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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2017

or

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission file number: 1-15259

 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Bermuda

 

98-0214719

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

 

110 Pitts Bay Road
Pembroke HM08
Bermuda

 

P.O. Box HM 1282
Hamilton HM FX
Bermuda

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Mailing address)

(441) 296-5858

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Security

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, par value of $1.00 per share

 

NASDAQ Global Select Market

Guarantee of Argo Group US, Inc. 6.500% Senior Notes due 2042

 

NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer  

Accelerated filer  

Non-accelerated filer  

 

Smaller reporting company  

Emerging growth company  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes      No  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark whether the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.   

Indicate the number of shares outstanding (net of treasury shares) of each of the issuer’s classes of common shares as of May 1, 2017.

 

Title

Outstanding

Common Shares, par value $1.00 per share

30,190,006

 

 

 

 


 

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

INDEX

 

 

 

 

Page

PART I. Financial Information

3

 

Item 1.

 

Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

3

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016

3

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

4

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three months ended March 31, 2017
and 2016

5

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

6

 

 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

7

Item 2.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

38

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

46

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

47

PART II. Other Information

47

 

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

47

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

47

Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

51

Item 3.

 

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

52

Item 4.

 

Mine Safety Disclosures

52

Item 5.

 

Other Information

52

Item 6.

 

Exhibits

52

 

 

Signatures

54

 

 

 

 


 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

 

Item 1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions, except number of shares and per share amounts)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016 *

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed maturities available-for-sale, at fair value (cost: 2017 - $3,029.5; 2016

   - $2,938.8)

 

$

3,035.3

 

 

$

2,932.4

 

Equity securities available-for-sale, at fair value (cost: 2017 - $329.5; 2016 - $335.2)

 

 

447.2

 

 

 

447.4

 

Other investments (cost: 2017 - $548.0; 2016 - $531.6)

 

 

555.4

 

 

 

539.0

 

Short-term investments, at fair value (cost: 2017 - $527.7; 2016 - $405.5)

 

 

527.7

 

 

 

405.5

 

Total investments

 

 

4,565.6

 

 

 

4,324.3

 

Cash

 

 

190.7

 

 

 

86.0

 

Accrued investment income

 

 

21.8

 

 

 

20.7

 

Premiums receivable

 

 

657.7

 

 

 

463.8

 

Reinsurance recoverables

 

 

1,427.0

 

 

 

1,385.6

 

Goodwill

 

 

152.2

 

 

 

152.2

 

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization

 

 

107.1

 

 

 

67.7

 

Deferred acquisition costs, net

 

 

155.1

 

 

 

139.1

 

Ceded unearned premiums

 

 

438.6

 

 

 

302.8

 

Other assets

 

 

303.7

 

 

 

262.8

 

Total assets

 

$

8,019.5

 

 

$

7,205.0

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

$

3,580.3

 

 

$

3,350.8

 

Unearned premiums

 

 

1,130.4

 

 

 

970.0

 

Accrued underwriting expenses

 

 

121.6

 

 

 

115.0

 

Ceded reinsurance payable, net

 

 

611.6

 

 

 

466.6

 

Funds held

 

 

40.5

 

 

 

77.1

 

Senior unsecured fixed rate notes

 

 

139.5

 

 

 

139.5

 

Other indebtedness

 

 

180.3

 

 

 

55.4

 

Junior subordinated debentures

 

 

256.3

 

 

 

172.7

 

Current income taxes payable, net

 

 

8.0

 

 

 

8.1

 

Deferred tax liabilities, net

 

 

43.1

 

 

 

24.1

 

Other liabilities

 

 

73.3

 

 

 

33.0

 

Total liabilities

 

 

6,184.9

 

 

 

5,412.3

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares - $1.00 par, 500,000,000 shares authorized; 40,183,538 and

   40,042,330 shares issued at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016,

   respectively

 

 

40.2

 

 

 

40.0

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

1,122.7

 

 

 

1,123.3

 

Treasury shares (10,028,755 shares at March 31, 2017

   and December 31, 2016)

 

 

(378.2

)

 

 

(378.2

)

Retained earnings

 

 

988.3

 

 

 

959.9

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes

 

 

61.6

 

 

 

47.7

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

1,834.6

 

 

 

1,792.7

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

8,019.5

 

 

$

7,205.0

 

 

*

Derived from audited consolidated financial statements.

