Argo Group Reports 2021 Second Quarter Results

HAMILTON, Bermuda–()–Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) (“Argo” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021. Argo reported second quarter 2021 net income attributable to common shareholders of $67.1 million or $1.92 per diluted common share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $5.4 million or $(0.16) per diluted common share for the 2020 second quarter. Operating income in the second quarter of 2021 was $56.1 million or $1.60 per diluted common share, compared to an operating loss of $3.6 million or $0.10 per diluted common share for the 2020 second quarter.

Argo reported its highest quarterly operating income in more than ten years during the second quarter as a result of our focus on disciplined underwriting and strong investment contributions,” said Argo Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Rehnberg. “Our targeted growth efforts have accelerated across the company during 2021 and we remain optimistic about current market conditions and underwriting opportunities.

We continue to focus on our strategic priorities of improving underwriting margins, reducing volatility and managing expenses. All of this is focused on generating superior shareholder returns over time.”

 

Second Quarter Consolidated Operating Highlights

$ in millions

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Q/Q

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

Y/Y

Consolidated

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross written premiums

 

$

815.3

 

 

$

799.6

 

 

2.0

%

 

$

1,571.8

 

 

$

1,625.5

 

 

-3.3

%

Net written premiums

 

 

493.3

 

 

 

456.1

 

 

8.2

%

 

 

914.6

 

 

 

836.6

 

 

9.3

%

Earned premiums

 

 

470.3

 

 

 

433.4

 

 

8.5

%

 

 

936.4

 

 

 

868.4

 

 

7.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwriting income (loss)

 

$

21.4

 

 

$

0.4

 

 

NM

 

 

$

3.5

 

 

$

(13.6

)

 

NM

 

Net investment income

 

 

52.7

 

 

 

1.4

 

 

NM

 

 

 

97.1

 

 

 

37.0

 

 

162.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders

 

$

67.1

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

NM

 

 

$

94.3

 

 

$

(30.1

)

 

NM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

 

$

56.1

 

 

$

(3.6

)

 

NM

 

 

$

71.6

 

 

$

8.9

 

 

704.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

 

57.7

%

 

 

63.0

%

 

-5.3 pts

 

 

61.9

%

 

 

63.8

%

 

-1.9 pts

Acquisition expense ratio

 

 

17.4

%

 

 

16.1

%

 

1.3 pts

 

 

17.2

%

 

 

16.2

%

 

1 pts

General and administrative expense ratio

 

 

20.3

%

 

 

20.8

%

 

-0.5 pts

 

 

20.6

%

 

 

21.6

%

 

-1 pts

Expense ratio

 

 

37.7

%

 

 

36.9

%

 

0.8 pts

 

 

37.8

%

 

 

37.8

%

 

0 pts

Combined ratio

 

 

95.4

%

 

 

99.9

%

 

-4.5 pts

 

 

99.7

%

 

 

101.6

%

 

-1.9 pts

CAY ex-CAT loss ratio

 

 

55.6

%

 

 

56.2

%

 

-0.6 pts

 

 

55.6

%

 

 

56.7

%

 

-1.1 pts

  • Gross written premiums increased 2.0% to $815.3 million during the second quarter of 2021. Premium growth of 6.8% in U.S. Operations was partially offset by a 5.4% decline in International Operations. Adjusting for the sale of Ariel Re in November 2020 and planned or executed exits of business in Italy, Malta and the U.S. grocery business, underlying premiums grew approximately 14% during the second quarter of 2021. In the U.S., premium growth in strategic growth areas was up 25%, while overall growth was tempered by business exits and re-underwriting actions in certain underperforming businesses and property lines. The decline in International premiums was due to the sale of Ariel Re in November 2020 and planned exits of business in Italy and Malta, largely offset by growth in Syndicate 1200 reflecting continued rate increases and an increase in Argo’s participation in Syndicate 1200’s capacity. Pricing increases were in the high single digits on average across Argo, with the range varying by business line.
  • The combined ratio was 95.4% during the second quarter of 2021 compared to 99.9% in the prior year quarter. The improved combined ratio was driven by lower losses related to COVID-19 and natural catastrophes, as well as an improved current accident year, ex-catastrophe (“CAY ex-CAT”) loss ratio.
  • Total catastrophe losses in the second quarter of 2021 were $11.1 million or 2.4 points on the loss ratio. Natural catastrophes accounted for $6.5 million and losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic were $4.6 million. Catastrophe losses in the second quarter of 2020 were $27.9 million or 6.4 points on the loss ratio and included $17.4 million related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Net favorable reserve development for the 2021 second quarter was $1.2 million, or 0.3 points on the loss ratio, and was recognized in both U.S. and International Operations. Net reserve development of $1.8 million added 0.4 points to the loss ratio in the second quarter of 2020.
  • The CAY ex-CAT loss ratio for the 2021 second quarter of 55.6% compares to 56.2% in the prior year second quarter. In the U.S., the CAY ex-CAT loss ratio increased compared to the second quarter of 2020 as the prior year quarter benefited from a reduction in claims frequency due to the broader economic slowdown. The improvement in the CAY ex-CAT loss ratio was driven by International Operations and is primarily the result of continued remediation efforts and rate increases earning through the results.
  • The expense ratio in the second quarter of 2021 was 37.7% and was up 0.8 points from the prior year quarter driven by the increase in the acquisition expense ratio. The acquisition expense ratio of 17.4% increased 1.3 points compared to the prior year second quarter as a higher ratio in the U.S. was partially offset by an improvement in International. The general and administrative expense ratio of 20.3% improved 0.5 points compared to the prior year second quarter.
  • The CAY ex-CAT combined ratio was 93.3% in the second quarter of 2021, compared to 93.1% in the prior year second quarter.
  • Net investment income was $52.7 million in the 2021 second quarter compared to $1.4 million in the prior year second quarter. Investment income from alternative investments was $29.9 million in the second quarter of 2021 and included gains from both private equity and hedge fund investments. Results for the prior year second quarter included losses from alternative investments of $23.4 million as a result of significant financial market volatility. Net investment income excluding alternatives was $22.8 million in the second quarter of 2021 and decreased 8.0% from the prior year quarter due primarily to lower interest rates.
  • Net income attributable to common shareholders was $67.1 million or $1.92 per diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $5.4 million or $(0.16) per diluted share for the 2020 second quarter. The 2021 second quarter result benefited from $24.7 million of pre-tax realized investment gains compared to $17.9 million in the prior year quarter. The current quarter included a benefit of $20.3 million from the change in fair value of equity securities in addition to net investment realized gains of $15.5 million. These realized gains were partially offset by an $11.5 million net charge due to an amendment to the transaction and other related agreements associated with the sale of Trident. The second quarter of 2021 included $10.8 million of non-operating expenses compared to $3.5 million in the prior year quarter. The total in the second quarter of 2021 included approximately $7 million of expenses related to certain office closures. The prior year second quarter included a $31.8 million gain related to the sale of Trident and a positive change in the fair value of equity securities, partially offset by net realized investment losses and credit losses on fixed maturity securities. Annualized return on average common shareholders’ equity was 15.6% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to -1.3% in the prior year quarter.
  • Operating income was $56.1 million or $1.60 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2021, compared to an operating loss of $3.6 million or $(0.10) per diluted share in the prior year quarter. The primary drivers of the increased operating income were improved underwriting and investment income in the second quarter of 2021. Annualized operating return on average common shareholders’ equity was 13.1% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to -0.9% in the prior year quarter.

