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James River Group Holdings informa sobre ingresos netos e ingresos operativos netos de 12,8 millones de USD o 0,43 USD por acción diluida durante el primer trimestre de 2016

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Crecimiento del 7,5 % en ganancias operativas netas por acción con respecto al primer trimestre de 2015 (crecimiento del 34,4 % en ganancias por acción)

Crecimiento del 8,4 % en el segmento de E&S y crecimiento del 37,1 % en las primas brutas emitidas del segmento de seguros de productos especiales admitidos respecto al primer trimestre de 2015

Aumento del 5,2 % en el capital tangible por acción ordinaria durante el primer trimestre de 2016

Declara dividendos trimestrales de 0,20 USD por acción

CaribPR Wire, PEMBROKE, Bermudas, May 06, 2016: James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:JRVR) anunció hoy los resultados financieros del trimestre que finalizó el 31 de marzo de 2016.

Lo más destacado del trimestre incluye lo siguiente:

  • Primas brutas emitidas de 133,1 millones de USD, según lo siguiente:
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands) 2016 2015 Change
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 82,108 $ 75,718 8.4 %
Specialty Admitted Insurance 28,687 20,926 37.1 %
Casualty Reinsurance 22,276 34,614 (35.6 )%
$ 133,071 $ 131,258 1.4 %
  • Ganancias operativas por acción completamente diluidas de 0,43 USD en comparación con los 0.40 USD del primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Ganancias por acción completamente diluidas de 0,43 USD en comparación con los 0,32 USD del primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Ingresos operativos netos de 12,8 millones de USD en comparación con los 11,7 millones de USD del primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Ingresos netos de 12,8 millones de USD en comparación con los 9,4 millones de USD del primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Primas netas emitidas de 106,9 millones de USD, con una baja del 1,6 % con respecto al primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Un índice combinado de 95,9 % en comparación con el 97,5 % del primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Un índice de pérdidas de 62,8 % en comparación con el 63,7 % del primer trimestre de 2015.
  • Una reducción en nuestro índice de gastos de 0,6 puntos a partir de los 33,8 % del primer trimestre del 2015 a 33,2 %.
  • Un aumento del 5,2 % en capital tangible por acción ordinaria a partir de los 15,88 USD registrados al 31 de diciembre de 2015 para alcanzar 16,17 USD al 31 de marzo de 2016.

J. Adam Abram, presidente y director ejecutivo, afirmó: “Nos complace haber tenido un comienzo de año sólido y seguimos encaminados para lograr nuestro objetivo de un rendimiento operativo sobre el capital tangible promedio del 12,0 % o superior y un índice combinado de entre 92 % y 95 % para 2016. El segmento de líneas de excesos y excedentes (Excess and Surplus, E&S), nuestro segmento más grande y rentable, continuó logrando el crecimiento en su prima y registró aumentos en las tasas ajustadas a la exposición. Además, nuestros segmentos de productos especiales admitidos y reaseguros de responsabilidad tuvieron resultados de seguros rentables e índices combinados menores a los del año anterior”.

“Nuestro capital tangible creció un 5,4 % en el primer trimestre de 2016 de 459,7 millones de USD al 31 de diciembre de 2015 a 484,4 millones de USD al 31 de marzo de 2016. Este crecimiento en el capital tangible refleja 12,8 millones de USD de ingresos netos y un aumento de 15,6 millones de USD en otros ingresos globales compensados por el pago de 5,8 millones de USD de dividendos”.

“El índice de crecimiento en nuestro segmento de E&S fue de un 8,4 % para el trimestre”. Ejecutamos más pólizas en el primer trimestre del 2016 que en el primer trimestre del año anterior, pero con menores primas promedio por cuenta. Nuestra estrategia nos permitió aumentar las tasas en nueve décimas de uno por ciento para el trimestre en este segmento. Estamos muy satisfechos con ese resultado”.

“También tuvimos oportunidades de crecimiento rentable en nuestro segmento de seguros de productos especiales admitidos, en donde nuestras primas brutas emitidas aumentaron un 37,1 % en el trimestre. Nuestro negocio de los cargos en este segmento sigue creciendo y el índice de gastos sigue disminuyendo a medida que aumentan tanto las primas percibidas como los cargos”.

“Nuestro segmento de reaseguro de responsabilidad se vio afectado por ajustes en la prima por contratos del año anterior. Estos ajustes redujeron las primas en 10 millones de USD en el primer trimestre, mientras que en el año anterior, estos ajustes aumentaron las primas en 7,3 millones de USD. En ambos períodos, estos ajustes tuvieron un impacto mínimo en nuestras ganancias de seguros”.

“En línea con el énfasis de nuestra Junta Directiva en relación con la administración y el uso eficiente del capital, los directores votaron por la declaración de un dividendo de 0,20 USD por acción, que se pagará el 30 de junio de 2016”.

Los resultados del trimestre que finalizó el 31 de marzo de 2016 incluyen un desarrollo favorable de las reservas de 4,7 millones de USD respecto de los años de siniestros anteriores. El año anterior, este desarrollo favorable de las reservas fue de 2,5 millones de USD. El desarrollo favorable de las reservas para el trimestre es de 4,2 millones de USD después de impuestos (2 millones de USD el año anterior). El desarrollo antes de impuestos por segmento fue el siguiente:

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 Change
(in thousands)
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 4,393 $ 4,936 $ (543 )
Specialty Admitted Insurance 311 7 304
Casualty Reinsurance (37 ) (2,454 ) 2,417
$ 4,667 $ 2,489 $ 2,178

Los ingresos netos por inversiones durante el primer trimestre de 2016 fueron de 11,3 millones de USD. Este monto se compara con los 12 millones de USD del mismo período de 2015. La causa principal de la disminución en los ingresos netos por inversiones fue una reducción en los ingresos por nuestras inversiones en energía renovable de 2,5 millones a 682 000 USD en los trimestres que finalizaron el 31 de marzo de 2015 y 2016, respectivamente. Sin considerar este elemento, nuestros ingresos netos por inversiones aumentaron 1,1 millones de USD (11,1 %) con respecto al primer trimestre del año anterior para alcanzar 10,6 millones de USD (de 9,5 millones de USD) debido principalmente a una redistribución de más de 140 millones de USD desde nuestra cartera de inversiones a corto plazo a valores de vencimiento fijo de mayor duración durante el período del 31 de marzo de 2015 al 31 de marzo de 2016. Este aumento en los ingresos netos por inversiones también se debió a un aumento del 3,4 % en nuestros activos invertidos y efectivo promedio durante el primer trimestre de 2016, en comparación con el primer trimestre de 2015. Nuestro rendimiento bruto anualizado de inversiones sobre activos invertidos y efectivo promedio en el trimestre que finalizó el 31 de marzo de 2016 fue del 3,6 % y la duración promedio de nuestra cartera fue de 3,6 años.

En el primer trimestre de 2016, también declaramos 547 000 USD en ganancias netas realizadas por inversiones. Estas ganancias realizadas por inversiones incluyeron 842 000 USD de ganancias realizadas por inversiones relacionadas con ventas de vencimientos fijos, compensado parcialmente por 352 000 USD en pérdidas por deterioro relacionadas principalmente con nuestra exposición a inversiones en ciertos préstamos petrolíferos y de gas en el sector energético. Al 31 de marzo de 2016, la exposición total al petróleo y al gas en esta cartera de préstamos bancarios fue de siete préstamos con un valor contable de 15,8 millones de USD y un valor de mercado de 11,9 millones de USD.

Dividendos

La compañía también anunció que su Junta Directiva declaró un dividendo en efectivo de 0,20 USD por acción ordinaria el 3 de mayo de 2016. Este dividendo se pagará el jueves, 30 de junio de 2016 a todos los accionistas que se encuentren registrados al momento del cierre de la jornada del lunes 13 de junio de 2016.

Conferencia telefónica

James River Group Holdings llevará a cabo una conferencia telefónica para hablar sobre este comunicado de prensa mañana, 5 de mayo de 2016, a las 9.00 a. m., hora del este. Los inversionistas pueden participar en la conferencia llamando al (877) 930-8055; el número de identificación de la conferencia es el 79290889. O bien a través de internet en www.jrgh.net, haciendo clic en el enlace “Investor Relations” (Relaciones con los inversionistas). Ingrese al sitio web al menos 15 minutos antes del evento para inscribirse y descargar e instalar el software de audio necesario. La repetición estará disponible poco después de la finalización de la conferencia y hasta el momento de cierre de la jornada del 4 de junio de 2016 en el número de teléfono y en el sitio web antes mencionados.

