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RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income Available to Common Shareholders of $191.8 Million for the Second Quarter of 2018, or $4.78 Per Diluted Common Share

July 24, 2018

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 24, 2018--RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: RNR) (the “Company” or “RenaissanceRe”) today reported net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $191.8 million, or $4.78 per diluted common share, in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $171.1 million, or $4.24 per diluted common share, in the second quarter of 2017. Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders was $209.6 million, or $5.23 per diluted common share, in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $116.8 million, or $2.88 per diluted common share, in the second quarter of 2017. The Company reported an annualized return on average common equity of 18.6% and an annualized operating return on average common equity of 20.3% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 15.2% and 10.3%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017. Book value per common share increased $4.27, or 4.3%, to $104.56, in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a 3.4% increase in the second quarter of 2017. Tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends increased $4.57, or 4.9%, to $116.53 in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a 3.9% increase in the second quarter of 2017.

Kevin J. O’Donnell, CEO, commented: “We celebrated our 25 th anniversary as a company this quarter, and I am proud to report very strong results. We recorded annualized operating return on average common equity of 20.3% and growth in tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends of 4.9%. I am especially pleased that we were also able to construct our best portfolio of risk in years. Moving forward, a combination of top line growth, an effective gross-to-net strategy, rising interest rates and improved operational efficiency should provide the foundations for continued superior shareholder return.”

SECOND QUARTER 2018 SUMMARY

Gross premiums written increased by $149.9 million, or 18.1%, to $977.3 million, in the second quarter of 2018, compared to the second quarter of 2017, driven by increases of $96.6 million in the Casualty and Specialty segment and $53.3 million in the Property segment. Gross premiums written in the Property segment included a $31.4 million reduction in assumed reinstatement premiums written. Underwriting income of $226.6 million and a combined ratio of 47.2% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $109.7 million and 71.3%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017. Decreases in the estimates of the net negative impact of the 2017 Catastrophe Events (as defined herein) resulted in a net positive impact on the underwriting result of $92.0 million, and a corresponding reduction in the combined ratio of 23.5 percentage points, in the second quarter of 2018, principally within the Company’s Property segment. The Company’s portfolio of fixed maturity and short term investments had a yield to maturity of 3.0% at June 30, 2018.

Net Negative Impact

Net negative impact includes the sum of estimates of net claims and claim expenses incurred, earned reinstatement premiums assumed and ceded, lost profit commissions and redeemable noncontrolling interest. The Company’s estimates of net negative impact are based on a review of its potential exposures, preliminary discussions with certain counterparties and catastrophe modeling techniques. The Company’s actual net negative impact, both individually and in the aggregate, will vary from these estimates, perhaps materially. Changes in these estimates will be recorded in the period in which they occur.

Meaningful uncertainty remains regarding the estimates, and the nature and extent of the losses, associated with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Mexico City Earthquake, and the Q4 2017 California Wildfires (collectively, the “2017 Catastrophe Events”), driven by the magnitude and recent occurrence of each event, relatively limited claims data received to date, the contingent nature of business interruption and other exposures, potential uncertainties relating to reinsurance recoveries and other factors inherent in loss estimation, among other things. Seismic events generally have longer development periods than windstorm events, which may be amplified in certain instances by dynamics such as the risk of geological liquefaction and the potential for uncertainty in claims adjudication.

See the financial data below for additional information detailing the net positive impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements in the second quarter of 2018 resulting from decreases in the estimates of the net negative impact of the 2017 Catastrophe Events.

Underwriting Results by Segment

Property Segment

Gross premiums written in the Property segment were $552.6 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $53.3 million, or 10.7%, compared to $499.3 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Gross premiums written in the catastrophe class of business were $437.7 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $26.2 million, or 6.4%, compared to the second quarter of 2017. Excluding a $31.2 million reduction in assumed reinstatement premiums written in the catastrophe class of business in the second quarter of 2018 associated with the 2017 Catastrophe Events, gross premiums written in the catastrophe class of business would have increased $57.4 million, or 14.0%. The increase in gross premiums written in the catastrophe class of business was driven primarily by expanded participation on existing transactions and certain new transactions. Gross premiums written in the other property class of business were $114.9 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $27.1 million, or 30.8%, compared to the second quarter of 2017. The increase in gross premiums written in the other property class of business was primarily driven by growth in the Lloyd’s underwriting platform, both from existing relationships and through new opportunities.

