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RenaissanceRe Reports Net Income of $128.0 Million for the First Quarter of 2016 or $2.95 Per Diluted Common Share; Quarterly Operating Income of $66.3 Million or $1.51 Per Diluted Common Share

April 26, 2016

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 26, 2016-- RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR) (the “Company” or “RenaissanceRe”) today reported net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders of $128.0 million, or $2.95 per diluted common share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $167.8 million, or $4.14 per diluted common share, respectively, in the first quarter of 2015. Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders was $66.3 million, or $1.51 per diluted common share, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $126.1 million, or $3.10 per diluted common share, respectively, in the first quarter of 2015. The Company reported an annualized return on average common equity of 11.8% and an annualized operating return on average common equity of 6.1% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 17.1% and 12.9%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2015. Book value per common share increased $2.06, or 2.1%, in the first quarter of 2016 to $101.19, compared to a 5.6% increase in the first quarter of 2015. Tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends increased $2.37, or 2.6%, in the first quarter of 2016 to $110.39, compared to a 0.5% decrease in the first quarter of 2015.

Kevin J. O'Donnell, CEO, commented: "We reported $128.0 million of net income, an annualized ROE of 11.8% and an annualized operating ROE of 6.1%. The risk markets around the world are currently challenging and volatile. This volatility benefited our net income during the first quarter with mark to market investment gains. In addition, while we benefited from low catastrophe loss activity in our Catastrophe Reinsurance segment, we also experienced an unusually large aggregation of event-specific loss activity within our Specialty Reinsurance segment."

Mr. O'Donnell continued: "The market remains difficult and we continue to see reductions to rates. With this backdrop, we will continue to exercise the same level of underwriting discipline as we have in the past, focusing on superior execution and helping our clients pursue opportunities and addressing their needs."

FIRST QUARTER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gross premiums written of $862.1 million increased $218.6 million, or 34.0%, in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, with the Company’s Specialty Reinsurance and Lloyd’s segments experiencing increases of $244.7 million, or 196.9%, and $2.6 million, or 2.0%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2016, offset in part by a decrease of $28.8 million, or 7.4%, in the Company’s Catastrophe Reinsurance segment. Impacting gross premiums written in the first quarter of 2016 was the inclusion of gross premiums written associated with entities acquired in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (“Platinum”), for the period from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, which included gross premiums written from the acquired entities for the period from March 2, 2015 (the date of acquisition) through March 31, 2015.
  • The Company generated underwriting income of $105.2 million and a combined ratio of 70.3% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $130.9 million and 55.9%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2015. The increase in the combined ratio in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, was primarily driven by an increase in net claims and claim expenses and acquisition expenses, adding 9.9 and 4.5 percentage points, respectively, to the combined ratio, principally driven by the Company’s Specialty Reinsurance segment.
  • The Company’s total investment result, which includes the sum of net investment income and net realized and unrealized gains on investments, was $90.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $81.3 million in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of $9.0 million. The total investment result during the first quarter of 2016 was primarily driven by net unrealized gains in the Company’s portfolio of fixed maturity investments trading, principally the result of a decrease in U.S. treasury yields and a flattening of the yield curve during the quarter, combined with an increase in net investment income in the Company’s portfolio of fixed maturity investments, driven by an increase in average invested assets. Partially offsetting these items were net realized and unrealized losses in the Company’s portfolios of equity investments trading and private equity investments, and net realized and unrealized losses on investments-related derivatives due to the flattening of the yield curve, noted above.
  • During the first quarter of 2016, the Company repurchased an aggregate of 769 thousand common shares in open market transactions at an aggregate cost of $85.2 million and at an average share price of $110.72.

Underwriting Results by Segment

Catastrophe Reinsurance Segment

Gross premiums written in the Catastrophe Reinsurance segment were $360.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of $28.8 million, or 7.4%, compared to $389.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Market conditions remained challenging during the first quarter of 2016, and the Company continued to exercise underwriting discipline given prevailing terms and conditions.

Managed catastrophe premiums were $386.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, a decrease of $36.9 million, or 8.7%, compared to $423.1 million in the first quarter of 2015.

The Catastrophe Reinsurance segment generated underwriting income of $99.3 million and a combined ratio of 27.5% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $108.2 million and 24.8% in the first quarter of 2015, respectively. Impacting underwriting income in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, was a $6.8 million decrease in net premiums earned.

