital flexibility, further strengthening an already strong balance sheet. We will set out our thinking on this during the second half of this year. In addition, The financial benefits this deal provides finality to the portfolio we have exited in 2022 and aligns our balance sheet to the go forward strategy. Regarding our MGA portfolio, as a reminder at full year results, I set out our thinking around this. MGA distribution is core to our strategy. We have many strong MGA relationships across the market. we are important capacity providers to them we also have minority equity stakes in many mgas which we are aiming to reduce our philosophy is fewer and deeper investments which align strongly with being more focused during the quarter we sold our equity stake in distinguished programs for 7.5 also agreeing a multi-year program to provide capacity. We are also committed to growing and strengthening specific MGA relationships as demonstrated by a recently announced renewal of our partnership with Arcadian, one of our five consolidated MGAs through to 2026. We wrote around $290 million in gross written premiums with Arcadian last year, which was a 35% growth on the prior year. Onto our balance sheet, which we further strengthened during the quarter. We continue to operate the company against the AA rating requirement under the S&P model. Our efforts to improve performance are getting noticed and we have recently seen an upgrade on our ratings to stable from negative by Fitch. AM Best has also reaffirmed our ratings as stable. Our Bermuda Solvency capital ratio is strong and has also improved to 217% at Q4 22 versus 194% at Q3 22 and we expect it to further improve by more than 15 points at the time of closing the lost portfolio transfer. growth in book value. Our balance sheet is strong and we will explore more ways to optimise our capital structure. I would like to conclude by saying that it has been a busy quarter, but we are proud of the results we have posted. With each quarter, we aim to build confidence as we deliver on our plans. We are on track with the guidance we have given with the aim to do better if we can. Quarter one is a good start, but there is no room for complacency. We have a lot more to do, but I am confident that we are on our way to becoming a less volatile, high-performing specialist insurer. I look forward to continuing to share our progress against our plans and targets during the year. With these remarks, I will pass it over to Steve, who will take you through first quarter financials.
spk00: Thank you Scott and good morning. Good afternoon everyone. I will now take you through the financial section of the presentation and we'll start with slide 7 looking at our first quarter financials for 2023. Overall, it was a positive quarter as we delivered profits and generated capital across all three sources of earnings, underwriting, MGA fee income and investments. That income for the quarter was up $356 million versus Q1 of last year. Our results were mainly impacted by losses in the investment portfolio in 2022. During Q123, core underwriting results improved materially as we delivered underwriting profits of $107 million, which benefited from $90 million of reserve redundancy linked to the LPT transaction. Excluding that $90 million release, underwriting profits were $70 million with a core XLPT at 96.8%. our actions are having an impact as attritional loss ratios and expenses were down, while our CAT losses were stable versus prior year. We experienced 7 million of CAT losses in the quarter, which are primarily related to Turkey earthquake claims and are stable year on year. Gross premium returns for the core business increased 5%, driven by insurance and services, up 181 million, partially offset by reinsurance, down $128 million, while capital light net services fee income saw a steady increase at $18 million versus $14 million last year. Service revenues are up 12%, while margins are better at around 29%. Total investment result was $74 million, driven by $62 million of net investment income, while unrealized and realized gains, including related party, were 12 million and significantly higher than the 213 million lost last year. These results illustrate the progress we've made in rebalancing the investment portfolio towards high quality fixed income assets to reduce P&L volatility and capitalize on the current high interest rate environments. Net corporate and other expenses were down 16 million and mainly driven as we move 10 million of expenses above the line within our core results. Other notable items impacting income include 7 million of restructuring costs and 25 million of negative mark-to-market from liability classified instruments. Moving on to slide eight, we focus on the premium trends, and I'll also provide an update on the April 1 renewals. Those premiums for the core segment were up 5% quarter over quarter, mainly driven by the 37% growth in insurance and services. The growth in premiums is driven by organic growth in both strategic partnerships and across our accident and health