U.S. Operations:

$ in millions

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Q/Q

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

Y/Y

U.S. Operations

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross written premiums

 

$

513.0

 

 

$

480.2

 

 

6.8

%

 

$

1,002.4

 

 

$

956.7

 

 

4.8

%

Net written premiums

 

 

317.2

 

 

 

303.6

 

 

4.5

%

 

 

610.2

 

 

 

573.0

 

 

6.5

%

Earned premiums

 

 

314.5

 

 

 

301.6

 

 

4.3

%

 

 

628.9

 

 

 

604.1

 

 

4.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

183.6

 

 

 

171.2

 

 

7.2

%

 

 

379.2

 

 

 

360.8

 

 

5.1

%

Acquisition expenses

 

 

50.3

 

 

 

42.7

 

 

17.8

%

 

 

100.6

 

 

 

84.5

 

 

19.1

%

General and administrative expenses

 

 

55.7

 

 

 

52.9

 

 

5.3

%

 

 

112.9

 

 

 

107.2

 

 

5.3

%

Underwriting income

 

$

24.9

 

 

$

34.8

 

 

-28.4

%

 

$

36.2

 

 

$

51.6

 

 

-29.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

 

58.3

%

 

 

56.8

%

 

1.5 pts

 

 

60.3

%

 

 

59.8

%

 

0.5 pts

Acquisition expense ratio

 

 

16.0

%

 

 

14.2

%

 

1.8 pts

 

 

16.0

%

 

 

14.0

%

 

2 pts

General and administrative expense ratio

 

 

17.7

%

 

 

17.5

%

 

0.2 pts

 

 

17.9

%

 

 

17.7

%

 

0.2 pts

Expense ratio

 

 

33.7

%

 

 

31.7

%

 

2 pts

 

 

33.9

%

 

 

31.7

%

 

2.2 pts

Combined ratio

 

 

92.0

%

 

 

88.5

%

 

3.5 pts

 

 

94.2

%

 

 

91.5

%

 

2.7 pts

CAY ex-CAT loss ratio

 

 

57.9

%

 

 

54.9

%

 

3 pts

 

 

56.8

%

 

 

56.7

%

 

0.1 pts

  • In our U.S. Operations, gross written premiums increased 6.8% compared to the 2020 second quarter due to growth in Liability and Professional lines, while premiums in Property lines declined. Growth in the period was driven by strategic focus businesses that include Argo Pro, Casualty, Construction, Environmental, Inland Marine and Surety. These businesses, which represent more than 60% of U.S. Operations gross written premiums, in total were up approximately 25% during the quarter. Offsetting this growth was the impact of planned reductions in Property lines and other re-underwriting actions, including the exit of our grocery and restaurant business. Rates on average were up in the mid to high single digits, with pricing increases remaining stable in most of our strategic focus businesses.
  • The loss ratio for the second quarter of 2021 was 58.3% compared to 56.8% in the prior year second quarter. The loss ratio increased compared to the second quarter of 2020 as the prior year quarter benefited from a reduction in claims frequency due to the broader economic slowdown. The loss ratio also benefited from a 1.5 point reduction in catastrophe losses compared to the prior year second quarter.
  • Net favorable prior-year reserve development in the second quarter of 2021 was $0.5 million compared to $0.6 million of favorable development in the prior year second quarter.
  • Catastrophe losses of $2.0 million totaled 0.6 points compared to $6.5 million or 2.1 points in the prior year second quarter and were primarily related to smaller weather events in the current quarter.
  • The acquisition expense ratio for the second quarter of 2021 was 16.0%, an increase of 1.8 points compared to the 2020 second quarter but in-line with the result for the first quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily driven by changes in business mix.
  • The general and administrative expense ratio was 17.7% in the second quarter of 2021 and was up slightly from the prior year quarter.

