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Infinity Property and Casualty Reports 11.9% Gross Written Premium Growth for the Second Quarter of 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (NASDAQ:   IPCC), a national provider of personal automobile insurance, today reported results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012:



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,

(in millions, except per share amounts and ratios)


2012


2011


Change


2012


2011


Change





(as adjusted)(1)






(as adjusted)(1)
















Gross written premium (2)


$290.4


$259.4


11.9%


$636.3


$542.5


17.3%

Revenues


$306.0


$264.2


15.8%


$593.4


$516.5


14.9%














Net earnings


$7.0


$6.8


1.9%


$11.2


$17.1


(34.1%)

Net earnings per diluted share


$0.58


$0.54


7.4%


$0.94


$1.35


(30.4%)














Operating earnings (2)


$5.5


$4.7


15.3%


$9.8


$11.9


(18.2%)

Operating earnings per diluted share (2)


$0.46


$0.38


21.1%


$0.81


$0.95


(14.7%)














Underwriting income (2)


$2.3


$0.5


404.0%


$2.6


$4.2


(39.0%)

Combined ratio


99.2%


99.8%


(0.6) pts


99.5%


99.1%


0.4%














Return on equity (3)


4.2%


4.1%


0.1 pts


3.4%


5.2%


(1.8)%

Operating earnings return on equity (2) (3)


3.3%


2.9%


0.4 pts


2.9%


3.6%


(0.7)%














Book value per share








$56.92


$53.81


5.8%

Debt to total capital








22.6%


22.8%


(0.2) pts

Debt to tangible capital (2)








24.8%


25.0%


(0.2) pts







(1) 2011 has been adjusted for the retrospective adoption of the accounting standards update Accounting for Costs Associated with Acquiring or Renewing Insurance Contracts.

(2) Measures used in this release that are not based on generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") are defined at the end of this release and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measure.

(3) Annualized




















Gross written premium grew 11.9% during the second quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, with growth in four of the seven Focus States.  California, Infinity's largest state, grew 2.3% in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011.

Operating earnings were higher in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the second quarter of 2011 primarily as a result of unfavorable development on prior accident year loss and loss adjustment expense reserves recognized in the second quarter of 2012 of $1.9 million, pre-tax ($0.10 per diluted share after-tax) compared with $3.4 million, pre-tax ($0.18 per diluted share after-tax) of unfavorable development recognized during the second quarter of 2011. 

Unfavorable development on prior accident year loss and loss adjustment expense reserves recognized during the first six months of 2012 was $1.8 million, pre-tax ($0.10 per diluted share after-tax), compared with unfavorable development of $23.0 thousand, pre-tax ($0.00 per diluted share after-tax) for the first six months of 2011. The unfavorable development during the first six months of 2012 primarily relates to accident years 2011 and 2010 and resulted primarily from increases in severities on PIP in Florida and bodily injury coverage in California.

2012 Earnings Guidance

Infinity is affirming its operating earnings guidance of $2.00 - $2.50.  The guidance assumes gross written premium growth between 10.0% - 12.5% compared with the prior year, and an accident year combined ratio, which excludes development on prior accident year loss and loss adjustment expense reserves, between 97.5% and 98.5%.  The prior guidance assumed gross written premium growth between 7.5% and 10.0% with the same accident year combined ratio. 

Share and Debt Repurchase Program

During the second quarter of 2012, Infinity repurchased 114,507 shares at an average price, excluding commissions, of $54.40.  Infinity has $39.5 million of capacity left under its share and debt repurchase program, which expires December 31, 2012.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release, notably "2012 Earnings Guidance," contains certain "forward looking statements" which anticipate results based on estimates, assumptions and plans that are subject to uncertainty.  These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this press release not dealing with historical results or current facts are forward-looking and are based on estimates, assumptions and projections. Statements which include the words "assumes," "believes," "seeks," "expects," "may," "should," "intends," "likely," "targets," "plans," "anticipates," "estimates" or the negative version of those words and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements.

The primary events or circumstances that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected by Infinity include determinations with respect to reserve adequacy, realized gains or losses on the investment portfolio (including other-than-temporary impairments for credit losses), rising bodily injury loss cost trends, undesired business mix or risk profile for new business, elevated unemployment rates and the proliferation of illegal immigration legislation in key focus states. Infinity undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of some of the foregoing risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see Infinity's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call

Infinity will conduct a conference call and webcast to discuss second quarter 2012 results at 11:00 a.m. (ET) today, August 7, 2012.  The webcast can be accessed on the Company's Investor Relations website at http://ir.infinityauto.com.  The conference call will be available by dialing 1-877-317-6789.  For those unable to attend the live event, a replay of the webcast will be posted on the website shortly after the event ends.

