United Insurance Holdings Corp. (OTCBB: UIHC)
(United or the Company), a property and casualty insurance holding company, today reported its financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
2012 First Quarter
The Company reported net income for the first quarter of $4.7 million, or $0.46 per share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.11 per share, during the same period of last year. Net premiums earned increased to $27.8 million from $19.1 million for the first quarter of 2011. Net investment income, realized gains and other revenues increased to $1.7 million for the quarter compared to $1.4 million in the prior year quarter.
Losses and loss adjustment expenses increased to $9.5 million for the quarter from $8.4 million during the same period of last year. Policy acquisition costs increased to $8.3 million from $6.5 million for the first quarter of 2011. Operating expenses increased to $1.4 million from $1.3 million during the same period of last year. General and administrative expenses increased to $2.8 million from $2.4 million for the first quarter of last year.
Balance Sheet Highlights
United's cash and investment holdings totaled $184.8 million at March 31, 2012, compared to $165.9 million at December 31, 2011. United's cash and investment holdings consist primarily of investments in high-quality money market instruments, U.S. Government and agency securities and high-quality corporate debt. Fixed maturities represented approximately 97% of United's total investments at March 31, 2012, and December 31, 2011. At March 31, 2012, approximately 83% of United’s fixed maturities are U.S. Treasuries or corporate bonds rated “A” or better, and 17% are corporate bonds rated “BBB”.
United continues to benefit from various rate increases it has implemented since 2009, including average rate increases during 2011 of 15.9% and 7.5% on its Florida homeowners' policies, 15% on its Florida dwelling policies and 6% on its South Carolina homeowner policies. United expects the recently implemented rate increases to continue to positively impact premiums earned through December 2013.