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FBD Holdings PLC   -  FBH   

Annual Financial Report

Released 07:00 27-Feb-2020

RNS Number : 2660E
FBD Holdings PLC
27 February 2020
 

FBD HOLDINGS PLC

27 February 2020    

 

FBD HOLDINGS PLC

PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

·    Excellent profit before tax of €112.5m

·    Proposed dividend of 100c per share  

·    Full Year Return on Equity of 30%

·    Combined Operating Ratio (COR) of 72%, driven by strong current year COR of 84% and positive prior year claims reserve development of €40m  

·    Gross Written Premium (GWP) of €370m

·    Average premiums down by 2.2%, with Motor premiums down 4.2% and Farm down 2.5%

·    Strong total investment return of 2.7%

·    Growth initiatives performing well:

New market-leading Farm product with increased Public Liability and Environmental (pollution) Liability cover as standard - a first in the Irish market

New Small Business product launched - a simpler product with continued good success with shops, pubs and restaurants

First to market with end to end digital customer journey for motor customers

An Post partnership is performing well

New TaxiFair partnership under way

 

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

2019

€000s

2018

€000s




Gross written premium

370,063

371,504

Underwriting profit

93,669

63,418

Profit before taxation

112,480

50,065




Loss ratio

46.4%

56.3%

Expense ratio

25.9%

24.9%

Combined operating ratio

72.3%

81.2%





Cent

Cent

Basic earnings per share

281

122

Net assets per share

1,068

818

 

 

·    GWP of €370.1m (2018: €371.5m). New business levels increased by 13% and satisfactory retention rates of existing customers in a highly competitive market

·    Improved products, solid retention and increased use of quality business discounts, all key tools to defend our market-leading position in Farm and to attract new customers in Commercial and Consumer

·    Net profit before tax of €112.5m compared to €50.1m in 2018 (2018 included €11.8m exceptional loss on the Fairfax Bond buy back)

·    COR of 72.3% (2018: 81.2%), as a result of strong underlying profitability and benign weather as well as prior year claims reserve development of €40.1m (2018: €28.7m)

·    Good investment return in all asset classes. Income statement return of €17.9m (2018: €2.5m), coupled with €10.9m (2018: -€7.8m) increase in Mark to Market (MTM) on the Company's investment portfolio reflected in Other Comprehensive Income (OCI)

·    Solvency Capital Ratio of 192% (unaudited) after the 2019 proposed ordinary dividend of €34.9m (2018: 165%)

 

 

Commenting on these results Fiona Muldoon, Group Chief Executive, said:

 

"Our FBD team has delivered a great result for 2019 due to our excellent customer service, our disciplined underwriting, some good luck with the weather, a rebound in investment markets and strong claims settlement activity. I am pleased to report that the Board proposes a dividend of 100c per share for our shareholders.

 

We welcome the increasing stabilisation evident in court awards and resulting strong claims settlement activity in 2019. However, all consumers urgently need claims costs to come down through lower awards, lower legal and medical costs and the increased recognition of personal responsibility in injury cases. FBD continues to call for systemic reform to lower the cost of insurance for all.

 

FBD's strong out-turn for 2019 has been built from sound underwriting and risk selection decisions over the last few years and I am delighted to see those benefits come through so strongly. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues who delivered this result and to wish our loyal customers and shareholders every success for 2020 and beyond.

 

A presentation will be made to analysts at 09.00am today, a copy of which will be available on our Group website www.fbdgroup.com.

 

 Enquiries

Telephone

 FBD


 Michael Sharpe, Investor Relations

+353 1 409 3962



 Powerscourt


 Jack Hickey

+353 83 448 8339

 

About FBD Holdings plc ("FBD")

FBD is one of Ireland's largest property and casualty insurers, looking after the insurance needs of farmers, consumers and business owners.  Established in the 1960s by farmers for farmers, FBD has built on those roots in agriculture to become a leading general insurer serving the needs of its direct agricultural, small business and consumer customers throughout Ireland. It has a network of 34 branches nationwide. 