Proyecciones

Este comunicado de prensa contiene proyecciones, según la definición del término establecida en la Ley de Reforma de Litigios sobre Valores Privados (Private Securities Litigation Reform Act) de 1995. En algunas ocasiones, estas proyecciones pueden identificarse por el uso de términos tales como “creer”, “esperar”, “buscar”, “poder”, “será”, “pretender”, “proyectar”, “planificar”, “estimar” u otras palabras similares. Las proyecciones implican riesgos e incertidumbres que podrían causar que los resultados reales difieran materialmente de los previstos en ellas. Si bien no es posible identificar todos los riesgos y factores, entre ellos se incluyen los siguientes: pérdidas que excedan las reservas, pérdida de empleados o de miembros de la gerencia claves, factores económicos adversos, disminución de nuestra capacidad financiera, pérdida de un grupo de corredores o agentes que representan una parte importante de nuestro negocio, pérdida de un cliente importante, pérdidas en nuestra cartera de inversiones, reglamentaciones gubernamentales o del mercado adicionales; fallas en cualquier limitación de pérdidas o el efecto de reclamos emergentes y problemas de cobertura sobre nuestro negocio; liquidaciones de pérdidas realizadas por compañías cedentes y operadoras de fronting; la imposición a la compañía o a sus subsidiarias no estadounidenses de impuestos estadounidenses y otros riesgos descritos en las presentaciones de la Compañía ante la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores (Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC). Estas proyecciones son válidas únicamente a la fecha de este comunicado y no asumimos ninguna obligación de actualizar o revisar la información de cualquiera de estas proyecciones para reflejar cambios en las suposiciones, eventos imprevistos o cualquier otra situación.

Índices que no se ajustan a los principios de contabilidad generalmente aceptados

Al presentar los resultados de James River Group Holding, la gerencia incluyó índices financieros que no se calculan de acuerdo con los estándares o las reglas comprendidos en los principios de contabilidad generalmente aceptados (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, GAAP) en los Estados Unidos. Estos índices, que incluyen las ganancias de seguros, los ingresos operativos netos y el capital tangible, se denominan índices financieros no ajustados a los principios de contabilidad generalmente aceptados. Es posible que otras compañías definan o calculen estos índices de manera diferente. No debe considerarse que estos índices sustituyen aquellos establecidos de acuerdo con los GAAP. Al final de este comunicado se incluye la conciliación de estos índices con los índices GAAP más similares.

Acerca de James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. es un holding empresarial de seguros con sede en las Bermudas que posee y opera un grupo de compañías especializadas de seguros y reaseguros fundadas por miembros de nuestro equipo gerencial. La compañía opera en tres segmentos especializados de seguros y reaseguros de responsabilidad y patrimoniales: líneas de excesos y excedentes, seguros de productos especiales admitidos y reaseguros de responsabilidad. En cada uno de los segmentos, la compañía tiende a enfocarse en cuentas asociadas con pequeñas y medianas empresas. A.M. Best Company calificó con “A-” (excelente) y una “perspectiva positiva” a cada una de las subsidiarias de seguro reguladas de la compañía.

Visite el sitio web de James River Group Holdings, Ltd. en www.jrgh.net.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(Unaudited)
March 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
($ in thousands, except for share amounts)
ASSETS
Invested assets:
Fixed maturity securities, available-for-sale $ 927,698 $ 899,660
Fixed maturity securities, trading 5,057 5,046
Equity securities, available-for-sale 78,186 74,111
Bank loan participations, held-for-investment 185,818 191,700
Short-term investments 19,799 19,270
Other invested assets 54,038 54,504
Total investments 1,270,596 1,244,291
Cash and cash equivalents 92,125 106,406
Accrued investment income 8,447 8,068
Premiums receivable and agents’ balances 201,279 176,685
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses 141,739 131,788
Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses 4,304 11,298
Deferred policy acquisition costs 55,143 60,754
Goodwill and intangible assets 221,210 221,359
Other assets 107,234 94,848
Total assets $ 2,102,077 $ 2,055,497
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Reserve for losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 814,327 $ 785,322
Unearned premiums 294,798 301,104
Senior debt 88,300 88,300
Junior subordinated debt 104,055 104,055
Accrued expenses 25,618 29,476
Other liabilities 69,409 66,202
Total liabilities 1,396,507 1,374,459
Total shareholders’ equity 705,570 681,038
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,102,077 $ 2,055,497
Tangible equity $ 484,360 $ 459,679
Tangible equity per common share outstanding $ 16.71 $ 15.88
Total shareholders’ equity per common share outstanding $ 24.34 $ 23.53
Common shares outstanding 28,993,859 28,941,547
Debt to total capitalization ratio 21.4 % 22.0 %
James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Data
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
($ in thousands, except for share data)
REVENUES
Gross written premiums $ 133,071 $ 131,258
Net written premiums $ 106,901 $ 108,659
Net earned premiums $ 117,130 $ 117,011
Net investment income 11,272 11,986
Net realized investment gains (losses) 547 (2,806 )
Other income 2,380 276
Total revenues 131,329 126,467
EXPENSES
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 73,506 74,484
Other operating expenses 41,179 39,797
Other expenses (12 ) 69
Interest expense 2,174 1,704
Amortization of intangible assets 149 149
Total expenses 116,996 116,203
Income before taxes 14,333 10,264
Income tax expense 1,496 887
NET INCOME $ 12,837 $ 9,377
NET OPERATING INCOME $ 12,838 $ 11,691
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.33
Diluted $ 0.43 $ 0.32
NET OPERATING INCOME PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.41
Diluted $ 0.43 $ 0.40
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 28,953,008 28,540,350
Diluted 29,742,252 29,098,309
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.20 $ 0.16
Ratios:
Loss ratio 62.8 % 63.7 %
Expense ratio 33.2 % 33.8 %
Combined ratio 95.9 % 97.5 %
Accident year loss ratio 66.7 % 65.8 %
James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Segment Results
EXCESS AND SURPLUS LINES
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 82,108 $ 75,718 8.4 %
Net written premiums $ 71,535 $ 62,296 14.8 %
Net earned premiums $ 65,505 $ 59,400 10.3 %
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (40,663 ) (35,842 ) 13.5 %
Underwriting expenses (15,638 ) (16,115 ) (3.0 )%
Underwriting profit (a), (b) $ 9,204 $ 7,443 23.7 %
Ratios:
Loss ratio 62.1 % 60.3 %
Expense ratio 23.9 % 27.1 %
Combined ratio 85.9 % 87.5 %
Accident year loss ratio 68.8 % 68.6 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”
(b) Underwriting results include fee income of $2.3 million and $220,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These amounts are included in “Other income” in our Condensed Consolidated Income Statements.

SEGUROS DE PRODUCTOS ESPECIALES ADMITIDOS

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 28,687 $ 20,926 37.1 %
Net written premiums $ 13,046 $ 11,474 13.7 %
Net earned premiums $ 11,405 $ 9,555 19.4 %
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (6,600 ) (5,796 ) 13.9 %
Underwriting expenses (4,330 ) (3,914 ) 10.6 %
Underwriting profit (loss) (a), (b) $ 475 $ (155 )
Ratios:
Loss ratio 57.9 % 60.7 %
Expense ratio 38.0 % 41.0 %
Combined ratio 95.8 % 101.6 %
Accident year loss ratio 60.6 % 60.7 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”
(b) Underwriting results include fee income of $397,000 and $303,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These amounts are included in “Other operating expenses” in our Condensed Consolidated Income Statements.

REASEGUROS DE RESPONSABILIDAD

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 22,276 $ 34,614 (35.6 )%
Net written premiums $ 22,320 $ 34,889 (36.0 )%
Net earned premiums $ 40,220 $ 48,056 (16.3 )%
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (26,243 ) (32,846 ) (20.1 )%
Underwriting expenses (13,643 ) (15,169 ) (10.1 )%
Underwriting profit (a) $ 334 $ 41 714.6 %
Ratios:
Loss ratio 65.2 % 68.3 %
Expense ratio 33.9 % 31.6 %
Combined ratio 99.2 % 99.9 %
Accident year loss ratio 65.2 % 63.2 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”

CONCILIACIÓN DE LAS NORMAS NO AJUSTADAS A LOS PRINCIPIOS DE CONTABILIDAD GENERALMENTE ACEPTADOS

Ganancias de seguros (pérdidas)

El cuadro siguiente concilia las ganancias (pérdidas) de seguros por segmento operativo individual y de la compañía en su totalidad con los ingresos consolidados antes de impuestos. Creemos que estas normas son útiles para los inversores al evaluar el desempeño de la compañía y de sus segmentos operativos, porque nuestro objetivo es obtener ganancias de seguros en forma consistente. Evaluamos el desempeño de nuestros segmentos operativos y asignamos recursos, principalmente, en función de las ganancias (pérdidas) de seguros de los segmentos operativos. Las ganancias (pérdidas) de seguros no pueden compararse con los de otras compañías.

