CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS) -

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights(1):

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019  Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 
Net income (loss) per diluted share$(0.17) Net income per diluted share$1.57 
Adjusted operating income (loss)(2) per diluted share$(0.59) Adjusted operating income(2) per diluted share$0.33 
Net realized investment gains per diluted share$0.42  Net realized investment gains per diluted share$1.24 
GAAP combined ratio111.7% GAAP combined ratio103.9%
   Book value per share$38.36 
   Return on equity(3)8.7%

United Fire Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net loss, including net realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, of $4.2 million ($0.17 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended June 30, 2019 (the "second quarter of 2019"), compared to a consolidated net income of $0.2 million ($0.01 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018(4). For the six-month period ended June 30, 2019 ("year-to-date"), consolidated net income, including realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, was $40.3 million ($1.57 per diluted share), compared to $45.9 million ($1.80 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

The Company reported consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.59 per diluted share for the second quarter, compared to a consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.03 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, consolidated adjusted operating income was $0.33 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.96 per diluted share for the same period in 2018.

"The second quarter of 2019 was impacted by an increase in catastrophe losses and unfavorable prior year reserve development partially offset by continued strong equity markets and an increase in net premiums earned," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In the second quarter, we experienced the same number of catastrophe events as in second quarter 2018, but the events were more severe in 2019. The majority of the losses were from convective storms in the Midwest and hail storms in Texas, which is not uncommon for second quarter."
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(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 equity.
(4) 2018 Consolidated Financial Results include both continuing operations and discontinued life insurance operations and the one-time gain on the sale of discontinued operations.

"The unfavorable prior year reserve development was primarily from reserve strengthening on commercial auto and commercial liability claims in our Gulf Coast region," continued Ramlo. "The increase in catastrophe losses and prior year unfavorable reserve development were partially offset by an increase in the value of our equity securities from continued strong equity markets and an increase in net premiums earned due to our continued focus on increasing rates in our commercial auto book of business."

"On a positive note, similar to the first quarter of 2019, we continue to see improvement in our underlying operating profitability, which we attribute to the initiatives we put in place in 2018 in our commercial auto book of business. Removing the impact of catastrophe losses and prior year reserve development, this marks the second consecutive quarter of improvement in our core loss ratio. Compared with the same periods last year, our core loss ratio improved 3.5 points in the second quarter and 6.8 points year-to-date in 2019. In addition, this is the third consecutive quarter with reduced frequency of commercial auto claims. While it may be too early to call these improvements a trend, they are encouraging."

Consolidated net unrealized investment gains, net of tax, totaled $39.5 million as of June 30, 2019, an increase of $48.8 million from December 31, 2018. The increase in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of lower interest rates in the first half of 2019.

Total consolidated assets as of June 30, 2019 were $3.0 billion, which included $2.1 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value per share was $38.36, which is an increase of $2.96 per share, or 8.4 percent from December 31, 2018. This increase is primarily attributed to net income of $40.3 million and an increase in net unrealized investment gains on fixed maturity securities of $48.8 million, net of tax, over the prior year period, partially offset by shareholder dividends of $16.1 million during the first half of 2019.

The annualized return on equity was 8.7 percent for the six-month period ended June 30, 2019 compared to 6.9 percent for the same period in 2018. The annualized equity return increase was primarily driven by the change in the value of equity securities for the first half of 2019 compared to 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 $4.2 million ($0.17 per diluted share) for the second quarter, compared to net income of $0.2 million ($0.01 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 from an increase in catastrophe losses and unfavorable prior year reserve development, partially offset by an increase in net premiums earned and net realized investment gains.

Year-to-date, net income, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $40.3 million ($1.57 per diluted share) compared to $20.5 million ($0.80 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 unfavorable prior year reserve development.

Net premiums earned increased 7.6 percent to $276.5 million in the second quarter, compared to $256.9 million in the same period in 2018. Year-to-date net premiums earned increased 7.3 percent to $538.8 million compared to $502.0 million in the same period in 2018. The increase in the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 was primarily due to rate increases, premium audits and endorsements.

The average renewal pricing change for commercial lines increased 6.6 percent in the second quarter of 2019 compared to 5.9 percent in the first quarter of 2019. The renewal pricing increases continue to be driven by commercial auto rate increases. During the second quarter of 2019, filed commercial auto rate increases averaged in the low-double digits. Personal lines filed rate and renewal pricing increases also remained in the mid-single digits.

