United Fire Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

Company Release - 11/7/2018 7:00 AM ET

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS)

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights:(1)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2018  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018 
Net income per diluted share(2)$0.43  Net income per diluted share(2)$2.23 
Adjusted operating income(3) per diluted share(2)$0.00  Adjusted operating income(3) per diluted share(2)$0.96 
Gain on sale of discontinued operations per diluted share(2)$  Gain on sale of discontinued operations per diluted share(2)$1.07 
Net realized investment gains per diluted share(2)$0.43  Net realized investment gains per diluted share(2)$0.20 
GAAP combined ratio105.5% GAAP combined ratio102.5%
   Book value per share$35.27 
   Return on equity(4)7.3%
      

United Fire Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net income, including net realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, of $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 (the "third quarter"), compared to a consolidated net loss of $17.9 million ($0.72 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018 ("year-to-date"), consolidated net income, including realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, was $57.0 million ($2.23 per diluted share), compared to $5.0 million ($0.20 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

The Company reported consolidated adjusted operating income of less than $0.01 per diluted share for the third quarter, compared to a consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.73 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. Year-to-date, consolidated adjusted operating income was $0.96 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.02 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.
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(1) Consolidated financial results include results from both continuing operations and life insurance business discontinued operations, unless otherwise noted.
(2) Per share amounts are after tax.
(3) Adjusted operating income is a commonly used non-GAAP financial measure of net income excluding realized investment
gains and losses, changes in the fair value of equity securities, the one-time gain on the sale of discontinued operations and related federal income taxes. Management evaluates this measure and ratios derived from this measure and the Company provides this information to investors because we believe it better represents the normal, ongoing performance of our business. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.
(4) Return on equity is calculated by dividing annualized net income by average year-to-date equity.


"In the third quarter of 2018, net income was $1.15 per diluted share higher compared to the same period of 2017, which was impacted by Hurricane's Harvey, Irma and Maria. The current quarter's net income benefited from a $14.4 million increase in the value of our investments in equity securities along with catastrophe losses continuing to be below our 10-year historical average," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Removing the impact from the change in the value of our investments in equity securities, we recorded a small net gain for the quarter."

"We continue to make progress on improving our core loss ratio and believe this improvement, especially in commercial auto, is the result of our strategic initiatives," continued Ramlo. "We know we are moving in the right direction to improve profitability, but at a slower pace than we would like. This quarters' improvement in the core loss ratio was driven by a decrease in the frequency of claims which was somewhat muted by an increase in severity of losses across all of our major lines of business, partially due to an adverse litigious environment. We will continue with our strategic plan to improve profitability which includes: aggressively seeking rate increases, focusing on risk control initiatives and taking action on underperforming accounts."

Third quarter 2018 net income from our property and casualty continuing operations had a $30.2 million increase compared to third quarter 2017. The third quarter 2017 was impacted by three large hurricanes compared to catastrophe losses below our historical 10-year average in third quarter 2018. Removing the impact from catastrophe losses, our core loss ratio improved 5.8 points in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

Consolidated net unrealized investment losses, net of tax, totaled $27.1 million as of September 30, 2018, a decrease of $242.0 million from December 31, 2017. The decrease in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of the cumulative change in accounting principles on recognizing the change in the value of equity securities in the income statement. The change in accounting principles required unrealized gains on equity securities of $191.2 million, after-tax, as of January 1, 2018, to be reclassified to retained earnings from accumulated other comprehensive income, both within shareholders equity. The remaining decrease is due to a decrease in the value of the fixed maturity portfolio due to rising interest rates in the first nine months of 2018.

Total consolidated assets as of September 30, 2018 were $2.8 billion, which included $2.1 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value per share was $35.27, which is a decrease of $3.79 per share, or 9.7 percent from December 31, 2017, which is primarily attributed to shareholder dividends of $97.6 million during the first nine months of 2018, a decrease in net unrealized investment gains on fixed maturity securities of $50.8 million, net of tax, over the prior year period and share repurchases of $5.4 million during the first nine months of 2018, partially offset by net income of $57.0 million, which includes $27.3 million of gain on the sale of discontinued operations.

