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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 18, 2020
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 United Fire Group Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Iowa
001-34257
45-2302834
(State of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
118 Second Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids
Iowa
52401
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (319399-5700
_______________________N/A________________________
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
  
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par value
UFCS
The NASDAQ Global Select Market
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

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.






Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On February 18, 2020, United Fire Group, Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019. The release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. The information in this Current Report and the exhibits attached hereto are being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
The following exhibits are furnished herewith:
Exhibit 99.1
Exhibit 104





Signatures
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
 
United Fire Group, Inc.
 
 
 
(Registrant)
 
 
 
 
Dated:
February 18, 2020
 
/s/ Randy A. Ramlo
 
 
 
Randy A. Ramlo, Chief Executive Officer





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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit


Exhibit 99.1
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United Fire Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Results

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS),
February 18, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights(1):
Quarter Ended December 31, 2019
 
 
Year Ended December 31, 2019
 
Net income (loss) per diluted share
$
(0.93
)
 
Net income per diluted share
$
0.58

Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share
$
(1.04
)
 
Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share
$
(1.08
)
Net realized investment gains per share
$
0.11

 
Net realized investment gains per share
$
1.66

GAAP combined ratio
117.9
%
 
GAAP combined ratio
109.0
%
 
 
 
Book value per share
$
36.40

 
 
 
Return on equity(3)
1.6
%

United Fire Group, Inc. (the “Company” or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net loss, including net realized investment gains and losses, of $23.2 million ($0.93 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended December 31, 2019 (the "fourth quarter"), compared to consolidated net loss of $29.3 million ($1.17 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018. For the year ended December 31, 2019 (the "full year"), consolidated net income, including investment gains and losses, was $14.8 million ($0.58 per diluted share) compared to $27.7 million ($1.08 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

The Company reported a consolidated adjusted operating loss of $1.04 per diluted share for the fourth quarter 2019 compared to consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.30 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. For the full year ended December 31, 2019, the Company reported consolidated adjusted operating loss of $1.08 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.67 per diluted share for 2018.

"Our 2019 results were negatively impacted by commercial auto losses and prior year reserve strengthening in our Gulf Coast Region," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "From a profitability standpoint, the fourth quarter was disappointing and an unacceptable end to a year in which we failed to meet expectations and failed to make an operational profit. Commercial auto losses continued to be the main driver of the net operating loss in the fourth quarter. We know we have work to do and are focused on aggressively moving forward with our strategic plan to improve profitability."





__________________
(1) Per share amounts are after tax.
(2) Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income excluding net realized investment
gains and losses, changes in the fair value of equity securities and related federal income taxes. Management evaluates this measure and ratios derived from this measure and the Company provides this information to investors because we believe it better represents the normal, ongoing performance of our business. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.
(3) Return on equity is calculated by dividing annualized net income by average year-to-date equity.


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"As part of our strategic plan, we currently have several initiatives underway in underwriting, claims, analytics, portfolio management and technology innovation, to name some of our focus areas. One example of a noteworthy development at UFG is within our portfolio management strategy, specifically related to our commercial auto book. Despite our best efforts to manage poor-performing commercial auto accounts with double-digit rate increases and non-renewals, these efforts proved insufficient to return this line of business to underwriting profitability in 2019. With the continued escalation of commercial auto losses industry-wide and no signs of improvement in the key auto metrics we track, such as miles driven, driver shortages, distracted driving and social inflation, we decided to take several difficult but necessary actions beginning in the fourth quarter. Our plans include to be even more aggressive with non-renewals in 2020 which will reduce our commercial auto unit counts, especially in poor-performing segments, and not write new classes of business that are auto heavy. By taking these actions, we’re confident we’ll achieve a better balance in our overall book of business, which has become too heavily weighted in commercial auto in recent years. Although we stand to lose some of our commercial package policy business as a consequence of this action, we believe it will have the most immediate and profound impact on our profitability. As we move forward with our strategic plan we will closely monitor key metrics and make adjustments accordingly."

Consolidated net unrealized investment gains, net of tax, totaled $47.3 million as of December 31, 2019 compared to net unrealized investment losses of $9.3 million at December 31, 2018, an increase of $56.6 million. The increase in net unrealized investment gains was primarily the result of lower interest rates in 2019 when compared to 2018.

