EMC Insurance Group Inc. Reports 2018 First Quarter Results

May 4, 2018

First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018
Net Loss Per Share – $0.00
Non-GAAP Operating Income Per Share* – $0.19
Net Realized Investment Gains and Change in Net Unrealized
    Investment Gains on Equity Investments Per Share – ($0.19)
Catastrophe and Storm Losses Per Share – $0.17
GAAP Combined Ratio – 104.6 percent

2018 Non-GAAP Operating Income Guidance* of $1.10 to $1.30 per share

*Denotes financial measure not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP). See “Definition of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Comparable GAAP Measures” for additional information.

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EMC Insurance Group Inc. (Nasdaq:EMCI) (the “Company”), today reported a net loss of $76,000 ($0.00 per share) and a loss and settlement expense ratio of 71.0 percent for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to net income of $6.8 million ($0.32 per share) and a loss and settlement expense ratio of 66.6 percent for the first quarter of 2017. Included in the net loss reported in 2018 is a $9.9 million pre-tax decline in unrealized investment gains on the Company’s equity investments as required by the updated financial instruments accounting guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), which the Company adopted on January 1, 2018. This decline in unrealized investment gains on equity investments was partially offset by $4.5 million of pre-tax realized investment gains. Pre-tax realized investment losses totaled $627,000 in the first quarter of 2017.

The remainder of the decline in first quarter 2018 results is primarily attributed to a high level of non-catastrophe losses in the property and casualty insurance segment and a slight deterioration in the performance of the reinsurance segment compared to the very good results reported in the first quarter of 2017. Catastrophe and storm losses for the Company declined significantly in the first quarter of 2018 from the record amount incurred in the first quarter of 2017; however, this decline was more than offset by a larger decline in the amount of favorable development experienced on prior years’ reserves. The income tax expense/benefit amounts reported for 2018 reflect the new 21 percent federal corporate tax rate, compared to the 35 percent federal corporate tax rate in effect in 2017.

“Persistent cold temperatures across much of our footprint caused a higher than anticipated level of non-catastrophe commercial property losses, primarily from fires and water damage from frozen pipes,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce G. Kelley. “This can be a common occurrence during periods of extended or unusually cold temperatures, and we do not expect this to be a continuing trend for the remainder of 2018.”

Kelley continued, “We continue to see steady growth in premiums written in our property and casualty insurance segment and strong growth in our reinsurance segment, which accelerated from the fourth quarter of 2017. We capitalized on attractive opportunities within the reinsurance marketplace by adding some new business, as well as increasing participation on certain high-quality renewal accounts. We were a preferred provider to meet the reinsurance needs of these accounts due to the strong, long-standing relationships we have established with our clients.”

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes net realized investment gains/losses and, beginning in 2018, the change in net unrealized investment gains/losses on equity investments from net income/loss, totaled $4.2 million ($0.19 per share) for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $7.2 million ($0.34 per share) for the first quarter of 2017. The Company’s GAAP combined ratio was 104.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 101.4 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

On January 1, 2018, the Company adopted updated accounting guidance issued by the FASB which prohibits including components of net periodic pension and postretirement benefit costs/income, other than the service cost component, in any capitalized asset. In conjunction with the adoption of this updated guidance, management has elected to report all components of net periodic pension and postretirement benefit income, other than the service cost component, as other income in the consolidated statements of income. The service cost component continues to be reported in other underwriting expenses. This change in reporting was applied retrospectively for comparison purposes and did not impact the net income/loss or non-GAAP operating income amounts reported for the first quarters of 2018 or 2017, as other income and other underwriting expenses increased by the same amount; however, it did increase the acquisition expense ratios, and therefore the combined ratios, by 1.2 percentage points and 0.9 percentage points for the first quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Premiums earned increased 7.8 percent for the first quarter of 2018. In the property and casualty insurance segment, premiums earned increased 4.4 percent. The majority of this increase is attributed to new business in both commercial and personal lines of business, an increase in retained policies in the commercial lines of business and small rate level increases on renewal business. In the reinsurance segment, premiums earned increased 20.5 percent for the first quarter due to increases in participation on existing multi-line contracts, property per risk contracts, and a specialty casualty contract, higher estimated premiums on a large offshore energy contract within the pro rata line of business, and the addition of some new business.

