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Mercury General Corporation Announces Second Quarter Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercury General Corporation (NYSE: MCY) reported today for the second quarter of 2022:

Consolidated Highlights



Three Months Ended June 30,


Change


Six Months Ended June 30,


Change


2022


2021


$


%


2022


2021


$


%

(000's except per-share amounts and ratios)















Net premiums earned 

$     987,512


$     926,820


$     60,692


6.5


$ 1,950,062


$  1,842,741


$  107,321


5.8

Net premiums written (1)

$  1,016,994


$     957,342


$     59,652


6.2


$ 2,027,791


$  1,907,724


$    20,067


6.3

















Net realized investment (losses) gains, net of tax (2)

$   (191,131)


$       46,456


$  (237,587)


(511.4)


$  (345,249)


$       79,392


$  (424,641)


(534.9)

Net (loss) income

$   (210,681)


$     109,181


$  (319,862)


(293.0)


$  (407,599)


$     216,176


$  (623,775)


(288.5)

Net (loss) income per diluted share (3)

$         (3.80)


$           1.97


$        (5.77)


(292.9)


$        (7.36)


$           3.90


$      (11.26)


(288.7)

















Operating (loss) income (1)

$     (19,550)


$      62,725


$    (82,275)


(131.2)


$    (62,350)


$     136,784


$  (199,134)


(145.6)

Operating (loss) income per diluted share (1)

$         (0.35)


$          1.13


$        (1.48)


(131.0)


$        (1.13)


$           2.47


$          (3.6)


(145.7)

Catastrophe losses net of reinsurance (4)

$      21,000


$      25,000


$      (4,000)


(16.0)


$     43,000


$       60,000


$    (17,000)


(28.3)

Combined ratio (5)

106.6 %


94.9 %



       11.7 pts


108.1 %


94.2 %



       13.9 pts



(1)

These measures are not based on U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), are defined in "Information Regarding GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures" and are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in "Supplemental Schedules."

(2)

Net realized investment (losses) gains before tax were $(242) million and $59 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively, and $(437) million and $100 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The changes in fair value of the Company's investments are recorded as part of net realized investment gains or losses in its consolidated statements of operations due to the adoption of the fair value option for its investments as permitted under GAAP.

(3)

The dilutive impact of incremental shares is excluded from net loss position in accordance with GAAP.

(4)

Catastrophe losses due to the events that occurred during the six months ended June 30, 2022 totaled approximately $40 million, with no reinsurance benefits used for these losses, resulting primarily from winter storms, rainstorms and hail in Texas and winter storms in California. Catastrophe losses due to the events that occurred during the six months ended June 30, 2021 totaled approximately $64 million, with no reinsurance benefits used for these losses, resulting primarily from the deep freeze and other extreme weather events in Texas and Oklahoma and winter storms in California. In addition, the Company experienced unfavorable development of approximately $3 million and favorable development of approximately $4 million on prior years' catastrophe losses for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively.  

(5)

Inflationary trends have accelerated to their highest level in decades, which has had a significant impact on the cost of auto parts and labor as well as medical expenses for bodily injuries, and supply chain and labor shortage issues have lengthened the time to repair vehicles. Bodily injury costs are also under pressure from social inflation. These factors have increased losses and loss adjustment expenses for the insured events of the current accident year for the six months ended June 30, 2022 compared to the corresponding period in 2021. In addition, the Company experienced favorable development of approximately $2 million and approximately $14 million on prior accident years' loss and loss adjustment expense reserves for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively, and unfavorable development of approximately $51 million and favorable development of approximately $15 million on prior accident years' loss and loss adjustment expense reserves for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The year-to-date unfavorable development in 2022 was primarily attributable to higher than estimated losses and loss adjustment expenses in the private passenger automobile and commercial property lines of insurance business, partially offset by favorable development in the commercial automobile and homeowners lines of insurance business. The inflationary pressures and the supply chain and labor shortage issues discussed above were major contributors to the adverse reserve development in the private passenger automobile line of insurance business for the first half of 2022. The year-to-date favorable development in 2021 was primarily attributable to lower than estimated losses and loss adjustment expenses in the commercial property and private passenger automobile lines of insurance business, partially offset by unfavorable development in the commercial automobile line of insurance business. The Company has filed for rate increases in many states and is taking various non-rate actions to improve profitability.

