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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-Q
 
x      QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the period ended March 31, 2018
 
OR
 
o         TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from          to         
 
Commission file number 1-8993

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
Bermuda
 
94-2708455
(State or other jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)
 
Identification No.)
 
 
 
80 South Main Street,
 
03755-2053
Hanover, New Hampshire
 
(Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (603) 640-2200
 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months, and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes   ý   No   o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months. Yes   ý    No   o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company.  See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer ý
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o
Smaller reporting company o
Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes  o   No  ý

As of May 1, 2018, 3,753,405 common shares with a par value of $1.00 per share were outstanding (which includes 41,509 restricted common shares that were not vested at such date).




WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.

Table of Contents
 
 
 
Page No.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets, March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
 
 
 
 
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity, Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
 
 
 
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Part I.FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
Item 1.
Financial Statements

WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Millions, except share and per share amounts
 
 
Assets
 
Unaudited
 
 
Financial Guarantee (HG Global/BAM)
 
 
 
 
     Fixed maturity investments, at fair value
 
$
622.1

 
$
623.6

     Short-term investments, at fair value
 
88.0

 
69.8

     Total investments
 
710.1

 
693.4

     Cash
 
9.4

 
25.6

     Insurance premiums receivable
 
5.2

 
4.5

     Deferred acquisition costs
 
15.9

 
14.8

     Accrued investment income
 
4.4

 
3.4

     Accounts receivable on unsettled investment sales
 

 
.1

     Other assets
 
5.1

 
5.6

     Total Financial Guarantee assets
 
750.1

 
747.4

 
 
 
 
 
Marketing Technology (MediaAlpha)
 
 
 
 
     Cash
 
15.9

 
9.1

     Goodwill and other intangible assets
 
50.8

 
53.7

     Accounts receivable from publishers and advertisers
 
35.4

 
32.4

     Other assets
 
1.6

 
1.3

     Total Marketing Technology assets
 
103.7

 
96.5

 
 
 
 
 
Other
 
 
 
 
     Fixed maturity investments, at fair value
 
711.7

 
1,506.1

     Short-term investments, at fair value
 
675.0

 
106.3

     Common equity securities, at fair value
 
945.6

 
866.1

     Other long-term investments
 
253.1

 
208.8

     Total investments
 
2,585.4

 
2,687.3

     Cash
 
94.9

 
62.4

     Accrued investment income
 
10.7

 
13.9

     Accounts receivable on unsettled investment sales
 
14.0

 
20.9

     Goodwill and other intangible assets
 
8.4

 
8.4

     Other assets
 
16.5

 
19.1

     Assets held for sale
 
3.3

 
3.3

     Total Other assets
 
2,733.2

 
2,815.3

Total assets
 
$
3,587.0

 
$
3,659.2

 See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements


1


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Millions, except share and per share amounts
 
 
Liabilities
 
Unaudited
 
 
Financial Guarantee (HG Global/BAM)
 
 
 
 
     Unearned insurance premiums
 
$
140.2

 
$
136.8

     Accrued incentive compensation
 
8.4

 
18.2

     Accounts payable on unsettled investment purchases
 
18.8

 
.6

     Other liabilities
 
12.2

 
11.4

     Total Financial Guarantee liabilities
 
179.6

 
167.0

 
 
 
 
 
Marketing Technology (MediaAlpha)
 
 
 
 
     Debt
 
21.5

 
23.8

     Amounts due to publishers and advertisers
 
37.4

 
31.6

     Accrued incentive compensation
 
.9

 
2.0

     Other liabilities
 
.9

 
2.4

     Total Marketing Technology liabilities
 
60.7

 
59.8

 
 
 
 
 
Other
 
 
 
 
Accrued incentive compensation
 
23.7

 
60.6

Accounts payable on unsettled investment purchases
 
17.7

 

Other liabilities
 
9.5

 
11.0

Total Other liabilities
 
50.9

 
71.6

Total liabilities
 
291.2

 
298.4

 
 
 
 
 
Equity
 
 
 
 
White Mountains’s common shareholders’ equity
 
 
 
 
White Mountains’s common shares at $1 par value per share—authorized 50,000,000
shares; issued and outstanding 3,753,405 and 3,750,171 shares
 
3.8

 
3.8

Paid-in surplus
 
671.5

 
666.8

Retained earnings
 
2,765.0

 
2,823.2

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, after-tax:
 
 
 
 
Net unrealized foreign currency translation losses
 
(1.3
)
 
(1.3
)
     Total White Mountains’s common shareholders’ equity
 
3,439.0

 
3,492.5

Non-controlling interests
 
(143.2
)
 
(131.7
)
Total equity
 
3,295.8

 
3,360.8

Total liabilities and equity
 
$
3,587.0

 
$
3,659.2

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

2


WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
Millions
 
2018
 
2017
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
Financial Guarantee (HG Global/BAM)
 
 
 
 
   Earned insurance premiums
 
$
3.0

 
$
2.0

   Net investment income
 
3.7

 
2.6

   Net realized and unrealized investment (losses) gains
 
(7.9
)
 
1.3

   Other revenues
 
.2

 
.4

Total Financial Guarantee revenues
 
(1.0
)
 
6.3

Marketing Technology (MediaAlpha)
 
 
 
 
   Advertising & commission revenues
 
70.1

 
32.5

Other revenues
 
1.6

 

Total Marketing Technology revenues
 
71.7

 
32.5

Other
 
 
 
 
   Earned insurance premiums
 

 
1.0

   Net investment income
 
16.0

 
10.2

   Net realized and unrealized investment (losses) gains
 
(45.8
)
 
35.0

   Advertising & commission revenues
 
.9

 
1.3

   Other revenues
 
.3

 
2.5

Total Other revenues
 
(28.6
)
 
50.0

Total revenues
 
42.1

 
88.8

 
 
 
 
 
Expenses:
 
 
 
 
Financial Guarantee (HG Global/BAM)
 
 
 
 
   Insurance acquisition expenses
 
1.4

 
1.2

   Other underwriting expenses
 
.1

 
.1

   General and administrative expenses
 
11.8

 
10.6

Total Financial Guarantee expenses
 
13.3

 
11.9

Marketing Technology (MediaAlpha)
 