Catastrophe and storm losses totaled $4.7 million ($0.17 per share after tax) in the first quarter of 2018, compared to a record $13.4 million ($0.41 per share after tax) in the first quarter of 2017. First quarter catastrophe and storm losses accounted for 3.0 percentage points of the combined ratio, which is well below the Company’s most recent 10-year average of 5.6 percentage points for this period, and the 9.3 percentage points experienced in the first quarter of 2017. On a segment basis, catastrophe and storm losses for the first quarter of 2018 amounted to $4.3 million ($0.16 per share after tax) in the property and casualty insurance segment, and $396,000 ($0.01 per share after tax) in the reinsurance segment.

The property and casualty insurance segment incurred $9.8 million of catastrophe and storm losses in the first quarter of 2017, which filled approximately one-half of the $20 million retention amount contained in the intercompany reinsurance treaty covering the first half of 2017. As a result, catastrophe and storm losses were capped at $10.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. Due to the relatively low amount of catastrophe and storm losses incurred during the first quarter of 2018 and a $2 million increase in the retention amount contained in the intercompany reinsurance treaty covering the first half of 2018, the property and casualty insurance segment would have to retain approximately $17.7 million of catastrophe and storm losses in the second quarter of 2018 before those losses would be capped.

The Company reported $5.6 million ($0.21 per share after tax) of favorable development on prior years’ reserves during the first quarter of 2018, compared to $14.9 million ($0.46 per share after tax) in the first quarter of 2017. The favorable development reported for the first quarter of 2018 is attributed to both segments. In the property and casualty insurance segment, favorable development totaled $2.1 million, compared to $8.5 million in 2017. The decline in favorable development is in line with management’s expectations as previously reported. Management’s experience with selecting ultimate loss and settlement expense ratios under the accident year ultimate methodology instituted in 2016 has led to more refined ultimate selections closer to the actuarial central estimate. During the first quarter of 2018, the majority of the favorable development occurred in the workers’ compensation line of business reflecting reductions in the ultimate loss ratios for several accident years, including 2017, due to reductions in expected ultimate frequency and/or severity. This was partially offset by adverse development resulting from an increase in ultimate loss ratios in the commercial auto and commercial property lines of business for accident year 2017 due to higher than expected severity. In the reinsurance segment, favorable development totaled $3.4 million compared to $6.4 million in 2017. The favorable development reported for the first quarter of 2018 reflects a reduction in the ultimate loss ratios in the property excess of loss and property pro rata lines of business for accident years 2014 through 2017. This was partially offset by adverse development in the casualty excess of loss line of business where ultimate loss ratios were increased in response to higher than expected reported losses for several accident years.

In the property and casualty insurance segment, the underlying loss and settlement expense ratio* (which excludes the impact of catastrophe and storm losses and development on prior years’ reserves) increased 3.3 percentage points to 68.6 percent from 65.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017. This primarily reflects an increase in the current accident year ultimate loss and settlement expense ratio projection in the commercial property line of business, and to a lesser extent, increases in the homeowners and commercial automobile lines of business.

Net investment income increased 3.3 percent to $11.4 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, from $11.0 million for the first quarter of 2017. This increase is due to growth in the fixed maturity portfolio and higher short-term interest rates.

The pre-tax realized investment gains of $4.5 million for the first quarter of 2018 includes $1.8 million of pre-tax realized investment gains attributed to an increase in the carrying value of a limited partnership that helps protect the Company from a sudden and significant decline in the value of its equity portfolio (the equity tail-risk hedging strategy). The pre-tax realized investment losses of $627,000 for the first quarter of 2017 includes $2.3 million of pre-tax realized investment losses attributed to a decline in the carrying value of this limited partnership.

Other income totaled $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2017. The 2018 amount includes $1.9 million of net periodic pension and postretirement benefit income and $436,000 of foreign currency exchange loss. The 2017 amount includes $1.3 million of net periodic pension and postretirement benefit income and $571,000 of foreign currency exchange loss.

At March 31, 2018, consolidated assets totaled $1.7 billion, including $1.5 billion in the investment portfolio, and stockholders’ equity totaled $581.3 million, a decrease of 3.7 percent from December 31, 2017. Book value of the Company’s common stock decreased 4.0 percent to $27.02 per share from $28.14 per share at December 31, 2017, primarily due to a decline in unrealized investment gains on the fixed maturity portfolio attributable to an increase in interest rates during the quarter, and the $0.22 per share dividend paid to stockholders.

