Kemper Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) reported today net income of $55.6 million ($0.95 per share) for the third quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $2.0 million ($0.03 per share) for the third quarter of 2011. Consolidated net operating income 1 was $24.6 million ($0.42 per share) for the third quarter of 2012, compared to consolidated net operating income of $7.1 million ($0.12 per share) for the third quarter of 2011.
   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sep 30,   Sep 30, Sep 30,   Sep 30,
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) 2012 2011 2012 2011
Consolidated Net Operating Income 1 $ 24.6 $ 7.1 $ 57.2 $ 23.0
Income from Continuing Operations 55.6 1.1 93.5 36.7
Net Income 55.6 2.0 101.5 50.2
 
Impact of Catastrophe Losses and Loss Adjustment Expense (LAE) on Net Income $ (8.0 ) $ (27.8 ) $ (51.7 ) $ (101.9 )
 
Basic Net Income Per Share From:
Consolidated Net Operating Income 1 $ 0.42 $ 0.12 $ 0.96 $ 0.38
Continuing Operations 0.95 0.01 1.57 0.61
Net Income 0.95 0.03 1.71 0.83
 
Impact of Catastrophe Losses and LAE on Net Income Per Share $ (0.14 ) $ (0.46 ) $ (0.87 ) $ (1.68 )
 

1 Consolidated net operating income is an after-tax, non-GAAP financial measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for additional information.

“Our results in the third quarter improved significantly over last year, as we benefited from lower catastrophes,” commented Donald G. Southwell, Kemper's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continued to implement planned price increases across our Property & Casualty businesses and selectively reduced exposure, especially in homeowners.”

“Our Life and Health segment delivered another quarter of solid performance, despite the low interest rate environment. The Reserve National business continued its shift to products that are less impacted by national health care reform,” added Southwell.

“On the capital front, we repurchased $20 million of common stock in the third quarter. In addition, we generated $50 million of realized gains, taking advantage of attractive pricing for tax-exempt municipal securities. As we announced earlier in the quarter, we are evaluating strategic options for the Kemper Direct segment and are on track to complete this evaluation by year-end,” concluded Southwell.

Highlights
  • Kemper Preferred filed for overall rate increases of 6 percent in personal auto and nearly 9 percent in homeowners and continued to take actions to reduce exposures in the highest catastrophe prone areas.
  • Kemper Specialty grew commercial automobile earned premiums 9 percent over third quarter 2011 through product enhancements and better agency engagement. This marks the third consecutive quarter of growth in this line of business.
  • Kemper Home Service Companies continued its planned dwelling run-off; policies in force are down 9 percent from approximately 51,000 policies at the beginning of the year. Home Service expects to reduce dwelling policies in force an additional 11 percent by year-end.
  • Reserve National reported stable quarterly accident and health earned premiums of $34.0 million, which included a 48 percent increase in earned premiums on its expanded supplemental product offerings, offsetting a 16 percent anticipated decrease in its hospitalization products.

Capital

During the quarter, Kemper repurchased nearly 650,000 shares of common stock at a cost of $20.0 million and paid dividends of $14.1 million. Year to date, Kemper repurchased over 2.0 million shares of common stock at a cost of $60.7 million.

Kemper ended the quarter with a book value per share of $37.78, and a book value per share excluding unrealized gains on fixed maturities of $31.19, up from $36.42 and $30.19, respectively, at the end of the second quarter.

At the end of the third quarter, Kemper Corporation held cash and investments of $214.7 million, and its $325 million revolving line of credit was undrawn.

Revenues

Total revenues were $645.6 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $592.8 million in 2011, driven by net realized gains on sales of $50.9 million in the current quarter, compared to net realized losses on sales of $4.2 million in 2011. The company took advantage of attractive pricing and sold $320.1 million of tax-exempt municipal securities for tax planning and other portfolio management purposes.

Earned premiums were $527.3 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $543.0 million in 2011. Earned premiums decreased predominantly from planned reductions at Kemper Direct, which declined by $14.1 million.

