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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
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 2, 2016
 United Fire Group, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Iowa
 
001-34257
 
45-2302834
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 
118 Second Avenue, S.E.,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
 
 
52401
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (319) 399-5700
 
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(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:
 
o
 
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
o
 
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o
 
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o
 
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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
 
On November 2, 2016, United Fire Group, Inc. ("UFG") issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference. The information in this Current Report and the exhibit 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
Press Release, dated November 2, 2016, of UFG announcing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.





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:
November 2, 2016
 
/s/ Randy A. Ramlo
 
 
 
Randy A. Ramlo, Chief Executive Officer






EXHIBIT INDEX
Exhibit Number
Description of Exhibit
 
 
99.1
Press Release, dated November 2, 2016 of UFG announcing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.



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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 Third Quarter 2016 Results

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS),
November 2, 2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights:
Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
 
Net income per diluted share(1)
$
0.48

 
Net income per diluted share(1)
$
1.47

Operating income(2) per diluted share(1)
$
0.41

 
Operating income(2) per diluted share(1)
$
1.32

Net realized investment gains per share(1)
$
0.07

 
Net realized investment gains per share(1)
$
0.15

GAAP combined ratio
100.9
%
 
GAAP combined ratio
99.5
%
 
 
 
Book value per share
$
37.83

 
 
 
Return on equity(3)
5.5
%

United Fire Group, Inc. (the “Company” or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net income, including net realized investment gains and losses, of $12.4 million ($0.48 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016 (the "third quarter"), compared to consolidated net income of $19.5 million ($0.77 per diluted share) for the same period in 2015. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 ("year-to-date"), consolidated net income, including net realized investment gains and losses was $37.9 million ($1.47 per diluted share), compared to $58.2 million ($2.31 per diluted share) for the same period in 2015.

The Company reported consolidated operating income(2) of $0.41 per diluted share for the third quarter, compared to consolidated operating income of $0.75 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. Year-to-date, consolidated operating income was $1.32 per diluted share, compared to consolidated operating income of $2.25 per diluted share for the same period in 2015.

"The third quarter results were within our expectations and an indication to us that we remain on track to meet our strategic initiatives developed in our 2020 vision plan," stated Randy Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This quarter was highlighted by continued organic premium growth, increased investment income and our catastrophe losses impact to the combined ratio was below our 10-year historical average for third quarters. However, the third quarter was impacted by an increase in commercial fire losses and commercial auto losses, which we are already addressing by implementing changes to improve the performance of these two lines of business."

Consolidated net premiums earned increased 8.6 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively, in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 as compared to the same periods of 2015. Total revenues increased 9.4 percent and 10.0 percent, respectively, in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 as compared to the same periods of 2015. Offsetting this strong revenue growth was an increase in large commercial fire losses during the third quarter.
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(1) Per share amounts are after tax.
(2) Operating income (loss) is a commonly used non-GAAP financial measure of net income (loss) excluding realized investment
gains and losses 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 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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The Company recognized consolidated net realized investment gains of $2.6 million during the third quarter, compared to consolidated net realized investment gains of $1.0 million for the same period in 2015.

Consolidated net investment income was $26.7 million for the third quarter, an increase of 11.0 percent, as compared to net investment income of $24.1 million for the same period in 2015. Year-to-date, consolidated net investment income was $73.4 million, a slight decrease compared to net investment income of $74.2 million for the same period in 2015. The increase in net investment income for the quarter was primarily driven by the change in value of our investments in limited liability partnerships and not due to a change in our investment philosophy. 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. The decrease in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 is primarily due to a decrease in reinvestment interest rates on our life segment portfolio.

Consolidated net unrealized investment gains, net of tax, totaled $179.8 million as of September 30, 2016, an increase of $51.4 million or 40.1 percent from December 31, 2015. The increase in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of a decrease in interest rates, which positively impacted the valuation of our fixed maturity security portfolio during 2016 and, to a lesser extent, an increase in the fair value of our equity security portfolio.