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
(in thousands)
Underwriting profit (loss) of the operating segments:
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 9,204 $ 7,443
Specialty Admitted Insurance 475 (155 )
Casualty Reinsurance 334 41
Total underwriting profit of operating segments 10,013 7,329
Other operating expenses of the Corporate and Other segment (5,252 ) (4,379 )
Underwriting profit (a) 4,761 2,950
Net investment income 11,272 11,986
Net realized investment gains (losses) 547 (2,806 )
Other income and expenses 76 (13 )
Interest expense (2,174 ) (1,704 )
Amortization of intangible assets (149 ) (149 )
Consolidated income before taxes $ 14,333 $ 10,264
(a) Included in underwriting results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 is fee income of $­2.7 million and $523,000, respectively.

Ingresos netos operativos

Definimos los ingresos netos operativos como ingresos netos, sin incluir las ganancias y pérdidas netas realizadas por inversiones, como también los gastos no operativos, incluidos aquellos relacionados con los costos de diligencia debida por varias actividades de fusión y adquisición, honorarios profesionales relacionados con la presentación de una declaración de registro por la venta de nuestros títulos y costos de indemnizaciones asociadas con el despido de empleados. Utilizamos los ingresos netos operativos como una medida de desempeño interno en la gestión de nuestras operaciones, porque creemos que le otorga a nuestra gerencia y a otros usuarios de nuestra información financiera un útil conocimiento de los resultados de nuestras operaciones y de nuestro desempeño de negocios subyacente. Los ingresos netos operativos no deben considerarse como un sustituto de los ingresos netos calculados según los principios de contabilidad generalmente aceptados y nuestra definición de ingresos netos operativos puede no ser similar a la de otras compañías

Nuestros ingresos antes de impuestos y nuestros ingresos netos durante los tres meses finalizados el 31 de marzo de 2016 y 2015, respectivamente, se concilian con nuestros ingresos netos operativos de la siguiente forma:

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
Income
Before
Taxes
Net
Income
Income
Before
Taxes
Net
Income
(in thousands)
Income as reported $ 14,333 $ 12,837 $ 10,264 $ 9,377
Net realized investment (gains) losses (547 ) (307 ) 2,806 2,162
Other expenses (12 ) (8 ) 69 45
Interest expense on leased building the Company is deemed to own for accounting purposes 486 316 165 107
Net operating income $ 14,260 $ 12,838 $ 13,304 $ 11,691

Capital tangible

Definimos al capital tangible como la suma del capital contable menos la plusvalía mercantil y los activos intangibles (neto de amortización). Es posible que nuestra definición de capital tangible no sea comparable con la de otras compañías, y no debe considerarse como un sustituto del capital contable calculado de acuerdo con los principios de contabilidad generalmente aceptados. Utilizamos al capital tangible internamente para evaluar la fuerza de nuestro balance y para comparar rendimientos relativos a esta medida. El siguiente cuadro concilia el capital contable con el capital tangible al 31 de marzo de 2016 y al 31 de diciembre de 2015.

March 31, December 31,
2016 2015
(in thousands)
Shareholders’ equity $ 705,570 $ 681,038
Less: Goodwill and intangible assets 221,210 221,359
Tangible equity $ 484,360 $ 459,679

Para obtener más información:

Robert Myron
Presidente y director de Operaciones
1-441-278-4583
InvestorRelations@jrgh.net

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2016 Mayors Challenge Entries in Latin America and the Caribbean Reveal a Focus on Addressing Social Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth – with a Strong Emphasis on Engaging Citizens in These Efforts

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290 Cities Submit Ideas to Solve Pressing Urban Challenges; with 5 Cities from Haiti Participation

Selection Process Now Underway to Determine the 20 Finalists who will go on to compete for $9 Million USD in Innovation Funds

NEW YORK, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that 290 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have submitted ideas to solve major challenges and improve city life for the 2016 Mayors Challenge. The ideas offer insight into the needs of communities and priorities of local leaders in the region.

Seven in ten ideas aim to address a social or economic challenge, while the remaining 30% focus on improving government effectiveness and efficiency.

  • 71% of cities generated ideas to address major social or economic challenges such as:
    • Social inclusion for vulnerable populations (23%)
    • Sustainability (20%)
    • Economic growth (13%)
    • Education (9%)
    • Public health (8%)
  • 29% of city ideas focus on improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of government

The 290 Mayors Challenge applicants represent over 172 million citizens in 19 countries across the region. Participating cities span the entire region with 71% from South America, 20% from Mexico and 9% from Central America and the Caribbean.  Seventeen capital cities in the region submitted ideas to the competition – from Santiago to Brasilia to Mexico City to Kingston. With applications from 80 Brazilian cities and 59 Mexican cities, Brazil and Mexico had the largest number of cities that submitted applications.

5 cities from Haiti submitted applications and are now competing for $9 million dollars in innovation funds: Cap-Haïtien; Jean Rabel; Jérémie; Les Cayes; and Petite Rivière de l’Artibonite.

Applicants for the 2016 Mayors Challenge proposed innovative solutions to address a wide range of urban challenges. A series of themes emerged in the ideas, including:

  • Leveraging technology and citizen engagement to improve government performance
  • An emphasis on public education initiatives, citizen participation and digital solutions to prepare for and address natural disasters
  • An interest in entrepreneurship and digital learning to improve education
  • Promoting the inclusion of new or vulnerable populations through job creation, better use of public spaces and technology
  • Improving public health through wide-ranging citizen engagement strategies

“Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are some of the most innovative in the world, and they are proving it with their entries in our latest Mayors Challenge. The hundreds of proposals present exciting new ways to tackle problems across the region, and they have the potential to have a big impact on the lives of millions of people.” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City.

Additionally, a survey taken of participating cities showed significant city hall interest in innovation, but a lack of resources needed to experiment.

  • More than half of participating cities report regularly borrowing ideas from cities in the region or even from around the globe when faced with a tough problem.
  • Three out of 5 cities said they usually or always crowdsource ideas from citizens when they are faced with a tough problem.
  • Just 1 out of 5 participating cities report usually having access to public or private funding to test new ideas.

“This is a region of the world with a rich history of public sector innovation. The ideas coming from the Mayors Challenge build on that legacy. We see a stronger focus in this year’s ideas on citizen engagement, which is both a trend in governments worldwide as well as an area in which Latin American cities have been clear leaders,” said James Anderson, the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation program.

The current applicants emerged from more than 900 Latin American and Caribbean cities who were invited by the Mayors Challenge in January 2016 to compete. Cities had until April 15, 2016 to generate and submit their innovative ideas to improve city government and city life. Modeled on successful competitions in the United States and Europe, the 2016 Mayors Challenge will award $5 million USD grand prize and four $1 million awards to four other cities that generate the most powerful and transferable ideas.

To learn more about the Mayors Challenge, visit www.mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram. Bloomberg Philanthropies has proudly partnered with the Centre for Public Impact (CPI) to implement this year’s challenge, provide related supports to city participants, and oversee coordination with other program partners. CPI is a not-for-profit, funded by The Boston Consulting Group, and dedicated to improving the positive impact of governments.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.  For more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies, Rebecca Carriero, (212) 205-0182, rebeccac@bloomberg.org

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization to Support Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global network of more than 11,000 business owners in 48 countries, has joined forces with Meridian International to support Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. The program is open to 250 entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean between the ages of 21 to 35 with at least two years of professional experience. Applicants interested in the five-week fellowship program are required to apply by the 20 May 2016 deadline, here: https://ylai.state.gov/. EO will be assisting with the sourcing, screening and interviewing of these delegates in advance of the program, as well as providing entrepreneurial-focused learning content and connections to EO’s U.S.-based chapters once the program is underway.

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“Given the business acumen of EO’s membership, more than 11,000 members in the U.S. and 47 countries, our members are fully equipped to serve as business mentors to a future generation of entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Vijay K. Tirathrai, EO’s CEO.

