Kinsale Capital Group ( KNSL Quick Quote KNSL - Free Report) delivered first-quarter 2023 net operating earnings of $2.44 per share, which outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8.9% and our estimate of $2.20. The bottom line improved 49.7% year over year.
Total revenues amounted to $256.9 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3.2% and our estimate of $242.1 million. The metric rose 42.8% year over year in the quarter under review. The growth can primarily be attributed to a rise in premiums and higher net investment income.
The results benefited from favorable pricing environment and a focus on disciplined underwriting and cost management.
Gross written premiums of $357.6 million rose 45.6% year over year, driven by strong submission flow from brokers and a favorable pricing environment. Net written premiums climbed 38.1% year over year to $299 million in the quarter.
Net investment income skyrocketed 127.7% to $20.7 million in the quarter. The upside came from improved interest income due to a high-interest rate environment. The metric surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 24.5% and our estimate by a huge margin.
Total expenses increased 33.3% year over year to $188.6 million due to a rise in losses and loss adjustment expenses and underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses as well as interest and other expenses.
Kinsale Capital’s underwriting income of $51.6 million improved 37.5% year over year, driven by premium growth, favorable rate increases from a strong underwriting environment and lower net commissions and scale. The combined ratio improved 80 basis points (bps) to 78.2.
While the expense ratio improved 200 bps to 19.6 in the quarter, the loss ratio deteriorated 120 bps to 58.6.
Kinsale Capital exited the first quarter of 2023 with cash and cash equivalents of $158.6 million, which increased from $156.3 million at 2022-end. As of Mar 31, 2023, debt was $195.8 million, up from $195.7 million at 2022-end.
As of Mar 31, 2023, stockholders’ equity increased 9.4% to $815.7 million from the 2022-end level.
Annualized operating return on equity expanded 700 bps year over year to 29.1% in 2023.
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