 
 
 
   Cost of Sales
 
57.4

 
27.7

   General and administrative expenses
 
11.2

 
3.2

   Amortization of other intangible assets
 
2.9

 
2.4

   Interest expense
 
.4

 
.2

Total Marketing Technology expenses
 
71.9

 
33.5

Other
 
 
 
 
   Loss and loss adjustment expenses
 

 
1.1

   Insurance acquisition expense
 

 
.1

   Cost of sales
 
.7

 
1.1

   General and administrative expenses
 
22.0

 
44.5

   Interest expense
 
.2

 
.2

Total Other expenses
 
22.9

 
47.0

Total expenses
 
108.1

 
92.4

Pre-tax loss from continuing operations
 
(66.0
)
 
(3.6
)
   Income tax (expense) benefit
 
(.7
)
 
.3

Net loss from continuing operations
 
(66.7
)
 
(3.3
)
Gain (loss) from sale of discontinued operations, net of tax
 
.1

 
(1.0
)
   Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax
 

 
32.3

Net (loss) income
 
(66.6
)
 
28.0

   Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests
 
18.6

 
1.0

Net (loss) income attributable to White Mountains’s common shareholders
 
$
(48.0
)
 
$
29.0

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

3


WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Unaudited)

 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
Millions
 
2018
 
2017
Net (loss) income attributable to White Mountains’s common shareholders
 
$
(48.0
)
 
$
29.0

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 

 
.1

Comprehensive income from discontinued operations, net of tax
 

 
.1

Comprehensive (loss) income
 
(48.0
)
 
29.2

Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interests
 

 

Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to White Mountains’s common shareholders
 
$
(48.0
)
 
$
29.2

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.



WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
(LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE (Unaudited)

 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Basic (loss) earnings per share
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
(12.85
)
 
$
(0.52
)
Discontinued operations
 
0.03

 
6.86

Total consolidated operations
 
$
(12.82
)
 
$
6.34

Diluted (loss) earnings per share
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
 
$
(12.85
)
 
$
(0.52
)
Discontinued operations
 
0.03

 
6.86

Total consolidated operations
 
$
(12.82
)
 
$
6.34

Dividends declared and paid per White Mountains’s common share
 
$
1.00

 
$
1.00

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


4


WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
(Unaudited)
 
 
White Mountains’s Common Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
(Millions)
 
Common shares and paid-in surplus
 
Retained earnings
 
AOCI, after tax
 
Total
 
Non-controlling interest
 
Total Equity
Balance at January 1, 2018
 
$
670.6

 
$
2,823.2

 
$
(1.3
)
 
$
3,492.5

 
$
(131.7
)
 
$
3,360.8

Net (loss) income
 

 
(48.0
)
 

 
(48.0
)
 
(18.6
)
 
(66.6
)
Net change in foreign currency translation
 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income
 

 
(48.0
)
 

 
(48.0
)
 
(18.6
)
 
(66.6
)
Dividends declared on common shares
 

 
(3.8
)
 

 
(3.8
)
 

 
(3.8
)
Dividends to non-controlling interests
 

 

 

 

 
(.3
)
 
(.3
)
Repurchases and retirements of common shares
 
(1.9
)
 
(6.4
)
 

 
(8.3
)
 

 
(8.3
)
Recognition of equity-based units of subsidiary
 
4.1

 

 

 
4.1

 
2.3

 
6.4

Dilution from equity-based units of subsidiary
 
(.9
)
 

 

 
(.9
)
 
.9

 

Capital contributions from BAM members, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 
4.2

 
4.2

Amortization of restricted share awards
 
3.4

 

 

 
3.4

 

 
3.4

Balance at March 31, 2018
 
$
675.3

 
$
2,765.0

 
$
(1.3
)
 
$
3,439.0

 
$
(143.2
)
 
$
3,295.8

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
White Mountains’s Common Shareholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
(Millions)
 
Common shares and paid-in surplus
 
Retained earnings
 
AOCI, after tax
 
Total
 
Non-controlling interest
 
Total Equity
Balance at January 1, 2017
 
$
810.7

 
$
2,776.6

 
$
(4.6
)
 
$
3,582.7

 
$
133.3

 
$
3,716.0

Net income (loss)
 

 
29.0

 

 
29.0

 
(1.0
)
 
28.0

Net change in foreign currency translation and
   benefit plan assets and obligations
 

 

 
.2

 
.2

 

 
.2

Total comprehensive income (loss)
 

 
29.0

 
.2

 
29.2

 
(1.0
)
 
28.2

Dividends declared on common shares
 

 
(4.6
)
 

 
(4.6
)
 

 
(4.6
)
Dividends to non-controlling interests
 

 

 

 

 
(6.6
)
 
(6.6
)
Repurchases and retirements of common shares
 
(1.4
)
 
(5.1
)
 

 
(6.5
)
 
(1.1
)
 
(7.6
)
Dilution from restricted shares issued at OneBeacon
 
(4.1
)
 

 

 
(4.1
)
 
4.1

 

Capital contributions from BAM members, net of tax
 

 

 

 

 
7.0

 
7.0

Amortization of restricted share awards
 
2.6

 

 

 
2.6

 
.2

 
2.8

Deconsolidation of non-controlling interests
   associated with the sale of Tranzact
 

 

 

 

 
(4.4
)
 
(4.4
)
Balance at March 31, 2017
 
$
807.8

 
$
2,795.9

 
$
(4.4
)
 
$
3,599.3

 
$
131.5

 
$
3,730.8

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

5


WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(Millions)
 
2018
 
2017
Cash flows from operations:
 
 
 
 
Net loss (income)
 
(66.6
)
 
$
28.0

Charges (credits) to reconcile net income to net cash used for operations:
 
 

 
 

Net realized and unrealized investment losses
 
53.7

 
(36.3
)
Deferred income benefit
 
(.8
)
 
(3.0
)
Net income from discontinued operations
 

 
(32.3
)
Net (gain) loss from sale of discontinued operations, net of tax
 
(.1
)
 