See accompanying notes.

 

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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in millions, except number of shares and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Premiums and other revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earned premiums

 

$

379.4

 

 

$

344.9

 

Net investment income

 

 

30.5

 

 

 

21.2

 

Fee and other income

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

6.8

 

Net realized investment and other gains (losses)

 

 

14.6

 

 

 

(2.8

)

Total revenue

 

 

428.1

 

 

 

370.1

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

222.5

 

 

 

191.6

 

Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses

 

 

153.6

 

 

 

132.6

 

Interest expense

 

 

5.9

 

 

 

4.8

 

Fee and other expense

 

 

4.1

 

 

 

6.5

 

Foreign currency exchange (gains) losses

 

 

(0.7

)

 

 

1.5

 

Total expenses

 

 

385.4

 

 

 

337.0

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

42.7

 

 

 

33.1

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

6.0

 

 

 

5.4

 

Net income

 

$

36.7

 

 

$

27.7

 

Net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.22

 

 

$

0.91

 

Diluted

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

0.89

 

Dividend declared per common share

 

$

0.27

 

 

$

0.20

 

Weighted average common shares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

30,047,083

 

 

 

30,479,243

 

Diluted

 

 

30,941,409

 

 

 

31,132,221

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Net realized investment and other gains before other-than-temporary

   impairment losses

 

$

15.0

 

 

$

(1.1

)

Other-than-temporary impairment losses recognized in earnings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other-than-temporary impairment losses on fixed maturities

 

 

 

 

 

(0.6

)

Other-than-temporary impairment losses on equity securities

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

(1.1

)

Impairment losses recognized in earnings

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

(1.7

)

Net realized investment and other gains (losses)

 

$

14.6

 

 

$

(2.8

)

 

See accompanying notes.

 

 

 

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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in millions)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Net income

 

$

36.7

 

 

$

27.7

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

1.5

 

Unrealized gains on securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains arising during the year

 

 

34.1

 

 

 

38.8

 

Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income

 

 

(16.2

)

 

 

(7.8

)

Other comprehensive income before tax

 

 

18.5

 

 

 

32.5

 

Income tax provision related to other comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized gains on securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gains arising during the year

 

 

9.8

 

 

 

7.8

 

Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income

 

 

(5.2

)

 

 

(4.1

)

Income tax provision related to other comprehensive loss

 

 

4.6

 

 

 

3.7

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

13.9

 

 

 

28.8

 

Comprehensive income

 

$

50.6

 

 

$

56.5

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

 

 

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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions)

(Unaudited)

  

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

36.7

 

 

$

27.7

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in)

   operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization and depreciation

 

 

8.3

 

 

 

10.0

 

Share-based payments expense

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

3.0

 

Deferred income tax provision, net

 

 

6.0

 

 

 

3.9

 

Net realized investment and other (gains) losses

 

 

(14.6

)

 

 

2.8

 

Undistributed earnings from alternative investment portfolio

 

 

(8.3

)

 

 

1.6

 

Loss on disposals of fixed assets, net

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

0.1

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

Change in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accrued investment income

 

 

(0.9

)

 

 

0.3

 

Receivables

 

 

22.8

 

 

 

(71.5

)

Deferred acquisition costs

 

 

(6.1

)

 

 

(3.9

)

Ceded unearned premiums

 

 

(43.1

)

 

 

(56.7

)

Reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

23.3

 

 

 

14.6

 

Unearned premiums

 

 

7.3

 

 

 

19.7

 

Ceded reinsurance payable and funds held

 

 

(36.6

)

 

 

107.5

 

