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Genworth MI Canada Inc. Reports First Quarter 2018 Results Including Net Operating Income of $119 Million

Transactional Premiums Written:

$109 million

Up 22% Y/Y

Down 30% Q/Q

Premiums Earned:

$171 million

Up 2% Y/Y

Flat Q/Q

Loss Ratio:

13%

Down 3 pts Y/Y

Up 4 pts Q/Q

Net Income:

$128 million

Up 20% Y/Y

Down 3% Q/Q

Net Operating Income:

$119 million

Up 11% Y/Y

Down 2% Q/Q

Fully Diluted Operating EPS:

$1.31

Up 12% Y/Y

Down 2% Q/Q

 

TORONTO, May 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Genworth MI Canada Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: MIC) today reported first quarter 2018 net income of $128 million and earnings per fully diluted common share of $1.38, net operating income of $119 million and operating earnings per fully diluted common share of $1.31 and an operating return on equity of 12%.

"We are pleased with our solid performance this quarter, especially our loss ratio of 13%, driven by the positive macroeconomic environment and stable housing markets," said Stuart Levings, President and CEO. "As part of our ongoing commitment to maintaining an efficient capital structure, we repurchased $50 million of common shares, further emphasizing the confidence we have in our business model."

Key First Quarter 2018 Financial Results And Operational Metrics:

  • New insurance written from transactional insurance was $3.2 billion, an increase of $0.1 billion, or 4%, compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Compared to the prior quarter, transactional new insurance written decreased by $1.4 billion, or 30%, primarily as a result of typical seasonality.

  • Premiums written from transactional insurance were $109 million. This represents an increase of $20 million, or 22%, from the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to an 18% higher average premium rate resulting from the March 17, 2017 premium rate increase. Compared to the prior quarter, premiums written decreased by $48 million, or 30%, primarily due to seasonality.

  • New insurance written from portfolio insurance on low loan-to-value mortgages was $1.2 billion, a decrease of $9.4 billion compared to the same quarter in the prior year primarily due to the closing of several large portfolio insurance transactions in the first quarter of 2017 on applications received in the fourth quarter of 2016, prior to implementation of the new capital framework. Compared to the prior quarter, new insurance written from portfolio insurance increased by $0.2 billion.  

  • Premiums written from portfolio insurance were $6 million, representing a decrease of $32 million compared to the same quarter in the prior year primarily due to a decrease in new insurance written.  Compared to the prior quarter, premiums written decreased by $1 million.

  • Premiums earned of $171 million were $4 million, or 2%, higher than the same quarter in the prior year, reflecting the level of premiums written in recent years. Premiums earned were flat compared to the prior quarter.  The unearned premiums reserve was $2.1 billion at the end of the quarter, consistent with the balance at December 31, 2017. These unearned premiums will be recognized as premiums earned over time in accordance with the Company's historical pattern of loss emergence.

  • New delinquencies, net of cures, of 365 were 126 lower than the first quarter of 2017 primarily due to a decrease in the Pacific region (40), Alberta (29), Quebec (29) and the Atlantic region (23). Compared to the prior quarter, new delinquencies, net of cures, increased by 19 primarily due to an increase in Quebec.

  • The loss ratio, as a percentage of premiums earned, for the quarter was 13% compared to 15% in the same quarter in the prior year and 9% in the prior quarter. Losses on claims of $22 million were $4 million lower than the same quarter in 2017, primarily due to a decrease in new delinquencies, net of cures and a decrease in the average reserve per delinquency. Losses on claims increased by $7 million from the prior quarter, primarily due to a modest seasonal increase in new delinquencies, net of cures, and lower favourable development of loss reserves.

  • The number of delinquencies outstanding of 1,723 reflected a decrease of 359 delinquencies, as compared to the same quarter in the prior year, including decreases in Quebec (147), Alberta (102), Ontario (66) and the Pacific region (49). Compared to the prior quarter, the number of delinquencies outstanding increased by 5 delinquencies.

  • Expenses were $32 million during the quarter, resulting in an expense ratio of 19%, as a percentage of premiums earned.  This ratio was one percentage point lower than both the same quarter in the prior year and the prior quarter and consistent with the Company's expected operating range of 18% to 20%.

  • The Company's investment portfolio had a market value of $6.3 billion at the end of the quarter.  The portfolio had a pre-tax equivalent book yield of 3.2% and duration of 3.9 years as at March 31, 2018, each of which were consistent with the prior quarter.

  • Operating investment income, of $50 million was $6 million higher than the same quarter in the prior year primarily due to an increase in the amount of invested assets and $4 million realized income from the interest rate hedging program. Interest and dividend income, net of investment expenses was relatively unchanged from the prior quarter.

  • Realized and unrealized gains on derivatives and foreign exchange, excluding the realized income from the interest rate hedging program, of $12 million were $15 million higher than the same quarter in 2017, primarily due to an increase in the market value of the Company's interest rate swaps and movements in foreign exchange rates on the Company's invested assets denominated in U.S. Dollars. Realized and unrealized gains on derivatives and foreign exchange were relatively consistent with the prior quarter.  

