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Ryan Specialty Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

·17-min read

- Total Revenue grew 26.0% year-over-year to $491.3 million -

- Organic Revenue Growth Rate of 22.3% year-over-year -

- Net Income of $70.1 million, or $0.22 per diluted share -

- Adjusted EBITDAC grew 18.2% year-over-year to $166.1 million -

- Adjusted Net Income grew 15.4% year-over-year to $106.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share -

CHICAGO, August 11, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ryan Specialty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RYAN) ("Ryan Specialty" or the "Company"), a leading international specialty insurance firm, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Revenue grew 26.0% year-over-year to $491.3 million, compared to $390.0 million in the prior-year period

  • Organic Revenue Growth Rate* was 22.3% for the quarter, compared to 28.5% for the same quarter last year

  • Net Income increased 10.6% to $70.1 million, compared to $63.4 million in the prior-year period. Diluted Earnings per Share was $0.22

  • Adjusted EBITDAC* increased 18.2% to $166.1 million, compared to $140.5 million in the prior-year period

  • Adjusted EBITDAC Margin* of 33.8%, compared to 36.0% in the prior-year period

  • Adjusted Net Income* increased 15.4% to $106.4 million, compared to $92.3 million in the prior-year period

  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share* for the second quarter of 2022 was $0.39

"Our second quarter performance once again demonstrated the strength and reliability of our differentiated business model. I am proud of our strong results, and we continue to have a long runway ahead of us," said Patrick G. Ryan, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Specialty. "We delivered another quarter of outstanding revenue growth, led by an impressive 22.3% organic growth. Our teammates continue to outperform by innovating with new products and solutions and winning a substantial amount of new business. We remain confident that our proven ability to execute will enable us to continue to generate strong profitability over the long-term and outperform through various economic cycles."

Summary of Second Quarter 2022 Results

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Change

Six Months Ended
June 30,

Change

(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)

2022

2021

$

%

2022

2021

$

%

GAAP financial measures

Total revenue

$

491,292

$

390,012

$

101,280

26.0

%

$

878,182

$

701,470

$

176,712

25.2

%

Compensation and benefits

310,058

236,801

73,257

30.9

584,331

451,287

133,044

29.5

General and administrative

48,495

30,685

17,810

58.0

90,860

58,230

32,630

56.0

Total operating expenses

385,764

297,750

88,014

29.6

729,267

569,365

159,902

28.1

Operating income

105,528

92,262

13,266

14.4

148,915

132,105

16,810

12.7

Net income

70,120

63,407

6,713

10.6

88,196

59,606

28,590

48.0

Net income attributable to Ryan Specialty Holdings, Inc.

24,501

63,407

(38,906

)

(61.4

)

31,412

57,156

(25,744

)

(45.0

)

Compensation and benefits expense ratio (1)

63.1

%

60.7

%

66.5

%

64.3

%

General and administrative expense ratio (2)

9.9

%

7.9

%

10.3

%

8.3

%

Net income margin

14.3

%

16.3

%

10.0

%

8.5

%

Earnings per share (3)

$

0.23

$

0.30

Diluted earnings per share (3)

