Employers Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Earnings and Declares Third Quarter 2013 Divide

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Employers Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Earnings and Declares Third Quarter 2013 Dividend

Key Highlights

(Q2, 2013 compared to Q2, 2012 except where noted)

  • Net income before the LPT of $9.9 million; up $0.29 per diluted share
  • Overall net rate up 10.1%
  • Net written premiums of $187.0 million; up 24%
  • Net earned premiums of $160.0 million; up 34%
  • Revenues of $181.6 million; up 31%
  • Combined ratio before the LPT improved 10.8 percentage points

RENO, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Employers Holdings, Inc. ("EHI" or the "Company") (NYS: EIG) today reported second quarter 2013 net income of $14.6 million or $0.46 per diluted share. Net income in the second quarter of 2012 was $5.0 million or $0.16 per diluted share.

Net income includes amortization of the deferred reinsurance gain related to the Loss Portfolio Transfer ("LPT") Agreement. Consolidated net income before the impact of the LPT deferred reinsurance gain (the Company's non-GAAP measure described below) was $9.9 million or $0.31 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013 and $0.7 million or $0.02 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2012.

The second quarter 2013 combined ratio was 103.2% and 106.1% before the impact of the LPT deferred reinsurance gain, compared with 113.3% and 116.9% before the impact of the LPT deferred reinsurance gain for the second quarter of 2012. Year over year, the combined ratio improved 10.1 percentage points on a GAAP basis and 10.8 percentage points before the impact of the LPT.

Adjusted for the LPT, book value per share was $25.68 at the end of the second quarter compared with $26.66 at year-end 2012, a decline of $0.98. Rising interest rates in the second quarter of 2013 resulted in decreased unrealized gains on fixed maturity investments reducing stockholders' equity. Approximately $0.79 of the decline in adjusted book value per share was attributable to reduced stockholders' equity and the remaining $0.19 of the change was attributable to an increase in shares outstanding as the result of routine exercises of employee equity awards. Under the Company's long-term incentive compensation plan, the first options granted are due to expire in 2014. The Company expects officers to be exercising these options prior to their expiration in August of 2014.

President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Dirks commented on the results: "We are pleased with the substantial improvements in financial and operating performance that we achieved in the second quarter of this year relative to last year. Net income before the LPT increased nearly $10 million or $0.29 per diluted share. Our underwriting, commission and loss expenses as a percentage of earned premium all improved relative to the second quarter of 2012, driving a significant improvement of nearly eleven points in our combined ratio before the LPT."

Dirks continued: "As expected, we lowered our provision rate for losses for the second time this year, by four points in the three months ended June 30 compared with the same period last year. Pricing improvement continued as the total change in net rate increased 10.1% year over year. As in the first quarter of this year, the net rate change at the end of the second quarter in our top five states, in terms of in-force premium, was positive relative to the end of last year's second quarter. The change in net rate in the second quarter was highest in Illinois at 17%, followed by California at 14% and Nevada at 13%."

Dirks concluded: "We believe that the pricing, targeted growth and cost containment initiatives we implemented in recent years will continue to be major drivers of our reported results throughout 2013."

Third Quarter Dividend

The Board of Directors declared a third quarter 2013 dividend of six cents per share. The dividend is payable on September 4, 2013 to stockholders of record as of August 21, 2013.

Conference Call and Web Cast; Form 10-Q; Supplemental Portfolio Listing

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The conference call will be available via a live web cast on the Company's web site at www.employers.com. An archived version will be available several hours after the call. The conference call replay number is (888) 286-8010 with a pass code of 21661548. International callers may dial (617) 801-6888.

EHI expects to file its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on or about Thursday, August 8, 2013. The Form 10-Q will be available without charge through the EDGAR system at the SEC's web site and will also be posted on the Company's website, www.employers.com, through the "Investors" link.

The Company provides a list of portfolio securities by CUSIP in the Calendar of Events, Second Quarter "Investors" section of its web site at www.employers.com.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release includes non-GAAP financial measures used to analyze the Company's operating performance for the periods presented.