 

Forward Looking Statements

Some statements in this announcement are forward-looking.  They represent expectations for the Group's business, and involve risks and uncertainties.  These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events.  The Group believes that current expectations and assumptions with respect to these forward-looking statements are reasonable.  However, because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which are in some cases beyond the Group's control, actual results or performance may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

 

The following details relate to FBD's ordinary shares of €0.60 each which are publicly traded:

 Listing

Euronext Dublin

UK Listing Authority

 Listing Category

Premium

Premium (Equity)

 Trading Venue

Euronext Dublin

London Stock Exchange

 Market

Main Securities Market

Main Market

 ISIN

IE0003290289

IE0003290289

 Ticker

FBD.I or EG7.IR

FBH.L

 



 

OVERVIEW

FBD delivered an excellent profit of €112.5m before tax and an exceptional 30% return on equity. This result was driven by a number of factors primarily our strong underwriting result but also including unusually benign weather, significant positive prior year reserve development and better than expected investment returns. The underwriting profit has increased to €93.7m (2018: €63.4m).

 

In line with our Dividend Policy, the Board has proposed a dividend of 100c per share (2018: 50c) in respect of the 2019 financial year. This represents a pay-out of approximately 35% of Group profits after tax (2018: 40%).

 

UNDERWRITING

                                          

Premium income

Strong competition in all customer segments has resulted in a decrease in Gross Written Premium of €1.4m to €370.1m (2018: €371.5m). Increases in SME Business and the introduction of the An Post partnership were offset by reductions in Agri and Consumer as we reduced prices in the face of strong competition to defend our book. We continued to maintain our underwriting discipline on risk selection and price adequacy. We believe that our strong customer relationships, risk selection and underwriting capabilities are a core strength. New business volumes grew by 13%, primarily in personal lines. Retention rates are generally satisfactory across the book thanks to our excellent customer service.

 

Average premiums reduced by 2.2% across the book. Average Motor premiums reduced by 4.2% and Farm reduced by 2.5%, despite increases in exposures following the improvements in our Multi-Peril product with increased cover for Public Liability and Environmental (pollution) liability. Business premiums increased by 1.8%, primarily due to changes in mix as opposed to rate increases.

 

Reinsurance

Our underwriting track record over the past few years supported the successful renegotiation of our 2019 reinsurance programme at satisfactory rates.

 

Claims

 

Net claims incurred amounted to €148.7m (2018: €183.4m). There were positive prior year reserve releases of €40.1m as our claims experience from older years continued to show improvements relative to provisions (2018: €28.7m). These releases have been driven primarily by better than expected settlements and a very low large claims frequency in some recent accident years. In particular our latest view of the 2016 accident year continues to be better than previous expectations.

 

The Group incurred a net charge of €8.0m (2018: €7.1m) relating to the MIBI levy and its MIICF contribution which are calculated based on the Group's expected share of the motor market for 2019 and its motor gross written premium respectively.

 

Claims Environment

We welcome the increased stabilisation in the Irish claims environment, in particular:

·    An increased willingness to recognise that plaintiffs have some degree of responsibility for their own personal safety, building on the decision in Byrne v Ardenheath (2017).  This should assist businesses who are being held to unreasonably high standards in personal injury cases. In addition, in the event a plaintiff succeeds in proving a breach of statutory duty on the part of the defendant, a causal link must be shown before damages will be awarded (McCarthy v Twomey (2019).

·    The PIAB (Amendment) Act was enacted in April to address the non-co-operation of claimants including failure to attend medical examinations and failure to cooperate with experts. Claimants can now incur penalties in respect of legal costs but only at the judge's discretion.

·    The Civil Liability & Courts Act has been amended to reduce the timeframe of notification of a claim to a defendant from two months to one.

·    Legislation was passed to establish the Judicial Council and the Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee. The Judicial Council was formally established in February 2020 and the Committee is to follow. We await the findings of the Committee to see if there is to be real change in award levels.

 

Currently the level of compensation is too high for soft tissue injuries in Irish courts and the negligence standards imposed by courts for farmers and small businesses remain too onerous.  The Personal Injuries Commission found that the average soft tissue award in Ireland is more than 4 times that in the UK. We believe important reforms would lower insurance costs for all our customers:

·    Lower injury awards through the work of the Judicial Council Personal Injury Commission;

·    Speed up litigation and reduce legal costs;

·    Create a pre-action protocol to fast-track rejected Injuries Board awards;

·    Make gross exaggeration an offence;

·    Establish and resource a Garda fraud investigation unit.