International Operations:

$ in millions

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Q/Q

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

Y/Y

International Operations

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross written premiums

 

$

302.1

 

 

$

319.3

 

 

-5.4

%

 

$

569.0

 

 

$

668.5

 

 

-14.9

%

Net written premiums

 

 

175.9

 

 

 

152.4

 

 

15.4

%

 

 

304.0

 

 

 

263.3

 

 

15.5

%

Earned premiums

 

 

155.7

 

 

 

131.8

 

 

18.1

%

 

 

307.2

 

 

 

264.1

 

 

16.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

86.8

 

 

 

101.1

 

 

-14.1

%

 

 

197.4

 

 

 

192.6

 

 

2.5

%

Acquisition expenses

 

 

31.3

 

 

 

27.2

 

 

15.1

%

 

 

60.3

 

 

 

56.7

 

 

6.3

%

General and administrative expenses

 

 

30.1

 

 

 

30.4

 

 

-1.0

%

 

 

63.8

 

 

 

61.2

 

 

4.2

%

Underwriting income (loss)

 

$

7.5

 

 

$

(26.9

)

 

NM

 

 

$

(14.3

)

 

$

(46.4

)

 

NM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

 

55.7

%

 

 

76.7

%

 

-21 pts

 

 

64.3

%

 

 

72.9

%

 

-8.6 pts

Acquisition expense ratio

 

 

20.1

%

 

 

20.6

%

 

-0.5 pts

 

 

19.6

%

 

 

21.5

%

 

-1.9 pts

General and administrative expense ratio

 

 

19.3

%

 

 

23.1

%

 

-3.8 pts

 

 

20.8

%

 

 

23.2

%

 

-2.4 pts

Expense Ratio

 

 

39.4

%

 

 

43.7

%

 

-4.3 pts

 

 

40.4

%

 

 

44.7

%

 

-4.3 pts

Combined ratio

 

 

95.1

%

 

 

120.4

%

 

-25.3 pts

 

 

104.7

%

 

 

117.6

%

 

-12.9 pts

CAY ex-CAT loss ratio

 

 

51.0

%

 

 

59.3

%

 

-8.3 pts

 

 

53.3

%

 

 

57.0

%

 

-3.7 pts

  • In our International Operations, gross written premiums declined 5.4% in the second quarter of 2021 as top line results were impacted by previously announced business exits, with the largest decrease being from Property lines. Excluding the impact of business exits, gross written premiums would have been up approximately 23% primarily due to higher rates and increased participation in Syndicate 1200’s capacity. Rate increases remained strong across most lines of business and averaged approximately 10% during the 2021 second quarter, mainly attributable to Liability lines.
  • Net written and earned premium in the second quarter of 2021 increased 15.4% and 18.1%, respectively, compared to the 2020 second quarter. The increase was related to growth at Syndicate 1200 due to increased participation in the Syndicate results and rate increases achieved over the last several quarters, in addition to changes in ceded reinsurance due to the impact of business exits.
  • The loss ratio for the second quarter of 2021 was 55.7% compared to 76.7% in the prior year second quarter. The improvement in the loss ratio is primarily the result of continued remediation efforts and rate increases earning through results. The loss ratio in the current quarter also benefited from a reduction in catastrophe losses compared to the second quarter of 2020.
  • Catastrophe losses totaled 5.9 points in the second quarter of 2021, attributed to natural catastrophes and losses related to COVID-19.
  • The CAY ex-CAT loss ratio was 51.0% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 59.3% in the prior year second quarter. The improvement reflects the benefit of pricing and underwriting actions, as well as a fewer number of large losses compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Net favorable prior year reserve development in the second quarter of 2021 was $1.9 million or 1.2 points on the loss ratio, compared to modest reserve strengthening in prior year second quarter.
  • The acquisition ratio improved 0.5 points to 20.1% during the quarter with the improvement driven by actions to remove certain high-cost delegated authority arrangements.
  • The general and administrative expense ratio of 19.3% improved 3.8 points from the prior year second quarter and is attributable largely to growth in earned premiums.

Balance Sheet:

  • Book value per common share was $50.34 at June 30, 2021, compared to $48.23 at March 31, 2021. Including dividends paid, book value per common share increased 5.0% relative to March 31, 2021 due to strong retained earnings and modest net unrealized gains on fixed income securities.

CONFERENCE CALL

Argo management will conduct an investor conference call starting at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Participants in the U.S. can access the call by dialing (877) 291-5203. Callers dialing from outside the U.S. can access the call by dialing (412) 902-6610. Please ask the operator for the Argo earnings call. A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed at https://services.choruscall.com/links/argo210803.html.

A webcast replay will be available shortly after the live conference call and can be accessed at https://services.choruscall.com/links/argo210803.html. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through August 10, 2021, to callers in the U.S. by dialing (877) 344-7529 and to callers outside the U.S. by dialing (412) 317-0088 (conference #10158065).

ABOUT ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) is an underwriter of specialty insurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims-handling needs of businesses in two primary segments: U.S. Operations and International Operations. Argo and its insurance subsidiaries are rated ‛A-’ by Standard and Poor’s. Argo’s insurance subsidiaries are rated ‛A-’ by A.M. Best. More information on Argo and its subsidiaries is available at www.argogroup.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes forward-looking statements that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts, and can be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “do not believe,” “aim,” “project,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “will,” “likely,” “assume,” “estimate,” “may,” “continue,” “guidance,” “objective,” “remain optimistic,” “improve,” “progress,” “path toward,” “outlook,” “trends,” “future,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “target,” “on track” and similar expressions of a future or forward-looking nature.

Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in Argo’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by Argo that Argo’s objectives will be achieved. Any forward looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Argo undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should not place undue reliance on any such statements.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES & OTHER METRICS

In presenting the Company’s results, management has included and discussed in this press release certain non-generally accepted accounting principles (“non-GAAP”) financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G as promulgated by the SEC. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures, which may be defined differently by other companies, better explain the Company’s results of operations in a manner that allows for a more complete understanding of the underlying trends in the Company’s business. However, these measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”).

“Underwriting income (loss)” is an internal performance measure used in the management of the Company’s operations and represents net amount earned from underwriting activities (net premium earned less underwriting expenses and claims incurred). Although this measure of profit (loss) does not replace net income (loss) computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP as a measure of profitability, management uses this measure of profit (loss) to focus our reporting segments on generating underwriting income. The Company presents Underwriting income as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information.

Current accident year (CAY) ex-CAT combined ratio” and the “Current accident year (CAY) ex-CAT loss ratio” are internal measures used by the management of the Company to evaluate the performance of its underwriting activity and represents the net amount of underwriting income excluding catastrophe related charges, the impact of changes to prior year loss reserves and other one-time items that would impact expenses or net earned premium. Although this measure does not replace the GAAP combined ratio it provides management with a view of the quality of earnings generated by underwriting activity for the current accident year.

“Operating income (loss)” is an internal performance measure used in the management of the Company’s operations and represents operating results after-tax (at an assumed effective tax rate of 15%) and preferred share dividends excluding, as applicable, net realized investment gains or losses, net foreign exchange gain or loss, non-operating expenses, and other similar non-recurring items. The Company excludes net realized investment gains or losses, net foreign exchange gain or loss, non-operating expenses, and other similar non-recurring items from the calculation of operating income because these amounts are influenced by and fluctuate in part, by market conditions that are outside of management’s control. In addition to presenting net income determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company believes that showing operating income enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of the Company’s financial information to more easily analyze our results of operations and underlying business performance.

Annualized return on average common shareholders’ equity” (“ROACE”) is calculated using average common shareholders’ equity. In calculating ROACE, the net income attributable to common shareholders for the period is multiplied by the number of periods in a calendar year to arrive at annualized net income available to common shareholders. The Company presents ROACE as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information. “Annualized operating return on average common shareholders’ equity” is calculated using operating income (as defined above and annualized in the manner described for net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders under ROACE above) and average common shareholders’ equity.

The “percentage change in book value per common share” includes (by adding) the effects of cash dividends paid per common share to the calculated book value per common share for the current period. This adjusted amount is then compared to the prior period’s book value per common share to determine the period over period change. The Company believes that including the dividends paid per common share allows users of its financial statements to more easily identify the impact of the changes in book value per common share from the perspective of investors.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures are included in the attached tables and footnotes.

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

June 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Total investments

 

$

5,185.9

 

 

$

5,255.8

 

Cash

 

190.7

 

 

148.8

 

Accrued investment income

 

20.8

 

 

21.8

 

Receivables

 

3,541.6

 

 

3,688.8

 

Goodwill and intangible assets

 

207.8

 

 

207.8

 

Deferred acquisition costs, net

 

168.2

 

 

163.6

 

Ceded unearned premiums

 

591.0

 

 

575.1

 

Other assets

 

462.3

 

 

404.1

 

Total assets

 

$

10,368.3

 

 

$

10,465.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

Reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

$

5,238.6

 

 

$

5,406.0

 

Unearned premiums

 

1,473.7

 

 

1,464.8

 

Ceded reinsurance payable, net

 

920.2

 

 

950.4

 

Senior unsecured fixed rate notes

 

140.2

 

 

140.2

 

Other indebtedness

 

60.4

 

 

60.7

 

Junior subordinated debentures

 

258.0

 

 

257.8

 

Other liabilities

 

379.3

 

 

328.1

 

Total liabilities

 

8,470.4

 

 

8,608.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred shares

 

144.0

 

 

144.0

 

Common shareholders’ equity

 

1,753.9

 

 

1,713.8

 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

1,897.9

 

 

1,857.8

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

10,368.3

 

 

$

10,465.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per common share

 

$

50.34

 

 

$

49.40

 

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

(in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Gross written premiums

 

$

815.3

 

 

$

799.6

 

 

$

1,571.8

 

 

$

1,625.5

 

Net written premiums

 

493.3

 

 

456.1

 

 

914.6

 

 

836.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earned premiums

 

470.3

 

 

433.4

 

 

936.4

 

 

868.4

 

Net investment income

 

52.7

 

 

1.4

 

 

97.1

 

 

37.0

 

Net realized investment gains (losses)

 

24.7

 

 

17.9

 

 

37.8

 

 

(18.3

)

Total revenue

 

547.7

 

 

452.7

 

 

1,071.3

 

 

887.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

271.6

 

 

273.2

 

 

579.2

 

 

554.1

 

Acquisition expenses

 

81.7

 

 

69.6

 

 

160.9

 

 

141.0

 

General and administrative expenses

 

95.6

 

 

90.2

 

 

192.8

 

 

186.9

 

Non-operating expenses

 

10.8

 

 

3.5

 

 

12.7

 

 

6.8

 

Interest expense

 

5.7

 

 

7.0

 

 

10.8

 

