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United Fire Group, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

/EIN News/ -- CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFCS)

Consolidated Financial Results - Highlights:(1)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2018     Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018  
Net income per diluted share(2) $ 0.43     Net income per diluted share(2) $ 2.23  
Adjusted operating income(3) per diluted share(2) $ 0.00     Adjusted operating income(3) per diluted share(2) $ 0.96  
Gain on sale of discontinued operations per diluted share(2) $     Gain on sale of discontinued operations per diluted share(2) $ 1.07  
Net realized investment gains per diluted share(2) $ 0.43     Net realized investment gains per diluted share(2) $ 0.20  
GAAP combined ratio 105.5 %   GAAP combined ratio 102.5 %
      Book value per share $ 35.27  
      Return on equity(4) 7.3 %
           

United Fire Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "UFG") (Nasdaq: UFCS) today reported consolidated net income, including net realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, of $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 (the "third quarter"), compared to a consolidated net loss of $17.9 million ($0.72 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018 ("year-to-date"), consolidated net income, including realized investment gains and losses and changes in the fair value of equity securities, was $57.0 million ($2.23 per diluted share), compared to $5.0 million ($0.20 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

The Company reported consolidated adjusted operating income of less than $0.01 per diluted share for the third quarter, compared to a consolidated adjusted operating loss of $0.73 per diluted share for the same period in 2017. Year-to-date, consolidated adjusted operating income was $0.96 per diluted share compared to consolidated adjusted operating income of $0.02 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.
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(1) Consolidated financial results include results from both continuing operations and life insurance business discontinued operations, unless otherwise noted.
(2) Per share amounts are after tax.
(3) Adjusted operating income is a commonly used non-GAAP financial measure of net income excluding realized investment
gains and losses, changes in the fair value of equity securities, the one-time gain on the sale of discontinued operations and related federal income taxes. Management evaluates this measure and ratios derived from this measure and the Company provides this information to investors because we believe it better represents the normal, ongoing performance of our business. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.
(4) Return on equity is calculated by dividing annualized net income by average year-to-date equity.


"In the third quarter of 2018, net income was $1.15 per diluted share higher compared to the same period of 2017, which was impacted by Hurricane's Harvey, Irma and Maria. The current quarter's net income benefited from a $14.4 million increase in the value of our investments in equity securities along with catastrophe losses continuing to be below our 10-year historical average," stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Removing the impact from the change in the value of our investments in equity securities, we recorded a small net gain for the quarter."

"We continue to make progress on improving our core loss ratio and believe this improvement, especially in commercial auto, is the result of our strategic initiatives," continued Ramlo. "We know we are moving in the right direction to improve profitability, but at a slower pace than we would like. This quarters' improvement in the core loss ratio was driven by a decrease in the frequency of claims which was somewhat muted by an increase in severity of losses across all of our major lines of business, partially due to an adverse litigious environment. We will continue with our strategic plan to improve profitability which includes: aggressively seeking rate increases, focusing on risk control initiatives and taking action on underperforming accounts."

Third quarter 2018 net income from our property and casualty continuing operations had a $30.2 million increase compared to third quarter 2017. The third quarter 2017 was impacted by three large hurricanes compared to catastrophe losses below our historical 10-year average in third quarter 2018. Removing the impact from catastrophe losses, our core loss ratio improved 5.8 points in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

Consolidated net unrealized investment losses, net of tax, totaled $27.1 million as of September 30, 2018, a decrease of $242.0 million from December 31, 2017. The decrease in net unrealized investment gains is primarily the result of the cumulative change in accounting principles on recognizing the change in the value of equity securities in the income statement. The change in accounting principles required unrealized gains on equity securities of $191.2 million, after-tax, as of January 1, 2018, to be reclassified to retained earnings from accumulated other comprehensive income, both within shareholders equity. The remaining decrease is due to a decrease in the value of the fixed maturity portfolio due to rising interest rates in the first nine months of 2018.

Total consolidated assets as of September 30, 2018 were $2.8 billion, which included $2.1 billion of invested assets. The Company's book value per share was $35.27, which is a decrease of $3.79 per share, or 9.7 percent from December 31, 2017, which is primarily attributed to shareholder dividends of $97.6 million during the first nine months of 2018, a decrease in net unrealized investment gains on fixed maturity securities of $50.8 million, net of tax, over the prior year period and share repurchases of $5.4 million during the first nine months of 2018, partially offset by net income of $57.0 million, which includes $27.3 million of gain on the sale of discontinued operations.

