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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): November 6, 2019
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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 November 6, 2019, United Fire Group, Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. 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
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:
November 6, 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 Third Quarter 2019 Results

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS),
November 6, 2019 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights(1):
Three Months Ended September 30, 2019
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019
 
Net income (loss) per diluted share
$
(0.09
)
 
Net income per diluted share
$
1.48

Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share
$
(0.40
)
 
Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share 
$
(0.06
)
Net realized investment gains per diluted share 
$
0.31

 
Net realized investment gains per diluted share
$
1.54

GAAP combined ratio
110.0
%
 
GAAP combined ratio
106.0
%
 
 
 
Book value per share
$
38.44

 
 
 
Return on equity(3)
5.5
%

United Fire Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net loss, including net realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, of $2.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019 (the "third quarter of 2019"), compared to a consolidated net income of $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018(4). For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 ("year-to-date"), consolidated net income, including realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, was $38.0 million ($1.48 per diluted share), compared to $57.0 million ($2.23 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

The Company reported consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.40 per diluted share for the third quarter, compared to a consolidated adjusted operating income of less than $0.01 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, consolidated adjusted operating loss was $0.06 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.96 per diluted share for the same period in 2018.

"Catastrophe losses, an increase in severity of losses and current accident year reserve additions in our commercial auto and liability lines of business are the primary drivers of the net loss reported in the third quarter of 2019," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The increase in catastrophe losses is not uncommon for the third quarter, which, along with the second quarter, have historically been our most volatile quarters. In the third quarter of 2019, we had an increase in catastrophe losses from 17 events, of which four events accounted for the majority of the losses."


_________________
(1) Per share amounts are after tax.
(2) Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income (loss) 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 regular, 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 stockholders' equity.
(4) Consolidated financial results for 2018 include both continuing operations and discontinued life insurance operations and the one-time gain on the sale of discontinued operations.




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"In the third quarter, we also incurred an increase in severity of losses and added additional reserves in the current accident year primarily in our commercial auto and liability lines of business. The reserve strengthening is due to an increase in losses from a continuation of the challenging litigious environment, particularly in commercial auto and liability lines of business in the States of Texas and Florida. As a reminder, commercial auto is our largest line of business, with Texas being the state with our highest concentration of commercial auto business."

"Although the reported results do not yet reflect our strategic initiatives to improve profitability, it remains our primary focus and we are encouraged by the continued improvement we are experiencing in our underlying operations. Examples include a decrease in claim counts despite an increase in catastrophe claims, strong commercial pricing increases and an improvement in the core loss ratio of 3.1 points year-to-date. In addition, the third quarter marks the fourth consecutive quarter of flat or declining frequency of auto claims."

Consolidated net unrealized investment gains, net of tax, totaled $51.6 million as of September 30, 2019, an increase of $60.9 million from December 31, 2018. The increase in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of lower interest rates year-to-date when compared to the same period in 2018.

Total consolidated assets as of September 30, 2019 were $3.0 billion, which included $2.1 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value per share was $38.44, which is an increase of $3.04 per share, or 8.6 percent from December 31, 2018. This increase is primarily attributed to net income of $38.0 million and an increase in net unrealized investment gains on fixed maturity securities of $60.9 million, net of tax, over the prior year period, partially offset by shareholder dividends of $24.4 million during the first nine months of 2019.

The annualized return on equity was 5.5 percent year-to-date compared to 7.3 percent for the same period in 2018.

Property and Casualty Insurance Business

Net loss from the property and casualty insurance business, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $2.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) in the same period in 2018. The decrease in net income was primarily due to an increase in losses and loss settlement expenses and lower realized investment gains, partially offset by an increase in net premiums earned. The increase in losses and loss settlement expenses was due to an increase in catastrophe losses, an increase in severity of losses and reserve additions in the current accident year in our commercial auto and liability lines of business.

Year-to-date, net income, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $38.0 million ($1.48 per diluted share) compared to $31.6 million ($1.23 per diluted share) in the same period in 2018. The change in net income was primarily due to an increase in the value of equity securities and an increase in net premiums earned offset by an increase in losses and loss settlement expenses from an increase in catastrophe losses and a decrease in prior year favorable reserve development from reserve strengthening in our commercial auto and liability reserves.

Net premiums earned increased 3.9 percent to $274.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $264.7 million in the same period in 2018. Year-to-date net premiums earned increased 6.1 percent to $813.7 million compared to $766.8 million in the same period in 2018. The increase in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 was primarily due to rate increases, premium audits and endorsements.

