United Fire Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

Company Release - 11/5/2013 8:00 AM ET

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights:

Three Months Ended September 30, 2013   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013  
Operating income(1) per diluted share(2)  $ 0.42 Operating income(1) per diluted share(2)  $ 1.76
Net income per diluted share(2)  $ 0.45 Net income per diluted share(2)  $ 1.94
Net realized investment gains per share(2)  $ 0.03 Net realized investment gains per share(2)  $ 0.18
Catastrophe losses(3) per share(2)  $ 0.21 Catastrophe losses per share(2)  $ 0.69
Combined ratio 100.3% Combined ratio 96.8%
    Book value per share  $ 29.30
    Return on equity(4) 9.0%

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:UFCS) today reported consolidated operating income(1) of $0.42 per diluted share for the three-month period ended September 30, 2013 (the "third quarter") and $1.76 per diluted share for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2013 ("year-to-date"), compared to operating income of $0.31 and $1.55 per diluted share for the same periods in 2012.

The Company reported consolidated net income, including realized investment gains and losses, of $11.7 million ($0.45 per share) for the third quarter and $49.6 million ($1.94 per share) year-to-date, compared to net income of $8.7 million ($0.34 per share) and $42.6 million ($1.67 per share) for the same periods in 2012.

"I'm pleased to report yet another positive quarter," stated Randy Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "For the quarter, net written premium increased 13.6 percent due mostly to rate increases in our commercial lines of business; net premiums earned increased 10.0 percent due to "rate over rate" increases; total revenues are up 8.0 percent and our return on equity is up 15.4 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012. We continue to be on track to meet or exceed our 2013 expectations."

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(1) 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. Because our calculation may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing our measure of operating income to that of other companies. Management evaluates this measure and ratios derived from this measure because we believe it better represents the normal, ongoing performance of our business. See Supplemental Tables - Financial Highlights for a reconciliation of operating income to net income.

(2) Per share amounts are after tax.

(3) Catastrophe losses is a commonly used non-GAAP financial measure that uses the designations of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and are reported with loss and loss settlement expense amounts net of reinsurance recoverables, unless specified otherwise.

(4) Return on equity is calculated by dividing annualized net income by average year-to-date equity.

Consolidated net realized investment gains were $1.2 million during the third quarter and $7.3 million year-to-date, compared to consolidated net realized investment gains of $1.3 million and $4.7 million for the same periods in 2012.

Consolidated net investment income was $27.3 million for the third quarter and $82.8 million year-to-date, a decrease of 4.8 percent for the third quarter and a decrease of 4.4 percent year-to-date, compared to net investment income of $28.7 million and $86.6 million for the same periods in 2012.

Consolidated net unrealized investment gains, net of tax, totaled $115.6 million as of September 30, 2013, a decrease of $28.5 million or 19.8 percent from December 31, 2012. The decrease in unrealized gains was driven by a decrease in the fair value of our fixed maturity investment portfolios due to rising interest rates, partially offset by an increase in the fair value of the equity portfolios.

"Our investment portfolios continue to perform as expected," stated Ramlo. "We are seeing a decline in our bond portfolios due to changes in the interest rate environment with a favorable offset due to equity portfolios that are currently outperforming the S&P 500." stated Ramlo. "Our investment portfolios remain well-structured to perform well during periods of rising interest rates and in time, we expect to see improvement in net investment income as a result."

Total consolidated assets as of September 30, 2013 were $3.7 billion, which included $3.0 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value was $29.30 per share, which is an increase of $0.40 per share or 1.4 percent from December 31, 2012 and is primarily attributed to net income of $49.6 million offset by a decrease in net unrealized investment gains of $28.5 million, net of tax, during the first nine months of 2013 and by stockholder dividends of $12.9 million.

The annualized return on equity was 9.0 percent as of September 30, 2013.

P&C Segment

Net income for the property and casualty insurance segment, including realized investment gains and losses, totaled $10.3 million ($0.40 per diluted share) for the third quarter and $44.2 million ($1.73 per diluted share) year-to-date compared to net income of $7.6 million ($0.30 per diluted share) and $37.6 million ($1.47 per diluted share) for the same periods in 2012.

Net premiums earned increased 10.7 percent to $178.6 million in the third quarter, compared to $161.2 million in the same period in 2012. Year-to-date, net premiums earned increased 10.8 percent to $511.8 million, compared to $461.9 million in the same period in 2012.

