ATLANTA, May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq:AAME) today reported a first quarter 2017 net loss of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per common share, as compared to net income of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per common share, in the first quarter of 2016.  Realized investment gains during the first quarter of 2017 were $0.9 million as compared to $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2016.  The net loss was attributable to higher than expected levels of claims in both life and health lines of business.  Most notable were the early season Medicare Supplement Part B deductible reimbursements on new business which have not yet been through an annual earnings cycle.  Total insurance premiums for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 increased 6.0% to $40.8 million as compared to $38.5 million in the first quarter of 2016; while Medicare Supplement premiums increased 14.1% during the comparable period to $23.9 million from $20.9 million.  Total revenues were $43.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to $41.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Commenting on the quarter, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, “We continue to move forward with great optimism and confidence in our business strategies.  Our Worksite/Group division was officially launched in the first quarter and is experiencing an encouraging level of sales.  Our Individual division has recently released a new hospital indemnity product that we feel will have high market acceptance.  Diversification of our sales portfolio continues to be a primary focus.  We expect that the increased level of Medicare supplement benefit expenses and life insurance claims we experienced in the first quarter will moderate naturally and historically, thus allowing us to return to expected levels of profitability throughout the remainder of the year.  Our property and casualty operations continue to perform well and we look forward to better quarters in the balance of the year.”

Atlantic American is an insurance holding company involved through its subsidiary companies in specialty markets of the life, health, and property and casualty insurance industries.  Its principal insurance subsidiaries are American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company and Bankers Fidelity Assurance Company.

Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors and risks detailed from time to time in statements and reports that Atlantic American Corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Atlantic American Corporation
Financial Data
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data) 2017   2016 
Insurance premiums   
Life and health$27,691  $24,733 
Property and casualty 13,091   13,725 
Investment income 2,159   2,507 
Realized investment gains, net 883   752 
Other income 35   30 
Total revenue 43,859   41,747 
Insurance benefits and losses incurred   
Life and health 21,713   16,911 
Property and casualty 8,284   7,914 
Commissions and underwriting expenses 10,614   11,827 
Interest expense 409   373 
Other expense 3,186   3,346 
Total benefits and expenses 44,206   40,371 
Income (loss) before income taxes (347)   1,376 
Income tax expense (benefit) (126)   478 
Net income (loss)$(221)  $898 
Earnings (loss) per common share (basic and diluted)$(0.02)  $0.04 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure   
Net income (loss)$(221)  $898 
Income tax expense (benefit) (126)   478 
Realized investment gains, net (883)   (752) 
Operating income (loss)$(1,230)  $624 
 March 31, December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data 2017   2016 
Total cash and investments$255,119  $257,429 
Insurance subsidiaries 231,870   235,499 
Parent and other 23,249   21,930 
Total assets 312,914   318,600 
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds 158,403   162,679 
Debt 33,738   33,738 
Total shareholders' equity 106,981   105,506 
Book value per common share 4.97   4.89 
Statutory capital and surplus   
Life and health 31,048   33,430 
Property and casualty 42,349   41,489 


For further information contact:
John G. Sample, Jr.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Atlantic American Corporation

Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
Chairman, President & CEO
Atlantic American Corporation