The Company experienced $6.1 million of favorable development on prior accident year net claims and claim reserves within its Catastrophe Reinsurance segment during the first quarter of 2016, compared to $16.5 million in the first quarter of 2015. The $6.1 million of favorable development in the first quarter of 2016 was principally driven by a reduction in ultimate losses on a number of relatively small catastrophe events.

Specialty Reinsurance Segment

Gross premiums written in the Specialty Reinsurance segment were $369.0 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of $244.7 million, or 196.9%, compared to the first quarter of 2015, driven by increases across principally all lines of business in the Company’s Specialty Reinsurance segment. Impacting the Specialty Reinsurance segment in the first quarter of 2016 was the inclusion of gross premiums written associated with entities acquired in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Platinum, for the period from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, which included gross premiums written for the period from March 2, 2015 (the date of acquisition) through March 31, 2015. The Company’s Specialty Reinsurance segment premiums are prone to significant volatility as this business can be influenced by a relatively small number of relatively large transactions.

The Specialty Reinsurance segment incurred an underwriting loss of $32 thousand and a combined ratio of 100.0% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to generating underwriting income of $21.3 million and a combined ratio of 77.5%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2015. The Specialty Reinsurance segment’s combined ratio was impacted by a 17.4 percentage point increase in the net claims and claim expense ratio in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, principally driven by adverse development on prior accident years net claims and claim expense ratio of $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to favorable development of $9.7 million in the first quarter of 2015. The adverse development on prior accident years net claims and claim expenses of $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2016 includes a $20.8 million increase in reserves for claims and claim expenses associated with a small number of relatively large losses primarily from the 2015 accident year. Partially offsetting this were actual reported losses coming in better than expected on attritional net claims and claim expenses.

In addition, the Specialty Reinsurance segment underwriting expense ratio increased 5.1 percentage points in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, primarily driven by the increase in gross premiums written in the credit lines of business which incur higher acquisition expenses than other lines of business within the Specialty Reinsurance segment. Operational expenses in the Company’s Specialty Reinsurance segment have increased to support the growth in this segment.

Lloyd’s Segment

Gross premiums written in the Lloyd’s segment were $132.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of $2.6 million, or 2.0%, compared to the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to Syndicate 1458 continuing to grow organically in the Lloyd’s marketplace, notwithstanding challenging market conditions.

The Lloyd’s segment generated underwriting income of $5.9 million and a combined ratio of 90.4% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.7 million and 97.0% in the first quarter of 2015. The increase in underwriting income in the Lloyd’s segment during the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first quarter of 2015, was primarily due to a $2.8 million decrease in net claims and claim expenses and a $3.1 million increase in net premiums earned.

The Lloyd’s segment experienced $1.1 million of adverse development on prior accident years net claims and claim expenses in the first quarter of 2016, compared to adverse development of $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2015, principally driven by actual reported loss activity coming in slightly higher than expected.

Other Items

  • Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in the first quarter of 2016 was $44.6 million, an increase from $39.7 million in the first quarter of 2015, principally due to an increase in the profitability of DaVinciRe. The Company’s ownership in DaVinciRe was 24.0% at March 31, 2016, compared to 26.3% at March 31, 2015.
  • Corporate expenses decreased $37.3 million to $8.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $45.5 million in the first quarter of 2015, primarily due to $40.4 million of corporate expenses associated with the acquisition of Platinum incurred during the first quarter of 2015, compared to $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2016.

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”, “managed catastrophe premiums”, “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 “Investor Information - 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 Holdings Ltd. will host a conference call on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 am (ET) to discuss this release. Live broadcast of the conference call will be available through the “Investor Information - Company Webcasts” section of RenaissanceRe’s website at www.renre.com.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. is a global provider of reinsurance and insurance. The Company’s business consists of three reportable segments: (1) Catastrophe Reinsurance, which includes catastrophe reinsurance and certain property catastrophe joint ventures managed by the Company’s ventures unit; (2) Specialty Reinsurance, which includes specialty reinsurance and certain specialty joint ventures managed by the Company’s ventures unit; and (3) Lloyd’s, which includes reinsurance and insurance business written through RenaissanceRe Syndicate 1458.