The annualized return on equity was 7.3 percent for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018 compared to 0.7 percent for the same period in 2017.

Property and Casualty Insurance Business

Our continuing operations exclude our former life insurance business, as discussed below. The net income from the  property and casualty insurance business, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $11.1 million ($0.43 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $19.1 million ($0.77 per diluted share) in the same period in 2017. Year-to-date, net income, including net realized investment gains and losses, totaled $31.6 million ($1.23 per diluted share) compared to a net loss of $0.4 million ($0.01 per diluted share) in the same period in 2017.

Net premiums earned increased 3.5 percent to $264.7 million in the third quarter, compared to $255.8 million in the same period in 2017. Year-to-date net premiums earned increased 4.0 percent to $766.8 million compared to $737.4 million in the same period in 2017. The increase in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2018 was due to continued organic growth from new business writings and geographical expansion and rate increases. The growth in premiums in commercial auto is due to rate increases, while the number of insured units has decreased.

The average renewal pricing increases for commercial lines remained in the mid-single digits during the third quarter 2018. The rate increases continue to be driven by commercial auto pricing. Filed commercial lines pricing increased from second quarter 2018, with pricing varying depending on the region and size of the account. The average increase in filed rates during third quarter 2018 was the highest in the last 10 years, averaging in the mid-single digits, primarily driven by low double-digit increases in commercial auto pricing. Personal lines filed rate and renewal pricing increases also remained in the mid-single digits.

Reserve Development

We experienced unfavorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years of $0.7 million in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, compared to unfavorable development of $3.2 million in the same period in 2017. Year-to-date, favorable development in our net reserves for prior accident years was $47.7 million, compared to $38.0 million in the same period in 2017. The unfavorable development in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 came primarily from our other liability and commercial auto lines of business, partially offset by favorable development in our workers compensation line of business. Year-to-date, the majority of the development came from workers' compensation, commercial auto and other liability lines of business. Development amounts can vary significantly from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year depending on a number of factors, including the number of claims settled and the settlement terms. At September 30, 2018, our total reserves were within our actuarial estimates.

GAAP Combined Ratio

The GAAP combined ratio decreased by 12.6 percentage points to 105.5 percent for the third quarter, compared to 118.1 percent in the same period in 2017. The decrease in the combined ratio is primarily driven by a decrease in the GAAP net loss ratio. The GAAP net loss ratio excluding catastrophe losses improved 6.7 percentage points in the three-month period ended September 30, 2018 when compared to the same period in 2017, primarily due to improvement in profitability in our major commercial lines of business. Pre-tax catastrophe losses totaled $12.3 million ($0.38 per diluted share) for the third quarter, compared to $30.7 million ($0.80 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

Year-to-date the GAAP combined ratio decreased 5.1 percentage points to 102.5 percent compared to 107.6 percent. The decrease in the combined ratio is primarily driven by a decrease in the GAAP loss ratio from a decrease in both non-catastrophe losses and catastrophe losses compared to the same period in 2017, partially offset by an increase in the expense ratio. The decrease in non-catastrophe losses is primarily from a decrease in frequency of losses and claim counts, partially offset by an increase in severity of losses. Year-to-date, pre-tax catastrophe losses totaled $30.7 million ($0.95 per diluted share) for the first nine months of 2018, compared to $68.8 million ($1.74 per diluted share) for the same period in 2017.

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio for the third quarter was 32.3 percentage points, compared to 30.8 percentage points for the third quarter in 2017. Year-to-date the expense ratio was 33.7 percentage points, compared to 30.5 percentage points in the same period in 2017.

The increase in the expense ratio during the third quarter and year-to-date is primarily due to our continued investment in our multi-year Oasis project to upgrade our technology platform to enhance core underwriting decisions, selection of risks and productivity. As we stated the last few quarters, the expectation is this project will add 1.0 to 2.0 percentage points annually to the expense ratio for the duration of the project.

Investment Income and Realized Investment Gains and Losses

The Company recognized net realized investment gains from continuing operations of $14.0 million during the third quarter, compared to net realized investment gains of $0.1 million for the same period in 2017. Year-to-date the Company recognized a net realized investment gain from continuing operations of $7.4 million, compared with a net realized investment gain of $3.4 million for the same period in 2017. The change in net realized investment gains and losses year-to-date was primarily due to the change in accounting principles on recognizing the change in the value of equity securities in the income statement. The net realized investment gain recognized in the income statement from continuing operations due to the change in value of the equity securities in the third quarter 2018 and year-to-date 2018 was an increase of $14.4 million and $5.5 million, respectively.