1.0

Amortization of restricted share and option awards
 
3.2

 
1.8

Amortization and depreciation
 
4.8

 
5.8

Net change in unearned insurance premiums
 
3.4

 
17.4

Net change in deferred acquisition costs
 
(1.1
)
 
(1.3
)
Net change in other assets and liabilities, net
 
(41.3
)
 
(35.9
)
Net cash used for operations - continuing operations
 
(44.8
)
 
(54.8
)
Net cash provided from (used for) operations - discontinued operations
 
.1

 
(1.3
)
Net cash provided from used for operations
 
(44.7
)
 
(56.1
)
Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 

 
 

Net change in short-term investments
 
(587.5
)
 
36.1

Sales of fixed maturity and convertible investments
 
1,266.5

 
375.4

Maturities, calls and paydowns of fixed maturity and convertible investments
 
40.6

 
70.2

Sales of common equity securities
 
14.4

 
15.9

Distributions and redemptions of other long-term investments and settlements of forward contracts
 
(6.9
)
 
3.2

Net settlement of investment cash flows and contributions with discontinued operations
 
.1

 

Purchases of other long-term investments
 
(46.0
)
 
(21.6
)
Purchases of common equity securities
 
(109.4
)
 
(111.9
)
Purchases of fixed maturity and convertible investments
 
(537.1
)
 
(363.4
)
Net change in unsettled investment purchases and sales
 
42.9

 
3.1

Net acquisitions of property and equipment
 
(.1
)
 

Net cash provided from investing activities - continuing operations
 
77.5

 
7.0

Net cash (used for) provided from investing activities - discontinued operations
 
(.1
)
 
32.3

Net cash provided from investing activities
 
77.4

 
39.3

Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 

 
 

Repayment of debt and revolving line of credit
 
(2.3
)
 
(1.2
)
Cash dividends paid to the Company’s common shareholders
 
(3.8
)
 
(4.6
)
Distribution to non-controlling interest shareholders
 

 
(.3
)
Contributions from discontinued operations
 

 
15.1

Capital contributions from BAM members
 
4.9

 
9.6

Restricted share statutory withholding tax payments
 
(8.4
)
 
(6.5
)
Net cash used for financing activities - continuing operations
 
(9.6
)
 
12.1

Net cash used for financing activities - discontinued operations
 

 
(21.0
)
Net cash used for financing activities
 
(9.6
)
 
(8.9
)
Net change in cash during the period - continuing operations
 
23.1

 
(35.7
)
Cash balances at beginning of period (excludes discontinued operations cash balances of $0.0 and $70.5)
 
97.1

 
80.2

Add: cash held for sale, excluding discontinued operations, at the beginning of period
 

 
.9

Less: cash held for sale, excluding discontinued operations, at the end of period
 

 

Cash balances at end of period (excludes discontinued operations cash balances of $0.0 and $79.6)
 
$
120.2

 
$
45.4

Supplemental cash flows information:
 
 

 


Interest paid
 
$
(.3
)
 
$
(.2
)
Net income tax refunds
 
$
.2

 
$

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

Note 1. Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies
  
Basis of Presentation

The Company is an exempted Bermuda limited liability company whose principal businesses are conducted through its insurance subsidiaries and other affiliates. The Company’s headquarters is located at 26 Reid Street, Hamilton, Bermuda HM 11, its principal executive office is located at 80 South Main Street, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-2053 and its registered office is located at Clarendon House, 2 Church Street, Hamilton, Bermuda HM 11.
The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) and include the accounts of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (the “Company” or the “Registrant”), its subsidiaries (collectively with the Company, “White Mountains”) and other entities required to be consolidated under GAAP.

Consolidation Principles
Under GAAP, the Company is required to consolidate any entity in which it holds a controlling financial interest. A controlling financial interest is usually in the form of an investment representing the majority of the subsidiary’s voting interests. However, a controlling financial interest may also arise from a financial interest in a variable interest entity (“VIE”) through arrangements that do not involve ownership of voting interests. The Company consolidates a VIE if it determines that it is the primary beneficiary. The primary beneficiary is defined as the entity who holds a variable interest that gives it both the power to direct the VIE’s activities that most significantly impact its economic performance and the obligation to absorb losses of, or the right to receive returns from, the VIE that could potentially be significant to the VIE.
Intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. Certain amounts in the prior period financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation. These interim financial statements include all adjustments considered necessary by management to fairly state the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of White Mountains. These interim financial statements may not be indicative of financial results for the full year and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Reportable Segments
White Mountains has determined its reportable segments based on the nature of the underlying businesses, the manner in which the Company’s subsidiaries and affiliates are organized and managed and the organization of the financial information provided to the chief operating decision maker to assess performance and make decisions regarding allocation of resources. White Mountains’s reportable segments are HG Global/BAM, MediaAlpha and Other Operations. See Note 12 — “Segment Information”.
The HG Global/BAM segment consists of HG Global Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (“HG Global”) and the consolidated results of Build America Mutual Assurance Company (“BAM”) (collectively, “HG Global/BAM”). BAM is the first and only mutual municipal bond insurance company in the United States. By insuring the timely payment of principal and interest, BAM provides market access to, and lowers interest expense for, issuers of municipal bonds used to finance essential public purposes such as schools, utilities and transportation facilities. BAM is owned by and operated for the benefit of its members, the municipalities that purchase BAM’s insurance for their debt issuances. HG Global was established to fund the startup of BAM and, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, HG Re Ltd. (“HG Re”), to provide up to 15%-of-par, first loss reinsurance protection for policies underwritten by BAM. HG Global, together with its subsidiaries, provided the initial capitalization of BAM through the purchase of $503.0 million of surplus notes issued by BAM (the “BAM Surplus Notes”). As of March 31, 2018, $499.0 million of the surplus notes remain outstanding. As of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, White Mountains owned 96.9% of HG Global’s preferred equity and 88.4% of its common equity. White Mountains does not have an ownership interest in BAM. However, White Mountains is required to consolidate BAM’s results in its financial statements because BAM is a VIE for which White Mountains is the primary beneficiary. BAM’s results are attributed to non-controlling interests.

