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Kemper Corporation KMPR reported second-quarter 2021 adjusted loss of $1.54 per share. The bottom line came against the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of $1.11. The company reported adjusted earnings of $1.20 in the year-ago quarter.
Kemper witnessed steep expenses in the quarter.
Kemper Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Behind the Headlines
Kemper's total operating revenues of $1.5 billion were up 25.9% year over year on the back of higher Specialty P&C earned premiums and a decline in the change in fair value of equity and convertible securities.
The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7.8%.
Total expenses increased 49.1% year over year to $1.5 billion due to steep policyholders’ benefits, and incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses along with insurance costs.
Net investment income came in at $113.9 million in the quarter under review, up 68% year over year, primarily owing to a lower rate of return from alternative investments and higher levels of investments in fixed income securities.
Specialty Property & Casualty Insurance's revenues increased 35.3% from the prior-year quarter’s level to $1 billion. Its total earned premiums surged 33.1% from the prior-year quarter’s reading on the back of Specialty Automobile and Commercial automobile. Net investment income surged 152.7% year over year to $42.7 million. Combined ratio expanded 1820 basis points (bps) year over year to 107.3%.
Preferred Property & Casualty Insurance's revenues increased 7.6% from the prior-year quarter’s tally to $180.7 million. The segment’s total earned premiums dipped 0.2% from the prior-year quarter’s level to $163.2 million due to poor performance of homeowners. Net investment income soared 353.5% year over year to $19.5 million. Combined ratio expanded 1870 bps year over year to 103.1%.
Life & Health Insurance's revenues inched up 3.5% from the prior-year quarter’s level to $214.7 million. The segment’s total earned premiums increased 0.9% from the prior-year quarter’s figure to $162.7 million on the back of life business. Net investment income rose 18.3% year over year to $52.4 million.
Financial Update (as of Jun 30, 2021)
Kemper had cash of $105.1 million, down 49% from the level as of Dec 31, 2020.
Total shareholders' equity was $4.3 billion, down 5.6% from the level as of Dec 31, 2020.
Book value per share was $67.67 per share, down 3% from $69.74 as of Dec 31, 2020.
Share Repurchase and Dividend Update
During the second quarter of 2021, Kemper paid out dividends worth $20.4 million.
On May 5, 2021, its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 31 cents per share.
The company also bought back shares worth $112 million.
Currently, Kemper carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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Performance of Other Companies
Among other insurance industry players, which have reported second-quarter earnings so far, the bottom line results of The Progressive Corporation PGR, RLI Corp. RLI and The Travelers Companies, Inc. TRV beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.
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