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Endurance Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

February 24, 2017

PEMBROKE, Bermuda – February 24, 2017 – Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH) today reported net income available to common shareholders of $20.1 million and $0.30 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2016 versus net income of $91.4 million and $1.36 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2015.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, Endurance reported net income available to common shareholders of $333.2 million and $4.93 per diluted common share versus net income of $311.3 million and $5.73 per diluted common share for the year ended December 31, 2015.  Book value per diluted share was $68.66 at December 31, 2016, up 4.9% from December 31, 2015.

Operating Highlights

Operating highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were as follows:

  • Gross premiums written of $692.9 million, an increase of 34.4% compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Net premiums written of $364.3 million, an increase of 25.7% compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Combined ratio of 93.7% compared to 76.2% for the same period in 2015.
  • An overall net negative financial impact from catastrophe losses related to current quarter events of $59.6 million, consisting of net loss expenses of $74.7 million partially offset by $9.5 million in net reinstatement premiums and $5.6 million of amounts attributable to non-controlling interests.
  • Net loss ratio of 61.7% compared to 42.2% for the same period in 2015, which was impacted by 11.7 percentage points of catastrophe losses from current quarter events. The net loss ratio for the current quarter was impacted by favorable prior year loss reserve development of $47.6 million or 7.9 percentage points compared to $60.1 million or 10.5 percentage points for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Net investment income of $59.2 million, an increase of $36.0 million from the same period in 2015.
  • Net foreign exchange gains included in net income of $11.6 million, which were largely offset by foreign currency translation adjustments included in accumulated other comprehensive loss.
  •  Adjusted operating income of $55.8 million and $0.82 per diluted common share, a decrease of 51.0% and 51.5%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Net income return on average common equity for the quarter of 0.4% or 1.7% on an annualized basis while adjusted operating return on average common equity for the quarter was 1.2% or 4.8% on an annualized basis.

Operating highlights for the year ended December 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $4,202.2 million, an increase of 26.5% compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Net premiums written of $2,369.9 million, an increase of 21.5% compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Combined ratio of 88.1% compared to 82.9% for the same period in 2015.
  • An overall net negative financial impact from catastrophe losses in 2016 of $140.4 million, consisting of net loss expenses of $174.9 million partially offset by $21.5 million in net reinstatement premiums and $13.0 million of amounts attributable to non-controlling interests.
  • Net loss ratio of 55.9% compared to 46.4% for the same period in 2015, which was impacted by 9.8 percentage points of catastrophe losses from 2016 events. The net loss ratio for the current period also included favorable prior year loss reserve development of $221.6 million or 9.4 percentage points compared to $243.5 million or 12.3 percentage points for the same period in 2015.
  • Net investment income of $176.6 million, an increase of $62.8 million over the same period in 2015.
  • Net foreign exchange gains included in net income of $74.7 million, which were offset by foreign currency translation adjustments included in accumulated other comprehensive loss.
  • Adjusted operating income of $297.8 million and $4.41 per diluted common share, a decrease of 10.3% and a decrease per share of 27.8% compared to the same period in 2015 due to the weighted average impact of common shares issued related to Endurance’s acquisition of Montpelier.
  • Net income return on average common equity for the year of 7.2%, while adjusted operating return on average common equity for the year was 6.5%.