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; the effect of emerging claims and coverage issues; 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; continued soft reinsurance underwriting market conditions; a contention by the Internal Revenue Service that Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd., or any of the Company’s other Bermuda subsidiaries, is subject to U.S. taxation; the performance of the Company’s investment portfolio; the Company’s ability to successfully implement its business strategies and initiatives; the Company’s ability to retain key senior officers and to attract or retain the executives and employees necessary to manage its business; the Company’s ability to determine the impairments taken on investments; the availability of retrocessional reinsurance on acceptable terms; the effect of inflation; the adequacy of the Company’s ceding companies’ ability to 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; challenges to the claim of exemption from insurance regulation of RenaissanceRe and its subsidiaries and increased global regulation of the insurance and reinsurance industry; losses that the Company could face from terrorism, political unrest or war; the Company’s dependence on the ability of its operating subsidiaries to declare and pay dividends; 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 effect of cybersecurity risks, including technology breaches or failure on the Company’s business; 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; regulatory or legislative changes adversely impacting the Company; 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; consolidation of customers or insurance and reinsurance brokers; adverse tax developments, including potential changes to the taxation of inter-company or related party transactions, or changes to the tax treatment of investors in RenaissanceRe or joint ventures or other entities the Company manages; changes in regulatory regimes and/or accounting rules, including the European Union directive concerning capital adequacy, risk management and regulatory reporting for insurers; 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 SEC, including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands of United States Dollars, except per share amounts and percentages)
(Unaudited)
  Three months ended
March 31,   March 31,
2016 2015
Revenues
Gross premiums written $ 862,133   $ 643,578  
Net premiums written $ 511,675 $ 404,035
Increase in unearned premiums (158,069 ) (107,275 )
Net premiums earned 353,606 296,760
Net investment income 28,863 39,707
Net foreign exchange losses (1,692 ) (3,130 )
Equity in earnings of other ventures 1,611 5,295
Other income 4,079 1,539
Net realized and unrealized gains on investments 61,653   41,749  
Total revenues 448,120   381,920  
Expenses
Net claims and claim expenses incurred 126,605 76,853
Acquisition expenses 65,592 43,401
Operational expenses 56,235 45,621
Corporate expenses 8,225 45,533
Interest expense 10,538   5,316  
Total expenses 267,195   216,724  
Income before taxes 180,925 165,196
Income tax (expense) benefit (2,744 ) 47,904  
Net income 178,181 213,100
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (44,591 ) (39,662 )
Net income available to RenaissanceRe 133,590 173,438
Dividends on preference shares (5,595 ) (5,595 )
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders $ 127,995   $ 167,843  
 
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - basic $ 2.97 $ 4.18
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted $ 2.95 $ 4.14
 
Average shares outstanding - basic 42,577 39,631
Average shares outstanding - diluted 42,912 40,021
 
Net claims and claim expense ratio 35.8 % 25.9 %
Underwriting expense ratio 34.5 % 30.0 %
Combined ratio 70.3 % 55.9 %
Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted (1) $ 1.51 $ 3.10
Operating return on average common equity - annualized (1) 6.1 % 12.9 %
 

(1) See Comments on Regulation G for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
Summary Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of United States Dollars, except per share amounts)
   
March 31, December 31,
2016 2015
Assets (Unaudited) (Audited)
Fixed maturity investments trading, at fair value $ 6,890,592 $ 6,765,005
Fixed maturity investments available for sale, at fair value 13,985   17,813
Total fixed maturity investments, at fair value 6,904,577 6,782,818
Short term investments, at fair value 1,171,523 1,208,401
Equity investments trading, at fair value 335,509 393,877
Other investments, at fair value 496,900 481,621
Investments in other ventures, under equity method 131,692   132,351
Total investments 9,040,201 8,999,068
Cash and cash equivalents 449,149 506,885
Premiums receivable 1,094,116 778,009
Prepaid reinsurance premiums 444,954 230,671
Reinsurance recoverable 167,228 134,526
Accrued investment income 37,492 39,749
Deferred acquisition costs 287,291 199,380
Receivable for investments sold 204,306 220,834
Other assets 167,514 181,011
Goodwill and other intangibles 261,662   265,154
Total assets $ 12,153,913   $ 11,555,287
Liabilities, Noncontrolling Interests and Shareholders’ Equity
Liabilities
Reserve for claims and claim expenses $ 2,811,523 $ 2,767,045
Unearned premiums 1,261,454 889,102
Debt 957,536 960,495
Reinsurance balances payable 618,344 523,974
Payable for investments purchased 454,593 391,378
Other liabilities 208,533   245,145
Total liabilities 6,311,983   5,777,139
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 1,081,337 1,045,964
Shareholders’ Equity
Preference shares 400,000 400,000
Common shares 43,095 43,701
Additional paid-in capital 422,422 507,674
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,665 2,108
Retained earnings 3,893,411   3,778,701
Total shareholders’ equity attributable to RenaissanceRe 4,760,593   4,732,184
Total liabilities, noncontrolling interests and shareholders’ equity $ 12,153,913   $ 11,555,287
 