On April 16, 2018, management announced that, based on actual results for the first three months of the year and projections for the remainder of the year, it was revising its 2018 non-GAAP operating income guidance from the previous range of $1.40 to $1.60 per share to a range of $1.10 to $1.30 per share. This guidance is based on a projected GAAP combined ratio of 103.2 percent for the year, which has a load of 9.0 percentage points for catastrophe and storm losses. This guidance also assumes a low-single digit increase in investment income and an effective tax rate in the mid-teens.

The Company will hold an earnings conference call at noon Eastern time on Friday, May 4, 2018, to allow securities analysts, stockholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company’s results for the first quarter, as well as its expectations for the remainder of 2018. Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-844-850-0550 (International: 1-412-317-5180).

Members of the news media, investors and the general public are invited to access a live webcast of the earnings conference call via the Company’s investor relations page at investors.emcins.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for approximately 90 days following the earnings conference call. A transcript will be available on the Company’s website shortly after the completion of the earnings conference call. 

About EMCI
EMC Insurance Group Inc. is a publicly held insurance holding company with operations in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, which was formed in 1974 and became publicly held in 1982. The Company’s common stock trades on the Global Select Market tier of the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol EMCI. Additional information regarding the Company may be found at investors.emcins.com. EMCI’s parent company is Employers Mutual Casualty Company (Employers Mutual). EMCI and Employers Mutual, together with their subsidiary and affiliated companies, conduct operations under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides issuers the opportunity to make cautionary statements regarding forward-looking statements. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement contained in this report is based on management’s current beliefs, assumptions and expectations of the Company’s future performance, taking all information currently available into account. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations can change as the result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to management. If a change occurs, the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect the actual results of the Company include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • catastrophic events and the occurrence of significant severe weather conditions;
  • the adequacy of loss and settlement expense reserves;
  • state and federal legislation and regulations;
  • changes in the federal corporate tax rate;
  • changes in the property and casualty insurance industry, interest rates or the performance of financial markets and the general economy;
  • rating agency actions;
  • “other-than-temporary” investment impairment losses; and
  • other risks and uncertainties inherent to the Company’s business, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Management intends to identify forward-looking statements when using the words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “project”, “may”, “intend”, “likely” or similar expressions. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update such statements or to announce publicly the results of any revisions that it may make to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Definition of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Comparable GAAP Measures
The Company prepares its public financial statements in conformity with GAAP. Management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures for evaluating the Company’s performance. These measures are considered non-GAAP financial measures under applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules because they are not displayed as separate line items in the consolidated financial statements or are not required to be disclosed in the notes to financial statements or, in some cases, include or exclude certain items not ordinarily included or excluded in the most comparable GAAP financial measure. The Company’s calculation of non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, so investors should exercise caution when comparing the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures to the measures used by other companies. The following discussion includes reconciliations of the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this report.

Non-GAAP operating income: One of the primary non-GAAP financial measures utilized by management for evaluating the Company’s performance is operating income. Non-GAAP operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains/losses and, beginning in 2018, the change in net unrealized investment gains/losses on equity investments from net income/loss. While realized investment gains/losses are integral to the Company’s insurance operations over the long term, the decision to realize investment gains or losses in any particular period is subject to changing market conditions and management’s discretion, and is independent of the Company’s insurance operations. Prior to 2018, investments in equity investments were classified as available-for-sale and changes in unrealized investment gains/losses on equity investments were recognized in other comprehensive income. Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted the updated financial instruments guidance issued by the FASB, which requires changes in the unrealized investment gains/losses on equity investments to be recognized in net income/loss rather than other comprehensive income. Changes in unrealized investment gains/losses on equity investments are not predictable due to changing market conditions and are therefore also excluded from the calculation of non-GAAP operating income.

Management’s operating income guidance is also considered a non-GAAP financial measure. For the reasons noted above, management is unable to accurately project the amount of net income/loss that will result from realized investment gains/losses and changes in the unrealized investment gains/losses on equity investments, and therefore utilizes non-GAAP operating income in the Company’s projected annual guidance.  

Management believes non-GAAP operating income is useful to investors because it illustrates the performance of the Company’s normal, ongoing insurance operations, which is important in understanding and evaluating the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. While this measure is consistent with measures utilized by investors and analysts to evaluate performance, it is not intended as a substitute for the GAAP financial measure of net income/loss.

