Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc. Announces Results for Third Quarter
Monday November 6, 7:28 am ET
FREMONT, Mich., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FMMH - News), today announced net income of $781,184 or $0.89 per diluted share for the third-quarter of 2006. For the nine months of 2006, net income was $3.9 million, or $4.40 per diluted share. In the third quarter of 2005, the Company generated net income of $5.4 million or $6.20 per diluted share and $6.8 million or $7.86 per diluted for the nine months of 2005; however, both the 2005 third quarter and nine month period included the impact of reversing a deferred tax asset valuation allowance which increased net income by $3.8 million or $4.39 per diluted share for the 2005 third quarter and $4.46 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2005.
Direct premiums written increased 5.7% during the third quarter and 6.7% during the nine month period. Led by strong new business opportunities and consistent policy renewal rates in the quarter, direct premiums written for the personal auto line realized the largest increase, growing 9.1 percent over the year ago period. Personal auto was further boosted by increased market penetration by several of the Company's independent agents. "We continue to face a highly competitive Michigan market. Although the pricing environment remains soft we continue to grow by focusing on target markets that we feel are appropriately priced," said Richard E. Dunning, President and CEO of Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc.
Net premiums earned in the third quarter 2006 decreased $605,000, however, the decline was a result of higher net premiums earned of approximately $1,000,000 in the 2005 quarter relating to the quota share reinsurance agreement which had previously been placed into runoff. Net premiums earned for the 2006 quarter increased $396,000 or 4.2% as compared to the 2005 quarter after excluding the $1,000,000 quota share impact as a result of growth in direct premiums earned of approximately $650,000 offset by higher ceded premiums earned of approximately $254,000 under the Company's ongoing reinsurance agreements.
The Company's third-quarter Loss and LAE Ratio (incurred losses and LAE divided by net premiums earned) grew to 58.5 percent compared to 50.6 percent last year. The increase was driven primarily by weather-related losses during July triggered by strong thunderstorms coupled with an increase in the volume and severity of personal auto claims. "Typically the third quarter can be our most volatile quarter as a result of weather conditions in Michigan. The third quarter of 2005 was a very mild quarter from a weather standpoint while the third quarter of 2006 was a more normal quarter in terms of expected weather related losses," said Kevin Kaastra, Vice President of Finance of Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc. Despite the increase in the loss ratio in the third quarter, the loss ratio for the nine months of 2006 was 51.4% which is still below the 2005 loss ratio of 56.4% as a result of overall lower loss severity during the nine months of 2006.
The expense ratio during the third quarter 2006 was 35.0% compared to 30.8% in the 2005 quarter. For the nine months of 2006 the expense ratio was 34.8% compared to 33.9% in the prior year period. The increase in the expense ratio for the quarter was driven by the reduction in net premiums earned during the 2006 quarter coupled with increased operating expenses including depreciation, salaries and costs associated with agent incentives.
"While weather trends were less favorable during the quarter, we continue to experience growth in premiums written within key product segments, including personal and farm," said Kaastra. "Our continued premium growth is a testament to our ability to service our agents and policyholders despite a continuing soft market, including increased competition from out-of-state players."
The Company's combined ratio for the quarter was 93.5 percent, as compared to 81.4 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2005 quarter while the nine month combined ratio was 86.2% in 2006 compared to 90.3% in 2005.
Fremont ended the third quarter of 2006 with total investments of $54.5 million, up 6 percent for the first nine months of 2006. The Company realized a 23.5 percent increase in net investment income for the third quarter and a 7 percent increase in net investment income thus far in 2006 driven by growth in invested assets as well as increased yields in the fixed maturity portfolio. During the first nine months of 2006, cash and cash equivalents have increased to $4.5 million, compared to $1.5 million as of December 31, 2005. Stockholders' equity at quarter-end had increased 16.7 percent to $30.1 million, compared to $25.8 million as of December 31, 2005.
In October 2006 the Company's Board of Directors approved a two-for-one stock split on its common stock in the form of a 100% stock dividend. The record date is October 31, 2006, and stockholders of record at the close of business on the record date will receive one additional share for every share held. The dividend shares will be payable on November 17, 2006. After the split, Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc. will have approximately 1,725,000 shares outstanding. All share and per share numbers disclosed in this press release and the accompanying financial statements are presented pre-stock split.
Third Quarter 2006 Key Highlights
-- Net income was $781,184 in the third quarter of 2006 as compared to
net income of $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2005. Net income
for the 2005 quarter was significantly higher as a result of a $3.8
million tax benefit coupled with higher net premiums earned of
$1,000,000 associated with a quota share reinsurance agreement that
had previously been placed into runoff.