Book value per common share $ 101.19   $ 99.13
RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
Supplemental Financial Data - Segment Information
(in thousands of United States Dollars, except percentages)
(Unaudited)
         
Three months ended March 31, 2016
Catastrophe Specialty  
Reinsurance Reinsurance Lloyd’s Other Total
Gross premiums written $ 360,423   $ 368,989   $ 132,721   $   $ 862,133  
Net premiums written $ 188,785   $ 260,091   $ 62,799   $   $ 511,675  
Net premiums earned $ 136,985 $ 155,318 $ 61,303 $ $ 353,606
Net claims and claim expenses incurred 7,820 91,852 27,016 (83 ) 126,605
Acquisition expenses 9,580 41,725 14,287 65,592
Operational expenses 20,268   21,773   14,134   60   56,235  
Underwriting income (loss) $ 99,317   $ (32 ) $ 5,866   $ 23   105,174
Net investment income 28,863 28,863
Net foreign exchange losses (1,692 ) (1,692 )
Equity in earnings of other ventures 1,611 1,611
Other income 4,079 4,079
Net realized and unrealized gains on investments 61,653 61,653
Corporate expenses (8,225 ) (8,225 )
Interest expense (10,538 ) (10,538 )
Income before taxes and redeemable noncontrolling interests 180,925
Income tax expense (2,744 ) (2,744 )
Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests (44,591 ) (44,591 )
Dividends on preference shares (5,595 ) (5,595 )
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders $ 127,995  
 
Net claims and claim expenses incurred – current accident year $ 13,883 $ 88,378 $ 25,948 $ $ 128,209
Net claims and claim expenses incurred – prior accident years (6,063 ) 3,474   1,068   (83 ) (1,604 )
Net claims and claim expenses incurred – total $ 7,820   $ 91,852   $ 27,016   $ (83 ) $ 126,605  
 
Net claims and claim expense ratio – current accident year 10.1 % 56.9 % 42.3 % 36.3 %
Net claims and claim expense ratio – prior accident years (4.4 )% 2.2 % 1.8 % (0.5 )%
Net claims and claim expense ratio – calendar year 5.7 % 59.1 % 44.1 % 35.8 %
Underwriting expense ratio 21.8 % 40.9 % 46.3 % 34.5 %
Combined ratio 27.5 % 100.0 % 90.4 % 70.3 %
 
 
Three months ended March 31, 2015
Catastrophe Specialty
Reinsurance Reinsurance Lloyd’s Other Total
Gross premiums written (1) $ 389,247   $ 124,291   $ 130,130   $ (90 ) $ 643,578  
Net premiums written $ 222,640   $ 103,915   $ 77,569   $ (89 ) $ 404,035  
Net premiums earned $ 143,767 $ 94,876 $ 58,206 $ (89 ) $ 296,760
Net claims and claim expenses incurred 7,594 39,588 29,843 (172 ) 76,853
Acquisition expenses 7,654 20,689 14,693 365 43,401
Operational expenses 20,363   13,290   11,940   28   45,621  
Underwriting income (loss) $ 108,156   $ 21,309   $ 1,730   $ (310 ) 130,885
Net investment income 39,707 39,707
Net foreign exchange losses (3,130 ) (3,130 )
Equity in earnings of other ventures 5,295 5,295
Other income 1,539 1,539
Net realized and unrealized gains on investments 41,749 41,749
Corporate expenses (45,533 ) (45,533 )
Interest expense (5,316 ) (5,316 )
Income before taxes and redeemable noncontrolling interests 165,196
Income tax benefit 47,904 47,904
Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests (39,662 ) (39,662 )
Dividends on preference shares (5,595 ) (5,595 )
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders $ 167,843  
 