 

Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation

Statements of Earnings

(in millions, except EPS and dividends)


 

  (unaudited)

Three months ended
June 30,


Six months ended
June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011




(as adjusted)




(as adjusted)

Revenues:








  Earned premium

$294.1



$251.6



$571.3



$490.6


  Net investment income

9.6



10.6



19.3



21.0


  Net realized gains on investments(1)

2.2



2.0



2.4



4.9


  Other income

0.1



0.0



0.4



0.1


Total revenues

306.0



264.2



593.4



516.5










Costs and Expenses:








  Losses and loss adjustment expenses (2)

230.9



192.5



445.7



371.4


Commissions and other underwriting expenses

60.9



58.7



123.0



114.9


  Interest expense

2.7



2.7



5.4



5.4


Corporate general and administrative expenses

2.1



2.2



4.1



3.9


  Other expenses

0.1



0.4



0.3



0.4


Total costs and expenses

296.7



256.4



578.5



496.1










Earnings before income taxes

9.3



7.8



14.8



20.4


Provision for income taxes

2.4



1.0



3.6



3.4


Net Earnings

$7.0



$6.8



$11.2



$17.1










Net Earnings per Common Share:








Basic

$0.59



$0.56



$0.96



$1.39


Diluted

$0.58



$0.54



$0.94



$1.35










Average Number of Common Shares:








Basic

11.7



12.3



11.7



12.3


Diluted

11.9



12.5



12.0



12.6










Cash Dividends per Common Share

$0.225



$0.180



$0.45



$0.36


 

Notes:












(1) Net realized gains before impairment losses

$2.6



$2.2



$3.5



$5.7


Total other-than-temporary impairment
         ("OTTI") losses

(0.4)



(0.1)



(1.0)



(1.7)


Non-credit portion in other comprehensive
        income

0.0



0.0



0.0



1.0


OTTI losses reclassified from other
        comprehensive income

0.0



(0.2)



0.0



(0.2)


Net impairment losses recognized in 
        earnings

(0.4)



(0.2)



(1.1)



(0.8)


Total net realized gains on investments

$2.2



$2.0



$2.4



$4.9



(2) Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 include $1.9 million and $1.8 million of unfavorable development on prior accident year loss and loss adjustment expense reserves, respectively.

Losses and loss adjustment expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 include $3.4 million and $23.0 thousand of unfavorable development on prior accident year loss and loss adjustment expense reserves, respectively.

Columns may not foot due to rounding.

Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation

Balance Sheets

(in millions, except book value per share)


 (unaudited)

June 30,
2012


March 31,
2012


December 31,
2011






(as adjusted)

Assets:






Investments:






Fixed maturities, at fair value

$1,238.2



$1,225.8



$1,188.0


Equity securities, at fair value

40.1



41.5



36.9


Total investments

1,278.3



1,267.4



1,224.9


Cash and cash equivalents

69.3



61.3



83.8


Accrued investment income

10.9



11.4



10.8


Agents' balances and premium receivable

427.1



435.2



382.6


Property and equipment (net of depreciation)

42.2



41.0



38.7


Prepaid reinsurance premium

2.5



2.2



2.1


Recoverable from reinsurers

14.3



15.8



14.7


Deferred policy acquisition costs

90.0



91.1



80.1


Current and deferred income taxes

9.9



7.4



10.7


Receivable for securities sold



0.1



1.2


Other assets

9.0



7.8



5.5


Goodwill

75.3



75.3



75.3


Total assets


$2,028.8




$2,015.9




$1,930.4








Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:






Liabilities:






Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses

$530.9



$513.9



$495.4


Unearned premium

536.1



541.6



474.5


Payable to reinsurers

0.0



0.2



0.0


Long-term debt

194.9



194.8



194.8


Commissions payable

30.4



34.5



30.6


Payable for securities purchased

7.7



7.7



10.8


Other liabilities

61.8



55.2



62.4


Total liabilities

1,361.6



1,348.0



1,268.6








Shareholders' Equity:






Common stock

21.4



21.4



21.4


Additional paid-in capital

358.8



357.5



355.9


Retained earnings (1)

658.4



654.1



652.4


Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax

40.3



39.5



35.3


Treasury stock, at cost  (2)

(411.8)



(404.5)



(403.2)


Total shareholders' equity

667.2



668.0



661.8


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$2,028.8




$2,015.9




$1,930.4








Shares outstanding

11.7



11.8



11.8


Book value per share

$56.92



$56.61



$56.05











Notes:

(1) The change in retained earnings from March 31, 2012 is a result of net income of $7.0 million less shareholder dividends of $2.6 million. The change in retained earnings from December 31, 2011 is a result of net income of $11.2 million less shareholder dividends of $5.3 million.

