TORONTO, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trisura Group Ltd. (“Trisura” or “Trisura Group”) (TSX: TSU), a leading international specialty insurance provider, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2021. David Clare, President and CEO of Trisura, stated, “Trisura’s momentum continued in the first quarter of 2021, with net income of $19.3 million, an increase of 130.8% over the prior year. Strong underwriting performance and premium growth, supported by investment gains, contributed to a 16.1% return on equity, meeting our mid-teens target ahead of plan. Premium growth was significant, increasing 82.6% over the prior year, while disciplined underwriting in Canada contributed to an industry-leading 65.3% combined ratio. Our US business sustained its trajectory of growth, binding a new record $224.7 million of gross premiums, and generating $6.4 million in net income. Reinsurance contributed to earnings through appropriate asset liability matching. Our balance sheet is well-funded to support future growth, with flexibility afforded by our 8.0% debt-to-capital ratio and a newly achieved investment grade rating.” Highlights EPS of $1.84 in Q1 2021 compared to $0.94 in Q1 2020.Book value per share of $30.04, an increase of 6.4% from December 31, 2020, driven by strong earnings.Gross and net written premiums growth of 82.6% and 86.4% in Q1 2021 was supported by continued momentum in US fronting and growth in Canada.Quarterly net income of $19.3 million grew 130.8% compared to prior year, driven by strong growth and underwriting in Canada, growing profitability in the US, improved asset liability matching in our Reinsurance business and investment gains.ROE of 16.1% compared to 6.8% in Q1 2020, meeting our mid-teens target despite dilution from our equity raise in May 2020, and achieved in the context of significant growth.GPW in Canada increased by 73.7% in Q1 2021. Strong underwriting performance across all lines contributing to a 65.3% combined ratio and a 27.4% ROE.US premium and fee income growth, which reached $224.7 million and $9.5 million in the quarter, contributed to improved net income of $6.4 million and a 13.2% ROE despite an increase in the capital base. Amounts in C$ millionsQ1 2021Q1 2020VarianceGross premiums written 310.3 170.0 82.6%Net income19.3 8.4 130.8%EPS - diluted, $1.84 0.94 95.7%Adjusted EPS - diluted, $1.62 0.86 88.4%Book value per share, $30.04 21.23 41.5%Debt-to-Capital ratio8.0% 15.3% (7.3pts)ROE16.1% 6.8% 9.3ptsAdjusted ROE15.8% 11.9% 3.9ptsCombined ratio - Canada65.3% 82.0% (16.7pts)Fronting operational ratio - US67.2% 69.3% (2.1pts) COVID-19 Trisura staff continue to work effectively from home. We have introduced safety measures in physical offices and began a gradual return to work in jurisdictions where it is safe.Despite resilience in the quarter, a recent third wave globally and the potential for a weaker than anticipated economic recovery may threaten momentum.Premium generation and claims activity may be impacted depending on the length and depth of the pandemic-related economic slowdown, as well as the effectiveness of government support programs and vaccines in driving a sustained re-opening. Depending on these factors, premium growth could slow and claims activity could increase. Insurance Operations Disciplined underwriting in Canada contributed to a loss ratio of 13.3% for the quarter. The lower loss ratio as well as a lower expense ratio in the quarter resulted in a combined ratio of 65.3%, in the context of 73.7% growth in premiums.GPW in the US of $224.7 million in Q1 2021 compared to $120.7 million in Q1 2020, and fee income of $9.5 million in Q1 2021 compared to $4.1 million in Q1 2020. Improved asset-liability matching in our Reinsurance business limited volatility through the quarter. Capital The minimum capital test (“MCT”) ratio of our Canadian operations was 254% as at March 31, 2021 (249% as at December 31, 2020), which comfortably exceeded regulatory requirements of 150%.Capital in our US operations of $126.6 million USD at March 31, 2021 ($122.6 million USD at December 31, 2020) was in excess of the various Company Action Levels of the states in which Trisura Specialty is licensed. Consolidated debt-to-capital ratio of 8.0% as at March 31, 2021 is below our long-term target of 20.0%. Investments Investment loss was $5.3 million in Q1 2021, driven by the impact of movements in European interest rates on the long duration assets supporting certain reserves in our Reinsurance business. Importantly, these investment losses are offset by reductions in reserves in the Reinsurance business. In Canada and the US, interest and dividend income rose 2.3% versus the prior year. The US portfolio benefited from improved diversification after rebalancing through COVID-related volatility, and increased capital following the equity raise in May 2020.Net gains were greater in Q1 2021 as a result of gains in our share-based compensation hedging program and favourable foreign exchange movements. Corporate Development Trisura continues to grow its admitted licenses, with 48 state admitted licenses today and the intention of securing admitted licenses in all 50 states. In the quarter Trisura bound $7.6 million in admitted premiums; we