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

Reserve Development

We experienced favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years of $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to unfavorable development of $0.7 million in the same period in 2018. The change in prior year reserve development in the third quarter of 2019 came primarily from favorable development in workers' compensation offset by




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prior year reserve strengthening in commercial liability line of business. Year-to-date, favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years was $0.8 million, compared to $47.7 million favorable development in the same period in 2018. The change in prior year reserve development in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 came primarily from reserve strengthening in our commercial auto and commercial liability lines of business in our Gulf Coast region offset by favorable development in workers' compensation. Development amounts can vary significantly from quarter-to-quarter depending on a number of factors, including the number of claims settled and the settlement terms. At September 30, 2019, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP Combined Ratio

The GAAP combined ratio increased by 4.5 percentage points to 110.0 percent for the third quarter, compared to 105.5 percent in the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, the GAAP combined ratio increased 3.5 percentage points to 106.0 percent compared to 102.5 percent in 2018. The increases in the combined ratios in the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 as compared to the same periods in 2018 are primarily driven by an increase in the loss ratio from a combination of an increase in severity of losses, reserve strengthening and an increase in catastrophe losses.

Pre-tax catastrophe losses in the third quarter of 2019 were higher when compared to third quarter of 2018, with catastrophe losses adding 7.0 percentage points to the combined ratio in 2019 as compared to 4.6 percentage points in 2018. Our 10-year historical average for third quarter catastrophe losses is 7.3 percentage points added to the combined ratio. Year-to-date, catastrophe losses totaled $44.9 million ($1.38 per diluted share) compared to $30.7 million ($0.95 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio for the third quarter was 33.0 percentage points, compared to 32.3 percentage points for the third quarter in 2018. The increase in the expense ratio during the third quarter of 2019 is primarily due to quarterly fluctuations in expenses for our multi-year Oasis project to upgrade our technology platform to enhance core underwriting decisions, selection of risks and productivity. Year-to-date, the expense ratio was 32.7 percentage points, compared to 33.7 percentage points in the same period in 2018. The decrease 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

Net investment income was $13.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, a slight increase, as compared to net investment income of $13.2 million for the same period in 2018. Year-to date, net investment income was $43.9 million, flat compared to the same period in 2018.

The Company recognized net realized investment gains of $9.8 million during the third quarter of 2019, compared to $14.0 million for the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, the Company recognized net realized investment gains of $50.1 million compared to $7.4 million in the same period in 2018. The change in both the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019, as compared to the same periods in 2018, was primarily due to changes in the fair value of equity securities.


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 third quarter of 2019, we declared and paid a $0.33 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record as of August 30, 2019. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968. During the third quarter we repurchased 177,249 shares of our common stock for a total purchase price of approximately $8.1 million.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on November 6, 2019 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's third quarter 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 November 20, 2019. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10135573.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.ufginsurance.com/event or http://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs191106. The archived audio webcast will be available until November 20, 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 UFG, 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, 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




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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 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
2019
 
2018
Change %
 
2019
 
2018
Change %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(2,342
)
 
$
11,070

NM

 
$
37,983

 
$
56,986

(33.3
)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 

 
27,307

(100.0
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains
7,760

 
11,037

NM

 
39,600

 
5,014

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)
$
(10,102
)
 
$
33

NM

 
$
(1,617
)
 
$
24,665

(106.6
)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(0.09
)
 
$
0.43

NM

 
$
1.48

 
$
2.23

(33.6
)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 

 
1.07

(100.0
)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains
0.31

 
0.43

(27.9
)%
 
1.54

 
0.20

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)
$
(0.40
)
 
$

NM

 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
0.96

(106.3
)%
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 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)
2019
 
2018
Change %
 
2019
 
2018
Change %
Premiums:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
274,942

 
$
264,747

3.9
 %
 
$
813,742

 
$
779,770

4.4
 %
Less: change in unearned premiums
11,766

 
8,884

32.4
 %
 
(35,296
)
 
(43,459
)
18.8
 %
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums
(163
)
 
953

(117.1
)%
 
886

 
2,105

(57.9
)%
Net premiums written
$
263,339

 
$
254,910

3.3
 %
 
$
848,152

 
$
821,124

3.3
 %






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Supplemental Tables
Consolidated Financial Highlights
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data and Ratios)
2019
 
2018
Change %
 
2019
 
2018
Change %
Revenue Highlights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
$
274,942

 
$
264,747

3.9
 %
 
$
813,742

 
$
766,767

6.1
 %
Life discontinued operations

 

 %
 

 
13,003

(100.0
)%
Consolidated net premiums earned
274,942

 
264,747

3.9
 %
 
813,742

 
779,770

4.4
 %
Net investment income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
13,291

 
13,192

0.8
 %
 
43,923

 
43,933

 %
Life discontinued operations

 

