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First Acceptance Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Acceptance Corporation (NYSE:FAC) today reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Operating Results

Loss before income taxes, for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $0.3 million, compared with $4.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $0.3 million, compared with $3.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Basic and diluted net loss per share were $0.01 for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared with $0.07 for the same period in the prior year.

Loss before income taxes, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $39.3 million, compared with $3.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $25.7 million, compared with $2.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Basic and diluted net loss per share were $0.63 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared with $0.05 for the same period in the prior year.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, we recognized $0.1 million of favorable prior period loss development and $27.5 million of unfavorable prior period loss development, respectively. Additionally, the results for these periods were favorably impacted by net realized gains on investments of $4.9 million from the sales of fixed maturities that were sold to increase the statutory capital and surplus of our insurance company subsidiaries. The nine months ended September 30, 2016 also includes a $1.2 million gain on sale of foreclosed real estate. The three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 included $3.4 million and $3.6 million, respectively, of costs related to a litigation settlement.

Recently-appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Russell, commented, “There have been extreme challenges within the automobile insurance industry over the last year, particularly in the non-standard sector. My goal is to return the Company to profitability by combating these obstacles through a focus on appropriate pricing and risk segmentation of our product and efficient processing of claims.”

Loss Ratio. The loss ratio was 92.6% for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared with 85.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The loss ratio was 104.8% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared with 81.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. We experienced favorable development related to prior periods of $0.1 million and unfavorable development related to prior periods of $27.5 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively. This unfavorable development for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was the result of increased losses primarily from the 2015 accident year across all major coverages. The most significant causes of the development were a greater than usual emergence of reported claims and higher bodily injury severity.

Excluding prior period development, the loss ratio for the 2016 accident year is now estimated to be 92.7%. This elevated loss ratio is primarily due to higher than expected claim frequency across all major coverages and higher bodily injury severity. We believe that an increase in distracted driving, along with an increase in the number of miles driven by insured drivers as a result of lower gas prices and a favorable economy has been a contributing factor to an industry-wide increase in frequency. In response, the Company has continued to implement aggressive rate and underwriting actions as warranted at a state and coverage level and strengthen its claims organization and processes.

Revenues. Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2016 increased 17% to $102.1 million from $87.6 million in the same period in the prior year. Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased 24% to $301.8 million from $243.4 million in the same period in the prior year.

Premiums earned increased by $9.2 million, or 14%, to $76.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, from $67.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 premiums earned increased by $36.6 million, or 19%, to $234.0 million from $197.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. This improvement was primarily due to higher average premiums resulting from our recent rate increases.

Commission and fee income increased by $0.3 million, or 1%, to $19.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, from $19.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, commission and fee income increased by $15.8 million, or 37%, to $58.1 million from $42.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, primarily as a result of revenue from the former Titan retail locations acquired on July 1, 2015. Commission and fee income also increased as a result of higher fee income related to commissionable ancillary products sold through our previously-existing retail locations.

Expense Ratio. The expense ratio was 13.8% for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared with 16.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The expense ratio was 14.3% for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, compared with 18.9% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. The year-over-year decrease in the expense ratio was primarily due to the increase in premiums earned which resulted in a lower percentage of fixed expenses in our retail operations (such as rent and base salary) and our ongoing efforts on cost containment.

Combined Ratio. increased to 106.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2016 from 101.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the combined ratio increased to 119.1% from 100.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Next Release of Financial Results

We currently plan to report our financial results for the three months and year ending December 31, 2016 on March 14, 2017.

About First Acceptance Corporation

We are principally a retailer, servicer and underwriter of non-standard personal automobile insurance based in Nashville, Tennessee. Our insurance operations generate revenues from selling non-standard personal automobile insurance policies and related products in 17 states. We conduct our servicing and underwriting operations in 14 states and are licensed as an insurer in 12 additional states. Non-standard personal automobile insurance is made available to individuals because of their inability or unwillingness to obtain standard insurance coverage due to various factors, including payment history, payment preference, failure in the past to maintain continuous insurance coverage or driving record and/or vehicle type.