 

14.8

 

Fee and other (income) expense, net

 

(0.8

)

 

(1.0

)

 

(0.7

)

 

(1.9

)

Foreign currency exchange losses

 

4.4

 

 

4.3

 

 

5.7

 

 

5.2

 

Total expenses

 

469.0

 

 

446.8

 

 

961.4

 

 

906.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

78.7

 

 

5.9

 

 

109.9

 

 

(19.8

)

Income tax provision

 

8.9

 

 

11.3

 

 

10.3

 

 

10.3

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

69.8

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

$

99.6

 

 

$

(30.1

)

Dividends on preferred shares

 

2.7

 

 

 

 

5.3

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders

 

$

67.1

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

$

94.3

 

 

$

(30.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share (basic)

 

$

1.93

 

 

$

(0.16

)

 

$

2.72

 

 

$

(0.87

)

Net income (loss) per common share (diluted)

 

$

1.92

 

 

$

(0.16

)

 

$

2.70

 

 

$

(0.87

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

34.8

 

 

34.6

 

 

34.8

 

 

34.6

 

Diluted

 

35.0

 

 

34.6

 

 

35.0

 

 

34.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

57.7

%

 

63.0

%

 

61.9

%

 

63.8

%

Acquisition expense ratio

 

17.4

%

 

16.1

%

 

17.2

%

 

16.2

%

General and administrative expense ratio

 

20.3

%

 

20.8

%

 

20.6

%

 

21.6

%

Expense ratio

 

37.7

%

 

36.9

%

 

37.8

%

 

37.8

%

GAAP combined ratio

 

95.4

%

 

99.9

%

 

99.7

%

 

101.6

%

CAY ex-CAT combined ratio

 

93.3

%

 

93.1

%

 

93.4

%

 

94.5

%

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

SEGMENT DATA

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

U.S. Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross written premiums

 

$

513.0

 

 

$

480.2

 

 

$

1,002.4

 

 

$

956.7

 

Net written premiums

 

317.2

 

 

303.6

 

 

610.2

 

 

573.0

 

Earned premiums

 

314.5

 

 

301.6

 

 

628.9

 

 

604.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwriting income

 

24.9

 

 

34.8

 

 

36.2

 

 

51.6

 

Net investment income

 

33.7

 

 

0.8

 

 

62.5

 

 

26.0

 

Interest expense

 

(3.5

)

 

(4.2

)

 

(7.1

)

 

(9.1

)

Fee income (expense), net

 

(0.6

)

 

(0.2

)

 

(0.5

)

 

(0.4

)

Operating income before taxes

 

$

54.5

 

 

$

31.2

 

 

$

91.1

 

 

$

68.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

58.3

%

 

56.8

%

 

60.3

%

 

59.8

%

Acquisition expense ratio

 

16.0

%

 

14.2

%

 

16.0

%

 

14.0

%

General and administrative expense ratio

 

17.7

%

 

17.5

%

 

17.9

%

 

17.7

%

Expense Ratio

 

33.7

%

 

31.7

%

 

33.9

%

 

31.7

%

GAAP combined ratio

 

92.0

%

 

88.5

%

 

94.2

%

 

91.5

%

CAY ex-CAT combined ratio

 

91.6

%

 

86.6

%

 

90.7

%

 

88.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross written premiums

 

$

302.1

 

 

$

319.3

 

 

$

569.0

 

 

$

668.5

 

Net written premiums

 

175.9

 

 

152.4

 

 

304.0

 

 

263.3

 

Earned premiums

 

155.7

 

 

131.8

 

 

307.2

 

 

264.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwriting income (loss)

 

7.5

 

 

(26.9

)

 

(14.3

)

 

(46.4

)

Net investment income

 

13.9

 

 

0.5

 

 

25.9

 

 

9.1

 

Interest expense

 

(1.5

)

 

(2.0

)

 

(2.9

)

 

(4.3

)

Fee income (expense), net

 

0.9

 

 

0.9

 

 

0.5

 

 

1.8

 

Operating income (loss) before taxes

 

$

20.8

 

 

$

(27.5

)

 

$

9.2

 

 

$

(39.8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

55.7

%

 

76.7

%

 

64.3

%

 

72.9

%

Acquisition expense ratio

 

20.1

%

 

20.6

%

 

19.6

%

 

21.5

%

General and administrative expense ratio

 

19.3

%

 

23.1

%

 

20.8

%

 

23.2

%

Expense Ratio

 

39.4

%

 

43.7

%

 

40.4

%

 

44.7

%

GAAP combined ratio

 

95.1

%

 

120.4

%

 

104.7

%

 

117.6

%

CAY ex-CAT combined ratio

 

90.4

%

 

103.0

%

 

93.7

%

 

101.7

%

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

RECONCILIATION OF LOSS RATIOS

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

U.S. Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

58.3

%

 

56.8

%

 

60.3

%

 

59.8

%

Prior accident year loss reserve development

 

0.2

%

 

0.2

%

 

0.1

%

 

(0.5

)%

Catastrophe losses

 

(0.6

)%

 

(2.1

)%

 

(3.6

)%

 

(2.6

)%

CAY ex-CAT loss ratio

 

57.9

%

 

54.9

%

 

56.8

%

 

56.7

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

55.7

%

 

76.7

%

 

64.3

%

 

72.9

%

Prior accident year loss reserve development

 

1.2

%

 

(1.2

)%

 

0.6

%

 

(0.4

)%

Catastrophe losses

 

(5.9

)%

 

(16.2

)%

 

(11.6

)%

 