       
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME      
($ in thousands)      
  Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017
Net income (loss) $   (76 )   $   6,804  
Realized investment (gains) losses     (4,461 )       627  
Change in unrealized investment gains on equity investments     9,854        XXX   
Income tax benefit     (1,133 )       (219 )
Net realized investment (gains) losses and, beginning in 2018, change       
in net unrealized investment gains on equity investments     4,260         408  
Non-GAAP operating income $   4,184     $   7,212  
       
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME PER SHARE TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME PER SHARE  
  Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017
Net income (loss) $   (0.00 )   $   0.32  
Realized investment (gains) losses     (0.21 )       0.03  
Change in unrealized investment gains on equity investments     0.46        XXX   
Income tax benefit     (0.06 )       (0.01 )
Net realized investment (gains) losses and, beginning in 2018, change       
in net unrealized investment gains on equity investments     0.19         0.02  
Non-GAAP operating income $   0.19     $   0.34  
       

Property and casualty insurance segment’s underlying loss and settlement expense ratio: The loss and settlement expense ratio is the ratio (expressed as a percentage) of losses and settlement expenses incurred to premiums earned, which management uses as a measure of underwriting profitability of the Company’s property and casualty insurance business. The underlying loss and settlement expense ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure which represents the loss and settlement expense ratio, excluding the impact of catastrophe and storm losses and development on prior years’ reserves. Management uses this ratio as an indicator of the property and casualty insurance segment’s underwriting discipline and performance for the current accident year. Management believes this ratio is useful for investors to understand the property and casualty insurance segment’s periodic earnings and variability of earnings caused by the unpredictable nature (i.e., the timing and amount) of catastrophe and storm losses and development on prior years’ reserves. While this measure is consistent with measures utilized by investors and analysts to evaluate performance, it is not intended as a substitute for the GAAP financial measure of loss and settlement expense ratio.

 
RECONCILIATION OF THE PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE SEGMENT'S LOSS AND SETTLEMENT EXPENSE RATIO TO THE UNDERLYING LOSS AND SETTLEMENT EXPENSE RATIO
  Three months ended March 31,
  2018   2017
Loss and settlement expense ratio 70.4 %   66.5 %
Catastrophe and storm losses         (3.6 )%           (8.6 )%
Favorable development on prior years' reserves 1.8 %   7.4 %
           
Underlying loss and settlement expense ratio 68.6 %   65.3 %
       

Industry Metric
Premiums written: Premiums written is an industry metric used in statutory accounting to quantify the amount of insurance sold during a specified reporting period. Management analyzes trends in premiums written to assess business efforts, and uses it as a financial measure for goal setting and determining a portion of employee and senior management awards and compensation. Premiums earned, used in both statutory and GAAP accounting, is the recognition of the portion of premiums written directly related to the expired portion of an insurance policy for a given reporting period. The unexpired portion of premiums written is referred to as unearned premiums, and represents the portion of premiums written that would be returned to a policyholder upon cancellation of a policy.

               
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME-UNAUDITED              
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)                  
    Property and               
    Casualty       Parent       
Quarter ended March 31, 2018   Insurance   Reinsurance   Company   Consolidated  
Revenues:                  
Premiums earned      $   118,632     $   37,154     $   -     $   155,786    
Investment income, net          8,148         3,218         5         11,371    
Other income (loss)       2,051         (436 )       -         1,615    
        128,831         39,936         5         168,772    
Losses and expenses:                
Losses and settlement expenses          83,501         27,127         -         110,628    
Dividends to policyholders          2,120         -         -         2,120    
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs          19,299         7,993         -         27,292    
Other underwriting expenses          22,486         369         -         22,855    
Interest expense          142         -         -         142    
Other expenses       233         -         637         870    
        127,781         35,489         637         163,907    
Operating income (loss) before income taxes       1,050         4,447         (632 )       4,865    
Net realized investment gains (losses)                
and change in unrealized investment gains                  
on equity investments       (3,293 )       (2,100 )       -         (5,393 )  
Income (loss) before income taxes       (2,243 )       2,347         (632 )       (528 )  
Income tax expense (benefit):                
Current       98         1,229         (121 )       1,206    
Deferred       (832 )       (814 )       (12 )       (1,658 )  
        (734 )       415         (133 )       (452 )  
Net income (loss)      $   (1,509 )   $   1,932     $   (499 )   $   (76 )  
Average shares outstanding                    21,501,897    
Per Share Data:                
Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted      $   (0.07 )   $   0.09     $   (0.02 )   $   -     
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)      $   0.16     $   0.01     $   -     $   0.17    
Favorable development on prior years'                  
reserves (after tax)   $   0.08     $   0.13     $   -     $   0.21    
Dividends per share                $   0.22    
Book value per share                $   27.02    
Effective tax rate                  85.5%    
Annualized net income as a percent of beg. SH equity                 0.1%    
Other Information of Interest:                
Premiums written   $   120,269     $   37,803     $   -     $   158,072    
Catastrophe and storm losses      $   4,260     $   396     $   -     $   4,656    
Favorable development on prior years' reserves   $   (2,135 )   $   (3,441 )   $   -     $   (5,576 )  
GAAP Ratios:                
Loss and settlement expense ratio     70.4%       73.0%         -       71.0%    
Acquisition expense ratio     37.0%       22.5%         -       33.6%    
Combined ratio     107.4%       95.5%         -       104.6%    
                   