"Competitive market conditions were unchanged on renewals while persisting on new business during the quarter," stated Ramlo. "Commercial lines renewal pricing increased in most regions with average percentage increases in the upper-single digits on most small and mid-market accounts and double digit increases on accounts with adverse loss experience. Personal lines pricing increased slightly due to double-digit rate increases in the Homeowners line of business."

"Premiums written from new business remained strong and up from the same quarter a year ago, but down from second quarter 2013," continued Ramlo. "Our success ratio on quoted accounts while down slightly, remains strong as new business pricing held steady."

Catastrophe losses totaled $8.5 million ($0.21 per share after tax) for the third quarter, compared to $8.5 million ($0.22 per share after tax) for the same period in 2012. Year-to-date, catastrophe losses totaled $27.2 million ($0.69 per share after tax), compared to $34.5 million ($0.88 per share after tax) for the same period of 2012.

"Third quarter catastrophe losses were consistent with the third quarter of 2012, and somewhat better than our expectations due to a benign hurricane season so far this year," stated Ramlo. "Year-to-date, catastrophe losses were significantly less than at September 30, 2012. Year-to-date catastrophe losses have added 5.3 percentage points to the combined ratio compared to 7.5 percentage points during the first nine months of 2012."

The property and casualty insurance segment experienced $8.6 million of favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years during the third quarter and $49.0 million year-to-date. Year-to-date, favorable development remains consistent with our 2012 nine-month experience. 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, and are subject to reallocation between accident years and lines of business. In third quarter 2013, our total reserves remained relatively flat and within our actuarial estimates.

The GAAP combined ratio improved 2.2 percentage points to 100.3 percent for the third quarter, compared to 102.5 percent for the same period of 2012. Year-to-date, the GAAP combined ratio also improved to 96.8 percent, compared to 97.7 percent for the same period in 2012.

"Our combined ratio in the third quarter improved, but not as much as we expected," stated Ramlo. "The quarter was significantly impacted by a nearly 60 percent increase in the number of large losses (defined as losses greater than $500,000) primarily in our commercial auto and general liabilities lines of business. Large losses in the third quarter totaled $20.6 million, net of reinsurance recoveries, and added 11.6 percentage points to the combined ratio compared to $11.5 million, net of reinsurance recoveries, and 7.2 percentage points in third quarter 2012. Though a single quarter would not suggest a trend, we are actively analyzing these claims to determine if there are any correlations in the type of claims, geographic location of these claims, or other factors associated with these claims."

Expense Levels

The expense ratio for the third quarter was 30.5 percentage points, compared to 31.3 percentage points for the third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, the expense ratio improved to 31.9 percentage points, compared to 32.2 percentage points for the same period in 2012.

Life Segment

Net income for the life insurance segment totaled $1.4 million ($0.05 per share) for the third quarter, compared to $1.1 million ($0.04 per share) for the third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, net income for the life segment was $5.4 million ($0.21 per share), compared to $5.0 million ($0.20 per share) for the same period in 2012.

Net premiums earned increased 2.4 percent to $15.7 million for the third quarter, compared to $15.3 million for the third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, net premiums earned decreased 1.3 percent to $45.6 million, compared to $46.2 million for the same period in 2012. The increase in net premiums earned for the third quarter was due to a slight increase in the guaranteed interest rate for sales of annuity products with life contingencies; however, the increase in guaranteed interest rates has not been sufficient to offset the overall decline in net premiums earned year-to-date.

Net investment income decreased 11.5 percent to $15.6 million for the third quarter, compared to $17.6 million for the third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, net investment income decreased 9.1 percent to $48.3 million, compared to $53.2 million for the same period in 2012 due to the continued low interest rate environment.

Loss and loss settlement expenses increased $1.6 million for the third quarter compared to third quarter of 2012. Year-to-date, loss and loss settlement expenses increased $1.2 million compared to the same period in 2012 due to an increase in policy claims.

The increase in liability for future policy benefits decreased in the third quarter and year-to-date, compared to the same periods in 2012 due to the increase in net withdrawals of annuity products as we continue to achieve a more equal balance between our fixed annuity products and our life insurance products.

Deferred annuity deposits increased 93.2 percent for the third quarter and decreased 11.0 percent year-to-date, compared with the same periods in 2012. The increase in guaranteed interest rates had a favorable effect for the quarter; however, the increase in guaranteed interest rates was not sufficient to offset the decrease year-to-date.

