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WHITE MOUNTAINS REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Cision

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) reported book value per share of $1,439 and adjusted book value per share of $1,471 as of September 30, 2022. Book value per share and adjusted book value per share both increased 28% in the third quarter of 2022. Book value per share and adjusted book value per share increased 23% and 24% in the first nine months of 2022, including dividends. The increase in book value per share and adjusted book value per share was driven primarily by the net gain from the sale of NSM.

Manning Rountree, CEO, commented, "ABVPS was up 28% in the quarter. The main driver was the gain on our sale of NSM, which closed on August 1 and added roughly $300 to ABVPS. Aside from this, ABVPS was up slightly driven primarily by good operating results at our businesses, partially offset by mark-to-market losses in our fixed income portfolio and the decline in MediaAlpha's share price. BAM produced record levels of premiums. Ark produced an 87% combined ratio, despite significant catastrophe activity, while growing premiums 33% year-over-year. The fair value of Kudu's existing participation contracts increased 12% in the quarter, reflecting announced sale transactions and good portfolio performance in a volatile investment environment. Kudu grew adjusted EBITDA year-over-year and closed two new transactions. During the quarter, we repurchased a little over $500 million of shares, including the results of our self-tender offer. Undeployed capital now stands at roughly $1.1 billion."

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to common shareholders was $890 million and $748 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $(373) million and $(308) million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Results in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 were driven primarily by the net gain from the sale of NSM of $876 million, which includes the impact of compensation and other costs recorded in Other Operations. Results in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 also included $19 million and $113 million of unrealized investment losses from White Mountains's investment in MediaAlpha compared to $397 million and $326 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021.

HG Global/BAM

BAM's gross written premiums and member surplus contributions (MSC) collected were $46 million and $109 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $28 million and $84 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. BAM insured municipal bonds with par value of $4.1 billion and $13.5 billion in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $4.0 billion and $12.6 billion in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Total pricing was 110 and 81 basis points in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to 69 and 66 basis points in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. BAM's total claims paying resources were $1,260 million at September 30, 2022 compared to $1,192 million at December 31, 2021 and $1,181 million at September 30, 2021.

Seán McCarthy, CEO of BAM, said, "BAM posted good results for par insured and premiums during the third quarter. Demand for insured bonds remained strong as investors focused on liquidity and quality ratings in response to volatile market conditions. That consistent demand, and the higher rate environment, helped improve pricing over the prior year."

HG Global reported pre-tax income (loss) of $(12) million and $(35) million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $7 million and $16 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. The decrease in HG Global's pre-tax income (loss) in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to the third quarter and first nine months of 2021 was driven primarily by net unrealized investment losses on the HG Global fixed income portfolio.

White Mountains reported pre-tax loss related to BAM of $32 million and $98 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $15 million and $47 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. The increase in pre-tax loss related to BAM in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to the third quarter and first nine months of 2021 was driven primarily by net unrealized investment losses on the BAM fixed income portfolio.

BAM is a mutual insurance company that is owned by its members. BAM's results are consolidated into White Mountains's GAAP financial statements and attributed to non-controlling interests.

Ark

Ark's GAAP combined ratio was 87% and 90% in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to 92% and 95% in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Ark's adjusted combined ratio, which adds back amounts attributable to third-party capital providers, was 86% and 90% in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to 89% and 93% in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. The adjusted combined ratio for the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 included 21 points and 17 points of catastrophe losses compared to 21 points and 16 points in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Catastrophe losses for the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 included $51 million related to Hurricane Ian on a net basis after reinstatement premiums. The adjusted combined ratio in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 also included four points and five points of favorable prior year development compared to six points and five points in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021.

Ark reported gross written premiums of $216 million and $1,253 million, net written premiums of $193 million and $1,007 million and net earned premiums of $346 million and $758 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to gross written premiums of $162 million and $895 million, net written premiums of $121 million and $726 million and net earned premiums of $213 million and $436 million and in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Ark reported pre-tax income (loss) of $24 million and $(20) million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $11 million and $(4) million in third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Ark's results included net realized and unrealized investment gains (losses) of $(14) million and $(77) million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $0.3 million and $10 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Ark's pre-tax loss for the first nine months of 2021 also included $25 million of transaction expenses related to White Mountains's transaction with Ark.

