EMC Insurance Group Inc. Reports 2013 Second Quarter and Six Month Results

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EMC Insurance Group Inc. Reports 2013 Second Quarter and Six Month Results

DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- EMC Insurance Group Inc. (NAS: EMCI) :

Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2013
Operating Income Per Share - $0.47
Net Income Per Share - $0.48
Net Realized Investment Gains Per Share - $0.01
Catastrophe and Storm Losses Per Share - $1.06
Large Losses Per Share - $0.33
GAAP Combined Ratio - 102.2 percent


Six Months Ended June 30, 2013
Operating Income Per Share - $1.43
Net Income Per Share - $1.58
Net Realized Investment Gains Per Share - $0.14
Catastrophe and Storm Losses Per Share - $1.34
Large Losses Per Share - $0.47
GAAP Combined Ratio - 98.1 percent

EMC Insurance Group Inc. (Nasdaq OMX/GS:EMCI) today reported operating income of $6,098,000 ($0.47 per share) for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to an operating loss of $1,837,000 ($0.14 per share) for the second quarter of 20121. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported operating income of $18,637,000 ($1.43 per share), compared to $11,590,000 ($0.90 per share) for the same period in 2012.

Net income, including realized investment gains and losses, totaled $6,212,000 ($0.48 per share) for the second quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss of $2,576,000 ($0.20 per share) for the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $20,485,000 ($1.58 per share), compared to $16,647,000 ($1.29 per share) for the same period in 2012.

"The Company experienced another strong quarter of high-single-digit rate level increases and a more normal level of catastrophe and storm losses consistent with our long-term average. On a consolidated basis, the year is progressing as expected; however, there have been some variations by segment," stated President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce G. Kelley.

Kelley went on to say, "Interest rates rose during the quarter, but still remain historically low. We continue to stress improvement in our underwriting margins in this low interest rate environment. We remain optimistic that the pace of rate level increases achieved in the first half of the year will continue for the remainder of the year."

Premiums earned increased 15.3 percent to $127,188,000 for the second quarter of 2013, from $110,270,000 for the second quarter of 2012. In the property and casualty insurance segment, premiums earned increased 11.4 percent for the quarter, with the majority of the increase attributable to rate level increases, growth in insured exposures on existing accounts and an increase in retained policies. In the reinsurance segment, premiums earned increased 30.9 percent in the second quarter, reflecting a significant increase in premiums earned on policies written in the prior contract year, moderate rate level increases and the addition of some new business. For the first six months of 2013, premiums earned increased 12.6 percent (10.2 percent in the property and casualty insurance segment and 21.2 percent in the reinsurance segment).

It is important to note that the large increase reported in the reinsurance segment's premiums earned for the second quarter of 2013 reflects a negative $2,686,000 earned but not reported (EBNR) premium adjustment that was recorded in the second quarter of 2012 in connection with a new offshore energy and liability proportional account that Employers Mutual began participating in effective January 1, 2012. This negative EBNR premium adjustment was recorded after the completion of a more refined actuarial analysis of this new account during the second quarter of 2012. Corresponding decreases in incurred but not reported (IBNR) loss reserves and commission expense reserves were also recorded, resulting in an after-tax impact of less than $100,000. If the EBNR premium estimate resulting from the more refined actuarial analysis had been utilized at March 31, 2012, premiums earned during the second quarter of 2012 would have been approximately $3,131,000 higher, and the percentage increase reported for the second quarter of 2013 would have been approximately 16.1 percentage points lower. The increase in premiums earned reported for the six months ended June 30, 2013 is not impacted by the negative EBNR premium adjustment recorded during the second quarter of 2012.

The Company's GAAP combined ratio was 102.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 113.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012. For the first six months of 2013, the Company's GAAP combined ratio was 98.1 percent, compared to 103.2 percent in 2012.

Catastrophe and storm losses totaled $21,350,000 ($1.06 per share after tax) in the second quarter of 2013, down from $24,847,000 ($1.25 per share after tax) experienced in the second quarter of 2012. Second quarter 2013 catastrophe and storm losses accounted for 16.8 percentage points of the combined ratio, which is in line with the Company's most recent 10-year average of 16.9 percentage points and well below 22.5 percentage points experienced in the second quarter of 2012. For the first six months of 2013, catastrophe and storm losses totaled $26,746,000 ($1.34 per share after tax), compared to $34,550,000 ($1.74 per share after tax) in 2012. On a segment basis, catastrophe and storm losses amounted to $18,489,000 ($0.92 per share after tax) and $23,354,000 ($1.17 per share after tax) in the property and casualty insurance segment, and $2,861,000 ($0.14 per share after tax) and $3,392,000 ($0.17 per share after tax) in the reinsurance segment, for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively.

