AmTrust Announces Continued Growth of Operated Earnings For The Fourth Quarter 2015

By: Jeff Hatch

February 10, 2016

AmTrust today announced continued growth of operating earnings and strong operating return on equity for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, operating earnings were $123.9 million, or $0.72 per diluted share compared to $118.5 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 net income attributable to common stockholders was $63.9 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to $71.6 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2014. Annualized return on common equity was 11.2% for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 16.7% for the fourth quarter of 2014. For 2015, operating earnings were $526.7 million, or $3.13 per diluted share, an increase of 15%, compared to $458.4 million, or $2.87 per diluted share, in 2014. During 2015, net income attributable to common stockholders grew to $472.0 million, or $2.80 per diluted share, an increase of 9% from $434.3 million, or $2.72 per diluted share, in 2014. Operating return on common equity for 2015 was 25.3% compared to 29.9% from 2014. Return on common equity for 2015 was 22.7% compared to 28.4% for 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

Total revenue was $1.21 billion, an increase of $0.16 billion, or 16%, from $1.05 billion in the fourth quarter 2014. Gross written premium was $1.61 billion, an increase of $0.15 billion, or 10%, from $1.46 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 gross written premium was negatively impacted by $49.3 million due to declines in European currencies compared to a $12.0 million negative impact to gross written premium in the fourth quarter 2014. Net written premium was $1.07 billion, an increase of $166.7 million, or 19%, compared to $898.5 million in the fourth quarter 2014. Net earned premium was $1.06 billion, an increase of $149.8 million, or 16%, from $908.2 million in the fourth quarter 2014. The combined ratio was 91.9% compared to 90.8% in fourth quarter 2014.

A summary of Q4 results is listed below along with a link to the earnings release. 

Financial Highlights

Fourth Quarter 2015

Gross written premium of $1.61 billion, up 10% (14% excluding the impact of European currency fluctuations) compared to $1.46 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014
Net earned premium of $1.06 billion, up 16% from $908.2 million in the fourth quarter 2014
Operating diluted EPS of $0.72 compared to $0.73 in the fourth quarter 2014
Diluted EPS of $0.37 compared with $0.44 in the fourth quarter 2014
Annualized operating return on common equity of 21.7% and annualized return on common equity of 11.2%
Service and fee income of $131.4 million, up 29% from $101.7 million in the fourth quarter 2014
Operating earnings of $123.9 million compared to $118.5 million in the fourth quarter 2014
Net income attributable to common stockholders of $63.9 million compared to $71.6 million in the fourth quarter 2014
Combined ratio of 91.9% compared to 90.8% in the fourth quarter 2014
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding of 172.0 million, up 6% compared to 162.1 million in the fourth quarter 2014

Full Year 2015

Gross written premium of $6.80 billion, up 12% (14% excluding the impact of European currency fluctuations) compared to $6.09 billion in 2014
Net earned premium of $4.02 billion, up 14% from $3.53 billion in 2014
Operating diluted EPS of $3.13 compared to $2.87 in 2014
Diluted EPS of $2.80 compared with $2.72 in 2014
Operating return on common equity of 25.3% and return on common equity of 22.7% 
Service and fee income of $478.2 million, up 17% from $409.7 million in 2014
Operating earnings of $526.7 million, up 15% compared to $458.4 million in 2014 
Net income attributable to common stockholders of $472.0 million compared to $434.3 million in 2014
Combined ratio of 91.0% compared to 90.7% in 2014
Book value per common share of $13.81, up 24% from $11.17 at December 31, 2014
AmTrust's stockholders’ equity was $2.91 billion as of December 31, 2015, up 43% compared to $2.04 billion as of December 31, 2014
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding of 168.4 million, up 6% compared to 159.0 million in 2014

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