Net investment income was $70.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, an $11.8 million increase from 2011, driven by $13.1 million lower net investment losses from equity method investments. The investment portfolio generated a pre-tax equivalent annualized book yield of 5.3 percent for the third quarter of 2012.

Segment Results

Unless otherwise noted, (i) the segment results discussed below are presented on an after-tax basis, (ii) prior year development includes both catastrophe and non-catastrophe losses, (iii) catastrophe losses exclude the impact of prior year development and (iv) underlying loss ratio includes loss and loss adjustment expenses. The impact of current year development is included in the underlying combined ratio. Current year development represents prior quarter development for a given current accident year.
   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss):
Kemper Preferred $ 8.4 $ (8.3 ) $ 8.5 $ (30.3 )
Kemper Specialty 2.7 5.7 4.0 15.4
Kemper Direct 1.5 (1.7 ) (2.7 ) (10.4 )
Life and Health Insurance 19.2   19.7   66.5   67.7  
Total Segment Net Operating Income 31.8 15.4 76.3 42.4
Corporate and Other Net Operating Loss (7.2 ) (8.3 ) (19.1 ) (19.4 )
Consolidated Net Operating Income 24.6 7.1 57.2 23.0
Net Income (Loss) From:
Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Sales of Investments 33.0 (2.7 ) 38.9 18.0
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (2.0 ) (3.3 ) (2.6 ) (4.3 )
Income from Continuing Operations $ 55.6   $ 1.1   $ 93.5   $ 36.7  
 

Kemper Preferred reported net operating income of $8.4 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to a net operating loss of $8.3 million in 2011. The current quarter results included $6.1 million of catastrophe losses and $1.6 million of favorable prior year development, compared to the third quarter of 2011, which included $26.6 million of catastrophe losses and $6.1 million of favorable prior year development. Results also included $1.2 million of higher net investment income. The underlying combined ratio was 97.1 percent in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 96.6 percent in 2011. Higher auto liability frequency and higher physical damage severity was offset by lower fire losses and lower non-catastrophe weather losses in homeowners.

Kemper Specialty reported net operating income of $2.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $5.7 million in 2011. Kemper Specialty's underlying combined ratio was 103.2 percent in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 3.8 percentage points, driven by the impact of current year development and a higher expense ratio. Excluding the change in current year development, the total underlying loss ratio was relatively flat, with improved personal auto results driven by higher average premium, offset by an increase in the commercial auto underlying loss ratio driven by higher frequency. The insurance expense ratio increased 1.0 percentage point, largely related to technology initiatives.

Kemper Direct reported net operating income of $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to a net operating loss of $1.7 million in 2011. The segment continued to reduce under-performing business as it explores strategic options. The current quarter results included $0.3 million of catastrophe losses, compared to $1.4 million in 2011. Both periods included $3.5 million of favorable reserve development. The underlying combined ratio improved 1.1 percentage points as lower marketing expense was partially offset by a higher underlying loss ratio.

Life and Health Insurance reported net operating income of $19.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $19.7 million in 2011. Results included $1.8 million higher catastrophe losses, $1.0 million higher insurance expenses and $1.7 million higher policyholder benefits for life insurance, which were partially offset by $3.3 million higher net investment income and $0.8 million lower non-catastrophe losses.

Corporate and Other net operating loss decreased $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2012, primarily related to $1.2 million higher unallocated investment income, offset by $0.5 million higher retirement benefits.