 

Investment Results



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

(000's except average annual yield)








Average invested assets at cost (1)

$   4,900,223


$   4,657,097


$   4,879,634


$   4,590,386

Net investment income (2)








     Before income taxes

$        38,555


$        30,953


$        73,906


$        63,232

     After income taxes

$        33,517


$        27,676


$        64,438


$        56,460

Average annual yield on investments - after income taxes 

2.7 %


2.4 %


2.6 %


2.5 %



(1)

Fixed maturities and short-term bonds at amortized cost; equities and other short-term investments at cost. Average invested assets
at cost are based on the monthly amortized cost of the invested assets for each period.

(2)

Higher net investment income before and after income taxes for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 compared to the
corresponding periods in 2021 resulted largely from higher average yield combined with higher average invested assets. Average
annual yield on investments after income taxes for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022 increased compared to the
corresponding periods in 2021, primarily due to the maturity and replacement of lower yielding investments purchased when market
interest rates were lower with higher yielding investments, as a result of increasing market interest rates.

 

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.3175 per share. The dividend will be paid on September 29, 2022 to shareholders of record on September 15, 2022. The Board reduced the dividend as compared to prior periods to reflect challenging business conditions caused primarily by extraordinarily high inflation rates, particularly with respect to the settlement of claims. The Company is taking premium rate increases and non-rate actions to improve profitability. The Board will periodically review the Company's dividend policy and consider changes to the dividend pay-out when business conditions warrant.

Mercury General Corporation and its subsidiaries are a multiple line insurance organization offering predominantly personal automobile and homeowners insurance through a network of independent producers and direct-to-consumer sales in many states. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.mercuryinsurance.com.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. Certain statements contained in this report are forward-looking statements based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. Actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) and are subject to change based upon various factors, including but not limited to the following risks and uncertainties: changes in the demand for the Company's insurance products, inflation and general economic conditions, including general market risks associated with the Company's investment portfolio; the accuracy and adequacy of the Company's pricing methodologies; catastrophes in the markets served by the Company; uncertainties related to estimates, assumptions and projections generally; the possibility that actual loss experience may vary adversely from the actuarial estimates made to determine the Company's loss reserves in general; the Company's ability to obtain and the timing of the approval of premium rate changes for insurance policies issued in the states where it operates; legislation adverse to the automobile insurance industry or business generally that may be enacted in the states where the Company operates; the Company's success in managing its business in non-California states; the presence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing and marketing efforts; the Company's ability to successfully manage its claims organization outside of California; the Company's ability to successfully allocate the resources used in the states with reduced or exited operations to its operations in other states; changes in driving patterns and loss trends; acts of war and terrorist activities; pandemics, epidemics, widespread health emergencies, or outbreaks of infectious diseases; court decisions and trends in litigation and health care and auto repair costs; and legal, cybersecurity, regulatory and litigation risks. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new information, future events or otherwise. For a more detailed discussion of some of the foregoing risks and uncertainties, see the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 15, 2022.

 

MERCURY GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS

(000's except per-share amounts and ratios)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

Revenues:








     Net premiums earned

$         987,512


$         926,820


$      1,950,062


$      1,842,741

     Net investment income

38,555


30,953


73,906


63,232

     Net realized investment (losses) gains

(241,938)


58,805


(437,024)


100,496

     Other

1,496


2,197


4,142


5,402

          Total revenues

785,625


1,018,775


1,591,086


2,011,871

Expenses:








     Losses and loss adjustment expenses

826,779


657,228


1,648,713


1,283,572

     Policy acquisition costs

156,482


150,984


318,574


315,414

     Other operating expenses

69,430


70,927


139,720


136,485

     Interest

4,274


4,235


8,548


8,577

          Total expenses

1,056,965


883,374


2,115,555


1,744,048

(Loss) income before income taxes

(271,340)