Insurance Segment

Operating highlights for Endurance’s Insurance segment for the quarter ended December 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $573.4 million, an increase of $141.1 million or 32.7% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
    • Non-agriculture lines of business, which include casualty and other specialty, professional lines and property, marine/energy and aviation lines of business grew 39.9% from a year ago driven by new business generated from added underwriting teams, as well as the renewal of business written in the Company’s Lloyd’s syndicate.
    • The agriculture insurance line of business declined 16.5% primarily due to reduced commodity prices and modest policy count reductions resulting from re-underwriting of the crop/hail portfolio.
  • Net premiums written of $243.0 million, an increase of $31.9 million or 15.1% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
    • Non-agriculture lines of business increased 12.5% due to strong growth in gross premiums written partially offset by increased cessions through whole account quota shares as well as individual cessions by line of business.
    • The agriculture line of business increased 54.2% due to timing of reinsurance purchases partially offset by reduced commodity prices.
  • Combined ratio of 99.3% compared to 84.7% for the same period in 2015.
    • The net loss ratio increased 14.3 percentage points to 70.2% compared to 55.9% for the same period in 2015. The accident year net loss ratio of 77.8% increased 13.9 percentage points predominantly driven by higher levels of current quarter catastrophe activity primarily related to Hurricane Matthew and the New Zealand earthquake, which together impacted the loss ratio by 8.6 percentage points, and higher attritional losses incurred within the property, marine/energy and aviation lines of business.  Partially offsetting this increase was a lower accident year loss ratio within the agriculture line of business due to favorable crop conditions. The current period’s net loss ratio included favorable prior year loss reserve development of $20.1 million or 7.6 percentage points.
    • The general and administrative expense ratio decreased 7.9 percentage points, reflecting increased ceding commission offsets from a larger earned premium base in the current period and reduced incentive compensation expenses reflecting lower profitability, partially offset by increases in personnel expenses attributable to additional teams hired in the year.
    • The acquisition expense ratio increased 8.2 percentage points in the current quarter as lines of business that incur higher acquisition costs accounted for a higher percentage of earned premiums compared to a year ago and the absence in the fourth quarter of 2016 of the earning of premiums acquired from Montpelier that did not have related acquisition costs in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Operating highlights for Endurance’s Insurance segment for the year ended December 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $2,570.5 million, an increase of $484.6 million or 23.2% over the same period in 2015.
  • Net premiums written of $1,056.3 million, an increase of 20.0% over the same period in 2015.
  • Combined ratio of 96.6% compared to 87.5% for the same period in 2015. The combined ratio was impacted by higher net loss and acquisition expense ratios, partially offset by a lower general and administrative expense ratio. The current period’s net loss ratio included $77.1 million or 7.6 percentage points of favorable prior year loss reserve development and $31.2 million or 3.1 percentage points of catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, from 2016 events.

Reinsurance Segment

Operating highlights for Endurance’s Reinsurance segment for the quarter ended December 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $119.5 million, an increase of $36.1 million or 43.3% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
    • The catastrophe line of business increased by $10.4 million due to reinstatement premiums on current quarter events and successful renewals of the combined Endurance and Montpelier portfolios, partially offset by targeted non-renewals and line size reductions in response to the current competitive market.
    • The specialty line of business increased $2.8 million largely due to lower negative premium adjustments and the expansion of new and renewal business for the aviation and trade credit and surety groups of the specialty line of business, partially offset by non-renewals in other lines and the timing of renewals on 2015 contracts that renew in 2017.
    • The property line of business increased $21.7 million, predominantly due the absence of large negative premium adjustments that were recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Net premiums written of $121.3 million, an increase of $42.7 million or 54.3% from the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in net premiums written was driven by an increase in gross premiums and positive ceded premium adjustments within the specialty and professional lines of business.
  • Combined ratio of 84.5% compared to 64.7% for the same period in 2015.
    • The current period’s net loss ratio of 54.9% increased 23.4 percentage points compared to 2015. The increase in the current quarter accident year net loss ratio of 19.0 percentage points was predominantly due to catastrophe losses, including Hurricane Matthew and the New Zealand earthquake, which impacted the loss ratio by 14.3 percentage points. The current period’s net loss ratio included favorable prior year loss reserve development of $27.4 million or 8.1 percentage points.
    • The 2.1 percentage point increase in the current quarter’s acquisition expense ratio was largely attributed to a shift in the mix of business with more earned premiums recorded in the casualty and professional lines, which maintain higher acquisition costs, and the absence in the fourth quarter of 2016 of the earning of premiums acquired from Montpelier that did not have related acquisition costs in the fourth quarter of 2015.
    • The general and administrative expense ratio decreased 5.7 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily as a result of larger earned premiums recorded in the current period, increased ceding commission offsets and lower compensation expenses.

Operating highlights for Endurance’s Reinsurance segment for the year ended December 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $1,631.7 million, an increase of $396.7 million or 32.1% over the same period in 2015.
  • Net premiums written of $1,313.7 million, an increase of 22.8% over the same period in 2015.
  • Combined ratio of 77.9% compared to 69.6% for the same period in 2015.  The combined ratio was impacted by a higher net loss ratio partially offset by the lower acquisition and general and administrative expense ratios. The current period’s net loss ratio included $144.4 million or 10.7 percentage points of favorable prior year loss reserve development and 20.3 percentage points of net catastrophe losses from 2016 events, which amounted to $143.7 million before reinstatement premiums of $21.5 million.