Income taxes

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

2.4

 

Accrued underwriting expenses

 

 

(19.2

)

 

 

(8.8

)

Other, net

 

 

(19.7

)

 

 

(1.4

)

Cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

 

(36.9

)

 

 

51.4

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales of fixed maturity investments

 

 

383.6

 

 

 

304.1

 

Maturities and mandatory calls of fixed maturity investments

 

 

182.1

 

 

 

133.2

 

Sales of equity securities

 

 

53.4

 

 

 

74.6

 

Sales of other investments

 

 

17.0

 

 

 

2.0

 

Purchases of fixed maturity investments

 

 

(601.6

)

 

 

(389.5

)

Purchases of equity securities

 

 

(33.5

)

 

 

(35.8

)

Purchases of other investments

 

 

(9.3

)

 

 

(33.3

)

Change in foreign regulatory deposits and voluntary pools

 

 

(5.2

)

 

 

(1.1

)

Change in short-term investments

 

 

125.5

 

 

 

(54.8

)

Settlements of foreign currency exchange forward contracts

 

 

(2.8

)

 

 

(3.9

)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired

 

 

(83.1

)

 

 

 

Purchases of fixed assets

 

 

(4.9

)

 

 

(6.8

)

Other, net

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

(14.2

)

Cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

24.8

 

 

 

(25.5

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional long-term borrowings

 

 

125.0

 

 

 

 

Activity under stock incentive plans

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

0.3

 

Repurchase of Company's common shares

 

 

 

 

 

(19.0

)

Payment of cash dividends to common shareholders

 

 

(8.3

)

 

 

(6.2

)

Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

116.9

 

 

 

(24.9

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

 

(0.1

)

 

 

0.2

 

Change in cash

 

 

104.7

 

 

 

1.2

 

Cash, beginning of year

 

 

86.0

 

 

 

121.7

 

Cash, end of period

 

$

190.7

 

 

$

122.9

 

 

See accompanying notes.

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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

 

 

1.

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying consolidated financial statements of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (“Argo Group,” “we” or the “Company”) and its subsidiaries have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions for Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. The preparation of interim financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The major estimates reflected in our consolidated financial statements include, but are not limited to, reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses; reinsurance recoverables, including the reinsurance recoverables allowance for doubtful accounts; estimates of written and earned premiums; reinsurance premium receivable; fair value of investments and assessment of potential impairment; valuation of goodwill and intangibles and our deferred tax asset valuation allowance. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Certain financial information that normally is included in annual financial statements, including certain financial statement footnotes, prepared in accordance with GAAP, is not required for interim reporting purposes and has been condensed or omitted. These statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 24, 2017.

Effective February 6, 2017, we completed the acquisition of Maybrooke Holdings, S.A. (“Maybrooke”) and its direct subsidiaries, including Ariel Re. We have accounted for the acquisition in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 805, “Business Combinations,” and the purchase price has been preliminarily allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values at the acquisition date. See Note 3, “Acquisition of Maybrooke,” for additional discussion regarding the acquisition and the related financial disclosures. The Consolidated Financial Statements as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements reflect the consolidated results of Argo Group and Maybrooke commencing on the date of acquisition.

The interim financial information as of, and for the three months ended, March 31, 2017 and 2016 is unaudited. However, in the opinion of management, the interim information includes all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring accruals, necessary for a fair presentation of the results presented for the interim periods. The operating results for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. All significant intercompany amounts have been eliminated in consolidation.

During the first quarter of 2017, we evaluated and modified the presentation of our reportable segments to better reflect our new operating framework and management structure. Under this model, Argo Group’s chief operating decision maker – Mark E. Watson III, President and Chief Executive Officer – evaluates performance and allocates resources based on the review of the U.S. Operations and the International Operations. The U.S. Operations includes the former Excess & Surplus and Commercial Specialty reportable segments. The International Operations includes the former Syndicate 1200, International Specialty reportable segments, and the recently acquired Ariel Re business. (See Note 3, “Acquisition of Maybrooke” for details regarding Ariel Re.) The business unit that produces the risk and not the location of the underlying exposure is the primary characteristic in distinguishing operating and reportable segments. For example, a U.S. property exposure underwritten through our Syndicate platform would be included in International Operations. Consistent with prior periods, the Run-off Lines and Corporate segments include all other activity of Argo Group and are included in our consolidated financial results. Segment results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.