 %
 

 
12,663

(100.0
)%
Consolidated net investment income
13,291

 
13,192

0.8
 %
 
43,923

 
56,596

(22.4
)%
Total revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P&C continuing operations
298,055

 
291,910

2.1
 %
 
907,791

 
818,104

11.0
 %
Life discontinued operations

 

 %
 

 
24,755

(100.0
)%
Total revenues
298,055

 
291,910

2.1
 %
 
907,791

 
842,859

7.7
 %
Income Statement Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
(2,342
)
 
11,070

NM

 
37,983

 
56,986

(33.3
)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 

 
27,307

(100.0
)%
After-tax net realized investment gains
7,760

 
11,037

(29.7
)%
 
39,600

 
5,014

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)
$
(10,102
)
 
$
33

NM

 
$
(1,617
)
 
$
24,665

(106.6
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
$
(0.09
)
 
$
0.43

NM

 
$
1.48

 
$
2.23

(33.6
)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 %
 

 
1.07

(100.0
)%
After-tax net realized investment gains
0.31

 
0.43

(27.9
)%
 
1.54

 
0.20

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss) (1)
$
(0.40
)
 
$

NM

 
$
(0.06
)
 
$
0.96

(106.3
)%
Catastrophe Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax catastrophe losses
$
19,292

 
$
12,268

57.3
 %
 
$
44,927

 
$
30,745

46.1
 %
Effect on after-tax earnings per share
0.61

 
0.38

60.5
 %
 
1.38

 
0.95

45.3
 %
Effect on combined ratio
7.0
%
 
4.6
%
52.2
 %
 
5.5
%
 
4.0
%
37.5
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorable (unfavorable) reserve development experienced on prior accident years
$
5,513

 
$
(712
)
NM

 
$
770

 
$
47,673

(98.4
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Combined ratio
110.0
%
 
105.5
%
4.3
 %
 
106.0
%
 
102.5
%
3.4
 %
Return on equity
 
 
 
 
 
5.5
%
 
7.3
%
(24.7
)%
Cash dividends declared per share
$
0.33

 
$
3.31

(90.0
)%
 
$
0.97

 
$
3.90

(75.1
)%
Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding
25,176,334

 
25,626,951

(1.8
)%
 
25,643,744

 
25,607,305

0.1
 %
NM = Not meaningful
(1) Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income (loss). See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to net income (loss).






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Income Statement
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$
274,942

 
$
264,747

 
$
813,742

 
$
766,767

Investment income, net of investment expenses
13,291

 
13,192

 
43,923

 
43,933

Net realized investment gains (losses)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change in the fair value of equity securities
9,692

 
14,381

 
46,825

 
5,498

All other net realized gains (losses)
130

 
(410
)
 
3,301

 
1,906

Net realized investment gains
9,822

 
13,971

 
50,126

 
7,404

Total Revenues
$
298,055

 
$
291,910

 
$
907,791

 
$
818,104

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benefits, Losses and Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Losses and loss settlement expenses
$
211,752

 
$
193,667

 
$
596,001

 
$
527,541

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs
54,828

 
51,758

 
161,842

 
152,207

Other underwriting expenses
36,003

 
33,887

 
104,370

 
105,994

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses
$
302,583

 
$
279,312

 
$
862,213

 
$
785,742

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations
(4,528
)
 
12,598

 
45,578

 
32,362

Federal income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations
(2,186
)
 
1,528

 
7,595

 
771

Net income (loss) from continuing operations
$
(2,342
)
 
$
11,070

 
$
37,983

 
$
31,591

Net loss from discontinued operations

 

 

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

 

 

 
27,307

Net income (loss)
$
(2,342
)
 
$
11,070

 
$
37,983

 
$
56,986

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GAAP combined ratio:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes
70.0
%
 
68.6
%
 
67.8
%
 
64.8
%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio
7.0

 
4.6

 
5.5

 
4.0

Net loss ratio
77.0
%
 
73.2
%
 
73.3
%
 
68.8
%
Expense ratio
33.0

 
32.3

 
32.7

 
33.7

Combined ratio
110.0
%
 
105.5
%
 
106.0
%
 
102.5
%











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Balance Sheet
 
September 30, 2019
 
December 31, 2018
(In Thousands)
 
Invested assets
$
2,125,385

 
$
2,074,123

Cash
129,708

 
64,454

Total assets
3,014,029

 
2,816,698

Losses and loss settlement expenses
1,360,539

 
1,312,483

Total liabilities
2,049,861

 
1,928,323

Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax
51,588

 
(9,323
)
Total stockholders’ equity
964,168

 
888,375



Discontinued Operations(1)
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands)
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net premiums earned
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
13,003