Total consolidated assets as of December 31, 2019 were $3.0 billion, which included $2.2 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value was $36.40 per share, which is an increase of $1.00 per share, or 2.8 percent from December 31, 2018. This increase is primarily attributed to net income of $14.8 million and an increase in net unrealized investment gains of $56.6 million, net of tax, partially offset by shareholder dividends of $32.7 million, the change in benefits and the valuation of our post-retirement benefit obligations of $13.0 million and share repurchases of $11.7 million.

Property and Casualty Insurance

Net loss for the property and casualty insurance business, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $23.2 million ($0.93 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter, compared to net loss of $29.3 million ($1.17 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year, net income totaled $14.8 million ($0.58 per diluted share), compared to net income of $2.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share) for the full year 2018.

The decrease in the net loss in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 is due to the increase in the fair value of equity securities, offset by an increase in loss and loss settlement expenses incurred, primarily due to an increase in the severity of losses in our commercial auto line of business. The increase in net income in the full year 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 is due to the increase in the fair value of equity securities and an increase in net premiums earned offset by an increase in losses and loss settlement expenses primarily due to an increase in the severity of losses in our commercial auto line of business and prior year reserve strengthening in our Gulf Coast region.

Net premiums earned increased 0.9 percent to $273.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $270.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year 2019, net premiums earned increased 4.8 percent to $1,087.0 million, compared to $1,037.5 million in 2018, primarily due to rate increases, premium audits and endorsements.

The average renewal pricing change for commercial lines increased 6.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 7.0 percent in the third quarter of 2019. The renewal pricing increases continue to be driven by commercial auto rate increases. During the fourth quarter of 2019, commercial auto renewal rate increases averaged in the low-double digits. Personal lines filed rate and renewal pricing increases also remained in the mid-single digits.

Reserve Development

The property and casualty insurance business experienced $4.6 million and $5.3 million of favorable reserve development in its net reserves for prior accident years during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to $6.5 million and $54.2 million of favorable reserve development in the same periods of 2018. The decrease in favorable development in the fourth quarter of 2019 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 was primarily driven by commercial auto and assumed reinsurance lines of business, offset by the commercial property and


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workers' compensation lines of business. For the twelve-months ended December 31, 2019, the decrease in favorable reserve development compared to the same period in 2018 was primarily driven by commercial liability, commercial auto and assumed reinsurance lines of business, offset by workers' compensation line of business. Development amounts can vary significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on a number of factors, including the number of claims settled and the settlement terms. At December 31, 2019, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP Combined Ratio

The GAAP combined ratio increased 9.4 percentage points to 117.9 percent for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to 108.5 percent for the fourth quarter of 2018. The increase in the combined ratio is primarily driven by an increase in the loss ratio due to an increase in the severity of losses in commercial auto line of business. For the year ended December 31, 2019, the combined ratio increased 5.0 percentage points to 109.0 percent as compared to the same period of 2018. The increase is primarily driven by an increase in the loss ratio due to an increase in the severity of losses in commercial auto line of business and prior year reserve strengthening in our Gulf Coast region.

Pre-tax catastrophe losses totaled $19.4 million ($0.61 per share after tax) and $64.4 million ($1.99 per share after tax) for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2019, respectively, compared to $15.9 million ($0.50 per share after tax) and $46.7 million ($1.44 per share after tax), respectively, for the same periods in 2018.

"Catastrophe losses for the fourth quarter of 2019 added 7.1 percentage points to the combined ratio, which is above our 10-year historical catastrophe load of 4.8 percentage points for the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter of 2019 was impacted by convective storms in Texas and Mississippi," stated Ramlo. "For the full year of 2019, catastrophe losses added 5.9 percentage points to the combined ratio, which is below our 10-year historical catastrophe load of 6.4 percentage points."

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 32.2 percentage points, compared to 33.1 percentage points for the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year, the expense ratio was 32.6 percentage points, compared to 33.5 percentage points for 2018. The decrease in the expense ratio during both periods of 2019 as compared to 2018 is primarily due to lower employee benefit accruals and expenses caused by post-retirement benefit plan amendments made at the end of 2018.