expect the admitted business to be a more significant opportunity for growth in the second half of 2021.In March 2021, DBRS Morningstar assigned Trisura Canada and Trisura US a Financial Strength Rating of A (low), and Trisura Group Ltd. an Issuer Rating of BBB. Financial Statement Presentation – Update In Q4 2020 we adjusted the presentation of our consolidated income statement to reflect a more representative view of our business, removing net underwriting income, which in the context of a business with life reserves on the Balance sheet, diluted the utility of the measure. Adjusted EPS and adjusted ROE were also introduced in Q4 2020, to adjust for non-recurring items and better reflect earnings for our core operations, providing a more representative depiction of the run-rate operations of the business. Earnings Conference Call Trisura will host its inaugural Earnings Conference Call to review financial results at 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday May 6th, 2021. To listen to the call via live audio webcast, please follow the link below:https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/bshtsh2a A replay of the call will be available through the link above. About Trisura Group Trisura Group Ltd. is an international specialty insurance provider operating in the surety, risk solutions, corporate insurance, fronting and reinsurance segments of the market. Trisura has three principal regulated subsidiaries: Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company in Canada, Trisura Specialty Insurance Company in the US and Trisura International Insurance Ltd. in Barbados. Trisura Group Ltd. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “TSU”. Further information is available at http://www.trisura.com/group. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information. Details regarding the operations of Trisura Group Ltd. are also set forth in regulatory filings. A copy of the filings may be obtained on Trisura Group’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. For more information, please contact: Name: Bryan SinclairTel: 416 607 2135 Email: email@example.com Trisura Group Ltd.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial PositionAs at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted) As atMarch 31, 2021December 31, 2020Cash and cash equivalents129,649136,519Investments524,393503,684Premiums and accounts receivable, and other assets211,078178,883Recoverable from reinsurers784,381676,972Deferred acquisition costs215,880188,190Capital assets and intangible assets14,35613,907Deferred tax assets6,7698,577Total assets1,886,6861,706,732Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities49,69757,343Reinsurance premiums payable180,858151,707Unearned premiums668,417592,711Unearned reinsurance commissions106,675100,281Unpaid claims and loss adjustment expenses545,307487,271Loan payable26,97027,555Total liabilities1,577,9241,416,868Shareholders' equity308,762289,864Total liabilities and shareholders' equity1,886,6861,706,732 Trisura Group Ltd.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)For the three months ended March 31(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted) Q1 2021Q1 2020Gross premiums written310,274 169,952 Net premiums written77,365 41,500 Net premiums earned52,624 30,567 Fee income13,784 7,541 Net investment (loss) income(5,317)8,534 Net gains (losses)3,834 (2,054)Total revenues64,925 44,588 Net claims and loss adjustment expenses(4,107)(14,186)Net commissions(18,559)(11,233)Operating expenses(17,014)(12,085)Interest expense(187)(400)Total claims and expenses(39,867)(37,904)Income before income taxes25,058 6,684 Income tax (expense) benefit(5,740)1,687 Net income19,318 8,371 Other comprehensive income (loss)762 (11,370)Comprehensive income (loss) 20,080 (2,999) Trisura Group Ltd.Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsFor the three months ended March 31(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except as otherwise noted) Q1 2021Q1 2020Net income from operating activities19,318 8,371 Non-cash items10,681 (1,813)Stock options granted261 152 Change in working capital2,453 (539)Realized gains on investments(870)(2,821)Income taxes paid(1,191)(3,279)Interest paid(250)(436)Net cash from (used in) operating activities 30,402 (365)Proceeds on disposal of investments36,844 27,062 Purchases of investments(69,935)(33,769)Net purchases of capital and intangible assets(856)(371)Net cash used in investing activities(33,947)(7,078)Shares issued257 - Shares purchased under the restricted share units plan(1,814)- Loans received26,970 32,700 Repayment of loan payable(27,555)(29,700)Lease payments(334)(480)Net cash (used in) from financing activities(2,476)2,520 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(6,021)(4,923)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period136,519 85,905 Currency translation(849)3,370 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period129,649 84,352 Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information Note: This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of Canadian provincial securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities regulations. 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