The Westaim Corporation Reports 2010 Second Quarter Results

TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - The Westaim Corporation ("Westaim") today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. Net income of $5.3 million, or $0.01 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2010, compared to a net loss of $1.3 million or $0.01 loss per share for the three months ended June 30, 2009. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, Westaim recorded net income of $29.5 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million or $0.04 loss per share for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Net income for the first six months of 2010 includes a gain on the purchase of JEVCO Insurance Company ("Jevco") of $24.9 million, $23.7 million of which was recorded in the first quarter ended March 31, 2010. As of June 30, 2010, Westaim's Consolidated Shareholders' Equity increased to $353.2 million or $0.55 per share compared to $49.4 million (excluding non-controlling interest) or $0.52 per share at December 31, 2009.

Westaim's acquisition of Jevco closed on March 29, 2010. As a result, Westaim began consolidating the results of Jevco beginning in the second quarter of 2010. Jevco is a Canadian open market specialty insurer offering products through two divisions. The Personal Lines Division provides insurance in the non-standard automobile, standard automobile, motorcycle and recreational vehicles product lines. The Commercial Lines Division offers property and liability, niche commercial automobile and surety product lines.

In the second quarter, direct premiums written were $117.7 million and net premiums written were $111.8 million. Net premiums earned for the second quarter of 2010 were $78.6 million producing a Combined Ratio of 96.2%.

Total assets for Westaim at June 30, 2010 were $1.3 billion, compared to $72.6 million as of December 31, 2009. The increase represents the acquisition of Jevco and the $275 million equity financing, both completed in the first quarter of 2010. At June 30, 2010, the Company's investment portfolio of $1,020.1 million was invested predominantly in corporate and government bonds which produced net investment income and realized gains and losses of $7.1 million and net unrealized investment gains of $8.6 million for the second quarter.

"Westaim is pleased to have completed the Jevco transaction and in our first quarter of operations, the assets, insurance lines and run-off business performed overall as expected," said Cameron MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Westaim. "Similar to other companies in the industry, Jevco has experienced an acceleration of claims costs related to its Ontario automobile product line, particularly in the second quarter. We believe that several actions taken by management, along with the provincial legislative changes effective September 1, 2010 should improve our Personal Lines operating results as we move through 2010 and into 2011., For over thirty years Jevco has been a successful niche writer of specialty insurance products in Canada. We are excited about the potential of the business, and with the financial strength of Westaim we believe we are well positioned to execute our business plan."

Jevco completed the second quarter with an MCT ratio of 291% and a B++ credit rating from AM Best.

Westaim is a financial holding company which is focused on the property and casualty insurance industry. Westaim's common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol WED.

Certain portions of this press release as well as other public statements by Westaim, contain forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements concerning the transaction described herein; JEVCO's business and the industry in which it operates; investment strategies and expected rates of return; and strategic alternatives to maximize value for shareholder. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and Westaim can give no assurance that these expectations are correct. Westaim's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by forward-looking statements for various reasons generally beyond our control, including but not limited to: (i) changes in market conditions or deterioration in underlying investments; (ii) general economic, market, financing, regulatory and industry developments and conditions; (iii) the risks relating to JEVCO's business; and (iv) other risk factors set forth in Westaim's Annual Report or Annual Information Form. Westaim disclaims any intention or obligation to revise forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise except as required by law. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

    
    THE WESTAIM CORPORATION
    Financial Highlights
    (unaudited)
    (thousands of Canadian dollars except per share data)

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                             Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                                   June 30                   June 30
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                                 2010         2009         2010         2009
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    Direct written
     premiums             $   117,666  $         -  $   117,666  $         -
    Net premiums written      111,757            -      111,757            -

    Net premiums earned   $    78,554  $         -  $    78,554  $         -
    Underwriting expenses     (75,588)           -      (75,588)           -
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    Underwriting income         2,966            -        2,966            -
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    Net investment income
     and net gain on sale
     of securities              7,139          206       11,134          255
    Corporate costs and
     other                     (1,683)        (532)      (2,259)      (1,351)
    Stock-based
     compensation expense      (1,115)        (188)      (2,069)        (378)
    Gain on acquisition         1,147            -       24,867            -
    Costs of business
     acquisition                 (192)           -       (1,634)           -
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    Income (loss) from
     continuing operations      8,262         (514)      33,005       (1,474)
    Income taxes               (2,810)           -       (2,810)           -
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    Income (loss) from
     continuing operations      5,452         (514)      30,195       (1,474)
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of
     income taxes                (188)        (774)        (712)      (2,495)
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    Net income (loss)     $     5,264  $    (1,288) $    29,483  $    (3,969)
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    Loss ratio                  70.4%
    Expense ratio               25.8%
    Combined ratio              96.2%

    Earnings (loss) per
     common share
      Continuing
       operations
       - basic and diluted $     0.01  $     (0.01) $      0.08  $     (0.02)

      Net income (loss)
       - basic and diluted $     0.01  $     (0.01) $      0.08  $     (0.04)

    Weighted average number
     of common shares
     outstanding
     (thousands)
      - basic                 644,401       94,221      376,907       94,219
      - diluted               646,122       94,221      378,737       94,219
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    Consolidated Balance      June 30, December 31,
     Sheets                      2010         2009
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    Cash and cash
     equivalents          $    35,887  $    62,423
    Investments             1,020,066        9,231
    Other                     247,684          913
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    Total assets          $ 1,303,637  $    72,567
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    Total liabilities     $   950,471  $    14,564
    Shareholders' equity      353,166       49,419
    Non-controlling
     interest                       -        8,584
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    Total liabilities and
     shareholders'
     equity               $ 1,303,637  $    72,567
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    Book value per
     diluted common
     share                $      0.55  $      0.52
    

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SOURCE Westaim Corporation

For further information: For further information: Jeff Sarfin, CFO, The Westaim Corporation, info@westaim.com, 416-203-2253


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