The Company experienced $2,063,000 ($0.10 per share after tax) of favorable development on prior years' reserves during the second quarter of 2013, compared to $1,399,000 ($0.07 per share after tax) in the second quarter of 2012. For the first six months of 2013, favorable development totaled $6,319,000 ($0.32 per share after tax), compared to $17,662,000 ($0.89 per share after tax) in 2012. Development amounts can vary significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on a number of factors, including the number of claims settled and the settlement terms, and should therefore not be considered a reliable factor in assessing the adequacy of the Company's carried reserves. The most recent actuarial analysis of the Company's carried reserves indicates a level of adequacy that is consistent with other recent evaluations.

Large losses (which the Company defines as losses greater than $500,000 for the EMC Insurance Companies' pool, excluding catastrophe and storm losses) increased slightly to $6,548,000 ($0.33 per share after tax) in the second quarter of 2013 from $6,114,000 ($0.31 per share after tax) in the second quarter of 2012. For the first six months of 2013, large losses decreased to $9,483,000 ($0.47 per share after tax) from $12,439,000 ($0.63 per share after tax) in 2012.

Investment income decreased 1.0 percent and 3.7 percent to $11,040,000 and $21,483,000 for the second quarter and first six months of 2013 from $11,149,000 and $22,305,000 for the same periods in 2012. These declines in investment income are primarily attributable to the prolonged low interest rate environment, but do reflect an increase in dividend income in the equity portfolio. It should be noted that the declines in investment income reported for the second quarter and first six months of 2013 reflect a $170,000 increase in the amount of funds received from the settlement of securities litigation. Excluding this amount from the calculations, the declines in investment income would have been 2.5 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively.

Net realized investment gains totaled $114,000 ($0.01 per share) in the second quarter of 2013, compared to net realized investment losses of $740,000 ($0.06 per share) in 2012. For the first six months of 2013, net realized investment gains totaled $1,848,000 ($0.14 per share), compared to $5,057,000 ($0.39 per share) in 2012.

At June 30, 2013, consolidated assets totaled $1.3 billion, including $1.2 billion in the investment portfolio, and stockholders' equity totaled $403.3 million, an increase of 0.5 percent from December 31, 2012. Net book value of the Company's stock decreased 1.1 percent to $30.75 per share from $31.08 per share at December 31, 2012, reflecting a decline in the fair value of the bond portfolio due to the recent increase in interest rates. Book value excluding accumulated other comprehensive income increased to $28.50 per share from $27.38 per share at December 31, 2012.

Based on results for the first six months of 2013 and management's expectations for the remainder of the year, management is reaffirming its 2013 operating income guidance in the range of $2.40 to $2.65 per share. This guidance is based on a projected GAAP combined ratio of 99.2 percent and a projected mid-single-digit decline in investment income for the year.

The Company will hold an earnings teleconference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time on August 8, 2013 to allow securities analysts, stockholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, as well as its expectations for the rest of 2013. Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-877-407-9205 (International: 1-201-689-8054). The event will be archived and available for digital replay through November 8, 2013. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-660-6853 (International: 1-201-612-7415); conference ID number 417386.

Members of the news media, investors and the general public are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call via the Company's investor relations page at www.emcins.com/ir. The webcast will be archived and available for replay until November 8, 2013. A transcript of the teleconference will also be available on the Company's website shortly after the completion of the teleconference.

About EMCI:
EMC Insurance Group Inc. is a publicly held insurance holding company with operations in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, which was formed in 1974 and became publicly held in 1982. The Company's common stock trades on the Global Select Market tier of the NASDAQ OMX Stock Market under the symbol EMCI. EMCI's parent company is Employers Mutual Casualty Company (EMCC). EMCI and EMCC, together with their subsidiary and affiliated companies, conduct operations under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies. Additional information regarding EMC Insurance Companies may be found at www.emcins.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides issuers the opportunity to make cautionary statements regarding forward-looking statements. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement contained in this report is based on management's current beliefs, assumptions and expectations of the Company's future performance, taking into account all information currently available to management. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations can change as the result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to management. If a change occurs, the Company's business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect the actual results of the Company include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • catastrophic events and the occurrence of significant severe weather conditions;
  • the adequacy of loss and settlement expense reserves;
  • state and federal legislation and regulations;
  • changes in the property and casualty insurance industry, interest rates or the performance of financial markets and the general economy;
  • rating agency actions;
  • "other-than-temporary" investment impairment losses; and
  • other risks and uncertainties inherent to the Company's business, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Management intends to identify forward-looking statements when using the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "project," or similar expressions. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements.