Net claims and claim expenses incurred – current accident year $ 24,124 $ 49,264 $ 25,610 $ $ 98,998
Net claims and claim expenses incurred – prior accident years (16,530 ) (9,676 ) 4,233   (172 ) (22,145 )
Net claims and claim expenses incurred – total $ 7,594   $ 39,588   $ 29,843   $ (172 ) $ 76,853  
 
Net claims and claim expense ratio – current accident year 16.8 % 51.9 % 44.0 % 33.4 %
Net claims and claim expense ratio – prior accident years (11.5 )% (10.2 )% 7.3 % (7.5 )%
Net claims and claim expense ratio – calendar year 5.3 % 41.7 % 51.3 % 25.9 %
Underwriting expense ratio 19.5 % 35.8 % 45.7 % 30.0 %
Combined ratio 24.8 % 77.5 % 97.0 % 55.9 %
 

(1) Included in gross premiums written in the Other category is the elimination of inter-segment gross premiums written of $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
Supplemental Financial Data - Gross Premiums Written and Managed Premiums
(in thousands of United States Dollars)
(Unaudited)
   
Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2016 2015

Catastrophe Reinsurance Segment

Renaissance catastrophe premiums $ 246,089 $ 265,730
DaVinci catastrophe premiums 114,334   123,517  
Total Catastrophe Reinsurance segment gross premiums written $ 360,423   $ 389,247  
 

Specialty Reinsurance Segment

Casualty $ 147,801 $ 62,105
Credit 138,630 28,711
Property 39,624 5,209
Other 42,934   28,266  
Total Specialty Reinsurance segment gross premiums written $ 368,989   $ 124,291  
 

Lloyd’s Segment

Casualty $ 70,928 $ 61,971
Catastrophe 23,033 25,645
Property 21,879 23,769
Credit 4,204 2,585
Other 12,677   16,160  
Total Lloyd’s segment gross premiums written $ 132,721   $ 130,130  
 
Managed Premiums (1)
Total Catastrophe Reinsurance segment gross premiums written $ 360,423 $ 389,247
Catastrophe premiums written in the Lloyd’s segment 23,033 25,645
Catastrophe premiums written on behalf of the Company’s joint venture, Top Layer Re (2) 11,096 14,164

Catastrophe premiums written by the Company in its Catastrophe Reinsurance segment and ceded to
Top Layer Re

(8,367 ) (5,950 )
Total managed catastrophe premiums (1) $ 386,185   $ 423,106  
 
(1) See Comments on Regulation G for a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures.
(2) Top Layer Re is accounted for under the equity method of accounting.

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.
Supplemental Financial Data - Total Investment Result
(in thousands of United States Dollars)
(Unaudited)
   
Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2016 2015
Fixed maturity investments $ 36,006 $ 25,939
Short term investments 1,000 197
Equity investments trading 1,663 2,604
Other investments
Private equity investments (9,358 ) 10,413
Other 3,309 3,508
Cash and cash equivalents 129   148  
32,749 42,809
Investment expenses (3,886 ) (3,102 )
Net investment income 28,863   39,707  
 
Gross realized gains 17,750 21,532
Gross realized losses (14,665 ) (4,871 )
Net realized gains on fixed maturity investments 3,085 16,661
Net unrealized gains on fixed maturity investments trading 85,465 25,972
Net realized and unrealized losses on investments-related derivatives (19,449 ) (4,208 )
Net realized (losses) gains on equity investments trading (818 ) 7,481
Net unrealized losses on equity investments trading (6,630 ) (4,157 )
Net realized and unrealized gains on investments 61,653 41,749
Change in net unrealized gains on fixed maturity investments available for sale (269 ) (183 )
Total investment result $ 90,247   $ 81,273  
 
Total investment return - annualized 4.0 % 4.2 %

Comments on Regulation G

In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this Press Release, the Company has included certain non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G. The Company has provided these financial measurements in previous investor communications and the Company’s management believes that these measurements are important to investors and other interested persons, and that investors and such other persons benefit from having a consistent basis for comparison between quarters and for comparison with other companies within the industry. These measures may not, however, be comparable to similarly titled measures used by companies outside of the insurance industry. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these non-GAAP measures in assessing the Company’s overall financial performance.