lines. This growth was partially offset by a 24% reduction in reinsurance, mainly driven by the already announced portfolio restructuring actions we have taken in the international property segment. On the topic of renewals, only 7% of our business renews in April, and we experienced similar trends as the January 1st renewals. We experienced positive rate increases with an average rate change at around 6% across our portfolio, mainly driven by around 15% rate increases in the international property segment. As part of the remediation of the international property cat book, we continued exiting business that did not meet our price requirements. In addition to rate strengthening, we continue to see the same improvement we experienced for the January 1st renewals in contractual terms and conditions across most classes as well, including restatement provisions and tightening of exclusions and coverage. Slide 9 shows the change in combined ratio versus Q122 for our core business and breaks the movements into individual subcomponents. Our portfolio actions are yielding positive results as the combined ratio for a core business on a like-for-like basis has improved by 2.5 percentage points. Our headline core of 80.5% has benefited from 16 points of reserve releases linked to the LPG transaction. However, the expense reallocation of $10 million has been a two-point drag. Adjusting for these two results in a like-for-like core of 95% versus 97.5% last year. Looking at the combined ratio for the segments and excluding the lost portfolio transfer, the reinsurance combined ratio was stable versus the prior period, while the insurance and services combined ratio was down a half point to 95%. The traditional loss ratio improved for both reinsurance and insurance and services. Moving on to the investment portfolio and investment results on slides 10 and 11, respectively. We have made progress as we delivered a strong investment result, increased our overall asset duration to 2.1 years from 1.8 years, and locked in attractive reinvestment yields in excess of 4% on our investments. We have invested over $500 million this quarter and around $1 billion year-to-date and increased our exposure to corporates and asset-backed securities. Overall, our investment strategy remains unchanged and focused on maintaining a high quality fixed income portfolio. 70% of our portfolio is now fixed income, of which 93% is investment grade. The average rating of our fixed income book is AA, which is 9% of the securities being BBB and 7% being below investment grade non-rated fixed income instruments. Given the quality of our portfolio, We believe we were well positioned going into market turbulence. We are monitoring our exposures and proactively making changes to our investment portfolio. We have no direct exposures to SBB, Signature Bank, First Republic Bank, and other small regional banks or any AT1 instrument exposure to Credit Suisse in our investment portfolio. Even from the underwriting side, our exposure to SBB, Signature Bank, and First Republic, including the DNO book, is less than $5 million. As I've already highlighted, net investment income for the quarter was $62 million versus $8 million last year, while the overall investment result was $74 million versus a loss of $205 million in the first quarter of 2022. DNO volatility was lower in Q1, and we expect our actions to designate new fixed income investments as available for sale will help us going forward. At quarter end, more than 70% of the fixed income portfolio was designated as available for sale, and that will continue to grow in 2023 as we continue to rebalance the fixed income portfolio, reducing volatility. Slide 12 looks at our balance sheet. Our balance sheet is strong. ending the quarter with $2.2 billion of shareholders' equity, up from $2.1 billion since year-end 2022. Total capital, including debt, was $3 billion, while tangible book value per diluted share was $11.41. Our Bermuda solvency capital ratio was strong and improved to 270% at year-end 2022. We expect it to further improve by more than 15 points post the completion of the lost portfolio transfer. Also, Our issue debt is unchanged, while our debt to capital ratio reduced 25.8% from 27.3% at year end 22, and it's within our target range. With this, we conclude the financial section of our presentation. I would like to remind you again, we had a good start to 2023 and are in a good position to deal with market volatility. We expect significant improvement in profitability in 2023, while 2024 should be the year in which we realize full run rate benefits of all of our strategic actions, and we expect to deliver a double-digit return on average common equity. I would like to thank you again for your time this morning. For any questions, please contact our investor relations team at investor.relations at With this, I'll turn the call back over to the operator.
spk02: Thank you. The conference is now concluded. Thank you for attending today's presentation. You may now disconnect.

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