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The MediaAlpha segment consists of QL Holdings LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiary QuoteLab, LLC (collectively “MediaAlpha”). MediaAlpha is a leading marketing technology company that develops technology that enables the programmatic buying and selling of vertical-specific, performance-based media between advertisers (buyers of advertising inventory) and publishers (sellers of advertising inventory) through cost-per-click, cost-per-call and cost-per-lead pricing models. MediaAlpha's media buying platform enables advertisers to create and automate data-driven bidding strategies designed to improve the efficiency and enhance overall performance of their marketing campaigns that target high-intent consumers at the time and place they are ready to purchase. MediaAlpha’s publisher platform is used by publishers to sell their vertical-specific, performance-based media to advertisers through transparent, programmatic, auction-based marketplaces. MediaAlpha works with 550 advertisers and 325 publishers across a number of insurance (auto, motorcycle, home, renter, health and life) and non-insurance (travel, education, personal finance and home services) verticals.
White Mountains’s Other Operations segment consists of the Company, its wholly-owned subsidiary, White Mountains Capital, Inc. (“WM Capital”), its wholly-owned investment management subsidiary, White Mountains Advisors LLC (“WM Advisors”), and its other intermediate holding companies, as well as certain consolidated and unconsolidated private capital and other investments. The consolidated private capital investments include Wobi Insurance Agency Ltd. (“Wobi”) and Removal Stars Ltd. (“Buzzmove”). During 2017, White Mountains revised certain of its previously issued financial statements for amounts relating to Wobi. See Note 17 — “Financial Statement Revisions”.

Discontinued Operations and Assets and Liabilities Held for Sale
On September 28, 2017, Intact Financial Corporation completed its acquisition of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (“OneBeacon”) in an all-cash transaction for $18.10 per share (the “OneBeacon Transaction”). On July 21, 2016, White Mountains completed its sale of Tranzact Holdings, LLC (“Tranzact”) to an affiliate of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC. On April 18, 2016, White Mountains completed its sale of Sirius International Insurance Group, Ltd. (“Sirius Group”) to CM International Pte. Ltd. and CM Bermuda Limited (collectively “CMI”), the Singapore-based investment arm of China Minsheng Investment Corp., Ltd. White Mountains has presented the results of OneBeacon, Tranzact and Sirius Group as discontinued operations in the statement of operations and comprehensive income and their assets and liabilities as held for sale in the balance sheet for all periods prior to the completion of each transaction.
White Mountains has classified its Guilford, Connecticut property, which consists of an office building and adjacent land, as held for sale as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017. See Note 16 — “Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations”.

Significant Accounting Policies
  Refer to the Company’s 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K for a complete discussion regarding White Mountains’s significant accounting policies.

Recently Adopted Changes in Accounting Principles

Revenue Recognition
On January 1, 2018, White Mountains adopted ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606), which modifies the guidance for revenue recognition. Under ASU 2014-09, revenue is recognized at an amount that reflects the consideration to which an entity expects to be entitled once it fulfills its performance obligations under the terms of its contract with the customer. The scope of the new guidance includes agent commissions and other non-insurance revenues. Adoption of ASU 2014-09 did not have any impact on White Mountains's financial statements.
Share-Based Compensation
On January 1, 2018, White Mountains adopted ASU 2017-09, Stock Compensation: Scope of Modification Accounting (ASC 718), which narrows the scope of transactions subject to modification accounting to changes in terms of an award that result in a change in the award’s fair value, vesting conditions or classification. Adoption of ASU 2017-09 did not have any impact on White Mountains’s financial statements.
On January 1, 2017, White Mountains adopted ASU 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting (ASC 718) which simplifies certain aspects of the accounting for share-based compensation. The new guidance provides an accounting policy election to account for forfeitures by either applying an assumption, as required under existing guidance, or by recognizing forfeitures when they actually occur. At adoption, White Mountains did not change its accounting policy for forfeitures, which is to apply an assumed forfeiture rate. The new guidance has also changed the threshold for partial cash settlement to settle statutory withholding requirements for equity classified awards, increasing the threshold up to the maximum statutory tax rate. As a result of adoption, White Mountains reported $8.4 million and $6.5 million of statutory withholding tax payments made in connection with the settlement of restricted shares as financing cash flows for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2018 and 2017. Such payments were classified as operating cash flows prior to adoption.

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In addition, the new guidance changed the treatment for excess tax benefits which arise from the difference between the deduction for tax purposes and the compensation costs recognized for financial reporting. Under the new guidance, a reporting entity recognizes excess tax benefits or expense in current period earnings, regardless of whether it is in a taxes payable position.

Business Combinations
On January 1, 2018, White Mountains adopted ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations: Clarifying the Definition of a Business (ASC 805), which clarifies the definition of a business and affects the determination of whether acquisitions or disposals are accounted for as assets or as a business. Under the new guidance, when substantially all of the fair value of the assets is concentrated in a single identifiable asset or group of similar assets, it is not a business. White Mountains has not had any transactions falling within the scope of ASU 2017-01 during the period ended March 31, 2018 and, accordingly, adoption did not have any impact on White Mountains's financial statements.

Cash Flow Statement
On January 1, 2018, White Mountains adopted ASU 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows: Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments (ASC 230), which addresses the classification and presentation of certain items, including debt prepayment and extinguishment costs, contingent consideration payments made after a business combination and distributions received from equity method investees, for which there was diversity in practice prior to the issuance of ASU 2016-15. Also on January 1, 2018, White Mountains adopted ASU 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows: Restricted Cash (ASC 230), which modifies the guidance for the treatment of restricted cash amounts in the cash flow statement. The new guidance requires restricted cash to be included in the reconciliation of beginning and end-of-period amounts presented on the statement of cash flows and requires a description of the nature of the changes in restricted cash during the periods presented. Adoption of ASU 2016-15 and ASU 2016-18 did not have any impact on White Mountains's statement of cash flows.