EO will provide its entrepreneurial-focused Forum Training for all 250 YLAI Fellows in a series of kick-off events in Dallas, TX later this year. Participants will then be separated into smaller working groups across 20 U.S. cities before the program ends in Washington, D.C. with a three-day conference and networking event featuring top U.S. government officials, as well as global public, private and non-profit leaders.

As part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s effort to empower entrepreneurs and civil society leaders in order to advance entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, participants will continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorship and networking.

The YLAI is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), of the U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Meridian International Center, which works with corporations, governments, NGOs and individuals in 190 countries to socio-economic development.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 11,000 influential business owners with 144 chapters in 48 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. For more information, visit www.eonetwork.org.

CONTACT: Gustavo Vieira, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Phone: +1.703.837.6068, Email: gvieira@eonetwork.org

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization to Support Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global network of more than 11,000 business owners in 48 countries, has joined forces with Meridian International to support Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program. The program is open to 250 entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean between the ages of 21 to 35 with at least two years of professional experience. Applicants interested in the five-week fellowship program are required to apply by the 20 May 2016 deadline, here: https://ylai.state.gov/. EO will be assisting with the sourcing, screening and interviewing of these delegates in advance of the program, as well as providing entrepreneurial-focused learning content and connections to EO’s U.S.-based chapters once the program is underway.

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“Given the business acumen of EO’s membership, more than 11,000 members in the U.S. and 47 countries, our members are fully equipped to serve as business mentors to a future generation of entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Vijay K. Tirathrai, EO’s CEO.

EO will provide its entrepreneurial-focused Forum Training for all 250 YLAI Fellows in a series of kick-off events in Dallas, TX later this year. Participants will then be separated into smaller working groups across 20 U.S. cities before the program ends in Washington, D.C. with a three-day conference and networking event featuring top U.S. government officials, as well as global public, private and non-profit leaders.

As part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s effort to empower entrepreneurs and civil society leaders in order to advance entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, participants will continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorship and networking.

The YLAI is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), of the U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Meridian International Center, which works with corporations, governments, NGOs and individuals in 190 countries to socio-economic development.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 11,000 influential business owners with 144 chapters in 48 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. For more information, visit www.eonetwork.org.

CONTACT: Gustavo Vieira, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Phone: +1.703.837.6068, Email: gvieira@eonetwork.org

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James River Group Holdings Reports First Quarter 2016 Net Income and Net Operating Income of $12.8 Million or $0.43 Per Diluted Share

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7.5% Growth in Net Operating Earnings Per Share Over the First Quarter of 2015 (34.4% Growth in Earnings Per Share)

8.4% Growth in E&S Segment and 37.1% Growth in Specialty Admitted Segment Gross Written Premiums Over the First Quarter of 2015

5.2% Increase in Tangible Equity Per Common Share During First Quarter of 2016

Declares $0.20 Per Share Quarterly Dividend

CaribPR Wire, PEMBROKE, Bermuda, May 04, 2016: James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:JRVR) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Highlights for the quarter include:

  • Gross written premiums of $133.1 million, as follows:
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands) 2016 2015 Change
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 82,108 $ 75,718 8.4 %
Specialty Admitted Insurance 28,687 20,926 37.1 %
Casualty Reinsurance 22,276 34,614 (35.6 )%
$ 133,071 $ 131,258 1.4 %
  • Fully diluted operating earnings per share of $0.43 compared to $0.40 in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.43 compared to $0.32 in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Net operating income of $12.8 million compared to $11.7 million in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Net income of $12.8 million compared to $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Net written premiums of $106.9 million, down 1.6% from first quarter of 2015;
  • A combined ratio of 95.9% compared to 97.5% in the first quarter of 2015;
  • A loss ratio of 62.8% compared to 63.7% in the first quarter of 2015;
  • A reduction in our expense ratio of 0.6 points from 33.8% in the first quarter of 2015 to 33.2%; and
  • A 5.2% increase in tangible equity per common share from $15.88 as of December 31, 2015 to $16.71 as of March 31, 2016.

J. Adam Abram, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to have a solid start to the year, and we remain on track to achieve our guidance of a 12.0% or better operating return on average tangible equity and a combined ratio of between 92% and 95% for 2016.  Our Excess and Surplus Lines segment, which is our largest and most profitable segment, continued to achieve growth in its premium and saw increases in exposure adjusted rates.  Additionally, our Specialty Admitted and Casualty Reinsurance segments had profitable underwriting results and lower combined ratios than a year ago.”

“Our tangible equity grew by 5.4% during the first quarter of 2016 from $459.7 million at December 31, 2015 to $484.4 million at March 31, 2016. This growth in tangible equity reflects $12.8 million of net income and a $15.6 million increase in other comprehensive income offset by the payment of $5.8 million of dividends.”

“The growth rate in our E&S Segment was 8.4% for the quarter. We bound more policies in the first quarter of 2016 than in the first quarter of the prior year, but with smaller average premiums per account.  Our strategy allowed us to increase rates by nine tenths of one percent for the quarter in this segment. We are very satisfied with that outcome.”

“We also found opportunities for profitable growth in our Specialty Admitted Segment, where our gross written premiums grew 37.1% for the quarter.  Our fee business in this segment continues to grow, and the expense ratio continues to decline as both earned premiums and fees increase.”

“Our Casualty Reinsurance Segment was affected by premium adjustments for prior year contracts. These adjustments reduced premiums by $10.0 million in the first quarter; while in the prior year, these adjustments increased premiums by $7.3 million.  For both periods, these adjustments had a negligible impact on our underwriting profits.”

“In keeping with our Board’s emphasis on capital management and efficiency, the Directors voted to declare a dividend of $0.20 per share to be paid on June 30, 2016.”

Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 include favorable reserve development on prior accident years of $4.7 million. In the prior year, this favorable reserve development was $2.5 million.  On an after-tax basis, favorable reserve development for the quarter is $4.2 million ($2.0 million in the prior year). The pre-tax development by segment was as follows:

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 Change
(in thousands)

Excess and Surplus Lines

$ 4,393 $ 4,936 $ (543 )
Specialty Admitted Insurance 311 7 304
Casualty Reinsurance (37 ) (2,454 ) 2,417
$ 4,667 $ 2,489 $ 2,178

Net investment income for the first quarter of 2016 was $11.3 million. This amount compares to $12.0 million for the same period in 2015. The primary cause for the decline in net investment income was a reduction in income from our investments in renewable energy from $2.5 million to $682,000 for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Absent this item, our net investment income increased by $1.1 million (11.1%) over the first quarter of the prior year to $10.6 million (from $9.5 million) principally due to a reallocation of over $140 million of our portfolio from short-term investments to longer duration fixed maturity securities from March 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016. This increase in net investment income was also due to a 3.4% increase in our average cash and invested assets in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015. Our annualized gross investment yield on average cash and invested assets for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was 3.6%, and the average duration of our portfolio was 3.6 years.

During the first quarter of 2016, we also recognized $547,000 in net realized investment gains. These realized investment gains included $842,000 of realized investment gains related to sale of fixed maturities, partially offset by $352,000 in impairment losses primarily related to our investment exposure in certain oil and gas loans in the energy sector. At March 31, 2016 the total oil and gas exposure in this bank loan portfolio was in seven loans with a carrying value of $15.8 million and a market value of $11.9 million.

Dividend

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per common share on May 3, 2016. This dividend is payable on Thursday, June 30, 2016 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on Monday, June 13, 2016.

Conference Call

James River Group Holdings will hold a conference call to discuss this press release tomorrow, May 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Investors may access the conference call by dialing (877) 930-8055 Conference ID#:79290889 or via the internet by going to www.jrgh.net and clicking on the “Investor Relations” link. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available shortly after the call and through the end of business on June 4, 2016 at the number and website referenced above.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, such forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as believe, expect, seek, may, will, intend, project, plan, estimate or similar words. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: losses exceeding reserves; loss of key members of our management or employees; adverse economic factors; a decline in our financial strength; loss of a group of brokers or agents that generate significant portions of our business; loss of a significant customer; losses in our investment portfolio; additional government or market regulation; failure of any loss limitation or the effect on our business of emerging claims and coverage issues; loss settlements made by ceding companies and fronting carriers; the Company or its non-United States based subsidiaries becoming subject to United States taxation and other risks described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting James River Group Holding’s results, management has included financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including underwriting profit, net operating income and tangible equity are referred to as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included at the end of this press release.