 

In addition, there are remaining issues outstanding that may further increase the cost of claims such as: 

·    The Consumer Insurance Contracts Act, while introducing reforms for consumers that are generally welcome but has the potential to increase costs and create upward pressure on pricing;

·    Brexit implications on our supply chain may lead to increased costs for motor and property damage repair claims;

·    Further increases in Property repair costs due to demand and labour supply shortages.

 

While award stability is welcome after many years of uncertainty, in the absence of real reform of the claims environment, Irish businesses, farmers and consumers will continue to bear too-high insurance costs and volatile underwriting capacity in the market caused by withdrawal of foreign competitors and niche operators. 

 

Weather, Claims Frequency and Large Claims

An unusually benign 2019 resulted in no weather events of note and the lowest quantum of weather claims in many years.  

 

There was a modest reduction in Motor injury frequency during 2019 with the benign weather a contributing factor. We are closely monitoring Employer's Liability claims frequency which was running at a three year high in the middle of 2019 but is showing more positive trends in the second half of the year. It is likely that it is a result of increased economic activity.

    

The number of large Casualty claims greater than €250k reported in 2019 is slightly higher than the average number reported in the previous 7 years. The number and size of large claims can vary greatly from year to year.

 

Expenses

The Group's expense ratio was 25.9% (2018: 24.9%).  Other underwriting expenses were €87.3m, an increase of €3.2m. The increase is explained by €1.2m more in commission payments in respect of our intermediary partner, €1.2m in increased salary costs and a €1m increase in marketing costs offset by modest reductions elsewhere.

 

 

General

FBD generated an underwriting profit of €93.7m (2018: €63.4m) which translates to a COR of 72.3% (2018: 81.2%).

 

Investment Return

FBD's total investment return for 2019 was 2.7% (2018: -0.5%).  1.7% (2018: 0.2%) is recognised in the Consolidated Income Statement and 1.0% (2018: -0.7%) recognised in the Consolidated Statement of Other Comprehensive Income (OCI). The strong returns are a result of investment gains across all asset classes. 

 

The Income Statement return reflects the strong performance of the Company's risk asset portfolio, in particular equities.  FBD's global equity fund was up 24% during the year as this asset class performed strongly with the easing of geo-political tensions and challenging low interest environment. Falling interest rates and an easing of monetary policy in the Eurozone resulted in a strong positive mark-to-market return on FBD's sovereign and corporate bond portfolios and this is reflected in OCI. 

 

Financial Services Income and Other Costs

The Group's financial services operations delivered a profit before tax of €3.7m for the year (2018; €2.5m). The life, pension and investment broking operation (FBD Financial Solutions) increased revenue by 12% to €4.3m (2018: €3.8m) with marginal cost increases. Other financial services fees increased by 5%. Holding company costs decreased from €3.5m to €2.9m mainly due to lower legal expenses.

 

Profit per share

The diluted profit per share was 276 cent per ordinary share, compared to 112 cent per ordinary share in 2018. 

 

Dividend

The Group has a Dividend Policy whereby it pays 20% to 50% of full year profits when appropriate, recognising that extreme weather events and inherent cyclicality are a feature of all insurance businesses.   The Group has a robust capital position including strong solvency and liquidity margins. Given the Group's outstanding financial performance in 2019 the Board proposes to pay a dividend of 100 cent per share for the 2019 financial year (2018: 50 cent). This is equivalent to a pay-out ratio of approximately 35% in respect of 2019 profits (2018: 40%).

 

Subject to the approval of shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 8 May 2020, the final dividend for 2019 will be paid on 15 May 2020 to the holders of shares on the register on 14 April 2020. The dividend is subject to withholding tax ("DWT") except for shareholders who are exempt from DWT and who have furnished a properly completed declaration of exemption to the Company's Registrar from whom further details may be obtained.

 

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

Capital position

Ordinary shareholders' funds at 31 December 2019 amounted to €372.2m (2018: €283.5m). The increase in shareholders' funds is mainly attributable to the following:

·    Profit after tax for the year of €98.2m;

·    Mark to Market movement on our Bond portfolio of €9.6m after tax in the Statement of Other Comprehensive Income;

·    Share based payments of €2.4m;

·    Offset by €17.7m dividend payments in respect of the 2018 financial year; and

·    The decrease in the defined benefit pension scheme surplus of €3.7m after tax following a 90bps decrease in the discount rate to 0.9% and drop in long-term inflation to 1.3%.