The annualized return on equity was 7.3 percent for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018 compared to 0.7 percent for the same period in 2017.

Property and Casualty Insurance Business

Our continuing operations exclude our former life insurance business, as discussed below. The net income from the  property and casualty insurance business, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $19.1 million ($0.77 per diluted share) in the same period in 2017. Year-to-date, net income, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $31.6 million ($1.23 per diluted share) compared to a net loss of $0.4 million ($0.01 per diluted share) in the same period in 2017.

Net premiums earned increased 3.5 percent to $264.7 million in the third quarter, compared to $255.8 million in the same period in 2017. Year-to-date net premiums earned increased 4.0 percent to $766.8 million compared to $737.4 million in the same period in 2017. The increase in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2018 was due to continued organic growth from new business writings and geographical expansion and rate increases. The growth in premiums in commercial auto is due to rate increases, while the number of insured units has decreased.

The average renewal pricing increases for commercial lines remained in the mid-single digits during the third quarter 2018. The rate increases continue to be driven by commercial auto pricing. Filed commercial lines pricing increased from second quarter 2018, with pricing varying depending on the region and size of the account. The average increase in filed rates during third quarter 2018 was the highest in the last 10 years, averaging in the mid-single digits, primarily driven by low double-digit increases in commercial auto pricing. Personal lines filed rate and renewal pricing increases also remained in the mid-single digits.

Reserve Development

We experienced unfavorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years of $0.7 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, compared to unfavorable development of $3.2 million in the same period in 2017. Year-to-date, favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years was $47.7 million, compared to $38.0 million in the same period in 2017. The unfavorable development in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 came primarily from our other liability and commercial auto lines of business, partially offset by favorable development in our workers compensation line of business. Year-to-date, the majority of the development came from workers' compensation, commercial auto and other liability lines of business. Development amounts can vary significantly from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year depending on a number of factors, including the number of claims settled and the settlement terms. At September 30, 2018, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP Combined Ratio

The GAAP combined ratio decreased by 12.6 percentage points to 105.5 percent for the third quarter, compared to 118.1 percent in the same period in 2017. The decrease in the combined ratio is primarily driven by a decrease in the GAAP net loss ratio. The GAAP net loss ratio excluding catastrophe losses improved 6.7 percentage points in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 when compared to the same period in 2017, primarily due to improvement in profitability in our major commercial lines of business. Pre-tax catastrophe losses totaled $12.3 million ($0.38 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to $30.7 million ($0.80 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

Year-to-date the GAAP combined ratio decreased 5.1 percentage points to 102.5 percent compared to 107.6 percent. The decrease in the combined ratio is primarily driven by a decrease in the GAAP loss ratio from a decrease in both non-catastrophe losses and catastrophe losses compared to the same period in 2017, partially offset by an increase in the expense ratio. The decrease in non-catastrophe losses is primarily from a decrease in frequency of losses and claim counts, partially offset by an increase in severity of losses. Year-to-date, pre-tax catastrophe losses totaled $30.7 million ($0.95 per diluted share) for the first nine months of 2018, compared to $68.8 million ($1.74 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio for the third quarter was 32.3 percentage points, compared to 30.8 percentage points for the third quarter in 2017. Year-to-date the expense ratio was 33.7 percentage points, compared to 30.5 percentage points in the same period in 2017.

The increase in the expense ratio during the third quarter and year-to-date is primarily due to our continued investment in our multi-year Oasis project to upgrade our technology platform to enhance core underwriting decisions, selection of risks and productivity. As we stated the last few quarters, the expectation is this project will add 1.0 to 2.0 percentage points annually to the expense ratio for the duration of the project.