  • Net income of $128 million was $21 million higher relative to the same quarter in the prior year, primarily due to higher premiums earned, higher total net investment income, lower losses on claims and lower expenses. Net income was $4 million lower than the prior quarter, primarily due to higher losses on claims, partially offset by lower expenses.

  • Net operating income of $119 million was $12 million higher relative to the same quarter in the prior year primarily due to higher premiums earned, lower losses on claims, lower expenses and higher interest and dividend income, net of investment expenses.  Net operating income was $2 million lower than the prior quarter primarily due to higher losses on claims, partially offset by lower expenses.

  • Operating return on equity was 12% for the quarter, relatively consistent with the same quarter in the prior year and the prior quarter.

  • The regulatory capital ratio or Minimum Capital Test ("MCT") ratio was approximately 170%, 13 percentage points higher than the Company's internal MCT ratio target of 157% and 20 percentage points higher than the OSFI Supervisory MCT ratio target of 150%. 

  • The Company estimates that its outstanding principal balance of insured mortgages as at March 31, 2018, was approximately $216 billion, or 44% of the original insured amount. The Company estimates, that as of December 31, 2017, the outstanding principal balance for all privately insured mortgages was $284 billion relative to the $350 billion aggregate outstanding principal limit under the government guarantee legislation (Protection of Residential Mortgage or Hypothecary Insurance Act). 

Share Repurchase

During the quarter the Company repurchased 1,228,413 common shares, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $50 million, under the terms of its normal course issuer bid. The Company's majority shareholder, Genworth Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, participated proportionately in the share purchase transactions.

Dividends

On March 7, 2018, the Company paid a quarterly dividend of $0.47 per common share.

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors approved a dividend payment of $0.47 per common share, payable on May 30, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 14, 2018. 

Shareholders' Equity

As at March 31, 2018, shareholders' equity was $4.0 billion, representing a book value including accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI") of $43.77 per common share on a fully diluted basis. Excluding AOCI, shareholders' equity was $3.9 billion, representing a book value of $43.28 per common share on a fully diluted basis.  

Credit and Debt Ratings

The Company's issuer credit rating by DBRS Ratings Limited is 'A' high (stable) and the financial strength rating of the Company's primary operating subsidiary is 'AA' (stable).  The Company's credit rating by Standard & Poor's is 'BBB+' (stable) and the financial strength of the Company's primary operating subsidiary is 'A+' (stable).   

Detailed Operating Results and Financial Supplement

For more information on the Company's operating results, please refer to the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis as posted on SEDAR and available at www.sedar.com.

This Press Release, as well as the Company's first quarter 2018 consolidated Financial Statements, Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") and Financial Supplement are also posted on the Investor section of the Company's website (http://investor.genworthmicanada.ca).  Investors are encouraged to review all of these materials. 

Earnings Call

The Company's first quarter earnings call will be held on May 1, 2018 at 10:00 am ET (Local: 647-794-4605, Toll free: 1-800-239-9838, Conference ID: 9479531).  The call is accessible via telephone and by audio webcast on the Company's website.  If listening via webcast, participants are encouraged to pre-register for the webcast through the Company's website.  Slides to accompany the call will be posted just prior to its start.  A replay of the call will be available until May 31, 2018 (Local: 647-436-0148, Toll-free 1-888-203-1112, Replay Passcode 9479531).  The webcast will also be available for replay on the Company's website for a period of at least 45 days following the conference call.                      

About Genworth MI Canada Inc.

Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada ("Genworth Canada"), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada.  The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology, and a robust risk management framework. For more than two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system.  As at March 31, 2018, the Company had $6.8 billion total assets and $4.0 billion shareholders' equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.

Consolidated Financial Highlights


($ millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

March 31 (Unaudited)

2018

2017

Transactional new insurance written 1

$3,156

$3,047

Portfolio new insurance written 1

1,152

10,513

Total new insurance written 1

$4,308

$13,559

Premiums written

115

127

Premiums earned

171

167

Losses on claims

22

26

Expenses

32

34

Net underwriting income

$117

$107

Investment income (interest and dividends, net of expenses) 1

47

45

Interest rate hedging program income

4

-

Realized gains (losses) on sale of investments

(1)

1

Realized and unrealized gains on derivatives, foreign exchange

12

(3)

Total net investment income

$62

$43

Net income

$128

$106

Net operating income1

$119

$107

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

90,752,714

91,902,409

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

91,291,500

91,939,376

Fully diluted earnings per common share

$1.38

$1.15

Fully diluted operating earnings per common share1

$1.31

$1.17

Fully diluted book value per common share, incl. AOCI 1

$43.77

$40.42

Fully diluted book value per common share, excl. AOCI 1

$43.28

$39.00

Loss ratio1

13%

15%

Combined ratio1

32%

36%

Operating return on equity1

12%

12%

MCT ratio 1,3

170%

162%

Transactional delinquency ratio1, 2

0.28%

0.34%

Portfolio delinquency ratio1, 2

0.08%

0.08%

Delinquency ratio1, 2

0.18%

0.21%

This is a financial measure not calculated based on International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").  See the "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section of this press release for additional information.

