-Employers Holdings, Inc. (“EHI” or the “Company”) (NYSE:EIG) today reported fourth quarter 2012 net income of $87.8 million or $2.82 per diluted share compared with net income of $20.0 million or $0.58 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year net income was $106.9 million or $3.37 per diluted share in 2012 compared with $48.6 million or $1.30 per diluted share in 2011.
Reported results in the fourth quarter and the full year 2012 include two factors related to the LPT Agreement. First, we recognized $100 million of favorable development in the estimated reserves ceded under the LPT Agreement. This adjustment to the estimated reserves ceded resulted in a $73.3 million cumulative adjustment to the Deferred Gain, which reduced our losses and LAE by the same amount during the fourth quarter of 2012 (LPT Reserve Adjustment). Second, an increase in the estimate of contingent commission receivable and the related Deferred Gain under the LPT Agreement resulted in an $8.6 million cumulative adjustment and reduced our losses and LAE during the fourth quarter of 2012 (LPT Contingent Commission Adjustment). The full year 2012 impact of adjustments to our contingent commission under the LPT was to reduce our losses and LAE by $9.6 million.
President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas D. Dirks commented on the results: “We are pleased to report continued improvement in our operating performance during the fourth quarter of 2012. For the fourth consecutive quarter, we increased net earned premiums and net rate which, combined with other factors, yielded a year over year 2.9 percentage point improvement in our fourth quarter combined ratio excluding the impact of the LPT Agreement. Additionally, our loss provision rate remained in the high seventies in the fourth quarter. As we stated last quarter, if positive rate trends continue to exceed our loss trends, we will incrementally lower the loss provision rate throughout 2013, beginning in the first quarter."