$

0.22

$

0.28

Non-GAAP financial measures*

Organic revenue growth rate

22.3

%

28.5

%

21.3

%

23.9

%

Adjusted compensation and benefits expense

$

280,827

$

220,495

$

60,332

27.4

%

$

522,157

$

412,862

$

109,295

26.5

%

Adjusted compensation and benefits expense ratio

57.2

%

56.5

%

59.5

%

58.9

%

Adjusted general and administrative expense

$

44,390

$

29,030

$

15,360

52.9

%

$

82,690

$

53,717

$

28,973

53.9

%

Adjusted general and administrative expense ratio

9.0

%

7.4

%

9.4

%

7.7

%

Adjusted EBITDAC

$

166,075

$

140,487

$

25,588

18.2

%

$

273,335

$

234,891

$

38,444

16.4

%

Adjusted EBITDAC margin

33.8

%

36.0

%

31.1

%

33.5

%

Adjusted net income

$

106,449

$

92,275

$

14,174

15.4

%

$

171,214

$

149,405

$

21,809

14.6

%

Adjusted net income margin

21.7

%

23.7

%

19.5

%

21.3

%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.39

$

0.63

* For a definition and a reconciliation of Organic revenue growth rate, Adjusted compensation and benefits expense, Adjusted compensation and benefits ratio, Adjusted general and administrative expense, Adjusted general and administrative expense ratio, Adjusted EBITDAC, Adjusted EBITDAC margin, Adjusted net income, Adjusted net income margin, and Adjusted diluted earnings per share to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators" below.

(1)

Compensation and benefits expense ratio is defined as Compensation and benefits divided by Total revenue.

(2)

General and administrative expense ratio is defined as General and administrative expense divided by Total revenue.

(3)

See "Note 12, Earnings Per Share" of the unaudited quarterly consolidated financial statements.

Second Quarter 2022 Review*

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2022 was $491.3 million, an increase of 26.0% compared to $390.0 million in the prior-year period. This increase was primarily due to continued strong Organic revenue growth of 22.3%, driven by new client wins, expanded relationships with existing clients, coupled with continued expansion of the E&S market, and revenue from acquisitions completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2022 were $385.8 million, a 29.6% increase compared to the prior-year period. This was primarily due to an increase in Compensation and benefits expense, which is heavily correlated to revenue growth and an increase in public company costs over the comparable period. General and administrative expense also increased compared to the prior-year period to accommodate revenue growth, including continued normalization of business travel and client entertainment.

Net income for the second quarter of 2022 increased 10.6% to $70.1 million, compared to $63.4 million in the prior-year period. The increase was mainly due to strong year-over-year revenue growth, and the removal of non-operating loss related to the make-whole on our preferred equity that was retired at IPO, offset by higher interest and income tax expense. Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2022 was $0.22.

Adjusted EBITDAC of $166.1 million grew 18.2% from $140.5 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDAC margin for the quarter was 33.8%, compared to 36.0% in the prior-year period. The increase in Adjusted EBITDAC was driven primarily by strong revenue growth, as well as the finalization of the Company’s 2020 restructuring plan, partially offset by increased Adjusted compensation and benefits expense, as well as higher Adjusted general and administrative expense. The restructuring plan, which the Company initiated in 2020, was completed and achieved a total of $29.4 million in run-rate savings, compared to the initial target of $25.0 million.

Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2022 rose 15.4% to $106.4 million, compared to $92.3 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted net income margin was 21.7%, compared to 23.7% in the prior-year period. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2022 was $0.39.

* For the definition of each of the non-GAAP measures referred to above as well as a reconciliation of such non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators" below.

Second Quarter 2022 Revenue by Specialty

Growth in Net commissions and fees in all specialties were primarily driven by strong organic growth.

Three Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands, except percentages)

2022

% of
total

2021

% of
total

Change

Wholesale Brokerage

$

329,225

67.2

%

$

255,959

65.7

%

$

73,266

28.6

%

Binding Authorities

59,751

12.2

53,596

13.7

6,155

11.5

Underwriting Management

101,251

20.6

80,291

20.6

20,960

26.1

Total Net commissions and fees

$

490,227

$

389,846

$

100,381

25.7

%

Liquidity and Financial Condition

As of June 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $866.7 million and outstanding debt principal of $2.0 billion.

Full Year 2022 Outlook*

The Company is raising its full year 2022 outlook for both Organic revenue growth rate and Adjusted EBITDAC margin as follows:

  • Organic revenue growth rate guidance range for the full year 2022 is now 16.5% – 18.0%, compared to the Company’s prior guidance range of 13.5% - 15.5%.

  • Adjusted EBITDAC margin guidance range for the full year 2022 is now 29.0% - 30.0%, compared to the Company’s prior guidance range of 28.5% - 30.0%.