Ceded premiums written in the Property segment were $254.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $91.9 million, or 56.4%, compared to the second quarter of 2017. The increase in ceded premiums written was principally due to additional purchases of retrocessional reinsurance as part of the management of the Company’s risk portfolio.

Net premiums written in the Property segment were $297.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, a decrease of $38.6 million or 11.5%, compared to the second quarter of 2017. Excluding a $29.5 million reduction in net reinstatement premiums written in the Property segment associated with the 2017 Catastrophe Events, net premiums written decreased by $9.1 million due to an increase in ceded purchases made as part of the Company’s gross-to-net strategy which is core to the construction of its net portfolios of risk.

The Property segment generated underwriting income of $213.7 million and a combined ratio of negative 4.7% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $106.6 million and positive 44.5%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017. Principally impacting the Property segment underwriting result and combined ratio in the second quarter of 2018 were decreases in the net negative impact of the 2017 Catastrophe Events, which resulted in a net positive impact on the underwriting result of $86.1 million, and a corresponding reduction in the combined ratio of 50.1 percentage points.

Primarily as a result of the decreases in the estimates of the net negative impact of the 2017 Catastrophe Events noted above, the Property segment experienced:

favorable development on prior accident years net claims and claim expenses of $143.1 million, or 70.1 percentage points, during the second quarter of 2018, compared to $23.9 million, or 12.4 percentage points, in the second quarter of 2017; and an increase in the underwriting expense ratio to 31.7% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 27.3% in the second quarter of 2017, principally driven by lower ceded profit commissions, as well as a reduction in net premiums earned due to the negative reinstatement premiums noted above.

Casualty and Specialty Segment

Gross premiums written in the Casualty and Specialty segment were $424.7 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $96.6 million, or 29.5%, compared to the second quarter of 2017. The increase was principally due to selective growth from new business opportunities within the general casualty, financial lines and other specialty classes of business. Much of this growth is a result of the Company’s differentiated strategy to provide bespoke customer solutions, which may be non-recurring.

The Casualty and Specialty segment generated underwriting income of $13.0 million and had a combined ratio of 94.2% in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $2.8 million and 98.5%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017. The improvement in the Casualty and Specialty segment combined ratio was principally driven by a 6.2 percentage point decrease in the underwriting expense ratio, primarily the result of a decrease in the net acquisition ratio and a decrease in the operating expense ratio due to the combination of both lower operating expenses and improved operating leverage as a result of the increase in net premiums earned, partially offset by a 1.9 percentage point increase in the net claims and claim expenses ratio.

During the second quarter of 2018, the Casualty and Specialty segment experienced net favorable development on prior accident years net claims and claim expenses of $13.0 million, or 5.8 percentage points, compared to $21.0 million, or 11.0 percentage points, in the second quarter of 2017. The net favorable development during the second quarter of 2018 was principally driven by reported losses generally coming in lower than expected on attritional net claims and claim expenses across a number of lines of business, and a decrease in the estimate of the net negative impact of the 2017 Catastrophe Events.

Other Items

The Company’s total investment result, which includes the sum of net investment income and net realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments, was a gain of $53.5 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a gain of $112.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of $58.8 million. The decrease in the total investment result was principally due to realized and unrealized losses on the Company’s fixed maturity investment portfolio in the second quarter of 2018 driven by an upward shift of the interest rate yield curve, compared to realized and unrealized gains in the second quarter of 2017 primarily driven by a tightening of credit spreads and a decrease in interest rates at the longer end of the yield curve. In addition, the Company’s equity investments trading portfolio experienced lower realized and unrealized gains during the second quarter of 2018, compared to second quarter of 2017. During the second quarter of 2018, Upsilon RFO issued $205.4 million of non-voting preference shares to investors, including $32.8 million to the Company. At June 30, 2018, the Company’s participation in the risks assumed by Upsilon RFO was 14.6%. In June 2018, the Company raised $250.0 million through the issuance of 10,000,000 Depositary Shares, each of which represents 1/1,000 th interest in a share of the Company’s 5.750% Series F Preference Shares, $1.00 par value and $25,000 liquidation preference per share (equivalent to $25.00 per Depositary Share). The proceeds of the issuance of the Series F Preference Shares will be used for general corporate purposes.