(2) Infinity repurchased 114,507 common shares during the second quarter of 2012 at an average per share price, excluding commissions, of $54.40. Infinity repurchased 137,307 common shares during the first six months of 2012 at an average per share price, excluding commissions, of $54.66.

(3) Columns may not foot due to rounding.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial and Operating Measures

Operating earnings are defined as net earnings, before realized gains and losses on investments and the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, after tax.  Infinity reports this non-GAAP measure because realized gains and losses on investments can be volatile and because it is a measure used often by investors in evaluating insurance companies.  Net earnings are the most comparable GAAP measure. 

Underwriting income measures the insurer's profit on insurance sales after all losses and expenses have been paid.  It is calculated by deducting losses and loss adjustment expenses and underwriting expenses from premiums earned.  Infinity reports this non-GAAP measure to show profitability before inclusion of net investment income, other income, interest expense, corporate general and administrative expenses, other expenses and taxes and because it is a measure used often by investors in evaluating insurance companies.  Net earnings are the most comparable GAAP measure. 

Below is a schedule that reconciles operating earnings and underwriting income to net earnings:



Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011

(in millions, except EPS)




(as adjusted)




(as adjusted)










Earned premium


$294.1



$251.6



$571.3



$490.6


Losses and loss adjustment expenses


(230.9)



(192.5)



(445.7)



(371.4)


Commissions and other underwriting expenses


(60.9)



(58.7)



(123.0)



(114.9)











Underwriting income


2.3



0.5



2.6



4.2











Net investment income


9.6



10.6



19.3



21.0


Other income


0.1



0.0



0.4



0.1


Interest expense


(2.7)



(2.7)



(5.4)



(5.4)


Corporate general and administrative expenses


(2.1)



(2.2)



(4.1)



(3.9)


Other expenses


(0.1)



(0.4)



(0.3)



(0.4)











Pre-tax operating earnings


7.2



5.9



12.4



15.6











   Provision for income taxes


(1.7)



(1.1)



(2.7)



(3.6)











Operating earnings, after-tax


5.5



4.7



9.8



11.9











Realized gains on investments, pre-tax


2.2



2.0



2.4



4.9


Provision for income taxes


(0.8)



(0.7)



(0.8)



(1.7)


Decrease (increase) in provision for tax valuation allowance


0.1



0.8



(0.1)



1.9


Realized gains on investments, net of tax


1.5



2.1



1.5



5.1











Net earnings


$7.0



$6.8



$11.2



$17.1











Operating earnings per diluted share


$0.46



$0.38



$0.81



$0.95


Realized gains on investments, net of tax


0.11



0.10



0.14



0.25


Decrease (increase) in provision for tax valuation allowance


0.01



0.06



(0.01)



0.15


Net earnings per diluted share


$0.58



$0.54



$0.94



$1.35











Note: Columns may not foot due to rounding








Gross written premium is the amount of premium charged for policies issued during a fiscal period.  Earned premium is a GAAP measure and represents the portion of gross written premium (after cessions to reinsurers) that has been recognized in income in the financial statements for the periods presented as earned on a pro-rata basis over the term of the policies.

Below is a schedule that reconciles gross written premium to earned premium:


Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,

(in millions)

2012


2011


2012


2011









Gross written premium

$290.4



$259.4



$636.3



$542.5


Ceded reinsurance

(2.0)



(1.7)



(3.7)



(3.2)


Net written premium

288.4



257.7



632.5



539.3


Change in unearned premium

5.7



(6.1)



(61.3



(48.7)


Earned premium

$

294.1



$251.6



$571.3



$490.6









Note: Columns may not foot due to rounding




















Tangible capital is defined as total capital (long-term debt plus total shareholders' equity) less intangible assets.  Infinity reports this non-GAAP measure because it is a measure often used by debt-holders and rating agencies when evaluating financial leverage.  Total capital is the most comparable GAAP measure.

Below is a schedule that reconciles tangible capital to total capital:

 

(in millions)

June 30, 2012


June 30, 2011





Tangible capital

$786.7



$778.9


Goodwill

75.3



75.3


Total capital

$862.0



$854.2



Note: Columns may not foot due to rounding

Infinity also makes available an investor supplement on its website.  To access the supplemental financial information, go to http://ir.infinityauto.com and click on "Annual & Quarterly Reports."

SOURCE Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation



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