Kingsway Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

TORONTO, April 26, 2017 /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, 2017.  All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Management Comments
Larry G. Swets, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Adjusted operating income of $4.1 million during the first quarter reflected progress in a number of our segments and investments.  We recorded $2.4 million from our equity pickup in the results of Itasca Capital Ltd. ("ICL"), reflecting the increase in value of ICL's indirect investment in Limbach Holdings, Inc.  The improved results in our Leased Real Estate segment are based in part on a $25 million lease amendment negotiated between CMC and its tenant, BNSF, under which we will record increases in rental income each period for the remainder of the lease, beginning with the first quarter of 2017.  Our Insurance Services segment recorded positive operating earnings for the third consecutive quarter.  And, our Insurance Underwriting segment has made progress on the implementation of several initiatives under its new management team.  Its first quarter results reflect $0.4 million of non-recurring severance expense related to its restructuring."

Operating Results
The Company reported net loss attributable to common shareholders of $1.7 million (including a non-cash loss of $1.9 million attributable to change in fair value of debt), or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to net loss attributable to common shareholders of $1.5 million (including a non-cash gain of $2.5 million attributable to change in fair value of debt), or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016. 

Following are highlights of Kingsway's first quarter 2017 results.  Operating loss reflects the Company's core operating activities, including its reportable segments, passive investment portfolio, merchant banking activities and corporate operating expenses. 

  • Operating loss was $0.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.
    • Insurance Underwriting segment operating loss was $0.7 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $0.2 million for the first quarter of 2016.
    • Insurance Services segment operating income was $0.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to segment operating loss of $0.2 million for the first quarter of 2016.
    • Operating income attributable to the Leased Real Estate segment was $0.9 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to zero for the first quarter of 2016.
    • Net investment income of $0.7 million was reported for the first quarter of 2017 compared to net investment loss of $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2016.
    • Net realized gains of $0.4 million were reported for the first quarter of 2017 compared to net realized losses of $0.2 million for the first quarter of 2016.
    • Other operating income and expense was a net expense of $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $2.1 million for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted operating income was $4.1 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to adjusted operating loss of $0.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.
  • Book value decreased to $2.55 per share at March 31, 2017 from $2.65 per share at December 31, 2016. The Company also carries a valuation allowance, in the amount of $12.92 per share at March 31, 2017, against the deferred tax asset, primarily related to its loss carryforwards.

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,


2017

2016

Revenues:





Net premiums earned

$

32,922

$

29,427



Service fee and commission income

6,562

5,322



Rental income

3,341



Net investment income (loss)

703

(72)



Net realized gains (losses)

398

(171)



Other income

2,815

2,374

Total revenues

46,741

36,880

Operating expenses:





Loss and loss adjustment expenses

26,410

23,497



Commissions and premium taxes

6,278

5,598



Cost of services sold

1,304

773



General and administrative expenses

11,272

9,551



Leased real estate segment interest expense

1,574



Amortization of intangible assets

291

295



Impairment of intangible assets

250

Total operating expenses

47,379

39,714

Operating loss

(638)

(2,834)

Other expenses (revenues), net:





Interest expense not allocated to segements

1,159

1,093



Foreign exchange losses, net

4

1



Loss (gain) on change in fair value of debt

1,889

(2,528)



Equity in net (income) loss of investees

(2,385)

69

Total other expenses (revenues), net

667

(1,365)

Loss before income tax expense

(1,305)

(1,469)

Income tax expense

179

26

Net loss

(1,484)

(1,495)



Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries

105

(39)



Less: dividends on preferred stock

121

82



Net loss attributable to common shareholders

$

(1,710)

$

(1,538)

Loss per share – net loss attributable to common shareholders:




Basic:

$

(0.08)

$

(0.08)


 Diluted:

$

(0.08)

$

(0.08)

Weighted average shares outstanding (in '000s):




Basic:

21,458

19,710


Diluted:

21,458

19,710





 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share data)







March 31, 2017


December 31, 2016



(unaudited)