The Company uses “operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders” as a measure to evaluate the underlying fundamentals of its operations and believes it to be a useful measure of its corporate performance. “Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders” as used herein differs from “net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders,” which the Company believes is the most directly comparable GAAP measure, by the exclusion of net realized and unrealized gains and losses on investments. The Company’s management believes that “operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders” is useful to investors because it more accurately measures and predicts the Company’s results of operations by removing the variability arising from fluctuations in the Company’s fixed maturity investment portfolio, equity investments trading and investments-related derivatives. The Company also uses “operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders” to calculate “operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted” and “operating return on average common equity - annualized”. The following is a reconciliation of: 1) net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders to operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders; 2) net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted to operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted; and 3) return on average common equity - annualized to operating return on average common equity - annualized:

  Three months ended
March 31,   March 31,
(in thousands of United States Dollars, except percentages) 2016 2015
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders $ 127,995 $ 167,843
Adjustment for net realized and unrealized gains on investments (61,653 ) (41,749 )
Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders $ 66,342   $ 126,094  
 
Net income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted $ 2.95 $ 4.14
Adjustment for net realized and unrealized gains on investments (1.44 ) (1.04 )
Operating income available to RenaissanceRe common shareholders per common share - diluted $ 1.51   $ 3.10  
 
Return on average common equity - annualized 11.8 % 17.1 %
Adjustment for net realized and unrealized gains on investments (5.7 )% (4.2 )%
Operating return on average common equity - annualized 6.1 % 12.9 %

The Company has also included in this Press Release “managed catastrophe premiums”. “Managed catastrophe premiums” is defined as gross catastrophe premiums written by the Company and its related joint ventures. “Managed catastrophe premiums” differs from total Catastrophe Reinsurance segment gross premiums written, which the Company believes is the most directly comparable GAAP measure, due to the inclusion of catastrophe premiums written on behalf of the Company’s joint venture Top Layer Re, which is accounted for under the equity method of accounting, and the inclusion of catastrophe premiums written on behalf of the Company’s Lloyd’s segment. The Company’s management believes “managed catastrophe premiums” is useful to investors and other interested parties because it provides a measure of total catastrophe premiums assumed by the Company through its consolidated subsidiaries and related joint ventures.

The Company has also included in this Press Release “tangible book value per common share” and “tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends”. “Tangible book value per common share” is defined as book value per common share excluding goodwill and intangible assets per share. “Tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends” is defined as book value per common share excluding goodwill and intangible assets per share, plus accumulated dividends. The Company’s management believes “tangible book value per common share” and “tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends” are useful to investors because they provide a more accurate measure of the realizable value of shareholder returns, excluding the impact of goodwill and intangible assets.

The following is a reconciliation of book value per common share to tangible book value per common share and tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends:

    At
March 31,   December 31,   September 30,   June 30,   March 31,
2016 2015 2015 2015 2015
Book value per common share $ 101.19 $ 99.13 $ 97.41 $ 96.43 $ 95.21
Adjustment for goodwill and other intangibles (1) (6.59 ) (6.59 ) (6.65 ) (6.51 ) (6.64 )
Tangible book value per common share 94.60 92.54 90.76 89.92 88.57
Adjustment for accumulated dividends 15.79   15.48   15.18   14.88   14.58  
Tangible book value per common share plus accumulated dividends $ 110.39   $ 108.02   $ 105.94   $ 104.80   $ 103.15  
 
Quarterly change in book value per common share 2.1 % 1.8 % 1.0 % 1.3 % 5.6 %
Quarterly change in tangible book value per common share plus change in accumulated dividends 2.6 % 2.3 % 1.3 % 1.9 % (0.5 )%
(1)   At March 31, 2016, December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015, June 30, 2015 and March 31, 2015, goodwill and other intangibles included $22.3 million, $23.2 million, $22.9 million, $23.5 million and $24.4 million, respectively, of goodwill and other intangibles included in investments in other ventures, under equity method.

Source: RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

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