These non-GAAP financial measures exclude impacts related to the LPT Agreement deferred reinsurance gain. The 1999 LPT Agreement was a non-recurring transaction that does not result in ongoing cash benefits and, consequently, the Company believes these non-GAAP measures are useful in providing stockholders and management a meaningful understanding of the Company's operating performance. In addition, these measures, as defined, are helpful to management in identifying trends in the Company's performance because the items excluded have limited significance in current and ongoing operations.

The Company strongly urges stockholders and other interested persons not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate its business. The non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures and investors should be careful when comparing the Company's non-GAAP financial measures to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Net Income before impact of the LPT Agreement. Net income less (a) amortization of deferred reinsurance gain-LPT Agreement; (b) adjustments to LPT Agreement ceded reserves; and (c) adjustments to contingent commission receivable-LPT Agreement.

Deferred reinsurance gain-LPT Agreement (Deferred Gain). This reflects the unamortized gain from the LPT Agreement. Under GAAP, this gain is deferred and amortized using the recovery method, whereby the amortization is determined by the proportion of actual reinsurance recoveries to total estimated recoveries, except for the contingent profit commission, which is amortized through June 30, 2024. The amortization is reflected in losses and LAE.

Gross Premiums Written. Gross premiums written is the sum of both direct premiums written and assumed premiums written before the effect of ceded reinsurance. Direct premiums written represents the premiums on all policies the Company's insurance subsidiaries have issued during the year. Assumed premiums written represents the premiums that the insurance subsidiaries have received from an authorized state-mandated pool.

Net Premiums Written. Net premiums written is the sum of direct premiums written and assumed premiums written less ceded premiums written. Ceded premiums written is the portion of direct premiums written that are ceded to reinsurers under reinsurance contracts. The Company uses net premiums written, primarily in relation to gross premiums written, to measure the amount of business retained after cession to reinsurers.

Losses and LAE before impact of the LPT Agreement. Losses and LAE less (a) amortization of Deferred Gain; (b) adjustments to LPT Agreement ceded reserves; and (c) adjustments to contingent commission receivable-LPT Agreement.

Losses and LAE Ratio. The losses and LAE ratio is a measure of underwriting profitability. Expressed as a percentage, it is the ratio of losses and LAE to net premiums earned.

Commission Expense Ratio. Commission expense ratio is the ratio (expressed as a percentage) of commission expense to net premiums earned.

Underwriting and Other Operating Expense Ratio. The underwriting and other operating expense ratio is the ratio (expressed as a percentage) of underwriting and other operating expense to net premiums earned.

Combined Ratio. The combined ratio represents a summary percentage of claims and expenses to net premiums earned. The combined ratio is the sum of the losses and LAE ratio, the commission expense ratio, and the underwriting and other operating expense ratio.

Combined Ratio before impacts of the LPT Agreement. Combined ratio before impacts of LPT is the GAAP combined ratio before (a) amortization of deferred reinsurance gain-LPT Agreement; (b) adjustments to LPT Agreement ceded reserves; and (c) adjustments to contingent commission receivable-LPT Agreement.

Equity including Deferred Gain. Equity including Deferred Gain is total equity plus the Deferred Gain.

Book value per share. Equity including Deferred Gain divided by number of shares outstanding.

Net rate. Net rate, defined as total premium in-force divided by total insured payroll exposure, is a function of a variety of factors, including rate changes, underwriting risk profiles and pricing, and changes in business mix related to economic and competitive pressures.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release, the Company and its management discuss and make statements based on currently available information regarding their intentions, beliefs, current expectations, and projections regarding the Company's future operations, growth and pricing strategies, and financial and operating performance, as well as the impact of pricing improvements on the Company, expectations regarding provision rates for losses, drivers of combined ratio improvement, and the ongoing results, if any, of pricing, targeted growth, and cost containment initiatives implemented by the Company. Certain of these statements may constitute "forward-looking" statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and are often identified by words such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "target," "project," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "pro forma," "seek," "likely," or "continue," or other comparable terminology and their negatives. EHI and its management caution investors that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Risks and uncertainties are inherent in EHI's future performance. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, among other things, those discussed or identified from time to time in EHI's public filings with the SEC, including the risks detailed in the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the Company's Annual Reports on Form 10-K. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

The SEC filings for EHI can be accessed through the "Investors" link on the Company's website, www.employers.com, or through the SEC's EDGAR Database at www.sec.gov (EHI EDGAR CIK No. 0001379041).