At September 30, 2016, we leased and operated 369 retail locations and a call center staffed with employee-agents. Our employee-agents primarily sell non-standard personal automobile insurance products underwritten by us, as well as certain commissionable ancillary products. In most states, our employee-agents also sell a complementary insurance product providing personal property and liability coverage for renters underwritten by us. In addition, retail locations in some markets offer non-standard personal automobile insurance serviced and underwritten by other third-party insurance carriers for which we receive a commission. In addition to our retail locations, we are able to complete the entire sales process over the phone via our call center or through the internet via our consumer-based website or mobile platform. On a limited basis, we also sell our products through selected retail locations operated by independent agents. Additional information about First Acceptance Corporation can be found online at www.acceptance.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the expected effects of the recently completed acquisition. These statements, which have been included in reliance on the “safe harbor” provisions of the federal securities laws, involve risks and uncertainties. Investors are hereby cautioned that these statements may be affected by important factors, including, among others, the factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual operations and results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenues:
Premiums earned $76,740 $67,508 $233,997 $197,423
Commission and fee income 19,291 18,974 58,055 42,252
Investment income 1,187 1,144 3,795 3,695
Gain on sale of foreclosed real estate 1,237
Net realized gains (losses) on investments, available-for-
sale (includes $4,892 and $4,745, respectively, of
accumulated other comprehensive loss
reclassification for net unrealized gains in 2016)
4,897 (6) 4,733 (13)
102,115 87,620 301,817 243,357
Costs and expenses:
Losses and loss adjustment expenses 71,079 57,367 245,262 160,304
Insurance operating expenses 28,940 29,309 88,901 78,039
Other operating expenses 369 295 932 881
Litigation settlement 3,406 3,645
Stock-based compensation 59 37 164 109
Depreciation 667 424 1,934 1,224
Amortization of identifiable intangibles assets 240 254 717 261
Interest expense 1,088 1,052 3,213 1,924
102,442 92,144 341,123 246,387
Loss before income taxes (327) (4,524) (39,306) (3,030)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 6 (1,506) (13,571) (813)
Net loss $(333) $(3,018) $(25,735) $(2,217)
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $(0.01) $(0.07) $(0.63) $(0.05)
Number of shares used to calculate net loss per share:
Basic and diluted 41,096 41,041 41,074 41,026
Reconciliation of net loss to other comprehensive loss:
Net loss $(333) $(3,018) $(25,735) $(2,217)
Unrealized change in investments:
Unrealized change in investments arising during
the period, net of tax of $4, $(17), $1,621
and $(609), respectively
7 (32) 3,009 (1,131)
Reclassification of net realized gains on investments,
available-for-sale, included in net loss, net of tax
of $(1,712) and $(1,661), respectively, in 2016
(3,180) (3,084)
Comprehensive loss $(3,506) $(3,050) $(25,810) $(3,348)
Detail of net realized gains (losses) on investments,
available-for-sale:
Net realized gains (losses) on sales and redemptions $4,897 $(6) $4,880 $(13)
Other-than-temporary impairment charges (147)
Net realized gains (losses) on investments, available-for-
sale
$4,897 $(6) $4,733 $(13)


FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)
September 30, December 31,
2016 2015
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Investments, available-for-sale at fair value (amortized cost of $119,780 and
$128,304, respectively)
$122,646 $131,582
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 143,371 115,587
Premiums, fees, and commissions receivable, net of allowance of $451 and
$454, respectively
75,770 69,881
Receivable for securities 20,026
Deferred tax assets, net 32,216 18,301
Other investments 9,653 11,256
Other assets 6,613 6,950
Property and equipment, net 5,292 5,141
Deferred acquisition costs 5,750 5,509
Goodwill 29,384 29,429
Identifiable intangible assets, net 7,814 8,491
TOTAL ASSETS $458,535 $402,127
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves $164,700 $122,071
Unearned premiums and fees 89,820 83,426
Debentures payable 40,290 40,256
Term loan from principal stockholder 29,773 29,753
Payable for securities 37,929
Accrued expenses 7,265 7,345
Other liabilities 10,693 15,606
Total liabilities 380,470 298,457
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000 shares authorized
Common stock, $.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized; 41,096 issued and outstanding 411 411
Additional paid-in capital 457,681 457,476
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax of $22 and $62, respectively 3,416 3,491
Accumulated deficit (383,443) (357,708)
Total stockholders’ equity 78,065 103,670
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $458,535 $402,127


FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Data
(Unaudited)
PREMIUMS EARNED BY STATE
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Gross premiums earned:
Georgia $16,344 $13,079 $47,672 $37,619
Florida 11,524 10,231 35,309 30,639
Texas 10,402 8,990 32,285 26,365
Ohio 7,568 6,688 23,258 19,814
Alabama 7,143 6,238 21,193 18,333
South Carolina 6,718 5,115 20,664 14,691
Illinois 4,982 6,030 16,238 18,213
Tennessee 4,842 4,486 14,830 12,141
Pennsylvania 2,406 2,303 7,399 6,923
Indiana 2,322 2,003 6,994 5,869
Missouri 1,307 1,451 4,693 4,315
Mississippi 965 852 3,003 2,540
Virginia 235 138 700 232
California 99 99
Total gross premiums earned 76,857 67,604 234,337 197,694
Premiums ceded to reinsurer (117) (96) (340) (271)
Total net premiums earned $76,740 $67,508 $233,997 $197,423


COMBINED RATIOS (INSURANCE OPERATIONS)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Loss 92.6% 85.0% 104.8% 81.2%
Expense 13.8% 16.3% 14.3% 18.9%
Combined 106.4% 101.3% 119.1% 100.1%


NUMBER OF RETAIL LOCATIONS
Retail location counts are based upon the date that a location commenced or ceased writing business.
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Retail locations – beginning of period 409 359 440 356
Opened 4 5
Acquired 83 83
Closed (40) (4) (75) (6)
Retail locations – end of period 369 438 369 438


FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Data (continued)
(Unaudited)
RETAIL LOCATIONS BY STATE
September 30, June 30, December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015 2015 2014
Alabama 23 24 24 24 24 24
Arizona 10 10 10 10
California 47 48 47 48
Florida 34 39 34 35 39 31
Georgia 53 60 60 60 60 60
Illinois 39 58 41 60 61 60
Indiana 16 17 17 17 17 17
Mississippi 6 7 7 7 7 7
Missouri 6 9 9 9 9 10
Nevada 4 4 4 4
New Mexico 5 5 5 5
Ohio 27 27 27 27 27 27
Pennsylvania 11 14 13 15 14 15
South Carolina 20 25 23 25 24 25
Tennessee 23 23 23 23 23 22
Texas 45 68 65 57 68 58
Total 369 438 409 359 440 356


INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT: Michael J. Bodayle 615.844.2885

Source:First Acceptance Corporation