Investment Income and Realized Investment Gains and Losses

The Company recognized net realized investment gains from continuing operations of $3.7 million and $53.8 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 compared to net realized investment losses of $27.6 million and $20.2 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. The change in net realized investment gains and losses for the fourth quarter and full year compared to the same periods in 2018 was primarily due to an increase of $31.9 million and $73.2 million, respectively, in the fair value of our equity securities investments.

Net investment income was $16.5 million and $60.4 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 compared to net investment income of $9.0 million and $52.9 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. The change in net investment income for the fourth quarter and full year was due to an increase in the fair value of our investments in limited liability partnerships resulting from the increase in the equity markets and an increase in invested assets in 2019 compared to 2018. The valuation of these investments in limited liability partnerships varies from period to period due to current equity market conditions, specifically related to financial institutions.

Life Insurance Business

On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. and on March 30, 2018, the sale transaction was completed. As a result, the life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this press release.




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Capital Management

During the fourth quarter, we declared and paid a $0.33 per share cash dividend to stockholders of record as of November 29, 2019. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968.

During the fourth quarter, we repurchased 80,000 shares of our common stock for $3.6 million, at an average cost of $44.65 per share. In the year ended December 31, 2019, we purchased 258,756 shares of our common stock for $11.7 million, at an average cost of $45.22 per share. As of December 31, 2019, we were authorized by our Board of Directors to purchase an additional 1,857,444 shares of common stock under our share repurchase program, which expires in August 2020.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on February 18, 2020 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's fourth quarter and full year 2019 results.

Teleconference: Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-844-492-3723. The event will be archived and available for digital replay through March 3, 2020. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10138156.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.ufginsurance.com/event or https://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs200217. The archived audio webcast will be available until March 3, 2020.

Transcript: A transcript of the teleconference will be available on the Company's website soon after the completion of the teleconference.

About UFG

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, UFG, through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,000 independent agencies. A.M. Best Company assigns a rating of "A" (Excellent) for members of the United Fire & Casualty Group.

For more information about United Fire Group, Inc. visit www.ufginsurance.com or contact:

Randy Patten, AVP and Controller, Corporate Finance, 319-286-2537 or [email protected]

Disclosure of Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements about our operations, anticipated performance and other similar matters. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expected and/or projected. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the Company, the industry in which we operate, and beliefs and assumptions made by management. Words such as "expect(s)," "anticipate(s)," "intends(s)," "plan(s)," "believe(s)" "continue(s)," "seek(s)," "estimate(s)," "goal(s)," "target(s)," "forecast(s)," "project(s)," "predict(s)," "should," "could," "may," "will," "might," "hope," "can" and other words and terms of similar meaning or expression in connection with a discussion of future operations, financial performance or financial condition, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore,


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actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements. Information concerning factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements is contained in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 28, 2019.The risks identified in our Form 10-K are representative of the risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from what is expressed in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release or as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures

The Company prepares its public financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Management also uses certain non-GAAP measures to evaluate its operations and profitability. As further explained below, management believes that disclosure of certain non-GAAP financial measures enhances investor understanding of our financial performance. Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this report include: adjusted operating income and net premiums written. The Company has provided the following definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures:

Adjusted operating income: Adjusted operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains and losses and the one-time gain from the sale of discontinued operations after applicable federal and state income taxes from net income. Management believes adjusted operating income is a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company performance and a useful supplement to GAAP information because it better represents the normal ongoing performance of our business. Investors and equity analysts who invest and report on the insurance industry and the Company generally focus on this metric in their analyses.

Net Income Reconciliation
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
 
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
2019
 
2018
Change %
 
2019
 
2018
Change %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(23,163
)
 
$
(29,336
)
21.0
 %
 
$
14,820

 
$
27,650

(46.4
)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 


 
27,307

(100.0
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
2,885

 
(21,790
)
NM

 
42,485

 
(16,776
)
NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)
$
(26,048
)
 
$
(7,546
)
(245.2
)%
 
$
(27,665
)
 
$
17,119

(261.6
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(0.93
)
 
$
(1.17
)
20.5
 %
 
$
0.58

 
$
1.08

(46.3
)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 

 
1.07

(100.0
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
0.11

 
(0.87
)
NM

 
1.66

 
(0.66
)
NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)
$
(1.04
)
 
