Mercury General Corporation Announces Third Quarter Results and Increases Quarterly Dividend PR Newswire LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2012 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercury General Corporation (NYSE: MCY) reported today for the third quarter of 2012: Consolidated Highlights Three Months Ended Change Nine Months Ended September Change September 30, 30, 2012 2011 $ % 2012 2011 $ % (000's except per-share amounts and ratios) Net premiums $ 684,880 $ 662,279 $ 22,601 3.4 $ 1,996,800 $ 1,956,790 $ 40,010 2.0 written (1) Net income $ 66,201 $ (3,782) $ 69,983 NM $ 134,293 $ 111,695 $ 22,598 20.2 (loss) Net income (loss) per $ 1.21 $ (0.07) $ 1.28 NM $ 2.45 $ 2.04 $ 0.41 20.1 diluted share (2) Operating $ 33,862 $ 39,715 $ (5,853) (14.7) $ 83,167 $ 121,097 $ (37,930) (31.3) income (1) Operating income per $ 0.62 $ 0.72 $ (0.10) (13.9) $ 1.51 $ 2.21 $ (0.70) (31.7) diluted share (1) Catastrophe $ 1,000 $ 4,000 $ (3,000) (75.0) $ 9,000 $ 8,000 $ 1,000 12.5 losses (3) Combined 99.1 % 98.3 % — 0.8 100.4 % 98.2 % — 2.2 pts ratio (4) pts NM = Not meaningful (1)These measures are not based on U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and are defined and reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in "Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures." (2)The dilutive impact of incremental shares is excluded from loss positions in accordance with GAAP. (3)2012 catastrophe losses were primarily the result of wind and hail storms in the Midwest region in the second quarter; 2011 catastrophe losses were mainly the result of Hurricane Irene in the third quarter. The amounts are rounded to the nearest million. (4)The Company experienced unfavorable development of approximately $4 million and $1 million on prior accident years' losses and loss adjustment expenses reserves for the three months ended September30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and approximately $33 million and $11 million on prior accident years' losses and loss adjustment expenses reserves for the nine months ended September30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The year-to-date unfavorable development in 2012 is largely the result of re-estimates of California bodily injury losses which have experienced higher average severities and more late reported claims (claim count development) than estimated at December 31, 2011. Investment Results Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011 (000's except average annual yield) Average invested assets at cost $ 3,007,634 $ 2,997,332 $ 2,998,270 $ 3,012,375 ^(1) Net investment income: Before income $ 33,410 $ 35,526 $ 96,569 $ 106,631 taxes After income $ 28,881 $ 31,389 $ 84,909 $ 94,483 taxes Average annual yield on investments - 3.8 % 4.2 % 3.8 % 4.2 % after income taxes (1) Fixed maturities and short-term bonds at amortized cost and equities and other short-term investments at cost. Average invested assets at cost is based on the monthly amortized cost of the invested assets for each respective period. Mercury CEO and President Gabe Tirador commented on the quarterly results: "We are pleased to report 3.4% quarterly net written premium growth, which represents our seventh consecutive quarter of net written premium growth and our highest growth rate during that period. California new business private passenger automobile policy sales increased year over year in the quarter by 20%. The Company is currently profitable in a number of states and has been actively addressing profitability through a combination of rate and underwriting changes and cost management initiatives. In California, our largest state, the Company implemented an approximately 4% rate increase for its personal automobile insurance line of business effective for new and renewal policies beginning October 26, 2012." The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.6125 per share, representing an increase over the quarterly dividend amount paid in 2011. The dividend will be paid on December 27, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 13, 2012. Mercury General Corporation and its subsidiaries are a multiple line insurance organization offering predominantly personal automobile and homeowners insurance through a network of independent producers in many states. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.mercuryinsurance.com. The Company will be hosting a conference call and webcast today at 10:00 A.M. Pacific time where management will discuss results and address questions. The teleconference and webcast can be accessed by calling (877) 807-1888 (USA), (706) 679-3827 (International) or by visiting www.mercuryinsurance.com. A replay of the call will be available beginning at 1:30 P.M. Pacific time and running through November 5, 2012. The replay telephone numbers are (855) 859-2056 (USA) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID# is 39710486. The replay will also be available on the Company's website shortly following the call. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. The statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. Actual results may differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) and are subject to change based upon various factors, including but not limited to the following risks and uncertainties: changes in the demand for the Company's insurance products, inflation and general economic conditions, including the impact of current economic conditions on the Company's market and investment portfolio; the accuracy and adequacy of the Company's pricing methodologies; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters in the markets served by the Company; general market risks associated with the Company's investment portfolio; uncertainties related to estimates, assumptions and projections generally; the possibility that actual loss experience may vary adversely from the actuarial estimates made to determine the Company's loss reserves in general; the Company's ability to obtain and the timing of the approval of premium rate changes for insurance policies issued in states where the Company operates; legislation adverse to the automobile insurance industry or business generally that may be enacted in the states where the Company operates; the Company's success in managing its business in states outside of California; the presence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing and marketing efforts; changes in driving patterns and loss trends; acts of war and terrorist activities; court decisions and trends in litigation and health care and auto repair costs and marketing efforts; and legal, regulatory and litigation risks. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new information, future events or otherwise. For a more detailed discussion of some of the foregoing risks and uncertainties, see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. MERCURY GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS (000's except per-share amounts and ratios) (unaudited) Three Months Ended September Nine Months Ended September 30, 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net premiums $ 684,880 $ 662,279 $ 1,996,800 $ 1,956,790 written Revenues: Net premium $ 646,084 $ 643,626 $ 1,919,143 $ 1,924,444 earned Net investment 33,410 35,526 96,569 106,631 income Net realized investment gains 49,752 (66,919) 78,656 (14,465) (losses) Other 2,532 3,508 7,790 11,221 Total revenues $ 731,778 $ 615,741 $ 2,102,158 $ 2,027,831 Expenses: Losses and loss adjustment 467,929 458,530 1,415,096 1,356,329 expenses Policy acquisition 121,906 121,016 357,062 365,649 costs Other operating 50,225 53,027 154,353 166,797 expenses Interest 388 1,286 1,176 4,650 Total expenses $ 640,448 $ 633,859 $ 1,927,687 $ 1,893,425 Income (loss) before income 91,330 (18,118) 174,471 134,406 taxes Income tax expense 25,129 (14,336) 40,178 22,711 (benefit) Net income $ 66,201 $ (3,782) $ 134,293 $ 111,695 (loss) Basic average shares 54,911 54,826 54,895 54,818 outstanding Diluted average shares 54,925 54,826 54,918 54,835 outstanding ^ (a) Basic Per Share Data Net income $ 1.21 $ (0.07) $ 2.45 $ 2.04 (loss) Net realized investment gains $ 0.59 $ (0.79) $ 0.93 $ (0.17) (losses), net of tax Diluted Per Share Data ^(a) Net income $ 1.21 $ (0.07) $ 2.45 $ 2.04 (loss) Net realized investment gains $ 0.59 $ (0.79) $ 0.93 $ (0.17) (losses), net of tax Operating Ratios-GAAP Basis Loss ratio 72.4 % 71.2 % 73.7 % 70.5 % Expense ratio 26.6 % 27.0 % 26.6 % 27.7 % Combined ratio ^ 99.1 % 98.3 % 100.4 % 98.2 % (b) Reconciliations of Operating Measures to Comparable GAAP Measures Net premiums $ 684,880 $ 662,279 $ 1,996,800 $ 1,956,790 written Change in unearned (38,796) (18,653) (77,657) (32,346) premiums Net premiums $ 646,084 $ 643,626 $ 1,919,143 $ 1,924,444 earned Paid losses and loss adjustment $ 467,719 $ 459,902 $ 1,421,078 $ 1,411,666 expenses Change in net loss and loss 210 (1,372) (5,982) (55,337) adjustment expense reserves Incurred losses and loss $ 467,929 $ 458,530 $ 1,415,096 $ 1,356,329 adjustment expenses (a) The dilutive impact of incremental shares is excluded from loss position in accordance with GAAP. (b) Combined ratios for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 and the nine months ended September 30, 2012 do not sum due to rounding. MERCURY GENERAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS AND OTHER INFORMATION (000's except per-share amounts and ratios) September30, 2012 December31, 2011 (unaudited) ASSETS Investments, at fair value: Fixed maturities trading (amortized cost $ 2,468,717 $ 2,445,589 $2,318,100; $2,345,620) Equity securities trading (cost 470,813 380,388 $458,690; $388,417) Short-term investments (cost $221,163; 221,083 236,444 $236,433) Total investments 3,160,613 3,062,421 Cash 188,174 211,393 Receivables: Premiums 346,317 288,799 Accrued investment income 33,348 32,541 Other 12,102 11,320 Total receivables 391,767 332,660 Deferred policy acquisition costs 186,313 171,430 Fixed assets, net 165,169 177,760 Current income taxes 12,726 — Deferred income taxes — 6,511 Goodwill 42,850 42,850 Other intangible assets, net 49,105 53,749 Other assets 14,193 11,232 Total assets $ 4,210,910 $ 4,070,006 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 978,420 $ 985,279 Unearned premiums 921,276 843,427 Notes payable 140,000 140,000 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 100,180 94,743 Current income taxes — 67 Deferred income taxes 17,014 — Other liabilities 160,187 149,007 Shareholders' equity 1,893,833 1,857,483 Total liabilities and shareholders' $ 4,210,910 $ 4,070,006 equity OTHER INFORMATION Common stock shares