Atlantic American Reports Third Quarter Earnings

  • Insurance premiums increased 6.8% and 5.1% for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017, respectively, as compared to the comparable periods of 2016.
  • Net income for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 was $0.7 million and $2.0 million, respectively, as compared to $0.1 million and $1.3 million, respectively, for the comparable periods of 2016.

ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq:AAME) today reported net income of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the three month period ended September 30, 2017, compared to net income of $0.1 million, or nil per diluted share, for the three month period ended September 30, 2016.  For the nine month period ended September 30, 2017, net income was $2.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2016.  Realized investment gains for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017 were $0.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively, as compared to $0.5 million and $1.4 million in the comparable three month and nine month periods of 2016.  Operating income (income before income taxes and realized investment gains, net) for the three month period ended September 30, 2017 was $0.1 million, as compared to an operating loss of $0.2 million for the three month period ended September 30, 2016.  For the nine month period ended September 30, 2017, the Company had an operating loss of $0.3 million as compared to operating income of $0.6 million for the comparable nine month period of 2016.  The operating loss was primarily attributable to higher than expected levels of claims in both life and health lines of business during the first quarter of 2017.

Total revenues for the three month period ended September 30, 2017 were $44.8 million, increasing 5.5% from $42.4 million for the three month period ended September 30, 2016.  Life and health premiums increased 5.7% and property and casualty premiums increased 9.0%.  For the nine month period ended September 30, 2017, total revenues were $132.3 million, increasing 5.0% from the comparable 2016 period.  Premiums earned from the Company’s life and health operation increased 7.9% for the nine month period ended September 30, 2017 while decreasing slightly in the property and casualty operation during the comparable period.

Commenting on the quarter, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, “Our property and casualty operation continues to perform exceptionally well returning consistent profits to the bottom line.  In addition, we have completed a number of process improvements and refinements within our life and health operation in advance of the Medicare supplement annual enrollment season.  Our Worksite division has exceeded its prior year production with a significant number of enrollments currently underway.  We anticipate a good close to the current year and believe the Company to be well positioned for a very positive 2018.”

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.

For further information contact:    
J. Ross Franklin   Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
Interim Chief Financial Officer   Chairman, President & CEO
Atlantic American Corporation   Atlantic American Corporation
404-266-5580   404-266-5505

Atlantic American Corporation
Financial Data

  Three months ended   Nine months ended
  September 30,   September 30,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data)   2017      2016     2017       2016  
               
Insurance premiums              
  Life and health $   28,048     $   26,548     $   82,728     $   76,636  
  Property and casualty   14,046       12,884       40,268       40,376  
Investment income   2,136       2,453       6,380       7,523  
Realized investment gains, net   539       527       2,818       1,411  
Other income   29       35       95       102  
               
  Total revenue   44,798       42,447       132,289       126,048  
               
Insurance benefits and losses incurred              
  Life and health   20,754       18,448       61,567       53,464  
  Property and casualty   9,663       8,507       25,879       25,238  
Commissions and underwriting expenses   10,176       11,558       31,800       34,339  
Interest expense   440       396       1,273       1,154  
Other expense   3,134       3,221       9,301       9,803  
               
  Total benefits and expenses   44,167       42,130       129,820       123,998  
               
Income before income taxes   631       317       2,469       2,050  
               
Income tax expense (benefit)   (116 )     168       483       762  
               
Net income $   747     $   149     $   1,986     $   1,288  
               
Earnings per common share (basic and diluted) $   0.03     $   –      $   0.08     $   0.05  
               
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure              
               
Net income $   747     $   149     $   1,986     $   1,288  
Income tax expense (benefit)   (116 )     168       483       762  
Realized investment gains, net   (539 )     (527 )     (2,818 )     (1,411 )
               
Operating income (loss) $   92     $   (210 )   $   (349 )   $   639  
                     
                     
  September 30,   December 31,            
Selected Balance Sheet Data  2017   2016        
                     
Total cash and investments $ 261,610     $   257,429        
  Insurance subsidiaries   238,120       235,499        
  Parent and other   23,490       21,930        
Total assets   334,305       318,600        
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds   175,192       162,679        
Debt   33,738       33,738        
Total shareholders’ equity   109,520       105,506        
Book value per common share   5.09       4.89        
Statutory capital and surplus                    
  Life and health   29,672       33,430        
  Property and casualty   42,984       41,489