(15.5

)%

CAY ex-CAT loss ratio

 

51.0

%

 

59.3

%

 

53.3

%

 

57.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss ratio

 

57.7

%

 

63.0

%

 

61.9

%

 

63.8

%

Prior accident year loss reserve development

 

0.3

%

 

(0.4

)%

 

%

 

(0.5

)%

Catastrophe losses

 

(2.4

)%

 

(6.4

)%

 

(6.3

)%

 

(6.6

)%

CAY ex-CAT loss ratio

 

55.6

%

 

56.2

%

 

55.6

%

 

56.7

%

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

NET PRIOR-YEAR RESERVE DEVELOPMENT & CATASTROPHE LOSSES BY SEGMENT

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net Prior-Year Reserve Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Favorable)/Unfavorable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Operations

 

$

(0.5

)

 

$

(0.6

)

 

$

(0.9

)

 

$

2.7

 

International Operations

 

(1.9

)

 

1.5

 

 

(1.9

)

 

1.1

 

Run-off Lines

 

1.2

 

 

0.9

 

 

2.6

 

 

0.7

 

Total net prior-year reserve development

 

$

(1.2

)

 

$

1.8

 

 

$

(0.2

)

 

$

4.5

 

 
 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Catastrophe & COVID-19 Losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catastrophe losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Operations

 

$

2.0

 

 

$

5.5

 

 

$

22.9

 

 

$

7.5

 

International Operations

 

4.5

 

 

5.0

 

 

26.7

 

 

5.9

 

Total catastrophe losses

 

6.5

 

 

10.5

 

 

49.6

 

 

13.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Operations

 

 

 

1.0

 

 

 

 

8.5

 

International Operations

 

4.6

 

 

16.4

 

 

9.0

 

 

35.1

 

Total COVID-19 losses

 

4.6

 

 

17.4

 

 

9.0

 

 

43.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catastrophe & COVID-19 losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Operations

 

2.0

 

 

6.5

 

 

22.9

 

 

16.0

 

International Operations

 

9.1

 

 

21.4

 

 

35.7

 

 

41.0

 

Total catastrophe & COVID-19 losses

 

$

11.1

 

 

$

27.9

 

 

$

58.6

 

 

$

57.0

 

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

RECONCILIATION OF UNDERWRITING INCOME (LOSS) TO NET INCOME (LOSS)

CONSOLIDATED

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net income (loss)

 

$

69.8

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

$

99.6

 

 

$

(30.1

)

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax provision

 

8.9

 

 

11.3

 

 

10.3

 

 

10.3

 

Net investment income

 

(52.7

)

 

(1.4

)

 

(97.1

)

 

(37.0

)

Net realized investment (gains) losses

 

(24.7

)

 

(17.9

)

 

(37.8

)

 

18.3

 

Interest expense

 

5.7

 

 

7.0

 

 

10.8

 

 

14.8

 

Fee and other (income) expense, net

 

(0.8

)

 

(1.0

)

 

(0.7

)

 

(1.9

)

Foreign currency exchange losses

 

4.4

 

 

4.3

 

 

5.7

 

 

5.2

 

Non-operating expenses

 

10.8

 

 

3.5

 

 

12.7

 

 

6.8

 

Underwriting income (loss)

 

$

21.4

 

 

$

0.4

 

 

$

3.5

 

 

$

(13.6

)

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO NET INCOME (LOSS)

CONSOLIDATED

(in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net income (loss), as reported

 

$

69.8

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

$

99.6

 

 

$

(30.1

)

Income tax provision

 

8.9

 

 

11.3

 

 

10.3

 

 

10.3

 

Net income (loss), before taxes

 

78.7

 

 

5.9

 

 

109.9

 

 

(19.8

)

Add (deduct):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized investment (gains) losses

 

(24.7

)

 

(17.9

)

 

(37.8

)

 

18.3

 

Foreign currency exchange losses

 

4.4

 

 

4.3

 

 

5.7

 

 

5.2

 

Non-operating expenses

 

10.8

 

 

3.5

 

 

12.7

 

 

6.8

 

Operating income before taxes and preferred share dividends

 

69.2

 

 

(4.2

)

 

90.5

 

 

10.5

 

Income tax provision, at assumed rate (1)

 

10.4

 

 

(0.6

)

 

13.6

 

 

1.6

 

Preferred share dividends

 

2.7

 

 

 

 

5.3

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

 

$

56.1

 

 

$

(3.6

)

 

$

71.6

 

 

$

8.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss) per common share (diluted)

 

$

1.60

 

 

$

(0.10

)

 

$

2.05

 

 

$

0.26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares, diluted

 

35.0

 

 

34.6

 

 

35.0

 

 

34.6

 

(1)

For the purpose of calculating Operating Income, an assumed tax rate of 15% was used for all periods presented.