This Press Release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures including “operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders”, “operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted”, “operating return on average common equity - annualized”, “tangible book value per common share” and “tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends.” A reconciliation of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures in accordance with Regulation G is presented in the attached supplemental financial data.

Please refer to the “Investors - Financial Reports - Financial Supplements” section of the Company’s website at www.renre.com for a copy of the Financial Supplement which includes additional information on the Company’s financial performance.

RenaissanceRe will host a conference call on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss this release. Live broadcast of the conference call will be available through the “Investors - Webcasts & Presentations” section of the Company’s website at www.renre.com.

About RenaissanceRe

RenaissanceRe is a global provider of reinsurance and insurance that specializes in matching well-structured risks with efficient sources of capital. The Company provides property, casualty and specialty reinsurance and certain insurance solutions to customers, principally through intermediaries. Established in 1993, the Company has offices in Bermuda, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Any forward-looking statements made in this Press Release reflect RenaissanceRe’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to numerous factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the following: the frequency and severity of catastrophic and other events that the Company covers; the effectiveness of the Company’s claims and claim expense reserving process; the Company’s ability to maintain its financial strength ratings; the effect of climate change on the Company’s business; collection on claimed retrocessional coverage, and new retrocessional reinsurance being available on acceptable terms and providing the coverage that we intended to obtain; the effects of U.S. tax reform legislation and possible future tax reform legislation and regulations, including changes to the tax treatment of the Company’s shareholders or investors in the Company’s joint ventures or other entities the Company manages; the effect of emerging claims and coverage issues; continued soft reinsurance underwriting market conditions; the Company’s reliance on a small and decreasing number of reinsurance brokers and other distribution services for the preponderance of its revenue; the Company’s exposure to credit loss from counterparties in the normal course of business; the effect of continued challenging economic conditions throughout the world; a contention by the Internal Revenue Service that Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd., or any of the Company’s other Bermuda subsidiaries, is subject to taxation in the U.S.; the success of any of the Company’s strategic investments or acquisitions, including the Company’s ability to manage its operations as its product and geographical diversity increases; the Company’s ability to retain key senior officers and to attract or retain the executives and employees necessary to manage its business; the performance of the Company’s investment portfolio; losses that the Company could face from terrorism, political unrest or war; the effect of cybersecurity risks, including technology breaches or failure on the Company’s business; the Company’s ability to successfully implement its business strategies and initiatives; the Company’s ability to determine the impairments taken on investments; the effect of inflation; the ability of the Company’s ceding companies and delegated authority counterparties to accurately assess the risks they underwrite; the effect of operational risks, including system or human failures; the Company’s ability to effectively manage capital on behalf of investors in joint ventures or other entities it manages; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the Company’s ability to raise capital if necessary; the Company’s ability to comply with covenants in its debt agreements; changes to the regulatory systems under which the Company operates, including as a result of increased global regulation of the insurance and reinsurance industry; changes in Bermuda laws and regulations and the political environment in Bermuda; the Company’s dependence on the ability of its operating subsidiaries to declare and pay dividends; aspects of the Company’s corporate structure that may discourage third-party takeovers or other transactions; the cyclical nature of the reinsurance and insurance industries; adverse legislative developments that reduce the size of the private markets the Company serves or impede their future growth; consolidation of competitors, customers and insurance and reinsurance brokers; the effect on the Company’s business of the highly competitive nature of its industry, including the effect of new entrants to, competing products for and consolidation in the (re)insurance industry; other political, regulatory or industry initiatives adversely impacting the Company; increasing barriers to free trade and the free flow of capital; international restrictions on the writing of reinsurance by foreign companies and government intervention in the natural catastrophe market; the effect of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development or European Union (“EU”) measures to increase the Company’s taxes and reporting requirements; the effect of the vote by the U.K. to leave the EU; changes in regulatory regimes and accounting rules that may impact financial results irrespective of business operations; the Company’s need to make many estimates and judgments in the preparation of its financial statements; and other factors affecting future results disclosed in RenaissanceRe’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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