Total consolidated assets as of September 30, 2016 were $4.1 billion, which included $3.3 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value per share was $37.83, which is an increase of $2.89 per share or 8.3 percent from December 31, 2015 and is primarily attributed to net income of $37.9 million and an increase in net unrealized investment gains of $51.4 million, net of tax, during the first nine months of 2016, partially offset by shareholder dividends of $18.2 million.

The annualized return on equity was 5.5 percent for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016.

P&C Segment

Net income for the property and casualty insurance segment totaled $11.6 million ($0.45 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to net income of $18.0 million ($0.71 per diluted share) in the same period in 2015. Year-to-date, net income for the property and casualty insurance segment totaled $37.1 million ($1.44 per diluted share), compared to net income of $54.4 million ($2.16 per diluted share) in the same period of 2015.

Net premiums earned increased 9.4 percent to $239.5 million in the third quarter, compared to $219.0 million in the same period of 2015. Year-to-date, net premiums earned increased 10.1 percent to $692.0 million, compared to $628.4 million in the same period of 2015. The increases in both the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016, were due to organic growth from new business writings and geographical expansion.

Rate increases in low-single digits

"Competitive market conditions continued during the quarter for both renewals and new business. Renewal pricing increases for both commercial and personal lines averaged low-single digits," stated Ramlo. "This is the 20th consecutive quarter of renewal premium pricing increases for UFG, however the rate increases are not matching the increase in loss cost. For new business, the rate increases for the commercial lines were primarily in commercial auto and commercial property. There were no rate increases on new business for personal lines."

Catastrophe losses below 10-year historical average for third quarter

Catastrophe losses totaled $12.5 million ($0.32 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to $7.0 million ($0.18 per diluted share) for the same period in 2015. Year-to-date, catastrophe losses totaled $52.4 million ($1.32 per diluted share), compared to $27.3 million ($0.71 per diluted share) for the same period in 2015.

"Catastrophe losses in the third quarter remain within our expectations. Our 10-year historical average catastrophe load for the third quarter adds an average of 7.8 percentage points to the GAAP combined ratio," stated Ramlo. "In the third quarter of 2016, catastrophe losses added 5.2 percentage points to the GAAP combined ratio compared to 3.2 percentage points in the third quarter of 2015."





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Reserve development

The property and casualty insurance segment experienced $0.7 million of favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years during the third quarter in 2016 and 2015. Year-to-date, favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years was $27.1 million, compared to $24.1 million in the same period in 2015. 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 September 30, 2016, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP combined ratio

The GAAP combined ratio increased by 6.8 percentage points to 100.9 percent for the third quarter, compared to 94.1 percent for the same period in 2015. We attribute the majority of the 6.8 percentage point increase in the combined ratio to an increase in large losses, which we define as losses greater than $500 thousand, and higher catastrophe losses. The increase in large losses were primarily in our commercial property line of business, mostly due to commercial fire losses, which contributed 4.4 percentage points of the increase in the GAAP combined ratio. The increase in catastrophe losses in third quarter 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015, accounted for 2.0 percentage points of the increase in the GAAP combined ratio.

Expense Levels

The expense ratio for the third quarter was 30.2 percentage points, compared to 31.2 percentage points for the third quarter of 2015.

"Our expense ratio continues to decline and is approaching our expectations." stated Ramlo. "We continue to look for efficiencies to manage our expenses as we strive to reach an annual expense ratio of 30.0 percentage points."

Life Segment

The life insurance segment had net income of $0.7 million ($0.03 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to $1.5 million ($0.06 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2015. Year-to-date, net income for the life insurance segment totaled $0.8 million ($0.03 per diluted share) compared to $3.8 million ($0.15 per diluted share).

"We continue to execute our strategy to write more traditional life products," stated Ramlo. "Sales of traditional life products remain strong as we continue to expand geographically. We are in the process of repricing our traditional life products to continue to maintain profitability. These pricing changes are anticipated to go into effect in 2017. We are also working on creating efficiencies in our life segment such as our recent automation of our deferred annuity application process by implementing e-application and e-signature in the third quarter."

Net premiums earned increased 0.8 percent to $20.6 million for the third quarter, compared to $20.4 million for the third quarter of 2015. Year-to-date, net premiums earned increased to $62.9 million, compared to $53.4 million for the same period in 2015. The increase was primarily due to an increase in sales of single premium whole life policies.

