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Atlantic American Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results for 2012

  • Full year operating earnings up 10.9% from $3.3 million in 2011 to $3.6 million in 2012
  • Net income up 34.8% from $3.3 million in 2011 to $4.4 million in 2012
  • Full year diluted earnings per share up 50% from $0.12 in 2011 to $0.18 in 2012
  • Book value per share up 10.7% from $4.20 at December 31, 2011 to $4.65 at December 31, 2012
  • Full year life and health premium revenue up 27.6% from $70.0 million in 2011 to $89.3 million in 2012

ATLANTA, March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq:AAME) today reported its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported net income of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, consistent with that of the fourth quarter of 2011. Operating income (income before income taxes and realized investment gains/losses) was $1.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012; likewise consistent with the fourth quarter of 2011. Premiums for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 12.0% to $32.1 million compared to $28.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, as premiums in the life and health operations increased by $4.1 million, or 21.5%.

Atlantic American reported net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 of $4.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011. Operating income increased 10.9% to $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to $3.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Total premiums during 2012 increased 17.9% to $126.7 million from 2011 premiums of $107.5 million, as premiums in the life and health operations increased 27.6%, or $19.3 million, in 2012 as compared to 2011, while premiums in the property and casualty operations decreased nominally in that same period.

Commenting on the results, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, "The recently completed 2012 year was an outstanding year for Atlantic American. Our premium growth, particularly in our life and health operations, was unprecedented. We completed our first year of targeted television advertising and we remain actively committed to expanding our other social media initiatives. Our A.M. Best rating for Bankers Fidelity, our life and health company, was raised to an A-. And the focused efforts of our agents and employees resulted in solid increases not only in our operating results but in our bottom line net income. Reflecting our confidence in not only the current operations but also the future, we completed the year by declaring and paying a special dividend of $0.05 per share in addition to our regular annual $0.02 per share dividend. We continue to be excited by the future prospects for Atlantic American."

Atlantic American is an insurance holding company involved through its subsidiary companies in specialty markets of the life, health, and property and casualty insurance industries. Its principal insurance subsidiaries are American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company.

Note regarding forward-looking statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements subject to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, our future strategies, operating or financial performance. Forward looking statements are based on management's assumptions regarding, among other things, general economic and industry-specific business conditions, as well as the execution of our business strategy. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors and risks, including those detailed from time to time in statements and reports that Atlantic American Corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Atlantic American Corporation
Financial Data
Three months ended Year ended
December 31, December 31,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data) 2012 2011 2012 2011
Insurance premiums
Life and health $ 23,458 $ 19,314 $ 89,272 $ 69,957
Property and casualty 8,631 9,327 37,471 37,514
Investment income 2,886 2,675 11,504 10,587
Realized investment gains (losses), net 6 (947) 1,434 27
Other income 41 35 147 247
Total revenue 35,022 30,404 139,828 118,332
Insurance benefits and losses incurred
Life and health 15,652 12,914 62,480 49,404
Property and casualty 6,109 6,547 27,337 24,210
Commissions and underwriting expenses 8,512 7,344 32,477 29,536
Interest expense 655 659 2,632 2,599
Other 2,542 2,353 9,820 9,268
Total benefits and expenses 33,470 29,817 134,746 115,017
Income before income taxes 1,552 587 5,082 3,315
Income tax expense (benefit) 638 (338) 646 25
Net income $ 914 $ 925 $ 4,436 $ 3,290
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.04 $ 0.04 $ 0.19 $ 0.13
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.04 $ 0.04 $ 0.18 $ 0.12
Reconciliation of Net Income to non-GAAP Measurement
Net income $ 914 $ 925 $ 4,436 $ 3,290
Income tax expense (benefit) 638 (338) 646 25
Realized investment (gains) losses, net (6) 947 (1,434) (27)
Operating income $ 1,546 $ 1,534 $ 3,648 $ 3,288
December 31, December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data 2012 2011
Total cash and investments $ 265,843 $ 251,070
Insurance subsidiaries 236,934 222,925
Parent and other 28,909 28,145
Total assets 320,177 302,125
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds 154,558 147,194
Debt 41,238 41,238
Total shareholders' equity 105,736 96,277
Book value per common share 4.65 4.20
Statutory capital and surplus
Life and health 33,059 32,087
Property and casualty 36,947 37,988

CONTACT: John G. Sample, Jr. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Atlantic American Corporation 404-266-5501 Hilton H. Howell, Jr. Chairman, President & CEO Atlantic American Corporation 404-266-5505Source:Atlantic American Corporation