Investments

Endurance’s net investment income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 was $59.2 million and $176.6 million, an increase of $36.0 million and $62.8 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2015.  The total investment return of Endurance’s cash and investment portfolio was (0.57)% and 2.56% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, respectively, compared to (0.29)% and 0.31% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively.

Net investment income benefited from increases in investment income generated from Endurance’s trading and available for sale investments for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same periods in 2015 due to an increase in invested assets.  During the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, Endurance’s net investment income on its alternative investment funds and high yield loan funds, which are included in other investments, included gains of $12.6 million and $12.4 million, as compared to losses of $11.8 million and $13.6 million during the same periods in 2015.  The ending book yield on Endurance’s fixed maturity investments at December 31, 2016 was 2.38%, up from 2.12% at December 31, 2015.

At December 31, 2016, Endurance’s fixed maturity and short term investments, which comprises 86.1% of Endurance’s investment portfolio, had an average credit quality of AA and a duration of 3.04 years.  Endurance’s available for sale investment portfolio was in a net unrealized gain position of $61.5 million at December 31, 2016, an increase of $74.1 million from December 31, 2015.  Endurance recorded in net income, net realized and unrealized investment losses, net of impairments, of $46.1 million and $23.2 million during the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to losses of $22.8 million and gains of $8.9 million during the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

Endurance ended the fourth quarter of 2016 with cash and invested assets of $8.8 billion, which represents a 0.9% decrease from December 31, 2015.  Net operating cash inflow was $415.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 versus an inflow of $245.5 million for the same period in 2015.

Capitalization and Shareholders’ Equity

At December 31, 2016, Endurance’s shareholders’ equity was $5.14 billion or $68.66 per diluted common share versus $5.12 billion or $65.48 per diluted common share at December 31, 2015.  For the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, Endurance declared and paid common dividends of $0.38 and $1.52 per share, respectively.

Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating return on average common equity, adjusted operating income per diluted common share, adjusted operating income allocated to common shareholders and the combined ratio excluding prior year net loss reserve development are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of these measures to the appropriate GAAP measures are included in the attached tables.

About Endurance Specialty Holdings

Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. Through its operating subsidiaries, Endurance writes agriculture, casualty and other specialty, professional lines and property, marine/energy and aviation lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty lines of reinsurance. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A (Excellent) from A.M. Best (XV size category) and A (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s on our principal operating subsidiaries.  Endurance’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda.  For more information about Endurance, please visit www.endurance.bm.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release may include, and Endurance may make related oral forward-looking statements which reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such statements may include forward-looking statements both with respect to us in general and the insurance and reinsurance sectors specifically, both as to underwriting and investment matters. Statements which include the words “should,” “would,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “project,” “target,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “will,” “deliver,” and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements in this press release for purposes of the U.S. federal securities laws or otherwise.  We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties.  Accordingly, there are or may be important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.  These factors include, but are not limited to, the effects of competitors’ pricing policies, greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity, changes in market conditions in the agriculture insurance industry, termination of or changes in the terms of the U.S. multiple peril crop insurance program, a decreased demand for property and casualty insurance or reinsurance, changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage, our inability to renew business previously underwritten or acquired, our inability to maintain our applicable financial strength ratings, our inability to effectively integrate acquired operations, uncertainties in our reserving process, changes to our tax status, changes in insurance regulations, reduced acceptance of our existing or new products and services, a loss of business from and credit risk related to our broker counterparties, assessments for high risk or otherwise uninsured individuals, possible terrorism or the outbreak of war, a loss of key personnel, political conditions, changes in insurance regulation, changes in accounting policies, our investment performance, the valuation of our invested assets, a breach of our investment guidelines, the unavailability of capital in the future, developments in the world’s financial and capital markets and our access to such markets, government intervention in the insurance and reinsurance industry, illiquidity in the credit markets, changes in general economic conditions and other factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Endurance’s reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other documents of Endurance on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Any forward-looking statements made in this material are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Endurance will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Endurance or its business or operations. Except as required by law, Endurance undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Contact:
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ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)