About James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company which owns and operates a group of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies founded by members of our management team. The Company operates in three specialty property-casualty insurance and reinsurance segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance and Casualty Reinsurance. The Company tends to focus on accounts associated with small or medium-sized businesses in each of its segments. Each of the Company’s regulated insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) with a “positive outlook” by A.M. Best Company.

Visit James River Group Holdings, Ltd. on the web at www.jrgh.net.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(Unaudited)
March 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
($ in thousands, except for share amounts)
ASSETS
Invested assets:
Fixed maturity securities, available-for-sale $ 927,698 $ 899,660
Fixed maturity securities, trading 5,057 5,046
Equity securities, available-for-sale 78,186 74,111
Bank loan participations, held-for-investment 185,818 191,700
Short-term investments 19,799 19,270
Other invested assets 54,038 54,504
Total investments 1,270,596 1,244,291
Cash and cash equivalents 92,125 106,406
Accrued investment income 8,447 8,068
Premiums receivable and agents’ balances 201,279 176,685
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses 141,739 131,788
Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses 4,304 11,298
Deferred policy acquisition costs 55,143 60,754
Goodwill and intangible assets 221,210 221,359
Other assets 107,234 94,848
Total assets $ 2,102,077 $ 2,055,497
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Reserve for losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 814,327 $ 785,322
Unearned premiums 294,798 301,104
Senior debt 88,300 88,300
Junior subordinated debt 104,055 104,055
Accrued expenses 25,618 29,476
Other liabilities 69,409 66,202
Total liabilities 1,396,507 1,374,459
Total shareholders’ equity 705,570 681,038
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,102,077 $ 2,055,497
Tangible equity $ 484,360 $ 459,679
Tangible equity per common share outstanding $ 16.71 $ 15.88
Total shareholders’ equity per common share outstanding $ 24.34 $ 23.53
Common shares outstanding 28,993,859 28,941,547
Debt to total capitalization ratio 21.4 % 22.0 %
James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Data
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
($ in thousands, except for share data)
REVENUES
Gross written premiums $ 133,071 $ 131,258
Net written premiums $ 106,901 $ 108,659
Net earned premiums $ 117,130 $ 117,011
Net investment income 11,272 11,986
Net realized investment gains (losses) 547 (2,806 )
Other income 2,380 276
Total revenues 131,329 126,467
EXPENSES
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 73,506 74,484
Other operating expenses 41,179 39,797
Other expenses (12 ) 69
Interest expense 2,174 1,704
Amortization of intangible assets 149 149
Total expenses 116,996 116,203
Income before taxes 14,333 10,264
Income tax expense 1,496 887
NET INCOME $ 12,837 $ 9,377
NET OPERATING INCOME $ 12,838 $ 11,691
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.33
Diluted $ 0.43 $ 0.32
NET OPERATING INCOME PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.41
Diluted $ 0.43 $ 0.40
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 28,953,008 28,540,350
Diluted 29,742,252 29,098,309
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.20 $ 0.16
Ratios:
Loss ratio 62.8 % 63.7 %
Expense ratio 33.2 % 33.8 %
Combined ratio 95.9 % 97.5 %
Accident year loss ratio 66.7 % 65.8 %

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Segment Results
EXCESS AND SURPLUS LINES
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 82,108 $ 75,718 8.4 %
Net written premiums $ 71,535 $ 62,296 14.8 %
Net earned premiums $ 65,505 $ 59,400 10.3 %
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (40,663 ) (35,842 ) 13.5 %
Underwriting expenses (15,638 ) (16,115 ) (3.0 )%
Underwriting profit (a), (b) $ 9,204 $ 7,443 23.7 %
Ratios:
Loss ratio 62.1 % 60.3 %
Expense ratio 23.9 % 27.1 %
Combined ratio 85.9 % 87.5 %
Accident year loss ratio 68.8 % 68.6 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”
(b) Underwriting results include fee income of $2.3 million and $220,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These amounts are included in “Other income” in our Condensed Consolidated Income Statements.

SPECIALTY ADMITTED INSURANCE

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 28,687 $ 20,926 37.1 %
Net written premiums $ 13,046 $ 11,474 13.7 %
Net earned premiums $ 11,405 $ 9,555 19.4 %
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (6,600 ) (5,796 ) 13.9 %
Underwriting expenses (4,330 ) (3,914 ) 10.6 %
Underwriting profit (loss) (a), (b) $ 475 $ (155 )
Ratios:
Loss ratio 57.9 % 60.7 %
Expense ratio 38.0 % 41.0 %
Combined ratio 95.8 % 101.6 %
Accident year loss ratio 60.6 % 60.7 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”
(b) Underwriting results include fee income of $397,000 and $303,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These amounts are included in “Other operating expenses” in our Condensed Consolidated Income Statements.

CASUALTY REINSURANCE

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 22,276 $ 34,614 (35.6 )%
Net written premiums $ 22,320 $ 34,889 (36.0 )%
Net earned premiums $ 40,220 $ 48,056 (16.3 )%
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (26,243 ) (32,846 ) (20.1 )%
Underwriting expenses (13,643 ) (15,169 ) (10.1 )%
Underwriting profit (a) $ 334 $ 41 714.6 %
Ratios:
Loss ratio 65.2 % 68.3 %
Expense ratio 33.9 % 31.6 %
Combined ratio 99.2 % 99.9 %
Accident year loss ratio 65.2 % 63.2 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

Underwriting Profit (Loss)

The following table reconciles the underwriting profit (loss) by individual operating segment and of the whole Company to consolidated income before taxes. We believe that these measures are useful to investors in evaluating the performance of our Company and its operating segments because our objective is to consistently earn underwriting profits.  We evaluate the performance of our operating segments and allocate resources based primarily on underwriting profit (loss) of operating segments.  Our definition of underwriting profit (loss) of operating segments and underwriting profit (loss) may not be comparable to that of other companies.

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
(in thousands)
Underwriting profit (loss) of the operating segments:
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 9,204 $ 7,443
Specialty Admitted Insurance 475 (155 )
Casualty Reinsurance 334 41
Total underwriting profit of operating segments 10,013 7,329
Other operating expenses of the Corporate and Other segment (5,252 ) (4,379 )
Underwriting profit (a) 4,761 2,950
Net investment income 11,272 11,986
Net realized investment gains (losses) 547 (2,806 )
Other income and expenses 76 (13 )
Interest expense (2,174 ) (1,704 )
Amortization of intangible assets (149 ) (149 )
Consolidated income before taxes $ 14,333 $ 10,264
(a) Included in underwriting results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 is fee income of $­2.7 million and $523,000, respectively.

Net Operating Income

We define net operating income as net income excluding net realized investment gains and losses, as well as non-operating expenses including those that relate to due diligence costs for various merger and acquisition activities, professional fees related to the filing of a registration statement for the sale of our securities, and severance costs associated with terminated employees. We use net operating income as an internal performance measure in the management of our operations because we believe it gives our management and other users of our financial information useful insight into our results of operations and our underlying business performance.  Net operating income should not be viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and our definition of net operating income may not be comparable to that of other companies.

Our income before taxes and net income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, reconciles to our net operating income as follows:

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
Income
Before
Taxes
Net
Income
Income
Before
Taxes
Net
Income
(in thousands)
Income as reported $ 14,333 $ 12,837 $ 10,264 $ 9,377
Net realized investment (gains) losses (547 ) (307 ) 2,806 2,162
Other expenses (12 ) (8 ) 69 45
Interest expense on leased building the Company is deemed to own for accounting purposes 486 316 165 107
Net operating income $ 14,260 $ 12,838 $ 13,304 $ 11,691

Tangible Equity

We define tangible equity as the sum of shareholders’ equity less goodwill and intangible assets (net of amortization).  Our definition of tangible equity may not be comparable to that of other companies, and it should not be viewed as a substitute for shareholders’ equity calculated in accordance with GAAP.  We use tangible equity internally to evaluate the strength of our balance sheet and to compare returns relative to this measure.  The following table reconciles shareholders’ equity to tangible equity for both March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015.