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 are presented below:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
Revenues:
Earned Premiums $ 527.3 $ 543.0 $ 1,586.3 $ 1,637.1
Net Investment Income 70.4 58.6 223.0 222.7
Other Income 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8
Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Sales of Investments 50.9 (4.2 ) 59.9 27.8
Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses:
Total Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses (3.2 ) (5.0 ) (4.1 ) (6.7 )
Portion of Losses Recognized in Other Comprehensive Income        
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (3.2 ) (5.0 ) (4.1 ) (6.7 )
Total Revenues 645.6   592.8   1,865.7   1,881.7  
Expenses:
Policyholders’ Benefits and Incurred Losses and Loss Adjustment Expenses 368.7 399.6 1,169.1 1,269.0
Insurance Expenses 172.7 176.8 502.8 513.5
Interest and Other Expenses 22.7   21.4   65.4   62.0  
Total Expenses 564.1   597.8   1,737.3   1,844.5  
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes 81.5 (5.0 ) 128.4 37.2
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (25.9 ) 6.1   (34.9 ) (0.5 )
Income from Continuing Operations 55.6 1.1 93.5 36.7
Income from Discontinued Operations   0.9   8.0   13.5  
Net Income $ 55.6   $ 2.0   $ 101.5   $ 50.2  
 
Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share:
Basic $ 0.95   $ 0.01   $ 1.57   $ 0.61  
Diluted $ 0.95   $ 0.01   $ 1.56   $ 0.61  
 
Net Income Per Unrestricted Share:
Basic $ 0.95   $ 0.03   $ 1.71   $ 0.83  
Diluted $ 0.95   $ 0.03   $ 1.70   $ 0.83  
 
Dividends Paid to Shareholders Per Share $ 0.24   $ 0.24   $ 0.72   $ 0.72  
 

Unaudited business segment revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 are presented below:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
REVENUES
Kemper Preferred:
Earned Premiums $ 222.9 $ 216.5 $ 655.9 $ 642.8
Net Investment Income 10.8 8.2 33.6 37.8
Other Income 0.1   0.1   0.3   0.2  
Total Kemper Preferred 233.8   224.8   689.8   680.8  
Kemper Specialty:
Earned Premiums 103.9 111.0 317.3 336.7
Net Investment Income 4.5 3.7 14.4 17.5
Other Income 0.1   0.2   0.2   0.4  
Total Kemper Specialty 108.5   114.9   331.9   354.6  
Kemper Direct:
Earned Premiums 40.3 54.4 131.2 171.8
Net Investment Income 3.4 2.8 10.7 13.6
Other Income   0.1     0.1  
Total Kemper Direct 43.7   57.3   141.9   185.5  
Life and Health Insurance:
Earned Premiums 160.2 161.1 481.9 485.8
Net Investment Income 48.1 42.5 153.5 147.3
Other Income     0.1   0.1  
Total Life and Health Insurance 208.3   203.6   635.5   633.2  
Total Segment Revenues 594.3 600.6 1,799.1 1,854.1
Net Realized Gains (Losses) on the Sales of Investments 50.9 (4.2 ) 59.9 27.8
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (3.2 ) (5.0 ) (4.1 ) (6.7 )
Other 3.6   1.4   10.8   6.5  
Total Revenues $ 645.6   $ 592.8   $ 1,865.7   $ 1,881.7  
 
KEMPER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in millions)

(Unaudited)
Sep 30,2012   Dec 31,2011
Assets:
Investments:
Fixed Maturities at Fair Value $ 4,725.6 $ 4,773.4
Equity Securities at Fair Value 545.7 397.3
Equity Method Limited Liability Investments at Cost Plus Cumulative Undistributed Earnings 267.3 306.3
Short-term Investments at Cost which Approximates Fair Value 297.3 247.4
Other Investments 500.1   498.3
Total Investments 6,336.0   6,222.7
Cash 318.7 251.2
Receivables from Policyholders 385.6 379.2
Other Receivables 207.6 218.7
Deferred Policy Acquisition Costs 306.8 294.0
Goodwill 311.8 311.8
Current and Deferred Income Tax Assets 0.1 6.4
Other Assets 254.2   250.7
Total Assets $ 8,120.8   $ 7,934.7
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:
Insurance Reserves:
Life and Health $ 3,149.8 $ 3,102.7
Property and Casualty 981.8   1,029.1
Total Insurance Reserves 4,131.6   4,131.8
Unearned Premiums 674.3 666.2
Liabilities for Income Taxes 59.1 6.2
Notes Payable at Amortized Cost 611.2 610.6
Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities 440.1   403.3
Total Liabilities 5,916.3   5,818.1
Shareholders’ Equity:
Common Stock 5.8 6.0
Paid-in Capital 722.8 743.9
Retained Earnings 1,130.8 1,108.7
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income 345.1   258.0
Total Shareholders’ Equity 2,204.5   2,116.6
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $ 8,120.8   $ 7,934.7
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Kemper Preferred segment follows:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
 