Net investment income was $13.2 million for the third quarter, a decrease of 4.4 percent, as compared to net investment income of $13.8 million for the same period in 2017. Year-to date, net investment income was $43.9 million, an increase of 13.9 percent, as compared to net investment income of $38.6 million for the same period in 2017. The change in net investment income for the quarter was due to a decrease in the value of our investments in limited liability partnerships, partially offset by an increase in invested assets. The change in net investment income year-to-date was driven by an increase in invested assets and not due to a change in our investment philosophy. The valuation of these investments in limited liability partnerships varies from period to period due to current equity market conditions, specifically related to financial institutions.

Life Insurance Business

On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. and on March 30, 2018, the sale transaction was completed. As a result, our life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this press release.

Capital Management

During the third quarter, we declared and paid a $0.31 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record as of August 31, 2018. We have paid a quarterly dividend every quarter since March 1968. In addition, on July 24, 2018, the Company's Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $3.00 per share or a total of approximately $75 million payable August 20, 2018 to shareholders of record as of August 3, 2018.

During the third quarter we did not repurchase any shares. Year-to-date, 120,372 shares were repurchased under our share repurchase program at a total cost of $5.4 million and an average share price of $44.90.

Earnings Call Access Information

An earnings call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on November 7, 2018 to allow securities analysts, shareholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company's third quarter 2018 results.

Teleconference: Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-844-492-3723. The event will be archived and available for digital replay through November 21, 2018. The replay access information is toll-free 1-877-344-7529; conference ID no. 10124803.

Webcast: An audio webcast of the teleconference can be accessed at the Company's investor relations page at
http://ir.unitedfiregroup.com/event or http://services.choruscall.com/links/ufcs181107. The archived audio webcast will be available until November 21, 2018.

Transcript: A transcript of the teleconference will be available on the Company's website soon after the completion of the teleconference.

About UFG

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, UFG, through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,100 independent agencies. A.M. Best Company assigns a rating of “A” (Excellent) for members of the United Fire & Casualty Group.

For more information about UFG, visit www.ufginsurance.com or contact:

Randy Patten, AVP of Finance and Investor Relations, 319-286-2537 or IR@unitedfiregroup.com

Disclosure of Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements about our operations, anticipated performance and other similar matters. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expected and/or projected. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our company, the industry in which we operate, and beliefs and assumptions made by management. Words such as "expect(s)," "anticipate(s)," "intends(s)," "plan(s)," "believe(s)" "continue(s)," "seek(s)," "estimate(s)," "goal(s)," "remain optimistic," "target(s)," "forecast(s)," "project(s)," "predict(s)," "should," "could," "may," "will," "might," "hope," "can" and other words and terms of similar meaning or expression in connection with a discussion of future operations, financial performance or financial condition, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements. Information concerning factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements is contained in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on February 28, 2018. The risks identified in our Form 10-K are representative of the risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from what is expressed in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release or as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures

The Company prepares its public financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Management also uses certain non-GAAP measures to evaluate its operations and profitability. As further explained below, management believes that disclosure of certain non-GAAP financial measures enhances investor understanding of our financial performance. Non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this report include: adjusted operating income and net premiums written. The Company has provided the following definitions and reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures:

Adjusted operating income: Adjusted operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains and losses and the one-time gain from the sale of discontinued operations after applicable federal and state income taxes from net income. Management believes adjusted operating income is a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company performance and a useful supplement to GAAP information. Investors and equity analysts who invest and report on the insurance industry and the Company generally focus on this metric in their analyses because it represents the results of the Company's normal, ongoing performance.


Net Income Reconciliation
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data) 2018   2017     Change %   2018
  2017 Change %
Income Statement Data                  
Net income (loss) $ 11,070   $ (17,864 )   162.0 %   $ 56,986   $ 5,030 NM  
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax       %   27,307   NM  
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains 11,037   236     NM     5,014   4,548 10.2 %
Adjusted operating income (loss) $ 33   $ (18,100 )   100.2 %   $ 24,665   $ 482 NM  
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data                    
Net income (loss) $ 0.43   $ (0.72 )   159.7 %   $ 2.23   $ 0.20 NM  
Less: gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax       %   1.07   NM  
Less: after-tax net realized investment gains 0.43   0.01     NM     0.20   0.18 11.1 %
Adjusted operating income (loss) $ 0.00   $ (0.73 )   100.0 %   $ 0.96   $ 0.02 NM  

NM = Not meaningful.


