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United Fire Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (UFCS),

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights(1):

Three Months Ended September 30, 2019

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

Net income (loss) per diluted share

$

(0.09

)

Net income per diluted share

$

1.48

Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share

$

(0.40

)

Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share

$

(0.06

)

Net realized investment gains per diluted share

$

0.31

Net realized investment gains per diluted share

$

1.54

GAAP combined ratio

110.0

%

GAAP combined ratio

106.0

%

Book value per share

$

38.44

Return on equity(3)

5.5

%

United Fire Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "UFG") (UFCS) today reported consolidated net loss, including net realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, of $2.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019 (the "third quarter of 2019"), compared to a consolidated net income of $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018(4). For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 ("year-to-date"), consolidated net income, including realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, was $38.0 million ($1.48 per diluted share), compared to $57.0 million ($2.23 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

The Company reported consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.40 per diluted share for the third quarter, compared to a consolidated adjusted operating income of less than $0.01 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, consolidated adjusted operating loss was $0.06 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.96 per diluted share for the same period in 2018.

_________________
(1) Per share amounts are after tax.
(2) Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income (loss) excluding net realized investment
gains and losses, changes in the fair value of equity securities and related federal income taxes. Management evaluates this measure and ratios derived from this measure and the Company provides this information to investors because we believe it better represents the regular, ongoing performance of our business. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.
(3) Return on equity is calculated by dividing annualized net income by average year-to-date stockholders' equity.
(4) Consolidated financial results for 2018 include both continuing operations and discontinued life insurance operations and the one-time gain on the sale of discontinued operations.

"Catastrophe losses, an increase in severity of losses and current accident year reserve additions in our commercial auto and liability lines of business are the primary drivers of the net loss reported in the third quarter of 2019," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The increase in catastrophe losses is not uncommon for the third quarter, which, along with the second quarter, have historically been our most volatile quarters. In the third quarter of 2019, we had an increase in catastrophe losses from 17 events, of which four events accounted for the majority of the losses."

"In the third quarter, we also incurred an increase in severity of losses and added additional reserves in the current accident year primarily in our commercial auto and liability lines of business. The reserve strengthening is due to an increase in losses from a continuation of the challenging litigious environment, particularly in commercial auto and liability lines of business in the States of Texas and Florida. As a reminder, commercial auto is our largest line of business, with Texas being the state with our highest concentration of commercial auto business."

"Although the reported results do not yet reflect our strategic initiatives to improve profitability, it remains our primary focus and we are encouraged by the continued improvement we are experiencing in our underlying operations. Examples include a decrease in claim counts despite an increase in catastrophe claims, strong commercial pricing increases and an improvement in the core loss ratio of 3.1 points year-to-date. In addition, the third quarter marks the fourth consecutive quarter of flat or declining frequency of auto claims."

Consolidated net unrealized investment gains, net of tax, totaled $51.6 million as of September 30, 2019, an increase of $60.9 million from December 31, 2018. The increase in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of lower interest rates year-to-date when compared to the same period in 2018.

Total consolidated assets as of September 30, 2019 were $3.0 billion, which included $2.1 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value per share was $38.44, which is an increase of $3.04 per share, or 8.6 percent from December 31, 2018. This increase is primarily attributed to net income of $38.0 million and an increase in net unrealized investment gains on fixed maturity securities of $60.9 million, net of tax, over the prior year period, partially offset by shareholder dividends of $24.4 million during the first nine months of 2019.

The annualized return on equity was 5.5 percent year-to-date compared to 7.3 percent for the same period in 2018.

Property and Casualty Insurance Business

Net loss from the property and casualty insurance business, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $2.3 million ($0.09 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2019, compared to net income of $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) in the same period in 2018. The decrease in net income was primarily due to an increase in losses and loss settlement expenses and lower realized investment gains, partially offset by an increase in net premiums earned. The increase in losses and loss settlement expenses was due to an increase in catastrophe losses, an increase in severity of losses and reserve additions in the current accident year in our commercial auto and liability lines of business.