Financial Instruments - Recognition and Measurement
On January 1, 2018, White Mountains adopted ASU 2016-01, Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (ASC 825-10), which modifies the guidance for financial instruments, including investments in equity securities. Under the new guidance, all equity securities with readily determinable fair values are required to be measured at fair value with changes therein recognized through current period earnings. In addition, the new ASU requires a qualitative assessment for equity securities without readily determinable fair values to identify impairment, and for impaired equity securities to be measured at fair value. White Mountains measures its portfolio of investment securities at fair value with changes therein recognized through current period earnings and, accordingly, adoption of ASU 2016-01 did not have any impact on White Mountains's financial statements.
    
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

Premium Amortization on Callable Debt Securities
In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-08, Premium Amortization on Purchased Callable Debt Securities (ASC 310-20), which changes the amortization period for certain purchased callable debt securities. Under the new guidance, for investments in callable debt securities held at a premium, the premium will be amortized over the period to the earliest call date. The new guidance does not change the amortization period for callable debt securities held at a discount. ASU 2017-08 is not expected to have any impact on White Mountains's financial statements at adoption but may affect the amortization recognized in future periods.

Credit Losses
In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (ASC 326), which establishes new guidance for the recognition of credit losses for financial assets measured at amortized cost. The new ASU requires reporting entities to estimate the credit losses expected over the life of a credit exposure using historical information, current information and reasonable and supportable forecasts that affect the collectability of the financial asset. This differs from current GAAP, which delays recognition until it is probable a loss has been incurred. The new guidance is expected to accelerate recognition of credit losses. The types of assets within the scope of the new guidance include premium receivables, reinsurance recoverables and loans. ASU 2016-13 is effective for annual periods beginning after January 1, 2020, including interim periods. White Mountains measures its portfolio of investment securities at fair value with changes therein recognized through current period earnings and, accordingly, does not expect adoption to have any effect on its financial statements.


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Leases
In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (ASC 842). The new guidance requires lessees to recognize lease assets and liabilities on the balance sheet for both operating and financing leases, with the exception of leases with an original term of 12 months or less. Under existing guidance recognition of lease assets and liabilities is not required for operating leases. The lease assets and liabilities to be recognized are both measured initially based on the present value of the lease payments. Under the new guidance, a sale-leaseback transaction must meet the recognition criteria under ASC 606, Revenues, in order to be accounted for as sale. The new guidance is effective for White Mountains for years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods therein. White Mountains is evaluating the expected impact of this guidance and available adoption methods.

Note 2. Significant Transactions

Dispositions

OneBeacon
On September 28, 2017, White Mountains received $1.3 billion in cash proceeds from the OneBeacon Transaction and recorded a gain of $554.6 million, net of transaction costs. As a result of the OneBeacon Transaction, OneBeacon’s results have been reported as discontinued operations within White Mountains’s GAAP financial statements. See Note 16 — “Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations”.

Star & Shield
On March 7, 2017, White Mountains completed the sale of Star & Shield Services LLC, Star & Shield Risk Management LLC, and Star & Shield Claims Services LLC (collectively “Star & Shield”) and its investment in Star & Shield Insurance Exchange (“SSIE”) surplus notes to K2 Insurance Services, LLC. White Mountains did not recognize any gain or loss on the sale. Through December 31, 2016, Star & Shield’s assets and liabilities are reported as held for sale within White Mountains’s GAAP financial statements. See Note 16 — “Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations”.

Acquisitions

The following acquisitions are included in White Mountains’s consolidated financial statements from the date of acquisition. The assets acquired and liabilities assumed have been measured at their acquisition date fair values.

DavidShield
On January 24, 2018, White Mountains acquired 50% of DavidShield Life Insurance Agency (2000) Ltd. (“DavidShield”), its joint venture partner in PassportCard Limited (“PassportCard”). DavidShield is a managing general agency that is the leading provider of expatriate medical insurance in Israel and uses the same card-based delivery system as PassportCard. As part of the transaction, White Mountains restructured its equity stake in PassportCard so that White Mountains and its partner in DavidShield would each own 50% of both businesses. To facilitate the transaction, White Mountains provided financing to its partner in the form of a non-interest bearing loan that is secured by the partner’s equity in PassportCard and DavidShield. The gross purchase price for the 50% of DavidShield was $41.8 million, or $28.3 million net of the financing provided for the restructuring.

Kudu
On February 5, 2018, White Mountains entered into an agreement to fund up to $127.5 million in Kudu Investment Management, LLC (“Kudu”), a leading capital provider to asset management and wealth management firms. Kudu specializes in providing capital solutions to asset managers and registered investment advisers, including generational ownership transfers, management buyouts, acquisition and growth finance, as well as liquidity for legacy partners.
As of March 31, 2018, White Mountains has funded $1.8 million in Kudu. White Mountains has determined that Kudu is a VIE, however White Mountains is not the primary beneficiary. White Mountains has elected to take the fair value option for its investment in Kudu.

MediaAlpha
On October 5, 2017, MediaAlpha acquired certain assets associated with the Health, Life and Medicare insurance business of Healthplans.com for an aggregate purchase price of $28.0 million. The majority of assets acquired, which are included in other intangible assets, consist of customer relationships, a non-compete agreement from the seller and domain names. See Note 4 — “Goodwill and Other Intangibles Assets”.
On October 5, 2017, White Mountains acquired 131,579 newly-issued Class A common units of MediaAlpha for $12.5 million. As of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 White Mountains’s ownership share in MediaAlpha was 62.3% and 64.4%.

