Atlantic American Reports Increased Third Quarter And Year To Date Net Income

  • Year to date net income increases 171% as compared with the comparable period in 2012.
  • Insurance premiums earned for the third quarter increased 18.5% while increasing 13.9% year to date as compared with comparable periods in 2012.
  • Realized investment gains were $2.3 million and $8.4 million in the 2013 third quarter and year to date periods.

ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq:AAME) today reported net income of $2.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the three month period ended September 30, 2013, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the three month period ended September 30, 2012. For the nine month period ended September 30, 2013, net income was $9.6 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2012. Realized investment gains for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013 were $2.3 million and $8.4 million, respectively, compared to nil and $1.4 million, respectively, for the comparable periods in 2012. Operating income (income before income taxes and realized investment gains, net) for the three month period ended September 30, 2013 was $406,000, a decrease from $956,000 of operating income for the three month period ended September 30, 2012. For the nine month period ended September 30, 2013, operating income was $1.3 million, or 36.0% less than the $2.1 million of operating income for the comparable nine month period of 2012.

Total revenues for the three month period ended September 30, 2013 were $43.2 million, increasing 22.5% from $35.3 million for the three month period ended September 30, 2012. Insurance premiums during this quarter increased $6.0 million, or 18.5%, from the comparable 2012 premiums. For the nine month period ended September 30, 2013, total revenues were $124.5 million, increasing 18.8% from the comparable 2012 period revenues of $104.8 million. Insurance premiums during the nine month period ended September 30, 2013 increased $13.1 million, or 13.9%, from the comparable period in 2012. Premiums earned from the Company's life and health and property and casualty operations were up 9.7% and 40.3%, respectively, for the three month period ended September 30, 2013 and 13.0% and 15.9%, respectively for the nine month period ended September 30, 2013.

Commenting, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, "We are extremely pleased with our top line growth. The increased premium level in both of our operating companies reflects not only the acceptance of our products in their respective markets but the successful efforts of our agents in placing those products. During the year we have been making substantial investment in not only our online distribution channel(s) but in other marketing initiatives with television, social media and the worldwide web. Initiatives and investment to broaden our product offering, particularly to the work place market has been significant, and while progress has been a bit slower than we would have hoped, our future opportunities are promising. Recently, A.M. Best reaffirmed the A-ratings of our operating companies. This quarter and year have included significant realized investment gains as we have attempted to capture some of the gain on our longer-term bond investments while at the same time shorten the average maturity of our overall portfolio."

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 Nine months ended
  September 30, September 30,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data) 2013 2012 2013 2012
         
Insurance premiums        
Life and health $  25,248 $  23,019 $  74,359 $  65,814
Property and casualty 13,137 9,362 33,418 28,840
Investment income 2,534 2,880 8,213 8,618
Realized investment gains, net 2,283 -- 8,415 1,428
Other income 45 41 140 106
         
Total revenue 43,247 35,302 124,545 104,806
         
Insurance benefits and losses incurred        
Life and health 17,632 15,818 53,614 46,828
Property and casualty 9,154 6,471 21,533 21,228
Commissions and underwriting expenses 10,396 8,962 30,081 23,965
Interest expense 442 662 1,457 1,977
Other 2,934 2,433 8,097 7,278
         
 Total benefits and expenses 40,558 34,346 114,782 101,276
         
Income before income taxes 2,689 956 9,763 3,530
         
Income tax expense (benefit) 9 (128) 201 8
         
Net income $ 2,680 $ 1,084 $ 9,562 $ 3,522
         
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.12 $ 0.05 $ 0.43 $  0.15
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.12 $ 0.04 $ 0.42 $ 0.15
         
Reconciliation of net income to non-GAAP measurement        
         
Net income $   2,680 $   1,084 $  9,562 $  3,522
Income tax expense (benefit) 9 (128) 201 8
Realized investment gains, net (2,283) -- (8,415) (1,428)
         
Operating income $   406 $   956 $   1,348 $ 2,102
         
         
  September 30, December 31,    
Selected Balance Sheet Data 2013 2012    
         
Total cash and investments $ 251,478 $  265,843    
Insurance subsidiaries 221,182 236,934    
Parent and other 30,296 28,909    
Total assets 317,695 320,177    
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds 167,204 154,558    
Debt 41,238 41,238    
Total shareholders' equity 97,030 105,736    
Book value per common share 4.26 4.65    
Statutory capital and surplus        
Life and health 34,673 33,059    
Property and casualty 39,026 36,947    
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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