Investment Income and Realized Investment Gains and Losses

The Company recognized net realized investment gains from continuing operations of $14.0 million during the third quarter, compared to net realized investment gains of $0.1 million for the same period in 2017. Year-to-date the Company recognized a net realized investment gain from continuing operations of $7.4 million, compared with a net realized investment gain of $3.4 million for the same period in 2017. The change in net realized investment gains and losses year-to-date was primarily due to the change in accounting principles on recognizing the change in the value of equity securities in the income statement. The net realized investment gain recognized in the income statement from continuing operations due to the change in value of the equity securities in the third quarter 2018 and year-to-date 2018 was an increase of $14.4 million and $5.5 million, respectively.

Net investment income was $13.2 million for the third quarter, a decrease of 4.4 percent, as compared to net investment income of $13.8 million for the same period in 2017. Year-to date, net investment income was $43.9 million, an increase of 13.9 percent, as compared to net investment income of $38.6 million for the same period in 2017. The change in net investment income for the quarter was due to a decrease in the value of our investments in limited liability partnerships, partially offset by an increase in invested assets. The change in net investment income year-to-date was driven by an increase in invested assets and not due to a change in our investment philosophy. The valuation of these investments in limited liability partnerships varies from period to period due to current equity market conditions, specifically related to financial institutions.

Life Insurance Business

On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. and on March 30, 2018, the sale transaction was completed. As a result, our life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this press release.

Capital Management

During the third quarter, we declared and paid a $0.31 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record as of August 31, 2018. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968. In addition, on July 24, 2018, the Company's Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $3.00 per share or a total of approximately $75 million payable August 20, 2018 to shareholders of record as of August 3, 2018.

During the third quarter we did not repurchase any shares. Year-to-date, 120,372 shares were repurchased under our share repurchase program at a total cost of $5.4 million and an average share price of $44.90.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on November 7, 2018 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's third quarter 2018 results.

Teleconference: Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-844-492-3723. The event will be archived and available for digital replay through November 21, 2018. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10124803.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.unitedfiregroup.com/event or http://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs181107. The archived audio webcast will be available until November 21, 2018.

Transcript: A transcript of the teleconference will be available on the Company's website soon after the completion of the teleconference.

About UFG

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, UFG, through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,100 independent agencies. A.M. Best Company assigns a rating of “A” (Excellent) for members of the United Fire & Casualty Group.

For more information about UFG, visit www.ufginsurance.com or contact:

Randy Patten, AVP of Finance and Investor Relations, 319-286-2537 or IR@unitedfiregroup.com

Disclosure of Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements about our operations, anticipated performance and other similar matters. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expected and/or projected. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our company, the industry in which we operate, and beliefs and assumptions made by management. Words such as "expect(s)," "anticipate(s)," "intends(s)," "plan(s)," "believe(s)" "continue(s)," "seek(s)," "estimate(s)," "goal(s)," "remain optimistic," "target(s)," "forecast(s)," "project(s)," "predict(s)," "should," "could," "may," "will," "might," "hope," "can" and other words and terms of similar meaning or expression in connection with a discussion of future operations, financial performance or financial condition, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements. Information concerning factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements is contained in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 28, 2018. The risks identified in our Form 10-K are representative of the risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from what is expressed in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release or as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures

The Company prepares its public financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Management also uses certain non-GAAP measures to evaluate its operations and profitability. As further explained below, management believes that disclosure of certain non-GAAP financial measures enhances investor understanding of our financial performance. Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this report include: adjusted operating income and net premiums written. The Company has provided the following definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures:

Adjusted operating income: Adjusted operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains and losses and the one-time gain from the sale of discontinued operations after applicable federal and state income taxes from net income. Management believes adjusted operating income is a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company performance and a useful supplement to GAAP information. Investors and equity analysts who invest and report on the insurance industry and the Company generally focus on this metric in their analyses because it represents the results of the Company's normal, ongoing performance.