December 31,December 31,
20162015
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents$1,149,541$1,177,750
Fixed maturity investments, trading, at fair value2,740,0551,587,160
Fixed maturity investments, available for sale, at fair value3,572,7664,359,019
Short-term investments, trading, at fair value330,199394,111
Short-term investments, available for sale, at fair value78,50525,685
Equity securities, trading, at fair value16,05615,229
Equity securities, available for sale, at fair value485,085513,585
Other investments588,308872,617
Premiums receivable, net1,657,7521,376,328
Insurance and reinsurance balances receivable110,183102,403
Deferred acquisition costs276,639255,501
Prepaid reinsurance premiums711,695498,574
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses1,213,129907,944
Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses273,789288,026
Accrued investment income35,85330,213
Goodwill and intangible assets468,374553,960
Deferred tax asset71,80264,164
Net receivable on sales of investments54,62031,873
Other assets288,510187,383
Total Assets$14,122,861$13,241,525
Liabilities
Reserve for losses and loss expenses$4,905,138$4,510,415
Reserve for unearned premiums1,994,6761,789,148
Deposit liabilities14,01313,674
Reinsurance balances payable784,162661,213
Debt705,292717,650
Net payable on purchases of investments181,33763,442
Deferred tax liability13,07417,315
Other liabilities383,036344,596
Total Liabilities8,980,7288,117,453
Shareholders’ Equity
Preferred shares
Series B, non-cumulative – nil issued and outstanding (2015 – 9,200,000)9,200
Series C, non-cumulative – 9,200 issued and outstanding (2015 – 9,200)99
Common shares
67,627,901 issued and outstanding (2015 – 66,797,991)67,62866,798
Additional paid-in capital1,961,9172,145,836
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(58,749)(46,634)
Retained earnings2,911,6342,681,053
Total Shareholders’ Equity Available to the Company4,882,4394,856,262
Non-controlling interests259,694267,810
Total Shareholders’ Equity5,142,1335,124,072
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity$14,122,861$13,241,525
Book Value per Common Share
Dilutive common shares outstanding67,759,78467,136,986
Diluted book value per common share [a]$68.66$65.48

Note: All financial information contained herein is unaudited, except the balance sheet data for the year ended December 31, 2015, which was derived from Endurance’s audited financial statements.
[a] Excludes the $230 million (2015 – $460.0 million) liquidation value of the preferred shares.
ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)

Three Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
December 31,December 31,December 31,December 31,
2016201520162015
Revenues
Gross premiums written$692,876$515,648$4,202,170$3,320,861
Net premiums written$364,339$289,743$2,369,935$1,950,470
Change in unearned premiums236,366283,713(6,275)27,983
Net premiums earned600,705573,4562,363,6601,978,453
Other underwriting income (loss)1,071(7,716)(909)(3,694)
Net investment income59,19623,180176,590113,826
Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains(45,958)(20,238)(12,419)12,660
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings(122)(2,604)(10,769)(3,715)
Total revenues614,892566,0782,516,1532,097,530
Expenses
Net losses and loss expenses370,150242,0571,321,052917,108
Acquisition expenses123,28990,364460,483347,885
General and administrative expenses53,10489,143248,146259,791
Corporate expenses16,15315,21951,706114,429
Amortization of intangibles21,15316,12484,62430,620
Net foreign exchange (gains) losses(11,628)(2,190)(74,684)26,964
Interest expense10,80710,81543,86041,260
Total expenses583,028461,5322,135,1871,738,057
Income before income taxes31,864104,546380,966359,473
Income tax (expense) benefit(2,389)3,350181(4,362)
Net income29,475107,896381,147355,111
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests(5,674)(8,309)(24,130)(11,016)
Net income available to the Company23,80199,587357,017344,095
Preferred dividends(3,652)(8,186)(23,799)(32,750)
Net income available to common and participating common shareholders$20,149$91,401$333,218$311,345
Per share data
Basic earnings per common share$0.30$1.36$4.94$5.74
Diluted earnings per common share$0.30$1.36$4.93$5.73