March 31, December 31,
2016 2015
(in thousands)
Shareholders’ equity $ 705,570 $ 681,038
Less: Goodwill and intangible assets 221,210 221,359
Tangible equity $ 484,360 $ 459,679

For more information contact:

Robert Myron
President and Chief Operating Officer
1-441-278-4583
InvestorRelations@jrgh.net

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James River Group Holdings Reports First Quarter 2016 Net Income and Net Operating Income of $12.8 Million or $0.43 Per Diluted Share

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7.5% Growth in Net Operating Earnings Per Share Over the First Quarter of 2015 (34.4% Growth in Earnings Per Share)

8.4% Growth in E&S Segment and 37.1% Growth in Specialty Admitted Segment Gross Written Premiums Over the First Quarter of 2015

5.2% Increase in Tangible Equity Per Common Share During First Quarter of 2016

Declares $0.20 Per Share Quarterly Dividend

CaribPR Wire, PEMBROKE, Bermuda, May 04, 2016: James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:JRVR) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Highlights for the quarter include:

  • Gross written premiums of $133.1 million, as follows:
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands) 2016 2015 Change
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 82,108 $ 75,718 8.4 %
Specialty Admitted Insurance 28,687 20,926 37.1 %
Casualty Reinsurance 22,276 34,614 (35.6 )%
$ 133,071 $ 131,258 1.4 %
  • Fully diluted operating earnings per share of $0.43 compared to $0.40 in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.43 compared to $0.32 in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Net operating income of $12.8 million compared to $11.7 million in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Net income of $12.8 million compared to $9.4 million in the first quarter of 2015;
  • Net written premiums of $106.9 million, down 1.6% from first quarter of 2015;
  • A combined ratio of 95.9% compared to 97.5% in the first quarter of 2015;
  • A loss ratio of 62.8% compared to 63.7% in the first quarter of 2015;
  • A reduction in our expense ratio of 0.6 points from 33.8% in the first quarter of 2015 to 33.2%; and
  • A 5.2% increase in tangible equity per common share from $15.88 as of December 31, 2015 to $16.71 as of March 31, 2016.

J. Adam Abram, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to have a solid start to the year, and we remain on track to achieve our guidance of a 12.0% or better operating return on average tangible equity and a combined ratio of between 92% and 95% for 2016.  Our Excess and Surplus Lines segment, which is our largest and most profitable segment, continued to achieve growth in its premium and saw increases in exposure adjusted rates.  Additionally, our Specialty Admitted and Casualty Reinsurance segments had profitable underwriting results and lower combined ratios than a year ago.”

“Our tangible equity grew by 5.4% during the first quarter of 2016 from $459.7 million at December 31, 2015 to $484.4 million at March 31, 2016. This growth in tangible equity reflects $12.8 million of net income and a $15.6 million increase in other comprehensive income offset by the payment of $5.8 million of dividends.”

“The growth rate in our E&S Segment was 8.4% for the quarter. We bound more policies in the first quarter of 2016 than in the first quarter of the prior year, but with smaller average premiums per account.  Our strategy allowed us to increase rates by nine tenths of one percent for the quarter in this segment. We are very satisfied with that outcome.”

“We also found opportunities for profitable growth in our Specialty Admitted Segment, where our gross written premiums grew 37.1% for the quarter.  Our fee business in this segment continues to grow, and the expense ratio continues to decline as both earned premiums and fees increase.”

“Our Casualty Reinsurance Segment was affected by premium adjustments for prior year contracts. These adjustments reduced premiums by $10.0 million in the first quarter; while in the prior year, these adjustments increased premiums by $7.3 million.  For both periods, these adjustments had a negligible impact on our underwriting profits.”

“In keeping with our Board’s emphasis on capital management and efficiency, the Directors voted to declare a dividend of $0.20 per share to be paid on June 30, 2016.”

Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 include favorable reserve development on prior accident years of $4.7 million. In the prior year, this favorable reserve development was $2.5 million.  On an after-tax basis, favorable reserve development for the quarter is $4.2 million ($2.0 million in the prior year). The pre-tax development by segment was as follows:

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 Change
(in thousands)

Excess and Surplus Lines

$ 4,393 $ 4,936 $ (543 )
Specialty Admitted Insurance 311 7 304
Casualty Reinsurance (37 ) (2,454 ) 2,417
$ 4,667 $ 2,489 $ 2,178

Net investment income for the first quarter of 2016 was $11.3 million. This amount compares to $12.0 million for the same period in 2015. The primary cause for the decline in net investment income was a reduction in income from our investments in renewable energy from $2.5 million to $682,000 for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Absent this item, our net investment income increased by $1.1 million (11.1%) over the first quarter of the prior year to $10.6 million (from $9.5 million) principally due to a reallocation of over $140 million of our portfolio from short-term investments to longer duration fixed maturity securities from March 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016. This increase in net investment income was also due to a 3.4% increase in our average cash and invested assets in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015. Our annualized gross investment yield on average cash and invested assets for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was 3.6%, and the average duration of our portfolio was 3.6 years.

During the first quarter of 2016, we also recognized $547,000 in net realized investment gains. These realized investment gains included $842,000 of realized investment gains related to sale of fixed maturities, partially offset by $352,000 in impairment losses primarily related to our investment exposure in certain oil and gas loans in the energy sector. At March 31, 2016 the total oil and gas exposure in this bank loan portfolio was in seven loans with a carrying value of $15.8 million and a market value of $11.9 million.

Dividend

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per common share on May 3, 2016. This dividend is payable on Thursday, June 30, 2016 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on Monday, June 13, 2016.

Conference Call

James River Group Holdings will hold a conference call to discuss this press release tomorrow, May 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Investors may access the conference call by dialing (877) 930-8055 Conference ID#:79290889 or via the internet by going to www.jrgh.net and clicking on the “Investor Relations” link. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available shortly after the call and through the end of business on June 4, 2016 at the number and website referenced above.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, such forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as believe, expect, seek, may, will, intend, project, plan, estimate or similar words. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following: losses exceeding reserves; loss of key members of our management or employees; adverse economic factors; a decline in our financial strength; loss of a group of brokers or agents that generate significant portions of our business; loss of a significant customer; losses in our investment portfolio; additional government or market regulation; failure of any loss limitation or the effect on our business of emerging claims and coverage issues; loss settlements made by ceding companies and fronting carriers; the Company or its non-United States based subsidiaries becoming subject to United States taxation and other risks described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In presenting James River Group Holding’s results, management has included financial measures that are not calculated under standards or rules that comprise accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Such measures, including underwriting profit, net operating income and tangible equity are referred to as non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures may be defined or calculated differently by other companies. These measures should not be viewed as a substitute for those determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP figures are included at the end of this press release.

About James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company which owns and operates a group of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies founded by members of our management team. The Company operates in three specialty property-casualty insurance and reinsurance segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance and Casualty Reinsurance. The Company tends to focus on accounts associated with small or medium-sized businesses in each of its segments. Each of the Company’s regulated insurance subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) with a “positive outlook” by A.M. Best Company.

Visit James River Group Holdings, Ltd. on the web at www.jrgh.net.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
(Unaudited)
March 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
($ in thousands, except for share amounts)
ASSETS
Invested assets:
Fixed maturity securities, available-for-sale $ 927,698 $ 899,660
Fixed maturity securities, trading 5,057 5,046
Equity securities, available-for-sale 78,186 74,111
Bank loan participations, held-for-investment 185,818 191,700
Short-term investments 19,799 19,270
Other invested assets 54,038 54,504
Total investments 1,270,596 1,244,291
Cash and cash equivalents 92,125 106,406
Accrued investment income 8,447 8,068
Premiums receivable and agents’ balances 201,279 176,685
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses 141,739 131,788
Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses 4,304 11,298
Deferred policy acquisition costs 55,143 60,754
Goodwill and intangible assets 221,210 221,359
Other assets 107,234 94,848
Total assets $ 2,102,077 $ 2,055,497
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Reserve for losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 814,327 $ 785,322
Unearned premiums 294,798 301,104
Senior debt 88,300 88,300
Junior subordinated debt 104,055 104,055
Accrued expenses 25,618 29,476
Other liabilities 69,409 66,202
Total liabilities 1,396,507 1,374,459
Total shareholders’ equity 705,570 681,038
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 2,102,077 $ 2,055,497
Tangible equity $ 484,360 $ 459,679
Tangible equity per common share outstanding $ 16.71 $ 15.88
Total shareholders’ equity per common share outstanding $ 24.34 $ 23.53
Common shares outstanding 28,993,859 28,941,547
Debt to total capitalization ratio 21.4 % 22.0 %
James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement Data
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
($ in thousands, except for share data)
REVENUES
Gross written premiums $ 133,071 $ 131,258
Net written premiums $ 106,901 $ 108,659
Net earned premiums $ 117,130 $ 117,011
Net investment income 11,272 11,986
Net realized investment gains (losses) 547 (2,806 )
Other income 2,380 276
Total revenues 131,329 126,467
EXPENSES
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 73,506 74,484
Other operating expenses 41,179 39,797
Other expenses (12 ) 69
Interest expense 2,174 1,704
Amortization of intangible assets 149 149
Total expenses 116,996 116,203
Income before taxes 14,333 10,264
Income tax expense 1,496 887
NET INCOME $ 12,837 $ 9,377
NET OPERATING INCOME $ 12,838 $ 11,691
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.33
Diluted $ 0.43 $ 0.32
NET OPERATING INCOME PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.44 $ 0.41
Diluted $ 0.43 $ 0.40
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 28,953,008 28,540,350
Diluted 29,742,252 29,098,309
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.20 $ 0.16
Ratios:
Loss ratio 62.8 % 63.7 %
Expense ratio 33.2 % 33.8 %
Combined ratio 95.9 % 97.5 %
Accident year loss ratio 66.7 % 65.8 %

