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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 20, 2019
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 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
                             
_______________________________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))
 
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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 20, 2019, United Fire Group, Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. 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





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 20, 2019
 
/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 2018 Results

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS),
February 20, 2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights(1):
Quarter Ended December 31, 2018
 
 
Year Ended December 31, 2018
 
Net income (loss) per diluted share(2)
$
(1.17
)
 
Net income per diluted share(2)
$
1.08

Adjusted operating income (loss)(3) per diluted share(2)
$
(0.30
)
 
Adjusted operating income(3) per diluted share(2)
$
0.67

Gain on sale of discontinued operations per diluted share(2)
$

 
Gain on sale of discontinued operations per diluted share(2)
$
1.07

Net realized investment gains (losses) per share(2)
$
(0.87
)
 
Net realized investment gains (losses) per share(2)
$
(0.66
)
GAAP combined ratio
108.5
%
 
GAAP combined ratio
104.0
%
 
 
 
Book value per share
$
35.40

 
 
 
Return on equity(4)
3.0
%

United Fire Group, Inc. (the “Company” or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net loss, including net realized investment gains and losses, of $29.3 million ($1.17 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended December 31, 2018 (the "fourth quarter"), compared to consolidated net income of $46.0 million ($1.81 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017. For the year ended December 31, 2018 (the "full year"), consolidated net income, including investment gains and losses, was $27.7 million ($1.08 per diluted share) compared to $51.0 million ($1.99 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

The Company reported a consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.30 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2018 compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $1.78 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.67 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $1.79 per diluted share for 2017.

"The fourth quarter of 2018 was a challenging quarter," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "During 2018, we made steady progress improving the profitability of our commercial auto line of business. However, during the fourth quarter we experienced an increase in severity of losses in both our commercial auto and general liability lines of business from auto related claims, due to several factors including a trend toward higher jury awards. In response to this setback to profitability we are taking several initiatives in pricing adequacy, underwriting and claims."
__________________
(1) Consolidated financial results include results from both continuing operations and life insurance business discontinued operations, unless otherwise noted.
(2) Per share amounts are after tax.
(3) 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, the one-time gain on the sale of discontinued operations 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.
(4) Return on equity is calculated by dividing annualized net income by average year-to-date equity.



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Consolidated net unrealized investment losses, net of tax, totaled $9.3 million as of December 31, 2018, a decrease of $224.2 million, compared to December 31, 2017. The decrease in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of the cumulative change in accounting principles on recognizing the change in the value of equity securities in the income statement. The change in accounting principles required unrealized gains on equity securities of $191.2 million, after-tax, as of January 1, 2018, to be reclassified to retained earnings from accumulated other comprehensive income, both within shareholders equity. The remaining decrease is due to a decrease in the value of the fixed maturity portfolio due to rising interest rates in 2018.

Total consolidated assets as of December 31, 2018 were $2.8 billion, which included $2.1 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value was $35.40 per share, which is a decrease of $3.66 per share or 9.4 percent from December 31, 2017. The decrease is primarily attributed to shareholder dividends of $105.4 million, a decrease in net unrealized investment gains of $32.9 million, net of tax, and share repurchases of $5.4 million, all partially offset by net income of $27.7 million and the change in benefits and the valuation of our post retirement benefit obligations of $25.4 million.

Property and Casualty Insurance

Net loss for the property and casualty insurance business including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $29.3 million ($1.17 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter, compared to net income of $45.3 million ($1.78 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2017. For the full year, net income totaled $2.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share), compared to net income of $44.9 million ($1.75 per diluted share) for the full year 2017.

The decrease in net income in the fourth quarter 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 is due to the decrease in the fair value of equity securities, an increase in loss and loss settlement expenses incurred, primarily due to an increase in the severity of losses in commercial auto and general liability lines of business, and an increase in catastrophe losses.

The decrease in net income in the full year 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 is due to the decrease in the fair value of equity securities and an increase in other underwriting expenses partially offset by an increase in net premiums earned.

Net premiums earned increased 4.1 percent to $270.7 million for the fourth quarter, compared to $260.1 million in the fourth quarter 2017. For the full year, net premiums earned increased 4.0 percent to $1,037.5 million, compared to $997.5 million in 2017, primarily due to continued organic growth from new business writings and geographical expansion and rate increases. The growth in premiums in commercial auto is due to rate increases, while the number of insured units has decreased.