Year-to-date, net income, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $38.0 million ($1.48 per diluted share) compared to $31.6 million ($1.23 per diluted share) in the same period in 2018. The change in net income was primarily due to an increase in the value of equity securities and an increase in net premiums earned offset by an increase in losses and loss settlement expenses from an increase in catastrophe losses and a decrease in prior year favorable reserve development from reserve strengthening in our commercial auto and liability reserves.

Net premiums earned increased 3.9 percent to $274.9 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $264.7 million in the same period in 2018. Year-to-date net premiums earned increased 6.1 percent to $813.7 million compared to $766.8 million in the same period in 2018. The increase in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 was primarily due to rate increases, premium audits and endorsements.

The average renewal pricing change for commercial lines increased 7.0 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The renewal pricing increases continue to be driven by commercial auto rate increases. During the third quarter of 2019, filed commercial auto rate increases averaged in the high-single digits. Personal lines filed rate and renewal pricing increases also remained in the mid-single digits.

Reserve Development

We experienced favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years of $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to unfavorable development of $0.7 million in the same period in 2018. The change in prior year reserve development in the third quarter of 2019 came primarily from favorable development in workers' compensation offset by prior year reserve strengthening in commercial liability line of business. Year-to-date, favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years was $0.8 million, compared to $47.7 million favorable development in the same period in 2018. The change in prior year reserve development in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019 came primarily from reserve strengthening in our commercial auto and commercial liability lines of business in our Gulf Coast region offset by favorable development in workers' compensation. Development amounts can vary significantly from quarter-to-quarter depending on a number of factors, including the number of claims settled and the settlement terms. At September 30, 2019, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP Combined Ratio

The GAAP combined ratio increased by 4.5 percentage points to 110.0 percent for the third quarter, compared to 105.5 percent in the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, the GAAP combined ratio increased 3.5 percentage points to 106.0 percent compared to 102.5 percent in 2018. The increases in the combined ratios in the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 as compared to the same periods in 2018 are primarily driven by an increase in the loss ratio from a combination of an increase in severity of losses, reserve strengthening and an increase in catastrophe losses.

Pre-tax catastrophe losses in the third quarter of 2019 were higher when compared to third quarter of 2018, with catastrophe losses adding 7.0 percentage points to the combined ratio in 2019 as compared to 4.6 percentage points in 2018. Our 10-year historical average for third quarter catastrophe losses is 7.3 percentage points added to the combined ratio. Year-to-date, catastrophe losses totaled $44.9 million ($1.38 per diluted share) compared to $30.7 million ($0.95 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio for the third quarter was 33.0 percentage points, compared to 32.3 percentage points for the third quarter in 2018. The increase in the expense ratio during the third quarter of 2019 is primarily due to quarterly fluctuations in expenses for our multi-year Oasis project to upgrade our technology platform to enhance core underwriting decisions, selection of risks and productivity. Year-to-date, the expense ratio was 32.7 percentage points, compared to 33.7 percentage points in the same period in 2018. The decrease is primarily due to lower employee benefit accruals and expenses caused by post-retirement benefit plan amendments made at the end of 2018.

Investment Income and Realized Investment Gains and Losses

Net investment income was $13.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, a slight increase, as compared to net investment income of $13.2 million for the same period in 2018. Year-to date, net investment income was $43.9 million, flat compared to the same period in 2018.

The Company recognized net realized investment gains of $9.8 million during the third quarter of 2019, compared to $14.0 million for the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, the Company recognized net realized investment gains of $50.1 million compared to $7.4 million in the same period in 2018. The change in both the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019, as compared to the same periods in 2018, was primarily due to changes in the fair value of equity securities.

Life Insurance Business

On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. and on March 30, 2018, the sale transaction was completed. As a result, the life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this press release.

Capital Management

During the third quarter of 2019, we declared and paid a $0.33 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record as of August 30, 2019. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968. During the third quarter we repurchased 177,249 shares of our common stock for a total purchase price of approximately $8.1 million.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on November 6, 2019 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's third quarter 2019 results.

Teleconference: Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-844-492-3723. The event will be archived and available for digital replay through November 20, 2019. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10135573.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.ufginsurance.com/event or http://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs191106. The archived audio webcast will be available until November 20, 2019.

Transcript: A transcript of the teleconference will be available on the Company's website soon after the completion of the teleconference.

