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TMCNet:  Atlas Financial Holdings Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

[March 10, 2014]

Atlas Financial Holdings Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--

Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFH) ("Atlas" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2013.

Management Comments

"In the fourth quarter, the unique attributes of our niche market created opportunities that appeared to be more positive than the overall commercial auto insurance segment," Scott D. Wollney, Atlas' President & CEO stated, "We were successful in continuing to improve each of our operating ratios and to grow at a strong rate through recapture of historically written business as well as organic growth in expansion states."

Financial and Operational Review

Net Income: Atlas generated net income of $2.2 million for the three month period ended December 31, 2013. This compares to net income of $1.2 million in the three month period ended December 31, 2012.

Gross Premium Written: For the three month period ended December 31, 2013, gross premium written was $22.1 million compared to $10.7 million in the three month period ended December 31, 2012, representing an increase of 106.2%. Of the $11.4 million increase in commercial auto premium written, $2.5 million resulted from the Company's acquisition of Gateway (News - Alert) Insurance Company in January 2013.

Geographic Distribution: Atlas' core lines of business are becoming increasingly diversified from a geographic standpoint, with 55% of gross premium written in 2013 generated in its five largest states as compared to 70% in 2012.

Loss and Combined Ratio: The loss ratio relating to claims incurred in the three month period ended December 31, 2013 was 63.3% compared to 67.7% in the three month period ended December 31, 2012. Atlas' combined ratio improved for the three month period ended December 31, 2013 to 91.4%, compared to 97.4% for the corresponding prior year period. The table below indicates the comparisons of each component of the Company's combined ratio for the periods indicated:




  Three Month Period Ended   Twelve Month Period Ended

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

Loss ratio 63.3 % 67.7 % 63.9 % 68.6 %
Acquisition cost ratio 14.7 % 15.9 % 14.5 % 16.7 %
Other underwriting expense ratio 13.4 %   13.8 %   16.0 %   17.1 %
Combined ratio 91.4 %   97.4 %   94.4 %   102.4 %
 

Underwriting Results: Underwriting results increased to $1.8 million for the three month period ended December 31, 2013, a $1.4 million improvement compared to the prior year same period.

Operating Income is an internal performance measure used in the management of the Company's operations. It represents after-tax operational results excluding, as applicable, net realized gains or losses, net impairment charges recognized in earnings and other items. Operating Income should not be viewed as a substitute for U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) net income. The table below reconciles U.S. GAAP net income to operating income ($ in '000's):

  Three Month Period Ended   Twelve Month Period Ended

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

U.S. GAAP net income $ 2,178 $ 1,244 $ 6,180 $ 3,166
Add: Expenses incurred related to Gateway Acquisition - - 406 -
Less: Net investment gains 8 338 529 1,435
Less: Other income 5   26   13   194
Operating Income $ 2,165   $ 880   $ 6,044   $ 1,537
 

Operating Income: Atlas' Operating Income for the three month period ended December 31, 2013 was $2.2 million compared to $880,000 in the three month period ended December 31, 2012. In the 2012 period, substantially all the difference between net income and Operating Income was gain realized on the sale of investments (investment gains or losses were nominal in the fourth quarter of 2013).

Earnings per share ("EPS"): Atlas generated $0.25 per share basic and $0.22 per share diluted for the three month period ended December 31, 2013. This compares to $0.17 per share basic and $0.15 per share diluted in the three month period ended December 31, 2012.

In computing the diluted earnings per share on a year to date basis, the Company included the dilutive impact of the convertible preferred shares that were redeemed during the third quarter of 2013 on a pro-rata basis for the period during which those convertible preferred shares were outstanding. This dilutive impact increased the denominator in the full year 2013 diluted EPS computation by 1,333,500 shares; however, this has no impact on the actual earnings used for the numerator in the EPS computation. The Company did not include the dilutive impact related to the third quarter redemption of the convertible preferred shares in its diluted EPS computations in the amounts of 762,000 shares and 1,778,000 shares for the third quarter 2013 or the year to date September 30, 2013 computation, respectively. This had no impact on the actual earnings used for the numerator in the EPS computation for the third quarter 2013. Including the dilutive impact of the redeemed convertible preferred shares on a pro-rata basis for the period during which those convertible preferred shares were outstanding, the diluted EPS for the third quarter 2013 would have been $0.36 and the diluted EPS for year to date September 30, 2013 would have been $0.56 as compared to the previously reported amounts of $0.39 and $0.69, respectively.

Diluted earnings per share for the full year 2013 was $0.74. The impact of accounting treatment for preferred shares redeemed decreased diluted earnings per share for the year by $0.10. Future diluted earnings per share computations will not be impacted by the convertible impact of the preferred shares which were redeemed.