 

Net assets per ordinary share are 1,068 cent, compared to 818 cent per share at 31 December 2018.

 

Investment Allocation

The Group adopts a conservative investment strategy to ensure that its technical reserves are matched by cash and fixed interest securities of low risk and similar duration.  FBD allocated an additional €22m to our Risk Assets portfolio during 2019 to move closer to the Company's target Strategic Asset Allocation.

 

The allocation of the Group's investment assets is as follows:


31 December 2019

31 December 2018


€m

%

€m

%

Corporate bonds

509

46%

498

47%

Government bonds

302

27%

297

28%

Deposits and cash

168

15%

157

15%

Other risk assets

111

10%

79

8%

Investment property

19

2%

18

2%

 

 

1,109

100%

1,049

100%

 

Solvency

The latest (unaudited) Solvency Capital Ratio (SCR) is 192% compared to the 2018 SCR of 165%. The SCR includes the foreseeable ordinary dividend of €34.9m. For the first time the SCR calculation excludes a substantial portion of the value of the Company's TIA policy administration system. The TIA system is the principal operating and core technology platform of the business. The impact of this change in the SCR calculation is a reduction of eight percentage points. There is no impact on the Group's IFRS Financial Statements.

 

OUTLOOK

 

Our mission is to be the Irish insurer of choice by putting our customers and communities at the heart of who we are and what we do. We believe this approach delivers sustainable returns to shareholders and ensures the ongoing profitability of FBD.  

 

We welcome the strong stance taken by the judiciary towards fraudulent and exaggerated claims, the increasing stabilisation of award levels and some recognition of increased personal responsibility in court awards. In non-cooperation cases judges may now issue penalties. Claims may be dismissed if a claimant's affidavit is false or misleading. FBD contests all suspect claims and we advocate for penalties for false or exaggerated claims in order to deter these claimants. However, progress in reducing injury awards remains the key driver in reducing future costs for all our customers. 

 

We are operating in a very competitive market. All business, new and existing is fiercely competed. We believe underwriting and pricing discipline is key to our future success.

 

We have successfully renegotiated our 2020 reinsurance programme at satisfactory rates. The structure of our programme is largely unchanged from 2019.

 

We are preparing to limit the operational impacts on our supply chain following Brexit. However the impact on our customers; the consumers, farms and businesses around the country, is still very uncertain. We will continue to monitor this economic impact and to advocate for sensible solutions as the situation evolves.  

 

For 2020 we are targeting a current year COR in the low 90's, absent exceptional weather.

FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Income Statement

For the financial year ended 31 December 2019

 


 

2019


 

2018


€000s


€000s





Revenue

394,639


396,003

Income




Gross premium written

370,063


371,504

Reinsurance premiums

(31,836)


(36,735)





Net premium written

338,227


334,769

Change in provision for unearned premiums

(674)


3,134




Net premium earned

337,553


337,903

Net investment return

17,892


2,482

Financial services income - Revenue from contracts with customers

4,268


3,754

                                      - Other financial services income

5,557


5,282





Total income

365,270


349,421





Expenses




Net claims and benefits

(148,679)


(183,367)

Other underwriting expenses

(87,259)


(84,054)

Movement in other provisions

(7,946)


(7,064)

Financial services and other costs

(6,081)


(6,548)

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

(246)


(1,034)

Finance costs

(2,579)


(5,453)

Exceptional loss on purchase and cancellation of convertible debt  

-


(11,836)





Profit before taxation

112,480


50,065

Income taxation charge

(14,255)


(7,682)





Profit for the financial year

98,225


42,383





Attributable to:




Equity holders of the parent

98,225


42,383







FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Income Statement

For the financial year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Earnings per share

 

From continuing operations


 

2019


 

2018



Cent


Cent






Basic


281


122






Diluted


2761


1122






 

1 Diluted earnings per share reflects the potential vesting of share based payments.

2 Diluted earnings per share reflects the potential conversion of convertible debt up until the date of purchase and cancellation of the convertible debt and the potential vesting of share based payments.

 

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Financial Statements. 

 

The Financial Statements were approved by the Board and authorised for issue on 26 February 2020.