Reserve Development

We experienced unfavorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years of $9.4 million in the three-month period ended June 30, 2019, compared to favorable development of $10.3 million in the same period in 2018. The change in prior year reserve development in the three-month period ended June 30, 2019 came primarily from reserve strengthening in on our commercial auto and commercial liability line of business in our Gulf Coast region. Year-to-date, unfavorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years was $4.7 million, compared to $48.4 million favorable development in the same period in 2018. The change in prior year reserve development in the six-month period ended June 30, 2019 came primarily from reserve strengthening in our commercial auto and commercial liability lines of business in our Gulf Coast region. 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 June 30, 2019, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP Combined Ratio

The GAAP combined ratio increased by 3.8 percentage points to 111.7 percent for the second quarter, compared to 107.9 percent in the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, the GAAP combined ratio increased 3.0 percentage points to 103.9 percent compared to 100.9 percent in 2018. The increases in the combined ratios in the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same periods in 2018 are primarily driven by a combination of increases in catastrophe losses and unfavorable prior year reserve development, partially offset by decreases in the expense ratios.

Pre-tax catastrophe losses in the second quarter of 2019 were higher when compared to second quarter of 2018, with catastrophe losses adding 8.0 percentage points to the combined ratio in 2019 as compared to 5.9 percentage points in 2018. Our 10-year historical average for second quarter catastrophe losses is 10.9 percentage points added to the combined ratio. Year-to-date, catastrophe losses totaled $25.6 million ($0.79 per diluted share) compared to $18.5 million ($0.57 per diluted share) for the same period in 2018.

The GAAP net loss ratio excluding catastrophe losses deteriorated 3.9 percentage points and 3.7 percentage points, respectively, in the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 when compared to the same periods in 2018. This deterioration is primarily due to the previously mentioned unfavorable prior year reserve development in 2019 compared to favorable development in 2018. Excluding the impact of prior year reserve development and catastrophe losses, our core loss ratio improved 3.5 percentage points and 6.8 percentage points, respectively, in the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019, when compared to the same periods in 2018.

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio for the second quarter was 32.1 percentage points, compared to 34.3 percentage points for the second quarter in 2018. The decrease in the expense ratio during the second quarter is primarily due to a decrease in employee benefit accruals and expenses caused by post-retirement benefit plan amendments made at the end of 2018 and capitalization of 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 32.6 percentage points, compared to 34.4 percentage points in the same period in 2018.

Investment Income and Realized Investment Gains and Losses

Net investment income was $14.1 million for the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 18.1 percent, as compared to net investment income of $17.2 million for the same period in 2018. Year-to date, net investment income was $30.6 million, flat compared to net investment income of $30.7 million for the same period in 2018. The change in net investment income for the quarter was due to lower appreciation in the value of our investments in limited liability partnerships in 2019 as compared to 2018. The valuation of these investments in limited liability partnerships varies from period to period due to current equity market conditions, specifically related to financial institutions.

The Company recognized net realized investment gains of $13.6 million during the second quarter of 2019, compared to net realized investment gains of $1.3 million for the same period in 2018. Year-to-date, the Company recognized net realized investment gains of $40.3 million compared to net realized losses of $6.6 million. The increase in both the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 as compared to the same periods in 2018 were primarily due to an increase in the value of equity securities of  $12.5 million and $37.1 million, respectively, compared with an increase of $0.3 million and decrease of $8.9 million, respectively, in the same periods in 2018.

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 second quarter, we declared and paid a $0.33 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record as of May 31, 2019. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968. During the second quarter we repurchased 1,507 shares of our common stock for a total purchase price of approximately $69 thousand.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on August 7, 2019 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's second 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 August 21, 2019. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10133214.

