• Pre-tax income for the 1st quarter of 2015 increases from the 1st quarter of 2014.
  • Company's aggregate loss ratio (insurance benefits and losses incurred to insurance premiums) decreases to 67.5% in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to 69.8% in the first quarter of 2014.

ATLANTA, May 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq:AAME) today reported first quarter 2015 net income of $0.7 million or $0.03 per common share as compared to $0.8 million or $0.03 per common share in the first quarter of 2014. Pre-tax income was up 1.7% as compared to the 2014 first quarter; however, a higher effective tax rate in the first quarter of 2015 resulted in the decrease in net income. Insurance premiums for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 decreased to $37.4 million as compared to $38.4 million in the first quarter of 2014 and total revenues were $40.9 million and $41.2 million for the same corresponding periods, respectively. Realized investment gains during the first quarter of 2015 were $1.0 million as compared to $0.1 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Commenting on the quarter, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, "Our first quarter is typically our most challenging quarter and we are pleased with our bottom line results. Our pre-tax results were nominally higher than in the comparable quarter of 2014 although with the expiration of our tax capital loss carry forwards at the end of 2014, we now anticipate a higher effective tax rate than we have previously enjoyed; particularly in quarters when realized investment gains are significant. Our property and casualty operations performed exceedingly well during this first quarter and we have been diligently working on our product lineup and marketing efforts in the life and health operation to ensure that the upward premium trend resumes. We believe that with the continued efforts and focus of our people, our future quarters will reflect even greater successes."

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 insurance subsidiaries are American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company and Bankers Fidelity Assurance 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 March 31,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data) 2015 2014
Insurance premiums    
Life and health $ 24,123 $ 25,392
Property and casualty 13,263 13,026
Investment income 2,597 2,598
Realized investment gains, net 951 108
Other income 15 36
Total revenue 40,949 41,160
Insurance benefits and losses incurred    
Life and health 16,753 16,731
Property and casualty 8,488 10,097
Commissions and underwriting expenses 10,721 9,907
Interest expense 349 429
Other expense 3,628 3,003
 Total benefits and expenses 39,939 40,167
Income before income taxes 1,010 993
Income tax expense 319 173
Net income  $ 691 $ 820
Earnings per common share (basic and diluted) $ 0.03 $ 0.03
Reconciliation of Net Income to non-GAAP measurement    
Net income $ 691 $ 820
Income tax expense 319 173
Realized investment gains, net (951) (108)
Operating income $ 59 $ 885
Selected Balance Sheet Data March 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Total cash and investments $ 257,866 $ 256,660
Insurance subsidiaries 235,176 235,537
Parent and other 22,690 21,123
Total assets 313,185 317,008
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds 155,810 164,094
Debt 33,738 33,738
Total shareholders' equity 107,457 104,195
Book value per common share 4.95 4.79
Statutory capital and surplus    
Life and health 34,782 34,004
Property and casualty 39,642 39,012
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