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars, except ratios)

Three Months Ended December 31, 2016
InsuranceReinsuranceReported Totals
Revenues
Gross premiums written$573,394$119,482$692,876
Ceded premiums written(330,390)1,853(328,537)
Net premiums written243,004121,335364,339
Net premiums earned263,419337,286600,705
Other underwriting income1,0711,071
Total underwriting revenues263,419338,357601,776
Expenses
Net losses and loss expenses185,074185,076370,150
Acquisition expenses44,76478,525123,289
General and administrative expenses31,83021,27453,104
261,668284,875546,543
Underwriting income$1,751$53,482$55,233
Net investment income59,196
Corporate expenses(16,153)
Interest expense(10,807)
Amortization of intangibles(21,153)
Net foreign exchange gains11,628
Net realized and unrealized losses(45,958)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings(122)
Income before income taxes$31,864
Net loss ratio70.2%54.9%61.7%
Acquisition expense ratio17.0%23.3%20.5%
General and administrative expense ratio12.1%6.3%11.5%[a]
Combined ratio99.3%84.5%93.7%

[a] General and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars, except ratios)

Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
InsuranceReinsuranceReported Totals
Revenues
Gross premiums written$432,254$83,394$515,648
Ceded premiums written(221,156)(4,749)(225,905)
Net premiums written211,09878,645289,743
Net premiums earned253,085320,371573,456
Other underwriting loss(7,716)(7,716)
Total underwriting revenues253,085312,655565,740
Expenses
Net losses and loss expenses141,269100,788242,057
Acquisition expenses22,29268,07290,364
General and administrative expenses50,72338,42089,143
214,284207,280421,564
Underwriting income$38,801$105,375$144,176
Net investment income23,180
Corporate expenses(15,219)
Interest expense(10,815)
Amortization of intangibles(16,124)
Net foreign exchange gains2,190
Net realized and unrealized losses(20,238)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings(2,604)
Income before income taxes$104,546
Net loss ratio55.9%31.5%42.2%
Acquisition expense ratio8.8%21.2%15.8%
General and administrative expense ratio20.0%12.0%18.2%[a]
Combined ratio84.7%64.7%76.2%

[a] General and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars, except ratios)

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016
InsuranceReinsuranceReported Totals
Revenues
Gross premiums written$2,570,494$1,631,676$4,202,170
Ceded premiums written(1,514,240)(317,995)(1,832,235)
Net premiums written1,056,2541,313,6812,369,935
Net premiums earned1,009,3751,354,2852,363,660
Other underwriting loss(909)(909)
Total underwriting revenues1,009,3751,353,3762,362,751
Expenses
Net losses and loss expenses684,178636,8741,321,052
Acquisition expenses149,763310,720460,483
General and administrative expenses140,742107,404248,146
974,6831,054,9982,029,681
Underwriting income$34,692$298,378$333,070
Net investment income176,590
Corporate expenses(51,706)
Interest expense(43,860)
Amortization of intangibles(84,624)
Net foreign exchange gains74,684
Net realized and unrealized losses(12,419)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings(10,769)
Income before income taxes$380,966
Net loss ratio67.9%47.1%55.9%
Acquisition expense ratio14.8%22.9%19.5%
General and administrative expense ratio13.9%7.9%12.7%[a]
Combined ratio96.6%77.9%88.1%

[a] General and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars, except ratios)

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015
InsuranceReinsuranceReported Totals
Revenues
Gross premiums written$2,085,901$1,234,960$3,320,861
Ceded premiums written(1,205,528)(164,863)(1,370,391)
Net premiums written880,3731,070,0971,950,470
Net premiums earned824,5521,153,9011,978,453
Other underwriting loss(3,694)(3,694)
Total underwriting revenues824,5521,150,2071,974,759
Expenses
Net losses and loss expenses500,867416,241917,108
Acquisition expenses80,252267,633347,885
General and administrative expenses140,012119,779259,791
721,131803,6531,524,784
Underwriting income$103,421$346,554$449,975
Net investment income113,826
Corporate expenses(114,429)
Interest expense(41,260)
Amortization of intangibles(30,620)
Net foreign exchange losses(26,964)
Net realized and unrealized gains12,660
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings(3,715)
Income before income taxes$359,473
Net loss ratio60.8%36.0%46.4%
Acquisition expense ratio9.7%23.2%17.6%
General and administrative expense ratio17.0%10.4%18.9%[a]
Combined ratio87.5%69.6%82.9%

