Kingsway Announces First Quarter 2015 Results

TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - (TSX: KFS, NYSE: KFS) Kingsway Financial Services Inc. ("Kingsway" or the "Company") today announced its operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.  All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Management Comments

"Last year put us on a path to start realizing the benefits from actions taken by us during the past several years," stated Larry G. Swets, Jr., the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The buy-back of the Management Services Agreement from 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a good example of the type of outcome we look to achieve with our value-building philosophy."

Operating Results

The Company reported net income of $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to net loss of $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Following are highlights of Kingsway's first quarter of 2015:

  • Insurance Underwriting segment operating income was $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $0.3 million for the first quarter of 2014.

  • Insurance Services segment operating loss was $0.2 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $0.2 million for the first quarter of 2014.

  • Net investment income of $1.3 million was reported in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Net income not allocated to any segment was $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to net loss of $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes, was $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Adjusted operating income was $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Book value has increased to $2.29 per share at March 31, 2015 from $2.12 per share at December 31, 2014. The Company also carries a valuation allowance, in the amount of $14.54 per share at March 31, 2015, against the deferred tax asset, primarily related to its loss carryforwards.

The following events have occurred since December 31, 2014:

  • The Company terminated the Management Services Agreement that had been in place with its former subsidiary, 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. As a result of the termination, the Company recorded a gain of $6.0 million during the first quarter of 2015, which is included in net income not allocated to any segment.

  • On April 1, 2015, the Company closed on the sale of its subsidiary, Assigned Risk Solutions Ltd. ("ARS"). As a result, ARS, previously disclosed as part of the Insurance Services segment, has been classified as a discontinued operation at March 31, 2015. The Company will record the gain on disposal of ARS during the second quarter of 2015.

  • On April 30, 2015, the Company distributed its Annual Letter to Shareholders. For a current review of the Company and a discussion of our plan to create and sustain long-term shareholder value, we invite you to review our Annual Letter to Shareholders, which may be accessed at the Company's website or directly at http://bit.ly/kfs2014.

About the Company

Kingsway is a holding company functioning as a merchant bank with a focus on long-term value-creation.  The Company owns or controls stakes in several insurance industry assets and utilizes its subsidiaries, 1347 Advisors LLC and 1347 Capital LLC, to pursue opportunities acting as an advisor, an investor and a financier. The common shares of Kingsway are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "KFS."

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)








Three months ended March 31,





2015




2014

Revenues:










Net premiums earned



$

29,030



$

31,920


Service fee and commission income




5,398




6,065


Net investment income




1,313




413


Net realized gains







39


Other-than-temporary impairment loss




(10)





Other income




7,965




2,058

Total revenues




43,696




40,495

Expenses:










Loss and loss adjustment expenses




21,953




21,061


Commissions and premium taxes




5,747




6,553


Cost of services sold




663




856


General and administrative expenses




11,561




11,904


Restructuring expense




15




20


Interest expense




1,391




1,433


Amortization of intangible assets




317




414


Contingent consideration expense




144




267

Total expenses




41,791




42,508

Income (loss) from continuing operations before gain on change in fair value of debt, loss
on disposal of subsidiary, equity in net loss of investee and income tax expense




1,905




(2,013)

Gain on change in fair value of debt




261




563

Loss on disposal of subsidiary







(1,242)

Equity in net loss of investee




(136)




Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax expense




2,030




(2,692)

Income tax expense




22




60

Income (loss) from continuing operations




2,008




(2,752)

Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes




1,426




1,746

Net income (loss)




3,434




(1,006)


Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries




1,224




653


Less: dividends on preferred stock




81




53


Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders



$

2,129



$

(1,712)

Earnings (loss) per share - continuing operations:










Basic:



$

0.04



$

(0.21)


Diluted:



$

0.03



$

(0.21)

Earnings per share - discontinued operations:










Basic:



$

0.07



$

0.11


Diluted:



$

0.07



$

0.11

Earnings (loss) per share – net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders:










Basic:



$

0.11



$

(0.10)


Diluted:



$

0.10



$

(0.10)

Weighted average shares outstanding (in '000s):










Basic:




19,710




16,430


Diluted:




21,149




16,430

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)













March 31, 2015



December 31, 2014





(unaudited)




Assets








Investments:









Fixed maturities, at fair value (amortized cost of $58,432 and $56,000, respectively)


$


58,812


$

56,195


Equity investments, at fair value (cost of $21,968 and $16,579, respectively)