 

 



FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

For the financial year ended 31 December 2019

 



 

2019


 

2018



€000s


€000s






Profit for the financial year


98,225


42,383






Items that will or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:





Net gain/(loss) on available for sale financial assets during the year


 

11,356


 

(7,744)

Gains transferred to the Consolidated Income Statement on disposal during the year


 

(432)


 

(101)

Taxation (charge)/credit relating to items that will or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods


 

(1,366)


 

981






Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:





Actuarial (loss)/gain on retirement benefit obligations


(4,236)


3,232

Taxation credit/(charge) relating to items not to be reclassified in subsequent periods


 

530


 

(404)






Other comprehensive income/(expense) after taxation


 

5,852


 

(4,036)






Total comprehensive income for the financial year


 

104,077


 

38,347











Attributable to:





Equity holders of the parent


104,077


38,347











 



FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

At 31 December 2019

 

 

ASSETS







 

2019


 

2018



€000s


€000s






Property, plant and equipment


28,114


28,340






Policy administration system


38,603


40,152






Intangible assets


2,155


355






Investment property


18,693


18,310






Right of use assets


6,115


-






Loans


611


615






Deferred taxation asset


1,222


1,081

 

 





Financial assets





Available for sale investments


811,986


795,717

Investments held for trading


111,399


78,778

Deposits with banks


60,000


70,998








983,385


945,493

 

Reinsurance assets





Provision for unearned premiums


1


6

Claims outstanding


66,349


80,919








66,350


80,925











Retirement benefit surplus


8,723


12,944






Current taxation asset


3,949


3,949






Deferred acquisition costs


33,182


31,956






Other receivables


63,866


62,868






Cash and cash equivalents


94,982


77,639






Total assets


1,349,950


1,304,627






 



 

FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position (continued)

At 31 December 2019

 

 

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES


 

2019


 

2018



€000s


€000s






Equity





Called up share capital presented as equity


21,409


21,409

Capital reserves


22,811


20,430

Retained earnings


328,008


241,645






Equity attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent


 

372,228


 

283,484

Preference share capital


2,923


2,923






Total equity


375,151


286,407






Liabilities





Insurance contract liabilities





Provision for unearned premiums


183,545


182,875

Claims outstanding


683,332


738,025








866,877


920,900






Other provisions


8,417


7,738






Subordinated debt


49,485


49,426






Lease liability


6,222


-






Deferred taxation liability


4,905


3,610






Current taxation liability


3,128


3,312






Payables


35,765


33,234






Total liabilities


974,799


1,018,220











Total equity and liabilities


1,349,950


1,304,627

                                                  





The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Financial Statements.



FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the financial year ended 31 December 2019




 

2019


 

2018




€000s


€000s

Cash flows from operating activities






Profit before taxation



112,480


50,065

Adjustments for:






(Profit)/loss on investments held for trading



(10,741)


4,411

Exceptional loss on purchase and cancellation of convertible bond



-


11,836

Loss on investments available for sale



4,025


4,825

Interest and dividend income



(11,102)


(12,072)

Depreciation/amortisation of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets



   

10,503


 

11,682

Depreciation of right of use asset



771


-

Share-based payment expense



2,381


704

Revaluation of investment property



(290)


(310)

Revaluation of property, plant and equipment



246


1,034

Decrease in insurance contract liabilities



(39,448)


(20,480)

Increase in other provisions



679


1,091







Operating cash flows before movement in working capital



69,504


52,786

(Increase)/ decrease in receivables and deferred acquisition costs



(2,839)


3,390

Increase in payables



5,082


8,472

Interest payments on convertible debt



-


(5,130)

Interest payments on subordinated debt



(2,500)


(589)

Interest on lease liabilities



278


-

Purchase of investments held for trading



(29,689)


(82,916)

Sale of investments held for trading



7,807


45,075







Cash generated from operations



47,643


21,088

Interest and dividend income received



11,717


11,992

Income taxes paid



(14,129)


-

 

Net cash generated from operating activities



 

45,231


 

33,080

 

Cash flows from investing activities






Purchase of available for sale investments



(152,656)


(138,798)

Sale of available for sale investments



143,289


89,101

Purchase of property, plant and equipment



(8,932)


(13,003)

Sale of property, plant and equipment



-


90

Purchase of intangible assets



(1,935)


(399)

Decrease in loans and advances



4


66

Decrease in deposits invested with banks



10,998


124,987







Net cash (used in)/ generated from investing activities



(9,232)


62,044







Cash flows from financing activities






Ordinary and preference dividends paid



(17,714)


(8,602)

Purchase and cancellation of convertible bond



-


(86,059)

Proceeds from issue of subordinate debt



-


50,000

Principal elements of lease payments



(942)


-







Net cash used in financing activities



(18,656)


(44,661)







Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



17,343


50,463

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year



77,639


27,176







Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the financial year



94,982


77,639

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Financial Statements.