Assets





Investments:






Fixed maturities, at fair value (amortized cost of $58,936 and $62,136, respectively)

$

58,640


$

61,764


Equity investments, at fair value (cost of $17,430 and $19,099, respectively)

21,045


23,230


Limited liability investments

23,424


22,974


Limited liability investment, at fair value

10,333



10,700


Other investments, at cost which approximates fair value

7,349



7,975


Short-term investments, at cost which approximates fair value

151



401

Total investments


120,942


127,044

Cash and cash equivalents


33,687


36,475

Investment in investee


5,501


3,116

Accrued investment income


728


790

Premiums receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $115 and $115, respectively


33,561


31,564

Service fee receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $279 and $274, respectively


1,559


1,320

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


7,014


4,692

Reinsurance recoverable


679


784

Deferred acquisition costs, net


14,113


13,609

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $11,752 and $10,603, respectively


115,855


116,961

Goodwill


71,061


71,061

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $7,472 and $7,181, respectively


88,477


89,017

Other assets


4,530


4,588

Total Assets

$

497,707


$

501,021

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity





Liabilities:





Unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses:






Property and casualty

$

48,201


$

53,795


Vehicle service agreements

2,773



2,915

Total unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses


50,974


56,710

Unearned premiums


44,041


40,176

Reinsurance payable


100


100

Note payable


189,213


190,074

Subordinated debt, at fair value


45,508


43,619

Deferred income tax liability


48,668


48,720

Deferred service fees


35,952


35,822

Income taxes payable


2,283


2,051

Accrued expenses and other liabilities


19,781


20,487

Total Liabilities


436,520


437,759






Class A preferred stock, no par value; unlimited number authorized; 262,876 and 262,876 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively; redemption amount of $6,572


6,436


6,427






Shareholders' Equity:





Common stock, no par value; unlimited number authorized; 21,458,190 and 21,458,190 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively



Additional paid-in capital


354,127


353,882

Accumulated deficit


(299,432)


(297,668)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(879)


(208)

Shareholders' equity attributable to common shareholders


53,816


56,006

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries


935


829

Total Shareholders' Equity


54,751


56,835

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

497,707


$

501,021

 

Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures

Segment Operating Income (Loss)

Segment operating income (loss) 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, 2016 for a detailed description of this non-U.S. GAAP measure.

Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)

Adjusted operating income (loss) 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 (loss) is comprised of segment operating income (loss) as well as net investment income (loss), net realized gains (losses), equity in net income (loss) of investees and net revenues of 1347 Advisors.  A reconciliation of segment operating income (loss) and adjusted operating income (loss) to net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 is presented below:



(in thousands)

Three months ended March 31,


2017

2016

Segment operating income (loss)

$

762

$

(395)

Net investment income (loss)

703

(72)

Net realized gains (losses)

398

(171)

Equity in net income (loss) of investees

2,385

(69)

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

(162)

(64)

Adjusted operating income (loss)

4,086

(771)

Equity in net (income) loss of investees

(2,385)

69

Corporate operating expenses and other (1)

(1,798)

(1,837)

Amortization of intangible assets

(291)

(295)

Impairment of intangible assets

(250)

Operating loss

(638)

(2,834)

Equity in net income (loss) of investees

2,385

(69)

Interest expense not allocated to segments

(1,159)

(1,093)

Foreign exchange losses, net

(4)

(1)

(Loss) gain on change in fair value of debt

(1,889)

2,528

Loss before income tax expense

(1,305)

(1,469)

Income tax expense

(179)

(26)

Net loss

$

(1,484)

$

(1,495)






(1)

Corporate operating expenses and other includes corporate operating expenses and stock-based compensation expense.

 

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 2016 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 2016 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

For a current review of the Company and a discussion of its plan to create and sustain long-term shareholder value, management invites you to review its Annual Letter to Shareholders, which may be accessed at the Company's website or directly at http://bit.ly/kfs2015.

SOURCE Kingsway Financial Services Inc.

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