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/ufcs190807. The archived audio webcast will be available until August 21, 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 our 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)," "remain optimistic," "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 June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)2019 2018Change % 2019 2018Change %
Income Statement Data         
Net income (loss)$(4,196) $157 NM $40,325  $45,916 (12.2)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax   —%   27,307 (100.0)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains (losses)10,737  1,025 NM 31,840  (6,023)NM
Adjusted operating income (loss)$(14,933) $(868)NM $8,485  $24,632 (65.6)%
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data         
Net income (loss)$(0.17) $0.01 NM $1.57  $1.80 (12.8)%
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax   —%   1.07 (100.0)%
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains (losses)0.42  0.04 NM 1.24  (0.23)NM
Adjusted operating income (loss)$(0.59) $(0.03)NM $0.33  $0.96 (65.6)%
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 June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)2019 2018Change % 2019 2018Change %
Premiums:         
Net premiums earned$276,486  $256,853 7.6% $538,800  $515,023 4.6%
Less: change in unearned premiums(29,267) (40,820)28.3% (47,062) (52,343)10.1%
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums606  899 (32.6)% 1,049  1,152 (8.9)%
Net premiums written$305,147  $296,774 2.8% $584,813  $566,214 3.3%


Supplemental Tables

Consolidated Financial Highlights
 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data and Ratios)2019 2018Change % 2019 2018Change %
Revenue Highlights         
Net premiums earned:         
P&C continuing operations$276,486  $256,853 7.6% $538,800  $502,020 7.3%
Life discontinued operations   %   13,003 (100.0)%
Consolidated net premiums earned276,486  256,853 7.6% 538,800  515,023 4.6%
Net investment income:         
P&C continuing operations14,120  17,249 (18.1)% 30,632  30,741 (0.4)%
Life discontinued operations   %   12,663 (100.0)%
Consolidated net investment income14,120  17,249 (18.1)% 30,632  43,404 (29.4)%
Total revenues:         
P&C continuing operations304,197  275,399 10.5% 609,736  526,194 15.9%
Life discontinued operations   %   24,755 (100.0)%
Total revenues304,197  275,399 10.5% 609,736  550,949 10.7%
Income Statement Data         
Net income (loss)(4,196) 157 NM 40,325  45,916 (12.2)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax   %   27,307 (100.0)%
After-tax net realized investment gains (losses)10,737  1,025 NM 31,840  (6,023)NM
Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)$(14,933) $(868)NM $8,485  $24,632 (65.6)%
          
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data         
Net income (loss)$(0.17) $0.01 NM $1.57  $1.80 (12.8)%
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax   %   1.07 (100.0)%
After-tax net realized investment gains (losses)0.42  0.04 NM 1.24  (0.23)NM
Adjusted operating income (loss) (1)$(0.59) $(0.03)NM $0.33  $0.96 (65.6)%
Catastrophe Data         
Pre-tax catastrophe losses$22,006  $15,115 45.6% $25,636  $18,476 38.8%
Effect on after-tax earnings per share0.69  0.47 46.8% 0.79  0.57 38.6%
Effect on combined ratio8.0% 5.9%35.6% 4.8% 3.7%29.7%
          
Favorable (unfavorable) reserve development experienced on prior accident years$(9,391) $10,330 (190.9)% $(4,742) $48,385 (109.8)%
          
Combined ratio111.7% 107.9%3.5% 103.9% 100.9%3.0%
Return on equity     8.7% 6.9%26.1%
Cash dividends declared per share$0.33  $0.31 6.5% $0.64  $0.59 8.5%
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding25,210,354  25,611,773 (1.6)% 25,659,803  25,582,708 0.3%
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 June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)2019 2018 2019 2018
Revenues       
Net premiums earned$276,486  $256,853  $538,800  $502,020 
Investment income, net of investment expenses14,120  17,249  30,632  30,741 
Net realized investment gains (losses)       
Change in the fair value of equity securities12,499  305  37,133  (8,883)
All other net realized gains1,092  992  3,171  2,316 
Net realized investment gains (losses)13,591  1,297  40,304  (6,567)
Total Revenues$304,197  $275,399  $609,736  $526,194 
        
Benefits, Losses and Expenses       
Losses and loss settlement expenses$220,009  $189,146  $384,249  $333,874 
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs54,795  50,810  107,014  100,449 
Other underwriting expenses33,964  37,252  68,367  72,107 
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses$308,768  $277,208  $559,630  $506,430 
        
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations(4,571) (1,809) 50,106  19,764 
Federal income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations(375) (1,966) 9,781  (757)
Net income (loss) from continuing operations$(4,196) $157  $40,325  $20,521 
Net loss from discontinued operations      (1,912)
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax      27,307 
Net income (loss)$(4,196) $157  $40,325  $45,916 
        
