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Section 1: 8-K (ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD. 8-K)

 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC  20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 2, 2016
 
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Bermuda
 
1-15259
 
98-0214719
         
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
110 Pitts Bay Road
Pembroke HM 08
Bermuda
 
P.O. Box HM 1282
Hamilton HM FX
Bermuda
     
(Address, Including Zip Code,
of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Mailing Address)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (441) 296-5858
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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ITEM 2.02. 
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION.

 
On May 2, 2016, Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2016. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report and is incorporated herein by reference.
 
 
ITEM 9.01.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
 
(d) Exhibits:
 
 
 
 
 
99.1
  
Press Release issued by Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. dated May 2, 2016.
 
 

 

 


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 
 
  ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.   
       
Dated: May 2, 2016
By:
/s/ Jay S. Bullock  
    Name:   Jay S. Bullock  
    Title:     Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer  
 
 
 
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Exhibit 99.1
 
 
Contact:
Susan Spivak Bernstein
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
212.607.8835

 
 
Argo Group Reports First Quarter Operating Income of $29.9 Million
or $1.06 Per Diluted Share

HAMILTON, Bermuda (May 2, 2016) – Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.
 
 
 
2016 First Quarter Recap
Gross Written
Premium
$519.8 M
↑ 9.0%
from 1Q 2015
Combined
Ratio
94.0%
vs. 93.6%
in 1Q 2015
Pre-tax
Underwriting
Income
$20.7 M
↓ 2.8%
from 1Q 2015
After-tax
Operating
Income
$29.9 M
↓ 10.5%
from 1Q 2015
Book Value
Per Share
$61.71
 ↑ 3.3%
from 4Q 2015
 
"Argo's first quarter 2016 results represent a solid start to 2016 following a record year of underwriting profits in 2015," said CEO Mark E. Watson III.  "We remain focused on improving margings in our niche markets through disciplined underwriting, product innovation, and streamlining our business processes."
 
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2016 
     
 
Gross written premiums were up 9.0% to $519.8 million from $476.7 million in the first quarter of 2015
 
After-tax operating income was $29.9 million or $1.06 per diluted share, compared to $33.4 million or $1.16 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2015.
 
Net income was $27.7 million or $0.98 per diluted share, compared to $58.8 million or $2.05 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2015.
 
Pre-tax underwriting income of $20.7 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to $21.3 million in the first quarter of 2015.
 
Combined ratio was 94.0% compared to 93.6% for the first quarter of 2015. The loss and expense ratios for the quarter were 55.5% and 38.5%, respectively, compared to 54.9% and 38.7% for the first quarter of 2015.
 
Net favorable prior-year reserve development was $3.2 million (benefiting the combined ratio by 0.9 points), compared with $3.7 million (benefiting the combined ratio by 1.1 points) for the first quarter of 2015.
 
Estimated pre-tax catastrophe losses were $3.3 million or 0.9 points on the combined ratio, compared to $3.0 million or 0.9 points on the combined ratio for the first quarter of 2015.
 
Loss ratio excluding catastrophes and reserve development for the first quarter of 2016 was 55.5%, compared to 55.1% for the first quarter of 2015.
 
During the quarter, the Company repurchased $19.0 million or 343,652 shares of its common stock at an average share price of $55.32, which represents 1.2% of net shares outstanding at Dec. 31, 2015.
 
Book value per share increased to $61.71, up 3.3% from $59.74 at Dec. 31, 2015.
 
Cash and investments at March 31, 2016 totaled $4.3 billion with a net pre-tax unrealized gain of approximately $92.6 million
 
 
 

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Notes    
    During the quarter the following changes were made to the reporting structure effective January 1, 2016: (1) reclassification of Argo Pro results and identifiable assets from Excess and Surplus lines to the Commercial Specialty segment which more appropriately matches segment distribution strategy; and (2) alternative investment income was moved from realized gains and losses to net investment income. 
 
All references to catastrophe losses are pre-tax and net of reinsurance and estimated reinstatement premiums. Point impacts on the combined ratio are calculated as the difference between the reported combined ratio and the combined ratio excluding incurred catastrophe losses and associated reinstatement premiums.
 
After-tax operating income is defined as net income before taxes excluding net realized investment gains/losses and foreign currency exchange gains/losses at an assumed 20% effective tax rate.
 
 
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS BY SEGMENT
 
 
Excess and Surplus Lines
·
Gross written premiums were up 5.4% primarily driven by casualty lines.
·
The current year loss ratio excluding cats benefited from lower non-cat property losses in the quarter.