Net cash outflow related to our annuity business was $17.1 million for the quarter and $63.2 million year-to-date, compared to a net cash outflow of $13.2 million and $18.8 million in the same periods in 2012. We attribute this to the activity previously described.

Capital Management

During the third quarter, we declared and paid an $0.18 per share cash dividend to stockholders of record on September 3, 2013. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968.

Under our share repurchase program, we may purchase United Fire 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. We are authorized by the Board of Directors to purchase an additional 1,126,143 shares of common stock under our share repurchase program, which expires in August 2014. During the third quarter, no shares were repurchased under the program.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 am Central Standard Time on November 5, 2013 to allow securities analysts, stockholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's 2013 third quarter results and its expectations for 2013.

Teleconference: Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-877-407-8291. The event will be archived and available for digital replay through November 19, 2013. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-660-6853; conference ID no. 420952.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at http://ir.unitedfiregroup.com/events.cfm. The archived audio webcast will be available until November 19, 2013.

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 43 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,200 independent agencies. The United Fire pooled group is rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

Our subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 37 states, represented by more than 900 independent life agencies and rated an "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

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

Anita Novak, Director of Investor Relations, 319-399-5251 or alnovak@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)," "target(s)," "forecast(s)," "project(s)," "predict(s)," "should," "could," "may," "will continue," "might," "hope," "can" and other words and terms of similar meaning or expression in connection with a discussion of future operating, 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 IA "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the SEC on March 4, 2013, and in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, to be filed with the SEC on November 5, 2013. 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 Securities and Exchange Commission ("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.

Supplemental Tables

 
Financial Highlights
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands Except Per Share Data and Ratios) 2013 2012 Change % 2013 2012 Change %
Revenue Highlights            
Net premiums earned  $ 194,219  $ 176,531 10.0%  $ 557,403  $ 508,124 9.7%
Net investment income  27,278  28,665 (4.8)%  82,761  86,560 (4.4)%
Total revenues  223,024  206,581 8.0%  648,048  599,926 8.0%
Income Statement Data            
Operating income  10,951  7,886 38.9%  44,901  39,603 13.4%
After-tax net realized investment gains  774  844 (8.3)%  4,713  3,027 55.7%
Net income  $ 11,725  $ 8,730 34.3%  $ 49,614  $ 42,630 16.4%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data            
Operating income  $ 0.42  $ 0.31 35.5%  $ 1.76  $ 1.55 13.5%
After-tax net realized investment gains  0.03  0.03 —%  0.18  0.12 50.0%
Net income  $ 0.45  $ 0.34 32.4%  $ 1.94  $ 1.67 16.2%
Catastrophe Data            
Pre-tax catastrophe losses  $ 8,454  $ 8,493 (0.5)%  $ 27,186  $ 34,546 (21.3)%
Effect on after-tax earnings per share  0.21  0.22 (4.5)% 0.69  0.88 (21.6)%
Effect on combined ratio 4.7% 5.3% (11.3)% 5.3% 7.5% (29.3)%
             
Combined ratio 100.3% 102.5% (2.1)% 96.8% 97.7% (0.9)%
Return on equity       9.0% 7.8% 15.4%
Cash dividends declared per share  $ 0.18  $ 0.15 20.0% $ 0.51  $ 0.45 13.3%
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding  25,571,621  25,526,662 0.2% 25,514,211  25,566,646 (0.2)%
             
 
Consolidated Income Statement
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenues        
Net premiums written (1)  $ 193,976  $ 170,725  $ 599,413  $ 546,500
Net premiums earned  $ 194,219  $ 176,531  $ 557,403  $ 508,124
Investment income, net of investment expenses  27,278  28,665  82,761  86,560
Net realized investment gains (losses)        
Other-than-temporary impairment charges  (139)  —   (139)  (4)
All other net realized gains  1,329  1,300  7,389  4,662
Net realized investment gains  1,190  1,300  7,250  4,658
Other income  337  85  634  584
Total Revenues  $ 223,024  $ 206,581  $ 648,048  $ 599,926
         
Benefits, Losses and Expenses        
Losses and loss settlement expenses  $ 131,168  $ 119,756  $ 349,073  $ 318,006
Increase in liability for future policy benefits  8,415  9,815  26,520  28,309
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs  38,767  36,167  113,556  104,897
Other underwriting expenses  21,654  20,496  67,310  63,031
Interest on policyholders' accounts  8,625  10,327  27,026  31,610
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses  $ 208,629  $ 196,561  $ 583,485  $ 545,853
         
Income before income taxes  14,395  10,020  64,563  54,073
Federal income tax expense  2,670  1,290  14,949  11,443
Net income  $ 11,725  $ 8,730  $ 49,614  $ 42,630
(1) Data prepared in accordance with statutory accounting practices, which is a comprehensive basis of accounting other than U.S. GAAP.
         