 



 

FBD Holdings plc

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity

For the financial year ended 31 December 2019

 


Called up share capital presented as equity

Capital reserves

Retained earnings

Other reserves

Attributable  to

ordinary shareholders

Preference share

capital

Total equity


€000s

€000s

€000s

€000s

€000s

€000s

€000s









Balance at 1 January 2018

21,409

19,726

212,259

18,232

271,626

2,923

274,549









Transitional adjustment IFRS 15

 

-

-

2,404

-

2,404

-

2,404

Profit after taxation

-

-

42,383

-

42,383

-

42,383

 

Other comprehensive income

-

-

(4,036)

-

(4,036)

-

(4,036)










21,409

19,726

253,010

18,232

312,377

2,923

315,300









Dividends paid and approved on ordinary and preference shares

-

-

(8,602)

-

(8,602)

-

(8,602)

Recognition of share based payments

 

-

 

704

 

-

 

-

 

704

 

-

 

704

Purchase and cancellation of convertible debt

 

-

 

-

 

(2,763)

 

(18,232)

 

(20,995)

 

-

 

(20,995)









Balance at 31 December 2018

 

21,409

 

20,430

 

241,645

 

-

 

283,484

 

2,923

 

286,407









Profit after taxation

-

-

98,225

-

98,225

-

98,225

Other comprehensive income

-

-

5,852

-

5,852

-

5,852










21,409

20,430

345,722

-

387,561

2,923

390,484

Dividends paid and approved on ordinary and preference shares

 

-

 

-

 

(17,714)

 

-

 

(17,714)

 

-

 

(17,714)

Recognition of share based payments

 

-

 

2,381

 

-

 

-

 

2,381

 

-

 

2,381









Balance at 31 December 2019

 

21,409

 

22,811

 

328,008

 

-

 

372,228

 

2,923

 

375,151









 



 

FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Note 1   Underwriting PROFIT






2019


2018


€000s


€000s





Gross premium written

370,063


371,504




Net premium earned

337,553


337,903

Net claims incurred

(148,679)


(183,367)

Other provisions

(7,946)


(7,064)

Net underwriting expenses

(87,259)


(84,054)




Underwriting profit

93,669


63,418




 

 








2019


2018

Net underwriting expenses


€000s


€000s






Management expenses


86,499


84,220

Deferred acquisition costs


(1,226)


(590)






Gross underwriting expenses


85,273


83,630

Reinsurance commission receivable


(2,479)


(2,876)

Broker commission payable


4,465


3,300

 

Net underwriting expenses


 

87,259


 

84,054

 

 

 

 

 



FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Note 2   EARNINGS PER €0.60 ORDINARY SHARE

 

The calculation of the basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to the ordinary shareholders is based on the following data:


 

2019


 

2018

Earnings

€000s


€000s





*Profit for the year for the purpose of basic earnings per share

97,943


42,101





*Profit for the year for the purpose of diluted earnings per share

97,943


46,357





Number of shares

2019


2018


No.


No.

Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of basic earnings per share (excludes treasury shares)

 

34,817,297


 

34,666,201





Weighted average number of ordinary shares for the purpose of diluted earnings per share (excludes treasury shares)

 

35,472,380


 

41,507,329






Cent


Cent

Basic earnings per share

281


122

Diluted earnings per share

2761


1122





 

* Profit for the purpose of calculating both basic and diluted EPS is stated after taking into account preference dividends.

 

The 'A' ordinary shares of €0.01 each that are in issue have no impact on the earnings per share calculation.