$
(0.30
)
(246.7
)%
 
$
(1.08
)
 
$
0.67

(261.2
)%
NM=Not meaningful

Net premiums written: While not a substitute for any GAAP measure of performance, net premiums written is frequently used by industry analysts and other recognized reporting sources to facilitate comparisons of the performance of insurance companies. Net premiums written are the amount charged for insurance policy contracts issued and recognized on an annualized basis at the effective date of the policy. Management believes net premiums written are a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company sales performance and geographical expansion efforts. Net premiums written for an insurance company consists of direct premiums written and reinsurance assumed, less reinsurance ceded. Net premiums earned is calculated on a pro rata basis over the terms of the respective policies. Unearned premium reserves are established for the portion of premiums written applicable to the unexpired term of insurance policy in force. The difference between net premiums earned and net premiums written is the change in unearned premiums and change in prepaid reinsurance premiums.



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Net Premiums Earned Reconciliation
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Twelve Months Ended December 31,
(In Thousands)
2019
 
2018
Change %
 
2019
 
2018
Change %
Premiums:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
273,230

 
$
270,684

0.9
 %
 
$
1,086,972

 
$
1,050,454

3.5
 %
Less: change in unearned premiums
23,052

 
15,932

44.7
 %
 
(12,244
)
 
(27,527
)
55.5
 %
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums
1,600

 
1,207

32.6
 %
 
2,486

 
3,312

(24.9
)%
Net premiums written
$
248,578

 
$
253,545

(2.0
)%
 
$
1,096,730

 
$
1,074,669

2.1
 %


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Supplemental Tables

Consolidated Financial Highlights
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Years Ended December 31,
(In Thousands Except Shares and Per Share Data and Ratios)
2019
 
2018
Change %
 
2019
 
2018
Change %
Revenue Highlights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
$
273,230

 
$
270,684

0.9
 %
 
$
1,086,972

 
$
1,037,451

4.8
 %
Life discontinued operations

 

 %
 

 
13,003

(100.0
)%
Consolidated net premiums earned
273,230

 
270,684

0.9
 %
 
1,086,972

 
1,050,454

3.5
 %
Net investment income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
16,491

 
8,961

84.0
 %
 
60,414

 
52,894

14.2
 %
Life discontinued operations

 

 %
 

 
12,663

(100.0
)%
Consolidated net investment income
16,491

 
8,961

84.0
 %
 
60,414

 
65,557

(7.8
)%
Total revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
293,374

 
252,062

16.4
 %
 
1,201,165

 
1,070,166

12.2
 %
Life discontinued operations

 

 %
 

 
24,755

(100.0
)%
Total revenues
293,374

 
252,062

16.4
 %
 
1,201,165

 
1,094,921

9.7
 %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(23,163
)
 
$
(29,336
)
21.0
 %
 
$
14,820

 
$
27,650

(46.4
)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 


 
27,307

(100.0
)%
After-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
2,885

 
(21,790
)
113.2
 %
 
42,485

 
(16,776
)
NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)
$
(26,048
)
 
$
(7,546
)
(245.2
)%
 
$
(27,665
)
 
$
17,119

(261.6
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(0.93
)
 
$
(1.17
)
20.5
 %
 
$
0.58

 
$
1.08

(46.3
)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 

 
1.07

(100.0
)%
After-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
0.11

 
(0.87
)
112.6
 %
 
1.66

 
(0.66
)
NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)
$
(1.04
)
 
$
(0.30
)
(246.7
)%
 
$
(1.08
)
 
$
0.67

(261.2
)%
Catastrophe Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax catastrophe losses
$
19,441

 
$
15,948

21.9
 %
 
$
64,368

 
$
46,693

37.9
 %
Effect on after-tax earnings per share
0.61

 
0.50

22.0
 %
 
1.99

 
1.44

38.2
 %
Effect on combined ratio
7.1
%
 
5.9
%
20.3
 %
 
5.9
%
 
4.5
%
31.1
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorable reserve development experienced on prior accident years
4,564

 
6,494

(29.7
)%
 
5,335

 
54,167

(90.2
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP combined ratio
117.9
%
 
108.5
%
8.7
 %
 
109.0
%
 
104.0
%
4.8
 %
Return on equity
 
 
 
 
 
1.6
%
 
3.0
%
(46.7
)%
Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.33

 
$
0.31

6.5
 %
 
$
1.30

 
$
4.21

(69.1
)%
Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding
25,035,138

 
25,077,593

(0.2
)%
 
25,582,527

 
25,622,812

(0.2
)%
NM=Not meaningful
(1) Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.





