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White Mountains Reports Adjusted Book Value Per Share Of $565

Friday, July 27, 2012

White Mountains Reports Adjusted Book Value Per Share Of $56508:00 EDT Friday, July 27, 2012HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) reported an adjusted book value per share of $565 at June 30, 2012, which was break-even for the quarter and up 4.4% for the first six months, including dividends.Ray Barrette, Chairman and CEO, commented, "It was a flat but active quarter.  Good underwriting results at both OneBeacon and Sirius Group were offset by losses in our equity portfolio and a strengthening dollar.  We recently announced our $600 million investment in HG Global Ltd., which funded Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM), the financial guaranty industry's first mutual bond insurer, and HG Re which provides long-term reinsurance support to BAM.  With a AA/Stable rating from S&P, BAM is ready to serve the municipal bond market exclusively.  Following that investment and the repurchase of 60,000 shares, we still have a sizable amount of undeployed capital, which allows us to capitalize on additional high return opportunities, which we are actively pursuing.  I am pleased to welcome Kip Oberting back to our senior team.  We are excited by the talent, experience and energy that Kip brings to our business."   Adjusted comprehensive loss was $4 million and adjusted comprehensive income was $114 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2012, compared to adjusted comprehensive income of $6 million and $40 million in the second quarter and first six months of last year.  Net income attributable to common shareholders was $26 million and $120 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2012, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders of $12 million and net loss attributable to common shareholders of $17 million in the second quarter and first six months of last year.OneBeaconOneBeacon's book value per share increased 1.2% for the second quarter and 6.3% for the first six months of 2012, including dividends.  OneBeacon's GAAP combined ratio was 94% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 95% for the second quarter of last year, while the GAAP combined ratio was 94% for both the first six months of 2012 and the first six months of last year.  The GAAP combined ratio for both the second quarter and the first six months of 2012 reflected improvement in the current accident year loss ratio that was driven by lower catastrophe losses, partially offset by lower favorable loss reserve development.  Catastrophe losses were 2 points in both the second quarter and first six months of 2012 compared to 6 points and 4 points in the second quarter and first six months of last year.  Favorable loss reserve development was 1 point in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 4 points in the second quarter of last year.  The first six months of 2012 included 1 point of unfavorable loss reserve development compared to 3 points of favorable loss reserve development in the first six months of last year. Mike Miller, CEO of OneBeacon, said, "Our results for the first half of 2012 show good book value growth, which includes strong underwriting results and positive investment returns.  Our combined ratios reflect the consistent profitability of our Specialty businesses.  We are pleased with our premium growth, which is driven by positive renewal price increases, strong renewal retention and good new business levels."Net written premiums were $293 million and $597 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2012, an increase of 10% and 14% from the comparable periods of 2011.  Sirius GroupSirius Group's GAAP combined ratio was 82% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 92% for the second quarter of last year, while the GAAP combined ratio was 83% for the first six months of 2012 compared to 112% for the first six months of last year. The improvement in both periods was primarily due to lower catastrophe losses. The combined ratio for the second quarter of 2012 included 3 points ($7 million) of catastrophe losses, mainly due to earthquakes in Italy, compared to 17 points ($39 million) in the second quarter of last year.  The combined ratio for the first six months of 2012 included 2 points ($8 million) of catastrophe losses compared to 36 points ($163 million) in the first six months of last year.  There was no net loss reserve development in either the second quarter of 2012 or the second quarter of last year.  Favorable loss reserve development was 1 point in the first six months of 2012 compared to 3 points in the first six months of last year. Allan Waters, CEO of Sirius Group, said, "Our favorable results benefited from the absence of significant catastrophe losses. Property reinsurance rates continued to trend positively through July 1st renewals in most territories; we grew our exposures modestly in response.  