The Excess and Surplus Lines segment reported gross written premiums of $146.2 million, up $7.5 million or 5.4%, compared to $138.7 million in the first quarter of 2015.  Net written premiums were up 1.5% to $114.5 million, and earned premiums were up 7.1% to $119.8 million, when compared to the first quarter of 2015.  Underwriting income was $13.9 million for the quarter, compared to $14.9 million for the first quarter of 2015.  The first quarter 2016 combined ratio of 88.5% compares to 86.7% for the prior-year quarter.  Net favorable prior-year reserve development was $2.9 million for the first quarter of 2016, benefiting the combined ratio by 2.4 points, compared to net favorable prior-year reserve development of $5.7 million or 5.1 points for the first quarter of 2015.  Catastrophe losses for the quarter were $2.2 million or 1.9 points on the combined ratio, compared to $0.5 million or 0.4 points on the combined ratio for the first quarter of 2015.  The first quarter 2016 loss ratio, excluding catastrophe losses and reserve development, was 57.9% compared to 59.7% for the first quarter of 2015.

Commercial Specialty
·
Gross written premiums were up 8.0% driven by program, surety, and public entity businesses.
·
The combined ratio improved to 88.0% from 95.6% in the first quarter of 2015.

The Commercial Specialty segment reported gross written premiums of $141.4 million, up $10.5 million or 8.0%, compared to $130.9 million in the first quarter of 2015.  Net written premiums were down 2.9% to $74.9 million, and earned premiums were up 3.6% to $86.8 million, when compared to the first quarter of 2015.  Underwriting income was $10.3 million for the quarter, compared to $3.7 million for the first quarter of 2015.  The first quarter 2016 combined ratio of 88.0% compares to 95.6% for the prior-year quarter.  For the first quarter of 2016, on a net basis there was no movement in prior-year reserves compared to net unfavorable prior-year reserve development of $4.7 million or 5.6 points on the combined ratio for the first quarter of 2015.  Catastrophe losses for the quarter were $0.1 million or 0.1 points on the combined ratio, compared to $0.5 million or 0.6 points for the first quarter of 2015.  The first quarter 2016 loss ratio, excluding catastrophe losses and reserve development, was 53.8% compared to 56.7% for the first quarter of 2015.

Syndicate 1200
·
Gross premiums written were up 14.2% driven by new business and higher renewals in both our property and liability businesses.
·
The loss ratio includes the impact of a large onshore energy loss.

Syndicate 1200 reported gross written premiums of $162.0 million, up $20.1 million or 14.2% from $141.9 million for first quarter of 2015.  Net written premiums were $80.1 million versus $80.5 million in the first quarter of 2015.  Earned premiums were $100.5 million versus $103.0 million for the first quarter of 2015.  Underwriting income was $4.1 million for the quarter, compared to $9.3 million for the first quarter of 2015, reflecting a combined ratio of 95.8%, compared with 91.0% in the prior-year quarter.  For the first quarter of 2016, net favorable prior-year reserve development was $0.8 million or 0.8 points on the combined ratio, compared to net favorable prior-year reserve development of $0.3 million or 0.3 points for the first quarter of 2015.  There were no catastrophe losses in the first quarter of 2016, compared to $1.0 million or 1.0 points on the combined ratio for the first quarter of 2015.  The first quarter 2016 loss ratio, excluding catastrophe losses and reserve development, was 55.8%, compared to 50.7% in the first quarter of 2015.
 
 
 
2016 First Quarter Earnings Report
 
 

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International Specialty
·
Gross written premiums rose 7.2% driven by new business opportunities and strong renewal retention in our insurance lines at Argo Re.  Premium growth in Brazil was down modestly reflecting the slowdown in the current economic environment.
·
The combined ratio improved to 79.7% from 81.2% in the same period of 2015.

The International Specialty segment includes our property reinsurance business as well as our insurance business in Bermuda and Brazil.  In the first quarter of 2016, gross written premiums were $70.2 million, up $4.7 million or 7.2% from $65.5 million for the first quarter of 2015. Net written premiums were $33.9 million versus $25.9 million in the first quarter of 2015. Earned premiums were $37.8 million versus $36.2 million for the first quarter of 2015.  Underwriting income was $7.7 million for the quarter, compared to $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2015, reflecting a first quarter 2016 combined ratio of 79.7%, compared with 81.2% in the prior-year quarter.  Net favorable prior-year reserve development was $0.9 million or 2.4 points on the combined ratio for the first quarter of 2016, compared to net favorable reserve development of $2.5 million or 6.9 points for the first quarter of 2015.  Catastrophe losses for the quarter were $1.0 million or 2.6 points on the combined ratio, compared to $1.0 million or 2.9 points for the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter 2016 loss ratio, excluding catastrophe losses and reserve development, was 51.1%, compared to 49.4% in the first quarter of 2015.