Net premiums written: While not a substitute for any GAAP measure of performance, net premiums written is frequently used by industry analysts and other recognized reporting sources to facilitate comparisons of the performance of insurance companies. Net premiums written are the amount charged for insurance policy contracts issued and recognized on an annualized basis at the effective date of the policy. Management believes net premiums written are a meaningful measure for evaluating insurance company sales performance and geographical expansion efforts. Net premiums written for an insurance company consists of direct premiums written and reinsurance assumed, less reinsurance ceded. Net premiums earned is calculated on a pro rata basis over the terms of the respective policies. Unearned premium reserves are established for the portion of premiums written applicable to the unexpired term of insurance policy in force. The difference between net premiums earned and net premiums written is the change in unearned premiums and change in prepaid reinsurance premiums.

Net Premiums Earned Reconciliation
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios) 2018   2017   Change %   2018   2017   Change %
Premiums:                  
Net premiums earned $ 264,747   $ 269,988     (1.9 )%   $ 779,770     $ 783,423     (0.5 )%
Less: change in unearned premiums 8,884   11,907     (25.4 )%   (43,459 )   (46,635 )   6.8 %
Less: change in prepaid reinsurance premiums 953   (146 )   NM     2,105     39     NM  
Net premiums written $ 254,910   $ 258,227     (1.3 )%   $ 821,124     $ 830,019     (1.1 )%

NM = Not meaningful.


Supplemental Tables

Consolidated Financial Highlights
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Data and Ratios) 2018   2017   Change %   2018   2017   Change %
Revenue Highlights                  
Net premiums earned:                  
P&C continuing operations $ 264,747     $ 255,758     3.5 %   $ 766,767     $ 737,424     4.0 %
Life discontinued operations     14,230     (100.0 )%   13,003     45,999     (71.7 )%
Consolidated net premiums earned 264,747     269,988     (1.9 )%   779,770     783,423     (0.5 )%
Net investment income:                  
P&C continuing operations 13,192     13,792     (4.4 )%   43,933     38,561     13.9 %
Life discontinued operations     12,354     (100.0 )%   12,663     37,230     (66.0 )%
Consolidated net investment income 13,192     26,146     (49.5 )%   56,596     75,791     (25.3 )%
Total revenues:                  
P&C continuing operations 291,910     269,617     8.3 %   818,104     779,382     5.0 %
Life discontinued operations     27,054     (100.0 )%   24,755     87,327     (71.7 )%
Total revenues 291,910     296,671     (1.6 )%   842,859     866,709     (2.8 )%
Income Statement Data                  
Net income (loss) 11,070     (17,864 )   162.0 %   56,986     5,030     NM  
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax         %   27,307         NM  
After-tax net realized investment gains 11,037     236   NM     5,014     4,548     10.2 %
Adjusted operating income (loss)(1) $ 33     $ (18,100 )   100.2 %   $ 24,665     $ 482     NM  
                     
Diluted Earnings Per Share Data                    
Net income (loss) $ 0.43     $ (0.72 )   159.7 %   $ 2.23     $ 0.20     NM  
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax         %   1.07         NM  
After-tax net realized investment gains 0.43     0.01   NM     0.20     0.18     11.1 %
Adjusted operating income (loss)(1) $ 0.00     $ (0.73 )   100.0 %   $ 0.96     $ 0.02     NM  
Catastrophe Data                  
Pre-tax catastrophe losses $ 12,268     $ 30,705     (60.0 )%   $ 30,745     $ 68,766     (55.3 )%
Effect on after-tax earnings per share 0.38     0.80     (52.5 )%   0.95     1.74     (45.4 )%
Effect on combined ratio 4.6 %   12.0 %   (61.7 )%   4.0 %   9.3 %   (57.0 )%
                   
Favorable (unfavorable) reserve development experienced on prior accident years $ (712 )   $ (3,214 )   77.8 %   $ 47,673     $ 37,988     25.5 %
                   
Combined ratio 105.5 %   118.1 %   (10.7 )%   102.5 %   107.6 %   (4.7 )%
Return on equity           7.3 %   0.7 %   NM  
Cash dividends declared per share $ 3.31     $ 0.28   NM     $ 3.90     $ 0.81     NM  
Diluted weighted average shares
 outstanding
25,626,951     24,960,086     2.7 %   25,607,305     25,666,405     (0.2 )%

NM = Not meaningful
(1) Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure of net income. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to net income.