Net Income Reconciliation
 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)2018 2017  Change % 2018
 2017Change %
Income Statement Data         
Net income (loss)$11,070 $(17,864) 162.0% $56,986 $5,030NM 
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax   % 27,307 NM 
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains11,037 236  NM  5,014 4,54810.2%
Adjusted operating income (loss)$33 $(18,100) 100.2% $24,665 $482NM 
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data          
Net income (loss)$0.43 $(0.72) 159.7% $2.23 $0.20NM 
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax   % 1.07 NM 
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains0.43 0.01  NM  0.20 0.1811.1%
Adjusted operating income (loss)$0.00 $(0.73) 100.0% $0.96 $0.02NM 

NM = Not meaningful.


Net premiums written: While not a substitute for any GAAP measure of performance, net premiums written is frequently used by industry analysts and other recognized reporting sources to facilitate comparisons of the performance of insurance companies. Net premiums written are the amount charged for insurance policy contracts issued and recognized on an annualized basis at the effective date of the policy. Management believes net premiums written are a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company sales performance and geographical expansion efforts. Net premiums written for an insurance company consists of direct premiums written and reinsurance assumed, less reinsurance ceded. Net premiums earned is calculated on a pro rata basis over the terms of the respective policies. Unearned premium reserves are established for the portion of premiums written applicable to the unexpired term of insurance policy in force. The difference between net premiums earned and net premiums written is the change in unearned premiums and change in prepaid reinsurance premiums.

Net Premiums Earned Reconciliation
 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)2018 2017 Change % 2018 2017 Change %
Premiums:         
Net premiums earned$264,747 $269,988  (1.9)% $779,770  $783,423  (0.5)%
Less: change in unearned premiums8,884 11,907  (25.4)% (43,459) (46,635) 6.8%
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums953 (146) NM  2,105  39  NM 
Net premiums written$254,910 $258,227  (1.3)% $821,124  $830,019  (1.1)%

NM = Not meaningful.


Supplemental Tables

Consolidated Financial Highlights
 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data and Ratios)2018 2017 Change % 2018 2017 Change %
Revenue Highlights         
Net premiums earned:         
P&C continuing operations$264,747  $255,758  3.5% $766,767  $737,424  4.0%
Life discontinued operations  14,230  (100.0)% 13,003  45,999  (71.7)%
Consolidated net premiums earned264,747  269,988  (1.9)% 779,770  783,423  (0.5)%
Net investment income:         
P&C continuing operations13,192  13,792  (4.4)% 43,933  38,561  13.9%
Life discontinued operations  12,354  (100.0)% 12,663  37,230  (66.0)%
Consolidated net investment income13,192  26,146  (49.5)% 56,596  75,791  (25.3)%
Total revenues:         
P&C continuing operations291,910  269,617  8.3% 818,104  779,382  5.0%
Life discontinued operations  27,054  (100.0)% 24,755  87,327  (71.7)%
Total revenues291,910  296,671  (1.6)% 842,859  866,709  (2.8)%
Income Statement Data         
Net income (loss)11,070  (17,864) 162.0% 56,986  5,030  NM 
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax    % 27,307    NM 
After-tax net realized investment gains11,037  236 NM  5,014  4,548  10.2%
Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)$33  $(18,100) 100.2% $24,665  $482  NM 
           
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data          
Net income (loss)$0.43  $(0.72) 159.7% $2.23  $0.20  NM 
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax    % 1.07    NM 
After-tax net realized investment gains0.43  0.01 NM  0.20  0.18  11.1%
Adjusted operating income (loss)(1)$0.00  $(0.73) 100.0% $0.96  $0.02  NM 
Catastrophe Data         
Pre-tax catastrophe losses$12,268  $30,705  (60.0)% $30,745  $68,766  (55.3)%
Effect on after-tax earnings per share0.38  0.80  (52.5)% 0.95  1.74  (45.4)%
Effect on combined ratio4.6% 12.0% (61.7)% 4.0% 9.3% (57.0)%
          
Favorable (unfavorable) reserve development experienced on prior accident years$(712) $(3,214) 77.8% $47,673  $37,988  25.5%
          
Combined ratio105.5% 118.1% (10.7)% 102.5% 107.6% (4.7)%
Return on equity     7.3% 0.7% NM 
Cash dividends declared per share$3.31  $0.28 NM  $3.90  $0.81  NM 
Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding
25,626,951  24,960,086  2.7% 25,607,305  25,666,405  (0.2)%

NM = Not meaningful
(1) Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.