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME-UNAUDITED            
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)                
    Property and             
    Casualty       Parent     
Quarter ended March 31, 2017   Insurance   Reinsurance   Company   Consolidated
Revenues:                
Premiums earned   $   113,648     $   30,839     $   -     $   144,487  
Investment income, net       8,015         2,983         9         11,007  
Other income (loss)1       1,441         (571 )       -         870  
        123,104         33,251         9         156,364  
Losses and expenses:              
Losses and settlement expenses       75,520         20,765         -         96,285  
Dividends to policyholders       2,722         -         -         2,722  
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs       20,077         6,734         -         26,811  
Other underwriting expenses1       20,210         424         -         20,634  
Interest expense        84         -         -         84  
Other expenses       179         -         582         761  
        118,792         27,923         582         147,297  
Operating income (loss) before income taxes       4,312         5,328         (573 )       9,067  
Realized investment losses       (597 )       (30 )       -         (627 )
Income (loss) before income taxes       3,715         5,298         (573 )       8,440  
Income tax expense (benefit):              
Current       491         1,745         (190 )       2,046  
Deferred       (170 )       (229 )       (11 )       (410 )
        321         1,516         (201 )       1,636  
Net Income (loss)   $   3,394     $   3,782     $   (372 )   $   6,804  
Average shares outstanding                 21,254,430  
Per Share Data:              
Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted      $   0.16     $   0.18     $   (0.02 )   $   0.32  
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)      $   0.30     $   0.11     $   -     $   0.41  
Favorable development on prior years'                
reserves (after tax)   $   0.26     $   0.20     $   -     $   0.46  
Dividends per share                $   0.21  
Book value per share                $   26.57  
Effective tax rate                  19.4%  
Annualized net income as a percent of beg. SH equity                 4.9%  
Other Information of Interest:              
Premiums written   $   114,607     $   30,268     $   -     $   144,875  
Catastrophe and storm losses      $   9,786     $   3,588     $   -     $   13,374  
Favorable development on prior years' reserves   $   (8,463 )   $   (6,441 )   $   -     $   (14,904 )
GAAP Ratios:              
Loss and settlement expense ratio     66.5%       67.3%         -       66.6%  
Acquisition expense ratio1     37.8%       23.2%         -       34.8%  
Combined ratio1     104.3%       90.5%         -       101.4%  
                 
1  Amounts for other income (loss), other underwriting expenses and the acquisition expense and combined ratios are restated for new accounting guidance for the reporting of retirement benefit expenses that became effective January 1, 2018.

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS        
  March 31,   December 31,  
  2018   2017  
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (Unaudited)      
ASSETS        
Investments:        
Fixed maturity securities available-for-sale, at fair value         
(amortized cost $1,258,390 and $1,253,166) $   1,256,473     $   1,275,016  
Equity investments, at fair value         
(cost $146,520 and $144,274)     220,498         228,115  
Equity investments, at alternative measurement        
of cost less impairments     2,000         -   
Other long-term investments     17,212         13,648  
Short-term investments     21,664         23,613  
Total investments     1,517,847         1,540,392  
         
Cash     382         347  
Reinsurance receivables due from affiliate     31,276         31,650  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums due from affiliate     11,601         12,789  
Deferred policy acquisition costs (affiliated $42,667 and $40,848)     42,892         41,114  
Prepaid pension and postretirement benefits due from affiliate     20,593         20,683  
Accrued investment income     11,616         11,286  
Amounts receivable under reverse repurchase agreements     22,250         16,500  
Accounts receivable     906         1,604  
Goodwill     942         942  
Other assets (affiliated $4,034 and $4,423)     4,848         4,633  
Total assets $   1,665,153     $   1,681,940  
         