-- Revenues were $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2006 as compared
to $10.9 million in third quarter 2005. Revenue for the 2005 quarter
was higher as a result of increased net premiums earned of $1,000,000
associated with a quota share reinsurance agreement.
-- Stockholders' equity increased 16.7 percent to $30.1 million as of
September 30, 2006, up from $25.8 million at December 31, 2005.
-- Direct premiums written increased 5.7 percent in the third quarter
2006 to $13.5 million, up from $12.8 million in the third quarter of
-- As of September 30, 2006, total assets increased 9.2 percent to $82.9
million, while total liabilities increased 5.2 percent to $52.7
million compared to the balances at December 31, 2005.
Certain of the statements contained herein (other than statements of historical facts) are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and include estimates and assumptions related to economic, competitive and legislative developments. These forward- looking statements are subject to change and uncertainty that are, in many instances, beyond the company's control and have been made based upon management's expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc.
There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with management's expectations so that the effect of future developments on Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc. will be those anticipated by management. Actual financial results including premium growth and underwriting results could differ materially from those anticipated by Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc. depending on the outcome of certain factors, which may include changes in property and casualty loss trends and reserves; catastrophe losses; the insurance product pricing environment; changes in applicable law; government regulation and changes therein that may impede the ability to charge adequate rates; change in accounting principles; performance of the financial markets; fluctuations in interest rates; availability and price of reinsurance; and the status of the labor markets in which the company operates.
FREMONT MICHIGAN INSURACORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2006 2005 2006 2005
Net premiums earned $9,908,832 $10,513,429 $29,140,172 $28,935,596
income 459,670 372,203 1,305,136 1,219,438
Net realized gains
investments (217) 5,586 295,494 388,006
Other income, net 107,201 103,033 305,452 296,944
Total revenues 10,475,486 10,994,251 31,046,254 30,839,984
Losses and loss
net 5,804,215 5,317,945 14,983,839 16,330,203
expenses 3,463,918 3,237,258 10,132,178 9,796,168
Interest expense 50,580 77,111 177,823 232,152
Total expenses 9,318,713 8,632,314 25,293,840 26,358,523
tax expense 1,156,773 2,361,937 5,752,414 4,481,461
Federal income tax
expense 375,589 (3,022,245) 1,889,560 (2,314,523)
Net income $781,184 $5,384,182 $3,862,854 $6,795,984
Net income per common share
Basic $.91 $6.25 $ 4.48 $7.88
Diluted $.89 $6.20 $ 4.40 $7.86
FREMONT MICHIGAN INSURACORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 30, December 31,
Assets 2006 2005
Fixed maturities available for sale,
at fair value $43,475,477 $41,644,429
Equity securities available for sale,
at fair value 10,809,029 9,508,185
Mortgage loans on real estate from
related parties 262,731 262,294
Total investments 54,547,237 51,414,908
Cash and cash equivalents 4,475,410 1,542,581
Receivable from investments 997,249 -
Premiums due from policyholders, net 7,619,751 7,143,537
Amounts due from reinsurers 6,257,873 7,499,227
Accrued investment income 453,615 402,937
Deferred policy acquisition costs 3,243,275 3,092,618
Deferred federal income taxes 3,474,536 3,774,445
Property and equipment, net of
accumulated depreciation 1,709,247 1,082,547
Other assets 151,115 7,827
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Losses and loss adjustment expenses $21,250,687 $18,866,814
Unearned premiums 21,265,334 20,437,157
Reinsurance funds withheld and
premiums ceded payable 19,730 1,026,340
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 7,345,186 6,903,968
Surplus notes 2,890,288 2,890,288
Total liabilities 52,771,225 50,124,567
Commitments and contingencies
Preferred stock, no par value, authorized
4,500,000 shares, no shares issued and
outstanding - -
Class A common stock, no par value,
authorized 5,000,000 shares, 862,728 and
862,128 shares issued and outstanding at
September 30, 2006 and December 31, 2005,
respectively - -
Class B common stock, no par value,
authorized 500,000 shares, no shares
issued and outstanding - -
Additional paid-in capital 7,596,519 7,550,304
Retained earnings 22,158,934 18,296,080
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Net unrealized gains (losses) on
investments, net of deferred federal
income taxes 402,630 (10,324)
Total stockholders' equity 30,158,083 25,836,060
Total liabilities and stockholders'
equity $82,929,308 $ 75,960,627
Source: Fremont Michigan InsuraCorp, Inc.