 

 

2.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In January 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2017-01, “Business Combination” (Topic 805). ASU 2017-01 clarifies the definition of a business to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The guidance specifies the minimum inputs and processes required to meet the definition of a business. The guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within those periods, with early adoption permitted. We do not anticipate that this ASU will have a material impact on our financial results or disclosures.

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In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-04, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other” (Topic 350). ASU 2017-04 eliminates the requirement to calculate the implied fair value of goodwill that is done in Step 2 of the current goodwill impairment test to measure a goodwill impairment loss. Instead, entities will record an impairment loss based on the excess of a reporting unit’s carrying amount over its fair value. The guidance will be applied prospectively and is effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed in periods beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted for annual and interim goodwill impairment testing dates after January 1, 2017. We do not anticipate that this ASU will have a material impact on our financial results or disclosures.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, “Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments (Topic 230). ASU 2016-15 will reduce diversity in practice on how eight specific cash receipts and payments are classified on the statement of cash flows. The ASU will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those years. This ASU will have an impact on how we present the distributions received from equity method investees in our statement of cash flows. We have elected to adopt the cumulative earnings approach to classify distributions received from equity method investees, which we will adopt retrospectively. We anticipate that this ASU will have no net effect on our consolidated statements of cash flows, but will likely have an immaterial impact on the reclassification of specific cash receipts and payments within the statement.

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, “Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments” (Topic 326). ASU 2016-13 requires organizations to estimate credit losses on certain types of financial instruments, including receivables and available-for-sale debt securities, by introducing an approach based on expected losses. The expected loss approach will require entities to incorporate considerations of historical information, current information and reasonable and supportable forecasts. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The guidance requires a modified retrospective transition method and early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact that the adoption of the ASU will have on our financial results and disclosures, but do not anticipate that any such potential impact would be material.

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09, “Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting” (Topic 718). ASU 2016-09 simplifies the accounting for share-based payment award transactions including income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities, classification on the statement of cash flows, and accounting for forfeitures. The ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those fiscal years. We have adopted this ASU as of January 1, 2017, and for presentation purposes, the incremental tax windfall or shortfall associated with these events will be classified as a cash inflow from operating activity as compared with a financing activity, as previously required. The impact to our financial statements was not material. Additionally, we have selected to continue estimating forfeitures based on historical patterns and will true-up the expenses upon vesting.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, “Leases” (Topic 842). ASU 2016-02 requires organizations that lease assets to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations created by those leases. Additionally, the ASU modifies current guidance for lessors' accounting. The ASU is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019, with early adoption permitted. We do not anticipate that this ASU will have a material impact on our results of operations, but we anticipate an increase to the value of our assets and liabilities related to leases, with no material impact to equity.

In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-01, “Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities” (Subtopic 825-10). ASU 2016-01 will require equity investments that are not consolidated or accounted for under the equity method of accounting to be measured at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in net income. This ASU will also require us to assess the ability to realize our deferred tax assets (“DTAs”) related to an available-for-sale debt security in combination with our other DTAs. The ASU will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those fiscal years. While we continue to evaluate the impact of this ASU, we anticipate the standard will increase the volatility of our consolidated statements of income, resulting from the remeasurement of our equity investments.