Income Statement
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(In Thousands, Except Ratios) 2018   2017   2018   2017
Revenues              
Net premiums earned $ 264,747     $ 255,758     $ 766,767     $ 737,424  
Investment income, net of investment expenses 13,192     13,792     43,933     38,561  
Net realized investment gains 13,971     67     7,404     3,397  
Total Revenues $ 291,910     $ 269,617     $ 818,104     $ 779,382  
               
Benefits, Losses and Expenses              
Losses and loss settlement expenses $ 193,667     $ 223,208     $ 527,541     $ 568,356  
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs 51,758     52,986     152,207     154,845  
Other underwriting expenses 33,887     25,817     105,994     69,900  
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses $ 279,312     $ 302,011     $ 785,742     $ 793,101  
               
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations 12,598     (32,394 )   32,362     (13,719 )
Federal income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations 1,528     (13,312 )   771     (13,330 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 11,070     $ (19,082 )   $ 31,591     $ (389 )
Net income (loss) from discontinued operations     1,218     (1,912 )   5,419  
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax         27,307      
Net income (loss) $ 11,070     $ (17,864 )   $ 56,986     $ 5,030  
               
GAAP combined ratio:              
Net loss ratio - excluding catastrophes 68.6 %   75.3 %   64.8 %   67.8 %
Catastrophes - effect on net loss ratio 4.6     12.0     4.0     9.3  
Net loss ratio 73.2 %   87.3 %   68.8 %   77.1 %
Expense ratio 32.3     30.8     33.7     30.5  
Combined ratio 105.5 %   118.1 %   102.5 %   107.6 %



Balance Sheet
  September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
(In Thousands)  
Invested assets - continuing operations $ 2,076,186     $ 1,888,933  
Cash - continuing operations 52,252     95,562  
Total assets:      
Continuing operations $ 2,830,960     $ 2,597,297  
Assets held for sale     1,586,134  
Total assets $ 2,830,960     $ 4,183,431  
Losses and loss settlement expenses      
Continuing operations $ 1,278,077     $ 1,224,183  
Total liabilities:      
Continuing operations $ 1,946,744     $ 1,862,923  
Liabilities held for sale     1,347,135  
Total liabilities $ 1,946,744     3,210,058  
Net unrealized investment gains (losses), after-tax $ (27,135 )   $ 214,865  
Total stockholders’ equity 884,216     973,373  


Discontinued Operations(1)
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(In Thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017
Revenues              
Net premiums earned $   $ 14,230   $ 13,003     $ 45,999
Investment income, net of investment expenses   12,354   12,663     37,230
Net realized investment gains (losses)   296   (1,057 )   3,600
Other income   174   146     498
Total Revenues $   $ 27,054   $ 24,755     $ 87,327
               
Benefits, Losses and Expenses              
Losses and loss settlement expenses $   $ 10,506   $ 10,823     $ 30,679
Increase in liability for future policy benefits   5,481   5,023     19,341
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs   2,156   1,895     5,524
Other underwriting expenses   2,444   3,864     9,452
Interest on policyholders’ accounts   4,587   4,499     13,982
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses $   $ 25,174   $ 26,104     $ 78,978
               
Income (loss) before income taxes $   $ 1,880   $ (1,349 )   $ 8,349
Federal income tax expense   662   563     2,930
Net income (loss) $   $ 1,218   $ (1,912 )   $ 5,419

(1) On September 18, 2017, the Company signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, to Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. The sale closed on March 30, 2018. The life insurance business is presented as discontinued operations in all periods presented in this table.