[a] General and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RATIOS

As Reported
Three Months Ended December 31,
InsuranceReinsuranceTotal
201620152016201520162015
Net loss ratio70.2%55.9%54.9%31.5%61.7%42.2%
Acquisition expense ratio17.0%8.8%23.3%21.2%20.5%15.8%
General and administrative expense ratio12.1%20.0%6.3%12.0%11.5%[a]18.2%[a]
Combined ratio [b]99.3%84.7%84.5%64.7%93.7%76.2%
Effect of Prior Year Net Loss Reserve Development
Favorable / (Unfavorable)
Three Months Ended December 31,
InsuranceReinsuranceTotal
201620152016201520162015
Net loss ratio7.6%8.0%8.1%12.5%7.9%10.5%
Net of Prior Year Net Loss Reserve Development
Three Months Ended December 31,
InsuranceReinsuranceTotal
201620152016201520162015
Net loss ratio77.8%63.9%63.0%44.0%69.6%52.7%
Acquisition expense ratio17.0%8.8%23.3%21.2%20.5%15.8%
General and administrative expense ratio12.1%20.0%6.3%12.0%11.5%[a]18.2%[a]
Combined ratio [b]106.9%92.7%92.6%77.2%101.6%86.7%
[a]The total general and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.
[b]The combined ratio is the sum of the net loss, acquisition expense and general and administrative expense ratios, and the total combined ratio includes corporate expenses.  Endurance presents the combined ratio as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information.  The combined ratio, excluding prior year net loss reserve development, enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze Endurance’s results of underwriting activities in a manner similar to how management analyzes Endurance’s underlying business performance.  The combined ratio, net of prior year net loss reserve development, should not be viewed as a substitute for the combined ratio.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RATIOS

As Reported
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
InsuranceReinsuranceTotal
201620152016201520162015
Net loss ratio67.9%60.8%47.1%36.0%55.9%46.4%
Acquisition expense ratio14.8%9.7%22.9%23.2%19.5%17.6%
General and administrative expense ratio13.9%17.0%7.9%10.4%12.7%[a]18.9%[a]
Combined ratio [b]96.6%87.5%77.9%69.6%88.1%82.9%
Effect of Prior Year Net Loss Reserve Development
Favorable / (Unfavorable)
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
InsuranceReinsuranceTotal
201620152016201520162015
Net loss ratio7.6%9.9%10.7%14.0%9.4%12.3%
Net of Prior Year Net Loss Reserve Development
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
InsuranceReinsuranceTotal
201620152016201520162015
Net loss ratio75.5%70.7%57.8%50.0%65.3%58.7%
Acquisition expense ratio14.8%9.7%22.9%23.2%19.5%17.6%
General and administrative expense ratio13.9%17.0%7.9%10.4%12.7%[a]18.9%[a]
Combined ratio [b]104.2%97.4%88.6%83.6%97.5%95.2%
[a]The total general and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.
[b]The combined ratio is the sum of the net loss, acquisition expense and general and administrative expense ratios, and the total combined ratio includes corporate expenses.  Endurance presents the combined ratio as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information.  The combined ratio, excluding prior year net loss reserve development, enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze Endurance’s results of underwriting activities in a manner similar to how management analyzes Endurance’s underlying business performance.  The combined ratio, net of prior year net loss reserve development, should not be viewed as a substitute for the combined ratio.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
GROSS AND NET PREMIUMS WRITTEN BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars)

The following tables show Endurance’s gross and net premiums written for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

Three Months EndedThree Months Ended
December 31, 2016December 31, 2015
Gross Premiums WrittenNet Premiums WrittenGross Premiums WrittenNet Premiums Written
Insurance
Agriculture$46,256$20,225$55,372$13,119
Casualty and other specialty172,57871,583138,95673,704
Professional lines164,02666,730112,91751,765
Property, marine/energy and aviation190,53484,466125,00972,510
Subtotal Insurance$573,394$243,004$432,254$211,098
Reinsurance
Catastrophe$17,435$17,1687,0144,083
Property21,36021,455(291)(455)
Casualty28,67127,74227,47427,455
Professional lines38,86139,01438,80738,807
Specialty13,15515,95610,3908,755
Subtotal Reinsurance$119,482$121,335$83,394$78,645
Total$692,876$364,339$515,648$289,743