Income Statement
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenues       
Net premiums earned$264,747  $255,758  $766,767  $737,424 
Investment income, net of investment expenses13,192  13,792  43,933  38,561 
Net realized investment gains13,971  67  7,404  3,397 
Total Revenues$291,910  $269,617  $818,104  $779,382 
        
Benefits, Losses and Expenses       
Losses and loss settlement expenses$193,667  $223,208  $527,541  $568,356 
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs51,758  52,986  152,207  154,845 
Other underwriting expenses33,887  25,817  105,994  69,900 
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses$279,312  $302,011  $785,742  $793,101 
        
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations12,598  (32,394) 32,362  (13,719)
Federal income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations1,528  (13,312) 771  (13,330)
Net income (loss) from continuing operations$11,070  $(19,082) $31,591  $(389)
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations  1,218  (1,912) 5,419 
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax    27,307   
Net income (loss)$11,070  $(17,864) $56,986  $5,030 
        
GAAP combined ratio:       
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes68.6% 75.3% 64.8% 67.8%
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio4.6  12.0  4.0  9.3 
Net loss ratio73.2% 87.3% 68.8% 77.1%
Expense ratio32.3  30.8  33.7  30.5 
Combined ratio105.5% 118.1% 102.5% 107.6%



Balance Sheet
 September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
(In Thousands) 
Invested assets - continuing operations$2,076,186  $1,888,933 
Cash - continuing operations52,252  95,562 
Total assets:   
Continuing operations$2,830,960  $2,597,297 
Assets held for sale  1,586,134 
Total assets$2,830,960  $4,183,431 
Losses and loss settlement expenses   
Continuing operations$1,278,077  $1,224,183 
Total liabilities:   
Continuing operations$1,946,744  $1,862,923 
Liabilities held for sale  1,347,135 
Total liabilities$1,946,744  3,210,058 
Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax$(27,135) $214,865 
Total stockholders’ equity884,216  973,373 


Discontinued Operations(1)
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(In Thousands)2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenues       
Net premiums earned$ $14,230 $13,003  $45,999
Investment income, net of investment expenses 12,354 12,663  37,230
Net realized investment gains (losses) 296 (1,057) 3,600
Other income 174 146  498
Total Revenues$ $27,054 $24,755  $87,327
        
Benefits, Losses and Expenses       
Losses and loss settlement expenses$ $10,506 $10,823  $30,679
Increase in liability for future policy benefits 5,481 5,023  19,341
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs 2,156 1,895  5,524
Other underwriting expenses 2,444 3,864  9,452
Interest on policyholders’ accounts 4,587 4,499  13,982
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses$ $25,174 $26,104  $78,978
        
Income (loss) before income taxes$ $1,880 $(1,349) $8,349
Federal income tax expense 662 563  2,930
Net income (loss)$ $1,218 $(1,912) $5,419

(1) On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. The sale closed on March 30, 2018. The life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this table.