Balance Sheet/Investment Overview

Book Value: Book value per diluted common share on December 31, 2013 was $6.54, compared to $6.55 at December 31, 2012. Book value changed relative to December 31, 2012 as follows: an increase of $0.42 from net income attributable to common shareholders, an increase of $0.22 attributable to the decrease in deferred tax asset ("DTA") valuation allowance, a decrease of $0.35 related to the change in unrealized gains and losses, a reduction of $0.37 related to dilution from Atlas' U.S. IPO, a reduction of $0.12 related to the dilution impact of warrant exercises and share based compensation, and an increase of $0.19 related to the discount on the preferred share buyback.

Cash and Invested Assets: Cash and invested assets as of the period ended December 31, 2013 totaled $139.9 million, consisting primarily of fixed income securities as compared to $120.8 million as at December 31, 2012.

Investment Strategy: Atlas aligns its securities portfolio to support the liabilities and operating cash needs of our insurance subsidiaries, to preserve capital and to generate investment returns. Atlas invests predominantly in corporate and government bonds with overall durations that correlate with the payout patterns of Atlas' claims liabilities and other liquidity needs. At December 31, 2013, the Company's contractual duration on its portfolio was 4.7 years. The Company's investment allocations will be regularly reviewed based on market conditions with a continued emphasis on capital preservation to support growth in its operating business.

Investment and Other Income: During the three month period ended December 31, 2013, Atlas reported investment income and other revenues of $424,000, of which $8,000 are realized gains as compared to investment income and other revenues of $939,000, of which $338,000 were realized gains in the three month period ended December 31, 2012. Marking certain securities to market in the fourth quarter 2013 reduced net income by $0.03 per diluted share.

Investment Yield: The investment income and other revenues generated by the investment portfolio resulted in a 2.0% annualized yield for the three month period ended December 31, 2013, versus 3.4% in the for the three month period ended December 31,2012, with a significant portion of the yield in the fourth quarter 2012 resulting from capital gains. The annual investment yield on a year to date basis was 2.0%.

Impact of Interest Rate Change: For Atlas' available-for-sale fixed income securities held as of the year ended December 31, 2013, a 100 basis point increase in interest rates on such held fixed income securities would have increased net investment income and income before taxes by approximately $105,000. Conversely, a 100 basis point decrease in interest rates on such held fixed income securities would decrease net investment income and income before taxes by $70,000. A 100 basis point increase would have also decreased other comprehensive income by approximately $4.3 million due to "mark-to-market" requirements; however, holding investments to maturity would mitigate this impact over time. Conversely, a 100 basis point decrease would increase other comprehensive income by the same amount. The impacts described here are approximately linear to the change in interest rates.

Conference Call Details

Date / Time:   Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. ET
Participant Dial-In Numbers: (United States): 877-423-9817
(International): 201-493-6770
 

To access the call, please dial-in approximately five minutes before the start time and, when asked, provide the operator with passcode "Atlas". Questions will be taken at the end of the call.

Webcast

The call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet via the "Investor Relations" section of Atlas' website at www.atlas-fin.com/investorrelations or by clicking on the conference call link: http://atlas-fin.equisolvewebcast.com/q4-2013. Audio and a transcript of the call will be archived on the Company's website.

Slideshow

Atlas will be utilizing an accompanying slideshow presentation in conjunction with this call. This presentation is available on the "Earnings Release Info" section of the Company's website's investor relations tab at http://www.atlas-fin.com/InvestorRelations/EarningsReleaseInfo.aspx.

About Atlas

The primary business of Atlas is commercial automobile insurance in the United States, with a niche market orientation and focus on insurance for the "light" commercial automobile sector including taxi cabs, non-emergency paratransit, limousine/livery and business auto. The business of Atlas is carried on through its insurance subsidiaries American Country Insurance Company, American Service Insurance Company, Inc. and Gateway Insurance Company. Atlas' insurance subsidiaries have decades of experience with a commitment to always being an industry leader in these specialized areas of insurance.

For more information about Atlas, please visit www.atlas-fin.com.