outstanding 54,911 54,856 Book value per share $ 34.49 $ 33.86 Estimated statutory surplus $1.5 billion $1.5 billion Estimated premiums written to surplus 1.8 1.7 ratio Debt to total capital ratio 6.9 % 7.0 % Portfolio duration (including all 3.3 years 3.3 years short-term instruments)^(a) Policies-in-force (company-wide "PIF")^(a) Personal Auto PIF 1,251 1,236 Homeowners PIF 431 394 (a) Unaudited. Information Regarding Non-GAAP Measures The Company has presented information within this document containing operating measures which in management's opinion provide investors with useful, industry specific information to help them evaluate, and perform meaningful comparisons of, the Company's performance, but that may not be presented in accordance with GAAP. These measures are not intended to replace, and should be read in conjunction with, the GAAP financial results. Operating income is net income excluding realized investment gains and losses, net of tax. Net income is the GAAP measure that is most directly comparable to operating income. Operating income is used by management along with the other components of net income to assess the Company's performance. Management uses operating income as an important measure to evaluate the results of the Company's insurance business. Management believes that operating income provides investors with a valuable measure of the Company's ongoing performance as it reveals trends in the Company's insurance business that may be obscured by the net effect of realized capital gains and losses. Realized capital gains and losses may vary significantly between periods and are generally driven by external economic developments such as capital market conditions. Accordingly, operating income highlights the results from ongoing operations and the underlying profitability of the Company's core insurance business. Operating income, which is provided as supplemental information and should not be considered as a substitute for net income, does not reflect the overall profitability of our business.It should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. The Company has reconciled operating income with the most directly comparable GAAP measure in the table below. Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, Total Per diluted share Total Per diluted share 2012 2011 2012 2011 ^(b) 2012 2011 2012 2011 ^(a) ^(b) (000's except per-share amounts) Operating $ 33,862 $ 39,715 $ 0.62 $ 0.72 $ 83,167 $ 121,097 $ 1.51 $ 2.21 income Net realized investment 32,339 (43,497) 0.59 (0.79) 51,126 (9,402) 0.93 (0.17) gains (losses), net of tax Net income $ 66,201 $ (3,782) $ 1.21 $ (0.07) $ 134,293 $ 111,695 $ 2.45 $ 2.04 (loss) (a) Net income per diluted share does not sum due to rounding. (b) The dilutive impact of incremental shares is excluded from loss positions in accordance with GAAP. Net premiums written represents the premiums charged on policies issued during a fiscal period. Net premiums earned, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, represents the portion of premiums written that have been recognized as income in the financial statements for the periods presented as earned on a pro-rata basis over the term of the policies. Net premiums written are meant as supplemental information and are not intended to replace net premiums earned. Such information should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. The Company has reconciled net premiums written with the most directly comparable GAAP measure in the supplemental schedule entitled, "Summary of Operating Results." Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses is the portion of incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, excluding the effects of changes in the loss reserve accounts. Paid losses and loss adjustment expenses is provided as supplemental information and is not intended to replace incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses. It should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. The Company has reconciled paid losses and loss adjustment expenses with the most directly comparable GAAP measure in the supplemental schedule entitled, "Summary of Operating Results." Combined ratio-accident period basis is computed as the difference between two GAAP operating ratios: the combined ratio and the effect of prior accident periods' loss development. The most directly comparable GAAP measure is the combined ratio. The Company believes that this ratio is useful to investors and it is used by management to reveal the trends in the Company's results of operations that may be obscured by development on prior accident periods' loss reserves. Combined ratio-accident period basis is meant as supplemental information and is not intended to replace combined ratio. It should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. The Company has reconciled combined ratio-accident period basis with the most directly comparable GAAP measure in the table below. Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 2011 Combined ratio-accident period basis 98.7 % 97.6 % Effect of estimated prior periods' loss 1.7 % 0.6 % development Combined ratio 100.4 % 98.2 % SOURCE Mercury General Corporation Website: http://www.mercuryinsurance.com Contact: Theodore Stalick, VP/CFO, +1-323-937-1060
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