The average renewal pricing increases for commercial lines remained in the mid-single digits during the fourth quarter 2018 with pricing varying depending on the region and size of the account. The renewal pricing increases continue to be driven by commercial auto pricing. Filed commercial auto rate increases during the fourth quarter 2018 averaged in the low-double digits. Personal lines filed rate and renewal pricing increases also remained in the mid-single digits.

Pre-tax catastrophe losses totaled $15.9 million ($0.50 per share after tax) and $46.7 million ($1.44 per share after tax) for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2018, respectively, compared to $5.3 million ($0.13 per share after tax) and $74.0 million ($1.88 per share after tax) for the same periods in 2017.

"Catastrophe losses for the fourth quarter of 2018 added 5.9 percentage points to the combined ratio, which is above our 10-year historical catastrophe load of 4.3 percentage points for the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter of 2018 included $9.2 million of losses from the California wildfires" stated Ramlo. "For the full year of 2018, catastrophe losses added 4.5 percentage points to the combined ratio which is below our 10-year historical catastrophe load of 6.4 percentage points. We believe this is due to effective management of our geographic concentration despite an increase in catastrophic events in 2018."

Reserve development

The property and casualty insurance business experienced $6.5 million and $54.2 million of favorable reserve development in our net reserves for prior accident years during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31,


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2018, respectively, compared to $16.3 million and $54.3 million of favorable reserve development in the same periods of 2017. The decrease in favorable development in the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 was primarily driven by reserve increases in commercial liability and commercial fire, offset by workers compensation and reinsurance assumed lines of business. For the twelve-months ended December 31, 2018, favorable reserve development was comparable to the same period in 2017. 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, 2018, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP combined ratio

The GAAP combined ratio increased 14.7 percentage points to 108.5 percent for the fourth quarter 2018, compared to 93.8 percent for the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily driven by an increase in the loss ratio due to an increase in severity in commercial auto and general liability line of business along with an increase in catastrophe losses in commercial fire and allied lines of business. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the combined ratio was flat at 104.0 percent as compared to the same period of 2017.

Expense Levels

The expense ratio for the fourth quarter 2018 was 33.1 percentage points, a slight decrease compared to 33.3 percentage points for the fourth quarter of 2017. For the full year, the expense ratio was 33.5 percentage points, compared to 31.2 percentage points for 2017.

The increase in the expense ratio during for the full year of 2018 as compared to 2017 is primarily due to our continued investment in our multi-year Oasis project to upgrade our technology platform to enhance core underwriting decisions, selection of risks and productivity. As we stated the last few quarters, the expectation is this project will add 1.0 to 2.0 percentage points annually to the expense ratio for the duration of the project.

Investment Income and Realized Investment Gains and Losses

The Company recognized net realized investment losses from continuing operations of $27.6 million and $20.2 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 compared to net realized investment gains of $0.7 million and $4.1 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. The change in net realized investment gains and losses for the fourth quarter and full year compared to the same periods in 2017 was primarily due to a decrease of $27.6 million and $22.3 million, respectively, in the fair value of our equity securities investments.

Net investment income was $9.0 million for the fourth quarter 2018 and $52.9 million for the full year 2018 with a decrease of 29.0 percent for the quarter and an increase of 3.3 percent for the full year, compared to net investment income of $12.6 million and $51.2 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. The change in net investment income for the quarter was due to a decrease in the value of our investments in limited liability partnerships resulting from the decrease in the equity markets in the fourth quarter, partially offset by an increase in invested assets. The change in net investment income for the full year was driven by an increase in invested assets 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.


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.

Capital Management

During the fourth quarter, we declared and paid a $0.31 per share cash dividend to stockholders of record as of December 1, 2018. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968.


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During the fourth quarter, we did not repurchase any shares of our common stock. In the year ended December 31, 2018, we purchased 120,372 shares of our common stock for $5.4 million, at an average cost of $44.90 per share. As of December 31, 2018, we were authorized by our Board of Directors to purchase an additional 2,116,200 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 20, 2019 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 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 6, 2019. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10127979.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.unitedfiregroup.com/event or https://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs190220. The archived audio webcast will be available until March 6, 2019.

