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Ibdarthtrader 2 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 27, 2016 8:25 PM Member since: Jan 10, 2001
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    When will the Management step in?

    by hrtgfan Apr 11, 2016 10:10 AM
    ibdarthtrader ibdarthtrader Apr 27, 2016 8:25 PM Flag

    Lol..stick around and collect your 5c dividend when the stock loses almost a buck every couple weeks or less. Great investment model. Something is way way wrong here period. They are putting on a ton of business in this soft market plus they are accumulating a ton of business via the Citizens takeout. I guarantee thier policy count is waaaaaaay up year over year, yet the company is being bled to death. Why is that? Thier giving away premiums they don't need to gain market share and is a big part of the problem. Thier conservative counterparts are taking advantage of the cheapest reinsurance rates in decades(if not ever) by smart underwriting, choosing profitable risks with newer construction and not "buying" market share by giving it away. Why are they in such a hurry to line their pockets? Build the company properly, slowly, steadily,put on good profitable risks, retain business and be around to pay claims. Go research a company who incidentally had some of the same executives on board, (Southern Family) and see how that business model worked. Margins are thin when the premiums are all being written on the low end of the state filed rates and it doesn't take many claims to reduce that margin further. Executive pay and bonuses should be based on policy retention and profit margin not based on what was thrown against the wall and see what sticks. The CEO of this company states in his bio that he represented Enron? Not something I'd put on my resume. Your cheerleading on a minimally viewed board seems a waste of time in an effort to prop up the price so the insiders can continue to sell as soon as thier lockup expires. Pray that there are no hurricanes,or even minimally large wind events in Florida, Hawaii and Georgia over the next year or two and maybe they will have a chance. I'll stick with investing in large established companies that have thier risks spread globally and not primarily in only three hurricane prone states. Good luck to all!

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    Lucked out, this morning...

    by h5n1eric Apr 7, 2016 1:04 PM
    ibdarthtrader ibdarthtrader Apr 9, 2016 11:05 AM Flag

    I'm in the insurance biz in FL and the problem with this co is that they are giving away premiums when they don't need to. It has a lot of others in the industry scratching their heads as to why they are giving stuff away at 20 to 30% below industry norm even when they are a non competition setting. Insiders are not buying at these supposed "great valuations" in fact they are selling. Why is that? All of the Citizens take out business is not able to be cherry picked like the good ole days so they have to take the block of biz that is given to them and if anybody is still in Citizens I'm the softest insurance market I've seen for years.....than they probably have some major problems which is going to tear through thier loss ratio. The CEO list in his bio that he represented ENRON as part of his resume. I don't know that that is too wise to mention considering what happened there and it definetly would make me pause as a shareholder. At least one other officer on the board worked for a similar small Florida admitted company called Southern Family and you can research what happened to that now insolvent company anywhere online. The scary thing is they were following the same model and giving premiums away and even going as far as bypassing the agents who did not want to use them as they saw the writing on the wall and calling the insureds themselves to squeeze them to take the renewal offer. I'll buy when I see the insiders buy and not just give themselves raises while the stock tanks.Good Luck and hope it triples for you!

    Sentiment: Hold

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