In local currencies, gross written premiums increased 13% in the second quarter, driven primarily by increased property and accident and health writings.  However, a continuing abundance of capital in the (re)insurance industry will likely serve to temper future rate increases barring a catalyst for reduced capacity.  Our White Mountains Solutions unit, headed by Neal Wasserman, has been very active over the past year, most recently announcing two new run-off acquisitions that we expect will close in the third quarter."  Gross written premiums increased 10% for the second quarter of 2012 from the second quarter of last year (13% in local currencies), while net written premiums increased 4% (7% in local currencies). Other OperationsWhite Mountains' Other Operations segment reported pre-tax loss of $22 million and $8 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2012 compared to $32 million and $47 million in the second quarter and first six months of last year.  This improvement was driven by higher mark-to-market gains on the Symetra warrants and lower incentive compensation expenses, due to incentive compensation accruals in the second quarter of 2011 following the agreement to sell Esurance and Answer Financial to Allstate. The value of White Mountains' investment in Symetra warrants increased $6 million and $17 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2012 compared to a decrease of $3 million and $5 million in the second quarter and first six months of last year. WM Life Re reported $4 million and $11 million of pre-tax losses in the second quarter and first six months of 2012 compared to $2 million and $11 million of pre-tax losses in the second quarter and first six months of last year.White Mountains recorded a GAAP other-than-temporary impairment write-down on its investment in Symetra common shares during the fourth quarter of 2011.  As a result, White Mountains carried its investment in Symetra common shares at $15 per share at December 31, 2011, the estimate of its GAAP fair value.   During the second quarter and first six months of 2012, White Mountains' recorded $6 million and $17 million in equity in earnings from its investment in Symetra's common shares, which increased the value of the investment in Symetra's common shares used in the calculation of White Mountains' adjusted book value per share to $15.89 per Symetra common share at June 30, 2012, compared to Symetra's quoted stock price of $12.62 and Symetra's book value per common share excluding unrealized gains and losses from its fixed maturity investment portfolio of $18.39.Investment ActivitiesThe GAAP total return on invested assets was -0.5% and 1.6% for the second quarter and first six months of 2012, which included 0.5% and 0.1% of currency losses.  This compared to 1.1% and 3.1% for the second quarter and first six months of last year, which included 0.2% and 1.0% of currency gains. Manning Rountree, President of White Mountains Advisors, said, "Investments produced a small loss in a volatile quarter.  Dollar strengthening turned a flat local currency return into a -0.5% U.S. dollar return.  Our fixed income portfolio returned 0.9% in local currencies, a solid result.  On June 1st, we saw a new historic low on the 10YT of 1.47%.  We trimmed some duration risk during the rally and are proceeding cautiously in fixed income.  Our value-oriented equity portfolio was down -3.6%, compared to the S&P 500 return of -2.8%.  We added $115 million of equity investments and an additional $95 million of equity commitments in the quarter, both using new managers.  Equity exposure is up to 19% of the portfolio, a number we expect to continue to increase opportunistically."Additional InformationWhite Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the company's website located at www.whitemountains.com. White Mountains expects to file its Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or before August 9, 2012 and urges shareholders to refer to that document for more complete information concerning its financial results.Regulation GThis earnings release includes two non-GAAP financial measures that have been reconciled to their most comparable GAAP financial measures.  White Mountains believes these measures to be more relevant than comparable GAAP measures in evaluating White Mountains' financial performance.Adjusted book value per share is a non-GAAP financial measure which is derived by expanding the calculation of GAAP book value per share to exclude equity in net unrealized gains (losses) from Symetra's fixed maturity portfolio, net of applicable taxes, from book value.  