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 1,100 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 of Finance and Investor Relations, 319-286-2537 or IR@unitedfiregroup.com.

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, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 28, 2018.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


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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)
2018
 
2017
Change %
 
2018
 
2017
Change %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(29,336
)
 
$
45,993

(163.8
)%
 
$
27,650

 
$
51,023

(45.8
)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 
27,307

 

NM

Less: after-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
(21,790
)
 
693

NM

 
(16,776
)
 
5,241

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)
$
(7,546
)
 
$
45,300

(116.7
)%
 
$
17,119

 
$
45,782

(62.6
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(1.17
)
 
$
1.81

(164.6
)%
 
$
1.08

 
$
1.99

(45.7
)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 
1.07

 

 %
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
(0.87
)
 
0.03

NM

 
(0.66
)
 
0.20

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)
$
(0.30
)
 
$
1.78

(116.9
)%
 
$
0.67

 
$
1.79

(62.6
)%
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)
2018
 
2017
Change %
 
2018
 
2017
Change %
Premiums:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
270,684

 
$
275,437

(1.7
)%
 
$
1,050,454

 
$
1,058,860

(0.8
)%
Less: change in unearned premiums
15,932

 
25,050

(36.4
)%
 
(27,527
)
 
(21,585
)
(27.5
)%
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums
1,207

 
(72
)
NM

 
3,312

 
(33
)
NM

Net premiums written
$
253,545

 
$
250,459

1.2
 %
 
$
1,074,669

 
$
1,080,478

(0.5
)%


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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)
2018
 
2017
Change %
 
2018
 
2017
Change %
Revenue Highlights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
$
270,684

 
$
260,068

4.1
 %
 
$
1,037,451

 
$
997,492

4.0
 %
Life discontinued operations

 
15,369

(100.0
)%
 
13,003

 
61,368

(78.8
)%
Consolidated net premiums earned
270,684

 
275,437

(1.7
)%
 
1,050,454

 
1,058,860

(0.8
)%
Net investment income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
8,961

 
12,629

(29.0
)%
 
52,894

 
51,190

3.3
 %
Life discontinued operations

 
12,490

(100.0
)%
 
12,663

 
49,720

(74.5
)%
Consolidated net investment income
8,961

 
25,119

(64.3
)%
 
65,557

 
100,910

(35.0
)%
Total revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
252,062

 
273,355

(7.8
)%
 
1,070,166

 
1,052,737

1.7
 %
Life discontinued operations

 
28,386

(100
)%
 
24,755

 
115,713

(78.6
)%
Total revenues
252,062

 
301,741

(16.5
)%
 
1,094,921

 
1,168,450

(6.3
)%
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(29,336
)
 
$
45,993

(163.8
)%
 
$
27,650

 
$
51,023

(45.8
)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 
27,307

 

NM

After-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
(21,790
)
 
693

NM

 
(16,776
)
 
5,241

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)
$
(7,546
)
 
$
45,300

(116.7
)%
 
$
17,119

 
$
45,782

(62.6
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(1.17
)
 
$
1.81

(164.6
)%
 
$
1.08

 
$
1.99

(45.7
)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 
1.07

 

NM

After-tax net realized investment gains (losses)
(0.87
)
 
0.03

NM

 
(0.66
)
 
0.20

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)
$
(0.30
)
 
$
1.78

(116.9
)%
 
$
0.67

 
$
1.79

(62.6
)%
Catastrophe Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax catastrophe losses
$
15,948

 
$
5,273

202.4
 %
 
$
46,693

 
$
74,039

(36.9
)%
Effect on after-tax earnings per share
0.50

 
0.13

284.6
 %
 
1.44

 
1.88

(23.4
)%
Effect on combined ratio
5.9
%
 
2.0
%
195.0
 %
 
4.5
%
 
7.4
%
(39.2
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorable reserve development experienced on prior accident years
6,494

 
16,265

(60.1
)%
 
54,167

 
54,253

(0.2
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP combined ratio
108.5
%
 