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Income Statement
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Years Ended December 31,
(In Thousands)
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
273,230

 
$
270,684

 
$
1,086,972

 
$
1,037,451

Investment income, net of investment expenses
16,491

 
8,961

 
60,414

 
52,894

Net realized investment gains (losses)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change in the fair value of equity securities
4,406

 
(27,492
)
 
51,231

 
(21,994
)
All other net realized gains (losses)
(753
)
 
(91
)
 
2,548

 
1,815

Net realized investment gains (losses)
3,653

 
(27,583
)
 
53,779

 
(20,179
)
Total Revenues
$
293,374

 
$
252,062

 
$
1,201,165

 
$
1,070,166

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$
234,171

 
$
204,070

 
$
830,172

 
$
731,611

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs
54,857

 
54,025

 
216,699

 
206,232

Other underwriting expenses
33,045

 
35,479

 
137,415

 
141,473

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$
322,073

 
$
293,574

 
$
1,184,286

 
$
1,079,316

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations
(28,699
)
 
(41,512
)
 
16,879

 
(9,150
)
Federal income tax benefit
(5,536
)
 
(12,176
)
 
2,059

 
(11,405
)
Net income (loss) from continuing operations
$
(23,163
)
 
$
(29,336
)
 
$
14,820

 
$
2,255

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations

 

 

 
(1,912
)
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

 
27,307

Net income (loss)
$
(23,163
)
 
$
(29,336
)
 
$
14,820

 
$
27,650

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP combined ratio:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes
78.6
%
 
69.5
%
 
70.5
%
 
66.0
%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio
7.1

 
5.9

 
5.9

 
4.5

Net loss ratio
85.7
%
 
75.4
%
 
76.4
%
 
70.5
%
Expense ratio
32.2

 
33.1

 
32.6

 
33.5

Combined ratio
117.9
%
 
108.5
%
 
109.0
%
 
104.0
%







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Balance Sheet
 
December 31, 2019
 
December 31, 2018
(In Thousands)
 
Invested assets
$
2,155,099

 
$
2,074,123

Cash
120,722

 
64,454

Total assets
3,013,472

 
2,816,698

Loss and loss settlement expenses
1,421,754

 
1,312,483

Total liabilities
2,103,000

 
1,928,323

Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax
47,279

 
(9,323
)
Total stockholders’ equity
910,472

 
888,375


Discontinued Operations(1)
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Years Ended December 31,
(In Thousands)
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
13,003

Investment income, net of investment expenses

 

 

 
12,663

Net realized investment gains (losses)

 

 

 
(1,057
)
Other income

 

 

 
146

Total Revenues
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
24,755

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
10,823

Increase in liability for future policy benefits

 

 

 
5,023

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 

 

 
1,895

Other underwriting expenses

 

 

 
3,864

Interest on policyholders’ accounts

 

 

 
4,499

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
26,104

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) before income taxes
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(1,349
)
Federal income tax expense

 

 

 
563

Net income (loss)
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(1,912
)
(1) On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. The sale closed on March 30, 2018. The life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this table.



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Net Premiums Written by Line of Business
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
(In Thousands)
 
 
 
Net Premiums Written(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability(2)
$
73,459

 
$
73,403

 
$
321,032

 
$
315,977

Fire and allied lines(3)
59,865

 
56,802

 
249,226

 
237,410

Automobile
71,177

 
73,895

 
317,978

 
301,055

Workers’ compensation
15,724

 
20,247

 
83,617

 
92,711

Fidelity and surety
5,995

 
6,460

 
26,142

 
26,684

Miscellaneous
363

 
410

 
1,644

 
1,728

Total commercial lines
$
226,583

 
$
231,217

 
$
999,639

 
$
975,565

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines(4)
$
9,292

 
$
10,111

 
$
40,307

 
$
41,242

Automobile
7,152

 
7,616

 
31,265

 
30,488

Miscellaneous
276

 
291

 
1,237

 
1,222

Total personal lines
$
16,720

 
$
18,018

 
$
72,809

 
$
72,952

Reinsurance assumed
5,275

 
4,310

 
24,282

 
13,147

Total net premiums written from continuing operations
$
248,578

 
$
253,545

 
$
1,096,730

 
$
1,061,664

Total net premiums written from discontinued operations

 

