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Atlantic American Posts 12.5% Increase In First Quarter Results

Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq- AAME) today reported first quarter 2011 results, which included a 12.5% increase in net income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 to $469,000, or $.02 per diluted share, compared to $417,000, or $.01 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2011 increased to $28.1 million, an increase of 8.1% from 2010 first quarter revenue of $26.0 million. Premiums for the first quarter of 2011 increased 8.8% to $25.4 million from $23.4 million for the comparable quarter in 2010. The increase in premiums for the 2011 first quarter was due to strong earned premium growth in the property & casualty business coupled with the continued steady growth in the life and health business.

Commenting on the quarter, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated “2011 is off to an excellent start, even though rough winter weather in various parts of the country have tempered our results. We continue to refine our strategy and focus on profitable operations in our business. The results of our investment in business development activities continues to be reflected in our increasing premium volume and we remain focused on growing our business while minimizing any fixed cost increases. We look forward to building on the positive results of our most recently completed quarter. The dividend we recently paid to our shareholders of record at the end of March is our first since 1988 and reflects our commitment to increasing long term shareholder value.”

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, and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance 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
As of March 31, 2011
(Unaudited; Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
Mar. 31,
  2011     2010
Insurance premiums
Life and health $ 15,989 $ 15,301
Property and casualty 9,433 8,057
Investment income 2,569 2,557
Realized investment gains, net 1 -
Other income   63   48
Total revenue   28,055   25,963
Insurance benefits and losses incurred
Life and health 11,336 10,957
Property and casualty 5,295 4,433
Commissions and underwriting expenses 7,901 7,140
Interest expense 640 642
Other   2,255   2,217
Total benefits and expenses   27,427   25,389
Income before income taxes 628 574
Income tax expense   159   157
Net income $ 469 $ 417
Net income per common share (basic and diluted): $ 0.02 $ 0.01
March 31, December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data   2011     2010
Total cash and investments $ 221,368 $ 212,953
Insurance subsidiaries 194,968 186,652
Parent and other 26,400 26,301
Total assets 269,843 277,566
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds 133,893 137,902
Debt 41,238 41,238
Total shareholders' equity 81,910 82,693
Book value per common share 3.37 3.40
Statutory capital and surplus
Life and health 32,519 31,874
Property and casualty 39,178 38,717

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