About UFG

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, UFG, through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,100 independent agencies. A.M. Best Company assigns a rating of “A” (Excellent) for members of the United Fire & Casualty Group.

For more information about UFG, visit www.ufginsurance.com or contact:

Randy Patten, AVP and Controller, Corporate Finance, 319-286-2537 or IR@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 the 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," "might," "hope," "can" and other words and terms of similar meaning or expression in connection with a discussion of future operations, 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 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 28, 2019. 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 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.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures

The Company prepares its public financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Management also uses certain non-GAAP measures to evaluate its operations and profitability. As further explained below, management believes that disclosure of certain non-GAAP financial measures enhances investor understanding of our financial performance. Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this report include: adjusted operating income and net premiums written. The Company has provided the following definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures:

Adjusted operating income: Adjusted operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains and losses and the one-time gain from the sale of discontinued operations after applicable federal and state income taxes from net income. Management believes adjusted operating income is a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company performance and a useful supplement to GAAP information because it better represents the normal ongoing performance of our business. Investors and equity analysts who invest and report on the insurance industry and the Company generally focus on this metric in their analyses.

Net Income Reconciliation

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

2019

2018

Change %

2019

2018

Change %

Income Statement Data

Net income (loss)

$

(2,342

)

$

11,070

NM

$

37,983

$

56,986

(33.3

)%

Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

%

27,307

(100.0

)%

Less: after-tax net realized investment gains

7,760

11,037

NM

39,600

5,014

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)

$

(10,102

)

$

33

NM

$

(1,617

)

$

24,665

(106.6

)%

Diluted Earnings Per Share Data

Net income (loss)

$

(0.09

)

$

0.43

NM

$

1.48

$

2.23

(33.6

)%

Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

%

1.07

(100.0

)%

Less: after-tax net realized investment gains

0.31

0.43

(27.9

)%

1.54

0.20

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)

$

(0.40

)

$

NM

$

(0.06

)

$

0.96

(106.3

)%

NM = Not meaningful.

Net premiums written: While not a substitute for any GAAP measure of performance, net premiums written is frequently used by industry analysts and other recognized reporting sources to facilitate comparisons of the performance of insurance companies. Net premiums written are the amount charged for insurance policy contracts issued and recognized on an annualized basis at the effective date of the policy. Management believes net premiums written are a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company sales performance and geographical expansion efforts. Net premiums written for an insurance company consists of direct premiums written and reinsurance assumed, less reinsurance ceded. Net premiums earned is calculated on a pro rata basis over the terms of the respective policies. Unearned premium reserves are established for the portion of premiums written applicable to the unexpired term of insurance policy in force. The difference between net premiums earned and net premiums written is the change in unearned premiums and change in prepaid reinsurance premiums.

Net Premiums Earned Reconciliation

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(In Thousands, Except Ratios)

2019

2018

Change %

2019

2018

Change %

Premiums:

Net premiums earned

$

274,942

$

264,747

3.9

%

$

813,742

$

779,770

4.4

%

Less: change in unearned premiums

11,766

8,884

32.4

%

(35,296

)

(43,459

)

18.8

%

Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums

(163

)

953

(117.1

)%

886

2,105

(57.9

)%

Net premiums written

$

263,339

$

254,910

3.3

%

$

848,152

$

821,124

3.3

%



Supplemental Tables

Consolidated Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data and Ratios)

2019

2018

Change %

2019

2018

Change %

Revenue Highlights

Net premiums earned:

P&C continuing operations

$

274,942

$

264,747

3.9

%

$

813,742

$

766,767

6.1

%

Life discontinued operations

%

13,003

(100.0

)%

Consolidated net premiums earned

274,942

264,747

3.9

%

813,742

779,770

4.4

%

Net investment income:

P&C continuing operations

13,291

13,192

0.8

%

43,923

43,933

%

Life discontinued operations

%

12,663

(100.0

)%

Consolidated net investment income

13,291

13,192

0.8

%

43,923

56,596

(22.4

)%

Total revenues:

P&C continuing operations

298,055

291,910

2.1

%

907,791

818,104

11.0

%

Life discontinued operations

%

24,755

(100.0

)%

Total revenues

298,055

291,910

2.1

%

907,791

842,859

7.7

%

Income Statement Data

Net income (loss)