135,401


(524,469)


267,823

     Income tax (benefit) expense

(60,659)


26,220


(116,870)


51,647

                    Net (loss) income

$       (210,681)


$         109,181


$       (407,599)


$         216,176









Basic average shares outstanding

55,371


55,371


55,371


55,366

Diluted average shares outstanding

55,371


55,376


55,371


55,375









Basic Per Share Data








Net (loss) income

$             (3.80)


$               1.97


$             (7.36)


$               3.90

Net realized investment (losses) gains, net of tax

$             (3.45)


$               0.84


$             (6.24)


$               1.43









Diluted Per Share Data








Net (loss) income

$             (3.80)


$               1.97


$             (7.36)


$               3.90

Net realized investment (losses) gains, net of tax

$             (3.45)


$               0.84


$             (6.24)


$               1.43









Operating Ratios-GAAP Basis








Loss ratio

83.7 %


70.9 %


84.6 %


69.7 %

Expense ratio

22.9 %


23.9 %


23.5 %


24.5 %

Combined ratio (a)

106.6 %


94.9 %


108.1 %


94.2 %


(a)     Combined ratio for the three months ended June 30, 2021 does not sum due to rounding.

 

MERCURY GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS AND OTHER INFORMATION

(000's except per-share amounts and ratios)



June 30, 2022


December 31, 2021


(unaudited)



ASSETS




Investments, at fair value:




     Fixed maturity securities (amortized cost $4,003,142; $3,909,780)

$             3,878,684


$             4,031,523

     Equity securities (cost $741,090; $754,536)

782,802


970,939

     Short-term investments (cost $174,874; $141,206)

172,130


140,127

          Total investments

4,833,616


5,142,589

Cash

290,002


335,557

Receivables:




     Premiums

639,272


621,740

          Allowance for credit losses on premiums receivable

(6,000)


(6,000)

                  Premiums receivable, net of allowance for credit losses

633,272


615,740

     Accrued investment income

46,071


43,299

     Other

7,358


7,600

          Total receivables

686,701


666,639

Reinsurance recoverables

27,707


45,000

Deferred policy acquisition costs

273,533


258,259

Fixed assets, net

189,600


191,332

Operating lease right-of-use assets

26,952


31,967

Current income taxes

44,460


20,108

Deferred income taxes

39,071


Goodwill

42,796


42,796

Other intangible assets, net

9,722


10,255

Other assets

35,505


27,970

          Total assets

$             6,499,665


$             6,772,472

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves

$             2,386,822


$             2,226,430

Unearned premiums

1,597,940


1,519,799

Notes payable

373,130


372,931

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

165,922


169,125

Operating lease liabilities

29,799


34,577

Deferred income taxes


53,569

Other liabilities

283,687


255,760

Shareholders' equity

1,662,365


2,140,281

          Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$             6,499,665


$             6,772,472





OTHER INFORMATION




Common stock shares outstanding

55,371


55,371

Book value per share

$                    30.02


$                    38.65

Statutory surplus (a)

$1.63 billion


$1.83 billion

Net premiums written to surplus ratio (a)

2.44


2.11

Debt to total capital ratio (b)

18.4 %


14.9 %

Portfolio duration (including all short-term instruments) (a) (c)

3.5 years


3.4 years

Policies-in-force (company-wide "PIF") (a)




     Personal Auto PIF

1,136


1,122

     Homeowners PIF

727


705

     Commercial Auto PIF

39


39


(a)       Unaudited.

(b)       Debt to Debt plus Shareholders' Equity (Debt at face value).