 

 
13,005

Total
$
248,578

 
$
253,545

 
$
1,096,730

 
$
1,074,669

(1) Net premiums written is a non-GAAP financial measure of net premiums earned. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of net premiums written to net premiums earned.
(2) Commercial lines “Other liability” is business insurance covering bodily injury and property damage arising from general business operations, accidents on the insured’s premises and products manufactured or sold.
(3) Commercial lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, commercial multiple peril and inland marine.
(4) Personal lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, homeowners and inland marine.





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Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Three Months Ended December 31,
2019
 
2018
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
(In Thousands)
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
 
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
Unaudited
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
 
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
Commercial lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability
$
80,112

 
$
59,182

 
73.9
 %
 
$
81,086

 
$
66,305

 
81.8
 %
Fire and allied lines
62,593

 
42,768

 
68.3

 
60,161

 
39,253

 
65.2

Automobile
80,475

 
107,176

 
133.2

 
75,098

 
82,319

 
109.6

Workers' compensation
20,839

 
7,385

 
35.4

 
24,102

 
10,763

 
44.7

Fidelity and surety
6,263

 
(296
)
 
(4.7
)
 
7,293

 
(450
)
 
(6.2
)
Miscellaneous
419

 
42

 
10.0

 
439

 
101

 
23.0

Total commercial lines
$
250,701

 
$
216,257

 
86.3
 %
 
$
248,179

 
$
198,291

 
79.9
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
$
10,303

 
$
6,646

 
64.5
 %
 
$
10,331

 
$
4,776

 
46.2
 %
Automobile
7,832

 
7,498

 
95.7

 
7,561

 
6,315

 
83.5

Miscellaneous
312

 
(222
)
 
(71.2
)
 
307

 
34

 
11.1

Total personal lines
$
18,447

 
$
13,922

 
75.5
 %
 
$
18,199

 
$
11,125

 
61.1
 %
Reinsurance assumed
4,082

 
3,992

 
97.8
 %
 
$
4,306

 
$
(5,346
)
 
(124.2
)%
Total
$
273,230

 
$
234,171

 
85.7
 %
 
$
270,684

 
$
204,070

 
75.4
 %

Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Years Ended December 31,
2019
 
2018
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
(In Thousands)
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
 
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
Unaudited
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
 
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
Commercial lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability
$
318,412

 
$
205,695

 
64.6
%
 
$
311,931

 
$
183,692

 
58.9
 %
Fire and allied lines
244,010

 
185,033

 
75.8

 
234,612

 
165,097

 
70.4

Automobile
314,755

 
332,740

 
105.7

 
284,274

 
271,248

 
95.4

Workers' compensation
87,376

 
25,784

 
29.5

 
95,203

 
57,601

 
60.5

Fidelity and surety
25,539

 
240

 
0.9

 
24,437

 
1,878

 
7.7

Miscellaneous
1,710

 
105

 
6.1

 
1,728

 
449

 
26.0

Total commercial lines
$
991,802

 
$
749,597

 
75.6
%
 
$
952,185

 
$
679,965

 
71.4
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
41,195

 
40,783

 
99.0
%
 
$
41,581

 
$
32,959

 
79.3
 %
Automobile
30,882

 
26,920

 
87.2

 
29,247

 
25,016

 
85.5

Miscellaneous
1,232

 
132

 
10.7

 
1,210

 
(213
)
 
(17.6
)
Total personal lines
$
73,309

 
$
67,835

 
92.5
%
 
$
72,038

 
$
57,762

 
80.2
 %
Reinsurance assumed
$
21,861

 
$
12,740

 
58.3
%
 
$
13,228

 
$
(6,116
)
 
(46.2
)%
Total
$
1,086,972

 
$
830,172

 
76.4
%
 
$
1,037,451

 
$
731,611

 
70.5
 %




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