Net investment income decreased 5.0 percent to $12.7 million for the third quarter, compared to $13.3 million for the third quarter of 2015. Year-to-date, net investment income decreased 5.5 percent to $38.4 million, compared to $40.6 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease is primarily due to declining reinvestment interest rates.

Losses and loss settlement expenses increased $0.4 million and $2.3 million for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2015. The increase in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016 was due to an increase in death benefits paid. Fluctuations in the timing of death benefits occur from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year.

The increase in liability for future policy benefits increased by $1.3 million and $10.1 million during the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2015, due to an increase in sales of single premium whole life policies.





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Deferred annuity deposits decreased 16.1 percent and 24.2 percent, respectively, for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2016, compared to the same period of 2015. We continue to execute our strategy to maintain profitability rather than market share, as spreads increased 20 basis points in 2016 as compared to the same period of 2015.

Net cash outflow related to our annuity business was $23.8 million for the third quarter compared to a net cash outflow of $27.3 million in the same period in 2015. We attribute this to our strategy to maintain profitability on annuity products as previously described.

Capital Management

During the third quarter, we declared and paid a $0.25 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record on September 1, 2016. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968.

Under our share repurchase program, we may purchase the Company's common stock from time to time on the open market or through privately negotiated transactions. The amount and timing of any purchases will be at management's discretion and will depend upon a number of factors, including the share price, general economic and market conditions, and corporate and regulatory requirements. As of the date of this release, we are authorized by the Board of Directors to purchase an additional 2,961,394 shares of common stock under our share repurchase program, which expires in August 2018. During the third quarter, 67,492 shares were repurchased under the program at a total cost of $2.9 million and an average share price of $42.48.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on November 2, 2016 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's third quarter 2016 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 November 16, 2016. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10094325.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.unitedfiregroup.com/event or http://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs161102. The archived audio webcast will be available until November 16, 2016.

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

About United Fire Group, Inc.

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

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 1,200 independent agencies. A.M. Best Company assigns a rating of “A” (Excellent) for the members of United Fire & Casualty Group.

Our subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 37 states, represented by approximately 1,350 independent life agencies and rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

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

Randy Patten, AVP of Finance and Investor Relations, 319-286-2537 or IR@unitedfiregroup.com





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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 our 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)," "remain optimistic," "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, 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, 2015, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 26, 2016. 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 Unites 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: operating income and net written premiums. The Company has also disclosed certain data according to statutory accounting rules as defined by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' ("NAIC") Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual. The Company has provided the following definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures:

Operating income: Operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains and losses after applicable federal and state income taxes from net income. Management believes operating income is a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company performance. Investors and equity analysts who invest and report on the insurance industry and the Company generally focus on this metric in their analyses because it represents the results of the Company's normal, ongoing performance. The Company recognizes that operating income is not a substitute for measuring GAAP net income, but believes it is a useful supplement to GAAP information.

Net Income Reconciliation
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data and Ratios)
2016
 
2015
Change %
 
2016
 
2015
Change %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
12,368

 
$
19,534

(36.7
)%
 
$
37,909

 
$
58,231

(34.9
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains
1,684

 
628

168.2
 %
 
4,057

 
1,704

138.1
 %
Operating income
$
10,684

 
$
18,906

(43.5
)%
 
$
33,852

 
$
56,527

(40.1
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
0.48

 
$
0.77

(37.7
)%
 
$
1.47

 
$
2.31

(36.4
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains
0.07

 
0.02

250.0
 %
 
0.15

 
0.06

150.0
 %
Operating income
$
0.41

 
$
0.75

(45.3
)%
 
$
1.32

 
$
2.25

(41.3
)%

Net Written premium: State laws require us to calculate and report certain data according to statutory accounting rules as defined by the NAIC Accounting Practices and Procedures Manual. While not a substitute for any GAAP measure of performance, statutory data is publicly available and is frequently used by industry analysts and other recognized reporting sources to facilitate comparisons of the performance of insurance companies. Under statutory accounting rules, written premiums 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 written premiums are a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company sales performance and geographical expansion efforts. Net written premium for an insurance company consists of direct premiums written and reinsurance assumed, less reinsurance ceded. Net earned premium is calculated on a pro rata basis over the terms of the respective policies. Unearned premium reserves are established for the portion of premium written applicable to the unexpired term of insurance policy in force. The difference between net earned premium and net written premium is the change in unearned premiums and change in prepaid reinsurance premiums.