Based on outstanding balance and excludes delinquencies that have been incurred but not reported.

Company estimate at March 31, 2018.

 

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with IFRS, the Company uses non-IFRS financial measures to analyze performance. The Company's key performance indicators and certain other information included in this press release include non-IFRS financial measures. Such non-IFRS financial measures used by the Company to analyze performance include, among others, interest and dividend income, net of investment expenses, operating investment income, net operating income, operating earnings per common share (basic) and operating earnings per common share (diluted). The Company believes that these non-IFRS financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and may be useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Non-IFRS financial measures do not have standardized meanings and are unlikely to be comparable to any similar measures presented by other companies.

Non-IFRS financial measures reconciled to comparable IFRS measures for such periods


Three months ended

March 31 (unaudited)

(in millions of dollars, unless otherwise specified)

2018

2017

Investment income

$ 62

$ 43

Adjustment to investment income:



Net investment (gains)/losses1                                

(11)

1

Operating investment income

50

44

Realized income from the interest rate hedging program

(4)

-

Interest and dividend income, net of investment expenses

$ 47

$ 45

Net income

128

106

Adjustments to net income, net of taxes:



Net investment (gains)/losses1

(8)

1

Net operating income

$ 119

$ 107




Earnings per common share (basic)

$ 1.41

$ 1.16

Adjustment to earnings per common share, net of taxes:



Net investment (gains)/losses1

(0.09)

0.01

Operating earnings per common share (basic)

$ 1.31

$ 1.17




Earnings per common share (diluted)2

$ 1.38

$ 1.15

Adjustment to earnings per common share, net of taxes:



Share based compensation re-measurement amount

0.02

-

Net investment (gains)/losses1

(0.09)

0.01

Operating earnings per common share (diluted)2

$ 1.31

$ 1.17

Note: Amounts may not total due to rounding.

Excludes the realized income from the interest rate hedging program

The difference between basic and diluted earnings per common shares and operating earnings per common share is caused by the potentially dilutive impact of share-based compensation awards.

 

Definitions of key non-IFRS financial measures and explanations of why these measures are useful to investors and management can be found in the Company's "Glossary", in the "Non-IFRS financial measures" section at the end of the Company's MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.  The MD&A, along with the Company's most recent financial statements, are available on the Company's website and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Caution regarding forward-looking information and statements

Certain statements made in this press release contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). When used in this press release, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose", "estimate", "expect", and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Specific forward-looking statements in this document include, but are not limited to, the Company's future operating and financial results, the payment of dividends; and the operating range for the Company's expense ratio as a percentage of premiums earned.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on certain factors and assumptions, certain of which appear proximate to the applicable forward-looking statements contained herein. Inherent in the forward-looking statements are known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond the Company's ability to control or predict, that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or developments in the Company's business or in its industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual results or developments may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.

The Company's actual results and performance could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of both known and unknown risks, including: the continued availability of the Canadian government's guarantee of private mortgage insurance on terms satisfactory to the Company; the Company's expectations regarding its revenues, expenses and operations; the Company's plans to implement its strategy and operate its business; the Company's expectations regarding the compensation of directors and officers; the Company's anticipated cash needs and its estimates regarding its capital expenditures, capital requirements, reserves and its needs for additional financing; the Company's plans for and timing of expansion of service and products; the Company's ability to accurately assess and manage risks associated with the policies that are written; the Company's ability to accurately manage market, interest and credit risks; the Company's ability to maintain ratings, which may be affected by the ratings of its majority shareholder, Genworth Financial, Inc.; interest rate fluctuations; a decrease in the volume of high loan-to-value mortgage originations; the cyclical nature of the mortgage insurance industry; changes in government regulations and laws mandating mortgage insurance; the acceptance by the Company's lenders of new technologies and products; the Company's ability to attract lenders and develop and maintain lender relationships; the Company's competitive position and its expectations regarding competition from other providers of mortgage insurance in Canada; anticipated trends and challenges in the Company's business and the markets in which it operates; changes in the global or Canadian economies; a decline in the Company's regulatory capital or an increase in its regulatory capital requirements; loss of members of the Company's senior management team; potential legal, tax and regulatory investigations and actions; the failure of the Company's computer systems; potential conflicts of interest between the Company and its majority shareholder, Genworth Financial Inc.; and Genworth Financial Inc. closing or failing to execute on a merger agreement entered into with subsidiaries of China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd.

This is not an exhaustive list of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements. Some of these and other factors are discussed in more detail in the Company's Annual Information Form (the "AIF") dated March 19, 2018. Investors and others should carefully consider these and other factors and not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risk factors is included in the Company's public filings with provincial and territorial securities regulatory authorities (including the Company's AIF) and can be found on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent the Company's views only as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on management's current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions and the assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions may change, and are presented for the purpose of assisting the Company's securityholders in understanding management's current views regarding those future outcomes and may not be appropriate for other purposes. While the Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments may cause the Company's views to change, the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.

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