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (Topic 606), which replaces most existing U.S. GAAP revenue recognition guidance and permits the use of either the retrospective or cumulative effect transition method. In August 2015, “Deferral of the Effective Date” (Topic 606), deferred the effective date of this guidance to interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted for fiscal years, and interim reporting periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2016. Subsequently, in 2016, the FASB issued implementation guidance related to ASU 2014-09, including:

 

ASU 2016-08, “Principal versus Agent considerations (Reporting Revenue Gross versus Net)” (Topic 606), which is intended to provide further clarification on the application of the principal versus agent implementations;

 

ASU 2016-10, “Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing” (Topic 606), which is intended to clarify the guidance for identifying promised goods or service in a contract with a customer;

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ASU 2016-11, “Rescission of SEC Guidance Because of Accounting Standards Updates 2014-09 and 2014-16 Pursuant to Staff Announcements at the March 3, 2016 EITF Meeting” (Topic 605) & 815);

 

ASU 2016-12, “Narrow-Scope Improvements and Practical Expedients” (Topic 606), provides additional guidance for quantitative and qualitative disclosures in certain cases, and make 12 additional technical corrections and improvements to the new revenue standard.

While insurance contracts are excluded from this ASU, fee income related to our brokerage operations and management of the third-party capital for our underwriting Syndicate at Lloyd’s will be subject to this updated guidance. We continue to evaluate what impact this ASU will have on our financial results and disclosures and which adoption method to apply, but do not anticipate such impact being material based on the limited revenue streams subject to the ASU.

 

3.

Acquisition of Maybrooke

Effective February 6, 2017, we completed the acquisition of Maybrooke whereby we acquired all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Maybrooke. The initial purchase price of $235.3 million was paid in cash from funds on hand and available under our credit facility (see Note 7, “Other Indebtedness”). The initial purchase price is subject to post-closing adjustments based on a final calculation of the purchase price, to be delivered to the seller within 90 days of closing.

Through the acquisition of Maybrooke, we acquired Ariel Re, a global underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance business written primarily through its Lloyd’s Syndicate 1910. Ariel Re provides Argo Group with a number of strategic advantages, including enhanced scale in its London- and Bermuda-based platforms.

The acquisition is being accounting for in accordance with ASC 805, “Business Combinations.” Purchase accounting, as defined by ASC 805, requires that the assets acquired and liabilities assumed be recognized at their fair values as of the acquisition date. We are in the process of finalizing our determination of fair values, including an independent appraisal of certain assets and liabilities, including intangible assets. Therefore, a preliminarily allocation of the purchase price to the acquired assets, liabilities, and intangible assets is presented in the table below:

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

Investments

 

$

318.6

 

Cash

 

 

152.2

 

Accrued investment income

 

 

0.2

 

Premiums receivable

 

 

175.0

 

Reinsurance recoverables

 

 

80.3

 

Current income taxes receivable

 

 

0.2

 

Deferred acquisition costs, net

 

 

9.8

 

Ceded unearned premiums

 

 

92.6

 

Other assets

 

 

10.6

 

Total assets

 

 

839.5

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

197.0

 

Unearned premiums

 

 

152.5

 

Accrued underwriting expenses

 

 

24.4

 

Ceded reinsurance payable, net

 

 

145.0

 

Junior subordinated debentures

 

 

83.6

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

8.6

 

Other liabilities

 

 

33.5

 

Total liabilities

 

 

644.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets acquired

 

 

194.9

 

Initial purchase price

 

 

235.3

 

Intangible assets

 

$

40.4

 

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The fair value measurement period will continue into the second quarter of 2017, during which time we expect to finalize the valuation analyses. The excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the net assets acquired has been preliminarily allocated to intangible assets, which will be specifically identified and quantified during the second quarter of 2017. We did not record amortization expense related to the $40.4 million intangible assets during the first quarter of 2017 due to the intangible assets having not yet been specifically identified. We anticipate recording both amortizable and non-amortizable identifiable intangible assets and goodwill upon the completion of the valuation analyses, including intangible assets relating to the Lloyd’s Syndicate 1910 stamp capacity (non-amortizable), distribution networks (amortizable), and the Ariel Re tradename (amortizable). Goodwill is calculated as the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the net assets recognized, including identifiable intangible assets.