Ian Beaton, CEO of Ark, said, "Ark had a good third quarter notwithstanding global catastrophe activity. The adjusted combined ratio was 86% in the quarter. This included $74 million of catastrophe losses, including the estimated impact of Hurricane Ian, and $13 million of favorable prior year development, principally in property lines. Gross written premiums were $216 million in the quarter and $1.25 billion year-to-date, up 33% and 40%, respectively, from 2021 levels. Risk-adjusted rate change is up 9% year-to-date. Market conditions remain attractive, and we continue to see upward pressure on rates in many of the classes of business we underwrite."

Kudu

Kudu reported total revenues of $56 million, pre-tax income of $47 million and adjusted EBITDA of $12 million in the third quarter of 2022 compared to total revenues of $29 million, pre-tax income of $23 million and adjusted EBITDA of $7 million in the third quarter of 2021. Total revenues and pre-tax income in the third quarter of 2022 included $41 million of net realized and unrealized investment gains on Kudu's participation contracts compared to $19 million in the third quarter of 2021.

Kudu reported total revenues of $87 million, pre-tax income of $66 million and adjusted EBITDA of $33 million in the first nine months of 2022 compared to total revenues of $89 million, pre-tax income of $70 million and adjusted EBITDA of $19 million in the first nine months of 2021. Total revenues and pre-tax income in the first nine months of 2022 included $46 million of realized and unrealized gains on Kudu's participation contracts, compared to $63 million in the first nine months of 2021.

Rob Jakacki, CEO of Kudu, said, "The Kudu portfolio performed well in the third quarter. Trailing 12 month revenues from participation contracts increased 10% quarter over quarter to $59 million, while adjusted EBITDA increased 10% quarter over quarter to $47 million. Annualized revenues finished the quarter at $66 million while annualized adjusted EBITDA reached $53 million. We were pleased to close two investments during the quarter: GenTrust, an independent RIA, and Escalate Capital Partners, a private credit and opportunistic growth equity manager. We continue to identify specialized high-quality asset and wealth managers worldwide and expect to make additional investments this year."

MediaAlpha

White Mountains owns 16.9 million shares of MediaAlpha, representing a 27% basic ownership interest (25% on a fully-diluted/fully-converted basis). As of September 30, 2022, the closing price was $8.75 per share, which decreased from $9.85 per share at June 30, 2022. As of September 30, 2022, the value of White Mountains's investment in MediaAlpha was $148 million, which decreased from $167 million at June 30, 2022. At our current level of ownership, each $1.00 per share increase or decrease in the share price of MediaAlpha will result in an approximate $6.60 per share increase or decrease in White Mountains's book value per share and adjusted book value per share. Our focus remains on MediaAlpha's intrinsic value, not on fluctuations in its share price. We encourage you to read MediaAlpha's third quarter earnings release and related shareholder letter, which is available on MediaAlpha's investor relations website at www.investors.mediaalpha.com.

Other Operations

White Mountains's Other Operations reported pre-tax loss of $58 million and $191 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $387 million and $340 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Unrealized investment losses from White Mountains's investment in MediaAlpha were $19 million and $113 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $397 million and $326 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Excluding MediaAlpha, net realized and unrealized investment gains (losses) were $(17) million and $3 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $15 million and $34 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. Net investment income was $9 million and $14 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $5 million and $16 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021.

White Mountains's Other Operations reported general and administrative expenses of $40 million and $119 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to $14 million and $79 million in the third quarter and first nine months of 2021. The increases in general and administrative expenses in the third quarter and first nine months of 2022 compared to the third quarter and first nine months of 2021 were driven by higher incentive compensation costs, primarily in connection with the sale of NSM.

Share Repurchases

In the third quarter of 2022, White Mountains repurchased and retired 366,645 of its common shares for $509 million at an average share price of $1,388.24, or 94% of White Mountains's September 30, 2022 adjusted book value per share. In the first nine months of 2022, White Mountains repurchased and retired 457,180 of its common shares for $611 million at an average share price of $1,335.44, or 91% of White Mountains's September 30, 2022 adjusted book value per share.

In the third quarter of 2021, White Mountains repurchased and retired 79,294 of its common shares for $87 million at an average share price of $1,098.82, or 93% of White Mountains's September 30, 2021 adjusted book value per share. In the first nine months of 2021, White Mountains repurchased and retired 86,512 of its common shares for $95 million at an average share price of $1,093.87 or 93% of White Mountains's September 30, 2021 adjusted book value per share.

Investments

The total consolidated portfolio return was 0.4% in the third quarter of 2022. Excluding MediaAlpha, the total consolidated portfolio return was 0.5% in the third quarter of 2022. The total consolidated portfolio return was -8.0% in the third quarter of 2021. Excluding MediaAlpha, the total consolidated portfolio return was 1.4% in the third quarter of 2021.