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Net Earned Premium Reconciliation
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data and Ratios)
2016
 
2015
Change %
 
2016
 
2015
Change %
Premiums:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earned premiums
$
260,069

 
$
239,421

8.6
 %
 
$
754,854

 
$
681,817

10.7
 %
Less: change in unearned premiums
7,163

 
2,951

142.7
 %
 
(53,688
)
 
(50,097
)
(7.2
)%
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums
(151
)
 
(75
)
(101.3
)%
 
211

 
266

(20.7
)%
Net written premium
$
253,057

 
$
236,545

7.0
 %
 
$
808,331

 
$
731,648

10.5
 %






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Supplemental Tables

Financial Highlights
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data and Ratios)
2016
 
2015
Change %
 
2016
 
2015
Change %
Revenue Highlights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
260,069

 
$
239,421

8.6
 %
 
$
754,854

 
$
681,817

10.7
 %
Net investment income
26,690

 
24,050

11.0
 %
 
73,421

 
74,205

(1.1
)%
Total revenues
289,494

 
264,560

9.4
 %
 
834,952

 
758,962

10.0
 %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
12,368

 
19,534

(36.7
)%
 
37,909

 
58,231

(34.9
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains
1,684

 
628

168.2
 %
 
4,057

 
1,704

138.1
 %
Operating income(1)
$
10,684

 
$
18,906

(43.5
)%
 
$
33,852

 
$
56,527

(40.1
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
0.48

 
$
0.77

(37.7
)%
 
$
1.47

 
$
2.31

(36.4
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains
0.07

 
0.02

250.0
 %
 
0.15

 
0.06

150.0
 %
Operating income(1)
$
0.41

 
$
0.75

(45.3
)%
 
$
1.32

 
$
2.25

(41.3
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catastrophe Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax catastrophe losses
$
12,531

 
$
6,955

80.2
 %
 
$
52,397

 
$
27,336

91.7
 %
Effect on after-tax earnings per share
0.32

 
0.18

77.8
 %
 
1.32

 
0.71

85.9
 %
Effect on combined ratio
5.2
%
 
3.2
%
62.5
 %
 
7.6
%
 
4.4
%
72.7
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorable reserve development experienced on prior accident years
$
710

 
$
686

3.5
 %
 
$
27,072

 
$
24,129

12.2
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Combined ratio
100.9
%
 
94.1
%
7.2
 %
 
99.5
%
 
93.9
%
6.0
 %
Return on equity
 
 
 
 
 
5.5
%
 
9.3
%
(40.9
)%
Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.25

 
$
0.22

13.6
 %
 
$
0.72

 
$
0.64

12.5
 %
Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding
25,815,346

 
25,379,348

1.7
 %
 
25,711,014

 
25,171,881

2.1
 %
(1) Operating income is an non-GAAP Financial measure of net income. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of operating income to net income.






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Consolidated Income Statement
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands)
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums written(1)
$
253,057

 
$
236,545

 
$
808,331

 
$
731,648

Net premiums earned
$
260,069

 
$
239,421

 
$
754,854

 
$
681,817

Investment income, net of investment expenses
26,690

 
24,050

 
73,421

 
74,205

Net realized investment gains
2,590

 
966

 
6,241

 
2,622

Other income
145

 
123

 
436

 
318

Total Revenues
$
289,494

 
$
264,560

 
$
834,952

 
$
758,962

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$
176,555

 
$
144,526

 
$
499,095

 
$
421,297

Increase in liability for future policy benefits
14,091

 
12,784

 
42,645

 
32,503

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs
54,116

 
48,697

 
156,932

 
135,526

Other underwriting expenses
24,574

 
26,161

 
76,099

 
73,241

Interest on policyholders’ accounts
4,983

 
5,568

 
15,368

 
18,207

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$
274,319

 
$
237,736

 
$
790,139

 
$
680,774

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before income taxes
15,175

 
26,824

 
44,813

 
78,188

Federal income tax expense
2,807

 
7,290

 
6,904

 
19,957

Net income
$
12,368

 
$
19,534

 
$
37,909

 
$
58,231

(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 earned premiums.