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. and Subsidiaries
Segment Results
EXCESS AND SURPLUS LINES
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 82,108 $ 75,718 8.4 %
Net written premiums $ 71,535 $ 62,296 14.8 %
Net earned premiums $ 65,505 $ 59,400 10.3 %
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (40,663 ) (35,842 ) 13.5 %
Underwriting expenses (15,638 ) (16,115 ) (3.0 )%
Underwriting profit (a), (b) $ 9,204 $ 7,443 23.7 %
Ratios:
Loss ratio 62.1 % 60.3 %
Expense ratio 23.9 % 27.1 %
Combined ratio 85.9 % 87.5 %
Accident year loss ratio 68.8 % 68.6 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”
(b) Underwriting results include fee income of $2.3 million and $220,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These amounts are included in “Other income” in our Condensed Consolidated Income Statements.

SPECIALTY ADMITTED INSURANCE

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 28,687 $ 20,926 37.1 %
Net written premiums $ 13,046 $ 11,474 13.7 %
Net earned premiums $ 11,405 $ 9,555 19.4 %
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (6,600 ) (5,796 ) 13.9 %
Underwriting expenses (4,330 ) (3,914 ) 10.6 %
Underwriting profit (loss) (a), (b) $ 475 $ (155 )
Ratios:
Loss ratio 57.9 % 60.7 %
Expense ratio 38.0 % 41.0 %
Combined ratio 95.8 % 101.6 %
Accident year loss ratio 60.6 % 60.7 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”
(b) Underwriting results include fee income of $397,000 and $303,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. These amounts are included in “Other operating expenses” in our Condensed Consolidated Income Statements.

CASUALTY REINSURANCE

Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015 % Change
($ in thousands)
Gross written premiums $ 22,276 $ 34,614 (35.6 )%
Net written premiums $ 22,320 $ 34,889 (36.0 )%
Net earned premiums $ 40,220 $ 48,056 (16.3 )%
Losses and loss adjustment expenses (26,243 ) (32,846 ) (20.1 )%
Underwriting expenses (13,643 ) (15,169 ) (10.1 )%
Underwriting profit (a) $ 334 $ 41 714.6 %
Ratios:
Loss ratio 65.2 % 68.3 %
Expense ratio 33.9 % 31.6 %
Combined ratio 99.2 % 99.9 %
Accident year loss ratio 65.2 % 63.2 %
(a) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures.”

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

Underwriting Profit (Loss)

The following table reconciles the underwriting profit (loss) by individual operating segment and of the whole Company to consolidated income before taxes. We believe that these measures are useful to investors in evaluating the performance of our Company and its operating segments because our objective is to consistently earn underwriting profits.  We evaluate the performance of our operating segments and allocate resources based primarily on underwriting profit (loss) of operating segments.  Our definition of underwriting profit (loss) of operating segments and underwriting profit (loss) may not be comparable to that of other companies.

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
(in thousands)
Underwriting profit (loss) of the operating segments:
Excess and Surplus Lines $ 9,204 $ 7,443
Specialty Admitted Insurance 475 (155 )
Casualty Reinsurance 334 41
Total underwriting profit of operating segments 10,013 7,329
Other operating expenses of the Corporate and Other segment (5,252 ) (4,379 )
Underwriting profit (a) 4,761 2,950
Net investment income 11,272 11,986
Net realized investment gains (losses) 547 (2,806 )
Other income and expenses 76 (13 )
Interest expense (2,174 ) (1,704 )
Amortization of intangible assets (149 ) (149 )
Consolidated income before taxes $ 14,333 $ 10,264
(a) Included in underwriting results for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 is fee income of $­2.7 million and $523,000, respectively.

Net Operating Income

We define net operating income as net income excluding net realized investment gains and losses, as well as non-operating expenses including those that relate to due diligence costs for various merger and acquisition activities, professional fees related to the filing of a registration statement for the sale of our securities, and severance costs associated with terminated employees. We use net operating income as an internal performance measure in the management of our operations because we believe it gives our management and other users of our financial information useful insight into our results of operations and our underlying business performance.  Net operating income should not be viewed as a substitute for net income calculated in accordance with GAAP, and our definition of net operating income may not be comparable to that of other companies.

Our income before taxes and net income for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, reconciles to our net operating income as follows:

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016 2015
Income
Before
Taxes
Net
Income
Income
Before
Taxes
Net
Income
(in thousands)
Income as reported $ 14,333 $ 12,837 $ 10,264 $ 9,377
Net realized investment (gains) losses (547 ) (307 ) 2,806 2,162
Other expenses (12 ) (8 ) 69 45
Interest expense on leased building the Company is deemed to own for accounting purposes 486 316 165 107
Net operating income $ 14,260 $ 12,838 $ 13,304 $ 11,691

Tangible Equity

We define tangible equity as the sum of shareholders’ equity less goodwill and intangible assets (net of amortization).  Our definition of tangible equity may not be comparable to that of other companies, and it should not be viewed as a substitute for shareholders’ equity calculated in accordance with GAAP.  We use tangible equity internally to evaluate the strength of our balance sheet and to compare returns relative to this measure.  The following table reconciles shareholders’ equity to tangible equity for both March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015.

March 31, December 31,
2016 2015
(in thousands)
Shareholders’ equity $ 705,570 $ 681,038
Less: Goodwill and intangible assets 221,210 221,359
Tangible equity $ 484,360 $ 459,679

For more information contact:

Robert Myron
President and Chief Operating Officer
1-441-278-4583
InvestorRelations@jrgh.net

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2016 Mayors Challenge Entries in Latin America and the Caribbean Reveal a Focus on Addressing Social Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth — with a Strong Emphasis on Engaging Citizens in These Efforts

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290 Cities Submit Ideas to Solve Pressing Urban Challenges

Selection Process Now Underway to Determine the 20 Finalists who will go on to compete for $9 Million USD in Innovation Funds

NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that 290 cities across Latin America and the Caribbean have submitted ideas to solve major challenges and improve city life for the 2016 Mayors Challenge. The ideas offer insight into the needs of communities and priorities of local leaders in the region.

Seven in ten ideas aim to address a social or economic challenge, while the remaining 30% focus on improving government effectiveness and efficiency.

  • 71% of cities generated ideas to address major social or economic challenges such as:
    • Social inclusion for vulnerable populations (23%)
    • Sustainability (20%)
    • Economic growth (13%)
    • Education (9%)
    • Public health (8%)
  • 29% of city ideas focus on improving the overall effectiveness and efficiency of government

Applicants for the 2016 Mayors Challenge proposed innovative solutions to address a wide range of urban challenges. A series of themes emerged in the ideas, including:

  • Leveraging technology and citizen engagement to improve government performance
  • An emphasis on public awareness initiatives, citizen participation and digital solutions to prepare for and address natural disasters
  • An interest in entrepreneurship and digital learning to improve education
  • Promoting the inclusion of vulnerable populations through job creation, better use of public spaces and technology
  • Improving public health through wide-ranging citizen engagement strategies

“Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are some of the most innovative in the world, and they are proving it with their entries in our latest Mayors Challenge. The hundreds of proposals present exciting new ways to tackle problems across the region, and they have the potential to have a big impact on the lives of millions of people,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City.

Additionally, a survey taken of participating cities showed significant city hall interest in innovation, but a lack of resources needed to experiment.

  • More than half of participating cities report regularly borrowing ideas from cities in the region or even from around the globe when faced with a tough problem.
  • Three out of 5 cities said they usually or always crowdsource ideas from citizens when they are faced with a tough problem.
  • Just 1 out of 5 participating cities report usually having access to public or private funding to test new ideas.