 
Consolidated Balance Sheet
     
(In Thousands) September 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
Total invested assets:    
Property and casualty segment  $ 1,401,982  $ 1,343,295
Life insurance segment  1,635,695  1,701,068
Total cash and investments  3,124,368  3,151,829
Total assets  3,723,697  3,694,653
Future policy benefits and losses, claims and loss settlement expenses  $ 2,450,383  $ 2,470,087
Total liabilities  2,979,470  2,965,476
Net unrealized investment gains, after-tax  $ 115,596  $ 144,096
Total stockholders' equity  744,227  729,177
     
Property and casualty insurance statutory capital and surplus (1) (2)  $ 629,030  $ 585,986
Life insurance statutory capital and surplus(2)  164,466  158,720
(1) Because United Fire & Casualty Company owns United Life Insurance Company, property and casualty insurance statutory capital and surplus includes life insurance statutory capital and surplus and therefore represents our total consolidated statutory capital and surplus.
(2) Data prepared in accordance with statutory accounting practices, which is a comprehensive basis of accounting other than U.S. GAAP.
     
 
Property & Casualty Insurance Financial Results
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenues        
Net premiums written (1)  $ 178,313  $ 155,433  $ 553,795  $ 500,303
Net premiums earned  $ 178,553  $ 161,232  $ 511,781  $ 461,902
Investment income, net of investment expenses  11,691  11,051  34,464  33,409
Net realized investment gains (losses)        
Other-than-temporary impairment charges  (139)  —   (139)  — 
All other net realized gains  955  1,214  5,544  1,765
Net realized investment gains  816  1,214  5,405  1,765
Other income (losses)  145  (19)  229  177
Total Revenues  $ 191,205  $ 173,478  $ 551,879  $ 497,253
         
Benefits, Losses and Expenses        
Losses and loss settlement expenses  $ 124,643  $ 114,846  $ 332,264  $ 302,376
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs  37,243  34,060  108,591  98,355
Other underwriting expenses  17,219  16,332  54,854  50,353
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses  $ 179,105  $ 165,238  $ 495,709  $ 451,084
         
Income before income taxes  $ 12,100  $ 8,240  $ 56,170  $ 46,169
Federal income tax expense  1,818  624  11,963  8,562
Net income  $ 10,282  $ 7,616  $ 44,207  $ 37,607
         
GAAP combined ratio:        
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes 65.1% 65.9% 59.6% 58.0%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio  4.7  5.3  5.3  7.5
Net loss ratio 69.8% 71.2% 64.9% 65.5%
Expense ratio  30.5  31.3  31.9  32.2
Combined ratio 100.3% 102.5% 96.8% 97.7%
         
Statutory combined ratio:(1)        
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes 65.4% 66.7% 59.9% 58.7%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio  4.7  5.3  5.3  7.5
Net loss ratio 70.1% 72.0% 65.2% 66.2%
Expense ratio  32.4  33.1  31.4  31.6
Combined ratio 102.5% 105.1% 96.6% 97.8%
(1) Data prepared in accordance with statutory accounting practices, which is a comprehensive basis of accounting other than U.S. GAAP.
         
 
Life Insurance Financial Results
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenues        
Net premiums written (1)  $ 15,663  $ 15,292  $ 45,618  $ 46,197
Net premiums earned  $ 15,666  $ 15,299  $ 45,622  $ 46,222
Investment income, net of investment expenses  15,587  17,614  48,297  53,151
Net realized investment gains (losses)        
Other-than-temporary impairment charges  —   —   —   (4)
All other net realized gains  374  86  1,845  2,897
Net realized investment gains  374  86  1,845  2,893
Other income  192  104  405  407
Total Revenues  $ 31,819  $ 33,103  $ 96,169  $ 102,673
         
Benefits, Losses and Expenses        
Losses and loss settlement expenses  $ 6,525  $ 4,910  $ 16,809  $ 15,630
Increase in liability for future policy benefits  8,415  9,815  26,520  28,309
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs  1,524  2,107  4,965  6,542
Other underwriting expenses  4,435  4,164  12,456  12,678
Interest on policyholders' accounts  8,625  10,327  27,026  31,610
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses  $ 29,524  $ 31,323  $ 87,776  $ 94,769
         
Income before income taxes  $ 2,295  $ 1,780  $ 8,393  $ 7,904
Federal income tax expense  852  666  2,986  2,881
Net income  $ 1,443  $ 1,114  $ 5,407  $ 5,023
(1) Data prepared in accordance with statutory accounting practices, which is a comprehensive basis of accounting other than U.S. GAAP.
         