CONFERENCE CALL

 
Argo Group management will conduct an investor conference call tomorrow, May 3, 2016, starting at 9 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. ADT).  A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed by visiting http://services.choruscall.com/links/agii160503.  Participants inside the U.S. can access the call by phone by dialing (877) 291-5203.  Callers dialing from outside the U.S. can access the call by dialing (412) 902-6610.  Please ask the operator to be connected to the Argo Group earnings call.

A webcast replay will be available shortly after the conference call and can be accessed at http://services.choruscall.com/links/agii160503.  In addition, a telephone replay of the call will be available through May 10, 2016, to callers from inside the U.S. by dialing (877) 344-7529 (conference # 10085112). Callers dialing from outside the U.S. can access the telephone replay by dialing (412) 317-0088 (conference # 10085112).

ABOUT ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

 
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market.  Argo Group offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, Syndicate 1200 and International Specialty.  Argo Group's insurance subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent) (highest rating out of 16 rating classifications) with a stable outlook, and Argo's U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong) with a stable outlook. More information on Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at www.argolimited.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 
This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and also may differ materially from actual future experience involving any one or more of such statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Argo Group's filings with the SEC. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by Argo Group that Argo Group's objectives will be achieved. Argo Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 
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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
 
In presenting the Company's results, management has included and discussed in this press release certain non-generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G as promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP").

“Underwriting income” is an internal performance measure used in the management of the Company’s operations and represents net amount earned from underwriting activities (net premiums earned less underwriting expenses and claims incurred).  Although this measure of profit (loss) does not replace net income (loss) computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP as a measure of profitability, management uses this measure of profit (loss) to focus our reporting segments on generating underwriting income.

"Operating income" is an internal performance measure used in the management of the Company's operations and represents after-tax operational results excluding, as applicable, net realized investment gains or losses, net foreign exchange gain or loss, and other non-recurring items. The Company excludes net realized investment gains or losses, net foreign exchange gain or loss, and other non-recurring items from the calculation of operating income because these amounts are influenced by and fluctuate in part according to the availability of market opportunities and other factors. In addition to presenting net income determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company believes that showing operating income enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of the Company's financial information to more easily analyze our results of operations and underlying business performance. Operating income should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. GAAP net income.

"Annualized return on average shareholders’ equity" ("ROAE") is calculated using average shareholders' equity. In calculating ROAE, the net income available to shareholders for the period is multiplied by the number of periods in a calendar year to arrive at annualized net income available to shareholders. The Company presents ROAE as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information.

"Annualized operating return on average shareholders' equity" is calculated using operating income (as defined above and annualized in the manner described for net income (loss) available to shareholders under ROAE above) and average shareholders' equity.  The assumed tax rate is 20%.

Reconciliations of these financial measures to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures are included in the attached tables.

(financial tables follow)
 
 
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
           
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
           
(in millions, except per share amounts)
           
             
   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
   
(unaudited)
       
Assets
           
Total investments
 
$
4,127.1
   
$
4,115.7
 
Cash
   
122.9
     
121.7
 
Accrued investment income
   
21.3
     
21.6
 
Receivables
   
1,599.5
     
1,525.6
 
Goodwill and intangible assets
   
224.1
     
225.5
 
Deferred acquisition costs, net
   
136.4
     
132.4
 
Ceded unearned premiums
   
308.0
     
250.8
 
Other assets
   
280.4
     
232.3
 
Total assets
 
$
6,819.7
   
$
6,625.6
 
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
               
Reserves for losses and loss adjustment expenses
 
$
3,141.5
   
$
3,123.6
 
Unearned premiums
   
907.8
     
886.7
 
Ceded reinsurance payable, net
   
410.1
     
312.4
 
Senior unsecured fixed rate notes
   
139.4
     
139.3
 
Other indebtedness
   
56.4
     
55.2
 
Junior subordinated debentures
   
172.7
     
172.7
 
Other liabilities
   
286.4
     
267.6
 
Total liabilities
   
5,114.3
     
4,957.5
 
                 
Total shareholders' equity
   
1,705.4
     
1,668.1
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
$
6,819.7
   
$
6,625.6
 
                 
Book value per common share
 
$
61.71
   
$
59.74
 
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
           
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
           
ALL SEGMENTS
           
(in millions, except per share amounts)
           