In addition, the number of common shares outstanding used in the calculation of adjusted book value per share are adjusted to exclude unearned restricted common shares, the compensation cost of which, at the date of calculation, has yet to be amortized. The reconciliation of adjusted book value per share to GAAP book value per share is included on page 6. Adjusted comprehensive income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the change in equity in net unrealized gains (losses) from Symetra's fixed maturity portfolio, net of applicable taxes, from comprehensive income (loss) attributable to White Mountains' common shareholders.  The reconciliation of adjusted comprehensive income (loss) to GAAP comprehensive income (loss) attributable to White Mountains' common shareholders is included on page 7.Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995This earnings release may contain "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.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included or referenced in this release which address activities, events or developments which we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  The words "will," "believe," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "predict" and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements with respect to White Mountains':change in adjusted book value per share or return on equity; business strategy; financial and operating targets or plans; incurred loss and loss adjustment expenses and the adequacy of its loss and loss adjustment expense reserves and related reinsurance; projections of revenues, income (or loss), earnings (or loss) per share, dividends, market share or other financial forecasts; expansion and growth of our business and operations; and future capital expenditures.These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by White Mountains in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, including:the risks associated with Item 1A of White Mountains' 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Item 1A in Part II of White Mountains' March 31, 2012 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q; claims arising from catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, terrorist attacks or severe winter weather; the continued availability of capital and financing; general economic, market or business conditions; business opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to it and pursued; competitive forces, including the conduct of other property and casualty insurers and reinsurers; changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations, or their interpretation, applicable to White Mountains, its competitors or its customers; an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting its financial position; recorded loss reserves subsequently proving to have been inadequate; actions taken by ratings agencies from time to time, such as financial strength or credit ratings downgrades or placing ratings on negative watch; other factors, most of which are beyond White Mountains' control.Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this earnings release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by White Mountains will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, White Mountains or its business or operations.  White Mountains assumes no obligation to publicly update any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(millions, except share amounts)(Unaudited)June 30, 2012December 31, 2011June 30, 2011AssetsFixed maturity investments, at fair value$5,248.7$6,221.9$5,558.9Short-term investments, at amortized cost  (which approximates fair value)618.4846.0813.5Common equity securities, at fair value919.2755.0703.8Convertible fixed maturity investments, at fair value145.5143.8119.7Other long-term investments292.5301.3333.3Total investments7,224.38,268.07,529.2Cash811.6705.4483.7Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses2,369.42,507.32,193.1Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses39.730.544.5Insurance and reinsurance premiums receivable747.0489.2672.0Funds held by ceding companies107.9106.5135.8Investments in unconsolidated affiliates337.5275.3422.9Deferred acquisition costs200.0187.0194.1Deferred tax asset504.6536.9407.4Ceded unearned insurance and reinsurance premiums135.287.3141.3Accounts receivable on unsettled investment sales76.24.723.4Other assets727.1733.3741.2Assets held for sale?132.61,213.9Total assets$13,280.5$14,064.0$14,202.5LiabilitiesLoss and loss adjustment expense reserves$5,329.8$5,702.3$5,642.4Unearned insurance and reinsurance premiums1,065.4846.91,033.8Debt677.6677.5669.0Deferred tax liability368.1365.5374.2Ceded reinsurance payable175.6134.6160.6Funds held under reinsurance treaties47.742.939.5Accounts payable on unsettled investment purchases44.534.644.9Other liabilities1,237.31,484.21,242.4Liabilities