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Porch Group Earnings Show Resilience for InsurTech Category

InsureTech companies are showing financial resiliency. After a February that featured 40 funding deals in the category, Porch Group, a leader in the homeowners insurance and vertical software platform sector, reported a solid Q4.

As announced after the bell on Thursday, March 7, Porch surpassed previous year’s performance. and perhaps more importantly outlined plans for a bullish 2024.

By the numbers, the company’s revenue surged to $114.6 million, a 79% increase from the previous year. According to CEO Matt Ehrlichman, the growth is best attributed to the core insurance segment, which he pointed were achieved despite significant weather events and a contracting home market.

Porch also reported a dramatic improvement in its net loss, decreasing from $35.5 million in 2023 to just $2.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA also spiked, reaching $11.7 million, a $25 million enhancement from the previous year.

Ehrlichman told the company’s analyst call that the growth is also due to strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing profitability and expanding product offerings. He pointed to the company’s focus on improving its insurance business, launching new SaaS products, and maintaining stringent cost control as key factors.

The fourth quarter results echoed some of that strategy. The insurance segment’s gross written premium reached $112 million across approximately 310,000 policies in force. Overall, Porch ends the year with a financial cushion of $397.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments.

Operational achievements such as a lower gross and combined loss ratio, the approval in 13 states to use Porch’s unique property data in insurance pricing, and the launch of new products underscore the company’s strategic focus on innovation and market expansion.

“We believe our insurance profitability actions in 2020 to 2023 and 2024 set us up well for sustainable profitable growth in 2025 and beyond,” Ehrlichman told the call. “It’s going to be an exciting time for the company.”

The insurance sector’s performance was a key driver of this quarter’s success, characterized by increased premium per policy, strategic underwriting actions, and the nonrenewal of higher-risk policies. These moves enhanced profitability but also improved the segment’s risk profile.

The introduction of new SaaS products and partnerships, such as the HVAC micro-warranty, title software product, and a utilities partnership, demonstrates Ehrlichman’s commitment to diversifying its offerings and capitalizing on new market opportunities.

The company set ambitious targets for 2024, with expectations for revenue growth driven primarily by the insurance segment. The company’s guidance for the coming year anticipates revenues between $450 to $490 million, marking a 5% to 14% growth. This outlook is supported by planned strategic initiatives, including further insurance profitability actions, product price increases, and continued cost management efforts.