¹The Company uses a non-GAAP financial measure called "operating income (loss)" that management believes is useful to investors because it illustrates the performance of our normal, ongoing operations, which is important in understanding and evaluating our financial condition and results of operations. While this measure is consistent with measures utilized by investors to evaluate performance, it is not a substitute for the GAAP financial measure of net income (loss). Therefore, the Company has provided the following reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure of operating income (loss) to the GAAP financial measure of net income (loss). Management also uses non-GAAP financial measures for goal setting, determining employee and senior management awards and compensation, and evaluating performance.

The reconciliation of operating income (loss) to net income (loss) is as follows:

    
Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
2013  20122013  2012
 
Operating income (loss)$6,098,000$(1,837,000)$18,637,000$11,590,000
Net realized investment gains (losses) 114,000 (739,000) 1,848,000 5,057,000
Net income (loss)$6,212,000$(2,576,000)$20,485,000$16,647,000
 
 
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME - UNAUDITED
        
Property and
CasualtyParent
Quarter ended June 30, 2013  Insurance  Reinsurance  Company  Consolidated

Revenues:

Premiums earned$97,816,887$29,371,393$-$127,188,280
Investment income, net8,095,8852,946,180(2,071)11,039,994
Other income 163,417  -  -  163,417 
 106,076,189  32,317,573  (2,071) 138,391,691 

Losses and expenses:

Losses and settlement expenses74,080,94314,887,737-88,968,680
Dividends to policyholders2,333,300--2,333,300
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs16,923,1266,641,288-23,564,414
Other underwriting expenses14,904,432151,235-15,055,667
Interest expense84,375--84,375
Other expenses 185,593  101,062  325,198  611,853 
 108,511,769  21,781,322  325,198  130,618,289 
Operating income (loss) before income taxes (2,435,580) 10,536,251  (327,269) 7,773,402 
Realized investment gains (losses) 392,319  (217,066) -  175,253 
Income (loss) before income taxes (2,043,261) 10,319,185  (327,269) 7,948,655 

Income tax expense (benefit):

Current(644,011)3,360,861(114,559)2,602,291
Deferred (835,766) (30,106) -  (865,872)
 (1,479,777) 3,330,755  (114,559) 1,736,419 
Net income (loss)$(563,484)$6,988,430 $(212,710)$6,212,236 
Average shares outstanding13,055,443

Per Share Data:

Net income (loss) per share - basic and diluted$(0.05)$0.54$(0.01)$0.48

Decrease (increase) in provision for insured events of prior years (after tax)

$(0.04)$0.14$-$0.10
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)$(0.92)$(0.14)$-$(1.06)
Dividends per share$0.21

Other Information of Interest:

Net written premiums$105,258,975$30,855,024$-$136,113,999

Increase (decrease) in provision for insured events of prior years

$754,590$(2,817,530)$-$(2,062,940)
Catastrophe and storm losses$18,489,059$2,860,540$-$21,349,599

GAAP Combined Ratio:

Loss and settlement expense ratio

75.7%50.7%-70.0%

Acquisition expense ratio

 35.0% 23.1% -  32.2%
 110.7% 73.8% -  102.2%
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME - UNAUDITED
        
Property and
CasualtyParent
Quarter ended June 30, 2012  Insurance  Reinsurance  Company  Consolidated

Revenues:

Premiums earned (1)$87,825,285$22,445,175$-$110,270,460
Investment income, net8,139,2023,011,279(1,786)11,148,695
Other income 222,751  -  -  222,751 
 96,187,238  25,456,454  (1,786) 121,641,906 

Losses and expenses:

Losses and settlement expenses (1)70,620,38417,779,567-88,399,951
Dividends to policyholders2,260,231--2,260,231
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs (1)16,186,5704,444,441-20,631,011
Other underwriting expenses