Essent Group Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

August 3, 2018

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 3, 2018--Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) today reported net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 of $111.8 million or $1.14 per diluted share, compared to $72.1 million or $0.77 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. As of June 30, 2018, Essent had insurance in force of $122.5 billion and consolidated stockholders’ equity of $2.1 billion.

“During the second quarter we continued to build a high credit quality and profitable mortgage insurance portfolio,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The growth of our insurance in force coupled with our ability to utilize multiple forms of capital to insure risk in both the U.S. and Bermuda demonstrates that the Essent franchise is well positioned to play a significant role in the housing finance system while also producing high quality earnings and strong returns for our shareholders.”

Financial Highlights:

Insurance in force as of June 30, 2018 was $122.5 billion, compared to $95.5 billion as of June 30, 2017. New insurance written for the second quarter was $12.9 billion, compared to $11.4 billion in the second quarter of 2017. Net premiums earned for the second quarter were $157.0 million, compared to $126.6 million in the second quarter of 2017. The expense ratio for the second quarter was 23.2%, compared to 28.2% in the second quarter of 2017. The provision for losses and LAE for the second quarter was $1.8 million, consistent with the second quarter of 2017. The percentage of loans in default as of June 30, 2018 was 0.64%, compared to 0.41% as of June 30, 2017. The combined ratio for the second quarter was 24.4%, compared to 29.6% in the second quarter of 2017. The consolidated balance of cash and investments at June 30, 2018 was $2.6 billion, including cash and investment balances at Essent Group Ltd. of $76.0 million. The combined risk-to-capital ratio of the U.S. mortgage insurance business, which includes statutory capital for both Essent Guaranty, Inc. and Essent Guaranty of PA, Inc., was 14.0:1 as of June 30, 2018. Essent Reinsurance Ltd. reinsured a total of $45.3 million of risk in the second quarter of 2018. As of June 30, 2018, Essent Guaranty, Inc. had total PMIERs available assets of $1.74 billion, which compares to risk-based required assets under PMIERs of $1.35 billion.

Conference Call

Essent management will hold a conference call at 10:00 AM Eastern time today to discuss its results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://ir.essentgroup.com/investors/webcasts-and-presentations/event-calendar/default.aspx. The call may also be accessed by dialing 866-393-4306 inside the U.S., or 734-385-2616 for international callers, using passcode 1086846 or by referencing Essent.

A replay of the webcast will be available on the Essent website approximately two hours after the live broadcast ends for a period of one year. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call ends for a period of two weeks, using the following dial-in numbers and passcode: 855-859-2056 inside the U.S., or 404-537-3406 for international callers, passcode 1086846.

In addition to the information provided in the company’s earnings news release, other statistical and financial information, which may be referred to during the conference call, will be available on Essent’s website at http://ir.essentgroup.com/investors/financial-information/quarterly-financial-supplements/default.aspx.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include “forward-looking statements” which are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” or “potential” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: changes in or to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the “GSEs”), whether through Federal legislation, restructurings or a shift in business practices; failure to continue to meet the mortgage insurer eligibility requirements of the GSEs; competition for customers; lenders or investors seeking alternatives to private mortgage insurance; an increase in the number of loans insured through Federal government mortgage insurance programs, including those offered by the Federal Housing Administration; decline in new insurance written and franchise value due to loss of a significant customer; decline in the volume of low down payment mortgage originations; the definition of “Qualified Mortgage” reducing the size of the mortgage origination market or creating incentives to use government mortgage insurance programs; the definition of “Qualified Residential Mortgage” reducing the number of low down payment loans or lenders and investors seeking alternatives to private mortgage insurance; the implementation of the Basel III Capital Accord discouraging the use of private mortgage insurance; a decrease in the length of time that insurance policies are in force; uncertainty of loss reserve estimates; deteriorating economic conditions; our non-U.S. operations becoming subject to U.S. Federal income taxation; becoming considered a passive foreign investment company for U.S. Federal income tax purposes; and other risks and factors described in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 20, 2018. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting Essent Group Ltd.’s results, management has included financial measures, including adjusted book value per share, that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). Such measures are referred to as “non-GAAP measures.” These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. Management believes these measures allow for a more complete understanding of the underlying business. These measures are used to monitor our results and should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included in the attached financial supplement in accordance with Regulation G.

About the Company

Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) is a Bermuda-based holding company (collectively with its subsidiaries, “Essent”) which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Essent Guaranty, Inc., offers private mortgage insurance for single-family mortgage loans in the United States. Essent provides private capital to mitigate mortgage credit risk, allowing lenders to make additional mortgage financing available to prospective homeowners. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Essent Guaranty, Inc. is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and is approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Essent also offers mortgage-related insurance, reinsurance and advisory services through its Bermuda-based subsidiary, Essent Reinsurance Ltd. Additional information regarding Essent may be found at www.essentgroup.com and www.essent.us.

Source: Essent Group Ltd.

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