Investment income, net of investment expenses

 

 

 
12,663

Net realized investment 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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss before income taxes
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(1,349
)
Federal income tax expense

 

 

 
563

Net 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 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
(In Thousands)
 
 
 
Net Premiums Written(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other liability(2)
$
76,090

 
$
75,117

 
$
247,573

 
$
242,574

Fire and allied lines(3)
61,846

 
58,037

 
189,361

 
180,608

Automobile
75,222

 
70,121

 
246,801

 
227,160

Workers’ compensation
18,988

 
20,806

 
67,893

 
72,464

Fidelity and surety
6,644

 
6,212

 
20,147

 
20,224

Miscellaneous
363

 
398

 
1,281

 
1,318

Total commercial lines
$
239,153

 
$
230,691

 
$
773,056

 
$
744,348

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines(4)
$
11,255

 
$
11,123

 
$
31,015

 
$
31,131

Automobile
8,396

 
7,689

 
24,113

 
22,872

Miscellaneous
337

 
304

 
961

 
931

Total personal lines
$
19,988

 
$
19,116

 
$
56,089

 
$
54,934

Reinsurance assumed
4,198

 
5,103

 
19,007

 
8,837

Total net premiums written from continuing operations
263,339

 
254,910

 
848,152

 
808,119

Total net premiums written from discontinued operations

 

 

 
13,005

Total
$
263,339

 
$
254,910

 
$
848,152

 
$
821,124

(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 September 30,
2019
 
2018
 
 
 
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
$
80,421

 
$
50,656

 
63.0
 %
 
$
78,943

 
$
53,581

 
67.9
 %
Fire and allied lines
61,628

 
49,628

 
80.5

 
59,056

 
40,514

 
68.6

Automobile
80,574

 
85,227

 
105.8

 
72,773

 
68,892

 
94.7

Workers' compensation
22,041

 
3,076

 
14.0

 
24,127

 
17,776

 
73.7

Fidelity and surety
6,755

 
1,437

 
21.3

 
5,929

 
1,379

 
23.3

Miscellaneous
428

 
63

 
14.7

 
436

 
(29
)
 
(6.7
)
Total commercial lines
$
251,847

 
$
190,087

 
75.5
 %
 
$
241,264

 
$
182,113

 
75.5
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
$
10,370

 
$
13,469

 
129.9
 %
 
$
10,416

 
$
11,423

 
109.7
 %
Automobile
7,870

 
6,946

 
88.3

 
7,450

 
6,731

 
90.3

Miscellaneous
312

 
(130
)
 
(41.7
)
 
307

 
25

 
8.1

Total personal lines
$
18,552

 
$
20,285

 
109.3
 %
 
$
18,173

 
$
18,179

 
100.0
 %
Reinsurance assumed
$
4,543

 
$
1,380

 
30.4
 %
 
$
5,310

 
$
(6,625
)
 
(124.8
)%
Total
$
274,942

 
$
211,752

 
77.0
 %
 
$
264,747

 
$
193,667

 
73.2
 %





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Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Nine Months Ended September 30,
2019
 
2018
 
 
 
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
$
238,300

 
$
146,513

 
61.5
%
 
$
230,845

 
$
117,387

 
50.9
 %
Fire and allied lines
181,417

 
142,265

 
78.4

 
174,451

 
125,844

 
72.1

Automobile
234,280

 
225,564

 
96.3

 
209,176

 
188,929

 
90.3

Workers' compensation
66,537

 
18,399

 
27.7

 
71,101

 
46,838

 
65.9

Fidelity and surety
19,276

 
536

 
2.8

 
17,144

 
2,328

 
13.6

Miscellaneous
1,291

 
63

 
4.9

 
1,289

 
348

 
27.0

Total commercial lines
$
741,101

 
$
533,340

 
72.0
%
 
$
704,006

 
$
481,674

 
68.4
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal lines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fire and allied lines
$
30,892

 
$
34,137

 
110.5
%
 
$
31,250

 
$
28,183

 
90.2
 %
Automobile
23,050

 
19,422

 
84.3

 
21,686

 
18,701

 
86.2

Miscellaneous
920

 
354

 
38.5

 
903

 
(247
)
 
(27.4
)
Total personal lines
$
54,862

 
$
53,913

 
98.3
%
 
$
53,839

 
$
46,637

 
86.6
 %
Reinsurance assumed
$
17,779

 
$
8,748

 
49.2
%
 
$
8,922

 
$
(770
)
 
(8.6
)%
Total
$
813,742

 
$
596,001

 
73.2
%
 
$
766,767

 
$
527,541

 
68.8
 %





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