 

1Diluted earnings per share reflects the potential vesting of share based payments

2Diluted earnings per share reflects the potential conversion of convertible debt up until the date of purchase and cancellation of the convertible debt and the potential vesting of share based payments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Note 3   DIVIDENDS

 

 


2019

2018


€000s

€000s

Paid during year:



2018 dividend of 8.4 cent (2017: 8.4 cent) per share on 14% non-cumulative preference shares of €0.60 each

 

113

 

113

2018 dividend of 4.8 cent (2017: 4.8 cent) per share on 8% non-cumulative preference shares of €0.60 each

 

169

 

169

2018 final dividend of 50.0 cent (2017: 24.0 cent) per share on ordinary shares of €0.60 each

 

17,432

 

8,320

Total dividends paid

17,714

8,602





2019

2018


€000s

€000s

Proposed:



2019 dividend of 8.4 cent (2018: 8.4 cent) per share on 14% non-cumulative preference shares of €0.60 each

 

113

 

113

2019 dividend of 4.8 cent (2018: 4.8 cent) per share on 8% non-cumulative preference shares of €0.60 each

 

169

 

169

2019 final dividend of 100.0 cent (2018: 50.0 cent) per share on ordinary shares of €0.60 each

 

34,862

 

17,333




Total dividends proposed

35,144

17,615




 

The proposed dividend excludes any amounts due on outstanding share awards as at 31 December 2019 that are due to vest in March 2020 and is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 8 May 2020. The proposed dividends have not been included as a liability in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Note 4   CALLED UP SHARE CAPITAL PRESENTED AS EQUITY

 


Number


2019


2018




€000s


€000s

(i)    Ordinary shares of €0.60 each






Authorised:






At the beginning and the end of the year

51,326,000


30,796


30,796







Issued and fully paid:






At the beginning and the end of the year

35,461,206


21,277


21,277







(ii)   'A' Ordinary shares of €0.01 each






Authorised:






At the beginning and the end of the year

120,000,000


1,200


1,200







Issued and fully paid:






At the beginning and the end of the year

13,169,428


132


132







Total - issued and fully paid



21,409


21,409

 

The 'A' ordinary shares of €0.01 each are non-voting.  They are non-transferable except only to the Company.  Other than a right to a return of paid up capital of €0.01 per 'A' ordinary share in the event of a winding up, the 'A' ordinary shares have no right to participate in the capital or the profits of the Company.

 

The holders of the two classes of non-cumulative preference shares rank ahead of the two classes of ordinary shares in the event of a winding up.  Before any dividend can be declared on the ordinary shares of €0.60 each, the dividend on the non-cumulative preference shares must firstly be declared or paid.


The number of ordinary shares of €0.60 each held as treasury shares at the beginning (and the maximum number held during the year) was 795,005 (2018: 795,005). 196,263 ordinary shares were reissued from treasury during the year under the FBD Performance Plan. The number of ordinary shares of €0.60 each held as treasury shares at the end of the year was 598,742 (2018: 795,005). This represented 1.7% (2018: 2.2%) of the shares of this class in issue and had a nominal value of €359,245 (2018: €477,003). There were no ordinary shares of €0.60 each purchased by the Company during the year.   

 

The weighted average number of ordinary shares of €0.60 each in the earnings per share calculation has been reduced by the number of such shares held in treasury.

 

All issued shares have been fully paid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Note 5  TRANSACTIONS WITH RELATED PARTIES

 

Farmer Business Developments plc and FBD Trust Company Ltd have a substantial shareholding in the Group at 31 December 2019.  Details of their shareholdings and related party transactions are set out in the Annual Report.

 

As part of the subordinated debt investment in 2018, Farmer Business Developments plc invested €20.0m and FBD Trust Company Ltd invested €13.0m.

 

For the purposes of the disclosure requirements of IAS 24, the term "key management personnel" (i.e. those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the Group) comprises the Board of Directors and Company Secretary of FBD Holdings plc and the Group's primary subsidiary, FBD Insurance plc and the members of the Executive Management Team.

 

The remuneration of key management personnel ("KMP") during the year was as follows:


2019


2018


€000s


€000s

Short term employee benefits1

3,501


3,545

Post-employment benefits

305


297

Share based payments

993


316





Charge to the Consolidated Income Statement

4,799


4,158

 

1Short term benefits include fees to Non-Executive Directors, salaries and other short-term benefits to all key management personnel.

 

Full disclosure in relation to the 2019 and 2018 compensation entitlements and share awards of the Board of Directors is provided in the Annual Report.

 

In common with all shareholders, Directors received payments/distributions related to their holdings of shares in the Company during the year, amounting in total to €27,830 (2018: €3,571).