held for sale?107.6779.9Total liabilities8,946.09,396.19,986.7EquityWhite Mountains' common shareholders' equityWhite Mountains' common shares and paid-in surplus1,108.81,261.31,321.5Retained earnings2,576.32,789.72,102.0Accumulated other comprehensive income, after-tax:Equity in net unrealized losses from investments in unconsolidated    affiliates27.0?80.6Net unrealized foreign currency translation gains and other30.436.7116.4Total White Mountains' common shareholders' equity3,742.54,087.73,620.5Noncontrolling interestsNoncontrolling interest - OneBeacon Ltd.280.4273.1282.6Noncontrolling interest - SIG Preference Shares250.0250.0250.0Noncontrolling interest - other61.657.162.7Total noncontrolling interests592.0580.2595.3Total equity4,334.54,667.94,215.8Total liabilities and equity$13,280.5$14,064.0$14,202.5 WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.BOOK VALUE AND ADJUSTED BOOK VALUE PER SHARE(Unaudited)June 30, 2012March 31, 2012December 31, 2011June 30, 2011Book value per share numerators (in millions):White Mountains' common shareholders' equity - book value per share numerator$3,742.5$3,718.8$4,087.7$3,620.5Equity in net unrealized losses (gains) from Symetra's fixed maturity portfolio, net     of applicable taxes(27.0)1.2?(80.6)Adjusted book value per share numerator (1)$3,715.5$3,720.0$4,087.7$3,539.9Book value per share denominators (in thousands of shares):Common shares outstanding - book value per share denominator6,630.36,638.97,577.97,958.6Unearned restricted common shares(51.6)(59.4)(37.6)(51.5)Adjusted book value per share denominator (1)6,578.76,579.57,540.37,907.1Book value per share$564.45$560.16$539.43$454.92Adjusted book value per share$564.77$565.38$542.11$447.69(1) Excludes out of-the-money stock options. WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(millions, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2012201120122011Revenues:Earned insurance and reinsurance premiums$512.2$478.3$1,011.2$946.1Net investment income40.445.882.295.3Net realized and unrealized investment       (losses) gains(8.1)42.850.533.6Other revenue(.5)(13.3)30.78.2Total revenues544.0553.61,174.61,083.2Expenses:Loss and loss adjustment expenses265.0278.5527.7636.9Insurance and reinsurance acquisition         expenses108.798.5217.1189.2Other underwriting expenses79.071.4153.8144.5General and administrative expenses40.954.279.380.1Accretion of fair value adjustment to loss       and lae reserves1.22.08.34.1Interest expense on debt10.912.921.826.0Total expenses505.7517.51,008.01,080.8Pre-tax income from continuing operations38.336.1166.62.4Income tax expense(6.6)(10.0)(34.6)(2.3)Net income from continuing operations31.726.1132.0.1Net (loss) income from discontinued       operations, net of tax?(1.5).11.0Income before equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates31.724.6132.11.1Equity in earnings of unconsolidated       affiliates, net of tax6.57.916.714.6Net income38.232.5148.815.7Net income attributable to noncontrolling       interests(12.1)(20.8)(28.9)(32.2)Net income (loss) attributable to White Mountains' common shareholders26.111.7119.9(16.5)Comprehensive income, net of tax:Change in equity in net unrealized gains from       investments in unconsolidated affiliates28.222.127.022.1Change in foreign currency translation and       other(29.8)(5.5)(6.3)56.5Comprehensive income24.528.3140.662.1Comprehensive income attributable to       noncontrolling interests????Comprehensive income attributable to White Mountains' common shareholders24.528.3140.662.1Change in equity in net unrealized losses       from Symertra's fixed maturity portfolio(28.2)(22.1)(27.0)(22.1)Adjusted comprehensive (loss) income$(3.7)$6.2$113.6$40.0Income (loss) per share attributable to White Mountains' common shareholdersBasic income (loss) per shareContinuing operations$3.92$1.66$17.01$(2.19)Discontinued operations?(.18).02.13Total consolidated operations$3.92$1.48$17.03$(2.06)Diluted income (loss) per shareContinuing operations$3.92$1.66$17.01$(2.19)Discontinued operations?(.18).02.13Total consolidated operations$3.92$1.48$17.03$(2.06)Dividends declared per White Mountains' common share$?$?$1.00$1.00 WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.YTD SEGMENT STATEMENTS OF PRE-TAX INCOME (LOSS)(in millions)(Unaudited)For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 OneBeaconSirius GroupOtherTotalRevenues:Earned insurance and reinsurance premiums$554.8$456.4$?