Kemper Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2011 Results

Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) reported today net income of $25.4 million ($0.42 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to net income of $62.9 million ($1.03 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income was $83.7 million ($1.38 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to $184.6 million ($2.98 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2010.

Consolidated net operating income 1 was $25.2 million ($0.42 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to consolidated net operating income of $39.7 million ($0.65 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2010. Consolidated net operating income was $56.3 million ($0.93 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to consolidated net operating income of $151.9 million ($2.45 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2010.
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Consolidated Net Operating Income $ 25.2 $ 39.7 $ 56.3 $ 151.9
Income from Continuing Operations 26.1 55.7 70.9 169.1
Net Income 25.4 62.9 83.7 184.6
 
Impact of Catastrophe Losses and Loss Adjustment Expense (LAE) on Net Income $ (4.6 ) $ (14.0 ) $ (106.5 ) $ (51.5 )
 
Basic Net Income Per Share From:
Consolidated Net Operating Income1 $ 0.42 $ 0.65 $ 0.93 $ 2.45
Continuing Operations 0.43 0.91 1.17 2.73
Net Income 0.42 1.03 1.38 2.98
 
Impact of Catastrophe Losses and LAE on Net Income Per Share $ (0.08 ) $ (0.23 ) $ (1.76 ) $ (0.83 )
 

1 Consolidated net operating income is an after-tax, Non-GAAP financial measure and is not computed in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. See "Use of Non-GAAP Measures" for additional information.

“Our Life and Health group delivered solid results in both the quarter and full year, with stable trends in the investment portfolio and near record highs in the number of filled agency territories. Results on the Property and Casualty side were mixed, especially given the significant weather-related losses across the industry throughout the year,” commented Don Southwell, Kemper's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Results in our Direct business did not meet our expectations, largely driven by unfavorable loss trends in three of its largest states. The business team is taking additional actions to improve performance, including significant rate increases and reductions of risk exposures,” added Southwell. “Preferred and Specialty businesses both delivered higher earnings in the quarter, reflecting targeted rate actions, modest favorable development and lower catastrophes.”

“On the capital front, we repurchased nearly a million shares during the year, with plans to continue in 2012. Looking forward, although we expect the investment and personal lines markets to remain challenging, our strong capital and liquidity position us well to respond to these challenges,” said Southwell.

Highlights
  • Following the extraordinary level of weather related losses for the industry, Preferred accelerated its premium rate filing actions. Overall, the business is targeting double digit annualized rate increases in 19 states for homeowners insurance, based on specific state risk exposure.
  • Earned premiums at Preferred increased for the third sequential quarter. Average package policies in force increased 4.2 percent year-over-year, which is anticipated to further improve policyholder retention and loss trends on its auto and home lines.
  • Following a review of loss trends on liability coverages, Direct filed for and received approval to non-renew the majority of its auto programs in Michigan starting in early April.
  • Reserve National reported record full-year earned premiums of $135.4 million in 2011 and made substantial progress in its transition to policies not subject to national health care reform.
  • Fireside Bank requested and received approval to terminate its FDIC insurance effective March 31, 2012, marking another important milestone in its plan to relinquish its bank charter in the first half of 2012.
  • Kemper repurchased approximately 940,000 shares in 2011 at an average price of $29.08 per share.
  • Book value per share increased to $36.78, up 6 percent from year-end 2010.

Segment Results

Unless otherwise noted, (i) the segment results discussed below are presented on an after-tax basis, (ii) prior-year reserve development includes both catastrophe and non-catastrophe losses and (iii) catastrophe losses exclude the impact of prior-year reserve development.

In the third quarter of 2011, Fireside Bank was reclassified into discontinued operations for all periods presented.