Financial Information

Atlas' financial statements reflect consolidated results of Atlas' subsidiaries: American Insurance Acquisition Inc., Camelot Services, Inc., American Country Insurance Company, American Service Insurance Company, Inc. and Gateway Insurance Company, Inc. Additional information about Atlas, including a copy of Atlas' 2013 Form 10-K financial statements and Management Discussion & Analysis, can be accessed via the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission internet site at www.sec.gov, on the Canadian Securities Administrators' website at www.sedar.com, or through Atlas' website at http://www.atlas-fin.com/InvestorRelations/FinancialReports.aspx.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Atlas and its insurance subsidiaries and businesses. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of each entity. The words "anticipate," "expect," "believe," "may," "should," "estimate," "project," "outlook," "forecast" or similar words are used to identify such forward looking information. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the Companies, including risks regarding the insurance industry, economic factors and the equity markets generally and the risk factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's 2013 Form 10-K. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Atlas and its subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

ATLAS FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Unaudited)

(in '000s of US dollars, except for share and per share data)

 

  Three Month Period Ended   Twelve Month Period Ended

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

December 31,

2013

 

2012

 

2013

 

2012

Net premiums earned $ 20,512 $ 11,914 $ 71,344 $ 38,709
Net investment income 411 575 2,141 2,453
Net investment gains 8 338 529 1,435
Other income 5   26   13   194  
Total revenue 20,936 12,853 74,027 42,791
Net claims incurred 12,995 8,069 45,612 26,545
Acquisition costs 3,013 1,890 10,373 6,471
Other underwriting expenses 2,750 1,650 11,384 6,609
Expenses incurred related to Gateway acquisition -   -   406   -  
Total expenses 18,758   11,609   67,775   39,625  
Income from operations before income tax expense 2,178 1,244 6,252 3,166
Income tax expense -   -   72   -  
Net income attributable to Atlas 2,178 1,244 6,180 3,166
Add: Discount realized on preferred share buyback - - 1,800 -
Less: Preferred share dividends 23   204   619   810  
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 2,155   $ 1,040   $ 7,361   $ 2,356  
 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 8,617,477 6,144,384 8,007,458 6,144,281
Earnings per common share, basic $ 0.25 $ 0.17 $ 0.92 $ 0.38
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 9,801,896 8,435,691 10,840,868 8,434,948
Earnings per common share, diluted $ 0.22 $ 0.15 $ 0.74 $ 0.38
 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
 
Net income attributable to Atlas $ 2,178 $ 1,244 $ 6,180 $ 3,166
 
Other comprehensive (loss)/income:
Changes in net unrealized (losses)/gains (554 ) (454 ) (4,354 ) 1,446
Reclassification to income of net realized gains (230 ) (316 ) (469 ) (948 )
Effect of income tax 266   258   1,642   (170 )
Other comprehensive (loss)/income for the period (518 ) (512 ) (3,181 ) 328
Total comprehensive income $ 1,660   $ 732   $ 2,999   $ 3,494  
 

ATLAS FINANCIAL HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

       

December 31,

 

December 31,

(in '000s, except for share and per share data)

2013

 

2012

Assets

Investments, available for sale
Fixed income securities, at fair value (Amortized cost $130,751 and $95,423) $ 128,585 $ 98,079
Equity securities, at fair value (cost $258 and $1,563) 258 1,571
Other investments 1,234   1,262  
Total Investments 130,077 100,912
Cash and cash equivalents 9,811 19,912
Accrued investment income 694 517
Accounts receivable and other assets (Net of allowance of $776 and $484) 37,944 21,923
Reinsurance recoverables on reserves 18,144 5,681
Reinsurance recoverables on amounts paid 1,002 339
Prepaid reinsurance premiums 2,207 2,111
Deferred policy acquisition costs 6,674 3,764
Deferred tax asset, net 9,319 6,605
Intangible Assets 740 -
Software and office equipment, net 2,500 1,137
Assets held for sale 166     166  
Total Assets $ 219,278     $ 163,067  
 

Liabilities

Claims liabilities $ 101,385 $ 70,067
Unearned premiums 44,232 25,457
Due to reinsurers and other insurers 2,613 3,803
Other liabilities and accrued expenses 7,350     3,876  
Total Liabilities $ 155,580     $ 103,203  
 

Shareholders' Equity

Preferred shares, par value per share $0.001, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 2,000,000 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 18,000,000 shares issued and outstanding December 31, 2012. Liquidation value $1.00 per share

$ 2,000 $ 18,000
Ordinary common shares, par value per share $0.003, 266,666,667 shares authorized, 9,291,871 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 2,256,921 at December 31, 2012 28 4
Restricted common shares, par value per share $0.003, 33,333,334 shares authorized, 132,863 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 3,887,471 at December 31, 2012 - 14
Additional paid-in capital 169,595 152,769
Retained deficit (106,496 ) (112,676 )
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax (1,429 )   1,753  
Total Shareholders' Equity 63,698     59,864  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 219,278     $ 163,067  


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