 
Net Premiums Written by Line of Business
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
(In Thousands)        
Net Premiums Written        
Commercial lines:        
Other liability (1) $ 51,563 $ 48,423 $ 162,704 $ 158,527
Fire and allied lines (2) 41,573 31,734 129,733 104,621
Automobile 37,714 31,224 115,968 105,767
Workers' compensation 19,797 16,383 67,234 56,751
Fidelity and surety 5,079 4,402 15,035 14,413
Miscellaneous 560 264 1,879 816
Total commercial lines $ 156,286 $ 132,430 $ 492,553 $ 440,895
         
Personal lines:        
Fire and allied lines (3) $ 12,485 $ 11,248 $ 33,414 $ 31,287
Automobile 6,075 7,184 17,286 17,862
Miscellaneous 259 243 754 727
Total personal lines $ 18,819 $ 18,675 $ 51,454 $ 49,876
Reinsurance assumed 3,208 4,328 9,788 9,532
Total $ 178,313 $ 155,433 $ 553,795 $ 500,303
(1) "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.
(2) "Fire and allied lines" includes fire, allied lines, commercial multiple peril and inland marine.
(3) "Fire and allied lines" includes fire, allied lines, homeowners and inland marine.
         
Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Three Months Ended September 30, 2013 2012
    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  $ 52,251  $ 28,406 54.4%  $ 50,887  $ 28,579 56.2%
Fire and allied lines  41,717  27,260  65.3  33,574  24,637  73.4
Automobile  37,646  36,140  96.0  34,087  24,703  72.5
Workers' compensation  21,519  20,524  95.4  17,606  16,933  96.2
Fidelity and surety  4,877  (163)  (3.3)  4,365  1,962  44.9
Miscellaneous  628  (104)  (16.6)  258  214  82.9
Total commercial lines  $ 158,638  $ 112,063 70.6%  $ 140,777  $ 97,028 68.9%
             
Personal lines            
Fire and allied lines  $ 10,786  $ 8,307 77.0%  $ 10,247  $ 11,758 114.7%
Automobile  5,624  3,615 64.3  5,711  3,562  62.4
Miscellaneous  240  1,068 NM  235  42  17.9
Total personal lines  $ 16,650  $ 12,990 78.0%  $ 16,193  $ 15,362 94.9%
Reinsurance assumed  $ 3,265 $ (410) (12.6)%  $ 4,262  $ 2,456 57.6%
Total  $ 178,553  $ 124,643 69.8%  $ 161,232  $ 114,846 71.2%
 
NM= Not meaningful
             
Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 2012
    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  $ 146,755  $ 77,721 53.0%  $ 145,604  $ 70,793 48.6%
Fire and allied lines  122,107  71,954  58.9  97,365  81,968  84.2
Automobile  108,629  91,090  83.9  98,785  75,891  76.8
Workers' compensation  60,786  51,364  84.5  50,068  30,260  60.4
Fidelity and surety  13,684  (843)  (6.2)  12,780  1,607  12.6
Miscellaneous  1,190  555  46.6  735  278  37.8
Total commercial lines  $ 453,151  $ 291,841 64.4%  $ 405,337  $ 260,797 64.3%
             
Personal lines            
Fire and allied lines  $ 31,911  $ 25,273 79.2%  $ 30,479  $ 22,633 74.3%
Automobile  16,485  11,177  67.8  15,896  10,999  69.2
Miscellaneous  528  1,969 NM  691  158  22.9
Total personal lines  $ 48,924  $ 38,419 78.5%  $ 47,066  $ 33,790 71.8%
Reinsurance assumed  $ 9,706  $ 2,004 20.6%  $ 9,499  $ 7,789 82.0%
Total  $ 511,781  $ 332,264 64.9%  $ 461,902  $ 302,376 65.5%
NM= Not meaningful
CONTACT: Anita Novak, Director of Investor Relations
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