The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSEC)… The month of April, 2011 brought forth an unprecedented series of weather events. While we have historically incurred significant losses from hurricanes, we have experienced the most severe spring storm season in Company history. As a result of the severe weather in the month, total incurred losses from April 2011 severe weather outbreaks are expected to exceed $8.5 million. These losses were incurred by Company subsidiaries National Security Fire and Casualty Company and Omega One Insurance Company. The April 2011 storms will be the most costly non-hurricane related losses incurred in Company history. Widespread tornado, hail and windstorm events impacted over 1,600 of our policyholders in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. The single largest concentrations of losses are in the States of Alabama and Mississippi due to the April 26 th and 27 th tornado outbreak, which is among the worst tornado outbreaks in US history. Over 1,100 claims have been reported from this storm and total insured losses are expected to exceed $6.8 million. To add perspective to the scale of this storm system, in prior years the Company had never incurred losses from a single spring storm system exceeding $1 million. The Company maintains catastrophe reinsurance to mitigate the impact of single large catastrophic events. Current estimates of pre-tax losses, net of reinsurance, total $6.4 million from all April storms. Based on preliminary estimates, second quarter net income will be reduced by $4.2 million. On a per share basis, earnings will be reduced by approximately $1.71 as a result of April storm activity. The projected impact on earnings is based on total Company insured losses of $8.5 million on a pre-tax basis. Gross loss estimates were derived by an evaluation of reported claims to date which is the best information available to management at this time. The estimates could be materially affected by, among other things, the number of insureds impacted by the storms, the amount and timing of losses actually incurred and reported by insureds, and the preliminary nature of current estimates. However, with the largest event reaching the lower limits of catastrophe reinsurance, the net impact of any additional reported claims is not expected to have any additional material impact on net incurred losses or net income beyond current estimates.
While a material impact on earnings from this unprecedented series of spring storm events cannot be avoided, our ability to continue operations, serve our policyholders and work toward our long term goal of providing value to our stockholders will not be affected.About The National Security Group Inc. The National Security Group Inc. through its insurance subsidiaries provides property, liability, life, accident and supplemental health insurance products in thirteen states. Primary property and casualty insurance subsidiaries are National Security Fire and Casualty and Omega One Insurance Company, which provide primarily personal lines dwelling, homeowners, mobile homeowners, and automobile insurance coverage in twelve states, primarily in the Southeastern United States. National Security Insurance Company is a wholly owned subsidiary providing life, accident and supplemental health insurance coverage in five states. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol: NSEC. Information about forward-looking statements Any statement contained in this report which is not a historical fact, or which might otherwise be considered an opinion or projection concerning the Company or its business, whether expressed or implied, is meant as and should be considered a forward-looking statement as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and opinions concerning a variety of known and unknown risks, including but not limited to changes in market conditions, natural disasters and other catastrophic events, increased competition, changes in availability and cost of reinsurance, changes in governmental regulations, technological changes, political and legal contingencies and general economic conditions, as well as other risks and uncertainties more completely described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If any of these assumptions or opinions proves incorrect, any forward-looking statements made on the basis of such assumptions or opinions may also prove materially incorrect in one or more respects and may cause future results to differ materially from those contemplated, projected, estimated or budgeted in such forward-looking statements.