We recognized approximately $2.5 million of transaction costs in the first quarter of 2017 related to the acquisition in our Consolidated Statements of Income, of which $2.2 million were reported in “Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses” and $0.3 million in “Interest expense” related to the borrowings under our credit facility to help fund the acquisition.

Maybrooke’s Contribution to Argo Group’s Revenue and Income

The following selected financial information summarizes the results of Maybrooke from the date of acquisition that have been included in our Consolidated Statement of Income:

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

23.3

 

Net income

 

$

6.6

 

Unaudited Pro forma Results of Operations

The following unaudited pro forma financial information has been provided to present a summary of the combined results of Argo Group’s operations with Maybrooke’s as if the acquisition had occurred on January 1, 2016. The unaudited pro forma financial information is for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of what the results would have been had the acquisition been completed at the date indicated above, as it may not include all necessary adjustments. Future changes to Maybrooke’s business, such as, but not limited to, the impact from underwriting decisions, changes in risk selection, or retention rates, could result in a material favorable or unfavorable impact on Argo Group’s future results of operations and financial position. The unaudited pro forma results for three months ended March 31, 2017 include favorable development from prior accident years of $6.7 million, including $6.2 million relating to one specific claim in January 2017. In addition, the $2.5 million of nonrecurring transaction costs directly attributable to the acquisition, as disclosed above, have also been removed from the unaudited pro forma results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 in the table below. The unaudited pro forma results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 include the benefits of higher net retention resulting in increased earned premiums and profitability for prior Lloyd’s years of account, partially offset by unfavorable development on claims from prior accident years.

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

(in millions, except per share data)

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Pro forma revenues

 

$

443.7

 

 

$

439.2

 

Pro forma net income

 

 

47.0

 

 

 

43.4

 

Pro forma net income per share - basic

 

 

1.56

 

 

 

1.42

 

Pro forma net income per share - diluted

 

 

1.52

 

 

 

1.39

 

 

 

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4.

Investments

Composition of Invested Assets

The amortized cost, gross unrealized gains, gross unrealized losses and fair value of investments were as follows:

 

March 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

Fixed maturities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Governments

 

$

312.8

 

 

$

0.6

 

 

$

3.8

 

 

$

309.6

 

Foreign Governments

 

 

239.6

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

235.6

 

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

 

345.2

 

 

 

10.1

 

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

353.9

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

1,402.7

 

 

 

22.4

 

 

 

15.6

 

 

 

1,409.5

 

Commercial mortgage-backed securities

 

 

146.8

 

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

145.5

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

191.8

 

 

 

3.2

 

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

193.1

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

128.8

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

127.3

 

Collateralized loan obligations

 

 

261.8

 

 

 

4.2

 

 

 

5.2

 

 

 

260.8

 

Total fixed maturities

 

 

3,029.5

 

 

 

43.0

 

 

 

37.2

 

 

 

3,035.3

 

Equity securities

 

 

329.5

 

 

 

122.9

 

 

 

5.2

 

 

 

447.2

 

Other investments

 

 

548.0

 

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

555.4

 

Short-term investments

 

 

527.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

527.7

 

Total investments

 

$

4,434.7

 

 

$

173.4

 

 

$

42.5

 

 

$

4,565.6

 

 

 

December 31, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

Fixed maturities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Governments

 

$

275.1

 

 

$

0.6

 

 

$

4.5

 

 

$

271.2

 

Foreign Governments

 

 

244.2

 

 

 

1.1

 

 

 

8.0

 

 

 

237.3

 

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

 

375.7

 

 

 

8.9

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

382.8

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

1,316.9

 

 

 

23.3

 

 

 

19.5

 

 

 

1,320.7

 

Commercial mortgage-backed securities

 

 

154.9

 

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

153.7

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities

 

 

174.8

 

 

 

3.7

 

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

176.8

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

127.6

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

2.1

 

 

 

125.6

 

Collateralized loan obligations

 

 

269.6

 

 

 

3.8

 

 

 

9.1

 

 