Consolidated Balance Sheet
 
September 30, 2016
 
December 31, 2015
(In Thousands)
 
Total invested assets:
 
 
 
Property and casualty segment
$
1,735,153

 
$
1,647,666

Life insurance segment
1,517,996

 
1,495,094

Total cash and investments
3,394,093

 
3,249,209

Total assets
4,107,037

 
3,890,376

Future policy benefits and losses, claims and loss settlement expenses
$
2,445,806

 
$
2,376,253

Total liabilities
3,147,857

 
3,011,479

Net unrealized investment gains, after-tax
$
179,784

 
$
128,369

Total stockholders’ equity
959,180

 
878,897






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Property & Casualty Insurance Financial Results
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
239,469

 
$
218,993

 
$
691,976

 
$
628,396

Investment income, net of investment expenses
14,027

 
10,716

 
35,017

 
33,582

Net realized investment gains
2,129

 
732

 
4,832

 
316

Total Revenues
$
255,625

 
$
230,441

 
$
731,825

 
$
662,294

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$
169,303

 
$
137,696

 
$
475,568

 
$
400,087

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs
52,240

 
46,847

 
151,216

 
130,305

Other underwriting expenses
20,047

 
21,505

 
61,469

 
59,625

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$
241,590

 
$
206,048

 
$
688,253

 
$
590,017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before income taxes
$
14,035

 
$
24,393

 
$
43,572

 
$
72,277

Federal income tax expense
2,407

 
6,373

 
6,489

 
17,857

Net income
$
11,628

 
$
18,020

 
$
37,083

 
$
54,420

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP combined ratio:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes
65.5
%
 
59.7
%
 
61.1
%
 
59.3
%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio
5.2

 
3.2

 
7.6

 
4.4

Net loss ratio
70.7
%
 
62.9
%
 
68.7
%
 
63.7
%
Expense ratio
30.2

 
31.2

 
30.8

 
30.2

Combined ratio
100.9
%
 
94.1
%
 
99.5
%
 
93.9
%

Life Insurance Financial Results
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands)
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
20,600

 
$
20,428

 
$
62,878

 
$
53,421

Investment income, net of investment expenses
12,663

 
13,334

 
38,404

 
40,623

Net realized investment gains
461

 
234

 
1,409

 
2,306

Other income
145

 
123

 
436

 
318

Total Revenues
$
33,869

 
$
34,119

 
$
103,127

 
$
96,668

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$
7,252

 
$
6,830

 
$
23,527

 
$
21,210

Increase in liability for future policy benefits
14,091

 
12,784

 
42,645

 
32,503

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs
1,876

 
1,850

 
5,716

 
5,221

Other underwriting expenses
4,527

 
4,656

 
14,630

 
13,616

Interest on policyholders’ accounts
4,983

 
5,568

 
15,368

 
18,207

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$
32,729

 
$
31,688

 
$
101,886

 
$
90,757

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before income taxes
$
1,140

 
$
2,431

 
$
1,241

 
$
5,911

Federal income tax expense
400

 
917

 
415

 
2,100

Net income
$
740

 
$
1,514

 
$
826

 
$
3,811





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Net Premiums Written by Line of Business
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
(In Thousands)
 
 
 
Net Premiums Written(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property & casualty insurance segment:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability(2)
$
70,961

 
$
65,750

 
$
230,634

 
$
210,032

Fire and allied lines(3)
55,071

 
52,227

 
174,870

 
161,541

Automobile
54,728

 
47,494

 
173,340

 
148,356

Workers’ compensation
23,061

 
22,990

 
83,505

 
76,146

Fidelity and surety
6,416

 
5,687

 
19,674

 
17,594

Miscellaneous
401

 
(168
)
 