LIABILITIES        
Losses and settlement expenses (affiliated $732,840 and $726,413) $   737,055     $   732,612  
Unearned premiums (affiliated $257,992 and $256,434)     259,071         257,797  
Other policyholders' funds (all affiliated)     9,586         10,013  
Surplus notes payable to affiliate     25,000         25,000  
Amounts due affiliate to settle inter-company transaction balances     214         367  
Pension benefits payable to affiliate     3,953         4,185  
Income taxes payable     1,751         544  
Deferred income taxes     8,227         15,020  
Other liabilities (affiliated $18,493 and $27,520)     38,947         32,556  
Total liabilities     1,083,804         1,078,094  
         
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Common stock, $1 par value, authorized 30,000,000         
shares; issued and outstanding, 21,519,498        
shares in 2018 and 21,455,545 shares in 2017     21,519         21,455  
Additional paid-in capital     126,106         124,556  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (2,167 )       83,384  
Retained earnings     435,891         374,451  
Total stockholders' equity     581,349         603,846  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $   1,665,153     $   1,681,940  
   

 

LOSS AND SETTLEMENT EXPENSE BY LINE OF BUSINESS                
    Three months ended March 31,
    2018   2017
($ in thousands)   Premiums
earned
  Losses and
settlement
expenses
  Loss and
settlement
expense
ratio
  Premiums
earned
  Losses and
settlement
expenses
  Loss and
settlement
expense
ratio
Property and casualty insurance                        
Commercial lines:                        
Automobile   $   30,644   $   26,456     86.3 %   $   28,032   $   26,889       95.9 %
Property       26,429       18,723     70.8 %       25,502       17,539       68.8 %
Workers' compensation       24,902       12,531     50.3 %       24,703       13,774       55.8 %
Other liability       24,962       17,701     70.9 %       24,128       10,712       44.4 %
Other       2,186       494     22.6 %       2,109       (93 )     (4.4 )%
Total commercial lines       109,123       75,905     69.6 %       104,474       68,821       65.9 %
                         
Personal lines       9,509       7,596     79.9 %       9,174       6,699       73.0 %
Total property and casualty                        
   insurance   $   118,632   $   83,501     70.4 %   $   113,648   $   75,520       66.5 %
                         
Reinsurance                        
Pro rata reinsurance   $   13,073   $   4,665     35.7 %   $   10,435   $   6,146       58.9 %
Excess of loss reinsurance       24,081       22,462     93.3 %       20,404       14,619       71.6 %
Total reinsurance   $   37,154   $   27,127     73.0 %   $   30,839   $   20,765       67.3 %
                         
     Consolidated   $   155,786   $   110,628     71.0 %   $   144,487   $   96,285       66.6 %
                         

 

           
PREMIUMS WRITTEN      
  Three months ended   Three months ended    
  March 31, 2018   March 31, 2017    
      Percent of       Percent of   Change in
  Premiums   premiums   Premiums   premiums   premiums
($ in thousands) written   written   written   written   written
Property and casualty insurance                  
Commercial lines:                  
Automobile $   32,956     20.8 %   $   30,436     21.0 %     8.3 %
Property     26,727     16.9 %       25,342     17.5 %             5.5 %
Workers' compensation     22,585          14.3 %       23,079        15.9 %     (2.1 )%
Other liability   26,725   16.9 %     24,927   17.2 %   7.2 %
Other     2,194     1.4 %       2,283     1.6 %     (3.9 )%
Total commercial lines     111,187     70.3 %       106,067     73.2 %     4.8 %
                   
Personal lines     9,082     5.8 %       8,540     5.9 %     6.3 %
Total property and casualty insurance                                                                            $         120,269          76.1 %   $     114,607        79.1 %       4.9 %
                   
Reinsurance                  
Pro rata reinsurance $   11,689     7.4 %   $   8,692     6.0 %     34.5 %
Excess of loss reinsurance     26,114     16.5 %       21,576     14.9 %     21.0 %
Total reinsurance $   37,803     23.9 %   $   30,268     20.9 %     24.9 %
                   
     Consolidated $   158,072   100.0 %   $   144,875   100.0 %     9.1 %
                   


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Investors:     Media:
Steve Walsh, 515-345-2515     Lisa Hamilton, 515-345-7589
steve.t.walsh@emcins.com     lisa.l.hamilton@emcins.com

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