GAAP combined ratio:       
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes71.6% 67.7% 66.5% 62.8%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio8.0  5.9  4.8  3.7 
Net loss ratio79.6% 73.6% 71.3% 66.5%
Expense ratio32.1  34.3  32.6  34.4 
Combined ratio111.7% 107.9% 103.9% 100.9%
 


 
Balance Sheet
 June 30, 2019 December 31, 2018
(In Thousands) 
Invested assets$2,087,961  $2,074,123 
Cash148,784  64,454 
Total assets3,001,797  2,816,698 
Losses and loss settlement expenses1,341,666  1,312,483 
Total liabilities2,033,494  1,928,323 
Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax39,518  (9,323)
Total stockholders’ equity968,303  888,375 
 


 
Discontinued Operations(1)
 Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 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 June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
 2019 2018 2019 2018
(In Thousands)   
Net Premiums Written(1)       
Continuing operations:       
Commercial lines:       
Other liability(2)$88,169  $88,846  $171,483  $167,457 
Fire and allied lines(3)64,611  64,029  127,515  122,571 
Automobile89,268  84,010  171,579  157,039 
Workers’ compensation24,447  26,565  48,905  51,658 
Fidelity and surety7,335  8,235  13,503  14,012 
Miscellaneous453  470  918  920 
Total commercial lines$274,283  $272,155  $533,903  $513,657 
        
Personal lines:       
Fire and allied lines(4)$10,839  $11,025  $19,760  $20,008 
Automobile8,051  7,903  15,717  15,183 
Miscellaneous330  337  624  627 
Total personal lines$19,220  $19,265  $36,101  $35,818 
Reinsurance assumed11,644  5,354  14,809  3,734 
Total net premiums written from continuing operations305,147  296,774  584,813  553,209 
Total net premiums written from discontinued operations      13,005 
Total$305,147  $296,774  $584,813  $566,214 

(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 June 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
UnauditedEarned Incurred Ratio Earned Incurred Ratio
Commercial lines           
Other liability$79,452  $57,582  72.5% $76,309  $38,503  50.5%
Fire and allied lines60,615  55,851  92.1  57,996  51,101  88.1 
Automobile78,472  69,766  88.9  69,709  66,090  94.8 
Workers' compensation22,621  9,378  41.5  23,633  17,002  71.9 
Fidelity and surety6,146  (650) (10.6) 5,742  291  5.1 
Miscellaneous436  99  22.7  428  193  45.1 
Total commercial lines$247,742  $192,026  77.5% $233,817  $173,180  74.1%
            
Personal lines           
Fire and allied lines$10,302  $14,386  139.6% $10,396  $9,359  90.0%
Automobile7,698  6,809  88.5  7,227  6,213  86.0 
Miscellaneous307  552  179.8  301  (167) (55.5)
Total personal lines$18,307  $21,747  118.8% $17,924  $15,405  85.9%
Reinsurance assumed$10,437  $6,236  59.7% $5,112  $561  11.0%
Total$276,486  $220,009  79.6% $256,853  $189,146  73.6%
 


 
Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Six Months Ended June 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
UnauditedEarned Incurred Ratio Earned Incurred Ratio
Commercial lines           
Other liability$157,879  $95,857  60.7% $151,902  $63,806  42.0%
Fire and allied lines119,789  92,637  77.3  115,395  85,330  73.9 
Automobile153,706  140,337  91.3  136,403  120,037  88.0 
Workers' compensation44,496  15,323  34.4  46,974  29,062  61.9 
Fidelity and surety12,521  (901) (7.2) 11,215  949  8.5 
Miscellaneous863      853  377  44.2 
Total commercial lines$489,254  $343,253  70.2% $462,742  $299,561  64.7%
            
Personal lines           
Fire and allied lines$20,522  $20,668  100.7% $20,834  $16,760  80.4%
Automobile15,180  12,476  82.2  14,236  11,970  84.1 
Miscellaneous608  484  79.6  596  (272) (45.6)
Total personal lines$36,310  $33,628  92.6% $35,666  $28,458  79.8%
Reinsurance assumed$13,236  $7,368  55.7% $3,612  $5,855  162.1%
Total$538,800  $384,249  71.3% $502,020  $333,874  66.5%