             
   
Three Months Ended
 
   
March 31,
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
 
(unaudited)
 
             
Gross written premiums
 
$
519.8
   
$
476.7
 
Net written premiums
   
303.4
     
296.0
 
                 
Earned premiums
   
344.9
     
334.6
 
Net investment income
   
21.2
     
25.7
 
Net realized investment and other (losses) gains
   
(2.8
)
   
11.1
 
Fee and other income
   
6.8
     
4.6
 
  Total revenue
   
370.1
     
376.0
 
                 
Losses and loss adjustment expenses
   
191.6
     
183.7
 
Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses
   
132.6
     
129.6
 
Interest expense
   
4.8
     
4.9
 
Fee and other expense, net
   
6.5
     
5.0
 
Foreign currency exchange loss (gain)
   
1.5
     
(9.6
)
  Total expenses
   
337.0
     
313.6
 
                 
Income before taxes
   
33.1
     
62.4
 
Income tax provision
   
5.4
     
3.6
 
  Net income
 
$
27.7
   
$
58.8
 
                 
                 
Net income per common share (basic)
 
$
1.00
   
$
2.09
 
                 
                 
Net income per common share (diluted)
 
$
0.98
   
$
2.05
 
                 
Weighted average common shares:
               
   Basic
   
27.7
     
28.1
 
   Diluted
   
28.3
     
28.7
 
 
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
           
SEGMENT DATA
           
(in millions)
           
   
Three Months Ended
 
   
March 31,  
 
   
2016
   
2015
 
     (unaudited)  
Excess & Surplus Lines
           
Gross written premiums
 
$
146.2
   
$
138.7
 
Net written premiums
   
114.5
     
112.8
 
Earned premiums
   
119.8
     
111.9
 
             
111.9
 
Underwriting income
 
$
13.9
   
$
14.9
 
Net investment income
   
8.7
     
8.0
 
Interest expense
   
(1.4
)
   
(1.5
)
Operating income before taxes
 
$
21.2
   
$
21.4
 
Loss ratio
   
57.4
%
   
55.0
%
Expense ratio
   
31.1
     
31.7
 
GAAP combined ratio
   
88.5
%
   
86.7
%
Commercial Specialty
               
Gross written premiums
 
$
141.4
   
$
130.9
 
Net written premiums
   
74.9
     
77.1
 
Earned premiums
   
86.8
     
83.8
 
                 
Underwriting income
 
$
10.3
   
$
3.7
 
Net investment income
   
5.1
     
5.0
 
Interest expense
   
(0.8
)
   
(0.8
)
Fee expense, net
   
(0.9
)
   
(0.8
)
Operating income before taxes
 
$
13.7
   
$
7.1
 
Loss ratio
   
53.9
%
   
62.9
%
Expense ratio
   
34.1
     
32.7
 
GAAP combined ratio
   
88.0
%
   
95.6
%
Syndicate 1200
               
Gross written premiums
 
$
162.0
   
$
141.9
 
Net written premiums
   
80.1
     
80.5
 
Earned premiums
   
100.5
     
103.0
 
                 
Underwriting income
 
$
4.1
   
$
9.3
 
Net investment income
   
2.8
     
2.2
 
Interest expense
   
(0.6
)
   
(0.7
)
Fee income, net
   
1.1
     
0.4
 
Operating income before taxes
 
$
7.4
   
$
11.2
 
Loss ratio
   
55.0
%
   
51.4
%
Expense ratio
   
40.8
     
39.6
 
GAAP combined ratio
   
95.8
%
   
91.0
%
International Specialty
               
Gross written premiums
 
$
70.2
   
$
65.5
 
Net written premiums
   
33.9
     
25.9
 
Earned premiums
   
37.8
     
36.2
 
                 
Underwriting income
 
$
7.7
   
$
6.8
 
Net investment income
   
3.3
     
2.9
 
Interest expense
   
(0.7
)
   
(0.8
)
Operating income before taxes
 
$
10.3
   
$
8.9
 
Loss ratio
   
51.3
%
   
45.3
%
Expense ratio
   
28.4
     
35.9
 
GAAP combined ratio
   
79.7
%
   
81.2
%
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD. 
   