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
GROSS AND NET PREMIUMS WRITTEN BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars)

The following tables show Endurance’s gross and net premiums written for the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

Twelve Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
December 31, 2016December 31, 2015
Gross Premiums WrittenNet Premiums WrittenGross Premiums WrittenNet Premiums Written
Insurance
Agriculture$760,877$274,952$840,445$267,890
Casualty and other specialty657,558281,256514,203248,554
Professional lines461,552191,596344,482156,918
Property, marine/energy and aviation690,507308,450386,771207,011
Subtotal Insurance$2,570,494$1,056,254$2,085,901$880,373
Reinsurance
Catastrophe$506,300$336,413$311,914$194,662
Property250,447243,697209,392205,999
Casualty245,092243,154176,506176,487
Professional lines256,337254,148248,610248,610
Specialty373,500236,269288,538244,339
Subtotal Reinsurance$1,631,676$1,313,681$1,234,960$1,070,097
Total$4,202,170$2,369,935$3,320,861$1,950,470

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

In presenting the Company’s results, management has included and discussed certain non-GAAP measures. 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 GAAP.

Adjusted operating income is an internal performance measure used by the Company in the management of its operations. Adjusted operating income represents operational results excluding, as applicable, net realized and unrealized (losses) gains, net impairment losses recognized in earnings and net foreign exchange (gains) losses because the amount of these gains or losses is heavily influenced by, and fluctuates in part, according to the availability of market opportunities. The Company believes these amounts are largely independent of its business and underwriting process and including them distorts the analysis of trends in its operations. In addition to presenting net income determined in accordance with GAAP, the Company believes that showing adjusted operating income enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze the Company’s results of operations in a manner similar to to that used by management to analyze the Company’s underlying business performance. Adjusted operating income should not be viewed as a substitute for GAAP net income.

Adjusted operating income per diluted common share are internal performance measures used by Endurance in the management of its operations. Adjusted operating income allocated to common shareholders (which excludes unvested restricted shares outstanding which are considered participating) per diluted common share represents adjusted operating income divided by weighted average dilutive common shares, which has been calculated in accordance with the two-class method under U.S. GAAP.  Endurance believes that showing adjusted operating income per dilutive common share enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze Endurance’s results of operations in a manner similar to that used by management to analyze the Company’s underlying business performance. Adjusted operating income per dilutive common share should not be viewed as substitutes for GAAP net income per dilutive common share.

Return on Average Equity (ROAE) is comprised using the average common equity calculated as the arithmetic average of the beginning and ending common equity balances by quarter for stated periods. Return on Beginning Equity (ROBE) is comprised using the beginning common equity for stated periods. The Company presents various measures of Return on Equity that are commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

The following is a reconciliation of Endurance’s net income, net income per basic or diluted common share, net income allocated to common shareholders under the two-class method and annualized return on average common equity to adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income per basic or diluted common share, adjusted operating income allocated to common shareholders under the two-class method and annualized adjusted operating return on average common equity (all non-GAAP measures) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

(amounts expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share, per share amounts and ratios)Three Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
December 31,December 31,
2016201520162015
Net income available to the Company$23,801$99,587$357,017$344,095
(Less) add after-tax items:
Net foreign exchange (gains) losses(11,628)(2,190)(74,684)26,964
Net realized and unrealized losses (gains)45,95820,23812,419(12,660)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings1222,60410,7693,715
Income tax expense1,1501,65116,0292,661
Adjusted operating income before preferred dividends$59,403$121,890$321,550$364,775
Preferred dividends(3,652)(8,186)(23,799)(32,750)
Adjusted operating income allocated to common and
participating common shareholders$55,751$113,704$297,751$332,025
Adjusted operating income allocated to common
shareholders under the two-class method$54,640$110,808$291,520$322,696
Weighted average diluted common shares66,382,37365,404,64566,135,37252,828,503
Adjusted operating income per diluted common share [b]$0.82$1.69$4.41$6.11
Average common equity [a]$4,694,342$4,381,566$4,599,647$3,415,086
Adjusted operating return on average common equity1.2%2.6%6.5%9.7%
Annualized adjusted operating return on average common equity4.8%10.4%6.5%9.7%
Net income available to the Company$23,801$99,587$357,017$344,095
Preferred dividends(3,652)(8,186)(23,799)(32,750)
Net income available to common and
participating common shareholders$20,149$91,401$333,218$311,345
Net income allocated to common shareholders
under the two-class method$20,149$89,073$326,245$302,596
Net income per diluted common share [b]$0.30$1.36$4.93$5.73
Return on average common equity, Net income0.4%2.1%7.2%9.1%
Annualized return on average common equity, Net income1.7%8.3%7.2%9.1%