93.8
%
15.7
 %
 
104.0
%
 
104.0
%
 %
Return on equity
 
 
 
 
 
3.0
%
 
5.3
%
(43.4
)%
Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.31

 
$
0.28

10.7
 %
 
$
4.21

 
$
1.09

286.2
 %
Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding
25,077,593

 
25,413,148

(1.3
)%
 
25,622,812

 
25,640,604

(0.1
)%
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)
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
270,684

 
$
260,068

 
$
1,037,451

 
$
997,492

Investment income, net of investment expenses
8,961

 
12,629

 
52,894

 
51,190

Net realized investment gains (losses)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change in the fair value of equity securities
(27,492
)
 
100

 
(21,994
)
 
332

All other net realized gains (losses)
(91
)
 
558

 
1,815

 
3,723

Net realized investment gains (losses)
(27,583
)
 
658

 
(20,179
)
 
4,055

Total Revenues
$
252,062

 
$
273,355

 
$
1,070,166

 
$
1,052,737

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$
204,070

 
$
157,357

 
$
731,611

 
$
725,713

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs
54,025

 
52,901

 
206,232

 
207,746

Other underwriting expenses
35,479

 
33,728

 
141,473

 
103,628

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$
293,574

 
$
243,986

 
$
1,079,316

 
$
1,037,087

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations
(41,512
)
 
29,369

 
(9,150
)
 
15,650

Federal income tax benefit
(12,176
)
 
(15,890
)
 
(11,405
)
 
(29,220
)
Net income (loss) from continuing operations
$
(29,336
)
 
$
45,259

 
$
2,255

 
$
44,870

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations

 
734

 
(1,912
)
 
6,153

Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 
27,307

 

Net income (loss)
$
(29,336
)
 
$
45,993

 
$
27,650

 
$
51,023

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP combined ratio:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes
69.5
%
 
58.5
%
 
66.0
%
 
65.4
%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio
5.9

 
2.0

 
4.5

 
7.4

Net loss ratio
75.4
%
 
60.5
%
 
70.5
%
 
72.8
%
Expense ratio
33.1

 
33.3

 
33.5

 
31.2

Combined ratio
108.5
%
 
93.8
%
 
104.0
%
 
104.0
%







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Balance Sheet
 
December 31, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
(In Thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
Invested assets - continuing operations
$
2,074,123

 
$
1,888,933

Cash - continuing operations
64,454

 
95,562

Total assets:
 
 
 
Continuing operations
2,816,698

 
2,597,297

Assets held for sale

 
1,586,134

Total assets
2,816,698

 
4,183,431

Loss and loss settlement expenses
 
 
 
Continuing operations
$
1,312,483

 
$
1,224,183

Total liabilities:
 
 
 
Continuing operations
1,928,323

 
1,862,923

Liabilities held for sale

 
1,347,135

Total liabilities
1,928,323

 
3,210,058

Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax
$
(9,323
)
 
$
214,865

Total stockholders’ equity
888,375

 
973,373


Discontinued Operations(1)
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Years Ended December 31,
(In Thousands)
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$

 
$
15,369

 
$
13,003

 
$
61,368

Investment income, net of investment expenses

 
12,490

 
12,663

 
49,720

Net realized investment gains (losses)

 
408

 
(1,057
)
 
4,008

Other income

 
119

 
146

 
617

Total Revenues
$

 
$
28,386

 
$
24,755

 
$
115,713

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$

 
$
9,772

 
$
10,823

 
$
40,451

Increase in liability for future policy benefits

 
8,291

 
5,023

 
27,632

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 
(343
)
 
1,895

 
5,181

Other underwriting expenses

 
3,829

 
3,864

 
13,281

Interest on policyholders’ accounts

 
4,543

 
4,499

 
18,525

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$

 
$
26,092

 
$
26,104

 
$
105,070

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) before income taxes
$

 
$
2,294

 
$
(1,349
)
 
$
10,643

Federal income tax expense

 
1,560

 
563

 
4,490

Net income (loss)
$

 
$
734

 
$
(1,912
)
 
$
6,153

(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,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
(In Thousands)
 
 
 
Net Premiums Written(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability(2)
$
73,403