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Note 3.  Investments Securities

White Mountains’s portfolio of investment securities held for general investment purposes consists of fixed maturity investments, short-term investments, common equity securities and other long-term investments, which are all classified as trading securities. Trading securities are reported at fair value as of the balance sheet date.  Net realized and unrealized investment gains (losses) on trading securities are reported in pre-tax revenues.
White Mountains’s fixed maturity investments are generally valued using industry standard pricing methodologies. Key inputs include benchmark yields, benchmark securities, reported trades, issuer spreads, bids, offers, credit ratings and prepayment speeds. Income on mortgage and asset-backed securities is recognized using an effective yield based on anticipated prepayments and the estimated economic life of the securities. When actual prepayments differ significantly from anticipated prepayments, the estimated economic life is recalculated and the remaining unamortized premium or discount is amortized prospectively over the remaining economic life.
Realized investment gains (losses) resulting from sales of investment securities are accounted for using the specific identification method. Premiums and discounts on all fixed maturity investments are amortized or accreted to income over the anticipated life of the investment. Short-term investments consist of interest-bearing money market funds, certificates of deposit and other securities, which at the time of purchase, mature or become available for use within one year.  Short-term investments are carried at amortized or accreted cost, which approximated fair value as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.
Other long-term investments consist primarily of hedge funds, private equity funds and unconsolidated private capital investments.

Net Investment Income

White Mountains’s net investment income is comprised primarily of interest income associated with White Mountains’s fixed maturity investments and short-term investments and dividend income from its common equity securities and other long-term investments.
The following table presents pre-tax net investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017.
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
Millions
 
2018
 
2017
Investment income:
 
 
 
 
Fixed maturity investments
 
$
10.9

 
$
11.9

Short-term investments
 
2.6

 
.2

Common equity securities
 
5.0

 
1.3

Other long-term investments
 
1.9

 
(.1
)
Total investment income
 
20.4

 
13.3

Third-party investment expenses
 
(.7
)
 
(.5
)
Net investment income, pre-tax
 
$
19.7

 
$
12.8




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Net Realized and Unrealized Investment Gains (Losses)

The following table presents net realized and unrealized investment gains (losses) for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
Millions
 
2018
 
2017
Net realized investment (losses) gains, pre-tax
 
$
(5.1
)
 
$
.6

Net unrealized investment (losses) gains, pre-tax
 
(48.6
)
 
35.7

Net realized and unrealized investment (losses) gains, pre-tax
 
(53.7
)
 
36.3

Income tax benefit (expense) attributable to net realized and
     unrealized investment (losses) gains
 
5.7

 
(3.9
)
Net realized and unrealized investment (losses) gains, after-tax
 
$
(48.0
)
 
$
32.4


Net Realized Investment Gains (Losses)
The following table presents net realized investment gains (losses) for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
March 31, 2017
Millions
 
Net
realized (losses) gains
 
Net
foreign
exchange gains (losses)
 
Total net realized
gains (losses)
reflected in
earnings
 
Net
realized (losses) gains
 
Net
foreign
exchange gains
 
Total net realized
(losses) gains
reflected in
earnings
Fixed maturity investments
 
$
(13.7
)
 
$
18.2

 
$
4.5

 
$
(1.0
)
 
$
.1

 
$
(.9
)
Short-term investments
 
(.1
)
 

 
(.1
)
 

 

 

Common equity securities
 
1.2

 

 
1.2

 
.8

 
.1

 
.9

Other long-term investments
 
(3.5
)
 
(7.2
)
 
(10.7
)
 
.6

 

 
.6

Net realized investment (losses) gains,
   pre-tax
 
(16.1
)
 
11.0

 
(5.1
)
 
.4

 
.2

 
.6

Income tax expense attributable to
   net realized investment (losses) gains
 
(.6
)
 

 
(.6
)
 
(.2
)
 

 
(.2
)
Net realized investment (losses)
   gains, after-tax
 
$
(16.7
)
 
$
11.0

 
$
(5.7
)
 
$
.2

 
$
.2

 
$
.4


Net Unrealized Investment Gains (Losses)
The following tables present net unrealized investment gains (losses) and changes in the carrying value of investments measured at fair value for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
March 31, 2017
Millions
 
Net
unrealized losses
   
 
Net
foreign
exchange (losses)
gains
 
Total net unrealized (losses)
 gains
reflected in
earnings
 
Net
unrealized gains
 
Net
foreign
exchange gains (losses)
 
Total net unrealized gains
reflected in
earnings
Fixed maturity investments
 
$
(18.6
)
 
$
(14.8
)
 
$
(33.4
)
 
$
10.2

 
$
1.7

 
$
11.9

Short-term investments
 
(.7
)
 

 
(.7
)
 

 

 

Common equity securities
 
(16.7
)
 

 
(16.7
)
 
19.1

 
.5

 
19.6

Other long-term investments
 
(1.9
)
 
4.1

 
2.2

 
6.9

 
(2.7
)
 
4.2

Net unrealized investment (losses) gains, pre-tax
 
(37.9
)
 
(10.7
)
 
(48.6
)
 
36.2

 
(.5
)
 
35.7

Income tax benefit (expense) attributable to net unrealized
   investment gains (losses)
 
6.3

 

 
6.3

 
(3.7
)
 

 
(3.7
)
Net unrealized investment (losses) gains, after-tax
 
$
(31.6
)
 
$
(10.7
)
 
$
(42.3
)
 
$
32.5

 
$
(.5
)
 
$
32.0




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The following table presents total gains (losses) included in earnings attributable to net unrealized investment gains (losses) for Level 3 investments for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
Millions
 
2018
 
2017
Other long-term investments
 
$
(5.1
)
 
$
.2

Total net unrealized investment (losses) gains, pre-tax - Level 3 investments
 
$
(5.1
)
 
$
.2


Investment Holdings

The following tables present the cost or amortized cost, gross unrealized investment gains (losses), net foreign currency gains, and carrying values of White Mountains’s fixed maturity investments as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017.
 