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

RECONCILIATION OF PRE-TAX OPERATING INCOME BY SEGMENT TO NET INCOME (LOSS)

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Operating income (loss) before income taxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Operations

 

$

54.5

 

 

$

31.2

 

 

$

91.1

 

 

$

68.1

 

International Operations

 

20.8

 

 

(27.5

)

 

9.2

 

 

(39.8

)

Run-off Lines

 

(0.1

)

 

(1.3

)

 

(0.9

)

 

(0.8

)

Corporate and Other

 

(6.0

)

 

(6.6

)

 

(8.9

)

 

(17.0

)

Total operating income (loss) before income taxes

 

69.2

 

 

(4.2

)

 

90.5

 

 

10.5

 

Net realized investment gains (losses)

 

24.7

 

 

17.9

 

 

37.8

 

 

(18.3

)

Foreign currency exchange (losses) gains

 

(4.4

)

 

(4.3

)

 

(5.7

)

 

(5.2

)

Non-operating expenses

 

(10.8

)

 

(3.5

)

 

(12.7

)

 

(6.8

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

78.7

 

 

5.9

 

 

109.9

 

 

(19.8

)

Income tax provision

 

8.9

 

 

11.3

 

 

10.3

 

 

10.3

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

69.8

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

$

99.6

 

 

$

(30.1

)

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

PREMIUMS BY SEGMENT AND LINE OF BUSINESS

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

U.S. Operations

 

Three months ended June 30, 2021

 

Three months ended June 30, 2020

 

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

Property

 

$

72.8

 

 

$

33.7

 

 

$

38.3

 

 

$

81.5

 

 

$

47.1

 

 

$

41.3

 

Liability

 

265.0

 

 

159.7

 

 

165.4

 

 

242.9

 

 

159.4

 

 

169.9

 

Professional

 

120.2

 

 

81.1

 

 

74.7

 

 

103.8

 

 

63.3

 

 

58.6

 

Specialty

 

55.0

 

 

42.7

 

 

36.1

 

 

52.0

 

 

33.8

 

 

31.8

 

Total

 

$

513.0

 

 

$

317.2

 

 

$

314.5

 

 

$

480.2

 

 

$

303.6

 

 

$

301.6

 

 

 

Six months ended June 30, 2021

 

Six months ended June 30, 2020

 

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

Property

 

$

129.7

 

 

$

54.4

 

 

$

80.8

 

 

$

146.7

 

 

$

62.2

 

 

$

80.7

 

Liability

 

531.5

 

 

322.3

 

 

331.1

 

 

512.8

 

 

322.1

 

 

342.2

 

Professional

 

232.2

 

 

153.3

 

 

146.4

 

 

201.0

 

 

121.9

 

 

114.1

 

Specialty

 

109.0

 

 

80.2

 

 

70.6

 

 

96.2

 

 

66.8

 

 

67.1

 

Total

 

$

1,002.4

 

 

$

610.2

 

 

$

628.9

 

 

$

956.7

 

 

$

573.0

 

 

$

604.1

 

International Operations

 

Three months ended June 30, 2021

 

Three months ended June 30, 2020

 

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

Property

 

$

81.1

 

 

$

28.6

 

 

$

33.8

 

 

$

132.3

 

 

$

50.0

 

 

$

35.6

 

Liability

 

65.5

 

 

38.3

 

 

35.5

 

 

56.4

 

 

31.7

 

 

26.3

 

Professional

 

53.1

 

 

40.2

 

 

36.3

 

 

51.3

 

 

25.8

 

 

29.4

 

Specialty

 

102.4

 

 

68.8

 

 

50.1

 

 

79.3

 

 

44.9

 

 

40.5

 

Total

 

$

302.1

 

 

$

175.9

 

 

$

155.7

 

 

$

319.3

 

 

$

152.4

 

 

$

131.8

 

 

 

Six months ended June 30, 2021

 

Six months ended June 30, 2020

 

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

Property

 

$

160.5

 

 

$

48.5

 

 

$

75.9

 

 

$

255.5

 

 

$

62.7

 

 

$

71.3

 

Liability

 

122.8

 

 

69.0

 

 

65.7

 

 

112.4

 

 

49.1

 

 

46.3

 

Professional

 

106.2

 

 

67.6

 

 

69.5

 

 

107.0

 

 

50.3

 

 

58.1

 

Specialty

 

179.5

 

 

118.9

 

 

96.1

 

 

193.6

 

 

101.2

 

 

88.4

 

Total

 

$

569.0

 

 

$

304.0

 

 

$

307.2

 

 

$

668.5

 

 

$

263.3

 

 

$

264.1

 

Consolidated

 

Three months ended June 30, 2021

 

Three months ended June 30, 2020

 

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

Property

 

$

153.9

 

 

$

62.3

 

 

$

72.1

 

 

$

213.8

 

 

$

97.1

 

 

$

76.9

 

Liability

 

330.7

 

 

198.2

 

 

201.0

 

 

299.4

 

 

191.2

 

 

196.2

 

Professional

 

173.3

 

 

121.3

 

 

111.0

 

 

155.1

 

 

89.1

 

 

88.0

 

Specialty

 

157.4

 

 

111.5

 

 

86.2

 

 

131.3

 

 

78.7

 

 

72.3

 

Total

 

$

815.3

 

 

$

493.3

 

 

$

470.3

 

 

$

799.6

 

 

$

456.1

 

 

$

433.4

 

 

 

Six months ended June 30, 2021

 

Six months ended June 30, 2020

 

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

 

Gross

Written

 

Net

Written

 

Net

Earned

Property

 

$

290.2

 

 

$

102.9

 

 

$

156.7

 

 

$

402.2

 

 

$

124.9

 

 

$

152.0

 

Liability

 

654.7

 

 

391.7

 

 

397.1

 

 

625.5

 

 

371.5

 

 

388.7

 

Professional

 

338.4

 

 

220.9

 

 

215.9

 

 

308.0

 

 

172.2

 

 

172.2

 

Specialty

 

288.5

 

 

199.1

 

 

166.7

 

 

289.8

 

 

168.0

 

 

155.5

 

Total

 

$

1,571.8

 

 

$

914.6

 

 

$

936.4

 

 

$

1,625.5

 

 

$

836.6

 

 

$

868.4

 

