Atlantic American Reports Increased Second Quarter And Six Month Results

ATLANTA, Aug. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq:AAME) today reported increased second quarter and six month results. Net income for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 was $781 thousand, or $0.03 per diluted share, four times greater than the net income of $192 thousand, or nil per diluted share, for the three month period ended June 30, 2011. Net income for the six month period ended June 30, 2012 increased 269% to $2.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, from net income of $661 thousand, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the comparable period of 2011.  Realized investment gains contributed to the increased earnings and were $470 thousand for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 versus $70 thousand for the comparable period in 2011 and $1.4 million for the six month period ended June 30, 2012 versus $71 thousand for the comparable period in 2011. Book value increased to $4.44 per share at June 30, 2012 from $4.20 per share at December 31, 2011.

Total revenues for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 were $35.0 million, increasing 20.2% from the $29.1 million for the three month period ended June 30, 2011. Insurance premiums during this quarter increased 20.6% from the comparable 2011 period premiums. For the six month period ended June 30, 2012, revenues were $69.5 million, increasing 21.7% from the comparable 2011 period revenues of $57.1 million. The increase in premiums during the three month and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 resulted primarily from increased sales of the Medicare supplement product in the life and health segment and increased commercial automobile premiums in the property and casualty segment. Operating income for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 was $384 thousand, a 46.6% increase over the $262 thousand for the comparable period of 2011; and for the six month period ended June 30, 2012 was $1.1 million, a 28.9% increase over the $889 thousand for the comparable period of 2011.

"Halfway through 2012, the year looks extremely promising," said Hilton H. Howell, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our production trend, particularly in our life and health operation, has been unprecedented and we are extremely appreciative of the efforts of all of our hardworking agents. They are quite obviously committed to our products and our Company and those efforts are reflected in our results. Our operating results continue to increase at a double digit rate as we grow the top line while continuing to invest in technology and other efficiencies which permit us to grow our business without necessarily increasing our costs at a comparable rate. While we are beginning to see some hardening in the property and casualty market, our property and casualty operation continues to rationalize their existing book of business and evaluate new opportunities. We are optimistic that the trends evidenced in the first half of 2012 will continue for the foreseeable future."

Atlantic American is an insurance holding company involved through its subsidiary companies in specialty markets of the life, health, and property and casualty insurance industries. Its principal subsidiaries consist of American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company.

Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors and risks detailed from time to time in statements and reports that Atlantic American Corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Atlantic American Corporation
Financial Data
         
  Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data) 2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Insurance premiums        
Life and health $ 21,926 $ 16,466 $ 42,795 $ 32,455
Property and casualty 9,666 9,731 19,478 19,164
Investment income 2,855 2,691 5,738 5,260
Realized investment gains, net 470 70 1,428 71
Other income 36 115 65 178
         
Total revenue 34,953 29,073 69,504 57,128
         
Insurance benefits and losses incurred        
Life and health 16,357 12,418 31,010 23,754
Property and casualty 6,738 5,803 14,757 11,098
Commissions and underwriting expenses 7,970 7,545 15,003 15,446
Interest expense 658 647 1,315 1,287
Other 2,376 2,328 4,845 4,583
         
Total benefits and expenses 34,099 28,741 66,930 56,168
         
Income before income taxes 854 332 2,574 960
         
Income tax expense  73 140 136 299
         
Net income  $ 781 $ 192 $ 2,438 $ 661
         
Basic earnings per common share  $ 0.03 $ -- $ 0.10 $ 0.02
Diluted earnings per common share  $ 0.03 $ -- $ 0.10 $ 0.02
         
Reconciliation of Net Income to non-GAAP measurements        
         
Net income $ 781 $ 192 $ 2,438 $ 661
Income tax expense 73 140 136 299
Realized investment gains, net (470) (70) (1,428) (71)
         
Operating income $ 384 $ 262 $ 1,146 $ 889
         
       
Selected Balance Sheet Data June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011    
         
Total cash and investments $ 258,202 $ 251,070    
Insurance subsidiaries 230,950 222,925    
Parent and other 27,252 28,145    
Total assets 308,727 302,125    
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds 149,272 147,194    
Debt 41,238 41,238    
Total shareholders' equity 101,592 96,277    
Book value per common share 4.44 4.20    
Statutory capital and surplus        
Life and health 33,108 32,087    
Property and casualty 37,680 37,988    
CONTACT: For further information contact:         John G. Sample, Jr.         Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer         Atlantic American Corporation         404-266-5501                  Hilton H. Howell, Jr.         Chairman, President & CEO         Atlantic American Corporation         404-266-5505

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