HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

To mitigate risk from hurricanes and other catastrophes, each year our principal operating subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. implements a comprehensive reinsurance program whereby we pay premiums to other entities that agree to indemnify us against costs associated with policyholder claims caused by certain catastrophic events. We have secured our reinsurance program for the year June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018 by entering into contracts with multiple private reinsurance companies and the State Board of Administration of Florida, which administers the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.

The private reinsurance companies include Endurance Specialty Insurance Ltd., MS Amlin AG, AXIS Specialty Limited, Renaissance Reinsurance Ltd., Chubb Tempest Reinsurance Ltd., Arch Reinsurance Ltd., Everest Reinsurance Company, various Lloyd’s syndicates and National Liability & Fire Insurance Company, which is an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. Portions of the reinsurance program are secured through our own reinsurance subsidiary, Claddaugh Casualty Insurance Company Ltd., which has mitigated a portion of its risk through multiple retrocession contracts.

The reinsurance contracts offer various coverages, limits, retentions, and durations. The private reinsurance contracts cover, in general, hurricanes, tropical storms, tornados, floods, and other large events. The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund agreement covers storms designated as hurricanes by the National Hurricane Center. Our program provides coverage for an event up to $968 million which according to catastrophe models approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is sufficient to cover the probable maximum loss resulting from a 1 in 173-year event based on projected exposure on September 30, 2017. Furthermore, the total limit for all occurrences is $1.784 billion. Retention for Homeowners Choice is $16 million in a first event and $20 million in a second event. Our private reinsurers are AM Best rated ‘A-’ or better or have fully collateralized their potential obligations to us.

The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund component of our program is estimated to cover 45% of $983 million of first event loss in excess of $307 million at a total estimated cost of approximately $31 million.

We selectively retain risk in Claddaugh where doing so displaces the need for third party reinsurance in segments of our reinsurance program that would otherwise command relatively higher premium rates. Claddaugh’s net exposure will be approximately $34 million in total. Total retention to HCI Group (including Homeowners Choice and Claddaugh) will be approximately $50 million in a first event and $20 million in a second event.

Certain of our private reinsurance contracts that began June 1, 2017 are multi-year contracts that include retrospective provisions that adjust premiums in the event losses are minimal or zero. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, we will recognize an asset in the period in which the absence of loss experience obligates the reinsurer to pay cash or other consideration under the contract. On the contrary, we will derecognize such asset in the period in which a loss experience arises. Such adjustments to the asset, which accrue throughout the contract term, will negatively impact our operating results when a catastrophic loss event occurs. Total premiums attributable to the HCI Group for the contract year that began June 1, 2017 will be $126 million. We expect to recognize net reinsurance premiums ceded of approximately $113 million from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 assuming no losses occur during that period.

Forward Looking Statements

This form 8-K may contain forward-looking statements made to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan” and “project” and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties. For example, there can be no assurance our coverages will be sufficient if a catastrophic event occurs. Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should any risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have material adverse effects on the company’s business, financial condition, and results of operations. HCI Group, Inc. disclaims all obligations to update any forward-looking statements.

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About HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI)

HCI Group, Inc. (HCI) is a holding company. The Company is engaged in providing property and casualty insurance to homeowners, condominium owners, and tenants in the state of Florida through its subsidiaries. The Company operates through property and casualty insurance operations segment. The Company’s operations include Insurance Operations and Other Operations. The Company’s Insurance Operations include property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance. HCI’s Other Operations include information technology (IT) and real estate. The Company, through its subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., provides property and casualty insurance. Its real estate operations consist of properties it owns, operations located at those owned properties and investments in approximately three commercial development projects. Its IT operations are focused on developing cloud-based products or services, including Exzeo, Proplet and Atlas Viewer.

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