Results of Operations
 
Net Premiums Written $ 237.9   $ 233.3   $ 677.9   $ 657.6  
Earned Premiums:
Automobile $ 130.5 $ 128.5 $ 385.1 $ 383.0
Homeowners 78.4 74.3 229.4 219.6
Other Personal 14.0   13.7   41.4   40.2  
Total Earned Premiums 222.9 216.5 655.9 642.8
Net Investment Income 10.8 8.2 33.6 37.8
Other Income 0.1   0.1   0.3   0.2  
Total Revenues 233.8   224.8   689.8   680.8  
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
Current Year:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 154.0 148.9 448.8 435.8
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 9.4 40.9 62.7 137.8
Prior Years:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE (0.8 ) (7.9 ) (3.1 ) (11.6 )
Catastrophe Losses and LAE (1.6 ) (1.5 ) (6.0 ) (3.8 )
Total Incurred Losses and LAE 161.0 180.4 502.4 558.2
Insurance Expenses 62.4   60.5   183.0   179.1  
Operating Profit (Loss) 10.4 (16.1 ) 4.4 (56.5 )
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (2.0 ) 7.8   4.1   26.2  
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss) $ 8.4   $ (8.3 ) $ 8.5   $ (30.3 )
 

Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 69.1 % 68.7 % 68.4 % 67.8 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 4.2 18.9 9.6 21.4
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.4 ) (3.6 ) (0.5 ) (1.8 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.7 ) (0.7 ) (0.9 ) (0.6 )
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio 72.2 83.3 76.6 86.8
Incurred Expense Ratio 28.0   27.9   27.9   27.9  
Combined Ratio 100.2 % 111.2 % 104.5 % 114.7 %
 

Underlying Combined Ratio
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 69.1 % 68.7 % 68.4 % 67.8 %
Incurred Expense Ratio 28.0   27.9   27.9   27.9  
Underlying Combined Ratio 97.1 % 96.6 % 96.3 % 95.7 %
 

Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
 
Underlying Combined Ratio 97.1 % 96.6 % 96.3 % 95.7 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 4.2 18.9 9.6 21.4
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.4 ) (3.6 ) (0.5 ) (1.8 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.7 ) (0.7 ) (0.9 ) (0.6 )
Combined Ratio as Reported 100.2 % 111.2 % 104.5 % 114.7 %
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Kemper Specialty segment follows:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
 

Results of Operations
 
Net Premiums Written $ 103.9   $ 109.3   $ 320.2   $ 338.2  
Earned Premiums:
Personal Automobile $ 92.9 $ 100.9 $ 285.6 $ 306.9
Commercial Automobile 11.0   10.1   31.7   29.8  
Total Earned Premiums 103.9 111.0 317.3 336.7
Net Investment Income 4.5 3.7 14.4 17.5
Other Income 0.1   0.2   0.2   0.4  
Total Revenues 108.5   114.9   331.9   354.6  
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
Current Year:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 84.2 86.8 259.4 270.9
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 0.9 0.7 4.7 3.7
Prior Years:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE (2.9 ) (3.2 ) (2.5 ) (7.0 )
Catastrophe Losses and LAE     0.1   0.1  
Total Incurred Losses and LAE 82.2 84.3 261.7 267.7
Insurance Expenses 23.1   23.5   67.7   68.0  
Operating Profit 3.2 7.1 2.5 18.9
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (0.5 ) (1.4 ) 1.5   (3.5 )
Segment Net Operating Income $ 2.7   $ 5.7   $ 4.0   $ 15.4  
 

Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 81.0 % 78.2 % 81.8 % 80.5 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 0.9 0.6 1.5 1.1
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (2.8 ) (2.9 ) (0.8 ) (2.1 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio        
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio 79.1 75.9 82.5 79.5
Incurred Expense Ratio 22.2   21.2   21.3   20.2  
Combined Ratio 101.3 % 97.1 % 103.8 % 99.7 %
 

Underlying Combined Ratio
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 81.0 % 78.2 % 81.8 % 80.5 %
Incurred Expense Ratio 22.2   21.2   21.3   20.2  
Underlying Combined Ratio 103.2 % 99.4 % 103.1 % 100.7 %
 

Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
 
Underlying Combined Ratio 103.2 % 99.4 % 103.1 % 100.7 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 0.9 0.6 1.5 1.1
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (2.8 ) (2.9 ) (0.8 ) (2.1 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio        
Combined Ratio as Reported 101.3 % 97.1 % 103.8 % 99.7 %
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Kemper Direct segment follows:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
 

Results of Operations
 
Net Premiums Written $ 35.9   $ 52.0   $ 115.5   $ 163.5  
Earned Premiums:
Automobile $ 37.9 $ 52.0 $ 123.9 $ 164.8
Homeowners 2.4 2.3 7.2 6.8
Other Personal   0.1   0.1   0.2  
Total Earned Premiums 40.3 54.4 131.2 171.8
Net Investment Income 3.4 2.8 10.7 13.6
Other Income   0.1     0.1  
Total Revenues 43.7   57.3   141.9   185.5  
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
Current Year:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE 33.8 44.9 111.5 145.7
Catastrophe Losses and LAE 0.4 2.2 4.8 6.2
Prior Years:
Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE (5.3 ) (5.3 ) (11.3 ) (6.3 )
Catastrophe Losses and LAE (0.1 )   (0.2 ) 0.4  
Total Incurred Losses and LAE 28.8 41.8 104.8 146.0
Insurance Expenses 13.3   19.3   44.0   59.1  
Operating Profit (Loss) 1.6 (3.8 ) (6.9 ) (19.6 )
Income Tax Benefit (Expense) (0.1 ) 2.1   4.2   9.2  
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss) $ 1.5   $ (1.7 ) $ (2.7 ) $ (10.4 )
 

Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 83.9 % 82.5 % 85.0 % 84.9 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 1.0 4.0 3.7 3.6
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (13.2 ) (9.7 ) (8.6 ) (3.7 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.2 )   (0.2 ) 0.2  
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio 71.5 76.8 79.9 85.0
Incurred Expense Ratio 33.0   35.5   33.5   34.4  
Combined Ratio 104.5 % 112.3 % 113.4 % 119.4 %
 

Underlying Combined Ratio
 
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 83.9 % 82.5 % 85.0 % 84.9 %
Incurred Expense Ratio 33.0   35.5   33.5   34.4  
Underlying Combined Ratio 116.9 % 118.0 % 118.5 % 119.3 %
 

Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
 
Underlying Combined Ratio 116.9 % 118.0 % 118.5 % 119.3 %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio 1.0 4.0 3.7 3.6
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (13.2 ) (9.7 ) (8.6 ) (3.7 )
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio (0.2 )   (0.2 ) 0.2  
Combined Ratio as Reported 104.5 % 112.3 % 113.4 % 119.4 %
 

Unaudited selected financial information for the Life and Health Insurance segment follows:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
 

Results of Operations
 
Earned Premiums:
Life $ 98.4 $ 98.0 $ 296.0 $ 297.1
Accident and Health 41.3 41.9 124.2 124.6
Property 20.5   21.2   61.7   64.1  
Total Earned Premiums 160.2 161.1 481.9 485.8
Net Investment Income 48.1 42.5 153.5 147.3
Other Income     0.1   0.1  
Total Revenues 208.3   203.6   635.5   633.2  
Policyholders’ Benefits and Incurred Losses and LAE 96.7 93.0 300.2 297.1
Insurance Expenses 82.2   80.7   232.6   231.5  
Operating Profit 29.4 29.9 102.7 104.6
Income Tax Expense (10.2 ) (10.2 ) (36.2 ) (36.9 )
Segment Net Operating Income $ 19.2   $ 19.7   $ 66.5   $ 67.7  

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Consolidated Net Operating Income

Consolidated Net Operating Income is an after-tax, non-GAAP financial measure computed by excluding from income 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.