   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss):
Kemper Preferred $ 13.1 $ 9.0 $ (16.6 ) $ 50.6
Unitrin Specialty 3.9 2.2 18.3 20.2
Unitrin Direct (17.0 ) (1.9 ) (27.1 ) (1.1 )
Life and Health Insurance 32.5   34.6   108.5   94.9  
Total Segment Net Operating Income 32.5 43.9 83.1 164.6
Unallocated Net Operating Loss (7.3 ) (4.2 ) (26.8 ) (12.7 )
Consolidated Net Operating Income 25.2 39.7 56.3 151.9
Unallocated Net Income (Loss) From:
Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments 3.9 18.4 21.9 27.9
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (3.0 ) (2.4 ) (7.3 ) (10.7 )
Income from Continuing Operations $ 26.1   $ 55.7   $ 70.9   $ 169.1  
 

Unallocated net operating loss in the preceding table consists of interest and other expenses, dividend income and equity in net loss of investee.

Preferred reported net operating income of $13.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $9.0 million in 2010. This increase was driven by $8.7 million favorable catastrophe experience versus the prior year, which was partially offset by $1.8 million lower net investment income and a higher underlying loss and LAE ratio in auto liability coverages.

Specialty reported net operating income of $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $2.2 million in 2010. The improvement in net operating income was primarily related to the net favorable impact of $3.2 million reserve development, partially offset by $1.1 million lower net investment income. Overall expenses for the quarter were flat, and the underlying combined ratio increased 0.6 percentage points, to 102.3 percent, reflecting fourth quarter seasonality.

Direct reported a net operating loss of $17.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $1.9 million in 2010. The results in the current period included a $4.4 million net operating loss in Michigan, mostly from direct auto liability coverages. Throughout 2011 Direct took several initiatives to improve operating results in Michigan, but as a result of ongoing unfavorable loss experience, Direct filed for and received approval to non-renew all direct auto business in the state starting in early April. Direct also initiated further actions to improve results in other states, including the termination of distribution relationships amounting to approximately 15 percent of its New York book. These actions contributed to an $8.8 million intangible asset impairment relating to the Direct Response acquisition.

Life and Health Insurance reported net operating income of $32.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $34.6 million for the same period in 2010. Underwriting results were relatively flat, with both periods benefiting $2.5 million from reserve corrections on small blocks of policies. Overall Life and Health reserves at the end of the quarter were $3.1 billion. Additionally impacting the current period was a decrease in net investment income of $1.5 million from lower investment yield.

Corporate and other activities, reported as unallocated net operating loss on the previous table, was $7.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, which included higher pension expense of $1.2 million and higher interest expense of $0.7 million.

Total pre-tax revenues were $613.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $670.8 million in 2010. Earned premiums reported were $536.5 million pre-tax for the fourth quarter 2011, compared to $561.6 million in 2010. This decline is largely related to Direct's specific actions to improve its operating results. Net investment income decreased $9.4 million pre-tax largely driven by fluctuations of equity method funds' performance, including underlying investment valuations. Net investment income from equity method investments was $2.4 million pre-tax in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $15.5 million pre-tax in 2010. Net investment income excluding equity method investments increased $3.7 million pre-tax driven by higher levels of investments in fixed maturities and dividend-paying common stocks.

Unaudited consolidated statements of income for the three months and years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 are presented below :
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenues:
Earned Premiums $ 536.5 $ 561.6 $ 2,173.6 $ 2,289.4
Net Investment Income 75.3 84.7 298.0 325.7
Other Income 0.2 0.3 1.0 1.3
Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments 5.9 28.0 33.7 42.6
Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses:
Total Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses (4.7 ) (3.8 ) (11.4 ) (17.7 )
Portion of Losses Recognized in Other Comprehensive Income 0.1     0.1   1.2  
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (4.6 ) (3.8 ) (11.3 ) (16.5 )
Total Revenues 613.3   670.8   2,495.0   2,642.5  
Expenses:
Policyholders’ Benefits and Incurred Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses 376.7 407.1 1,645.7 1,647.2
Insurance Expenses 168.5 168.7 669.3 675.5
Write-off of Goodwill and Other Intangibles Acquired 13.5 13.5 14.8
Interest and Other Expenses 21.9   18.4   83.9   68.3  
Total Expenses 580.6   594.2   2,412.4   2,405.8  
Income from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes and Equity in Net Loss of Investee 32.7 76.6 82.6 236.7
Income Tax Expense (6.6 ) (20.9 ) (11.7 ) (67.5 )
Income from Continuing Operations before Equity in Net Loss of Investee 26.1 55.7 70.9 169.2
Equity in Net Loss of Investee       (0.1 )
Income from Continuing Operations 26.1   55.7   70.9   169.1  
Discontinued Operations:
Income from Discontinued Operations before Income Taxes 0.2 12.1 19.5 25.8
Income Tax Expense (0.9 ) (4.9 ) (6.7 ) (10.3 )
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations (0.7 ) 7.2   12.8   15.5  
Net Income $ 25.4   $ 62.9   $ 83.7   $ 184.6  
 
Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share:
Basic $ 0.43   $ 0.91   $ 1.17   $ 2.73  
Diluted $ 0.43   $ 0.91   $ 1.17   $ 2.73  
 
Net Income Per Unrestricted Share:
Basic $ 0.42   $ 1.03   $ 1.38   $ 2.98  
Diluted $ 0.42   $ 1.03   $ 1.38   $ 2.98  
 
Dividends Paid to Shareholders Per Share $ 0.24   $ 0.22   $ 0.96   $ 0.88  
 

Unaudited business segment revenues for the three months and years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 are presented below:
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) 2011 2010 2011 2010
REVENUES
Kemper Preferred:
Earned Premiums $ 217.0 $ 220.9 $ 859.8 $ 888.0
Net Investment Income 11.5 14.2 49.6 52.8
Other Income 0.1   0.1   0.3   0.4  
Total Kemper Preferred 228.6   235.2   909.7   941.2  
Unitrin Specialty:
Earned Premiums 108.5 115.0 445.2 474.9
Net Investment Income 4.7 6.3 21.1 24.8
Other Income 0.1   0.1   0.5   0.6  
Total Unitrin Specialty 113.3   121.4   466.8   500.3  
Unitrin Direct:
Earned Premiums 50.9 64.8 222.7 282.4
Net Investment Income 4.0 5.4 17.9 21.4
Other Income     0.1   0.1  
Total Unitrin Direct 54.9   70.2   240.7   303.9  
Life and Health Insurance:
Earned Premiums 160.1 160.9 645.9 644.1
Net Investment Income 53.6 55.9 201.9 214.3
Other Income   0.1   0.1   0.2  
Total Life and Health Insurance 213.7   216.9   847.9   858.6  
Total Segment Revenues 610.5 643.7 2,465.1 2,604.0
Net Realized Gains on the Sales of Investments 5.9 28.0 33.7 42.6
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (4.6 ) (3.8 ) (11.3 ) (16.5 )
Other 1.5   2.9   7.5   12.4  
Total Revenues $ 613.3   $ 670.8   $ 2,495.0   $ 2,642.5  
 
KEMPER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in millions)
  Dec 31,   Dec 31,
2011 2010
(Unaudited)
Assets:
Investments:
Fixed Maturities at Fair Value $ 4,773.4 $ 4,475.3
Equity Securities at Fair Value 397.3 550.4
Equity Method Limited Liability Investments at Cost Plus Cumulative Undistributed Earnings 306.3 328.0
Short-term Investments at Cost which Approximates Fair Value 247.4 402.9
Other Investments 498.3   494.2
Total Investments 6,222.7   6,250.8
Cash 251.2 117.2
Receivables from Policyholders 379.2 388.9
Other Receivables 218.7 555.4
Deferred Policy Acquisition Costs 448.5 426.4
Goodwill 311.8 311.8
Current and Deferred Income Tax Assets 3.1 39.6
Other Assets 250.7   268.4
Total Assets $ 8,085.9   $ 8,358.5
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:
Insurance Reserves:
Life and Health $ 3,102.7 $ 3,063.7
Property and Casualty 1,029.1   1,118.7
Total Insurance Reserves 4,131.8   4,182.4
Certificates of Deposits at Cost 321.4
Unearned Premiums 666.2 678.6
Liabilities for Income Taxes 57.9 15.1
Notes Payable at Amortized Cost 610.6 609.8
Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities 403.3   437.8
Total Liabilities 5,869.8   6,245.1
Shareholders’ Equity:
Common Stock 6.0 6.1
Paid-in Capital 743.9 751.1
Retained Earnings 1,208.2 1,198.8
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income 258.0   157.4
Total Shareholders’ Equity 2,216.1   2,113.4
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $ 8,085.9   $ 8,358.5
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Kemper Preferred segment follows:
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) 2011 2010 2011 2010
 