$1,011.2Net investment income28.734.219.382.2Net realized and unrealized investment gains17.931.8.850.5Other revenue - foreign currency translation       gain????Other revenue - Hamer and Bri-Mar (1)??15.515.5Other revenue - Symetra warrants??17.217.2Other revenue.3.7(3.0)(2.0)Total revenues601.7523.149.81,174.6Expenses:Loss and loss adjustment expenses301.8225.9?527.7Insurance and reinsurance acquisition       expenses117.599.6?217.1Other underwriting expenses100.853.0?153.8General and administrative expenses -       Hamer and Bri-Mar (1)??13.613.6General and administrative expenses5.316.843.665.7Accretion of fair value adjustment to loss       and lae reserves?8.3?8.3Interest expense on debt8.113.1.621.8Total expenses533.5416.757.81,008.0Pre-tax income (loss)$68.2$106.4$(8.0)$166.6(1)  On December 31, 2011, Tuckerman Fund I was dissolved and all of the net assets of the fund, which consisted of the common stock of Hamer and Bri-Mar, two small manufacturing companies, were distributed.For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011OneBeaconSirius GroupOtherTotalRevenues:Earned insurance and reinsurance       premiums$492.6$453.5$?$946.1Net investment income39.746.29.495.3Net realized and unrealized       investment gains (losses)34.1(5.1)4.633.6Other revenue - foreign currency       translation gain?14.3?14.3Other revenue - Tuckerman Fund I??10.910.9Other revenue - Symetra warrants??(4.6)(4.6)Other revenue(10.7)1.1(2.8)(12.4)Total revenues555.7510.017.51,083.2Expenses:Loss and loss adjustment       expenses268.3368.6?636.9Insurance and reinsurance       acquisition expenses102.586.7?189.2Other underwriting expenses93.451.1?144.5General and administrative       expenses - Tuckerman Fund I??9.79.7General and administrative       expenses4.911.853.770.4Accretion of fair value adjustment       to loss and lae reserves?4.1?4.1Interest expense on debt12.313.1.626.0Total expenses481.4535.464.01,080.8Pre-tax income (loss)$74.3$(25.4)$(46.5)$2.4 WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.QTD SEGMENT STATEMENTS OF PRE-TAX INCOME (LOSS)(in millions)(Unaudited)For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 OneBeaconSirius GroupOtherTotalRevenues:Earned insurance and reinsurance      premiums$282.0$230.2$?$512.2Net investment income14.017.19.340.4Net realized and unrealized investment       (losses) gains(11.9)18.1(14.3)(8.1)Other revenue - foreign currency       translation loss?(18.4)?(18.4)Other revenue - Hamer and Bri-Mar (1)??7.37.3Other revenue - Symetra warrants??6.16.1Other revenue.2.83.54.5Total revenues284.3247.811.9544.0Expenses:Loss and loss adjustment expenses152.5112.5?265.0Insurance and reinsurance acquisition       expenses60.148.6?108.7Other underwriting expenses52.027.0?79.0General and administrative expenses -       Hamer and Bri-Mar (1)??6.46.4General and administrative expenses2.65.026.934.5Accretion of fair value adjustment to loss       and lae reserves?1.2?1.2Interest expense on debt4.06.6.310.9Total expenses271.2200.933.6505.7Pre-tax income (loss)$13.1$46.9$(21.7)$38.3(1)  On December 31, 2011, Tuckerman Fund I was dissolved and all of the net assets of the fund, which consisted of the common stock of Hamer and Bri-Mar, two small manufacturing companies, were distributed. For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2011OneBeaconSirius GroupOtherTotalRevenues:Earned insurance and reinsurance       premiums$247.5$230.8$?$478.3Net investment income18.722.74.445.8Net realized and unrealized investment      gains11.031.0.842.8Other revenue - foreign currency       translation loss?(10.3)?(10.3)Other revenue - Tuckerman Fund I??6.86.8Other revenue - Symetra warrants??(3.4)(3.4)Other revenue(11.5).84.3(6.4)Total revenues265.7275.012.9553.6Expenses:Loss and loss adjustment expenses137.9140.6?278.5Insurance and reinsurance acquisition       expenses53.545.0?98.5Other underwriting expenses44.127.3?71.4General and administrative expenses -       Tuckerman Fund I??5.85.8General and administrative expenses2.67.238.648.4Accretion of fair value adjustment to       loss and lae reserves?2.0?2.0Interest expense on debt6.06.6.312.9Total expenses244.1228.744.7517.5Pre-tax income (loss)$21.6$46.3$(31.8)$36.1 WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.SUMMARY OF RATIOS AND PREMIUMS(Dollars in millions)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedThree Months EndedJune 30, 2012June 30, 2011OneBeaconSpecialtyTotalSpecialtyTotalGAAP RatiosLoss and LAE54%54%56%56%Expense40%40%39%39%Combined94%94%95%95%Net written premiums$292.1$293.4$266.0$265.6Earned premiums$280.3$282.0$246.9$247.5Six Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30, 2012June 30, 2011OneBeaconSpecialtyTotalSpecialtyTotalGAAP RatiosLoss and LAE52%54%56%54%Expense40%40%39%40%Combined92%94%95%94%Net written premiums$595.2$597.0$524.3$525.5Earned premiums$552.1$554.8$488.8$492.6Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,Sirius Group2012201120122011GAAP RatiosLoss and LAE49%61%50%81%Expense33%31%33%31%Combined82%92%83%112%Gross written premiums$274.9$250.3$739.0$693.7Net written premiums$224.8$216.0$575.6$553.4Earned premiums$230.2$230.8$456.4$453.5  CONTACT: David Foy (203) 458-5850SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.