The total consolidated portfolio return was -3.6% in the first nine months of 2022. Excluding MediaAlpha, the total consolidated portfolio return was -1.4% in the first nine months of 2022. The total consolidated portfolio return was -3.7% in the first nine months of 2021. Excluding MediaAlpha, the total consolidated portfolio return was 4.6% in the first nine months of 2021.

Mark Plourde, President of White Mountains Advisors, said, "Excluding MediaAlpha, the total portfolio was up 0.5% in the quarter. Positive equity results offset mark-to-market losses in the fixed income portfolio as interest rates continued to increase in the quarter. Our short duration fixed income portfolio returned -0.8%, ahead of the BBIA Index return of -3.8%. The equity portfolio, excluding MediaAlpha, returned 2.8%, ahead of the S&P 500 return of -4.9%, driven primarily by gains from Kudu's participation contracts."

Additional Information

White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company's website located at www.whitemountains.com. White Mountains expects to file its Form 10-Q today with the Securities and Exchange Commission and urges shareholders to refer to that document for more complete information concerning its financial results.

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(millions)

(Unaudited)




September 30,

2022


December 31,

2021


September 30,

2021

Assets







Financial Guarantee (HG Global/BAM)







Fixed maturity investments


$ 874.4


$ 934.1


$ 898.4

Short-term investments


62.3


32.4


50.3

Total investments


936.7


966.5


948.7

Cash


17.3


19.8


21.8

Insurance premiums receivable


6.6


6.9


6.9

Deferred acquisition costs


34.9


33.1


31.7

Other assets


22.3


18.5


18.7

Total Financial Guarantee assets


1,017.8


1,044.8


1,027.8

P&C Insurance and Reinsurance (Ark)







Fixed maturity investments


741.8


688.6


618.1

Common equity securities


286.4


251.1


159.6

Short-term investments


309.4


296.2


396.5

Other long-term investments


329.7


326.2


320.6

Total investments


1,667.3


1,562.1


1,494.8

Cash


123.4


67.8


116.5

Reinsurance recoverables


550.9


448.4


465.6

Insurance premiums receivable


698.6


416.0


482.3

Ceded unearned premiums


59.7


67.1


92.1

Deferred acquisition costs and value of in-force business acquired


151.4


108.2


127.8

Goodwill and other intangible assets


292.5


292.5


292.5

Other assets


62.9


64.9


61.3

Total P&C Insurance and Reinsurance assets


3,606.7


3,027.0


3,132.9

Asset Management (Kudu)







Other long-term investments


813.2


669.5


604.8

Cash (restricted $8.9, $4.5, $4.5)


76.6


21.4


14.8

Accrued investment income


12.5


16.9


9.0

Goodwill and other intangible assets


8.7


8.9


9.0

Other assets


9.7


10.4


8.4

Total Asset Management assets


920.7


727.1


646.0

Other Operations







Fixed maturity investments


238.1


286.2


316.4

Short-term investments


824.7


129.5


156.8

Common equity securities


46.4



Investment in MediaAlpha


148.2


261.6


316.4

Other long-term investments


479.8


382.1


360.2

Total investments


1,737.2


1,059.4


1,149.8

Cash


28.4


38.7


30.9

Goodwill and other intangible assets


92.0


39.1


48.7

Other assets


142.2


59.5


71.2

Assets held for sale - NSM Group



989.0


1,006.3

Assets held for sale



16.1


Total Other Operations assets


1,999.8


2,201.8


2,306.9

Total assets


$ 7,545.0


$ 7,000.7


$ 7,113.6

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)

(millions)

(Unaudited)




September 30,

2022


December 31,

2021


September 30,

2021

Liabilities







Financial Guarantee (HG Global/BAM)







Unearned insurance premiums


$ 286.7


$ 266.3


$ 257.0

Debt


146.4



Accrued incentive compensation


21.6


24.7


21.0

Other liabilities


29.5


30.9


32.5

Total Financial Guarantee liabilities


484.2


321.9


310.5

P&C Insurance and Reinsurance (Ark)







Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves


1,329.4


894.7


890.9

Unearned insurance premiums


781.3


495.9


596.6

Debt


180.0


185.9


200.7

Reinsurance payable


312.7


424.1


481.4

Contingent consideration


32.9


28.0


24.0

Other liabilities


107.6


93.8


87.4

Total P&C Insurance and Reinsurance liabilities


2,743.9


2,122.4


2,281.0

Asset Management (Kudu)







