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First Acceptance Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three Month Period Ended March 31, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN, May 6, 2014 -- First Acceptance Corporation (FAC) today reported its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.

Operating Results

Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 were $62.5 million, compared with $59.3 million for the same period in the prior year. Income before income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $0.5 million, compared with income before income taxes of $2.1 million for the same period in the prior year. Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share on a basic and diluted basis, compared with net income of $2.0 million, or $0.05 per share on a basic and diluted basis, for the same period in the prior year.

Premiums earned for the three months ended March 31, 2014 were $51.7 million, compared with $49.4 million for the same period in the prior year. This improvement was primarily due to a higher percentage of full coverage policies sold and recent pricing actions.

Loss and Loss Adjustment Expense Ratio. The loss and loss adjustment expense ratio was 71.1 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with 67.8 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2013. We experienced favorable development related to prior periods of $2.9 million and $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The favorable development for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was primarily related to the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­lower than expected bodily injury claims related to accident year 2013, partially offset by unfavorable loss and loss adjustment expense development on Florida personal injury protection claims.

Excluding the development related to prior periods, the loss and loss adjustment expense ratio for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were 76.8 percent and 72.7 percent, respectively. The year-over-year increase in the loss ratio was primarily due to the impact of an increase in weather-related claims frequency in the collision and property damage coverages.

Expense Ratio. The expense ratio was 29.6 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with 29.0 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The year-over-year increase in the expense ratio was primarily due to planned increases in sales headcount and advertising costs.

Combined Ratio. The combined ratio was 100.7 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with 96.8 percent for the same period in the prior year.


About First Acceptance Corporation

We are principally a retailer, servicer and underwriter of non-standard personal automobile insurance based in Nashville, Tennessee. We currently write non-standard personal automobile insurance in 12 states and are licensed as an insurer in 13 additional states. Non-standard personal automobile insurance is made available to individuals because of their inability or unwillingness to obtain standard insurance coverage due to various factors, including payment history, payment preference, failure in the past to maintain continuous insurance coverage, driving record and/or vehicle type, and in most instances who are required by law to buy a minimum amount of automobile insurance.

At March 31, 2014, we leased and operated 355 retail locations, staffed with employee-agents. Our employee-agents primarily sell non-standard personal automobile insurance products underwritten by us, as well as certain commissionable ancillary products. In most states, our employee-agents also sell a complementary insurance product providing personal property and liability coverage for renters underwritten by us. In addition, select retail locations in highly competitive markets in Illinois and Texas offer non-standard personal automobile insurance serviced and underwritten by other third-party insurance carriers. In addition to our retail locations, we are able to complete the entire sales process over the phone via our call center or through the internet via our consumer-based website or mobile platform. We also sell our products through 10 retail locations operated by independent agents. Additional information about First Acceptance Corporation can be found online at www.acceptanceinsurance.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements, which have been included in reliance on the "safe harbor" provisions of the federal securities laws, involve risks and uncertainties. Investors are hereby cautioned that these statements may be affected by important factors, including, among others, the factors set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual operations and results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Revenues:
Premiums earned $51,748  $49,403
Commission and fee income 9,175           8,597
Investment income 1,537           1,276
Net realized gains on investments, available-for-sale (includes $82 and $13, respectively, of accumulated other comprehensive income reclassifications for unrealized gains) 82                13
62,542         59,289
Costs and expenses:
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 36,817         33,505
Insurance operating expenses 24,029         22,340
Other operating expenses 233              229
Stock-based compensation 46                84
Depreciation and amortization 443              571
Interest expense 427              443
61,995         57,172
Income before income taxes 547           2,117
Provision for income taxes (includes $29 and $5, respectively, of income tax expense from reclassification items) 36              93
Net income $ 511      $  2,024
Net income per share:
Basic $  0.01     $   0.05
Diluted $  0.01     $   0.05
Number of shares used to calculate net income per share:
Basic 40,970         40,910
Diluted 41,283         40,939


FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)

March 31, December 31,
2014 2013
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Investments, available-for-sale at fair value (amortized cost of
$128,185 and $126,873, respectively)
$133,213 $130,248
Cash and cash equivalents 77,132 72,033
Premiums and fees receivable, net of allowance of $310 and $311 62,862 46,228
Limited partnership interests 7,867 7,513
Other assets 6,145 6,471
Property and equipment, net 3,419 3,512
Deferred acquisition costs 3,654 2,902
Identifiable intangible assets 4,800 4,800
TOTAL ASSETS $299,092 $ 273,707
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS` EQUITY
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves $85,951 $84,286
Unearned premiums and fees 75,998 55,983
Debentures payable 40,311 40,301
Other liabilities 17,696 16,205
Total liabilities 219,956 196,775
Stockholders` equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000 shares authorized -- --
 Common stock, $.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized; 40,981
   and 40,983 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
410 410
Additional paid-in capital 457,033 456,993
Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,028 3,375
Accumulated deficit (383,335) (383,846)
Total stockholders` equity 79,136 76,932
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS` EQUITY $299,092 $ 273,707



FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Data
 (Unaudited)

PREMIUMS EARNED BY STATE

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Gross premiums earned:
Georgia $    9,581 $    9,651
Florida 7,963 7,621
Texas 6,468 5,822
Alabama 5,253 5,048
Ohio 5,149 4,360
Illinois 4,729 5,317
South Carolina 4,008 3,659
Tennessee 3,186 3,040
Pennsylvania 2,146 2,144
Indiana 1,431 1,245
Missouri 1,138 887
Mississippi 750 657
Total gross premiums earned 51,802 49,451
Premiums ceded (54) (48)
Total net premiums earned $  51,748 $  49,403

COMBINED RATIOS (INSURANCE OPERATIONS)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Loss 71.1% 67.8%
Expense 29.6% 29.0%
Combined 100.7% 96.8%

               


POLICIES IN FORCE

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Policies in force - beginning of period 154,183 147,500
    Net increase during period 27,894 26,956
Policies in force - end of period 182,077 174,456

NUMBER OF RETAIL LOCATIONS

                Retail location counts are based upon the date that a location commenced or ceased writing business.

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2014 2013
Retail locations - beginning of period 360 369
Opened -- --
Closed      (5)      (2)
Retail locations - end of period 355 367

RETAIL LOCATIONS BY STATE

March 31, December 31,
2014 2013 2013 2012
Alabama 24 24 24 24
Florida 30 30 30 30
Georgia 60 60 60 60
Illinois 61 62 61 63
Indiana 17 17 17 17
Mississippi 7 7 7 7
Missouri 11 11 11 11
Ohio 27 27 27 27
Pennsylvania 16 16 16 16
South Carolina 25 26 25 26
Tennessee 19 19 19 19
Texas 58 68 63 69
Total 355 367 360 369

SOURCE:  First Acceptance Corporation

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT: 
Michael J. Bodayle
615.844.2885



This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.

The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: First Acceptance Corporation via GlobeNewswire

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