Net Premiums Written by Line of Business
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
(In Thousands)      
Net Premiums Written(1)              
Continuing operations:              
Commercial lines:              
Other liability(2) $ 75,117   $ 73,052   $ 242,574   $ 242,805
Fire and allied lines(3) 58,037   56,536   180,608   175,742
Automobile 70,121   62,663   227,160   202,614
Workers’ compensation 20,806   22,578   72,464   80,942
Fidelity and surety 6,212   6,116   20,224   19,888
Miscellaneous 398   380   1,318   1,359
Total commercial lines $ 230,691   $ 221,325   $ 744,348   $ 723,350
               
Personal lines:              
Fire and allied lines(4) $ 11,123   $ 11,381   $ 31,131   $ 32,084
Automobile 7,689   7,399   22,872   21,400
Miscellaneous 304   306   931   915
Total personal lines $ 19,116   $ 19,086   $ 54,934   $ 54,399
Reinsurance assumed 5,103   3,592   8,837   6,278
Total net premiums written from continuing operations 254,910   244,003   808,119   784,027
Total net premiums written from discontinued operations   14,224   13,005   45,992
Total $ 254,910   $ 258,227   $ 821,124   $ 830,019

(1) Net premiums written is a non-GAAP financial measure of net premiums earned. See Definitions of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations to Comparable GAAP Measures for a reconciliation of net premiums written to net premiums earned.
(2) Commercial lines “Other liability” is business insurance covering bodily injury and property damage arising from general business operations, accidents on the insured’s premises and products manufactured or sold.
(3) Commercial lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, commercial multiple peril and inland marine.
(4) Personal lines “Fire and allied lines” includes fire, allied lines, homeowners and inland marine.


Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018   2017
      Net Losses           Net Losses    
      and Loss           and Loss    
  Net   Settlement   Net   Net   Settlement   Net
(In Thousands, Except Ratios) Premiums   Expenses   Loss   Premiums   Expenses   Loss
Unaudited Earned   Incurred   Ratio   Earned   Incurred   Ratio
Commercial lines                      
Other liability $ 78,943   $ 53,581     67.9 %   $ 77,955     $ 54,598     70.0 %
Fire and allied lines 59,056   40,514     68.6     58,568     44,996     76.8  
Automobile 72,773   68,892     94.7     64,470     71,674     111.2  
Workers' compensation 24,127   17,776     73.7     26,387     23,573     89.3  
Fidelity and surety 5,929   1,379     23.3     6,430     (350 )   (5.4 )
Miscellaneous 436   (29 )   (6.7 )   459     107     23.3  
Total commercial lines $ 241,264   $ 182,113     75.5 %   $ 234,269     $ 194,598     83.1 %
                       
Personal lines                      
Fire and allied lines $ 10,416   $ 11,423     109.7 %   $ 10,730     $ 8,461     78.9 %
Automobile 7,450   6,731     90.3     6,878     8,046     117.0  
Miscellaneous 307   25     8.1     294     161     54.8  
Total personal lines $ 18,173   $ 18,179     100.0 %   $ 17,902     $ 16,668     93.1 %
Reinsurance assumed $ 5,310   $ (6,625 )   (124.8 )%   $ 3,587     $ 11,942     332.9 %
Total $ 264,747   $ 193,667     73.2 %   $ 255,758     $ 223,208     87.3 %


Net Premiums Earned, Losses and Loss Settlement Expenses and Loss Ratio by Line of Business
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018   2017
      Net Losses           Net Losses    
      and Loss           and Loss    
  Net   Settlement   Net   Net   Settlement   Net
(In Thousands, Except Ratios) Premiums   Expenses   Loss   Premiums   Expenses   Loss
Unaudited Earned   Incurred   Ratio   Earned   Incurred   Ratio
Commercial lines                      
Other liability $ 230,845   $ 117,387     50.9 %   $ 228,250   $ 87,941   38.5 %
Fire and allied lines 174,451   125,844     72.1     168,506   150,108   89.1  
Automobile 209,176   188,929     90.3     183,688   202,303   110.1  
Workers' compensation 71,101   46,838     65.9     78,092   55,885   71.6  
Fidelity and surety 17,144   2,328     13.6     18,041   308   1.7  
Miscellaneous 1,289   348     27.0     1,374   272   19.8  
Total commercial lines $ 704,006   $ 481,674     68.4 %   $ 677,951   $ 496,817   73.3 %
                       
Personal lines                      
Fire and allied lines $ 31,250   $ 28,183     90.2 %   $ 32,300   $ 29,836   92.4 %
Automobile 21,686   18,701     86.2     20,031   22,278   111.2  
Miscellaneous 903   (247 )   (27.4 )   860   118   13.7  
Total personal lines $ 53,839   $ 46,637     86.6 %   $ 53,191   $ 52,232   98.2 %
Reinsurance assumed $ 8,922   $ (770 )   (8.6 )%   $ 6,282   $ 19,307   307.3 %
Total $ 766,767   $ 527,541     68.8 %   $ 737,424   $ 568,356   77.1 %

 

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