(c)       Modified duration reflecting anticipated early calls.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES








(000's except per-share amounts and ratios)

(unaudited)









Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021









Reconciliations of Comparable GAAP Measures to Operating Measures (a)













Net premiums earned

$         987,512


$         926,820


$   1,950,062


$   1,842,741

Change in net unearned premiums

29,482


30,522


77,729


64,983

Net premiums written

$      1,016,994


$         957,342


$   2,027,791


$   1,907,724









Incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses

$         826,779


$         657,228


$   1,648,713


$   1,283,572

Change in net loss and loss adjustment expense reserves

(85,622)


(52,601)


(175,183)


(101,975)

Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses

$         741,157


$         604,627


$   1,473,530


$   1,181,597









Net (loss) income

$        (210,681)


$         109,181


$    (407,599)


$      216,176

Less: Net realized investment (losses) gains

(241,938)


58,805


(437,024)


100,496

         Tax on net realized investment (losses) gains (b)

(50,807)


12,349


(91,775)


21,104

             Net realized investment (losses) gains, net of tax

(191,131)


46,456


(345,249)


79,392

Operating (loss) income

$          (19,550)


$           62,725


$      (62,350)


$      136,784









Per diluted share:








Net (loss) income

$              (3.80)


$               1.97


$          (7.36)


$            3.90

Less: Net realized investment (losses) gains, net of tax

(3.45)


0.84


(6.24)


1.43

Operating (loss) income (c)

$              (0.35)


$               1.13


$          (1.13)


$            2.47









Combined ratio





108.1 %


94.2 %

Effect of estimated prior periods' loss development





(2.6) %


0.8 %

Combined ratio-accident period basis





105.5 %


95.0 %


(a)     See "Information Regarding GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures" on page 7. 

(b)     Based on federal statutory rate of 21%.

(c)     Operating loss per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2022 does not sum due to rounding.

 

Information Regarding GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures

The Company has presented information within this document containing operating measures which in management's opinion provide investors with useful, industry specific information to help them evaluate, and perform meaningful comparisons of, the Company's performance, but that may not be presented in accordance with GAAP. These measures are not intended to replace, and should be read in conjunction with, the GAAP financial results.

Net income is the GAAP measure that is most directly comparable to operating income. Operating income is net income excluding realized investment gains and losses, net of tax. Operating income is used by management along with the other components of net income to assess the Company's performance. Management uses operating income as an important measure to evaluate the results of the Company's insurance business. Management believes that operating income provides investors with a valuable measure of the Company's ongoing performance as it reveals trends in the Company's insurance business that may be obscured by the effect of net realized investment gains and losses. Realized investment gains and losses may vary significantly between periods and are generally driven by external economic developments such as capital market conditions. Accordingly, operating income highlights the results from ongoing operations and the underlying profitability of the Company's core insurance business. Operating income, which is provided as supplemental information and should not be considered as a substitute for net income, does not reflect the overall profitability of the Company's business. It should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. See "Supplemental Schedules" above for a reconciliation of net income to operating income.

Net premiums earned, the most directly comparable GAAP measure to net premiums written, represents the portion of premiums written that is recognized as revenue in the financial statements for the periods presented and earned on a pro-rata basis over the term of the policies. Net premiums written is a statutory financial measure which represents the premiums charged on policies issued during a fiscal period less any applicable reinsurance.  Net premiums written is designed to determine production levels and is meant as supplemental information and not intended to replace net premiums earned. Such information should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. See "Supplemental Schedules" above for a reconciliation of net premiums earned to net premiums written.

Incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to paid losses and loss adjustment expenses. Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses excludes the effects of changes in the loss reserve accounts. Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses is provided as supplemental information and is not intended to replace incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses. It should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. See "Supplemental Schedules" above for a reconciliation of incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses to paid losses and loss adjustment expenses.

Combined ratio is the most directly comparable measure to combined ratio-accident period basis. Combined ratio-accident period basis is computed as the difference between two GAAP operating ratios: the combined ratio and prior accident periods' loss development ratio. Management believes that combined ratio-accident period basis is useful to investors and it is used to reveal the trends in the Company's results of operations that may be obscured by development on prior accident periods' loss reserves. Combined ratio-accident period basis is meant as supplemental information and is not intended to replace the GAAP combined ratio. It should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. See "Supplemental Schedules" above for a reconciliation of GAAP combined ratio to combined ratio-accident period basis.

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