* For a definition of Organic revenue growth rate and Adjusted EBITDAC margin as well as an explanation of the Company’s inability to provide reconciliations of these forward-looking non-GAAP measures, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators" below.

Conference Call Information

Ryan Specialty will host a conference call today at 5:00 PM ET to discuss these results. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website at ryansg.com in its Investors section.

The dial-in number for the conference call is (877) 451-6152 (toll-free) or (201) 389-0879 (international). Please dial the number 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

A webcast replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website at ryansg.com in its Investors section for one year following the call.

About Ryan Specialty

Founded in 2010, Ryan Specialty (NYSE: RYAN) is a service provider of specialty products and solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers. Ryan Specialty provides distribution, underwriting, product development, administration and risk management services by acting as a wholesale broker and a managing underwriter or a program administrator with delegated authority from insurance carriers. Our mission is to provide industry-leading innovative specialty insurance solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers. Learn more at ryansg.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this release and in the corresponding earnings call that are not historical are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. For example, all statements the Company makes relating to its estimated and projected costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates and financial results or its plans and objectives for future operations, growth initiatives, or strategies and the statements under the caption "Full Year 2022 Outlook" are forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "plan," "intend," "believe," "may," "will," "should," "can have," "likely" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that the Company expected. Specific factors that could cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those disclosed previously in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that include, but are not limited to: the Company’s potential failure to develop a succession plan for the senior management team, including Patrick G. Ryan; the Company’s failure to recruit and retain revenue producers; the cyclicality of, and the economic conditions in, the markets in which the Company operates; conditions that result in reduced insurer capacity; the potential loss of the Company’s relationships with insurance carriers or its clients, becoming dependent upon a limited number of insurance carriers or clients or the failure to develop new insurance carrier and client relationships; significant competitive pressures in each of the Company’s businesses; decreases in the premiums or commission rates set by insurers, or actions by insurers seeking repayment of commissions; decreases in the amounts of supplemental or contingent commissions the Company receives; the Company’s inability to collect its receivables; the potential that the Company’s underwriting models contain errors or are otherwise ineffective; any damage to the Company’s reputation; decreases in current market share as a result of disintermediation within the insurance industry; impairment of goodwill; the inability to maintain rapid growth or to generate sufficient revenue to achieve and maintain profitability; the impact if the Company’s MGU programs are terminated or changed; the risks associated with the evaluation of potential acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses as well as introduction of new products, lines of business and markets; the occurrence of natural or man-made disasters; being subject to E&O claims as well as other contingencies and legal proceedings; the impact on the Company’s operations and financial condition from the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of breaches in security that cause significant system or network disruptions; not being able to generate sufficient cash flow to service all of the Company’s indebtedness and being forced to take other actions to satisfy its obligations under such indebtedness; and the impact of being unable to refinance the Company’s indebtedness.

For more detail on the risk factors that may affect the Company’s results, see the section entitled ‘‘Risk Factors’’ in its annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2022, and in other documents filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Given these factors, as well as other variables that may affect the Company’s operating results, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, not to assume that past financial performance will be a reliable indicator of future performance, and not to use historical trends to anticipate results or trends in future periods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release and on the related earnings call relate only to events as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the date of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Key Performance Indicators

In assessing the performance of the Company’s business, non-GAAP financial measures are used that are derived from the Company’s consolidated financial information, but which are not presented in the Company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company considers these non-GAAP financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period by excluding potential differences caused by variations in capital structures, tax positions, depreciation, amortization and certain other items that the Company believes are not representative of its core business. The Company uses the following non-GAAP measures for business planning purposes, in measuring performance relative to that of its competitors, to help investors to understand the nature of the Company's growth, and to enable investors to evaluate the run-rate performance of the Company. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed as supplementing, and not as an alternative or substitute for the consolidated financial statements prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The footnotes to the reconciliation tables below should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated quarterly financial statements in the Company’s Quarterly Report on form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Industry peers may provide similar supplemental information but may not define similarly-named metrics in the same way and may not make identical adjustments.