 
$
68,421

 
$
315,977

 
$
311,226

Fire and allied lines(3)
56,802

 
55,192

 
237,410

 
230,934

Automobile
73,895

 
63,441

 
301,055

 
266,055

Workers’ compensation
20,247

 
20,095

 
92,711

 
101,037

Fidelity and surety
6,460

 
5,925

 
26,684

 
25,813

Miscellaneous
410

 
407

 
1,728

 
1,766

Total commercial lines
$
231,217

 
$
213,481

 
$
975,565

 
$
936,831

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines(4)
$
10,111

 
$
10,054

 
$
41,242

 
$
42,138

Automobile
7,616

 
6,865

 
30,488

 
28,265

Miscellaneous
291

 
278

 
1,222

 
1,193

Total personal lines
$
18,018

 
$
17,197

 
$
72,952

 
$
71,596

Reinsurance assumed
4,310

 
4,408

 
13,147

 
10,686

Total net premiums written from continuing operations
$
253,545

 
$
235,086

 
$
1,061,664

 
$
1,019,113

Total net premiums written from discontinued operations

 
15,373

 
13,005

 
61,365

Total
$
253,545

 
$
250,459

 
$
1,074,669

 
$
1,080,478

(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,
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
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
81,086

 
66,305

 
81.8
 %
 
$
78,230

 
$
33,112

 
42.3
%
Fire and allied lines
60,161

 
39,253

 
65.2

 
59,205

 
28,660

 
48.4

Automobile
75,098

 
82,319

 
109.6

 
66,777

 
63,970

 
95.8

Workers' compensation
24,102

 
10,763

 
44.7

 
26,074

 
15,168

 
58.2

Fidelity and surety
7,293

 
(450
)
 
(6.2
)
 
6,940

 
1,898

 
27.3

Miscellaneous
439

 
101

 
23.0

 
455

 
40

 
8.8

Total commercial lines
$
248,179

 
$
198,291

 
79.9
 %
 
$
237,681

 
$
142,848

 
60.1
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
10,331

 
4,776

 
46.2
 %
 
$
10,705

 
$
4,667

 
43.6
%
Automobile
7,561

 
6,315

 
83.5

 
7,015

 
6,719

 
95.8

Miscellaneous
307

 
34

 
11.1

 
299

 
150

 
50.2

Total personal lines
$
18,199

 
$
11,125

 
61.1
 %
 
$
18,019

 
$
11,536

 
64.0
%
Reinsurance assumed
4,306

 
(5,346
)
 
(124.2
)%
 
$
4,368

 
$
2,973

 
68.1
%
Total
$
270,684

 
$
204,070

 
75.4
 %
 
$
260,068

 
$
157,357

 
60.5
%

Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Years Ended December 31,
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
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
$
311,931

 
$
183,692

 
58.9
 %
 
$
306,480

 
$
121,054

 
39.5
%
Fire and allied lines
234,612

 
165,097

 
70.4

 
227,711

 
178,768

 
78.5

Automobile
284,274

 
271,248

 
95.4

 
250,465

 
266,272

 
106.3

Workers' compensation
95,203

 
57,601

 
60.5

 
104,166

 
71,053

 
68.2

Fidelity and surety
24,437

 
1,878

 
7.7

 
24,981

 
2,206

 
8.8

Miscellaneous
1,728

 
449

 
26.0

 
1,829

 
312

 
17.1

Total commercial lines
$
952,185

 
$
679,965

 
71.4
 %
 
$
915,632

 
$
639,665

 
69.9
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
$
41,581

 
$
32,959

 
79.3
 %
 
$
43,005

 
$
34,503

 
80.2
%
Automobile
29,247

 
25,016

 
85.5

 
27,046

 
28,997

 
107.2

Miscellaneous
1,210

 
(213
)
 
(17.6
)
 
1,159

 
268

 
23.1

Total personal lines
$
72,038

 
$
57,762

 
80.2
 %
 
$
71,210

 
$
63,768

 
89.5
%
Reinsurance assumed
$
13,228

 
$
(6,116
)
 
(46.2
)%
 
$
10,650

 
$
22,280

 
209.2
%
Total
$
1,037,451

 
$
731,611

 
70.5
 %
 
$
997,492

 
$
725,713

 
72.8
%




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