The 290 Mayors Challenge applicants represent over 172 million citizens in 19 countries across the region. Participating cities span the entire region with 71% from South America, 20% from Mexico and 9% from Central America and the Caribbean.  Seventeen capital cities in the region submitted ideas to the competition – from Santiago to Brasilia to Mexico City to Kingston. With applications from 80 Brazilian cities and 59 Mexican cities, Brazil and Mexico had the largest number of cities that submitted applications.

“This is a region of the world with a rich history of public sector innovation. The ideas coming from the Mayors Challenge build on that legacy. We see a stronger focus in this year’s ideas on citizen engagement, which is both a trend in governments worldwide as well as an area in which Latin American cities have been clear leaders,” said James Anderson, the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation program.

The current applicants emerged from more than 900 Latin American and Caribbean cities who were invited by the Mayors Challenge in January 2016 to compete. Cities had until April 15, 2016 to generate and submit their innovative ideas to improve city government and city life. Modeled on successful competitions in the United States and Europe, the 2016 Mayors Challenge will award $5 million USD grand prize and four $1 million awards to four other cities that generate the most powerful and transferable ideas.

To learn more about the Mayors Challenge, visit www.mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram. Bloomberg Philanthropies has proudly partnered with the Centre for Public Impact (CPI) to implement this year’s challenge, provide related supports to city participants, and oversee coordination with other program partners. CPI is a not-for-profit, funded by The Boston Consulting Group, and dedicated to improving the positive impact of governments.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.  For more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

Media Contact
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Rebecca Carriero, (212) 205-0182, rebeccac@bloomberg.org

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Viking Cold Solutions ™ delivers green, cost-effective energy saving technology for cold storage facilities and supermarkets

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HOUSTON, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Viking Cold Solutions™, a leading provider of Thermal Energy Storage solutions for cold storage facilities and supermarkets, announced the launch of Solar Energy Storage™, bundling Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to deliver around-the-clock green, cost-effective energy management for cold storage facilities, supermarkets and utilities.

Viking Cold is combining Thermal Energy Storage with renewable energy sources, such as PV systems, making it possible for cold-storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities to intelligently store and deploy refrigeration to reduce energy costs. This environmentally friendly solution solves one of the largest challenges to solar energy utilization by reducing renewable variability.

“Solar has proven to be a low-cost, reliable and green generation resource, but it creates a new problem with utilities with its intermittent nature for customers that require around the clock refrigeration,” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “Until now, the missing piece has been cost-effective and reliable thermal energy storage.  Our system will enable cold storage operators to sustainably protect their products, while lowering operating costs, making solar energy much more accessible to companies driven by green business practices.”

The Thermal Energy Storage solution in combination with PV generation stores thermal energy and deploys it during peak demand, in the evening or any time of non-generation. As a result, electricity peak demand can be reduced by up to 90 percent.

Utilities benefit from the Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution by providing a “buffer” of efficient and green on-demand energy storage at customer sites. The solution also helps stabilize the grid enabling more intermittent users & suppliers of electricity to safely interconnect and helps achieve local mandatory energy storage targets.

Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage™ share many advantages, making them a perfect combination:

  • Increase the value of solar PV – by storing energy during the day and using it for refrigeration at night (increasing savings)
  • Cost-effectiveness and system longevity – Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage are low-cost and are designed to last for at least 20 years or the life of the facility, with minimal maintenance or downtime.
  • Lower peak demand charges – Peak load shedding or shifting at any time of day increases savings during periods of renewable variability
  • Reduce operational risk – Thermal backup allows customers to maintain safe temperatures and food quality during power outages or equipment failure, reducing business interruption and perishable food loss
  • Economic development—Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage use local engineering and labor, leveraging utility investments to boost the local economy.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy storage company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems smarter and more efficient. Their Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 5600 MW of energy and have removed over 3900 metric tons of Carbon from the air. Their team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold provides turnkey energy-management solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works and visit vikingcold.com.

CONTACT: Collin Coker, ccoker@vikingcold.com, +1-832-497-5205

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James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: “JRVR”) anuncia las fechas de la conferencia telefónica en la que dará a conocer las ganancias del primer trimestre de 2016

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CaribPR Wire, PEMBROKE, Bermudas, April 18, 2016: James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: JRVR) anunció hoy que publicará las ganancias del trimestre que finalizó el 31 de marzo de 2016 luego del cierre del mercado el miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2016. El jueves, 5 de mayo de 2016, a partir de las 9.00 a. m. (hora de verano del este), la compañía ofrecerá un conferencia telefónica para analizar los resultados con analistas e inversionistas.

Los inversionistas pueden participar en la conferencia llamando al (877) 930-8055; el número de identificación de la conferencia es el 79290889. O bien, a través de Internet en www.jrgh.net haciendo clic en el enlace “Investor Relations” (Relaciones con los inversionistas). Ingrese al sitio web al menos 15 minutos antes del evento para inscribirse y descargar e instalar el software de audio necesario. La repetición de la conferencia estará disponible en el número de teléfono y en el sitio web antes mencionados hasta el cierre de la jornada el 4 de junio de 2016.

Acerca de James River Group Holdings, Ltd.

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. es un holding empresarial de seguros con sede en las Bermudas que posee y opera un grupo de compañías especializadas de seguros y reaseguros fundadas por miembros de nuestro equipo gerencial. La compañía opera en tres segmentos especializados de seguros y reaseguros de responsabilidad y patrimoniales: líneas de excesos y excedentes, seguros de productos especiales admitidos y reaseguros de responsabilidad. En cada uno de los segmentos, la compañía tiende a enfocarse en cuentas asociadas con pequeñas y medianas empresas. A.M. Best Company calificó con “A-” (excelente) y una “perspectiva positiva” a cada una de las subsidiarias de seguro reguladas de la compañía.

Visite el sitio web de James River Group Holdings, Ltd. en www.jrgh.net.

Para obtener más información:
Robert Myron
Presidente y director de Operaciones
441-278-4583

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Island Bargains Offers Easier Alternative For Caribbean Nationals To Shop Online

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CaribPR Wire, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Weds. April 13, 2016: The Caribbean region has become a major target audience for e-commerce and online merchants, such as Amazon, EBay, Wal-Mart, etc.   With internet penetration throughout the Caribbean islands at an all-time high, merchants are placing more value on these markets as potential customers.

However, as in the past, purchasing products and goods from the U.S. has not always been easy for the Caribbean residents.  With the high costs of shipping as well as the clearing and documentation fees upon arrival, it has always been quite challenging and expensive for islanders to shop online.

One company, Islandbargains.com, has quickly become the industry leader as the safest, easiest and most economical method of shipping online purchases, from the U.S.

Islandbargains.com is based inSouth Florida with exclusive agents in over 40 different Caribbean and Latin American countries.  Together Islandbargains.com and their agent network, provide a low cost, all-inclusive method for islanders to ship their online purchases.   Whether, shipping via ocean or air freight, IslandBargains.com offers flat rate shipping services, which is sure to please every Caribbean shopper as well as the commercial businesses, throughout the Caribbean.

Operating from a 20,000 square foot warehouse, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Island Bargains receives thousands of online purchases a day from Caribbean shoppers.  Those packages are shipped out weekly to Island Bargains exclusive agents, who then clear the packages and distribute them to customers.  Home and business delivery is also offered by every agent.

Many Caribbean customers now enjoy the benefits of shopping online freely without the hassles and hidden costs of traditional shipping from the U.S.  One Caribbean business owner was quoted as saying: “Island Bargains has saved my business thousands of dollars each year on shipping expenses and has made my business much more profitable.”

With Island Bargains, Customs clearing and documentation fees are always included in the flat rate shipping service.   Islanders just pay local duties upon arrival.  Island Bargains also provides a one stop pick up and pay service, so shopping online and shipping goods from the U.S., has never been easier or more affordable.

Island Bargains does not charge a sign-up fee nor do they require a minimum amount to ship.  In fact, Island Bargains has a signature package, which is only ten dollars, thus allowing Caribbean customers to buy cell phones, shoes, parts, etc.  from any U.S. merchant and have that package shipped to them for a flat ten dollars, (plus any local duties required).  Island Bargains also ships appliances, automobiles, boats and commercial equipment.

For more information, you may visit their website at Islandbargains.com, or send email requests to customerservice@islandbargains.com.

Contact:

ISLAND BARGAINS 2016

C/O 3387 SW 13th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Phone: 954-381-6229

Email: customerservice@islandbargains.com

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