Organic revenue growth rate: Organic revenue growth rate represents the percentage change in revenue, as compared to the same period for the year prior, adjusted for revenue attributable to acquisitions during their first 12 months of the Company’s ownership, and other adjustments such as contingent commissions, fiduciary investment income, and the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Total revenue growth rate.

Adjusted compensation and benefits expense: Adjusted compensation and benefits expense represents Compensation and benefits expense adjusted to reflect items such as (i) equity-based compensation, (ii) acquisition and restructuring related compensation expenses, and (iii) other exceptional or non-recurring compensation expenses, as applicable. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Compensation and benefits expense.

Adjusted general and administrative expense: Adjusted general and administrative expense represents General and administrative expense adjusted to reflect items such as (i) acquisition and restructuring related general and administrative expenses, and (ii) other exceptional or non-recurring general and administrative expenses, as applicable. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is General and administrative expense.

Adjusted compensation and benefits expense ratio: Adjusted compensation and benefits expense ratio represents the Adjusted compensation and benefits expense as a percentage of Total revenue. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Compensation and benefits expense ratio.

Adjusted general and administrative expense ratio: Adjusted general and administrative expense ratio represents the Adjusted general and administrative expense as a percentage of Total revenue. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is General and administrative expense ratio.

Adjusted EBITDAC: Adjusted EBITDAC is defined as Net income before interest expense, net, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization, and change in contingent consideration, adjusted to reflect items such as (i) equity-based compensation, (ii) acquisition-related expenses, and (iii) other exceptional or non-recurring items, as applicable. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Net income.

Adjusted EBITDAC margin: Adjusted EBITDAC margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDAC as a percentage of Total revenue. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Net income margin.

Adjusted net income: Adjusted net income is tax-effected earnings before amortization and certain items of income and expense, gains and losses, equity-based compensation, acquisition related long-term incentive compensation, acquisition-related expenses, costs associated with the IPO and certain exceptional or non-recurring items. The Company will be subject to United States federal income taxes, in addition to state, local, and foreign taxes, with respect to its allocable share of any net taxable income of Ryan Specialty, LLC. For comparability purposes, this calculation incorporates the impact of federal and state statutory tax rates on 100% of the Company's adjusted pre-tax income as if the Company owned 100% of Ryan Specialty, LLC. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Net income.

Adjusted net income margin: Adjusted net income margin is defined as Adjusted net income as a percentage of Total revenue. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Net income margin.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share: Adjusted diluted earnings per share is defined as Adjusted net income divided by diluted shares outstanding after adjusting for the effect of the exchange of 100% of the outstanding common units of New RS Holdings, LLC (together with the shares of Class B common stock) into shares of Class A common stock and the effect of unvested equity awards. The most directly comparable GAAP financial metric is Diluted earnings per share. The reconciliation of the above non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is set forth in the reconciliation table accompanying this release.

With respect to the Organic revenue growth rate and Adjusted EBITDAC margin outlook presented in the "Full Year 2022 Outlook" section of this press release, the Company is unable to provide a comparable outlook for, or a reconciliation to, Total revenue growth rate or Net income margin because it cannot provide a meaningful or accurate calculation or estimation of certain reconciling items without unreasonable effort. Its inability to do so is due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting the timing of items that have not yet occurred and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation, including variations in effective tax rate, expenses to be incurred for acquisition activities and other one-time or exceptional items.

Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands, except percentages and per share data)

2022

2021

2022

2021

Revenue

Net commissions and fees

$

490,227

$

389,846

$

876,908

$

701,190

Fiduciary investment income

1,065

166

1,274

280

Total revenue

$

491,292

$

390,012

$

878,182

$

701,470

Expenses

Compensation and benefits

310,058

236,801

584,331

451,287

General and administrative

48,495

30,685

90,860

58,230

Amortization

26,233

27,319

52,896

55,113

Depreciation

1,229

1,222

2,440

2,422

Change in contingent consideration

(251

)

1,723

(1,260

)

2,313

Total operating expenses

$

385,764

$