Results of Operations
 
Net Premiums Written $ 211.2   $ 208.4   $ 868.8   $ 872.2  
Earned Premiums:
Automobile $ 127.9 $ 134.8 $ 510.9 $ 544.7
Homeowners 75.3 72.8 294.9 290.0
Other Personal 13.8   13.3   54.0   53.3  
Total Earned Premiums 217.0 220.9 859.8 888.0
Net Investment Income 11.5 14.2 49.6 52.8
Other Income 0.1   0.1   0.3   0.4  
Total Revenues 228.6   235.2   909.7   941.2  
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
Current Year:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 148.8 149.0 584.6 587.3
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 6.4 19.8 144.2 70.1
Prior Years:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE (2.0 ) (4.0 ) (13.6 ) (18.9 )
Catastrophe Losses and LAE (1.7 ) (0.6 ) (5.5 ) (4.9 )
Total Incurred Losses and LAE 151.5 164.2 709.7 633.6
Insurance Expenses 60.8   61.1   239.4   243.7  
Operating Profit (Loss) 16.3 9.9 (39.4 ) 63.9
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (3.2 ) (0.9 ) 22.8   (13.3 )
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss) $ 13.1   $ 9.0   $ (16.6 ) $ 50.6  
 

Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 68.6 % 67.4 % 67.9 % 66.2 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 2.9 9.0 16.8 7.9
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.9 ) (1.8 ) (1.6 ) (2.1 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.8 ) (0.3 ) (0.6 ) (0.6 )
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio 69.8 74.3 82.5 71.4
Incurred Expense Ratio 28.0   27.7   27.8   27.4  
Combined Ratio 97.8 % 102.0 % 110.3 % 98.8 %
 

Underlying Combined Ratio
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 68.6 % 67.4 % 67.9 % 66.2 %
Incurred Expense Ratio 28.0   27.7   27.8   27.4  
Underlying Combined Ratio 96.6 % 95.1 % 95.7 % 93.6 %
 

Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
 
Underlying Combined Ratio 96.6 % 95.1 % 95.7 % 93.6 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 2.9 9.0 16.8 7.9
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.9 ) (1.8 ) (1.6 ) (2.1 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.8 ) (0.3 ) (0.6 ) (0.6 )
Combined Ratio as Reported 97.8 % 102.0 % 110.3 % 98.8 %
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Unitrin Specialty segment follows:
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) 2011 2010 2011 2010
 

Results of Operations
 
Net Premiums Written $ 100.0   $ 106.1   $ 438.2   $ 457.2  
Earned Premiums:
Personal Automobile $ 98.3 $ 104.7 $ 405.2 $ 431.3
Commercial Automobile 10.2   10.3   40.0   43.6  
Total Earned Premiums 108.5 115.0 445.2 474.9
Net Investment Income 4.7 6.3 21.1 24.8
Other Income 0.1   0.1   0.5   0.6  
Total Revenues 113.3   121.4   466.8   500.3  
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
Current Year:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 87.5 93.7 358.4 376.0
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 0.1 0.2 3.8 2.9
Prior Years:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE (2.5 ) 2.5 (9.5 ) 4.0
Catastrophe Losses and LAE     0.1   0.1  
Total Incurred Losses and LAE 85.1 96.4 352.8 383.0
Insurance Expenses 23.5   23.4   91.5   92.7  
Operating Profit 4.7 1.6 22.5 24.6
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (0.8 ) 0.6   (4.2 ) (4.4 )
Segment Net Operating Income $ 3.9   $ 2.2   $ 18.3   $ 20.2  
 

Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 80.6 % 81.4 % 80.4 % 79.2 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 0.1 0.2 0.9 0.6
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (2.3 ) 2.2 (2.1 ) 0.8
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio        
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio 78.4 83.8 79.2 80.6
Incurred Expense Ratio 21.7   20.3   20.6   19.5  
Combined Ratio 100.1 % 104.1 % 99.8 % 100.1 %
 

Underlying Combined Ratio
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 80.6 % 81.4 % 80.4 % 79.2 %
Incurred Expense Ratio 21.7   20.3   20.6   19.5  
Underlying Combined Ratio 102.3 % 101.7 % 101.0 % 98.7 %
 

Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
 
Underlying Combined Ratio 102.3 % 101.7 % 101.0 % 98.7 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 0.1 0.2 0.9 0.6
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (2.3 ) 2.2 (2.1 ) 0.8
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio        
Combined Ratio as Reported 100.1 % 104.1 % 99.8 % 100.1 %
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Unitrin Direct segment follows:
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) 2011 2010 2011 2010
 

Results of Operations
 
Net Premiums Written $ 45.5   $ 61.4   $ 209.0   $ 269.3  
Earned Premiums:
Automobile $ 48.5 $ 62.6 $ 213.3 $ 273.5
Homeowners 2.4 2.2 9.2 8.7
Other Personal     0.2   0.2  
Total Earned Premiums 50.9 64.8 222.7 282.4
Net Investment Income 4.0 5.4 17.9 21.4
Other Income     0.1   0.1  
Total Revenues 54.9   70.2   240.7   303.9  
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
Current Year:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 49.1 54.3 194.8 228.9
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 0.5 0.6 6.7 1.8
Prior Years:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 1.9 0.8 (4.4 ) (7.0 )
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 0.1     0.5   0.2  
Total Incurred Losses and LAE 51.6 55.7 197.6 223.9
Insurance Expenses 17.2 19.9 76.3 87.1
Write-off of Intangible Assets from Direct Response Acquisition 13.5     13.5    
Operating Loss (27.4 ) (5.4 ) (46.7 ) (7.1 )
Income Tax Benefit 10.4   3.5   19.6   6.0  
Segment Net Operating Loss $ (17.0 ) $ (1.9 ) $ (27.1 ) $ (1.1 )
 

Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 96.5 % 83.9 % 87.5 % 81.1 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 1.0 0.9 3.0 0.6
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 3.7 1.2 (2.0 ) (2.5 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 0.2     0.2   0.1  
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio 101.4 86.0 88.7 79.3
Incurred Expense Ratio, Including Write-off of Intangible Assets 60.3   30.7   40.3   30.8  
Combined Ratio 161.7 % 116.7 % 129.0 % 110.1 %
 

Underlying Combined Ratio
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 96.5 % 83.9 % 87.5 % 81.1 %
Incurred Expense Ratio, Including Write-off of Intangible Assets 60.3   30.7   40.3   30.8  
Underlying Combined Ratio 156.8 % 114.6 % 127.8 % 111.9 %
 

Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
 
Underlying Combined Ratio 156.8 % 114.6 % 127.8 % 111.9 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 1.0 0.9 3.0 0.6
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 3.7 1.2 (2.0 ) (2.5 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 0.2     0.2   0.1  
Combined Ratio as Reported 161.7 % 116.7 % 129.0 % 110.1 %
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Life and Health Insurance segment follows:
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) 2011 2010 2011 2010
 

Results of Operations
 
Earned Premiums:
Life $ 98.0 $ 98.4 $ 395.1 $ 396.7
Accident and Health 41.7 41.4 166.3 161.9
Property 20.4   21.1   84.5   85.5  
Total Earned Premiums 160.1 160.9 645.9 644.1
Net Investment Income 53.6 55.9 201.9 214.3
Other Income   0.1   0.1   0.2  
Total Revenues 213.7   216.9   847.9   858.6  
Policyholders’ Benefits and Incurred Losses and LAE 88.5 91.0 385.6 406.8
Insurance Expenses 75.4 72.8 294.7 283.0
Write-off of Goodwill       14.8  
Operating Profit 49.8 53.1 167.6 154.0
Income Tax Expense (17.3 ) (18.5 ) (59.1 ) (59.1 )
Segment Net Operating Income $ 32.5   $ 34.6   $ 108.5   $ 94.9  
 