24,635



19,618


Limited liability investments




11,098



7,294


Other investments, at cost which approximates fair value




3,551



3,576


Short-term investments, at cost which approximates fair value




400



400

Total investments




98,496



87,083

Cash and cash equivalents




63,566



71,234

Investment in investee




1,975



2,115

Accrued investment income




805



141

Premiums receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $260 and $1,889, respectively




33,971



28,885

Service fee receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $247 and $247, respectively




734



964

Other receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $806 and $806, respectively




5,214



5,145

Reinsurance recoverable




3,247



3,652

Prepaid reinsurance premiums




134



8

Deferred acquisition costs, net




13,203



12,197

Income taxes recoverable




54



74

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $12,099 and $15,751, respectively




5,851



5,975

Goodwill




10,078



10,078

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $5,082 and $4,765, respectively




15,663



15,980

Other assets




3,341



3,638

Assets held for sale




54,200



54,553

Total Assets


$


310,532


$

301,722

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
















Liabilities:








Unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses:









Property and casualty


$


59,522


$

63,895


Vehicle service agreements




2,975



2,975

Total unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses




62,497



66,870

Unearned premiums




42,565



36,432

Reinsurance payable




785



525

LROC preferred units, at fair value




12,473



13,618

Subordinated debt, at fair value




41,543



40,659

Deferred income tax liability




2,859



2,837

Deferred service fees




34,452



35,096

Accrued expenses and other liabilities




41,255



35,836

Liabilities held for sale




20,537



21,653

Total Liabilities




258,966



253,526









Class A preferred stock, no par value; unlimited number authorized; 262,876 and 262,876 issued
and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively




6,360



6,330









Shareholders' Equity:








Common stock, no par value; unlimited number authorized; 19,709,706 and 19,709,706 issued
and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively






Additional paid-in capital




341,045



340,844

Accumulated deficit




(309,923)



(312,050)

Accumulated other comprehensive income




8,755



8,670

Shareholders' equity attributable to common shareholders




39,877



37,464

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries




5,329



4,402

Total Shareholders' Equity




45,206



41,866

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$


310,532


$

301,722

Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income represents one measure of the pretax profitability of Kingsway's segments and is derived by subtracting direct segment expenses from direct segment revenues.  Please refer to the section entitled "Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures" in the Management's Discussion and Analysis section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 for a detailed description of this non-U.S. GAAP measure.

Adjusted Operating Income

Adjusted operating income represents another measure used by the Company to assess the profitability of the Company's segments, its passive investment portfolio and its merchant banking activities.  Adjusted operating income is comprised of segment operating income as well as net investment income, net realized gains, other-than-temporary impairment loss, equity in net loss of investee and net revenues of 1347 Advisors.  A reconciliation of segment operating income and adjusted operating income to net income (loss) for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 is presented below:





(in thousands)


Three months ended March 31,




2015




2014


Segment operating income


$

136



$

119


Net investment income



1,313




413


Net realized gains






39


Other-than-temporary impairment loss



(10)





Equity in net loss of investee



(136)





Revenues of 1347 Advisors, net of related outside professional and advisory expenses



6,012





Adjusted operating income



7,315




571


Corporate operating expenses and other



(3,694)




(2,807)


Interest expense



(1,391)




(1,433)


Amortization of intangible assets



(317)




(414)


Contingent consideration expense



(144)




(267)


Gain on change in fair value of debt



261




563


Loss on disposal of subsidiary






(1,242)


Income from disposed subsidiary






2,337


Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax expense



2,030




(2,692)


Income tax expense



22




60


Income (loss) from continuing operations



2,008




(2,752)


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes



1,426




1,746


Net income (loss)


$

3,434



$

(1,006)











(1)

Corporate operating expenses and other includes corporate operating expenses, foreign exchange gains (losses), stock-based compensation expense and non-cash expenses related to the consolidation of Kingsway Linked Return of Capital Trust.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are not historical facts, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected and projected. Words such as "expects", "believes", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "seeks" and variations and similar words and expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance, but reflect Kingsway management's current beliefs, based on information currently available. A number of factors could cause actual events, performance or results to differ materially from the events, performance and results discussed in the forward-looking statements.  For information identifying important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward looking statements, please refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Except as expressly required by applicable securities law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Additional Information

Additional information about Kingsway, including a copy of its 2014 Annual Report and filings on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, can be accessed on the Canadian Securities Administrators' website at www.sedar.com, on the EDGAR section of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov or through the Company's website at www.kingsway-financial.com

SOURCE Kingsway Financial Services Inc.

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