1,367

 
1,283

Total commercial lines
$
210,638

 
$
193,980

 
$
683,390

 
$
614,952

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines(4)
$
12,006

 
$
12,038

 
$
33,245

 
$
33,359

Automobile
7,047

 
6,602

 
20,068

 
18,882

Miscellaneous
298

 
275

 
874

 
813

Total personal lines
$
19,351

 
$
18,915

 
$
54,187

 
$
53,054

Reinsurance assumed
2,472

 
3,229

 
7,887

 
10,236

Total property & casualty insurance segment
232,461

 
216,124

 
745,464

 
678,242

Total life insurance segment
20,596

 
20,421

 
62,867

 
53,406

Total
$
253,057

 
$
236,545

 
$
808,331

 
$
731,648

(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 earned premiums.
(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 September 30,
2016
 
2015
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
 
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
Unaudited
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
 
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
Commercial lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability
$
74,784

 
$
32,714

 
43.7
 %
 
$
67,752

 
$
32,483

 
47.9
 %
Fire and allied lines
56,451

 
47,086

 
83.4

 
51,913

 
29,534

 
56.9

Automobile
55,111

 
53,330

 
96.8

 
47,840

 
45,326

 
94.7

Workers' compensation
26,766

 
21,772

 
81.3

 
24,721

 
14,654

 
59.3

Fidelity and surety
5,711

 
908

 
15.9

 
5,709

 
(85
)
 
(1.5
)
Miscellaneous
453

 
39

 
8.6

 
386

 
57

 
14.8

Total commercial lines
$
219,276

 
$
155,849

 
71.1
 %
 
$
198,321

 
$
121,969

 
61.5
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
$
10,986

 
$
6,606

 
60.1
 %
 
$
11,084

 
$
9,295

 
83.9
 %
Automobile
6,386

 
6,328

 
99.1

 
6,119

 
4,952

 
80.9

Miscellaneous
277

 
(276
)
 
(99.6
)
 
260

 
116

 
44.6

Total personal lines
$
17,649

 
$
12,658

 
71.7
 %
 
$
17,463

 
$
14,363

 
82.2
 %
Reinsurance assumed
$
2,544

 
$
796

 
31.3
 %
 
$
3,209

 
$
1,364

 
42.5
 %
Total
$
239,469

 
$
169,303

 
70.7
 %
 
$
218,993

 
$
137,696

 
62.9
 %

Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2016
 
2015
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
Net Losses
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
 
 
and Loss
 
 
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
 
Net
 
Settlement
 
Net
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
 
Premiums
 
Expenses
 
Loss
Unaudited
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
 
Earned
 
Incurred
 
Ratio
Commercial lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability
$
215,572

 
$
101,378

 
47.0
%
 
$
191,725

 
$
101,162

 
52.8
%
Fire and allied lines
164,503

 
133,823

 
81.3

 
149,732

 
98,602

 
65.9

Automobile
157,106

 
140,397

 
89.4

 
136,966

 
116,588

 
85.1

Workers' compensation
77,009

 
53,106

 
69.0

 
71,224

 
36,464

 
51.2

Fidelity and surety
16,221

 
432

 
2.7

 
15,030

 
2,540

 
16.9

Miscellaneous
1,292

 
357

 
27.6

 
1,735

 
181

 
10.4

Total commercial lines
$
631,703

 
$
429,493

 
68.0
%
 
$
566,412

 
$
355,537

 
62.8
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
$
32,794

 
$
25,442

 
77.6
%
 
$
32,990

 
$
24,364

 
73.9
%
Automobile
18,686

 
16,872

 
90.3

 
17,917

 
12,807

 
71.5

Miscellaneous
808

 
319

 
39.5

 
759

 
228

 
30.0

Total personal lines
$
52,288

 
$
42,633

 
81.5
%
 
$
51,666

 
$
37,399

 
72.4
%
Reinsurance assumed
$
7,985

 
$
3,442

 
43.1
%
 
$
10,318

 
$
7,151

 
69.3
%
Total
$
691,976

 
$
475,568

 
68.7
%
 
$
628,396

 
$
400,087

 
63.7
%





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