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Consolidated Net Operating Income

Consolidated Net Operating Income (Loss) is an after-tax, non-GAAP measure and is computed by excluding from income (loss) from continuing operations the after-tax impact of 1) net realized gains (losses) on sales of investments, 2) net impairment losses recognized in earnings related to investments and 3) other significant non-recurring or infrequent items that may not be indicative of ongoing operations. Significant non-recurring items are excluded when (a) the nature of the charge or gain is such that it is reasonably unlikely to recur within two years, and (b) there has been no similar charge or gain within the prior two years. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is income from continuing operations.

The company believes that Consolidated Net Operating Income (Loss) provides investors with a valuable measure of its ongoing performance because it reveals underlying operational performance trends that otherwise might be less apparent if the items were not excluded. Net realized gains (losses) on sales of investments and net impairment losses recognized in earnings related to investments included in the company's results may vary significantly between periods and are generally driven by business decisions and external economic developments such as capital market conditions that impact the values of the company's investments, the timing of which is unrelated to the insurance underwriting process. Significant non-recurring items are excluded because, by their nature, they are not indicative of the company's business or economic trends.

A reconciliation of Consolidated Net Operating Income to Income from Continuing Operations for the three months and years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 is presented below:
   
Three Months Ended Year Ended
Dec 31,   Dec 31, Dec 31,   Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Consolidated Net Operating Income $ 25.2 $ 39.7 $ 56.3 $ 151.9
Net Income (Loss) From:
Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments 3.9 18.4 21.9 27.9
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (3.0 ) (2.4 ) (7.3 ) (10.7 )
Income from Continuing Operations $ 26.1   $ 55.7   $ 70.9   $ 169.1  
 

Underlying Combined Ratio

Underlying combined ratio is a non-GAAP measure, which is computed by adding the current year non-catastrophe losses and LAE ratio with the incurred expense ratio. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is the combined ratio, which uses total incurred losses and LAE, including the impact of catastrophe losses, and loss and LAE reserve development. The company believes the underlying combined ratio is useful to investors and is used by management to reveal the trends in the company's property and casualty insurance businesses that may be obscured by catastrophe losses and prior-year reserve development. These catastrophe losses may cause loss trends to vary significantly between periods as a result of their incidence of occurrence and magnitude, and can have a significant impact on incurred losses and LAE and the Combined Ratio. Prior-year reserve development is caused by unexpected loss development on historical reserves. Because reserve development relates to the re-estimation of losses from earlier periods, it has no bearing on the performance of the company's insurance products in the current period. The company believes it is useful for investors to evaluate these components separately and in the aggregate when reviewing its underwriting performance. The underlying combined ratio should not be considered a substitute for the combined ratio and does not reflect the overall underwriting profitability of our business.

About Kemper

Kemper is a diversified insurance holding company with subsidiaries that principally provide life, health, auto, homeowners and other insurance products to individuals and small businesses. Kemper serves its customers through a network of independent agents, brokers and career agents, as well as directly to consumers via direct mail, web, employer-sponsored employee benefit programs and other affinity relationships.

Additional information about Kemper, including its Annual Report, filings on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and its investor supplement, is available by visiting kemper.com.

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Any or all forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong, and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and are not guarantees of future performance. Among the general factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimated results are those listed in periodic reports filed by Kemper with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). No assurances can be given that the results contemplated in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or will be achieved in any particular timetable. Kemper assumes no obligation to publicly correct or update any forward-looking statements as a result of events or developments subsequent to the date of this press release. The reader is advised, however, to consult any further disclosures Kemper makes on related subjects in its filings with the SEC.

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