 

Note 6 CHANGE IN ACCOUNTING POLICY

 

IFRS 16 Leases was effective from 1 January 2019 and was adopted by the Group on that date. The Group has applied the modified retrospective approach to the standard. On adoption of IFRS16, the adjustments recognised from the date of initial application are shown below:   

 

Operating lease commitments disclosed as at 31 December 2018                                                    €9.6m

Discounted using the Group's incremental borrowing rate at the date of initial application          €7.1m

Less short term leases recognised on a straight-line basis as expense                                               (€0.2m)

Lease liability recognised as at 1 January 2019                                                                                         €6.9m

 

Full disclosure on the impact of IFRS 16 is provided in the Annual Report.

 

 

 

 

 

FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

Note 7   ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURES (APM's)

 

The Group uses the following alternative performance measures: Loss ratio, expense ratio, combined operating ratio, annualised investment return, net asset value per share, return on equity and gross written premium.

 

Loss ratio (LR), expense ratio (ER) and combined operating ratio (COR) are widely used as a performance measure by insurers, and give users of the financial statements an understanding of the underwriting performance of the entity. Investment return is used widely as a performance measure to give users of financial statements an understanding of the performance of an entities investment portfolio. Net asset value per share (NAV) is a widely used performance measure which provides the users of the financial statements the book value per share. Return on equity (ROE) is also a widely used profitability ratio that measures an entity's ability to generate profits from its shareholder investments. Gross written premium refers to the revenue of an insurance company and is widely used across the general insurance industry. 

 

The calculation of the APM's is based on the following data:


 

2019


 

2018


€000s


€000s

Loss ratio




Net claims and benefits

148,679


183,367

Movement in other provisions

7,946


7,064

Total claims incurred

156,625


190,431





Net premium earned

337,553


337,903





Loss ratio (Total claims/Net premium earned)

46.4%


56.3%





Expense ratio




Other underwriting expenses

87,259


84,054





Net premium earned

337,553


337,903





Expense ratio (Underwriting expenses/Net premium earned)

25.9%


24.9%





Combined operating ratio

%


%

Loss ratio

46.4%


56.3%

Expense ratio

25.9%


24.9%

 

Combined operating ratio (Loss ratio + Expense ratio)

 

72.3%


 

81.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 


2019


2018

Investment return

€'000s


€'000s

 

Investment return recognised in Consolidated Income Statement

 

17,892


 

2,482

Investment return recognised in Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

10,924


 

(7,845)

 

Total investment return

 

28,816


 

(5,363)





Average investment assets

1,073,429


1,047,711





Investment return % (Total investment return/Average investment assets)

 

2.7%


 

-0.5%





 


2019


2018

 

Net asset value per share

€'000s


€'000s

 





 

Shareholders' funds - equity interests

372,228


283,483

 





 

Number of shares




 

Number of ordinary shares in issue (excluding treasury)

34,862,464


34,666,201

 





 


Cent


Cent

 

 

Net asset value per share (NAV) (Shareholders funds / Closing number of ordinary shares)

 

1,068


 

818

 





 

Return on equity




Weighted average equity attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent

 

327,856


 

277,555





Result for the period

98,225


42,383





Return on equity (Result for the period/Weighted average equity attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent)

 

30%


 

15%





Gross premium written: The total premium on insurance underwritten by an insurer or reinsurer during a specified period, before deduction of reinsurance premium.

 

Expense ratio: Underwriting and administrative expenses as a percentage of net earned premium.

 

Loss ratio: Net claims incurred as a percentage of net earned premium.

 

Combined Operating Ratio: The sum of the loss ratio and expense ratio. A combined operating         ratio below 100% indicates profitable underwriting results. A combined operating ratio over 100% indicates unprofitable results

 



 

 FBD Holdings plc

Supplementary Information (continued)

For the year ended 31 December 2019

 

 

Note 8   Subsequent Events

 

There have been no subsequent events that would have a material impact on the Financial Statements.

 

Note 9   General Information and Accounting Policies

 

The financial information set out in this document does not constitute full statutory Financial Statements for the years ended 31 December 2019 or 2018 but is derived from same.  The Group Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union, applicable Irish law and the listing Rules of Euronext Dublin, the Financial Conduct Authority and comply with Article 4 of the EU IAS Regulation.

 

The 2019 and 2018 Financial Statements have been audited and received unqualified audit reports. 

 

The 2019 Financial Statements were approved by the Board of Directors on 26 February 2020.

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the revaluation of property, investments held for trading, available for sale investments and investment property which are measured at fair value.


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