 
March 31, 2018
Millions
 
Cost or
amortized
cost
 
Gross
unrealized
gains
 
Gross
unrealized
losses
 
Net foreign
currency
gains
 
Carrying
value
U.S. Government and agency obligations
 
$
199.9

 
$

 
$
(2.2
)
 
$

 
$
197.7

Debt securities issued by corporations
 
760.5

 
.7

 
(17.5
)
 

 
743.7

Mortgage and asset-backed securities
 
132.5

 
.1

 
(2.6
)
 

 
130.0

Municipal obligations
 
261.8

 
1.9

 
(1.3
)
 

 
262.4

   Total fixed maturity investments
 
$
1,354.7

 
$
2.7

 
$
(23.6
)
 
$

 
$
1,333.8


 
 
December 31, 2017
Millions
 
Cost or
amortized
cost
 
Gross
unrealized
gains
 
Gross
unrealized
losses
 
Net foreign
currency
gains
 
Carrying
value
U.S. Government and agency obligations
 
$
297.8

 
$

 
$
(1.3
)
 
$

 
$
296.5

Debt securities issued by corporations
 
867.6

 
2.9

 
(4.3
)
 
14.7

 
880.9

Mortgage and asset-backed securities
 
697.2

 
1.6

 
(4.1
)
 

 
694.7

Municipal obligations
 
252.0

 
3.7

 
(.8
)
 

 
254.9

Foreign government, agency and provincial obligations
 
2.6

 

 

 
.1

 
2.7

Total fixed maturity investments
 
$
2,117.2

 
$
8.2

 
$
(10.5
)
 
$
14.8

 
$
2,129.7



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The following tables present the cost or amortized cost, gross unrealized investment gains (losses), net foreign currency losses, and carrying values of White Mountains’s common equity securities and other long-term investments as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017:
 
 
March 31, 2018
Millions
 
Cost or
amortized
cost
 
Gross
unrealized
gains
 
Gross
unrealized
losses
 
Net foreign
currency
losses
 
Carrying
value
Common equity securities
 
$
835.9

 
$
111.7

 
$
(2.0
)
 
$

 
$
945.6

Other long-term investments
 
$
288.8

 
$
10.0

 
$
(44.8
)
 
$
(.9
)
 
$
253.1

 
 
December 31, 2017
Millions
 
Cost or
amortized
cost
 
Gross
unrealized
gains
 
Gross
unrealized
losses
 
Net foreign
currency
losses
 
Carrying
value
Common equity securities
 
$
739.7

 
$
129.4

 
$
(3.0
)
 
$

 
$
866.1

Other long-term investments
 
$
246.6

 
$
6.8

 
$
(39.7
)
 
$
(4.9
)
 
$
208.8


Other Long-Term Investments

The following table presents the carrying values of White Mountains’s other long-term investments as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017:
 
 
Carrying Value at
Millions
 
March 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Hedge funds and private equity funds, at fair value
 
$
130.6

 
$
125.3

Private equity securities, at fair value (1)(2)(3)
 
108.4

 
83.2

Foreign currency forward contracts
 

 
(3.7
)
Other
 
14.1

 
4.0

Total other long-term investments
 
$
253.1

 
$
208.8

(1) See Fair Value Measurements by Level table.
(2) Includes non-controlling interests in common equity securities, limited liability companies and private convertible preferred securities.
(3) White Mountains holds a 20% ownership interest in OneTitle Holdings LLC (“OneTitle”) and has provided a $10.0 million surplus note facility under which OneTitle’s wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, OneTitle National Guaranty Company, Inc., may draw funds under certain circumstances. At March 31, 2018, no funds had been drawn on the surplus note facility.


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Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds
White Mountains invests in hedge funds and private equity funds, which are included in other long-term investments. The fair value of these investments is generally estimated using the NAV of the funds. As of March 31, 2018, White Mountains held investments in one hedge fund and ten private equity funds.  The largest investment in a single fund was $56.4 million as of March 31, 2018 and $54.9 million as of December 31, 2017.
The following table presents investments in hedge funds and private equity funds by investment objective and sector as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017:
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Millions
 
Fair Value
 
Unfunded
Commitments
 
Fair Value
 
Unfunded
Commitments
Hedge funds
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Long/short banks and financial
 
$
56.4

 
$

 
$
54.9

 
$

Total hedge funds
 
56.4

 

 
54.9

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Private equity funds
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Manufacturing/Industrial
 
44.5

 
10.4

 
43.3

 
10.4

Aerospace/Defense/Government
 
17.0

 
12.9

 
15.8

 
12.9

Direct lending
 
7.9

 
22.5

 
7.1

 
23.1

Financial services
 
4.8

 
11.1

 
4.2

 
11.7

Insurance
 

 
41.2

 

 
41.2

Real estate
 

 
50.0

 

 

Total private equity funds
 
74.2

 
148.1

 
70.4

 
99.3

Total hedge funds and private equity funds
    included in other long-term investments
 
$
130.6

 
$
148.1

 
$
125.3

 
$
99.3

 
Redemption of investments in certain hedge funds is subject to restrictions including lock-up periods where no redemptions or withdrawals are allowed, restrictions on redemption frequency and advance notice periods for redemptions. Amounts requested for redemptions remain subject to market fluctuations until the redemption effective date, which generally falls at the end of the defined redemption period. As of March 31, 2018, White Mountains held one active hedge fund with a fair value of $56.4 million. The hedge fund is subject to a lock-up period that expires on September 1, 2018, with a semi-annual restriction on redemption frequency thereafter and an advance notice period requirement of not less than 45 days.
White Mountains redeemed its one investment in a long/short equity REIT hedge fund having a fair value of $20.8 million as of December 31, 2017. The bulk of the redemption proceeds were received early in the first quarter of 2018 with the balance received in April of 2018.
Investments in private equity funds are generally subject to a lock-up period during which investors may not request a redemption. Distributions prior to the expected termination date of the fund may be limited to dividends or proceeds arising from the liquidation of the fund’s underlying investments. In addition, certain private equity funds provide an option to extend the lock-up period at either, the sole discretion of the fund manager or upon agreement between the fund and its investors.
The following table presents investments in private equity funds that were subject to lock-up periods as of March 31, 2018:
Millions
 
1 – 3 years
 
3 – 5 years
 
5 – 10 years
 
>10 years
 
Total
Private equity funds — expected lock-up period remaining
 
$6.1
 
$6.2
 
$49.2
 
$12.7
 
$74.2

Fair Value Measurements as of March 31, 2018
Fair value measurements are categorized into a hierarchy that distinguishes between inputs based on market data from independent sources (“observable inputs”) and a reporting entity’s internal assumptions based upon the best information available when external market data is limited or unavailable (“unobservable inputs”). Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities have the highest priority (“Level 1”), followed by observable inputs other than quoted prices, including prices for similar but not identical assets or liabilities (“Level 2”) and unobservable inputs, including the reporting entity’s estimates of the assumptions that market participants would use, having the lowest priority (“Level 3”). As of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, White Mountains used quoted market prices or other observable inputs to determine fair value for approximately 92% and 94% of the investment portfolio.