(2,342

)

11,070

NM

37,983

56,986

(33.3

)%

Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

%

27,307

(100.0

)%

After-tax net realized investment gains

7,760

11,037

(29.7

)%

39,600

5,014

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)

$

(10,102

)

$

33

NM

$

(1,617

)

$

24,665

(106.6

)%

Diluted Earnings Per Share Data

Net income (loss)

$

(0.09

)

$

0.43

NM

$

1.48

$

2.23

(33.6

)%

Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

%

1.07

(100.0

)%

After-tax net realized investment gains

0.31

0.43

(27.9

)%

1.54

0.20

NM

Adjusted operating income (loss) (1)

$

(0.40

)

$

NM

$

(0.06

)

$

0.96

(106.3

)%

Catastrophe Data

Pre-tax catastrophe losses

$

19,292

$

12,268

57.3

%

$

44,927

$

30,745

46.1

%

Effect on after-tax earnings per share

0.61

0.38

60.5

%

1.38

0.95

45.3

%

Effect on combined ratio

7.0

%

4.6

%

52.2

%

5.5

%

4.0

%

37.5

%

Favorable (unfavorable) reserve development experienced on prior accident years

$

5,513

$

(712

)

NM

$

770

$

47,673

(98.4

)%

Combined ratio

110.0

%

105.5

%

4.3

%

106.0

%

102.5

%

3.4

%

Return on equity

5.5

%

7.3

%

(24.7

)%

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.33

$

3.31

(90.0

)%

$

0.97

$

3.90

(75.1

)%

Diluted weighted average shares
outstanding

25,176,334

25,626,951

(1.8

)%

25,643,744

25,607,305

0.1

%

NM = Not meaningful
(1) Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income (loss). See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to net income (loss).

Income Statement

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(In Thousands, Except Ratios)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues

Net premiums earned

$

274,942

$

264,747

$

813,742

$

766,767

Investment income, net of investment expenses

13,291

13,192

43,923

43,933

Net realized investment gains (losses)

Change in the fair value of equity securities

9,692

14,381

46,825

5,498

All other net realized gains (losses)

130

(410

)

3,301

1,906

Net realized investment gains

9,822

13,971

50,126

7,404

Total Revenues

$

298,055

$

291,910

$

907,791

$

818,104

Benefits, Losses and Expenses

Losses and loss settlement expenses

$

211,752

$

193,667

$

596,001

$

527,541

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

54,828

51,758

161,842

152,207

Other underwriting expenses

36,003

33,887

104,370

105,994

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses

$

302,583

$

279,312

$

862,213

$

785,742

Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations

(4,528

)

12,598

45,578

32,362

Federal income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations

(2,186

)

1,528

7,595

771

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

$

(2,342

)

$

11,070

$

37,983

$

31,591

Net loss from discontinued operations

(1,912

)

Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

27,307

Net income (loss)

$

(2,342

)

$

11,070

$

37,983

$

56,986

GAAP combined ratio:

Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes

70.0

%

68.6

%

67.8

%

64.8

%

Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio

7.0

4.6

5.5

4.0

Net loss ratio

77.0

%

73.2

%

73.3

%

68.8

%

Expense ratio

33.0

32.3

32.7

33.7

Combined ratio

110.0

%

105.5

%

106.0

%

102.5

%


Balance Sheet

September 30, 2019

December 31, 2018

(In Thousands)

Invested assets

$

2,125,385

$

2,074,123

Cash

129,708

64,454

Total assets

3,014,029

2,816,698

Losses and loss settlement expenses

1,360,539

1,312,483

Total liabilities

2,049,861

1,928,323

Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax

51,588

(9,323

)

Total stockholders’ equity

964,168

888,375


Discontinued Operations(1)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(In Thousands)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues

Net premiums earned

$

$

$

$

13,003

Investment income, net of investment expenses

12,663

Net realized investment losses

(1,057

)

Other income

146

Total Revenues

$

$

$

$

24,755

Benefits, Losses and Expenses

Losses and loss settlement expenses

$

$

$

$

10,823

Increase in liability for future policy benefits

5,023

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

1,895

Other underwriting expenses

3,864

Interest on policyholders’ accounts

4,499

Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses

$

$

$

$

26,104

Loss before income taxes

$

$

$

$

(1,349

)

Federal income tax expense

563

Net loss

$

$

$

$

(1,912

)

(1) On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. The sale closed on March 30, 2018. The life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this table.