[a] Average common equity is calculated as the quarterly weighted average of the beginning and ending common equity balances for the stated period, which excludes the $230 million (December 31, 2015 – $460 million) liquidation value of the preferred shares.
[b] Represents diluted income per share calculated under the two-class method which was the lower of the treasury stock method and the two-class method.
ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

Net negative financial impact includes the sum of net losses and loss expenses, reinstatement premiums assumed and ceded and non-controlling interests related to specific catastrophe events occurring in the current periods.  The Company believes that showing the net negative financial impact of the catastrophe related events enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze the Company’s results of operations in a manner similar to that used by management to analyze the Company’s underlying business performance.

The following is a reconciliation of Endurance’s net losses and loss expenses, net reinstatement premiums and non-controlling interest related to catastrophe events occurring in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 to the net negative financial impact (non-GAAP measure) of these events on net income available to the Company for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016:

(amounts expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except ratio)Three Months Ended December 31, 2016Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016
Catastrophe ImpactNet loss ratio impactCatastrophe ImpactNet loss ratio impact
Net losses and loss expenses$74,743$174,899
Less: net reinstatement premiums9,45421,490
Net negative financial impact on net income65,28911.7%153,4099.8%
Less: net negative financial impact attributable to non-controlling interest5,64013,020
Net negative financial impact on net income available to the Company$59,649$140,389

Total investment return is calculated by dividing net investment income, net realized and unrealized (losses) gains, net impairment losses recognized in earnings, and net decrease in unrealized gains (losses) included in other comprehensive income after deferred tax offsets by average invested assets at fair value. The Company utilizes and presents the total investment return in order to better disclose the performance of the Company’s investments and to show the components of the Company’s ROE.

The following is a reconciliation of Endurance’s net investment income, net realized and unrealized (losses) gains, net impairment losses recognized in earnings and net decrease in unrealized gains (losses)  included in other comprehensive income before deferred tax offsets to total investment income and total investment return (non-GAAP measures) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31,
(amounts expressed in thousands of United States dollars)2016201520162015
Net investment income$59,196$23,180$176,590$113,826
Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains(45,958)(20,238)(12,419)12,660
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings(122)(2,604)(10,769)(3,715)
Net (decrease) increase in unrealized gains (losses) included in other comprehensive income, after deferred tax offsets(63,610)(26,342)74,121(98,738)
Total investment income$(50,494)$(26,004)$227,523$24,033
Average invested assets and cash at fair value [a]8,816,9578,909,2848,873,6937,760,336
Total investment return(0.57)%(0.29)%2.56%0.31%

[a] Average invested assets and cash at fair value includes total trading, available for sale and other investments, cash and cash equivalents, net receivable on sales of investments and net payable on purchase of investments.

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About Sompo International

Sompo International Holdings Ltd. is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, headquartered in Bermuda. Through its operating subsidiaries, Sompo International writes agriculture, professional lines, property, marine, energy, casualty and other specialty lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines, weather risk and specialty lines of reinsurance. Sompo International companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Sompo Holdings, Inc., whose core business encompasses one of the largest property and casualty insurance groups in the Japanese domestic market. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A+ (Superior) from A.M. Best (XV size category) and A+ (Strong) from Standard and Poor’s on our principal operating subsidiaries. Sompo International’s headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Sompo International, Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda.

For more information about Sompo International, please visit www.sompo-intl.com.