Copyright © 2013 EMPLOYERS. All rights reserved. EMPLOYERS® and America's small business insurance specialist.® are registered trademarks of Employers Insurance Company of Nevada. Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select, small businesses engaged in low to medium hazard industries. Insurance subsidiaries include Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Additional information can be found at: http://www.employers.com.

 
 
Employers Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
 
    Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
June 30,June 30,
(in thousands, except per share data)2013  20122013  2012
Revenues(unaudited)(unaudited)
Gross premiums written$190,068 $153,094 $365,031 $295,888 
Net premiums written$186,996 $150,364 $359,022 $290,728 
Net premiums earned$159,953$118,955$307,928$228,855
Net investment income17,64518,29735,05036,682
Realized gains on investments, net3,8669454,6602,723
Other income144 114 247 195 
Total revenues181,608138,311347,885268,455
Expenses
Losses and loss adjustment expenses112,63887,809220,910168,327
Commission expense20,12716,62138,52030,437
Underwriting and other operating expenses32,24930,31663,78963,305
Interest expense797 858 1,605 1,760 
Total expenses165,811135,604324,824263,829
 
Net income before income taxes15,7972,70723,0614,626
Income tax expense (benefit)1,209 (2,309)983 (6,730)
Net income$14,588 $5,016 $22,078 $11,356 
Less impact of LPT Agreement:
Amortization of the Deferred Gain related to losses3,2753,8286,5807,984
Amortization of the Deferred Gain related to contingent commission406256788525
Impact of LPT Contingent Commission Adjustments1,024 227 1,299 363 
Net income before LPT Agreement$9,883 $705 $13,411 $2,484 
 
Comprehensive income

Unrealized gains (losses) during the period (net of tax expense
(benefit) of $(20,886) and $2,070 for the three months ended June 30,
2013 and 2012, respectively, and $(20,870) and $5,324 for the
six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively)

$(38,787)$3,844$(38,761)$9,888

Reclassification adjustment for realized gains in net income (net of
taxes of $1,353 and $331 for the three months ended June 30,
2013 and 2012, respectively, and $1,631 and $952 for the six
months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively)

(2,513)(614)(3,029)(1,771)
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax(41,300)3,230 (41,790)8,117 
Total comprehensive income (loss)$(26,712)$8,246 $(19,712)$19,473 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic31,079,71331,537,45230,997,55232,093,328
Diluted31,641,61631,685,63631,515,74432,242,591
Earnings per common share
Basic$0.47$0.16$0.71$0.35
Diluted0.460.160.700.35
Earnings per common share attributable to the LPT Agreement
Basic$0.15$0.14$0.28$0.27
Diluted0.150.140.270.27
Earnings per common share before the LPT Agreement
Basic$0.32$0.02$0.43$0.08
Diluted0.310.020.430.08
 
 
 
 
Employers Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
    As of  As of
(in thousands, except share data)June 30,
2013
December 31,
2012
Assets(unaudited)
Available for sale:

Fixed maturity securities at fair value (amortized cost $1,989,823 at June 30,
2013 and $1,869,142 at December 31, 2012)

$2,070,027$2,024,428

Equity securities at fair value (cost $85,559 at
June 30, 2013 and $81,067 at December 31, 2012)

140,369 125,086 
Total investments2,210,3962,149,514
Cash and cash equivalents97,060140,661
Restricted cash and cash equivalents4,6025,353
Accrued investment income19,78619,356

Premiums receivable (less bad debt allowance of $6,730 at June 30, 2013 and $5,957
at December 31, 2012)

285,329223,011
Reinsurance recoverable for:
Paid losses9,4589,467
Unpaid losses801,149805,386
Deferred policy acquisition costs45,60838,852
Deferred income taxes, net51,29126,231
Property and equipment, net15,48914,680
Intangible assets, net10,10610,558
Goodwill36,19236,192
Contingent commission receivable—LPT Agreement20,94819,141
Other assets10,061 12,937 
Total assets$3,617,475 $3,511,339 Read Full Story

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