 

264.3

 

Total fixed maturities

 

 

2,938.8

 

 

 

41.9

 

 

 

48.3

 

 

 

2,932.4

 

Equity securities

 

 

335.2

 

 

 

117.9

 

 

 

5.7

 

 

 

447.4

 

Other investments

 

 

531.6

 

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

539.0

 

Short-term investments

 

 

405.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

405.5

 

Total investments

 

$

4,211.1

 

 

$

167.3

 

 

$

54.1

 

 

$

4,324.3

 

 

 

Included in “Total investments” in our Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 is $154.0 million and $131.9 million, respectively, of assets managed on behalf of the trade capital providers, who are third-party participants that provide underwriting capital to the operations of Syndicate 1200.

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Contractual Maturity

The amortized cost and fair values of fixed maturity investments as of March 31, 2017, by contractual maturity, were as follows:

 

(in millions)

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Fair

Value

 

Due in one year or less

 

$

239.3

 

 

$

235.3

 

Due after one year through five years

 

 

1,297.8

 

 

 

1,303.3

 

Due after five years through ten years

 

 

612.4

 

 

 

616.6

 

Thereafter

 

 

150.8

 

 

 

153.4

 

Structured securities

 

 

729.2

 

 

 

726.7

 

Total

 

$

3,029.5

 

 

$

3,035.3

 

 

The expected maturities may differ from the contractual maturities because debtors may have the right to call or prepay obligations.

Other Invested Assets

Details regarding the carrying value and unfunded investment commitments of the other invested assets portfolio as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 were as follows:

 

March 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Carrying

Value

 

 

Unfunded

Commitments

 

Investment Type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hedge funds

 

$

177.4

 

 

$

 

Private equity

 

 

178.6

 

 

 

95.5

 

Long only funds

 

 

191.7

 

 

 

 

Other investments

 

 

7.7

 

 

 

 

Total other invested assets

 

$

555.4

 

 

$

95.5

 

 

December 31, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Carrying

Value

 

 

Unfunded

Commitments

 

Investment Type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hedge funds

 

$

180.9

 

 

$

 

Private equity

 

 

179.0

 

 

 

93.4

 

Long only funds

 

 

170.7

 

 

 

 

Other investments

 

 

8.4

 

 

 

 

Total other invested assets

 

$

539.0

 

 

$

93.4

 

 

The following describes each investment type:

 

Hedge funds: Hedge funds include funds that primarily buy and sell stocks, including short sales, multi-strategy credit, relative value credit and distressed credit.

 

Private equity: Private equity includes buyout funds, real asset/infrastructure funds, credit special situations funds, mezzanine lending funds and direct investments and strategic non-controlling minority investments in private companies that are principally accounted for using the equity method of accounting.

 

Long only funds: Our long only funds include a fund that primarily owns international stocks and funds that primarily own investment-grade corporate and sovereign fixed income securities.

 

Other investments: Other investments include participation in investment pools, foreign exchange currency forward contracts to manage our foreign currency exposure and a portfolio of foreign exchange currency forward contracts that are actively traded by an external currency manager for a total return strategy.

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Unrealized Losses and Other-Than-Temporary Impairments

An aging of unrealized losses on our investments in fixed maturities, equity securities, other investments and short-term investments is presented below:

 

March 31, 2017

 

Less Than One Year

 

 

One Year or Greater

 

 

Total

 

(in millions)

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Unrealized

Losses

 

Fixed maturities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Governments

 

$

193.0

 

 

$

3.8

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

193.0

 

 

$

3.8

 

Foreign Governments

 

 

144.8

 

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

144.8

 

 

 

5.8

 

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

 

50.1

 

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

51.7

 

 

 

1.4

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

446.6

 

 

 

13.8

 

 

 

40.8

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

487.4

 

 

 

15.6

 

Commercial mortgage-backed securities

 

 

88.2

 

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

5.4

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

93.6

 

 

 

1.8

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities (2)

 

 

101.2

 

 

 

1.9