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Fair Value Measurements by Level
The following tables present White Mountains’s fair value measurements for investments as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 by level. The major security types were based on the legal form of the securities. White Mountains has disaggregated its fixed maturity investments based on the issuing entity type, which impacts credit quality, with debt securities issued by U.S. Government entities carrying minimal credit risk, while the credit and other risks associated with other issuers, such as corporations, foreign governments, municipalities or entities issuing mortgage and asset-backed securities vary depending on the nature of the issuing entity type. White Mountains further disaggregates debt securities issued by corporations and common equity securities by industry sector because investors often reference commonly used benchmarks and their subsectors to monitor risk and performance. Accordingly, White Mountains has further disaggregated these asset classes into subclasses based on the similar sectors and industry classifications it uses to evaluate investment risk and performance against commonly used benchmarks, such as the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Aggregate and S&P 500 indices.

 
 
March 31, 2018
Millions
 
Fair Value
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
Fixed maturity investments:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

U.S. Government and agency obligations
 
$
197.7

 
$
197.7

 
$

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Debt securities issued by corporations:
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Financials
 
151.0

 

 
151.0

 

Consumer
 
144.8

 

 
144.8

 

Technology
 
91.6

 

 
91.6

 

Communications
 
84.9

 

 
84.9

 

Health care
 
80.3

 

 
80.3

 

Materials
 
76.1

 

 
76.1

 

Energy
 
66.1

 

 
66.1

 

Industrial
 
33.9

 

 
33.9

 

Utilities
 
15.0

 

 
15.0

 

Total debt securities issued by corporations:
 
743.7

 

 
743.7

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mortgage and asset-backed securities
 
130.0

 

 
130.0

 

Municipal obligations
 
262.4

 

 
262.4

 

Total fixed maturity investments
 
1,333.8

 
197.7

 
1,136.1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term investments(1)
 
763.0

 
737.3

 
25.7

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common equity securities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Exchange traded funds (2)
 
653.2

 
592.2

 
61.0

 

Technology
 
18.0

 
18.0

 

 

Health care
 
16.9

 
16.9

 

 

Financials
 
15.9

 
15.9

 

 

Industrial
 
13.3

 
13.3

 

 

Consumer
 
8.6

 
8.6

 

 

Energy
 
6.5

 
6.5

 

 

Communications
 
5.2

 
5.2

 

 

Other (3)
 
208.0

 

 
208.0

 

Total common equity securities
 
945.6

 
676.6

 
269.0

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other long-term investments (4) 
 
122.5

 

 

 
122.5

Total investments
 
$
3,164.9

 
$
1,611.6

 
$
1,430.8

 
$
122.5

(1) Short-term investments are measured at amortized cost, which approximates fair value.
(2) ETFs traded on foreign exchanges are priced using the fund's published NAV to account for the difference in market close times and are therefore designated a level 2 measurement.
(3) Consists of two investments in unit trusts that primarily invest in international equities.
(4) Excludes carrying value of $130.6 associated with hedge funds and private equity funds for which fair value is measured at NAV using the practical expedient.


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December 31, 2017
Millions
 
Fair Value
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
Fixed maturity investments:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

U.S. Government and agency obligations
 
$
296.5

 
$
296.5

 
$

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Debt securities issued by corporations:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Consumer
 
185.1

 

 
185.1

 

Communications
 
127.8

 

 
127.8

 

Financials
 
114.8

 

 
114.8

 

Utilities
 
108.9

 

 
108.9

 

Materials
 
95.5

 

 
95.5

 

Health care
 
94.3

 

 
94.3

 

Technology
 
80.5

 

 
80.5

 

Energy
 
48.1

 

 
48.1

 

Industrial
 
25.9

 

 
25.9

 

Total debt securities issued by corporations:
 
880.9

 

 
880.9

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mortgage and asset-backed securities
 
694.7

 

 
694.7

 

Municipal obligations
 
254.9

 

 
254.9

 

Foreign government, agency and provincial obligations
 
2.7

 

 
2.7

 

Total fixed maturity investments
 
2,129.7

 
296.5

 
1,833.2

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term investments (1)
 
176.1

 
151.0

 
25.1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common equity securities:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Exchange traded funds (2)
 
569.7

 
508.1

 
61.6

 

Health care
 
17.1

 
17.1

 

 

Financials
 
16.3

 
16.3

 

 

Technology
 
15.1

 
15.1

 

 

Industrial
 
11.9

 
11.9

 

 

Communications
 
10.9

 
10.9

 

 

Consumer
 
10.7

 
10.7

 

 

Energy
 
3.8

 
3.8

 

 

Other (3)
 
210.6

 

 
210.6

 

Total common equity securities
 
866.1

 
593.9

 
272.2

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other long-term investments (4)(5)
 
87.2

 

 

 
87.2

Total investments
 
$
3,259.1

 
$
1,041.4

 
$
2,130.5

 
$
87.2

(1) Short-term investments are measured at amortized cost, which approximates fair value.
(2) ETFs traded on foreign exchanges are priced using the fund’s published NAV to account for the difference in market close times and are therefore designated a level 2 measurement.
(3) Consists of two investments in unit trusts that primarily invests in international equities.
(4) Excludes carrying value of $(3.7) related to foreign currency forward contracts.
(5) Excludes carrying value of $125.3 associated with hedge funds and private equity funds for which fair value is measured at NAV using the practical expedient.






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Debt Securities Issued by Corporations

The following table presents the ratings of debt securities issued by corporations held in White Mountains’s investment portfolio as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017:
 
 
Fair Value at
Millions
 
March 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
AAA
 
$
8.9

 
$
1.6

AA
 
79.1

 
42.6

A
 
274.6

 
192.5