Kemper believes that Consolidated Net Operating Income 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 Kemper’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 Kemper’s business or economic trends.

A reconciliation of Consolidated Net Operating Income to Income from Continuing Operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 is presented below:
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
Consolidated Net Operating Income $ 24.6 $ 7.1 $ 57.2 $ 23.0
Net Income (Loss) From:
Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Sales of Investments 33.0 (2.7 ) 38.9 18.0
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (2.0 ) (3.3 ) (2.6 ) (4.3 )
Income from Continuing Operations $ 55.6   $ 1.1   $ 93.5   $ 36.7  

Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share

Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share is a non-GAAP financial measure computed by dividing Consolidated Net Operating Income by the weighted average unrestricted shares outstanding. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted share‐basic.

A reconciliation of Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share to Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 is presented below:

   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited) Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011 Sep 30,2012   Sep 30,2011
Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share $ 0.42 $ 0.12 $ 0.96 $ 0.38
Net Income (Loss) Per Unrestricted Share From:
Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Sales of Investments 0.56 (0.05 ) 0.66 0.30
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings (0.03 ) (0.06 ) (0.05 ) (0.07 )
Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share $ 0.95   $ 0.01   $ 1.57   $ 0.61  

Book Value Per Share Excluding Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities

Book Value Per Share Excluding Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities is a ratio that uses a non-GAAP financial measure. It is calculated by dividing shareholders’ equity after excluding the impact of unrealized net capital gains and losses on fixed income securities by total Common Shares Issued and Outstanding. Book Value Per Share is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Kemper uses the trend in book value per share, excluding the impact of unrealized net capital gains and losses on fixed income securities in conjunction with book value per share to identify and analyze the change in net worth attributable to management efforts between periods. Kemper believes the non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period and are generally driven by economic developments, primarily capital market conditions, the magnitude and timing of which are generally not influenced by management. Kemper believes it enhances understanding and comparability of performance by highlighting underlying business activity and profitability drivers.

A reconciliation of the numerator used in the computation of Book Value Per Share Excluding Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities and Book Value Per Share at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 is presented below:

(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited)   Sep 30,2012   Dec 31,2011
Shareholders’ Equity Excluding Unrealized Gains $ 1,820.0 $ 1,789.2
Unrealized Gains and Losses on Fixed Maturities 384.5   327.4
Shareholders’ Equity $ 2,204.5   $ 2,116.6
 

Underlying Combined Ratio

Underlying combined ratio is a non-GAAP financial 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. Kemper believes the underlying combined ratio is useful to investors and is used by management to reveal the trends in Kemper’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. Kemper 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.

Conference Call

Kemper will discuss its third quarter 2012 results in a conference call on Friday, November 9 at 11 a.m. EST. Kemper’s conference call will be accessible via the internet and by telephone. The phone number for Kemper’s conference call is 866.393.1565. To listen via webcast, register on-line at the investor section of kemper.com at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast to download and install any necessary software.

A replay of the call will be available through November 27, 2012 at 855.859.2056 using conference ID number 38434080.

More detailed financial information can be found in Kemper's Investor Financial Supplement for the third quarter of 2012 which is available at kemper.com.

About Kemper

Kemper is a diversified insurance holding company with subsidiaries that provide an array of products to the individual and small business markets:

Kemper markets to its customers through a network of independent agents, brokers and career agents.

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

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain or incorporate by reference information that includes or is based on forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give expectations or forecasts of future events, and can be identified by the fact that they relate to future actions, performance or results rather than strictly to historical or current facts.

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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