Fourth quarter commission expense was $18.5 million compared with $13.7 million in 2011. Commission expense increased primarily due to the higher net premiums earned and higher agency incentive commissions due to increased agent production in 2012 compared to 2011.Our Underwriting and other operating expenses ratio declined 1.8 percentage points in the fourth quarter year over year as we continued to increase premium and scale. Overall, underwriting and other operating expenses were $30.5 million compared with $23.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of $7.0 million, primarily as a result of a $5.0 million increase in equity and incentive related compensation expenses and a $1.9 million increase in premium taxes and assessments as net premiums earned increased. These increases were partially offset by a $0.4 million decrease in professional services fees compared to the same period in 2011. Additionally, implementation of the new accounting guidance for DAC resulted in a $0.6 million increase in our underwriting and other operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2012.
Employers Holdings, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Earnings And Declares First Quarter 2013 Dividend
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