AmTrust Strengthens Senior Management Team with Appointment of Ariel Gorelik as SVP and Chief Information Officer

By: Jeff Hatch

August 23, 2017

AmTrust Strengthens Senior Management Team with Appointment of Ariel Gorelik as SVP and Chief Information Officer

AmTrust veteran Christopher Longo continues as Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust today announced that Ariel Gorelik, an experienced  global insurance industry executive and most recently Chief Operating Officer of AmTrust's AMT Warranty division, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Barry Zyskind. Mr. Gorelik succeeds Christopher Longo who continues as EVP and Chief Operating Officer, appointed in 2016, who has guided technology development at AmTrust as the Company's CIO since 2006.

Mr. Gorelik will lead AmTrust's global IT organization, with a focus on operational excellence across the IT function. He is responsible for ensuring that AmTrust will continue to lead through technology innovation and capitalizing on technology solutions to help enable AmTrust to fulfill its business goals. Mr. Gorelik's extensive operational leadership experience in the insurance sector includes expertise in centralization of operations and transformation of service delivery to improve customer satisfaction.

Mr. Gorelik joined AmTrust in 2014 as Senior Vice President AmTrust operations, and in January 2016 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of AMT Warranty, one of the Company's operating subsidiaries in the U.S. Prior to joining AmTrust, from 2013 to 2014, Mr. Gorelik was a managing consultant of the ICON division for Zurich North America, a property and casualty insurer. From 2010 to 2013, he served as deputy chief operating officer at SK Allianz/Allianz Group, a German property and casualty insurer. He was responsible for the procurement, real estate management, and transportation departments, as well as for areas of IT relating to Allianz's core insurance system. He also led the organization's full automation of the policy life cycle. Prior to his role as deputy COO, Mr. Gorelik served as head of Allianz Eurasia's business services, where he established a shared service center with a number of back and middle office functions, including claims handling, P&C policy administration, payments, and call center.

"AmTrust has always led with technology and innovation, which have been a competitive differentiator for us," said Barry Zyskind, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Under Ariel Gorelik's leadership as Chief Information Officer, we will continue to harness the power of our technology platforms and digital capabilities. Similarly, we now can maximize Chris Longo's management focus as AmTrust's Chief Operating Officer to enable us to undertake the initiatives and processes to optimize results across our business units and product and service offerings."

Mr. Zyskind continued, "With more than 400 knowledge developers within our IT staff of 1,000 men and women supported by in-house underwriting, actuarial and claims processing experience, innovation is in our DNA. Chris has been instrumental in developing our technology platforms and building our IT organization into the powerhouse it is today. He led the development of a single proprietary platform that allows us to continually improve the experience of our agents and our customers. It also allows us to develop new products and integrate emerging technologies quickly. With our IT function well established, Ariel, as Chief Information Officer, can move us further forward, utilizing his abilities to increase efficiencies across broad organizations and platforms, while enhancing the experience of our brokers, agents, and policyholders."

Filed Under: Ariel, Financial, Gorelik

AmTrust Reports Second Quarter 2017 Net Income And Confidence In Long-Term Financial Strength

By: Jeff Hatch

August 09, 2017

AmTrust today announced second quarter 2017 net income attributable to common stockholders of $5.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $127.2 million, or $0.73 per diluted share in the second quarter 2016. For the second quarter 2017, operating earnings were $72.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to $135.3 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2016.

Net income and operating earnings in the current quarter were impacted by catastrophe losses of $16.1 million after-tax, or $0.09 per diluted share, ($24.8 million pre-tax).

"We took transformative steps in the second quarter, executing on a number of strategic initiatives to increase certainty and confidence in AmTrust's long-term financial strength, and appointing a new CFO," said Barry Zyskind, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AmTrust. "In particular, we enhanced our balance sheet and capital base through a $300 million equity investment by members of the Karfunkel family to further support our insurance business and organic growth opportunities. Our sale of approximately 86% of our equity position in National General simplifies our balance sheet and reduces concentration in our investment portfolio composition. The reinsurance agreement we entered provides up to $400 million of coverage for adverse net loss reserve development, in excess of our stated net loss reserves as of March 31, 2017, to insulate AmTrust from future reserve volatility. We undertook these actions with a long-term view for the Company and our shareholders, to demonstrate strength and stability to all of our partners, brokers, agents, and insureds, and to enhance our earnings consistency."

Mr. Zyskind continued, "Our second quarter financial results reflect disciplined sales execution and high policy retention levels with gross written premium of $2.2 billion, up 6.1%. We are focused on maintaining underwriting and pricing rigor in our target markets, and are taking a conservative stance toward our book of business in order to support future profitability and balance sheet strength."

Second Quarter 2017 Results

Total revenue was $1.6 billion, an increase of $0.2 billion, or 18.2%, from $1.4 billion in the second quarter 2016. Gross written premium was $2.2 billion, an increase of $0.1 billion, or 6.1%, from $2.1 billion in the second quarter 2016. Net written premium was $1.4 billion, an increase of $0.1 billion, or 8.2%, compared to $1.3 billion in the second quarter 2016. Net earned premium was $1.4 billion, an increase of $0.2 billion, or 16.8%, from $1.2 billion in the second quarter 2016. The combined ratio was 101.2%, compared to 91.3% in second quarter 2016, and the adjusted combined ratio was 95.9%, after giving effect to the adverse development cover.

Year-to-Date 2017 Results

Total revenue was $3.1 billion, an increase of $0.4 billion, or 16.0%, from $2.6 billion YTD 2016. Gross written premium was $4.5 billion, an increase of $459.8 million, or 11.5%, from $4.0 billion YTD 2016. Net written premium was $2.7 billion, an increase of $0.2 billion, or 9.1%, compared to $2.5 billion YTD 2016. Net earned premium was $2.6 billion, an increase of $347.2 million, or 15.4%, from $2.3 billion YTD 2016. The combined ratio was 98.6% compared to 91.6% YTD 2016. The adjusted combined ratio was 95.8% compared to 91.6% YTD 2016.

A summary of Q2 results is listed below along with a link to the earnings release. 

Financial Highlights

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

Second quarter gross written premium of $2.2 billion and net earned premium of $1.4 billion, up 6.1% and 16.8%, respectively, from the second quarter 2016

Second quarter service and fee income of $168.4 million, up 35.5% from the second quarter of 2016

Second quarter net income attributable to common stockholders of $5.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $127.2 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2016

Second quarter operating earnings of $72.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to $135.3 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2016

Second quarter gain of $68.4 million on sale of 10.6 million shares of National General stock

Second quarter loss ratio of 74.2% compared with 66.4% in the second quarter of 2016

Second quarter loss ratio of 68.9% after giving effect to the adverse development cover

Second quarter combined ratio of 101.2% compared with 91.3% in the second quarter 2016

Adjusted combined ratio of 95.9%, after giving effect to the adverse development cover, versus 91.3% in the second quarter 2016

Second quarter annualized return on common equity and annualized operating return on common equity of 0.9% and 11.4%, respectively

Board of Directors approves payment of quarterly dividend on common stock of $0.17

Filed Under: 2017, earnings, financial, Q2, share, Warrantech