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American Safety Insurance Holdings, Ltd. Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

American Safety Insurance Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE:ASI) today reported net earnings of $4.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, or $0.38 per diluted share, as compared to $6.2 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the same period of 2010.

Financial highlights for the quarter included 1 :
  • Net earned premiums increased 25% to $59.2 million
  • Property losses from U.S. storms were $5.1 million ($3.3 million after tax), contributing approximately 9 points to the combined ratio
  • The combined ratio was 105.8% compared to 99.4%
  • Operating cash flow was $8.1 million compared to $24.7 million
  • Book value was $29.76 per diluted share versus $29.00 at December 31, 2010

1 All comparisons are with the same period last year unless stated otherwise.

Second Quarter Results

Total revenues in the quarter increased to $68.2 million from $56.8 million in 2010 primarily due to increases in net earned premiums across all insurance divisions. Investment income increased to $8.1 million while net realized gains and fee income decreased slightly.

The combined ratio of 105.8% consists of a loss ratio of 67.4% and an expense ratio of 38.4%, compared to 61.9% and 37.5%, respectively, for the same quarter of 2010. The loss ratio includes the impact from U.S. storm losses of $5.1 million, composed of $4.1 million in the ART division and $1.0 million in the E&S division. The increase in the expense ratio was primarily attributable to lower fronting fees in the ART division.

For the three months ended June 30, 2011, net operating earnings of $3.9 million compares to $5.7 million for the same quarter 2010. The decrease in net operating earnings is primarily due to the U.S. storm losses noted above. Net operating earnings (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net earnings adjusted for net realized gains (losses), net of applicable taxes.

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