Net Premiums Written by Line of Business

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

(In Thousands)

Net Premiums Written(1)

Continuing operations:

Commercial lines:

Other liability(2)

$

76,090

$

75,117

$

247,573

$

242,574

Fire and allied lines(3)

61,846

58,037

189,361

180,608

Automobile

75,222

70,121

246,801

227,160

Workers’ compensation

18,988

20,806

67,893

72,464

Fidelity and surety

6,644

6,212

20,147

20,224

Miscellaneous

363

398

1,281

1,318

Total commercial lines

$

239,153

$

230,691

$

773,056

$

744,348

Personal lines:

Fire and allied lines(4)

$

11,255

$

11,123

$

31,015

$

31,131

Automobile

8,396

7,689

24,113

22,872

Miscellaneous

337

304

961

931

Total personal lines

$

19,988

$

19,116

$

56,089

$

54,934

Reinsurance assumed

4,198

5,103

19,007

8,837

Total net premiums written from continuing operations

263,339

254,910

848,152

808,119

Total net premiums written from discontinued operations

13,005

Total

$

263,339

$

254,910

$

848,152

$

821,124

(1) Net premiums written is a non-GAAP financial measure of net premiums earned. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of net premiums written to net premiums earned.

(2) Commercial lines “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.
(3) Commercial lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, commercial multiple peril and inland marine.
(4) Personal lines “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,

2019

2018

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

$

80,421

$

50,656

63.0

%

$

78,943

$

53,581

67.9

%

Fire and allied lines

61,628

49,628

80.5

59,056

40,514

68.6

Automobile

80,574

85,227

105.8

72,773

68,892

94.7

Workers' compensation

22,041

3,076

14.0

24,127

17,776

73.7

Fidelity and surety

6,755

1,437

21.3

5,929

1,379

23.3

Miscellaneous

428

63

14.7

436

(29

)

(6.7

)

Total commercial lines

$

251,847

$

190,087

75.5

%

$

241,264

$

182,113

75.5

%

Personal lines

Fire and allied lines

$

10,370

$

13,469

129.9

%

$

10,416

$

11,423

109.7

%

Automobile

7,870

6,946

88.3

7,450

6,731

90.3

Miscellaneous

312

(130

)

(41.7

)

307

25

8.1

Total personal lines

$

18,552

$

20,285

109.3

%

$

18,173

$

18,179

100.0

%

Reinsurance assumed

$

4,543

$

1,380

30.4

%

$

5,310

$

(6,625

)

(124.8

)%

Total

$

274,942

$

211,752

77.0

%

$

264,747

$

193,667

73.2

%


Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2019

2018

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

$

238,300

$

146,513

61.5

%

$

230,845

$

117,387

50.9

%

Fire and allied lines

181,417

142,265

78.4

174,451

125,844

72.1

Automobile

234,280

225,564

96.3

209,176

188,929

90.3

Workers' compensation

66,537

18,399

27.7

71,101

46,838

65.9

Fidelity and surety

19,276

536

2.8

17,144

2,328

13.6

Miscellaneous

1,291

63

4.9

1,289

348

27.0

Total commercial lines

$

741,101

$

533,340

72.0

%

$

704,006

$

481,674

68.4

%

Personal lines

Fire and allied lines

$

30,892

$

34,137

110.5

%

$

31,250

$

28,183

90.2

%

Automobile

23,050

19,422

84.3

21,686

18,701

86.2

Miscellaneous

920

354

38.5

903

(247

)

(27.4

)

Total personal lines

$

54,862

$

53,913

98.3

%

$

53,839

$

46,637

86.6

%

Reinsurance assumed

$

17,779

$

8,748

49.2

%

$

8,922

$

(770

)

(8.6

)%

Total

$

813,742

$

596,001

73.2

%

$

766,767

$

527,541

68.8

%