Net Premiums Written by Line of Business
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
(In Thousands)   
Net Premiums Written(1)       
Continuing operations:       
Commercial lines:       
Other liability(2)$75,117 $73,052 $242,574 $242,805
Fire and allied lines(3)58,037 56,536 180,608 175,742
Automobile70,121 62,663 227,160 202,614
Workers’ compensation20,806 22,578 72,464 80,942
Fidelity and surety6,212 6,116 20,224 19,888
Miscellaneous398 380 1,318 1,359
Total commercial lines$230,691 $221,325 $744,348 $723,350
        
Personal lines:       
Fire and allied lines(4)$11,123 $11,381 $31,131 $32,084
Automobile7,689 7,399 22,872 21,400
Miscellaneous304 306 931 915
Total personal lines$19,116 $19,086 $54,934 $54,399
Reinsurance assumed5,103 3,592 8,837 6,278
Total net premiums written from continuing operations254,910 244,003 808,119 784,027
Total net premiums written from discontinued operations 14,224 13,005 45,992
Total$254,910 $258,227 $821,124 $830,019

(1) Net premiums written is a non-GAAP financial measure of net premiums earned. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of net premiums written to net premiums earned.
(2) Commercial lines “Other liability” is business insurance covering bodily injury and property damage arising from general business operations, accidents on the insured’s premises and products manufactured or sold.
(3) Commercial lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, commercial multiple peril and inland marine.
(4) Personal lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, homeowners and inland marine.


Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Three Months Ended September 30,2018 2017
   Net Losses     Net Losses  
   and Loss     and Loss  
 Net Settlement Net Net Settlement Net
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)Premiums Expenses Loss Premiums Expenses Loss
UnauditedEarned Incurred Ratio Earned Incurred Ratio
Commercial lines           
Other liability$78,943 $53,581  67.9% $77,955  $54,598  70.0%
Fire and allied lines59,056 40,514  68.6  58,568  44,996  76.8 
Automobile72,773 68,892  94.7  64,470  71,674  111.2 
Workers' compensation24,127 17,776  73.7  26,387  23,573  89.3 
Fidelity and surety5,929 1,379  23.3  6,430  (350) (5.4)
Miscellaneous436 (29) (6.7) 459  107  23.3 
Total commercial lines$241,264 $182,113  75.5% $234,269  $194,598  83.1%
            
Personal lines           
Fire and allied lines$10,416 $11,423  109.7% $10,730  $8,461  78.9%
Automobile7,450 6,731  90.3  6,878  8,046  117.0 
Miscellaneous307 25  8.1  294  161  54.8 
Total personal lines$18,173 $18,179  100.0% $17,902  $16,668  93.1%
Reinsurance assumed$5,310 $(6,625) (124.8)% $3,587  $11,942  332.9%
Total$264,747 $193,667  73.2% $255,758  $223,208  87.3%


Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Nine Months Ended September 30,2018 2017
   Net Losses     Net Losses  
   and Loss     and Loss  
 Net Settlement Net Net Settlement Net
(In Thousands, Except Ratios)Premiums Expenses Loss Premiums Expenses Loss
UnauditedEarned Incurred Ratio Earned Incurred Ratio
Commercial lines           
Other liability$230,845 $117,387  50.9% $228,250 $87,941 38.5%
Fire and allied lines174,451 125,844  72.1  168,506 150,108 89.1 
Automobile209,176 188,929  90.3  183,688 202,303 110.1 
Workers' compensation71,101 46,838  65.9  78,092 55,885 71.6 
Fidelity and surety17,144 2,328  13.6  18,041 308 1.7 
Miscellaneous1,289 348  27.0  1,374 272 19.8 
Total commercial lines$704,006 $481,674  68.4% $677,951 $496,817 73.3%
            
Personal lines           
Fire and allied lines$31,250 $28,183  90.2% $32,300 $29,836 92.4%
Automobile21,686 18,701  86.2  20,031 22,278 111.2 
Miscellaneous903 (247) (27.4) 860 118 13.7 
Total personal lines$53,839 $46,637  86.6% $53,191 $52,232 98.2%
Reinsurance assumed$8,922 $(770) (8.6)% $6,282 $19,307 307.3%
Total$766,767 $527,541  68.8% $737,424 $568,356 77.1%

 

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Source: United Fire Group, Inc
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