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

COMPONENTS OF NET INVESTMENT INCOME & NET REALIZED INVESTMENT GAINS (LOSSES)

CONSOLIDATED

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment income, excluding alternative investments

 

$

22.8

 

 

$

24.8

 

 

$

46.5

 

 

$

57.9

 

Alternative investments

 

29.9

 

 

(23.4

)

 

50.6

 

 

(20.9

)

Total net investment income

 

$

52.7

 

 

$

1.4

 

 

$

97.1

 

 

$

37.0

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net Realized Investment Gains (Losses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized investment (losses) gains

 

$

15.5

 

 

$

(21.2

)

 

$

14.2

 

 

$

6.6

 

Change in fair value of equity securities

 

20.3

 

 

15.1

 

 

35.8

 

 

(24.2

)

Credit gains (losses) on fixed maturity securities

 

0.4

 

 

(7.8

)

 

(0.7

)

 

(32.5

)

Gain (loss) on sale of Trident assets

 

(11.5

)

 

31.8

 

 

(11.5

)

 

31.8

 

Total net realized investments gains (losses)

 

$

24.7

 

 

$

17.9

 

 

$

37.8

 

 

$

(18.3

)

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

COMPONENTS OF INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

CONSOLIDATED

(in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

June 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

U.S. Governments and government agencies

 

$

357.8

 

 

$

399.8

 

States and political subdivisions

 

192.5

 

 

170.4

 

Foreign governments

 

212.7

 

 

294.8

 

Corporate – Financial

 

924.6

 

 

917.8

 

Corporate – Industrial

 

845.1

 

 

826.6

 

Corporate – Utilities

 

224.5

 

 

237.4

 

Asset-backed securities

 

123.3

 

 

122.8

 

Collateralized loan obligations

 

306.9

 

 

289.6

 

Mortgage-backed securities – Agency

 

484.1

 

 

453.4

 

Mortgage-backed securities – Commercial

 

351.1

 

 

339.7

 

Mortgage-backed securities – Residential

 

35.1

 

 

54.8

 

Total fixed maturities

 

4,057.7

 

 

4,107.1

 

Common stocks

 

184.3

 

 

175.1

 

Preferred stocks

 

1.4

 

 

1.6

 

Total equity securities available for sale

 

185.7

 

 

176.7

 

Private equity

 

243.0

 

 

211.4

 

Hedge fund

 

99.4

 

 

111.2

 

Overseas deposits

 

65.1

 

 

102.1

 

Other

 

4.8

 

 

4.7

 

Total other investments

 

412.3

 

 

429.4

 

Short term investments and cash equivalents

 

530.2

 

 

542.6

 

Cash

 

190.7

 

 

148.8

 

Total cash and invested assets

 

$

5,376.6

 

 

$

5,404.6

 

 

 

June 30,

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

U.S. Governments and government agencies

 

$

841.9

 

 

$

853.2

 

AAA

 

801.8

 

 

899.1

 

AA

 

380.8

 

 

382.0

 

A

 

866.4

 

 

869.9

 

BBB

 

818.2

 

 

739.4

 

BB

 

194.8

 

 

209.5

 

B

 

82.0

 

 

77.9

 

Lower than B

 

25.9

 

 

24.8

 

Not rated

 

45.9

 

 

51.3

 

Total fixed maturities

 

$

4,057.7

 

 

$

4,107.1

 

 

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

SHAREHOLDER RETURN ANALYSIS

(in millions, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2020

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders

 

$

67.1

 

 

$

(5.4

)

 

$

94.3

 

 

$

(30.1

)

Operating income (loss) (1)

 

 

56.1

 

 

 

(3.6

)

 

 

71.6

 

 

 

8.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Shareholders’ Equity – Beginning of period

 

$

1,677.0

 

 

$

1,613.5

 

 

$

1,713.8

 

 

$

1,763.7

 

Common Shareholders’ Equity – End of period

 

 

1,753.9

 

 

 

1,707.7

 

 

 

1,753.9

 

 

 

1,707.7

 

Average Common Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

1,715.5

 

 

$

1,660.6

 

 

$

1,733.9

 

 

$

1,735.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares outstanding – End of period

 

 

34.843

 

 

 

34.645

 

 

 

34.843

 

 

 

34.645

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per common share

 

$

50.34

 

 

$

49.29

 

 

$

50.34

 

 

$

49.29

 

Cash dividends paid per common share during 2021

 

 

0.31

 

 

 

 

 

0.62

 

 

 

Book value per common share, June 30, 2021 – including cash dividends paid

 

$

50.65

 

 

 

 

$

50.96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per common share, prior period (2)

 

$

48.23

 

 

 

 

$

49.40

 

 

 

Change in book value per common share during 2021

 

 

4.4

%

 

 

 

 

1.9

%

 

 

Change in book value per common share including cash dividends paid, during 2021 (2)

 

 

5.0

%

 

 

 

 

3.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annualized return on average common shareholders’ equity

 

 

15.6

%

 

 

(1.3

)%

 

 

10.9

%

 

 

(3.5

)%

Annualized operating return on average common shareholders’ equity

 

 

13.1

%

 

 

(0.9

)%

 

 

8.3

%

 

 

1.0

%

(1)

For the purpose of calculating Operating Income, an assumed tax rate of 15% was used for all periods presented.

 

 

(2)

The percentage change in book value per common share is calculated by including cash dividends of $0.31 per common share and $0.62 per common share paid to shareholders during the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively. This adjusted amount (Book value per common share, including dividends) is then compared to the book value per common share as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2021, respectively, to determine the change for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.

 

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