(in millions) 
   
(unaudited) 
   
     
 
For the Three Months
 
 
Ended March 31,
 
Net Prior Year Development
2016
   
2015
 
(Favorable)/Unfavorable
         
E&S
 
$
(2.9
)
   
$
(5.7
)
Commercial Specialty
   
-
       
4.7
 
Syndicate 1200
   
(0.8
)
     
(0.3
)
International Specialty
   
(0.9
)
     
(2.5
)
Run-off
   
1.4
       
0.1
 
Total
 
$
(3.2
)
   
$
(3.7
)
 
 
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
       
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO NET INCOME (LOSS)
       
(in millions, except per share amounts)
       
         
         
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,  
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
 
(unaudited) 
 
         
Income Before Taxes:
       
  From operations
 
$
37.4
   
$
41.7
 
  Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain
   
(1.5
)
   
9.6
 
  Net realized investment (losses) gains
   
(2.8
)
   
11.1
 
Income before taxes
   
33.1
     
62.4
 
   Income tax provision
   
5.4
     
3.6
 
  Net income
 
$
27.7
   
$
58.8
 
                 
                 
Net income per common share (diluted)
 
$
0.98
   
$
2.05
 
                 
Operating income per common share (diluted)
               
At assumed tax rate:
               
  Income (a)
 
$
0.94
   
$
1.74
 
  Foreign currency exchange loss (gains) (a)
   
0.04
     
(0.27
)
  Net realized investment losses (gains)  (a)
   
0.08
     
(0.31
)
                 
Operating income per common share (diluted)
 
$
1.06
   
$
1.16
 
                 
(a) Per diluted share at assumed tax rate of 20%.
               
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD. 
   
RECONCILIATION OF UNDERWRITING INCOME TO NET INCOME 
   
(in millions) 
   
     
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31, 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
 
(unaudited) 
 
         
Earned Premiums
 
$
344.9
   
$
334.6
 
Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses
   
191.6
     
183.7
 
Underwriting, Acquisition and Insurance Expenses
   
132.6
     
129.6
 
Underwriting Income
   
20.7
     
21.3
 
Net investment income
   
21.2
     
25.7
 
Net realized investment and other (losses) gains
   
(2.8
)
   
11.1
 
Fee and other income
   
6.8
     
4.6
 
Interest expense
   
(4.8
)
   
(4.9
)
Fee and other expense
   
(6.5
)
   
(5.0
)
Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain
   
(1.5
)
   
9.6
 
Income Before Taxes
   
33.1
     
62.4
 
Income Tax Provision
   
5.4
     
3.6
 
  Net Income
 
$
27.7
   
$
58.8
 
 
 
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
           
SHAREHOLDER RETURN ANALYSIS
           
(in millions)
           
             
             
 
Three Months Ended March 31
 
     
2016 
     
2015 
     
% Change 
 
                         
Net income
 
$
27.7
   
$
58.8
     
(52.9
%)
Operating income (a)
   
29.9
     
33.4
     
(10.5
%)
                         
Shareholders' Equity - Beginning of the period
 
$
1,668.1
   
$
1,646.7
     
1.3
%
Shareholders' Equity - End of current period
   
1,705.4
     
1,662.8
     
2.6
%
Average Shareholders' Equity
 
$
1,686.8
   
$
1,654.8
     
1.9
%
                         
Annualized return on average shareholders' equity
   
6.6
%
   
14.2
%
       
Annualized operating return on average shareholders' equity
   
7.1
%
   
8.1
%
       
                         
                         
(a) at assumed 20% tax rate
                       
 
 
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ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.
COMPONENTS OF INVESTMENT INCOME
ALL SEGMENTS
(in millions)
                           
 
 
 
Three Months Ended 
       
 
March 31
   
June 30
 
 September 30
   
December 31
   
March 31
 
 
2015
   
2015
 
            2015
   
2015
   
2016
 
                           
Net Investment Income
 
$
20.8
     
$
21.8
     
$
21.3
     
$
21.7
     
$
22.7
 
Alternative Investments
   
4.9
       
2.6
       
(2.9
)
     
(1.6
)
     
(1.6
)
  Total
 
$
25.7
     
$
24.4
     
$
18.4
     
$
20.1
     
$
21.2
 
 
 
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