Debt


253.5


218.2


195.6

Other liabilities


59.7


42.8


40.2

Total Asset Management liabilities


313.2


261.0


235.8

Other Operations







Debt


35.6


16.8


19.1

Accrued incentive compensation


67.2


48.5


44.7

Other liabilities


34.6


30.1


49.7

Liabilities held for sale - NSM Group



495.3


518.5

Total Other Operations liabilities


137.4


590.7


632.0

Total liabilities


3,678.7


3,296.0


3,459.3








Equity







White Mountains's common shareholder's equity







White Mountains's common shares and paid-in surplus


535.3


588.9


586.2

Retained earnings


3,175.9


2,957.5


2,935.3

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), after tax:







Net unrealized gains (losses) from foreign currency translation and

interest rate swap


(3.2)


1.7


.2

Total White Mountains's common shareholders' equity


3,708.0


3,548.1


3,521.7

Non-controlling interests


158.3


156.6


132.6

Total equity


3,866.3


3,704.7


3,654.3

Total liabilities and equity


$ 7,545.0


$ 7,000.7


$ 7,113.6

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.

BOOK VALUE AND ADJUSTED BOOK VALUE PER SHARE

(Unaudited)




September 30,

2022


June 30,

2022


December 31,

2021


September 30,

2021

Book value per share numerators (in millions):









White Mountains's common shareholders' equity -

GAAP book value per share numerator


$ 3,708.0


$ 3,323.3


$ 3,548.1


$ 3,521.7

Time value of money discount on expected future payments on the

BAM Surplus Notes (1)


(110.8)


(115.9)


(125.9)


(128.0)

HG Global's unearned premium reserve (1)


232.2


221.6


214.6


206.8

HG Global's net deferred acquisition costs (1)


(65.9)


(62.6)


(60.8)


(58.1)

Adjusted book value per share numerator


$ 3,763.5


$ 3,366.4


$ 3,576.0


$ 3,542.4

Book value per share denominators (in thousands of shares):









Common shares outstanding - GAAP book value per share denominator


2,576.2


2,942.9


3,017.8


3,029.6

Unearned restricted common shares


(17.5)


(20.9)


(13.7)


(17.0)

Adjusted book value per share denominator


2,558.7


2,922.0


3,004.1


3,012.6

GAAP book value per share


$ 1,439.31


1,129.27


$ 1,175.73


$ 1,162.44

Adjusted book value per share


$ 1,470.84


1,152.12


$ 1,190.39


$ 1,175.86

(1) Amount reflects White Mountains's preferred share ownership in HG Global of 96.9%.












September 30,

2022


June 30,

2022


December 31,

2021


September 30,

2021

Quarter-to-date change in GAAP book value per share,

including dividends:


27.5 %


(4.5) %


1.1 %


(9.1) %

Quarter-to-date change in adjusted book value per share,

including dividends:


27.7 %


(4.3) %


1.2 %


(9.0) %

Year-to-date change in GAAP book value per share,

including dividends:


22.5 %


(3.9) %


(6.5) %


(7.6) %

Year-to-date change in adjusted book value per share,

including dividends:


23.6 %


(3.1) %


(5.7) %


(6.9) %

Year-to-date dividends per share


$ 1.00


$ 1.00


$ 1.00


$ 1.00

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.

GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS

(Unaudited)




September 30,

2022


June 30,

2022


December 31,

2021


September 30,

2021


Summary of goodwill and other intangible assets

(in millions):










Goodwill:










Ark


$ 116.8


$ 116.8


$ 116.8


$ 116.8


Kudu


7.6


7.6


7.6


7.6


Other Operations


51.1


77.4

(1)

17.9


17.4

(2)

Total goodwill


175.5


201.8


142.3


141.8


Other intangible assets:










Ark


175.7


175.7


175.7


175.7


Kudu


1.1


1.1


1.3


1.4


Other Operations


40.9


19.4


21.2


31.3


Total other intangible assets


217.7


196.2


198.2


208.4


Total goodwill and other intangible assets


393.2


398.0


340.5


350.2


Goodwill and other intangible assets attributed to

non-controlling interests


(103.1)


(103.4)


(91.8)


(92.0)


Goodwill and other intangible assets included in

White Mountains's common shareholders' equity


$ 290.1


$ 294.6


$ 248.7


$ 258.2




1)

The relative fair values of goodwill and of other intangible assets recognized in connection with recent acquisitions within Other Operations had not yet been finalized June 30, 2022.

2)

The relative fair values of goodwill and of other intangible assets recognized in connection with an acquisition within Other Operations had not yet been finalized September 30, 2021.

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(millions)

(Unaudited)