LANCASTER, Pa., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("EIHI" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EIHI) today reported net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 of $1.3 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. EIHI's net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 includes net realized investment losses of $0.10 per diluted share compared to net realized investment gains of $0.08 per diluted share for the same period in 2011.
"I am pleased to report another quarter of solid results in our workers' compensation insurance business during 2012, including operating earnings of $0.27 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2012," said Michael L. Boguski, President and Chief Executive Officer. "I was particularly pleased with our 2012 second quarter consolidated and workers' compensation insurance segment combined ratios of 94.2 percent and 91.6 percent, respectively. The favorable results were driven by solid growth in workers' compensation insurance direct written premiums, positive audit premium, renewal rate increases and a reduction in our consolidated expense ratio. Workers' compensation insurance direct written premium increased by 19.9 percent to $39.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to $32.9 million for the same period in 2011, driven by growth in each of our Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest regional offices. During the second quarter of 2012, the Company recorded additional audit premium of $1.1 million compared to $331,000 for the same period in 2011. We secured renewal rate increases of 3.9 percent in 2012 compared to 1.2 percent in 2011. Our consolidated expense ratio was 28.1 percent for the second quarter of 2012, which included a 0.6 point increase attributable to the change in accounting for deferred acquisition costs, compared to 29.8 percent for the same period in 2011. The reduction in the consolidated expense ratio is primarily attributable to growth in net earned premium, prudent expense management strategies, and an increase in Alternative Markets fee-based revenue, which is recorded as a reduction to underwriting expenses, partially offset by the 0.6 point increase attributable to the change in accounting for deferred acquisition costs."
Boguski added, "I continue to be pleased with the progress on our 2012 strategic plan, including continued focus on organic growth and geographic diversification initiatives. 'ParallelPay,' the Company's pay-as-you-go initiative, continues to post impressive production results at favorable loss ratios. ParallelPay's direct written premium was $5.6 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2011."
Net income (loss) and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 consisted of the following (in thousands, except per share data):
Net Income (Loss)
Diluted Earnings Per Share
Workers' compensation insurance
Corporate and other
Weighted average fully diluted shares considered outstanding used to calculate diluted earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 were 7,663,488 and 7,988,561, respectively.
Consolidated highlights for the second quarter include:
Segment Operating Results
Workers' Compensation Insurance
EIHI's workers' compensation insurance segment reported net income of $2.2 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2011. Highlights for the second quarter include:
Segregated Portfolio Cell Reinsurance
The segregated portfolio cell reinsurance segment has fifteen active programs. These programs produce fee-based revenue and segregated portfolio cell dividends for EIHI's other business segments. Highlights for the second quarter include:
Corporate and Other
The corporate and other segment primarily includes corporate expenses and EIHI's third party administration business. The corporate and other segment recorded a net loss of $869,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $880,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The slight decrease in the net loss is due primarily to a change in the Company's internal organizational structure and a decrease in stock compensation expense offset by net realized investment losses of $602,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Effective January 1, 2012, expenses related to the Company's executive officers are included in the workers' compensation insurance segment. Executive expenses included in the corporate/other segment for the three months ended June 30, 2011 totaled approximately $440,000. Stock compensation expense totaled $484,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $601,000 for the same period in 2011.
Total assets were $365.9 million as of June 30, 2012. Shareholders' equity was $130.6 million as of June 30, 2012. During the second quarter of 2012, the Company repurchased 166,537 common shares at a total cost of $2.4 million, representing a weighted average price of $14.49 per share. As of June 30, 2012, EIHI's book value per share and diluted book value per share were $16.50 and $16.15, respectively. Outstanding shares used to calculate book value per share and diluted book value per share were 7,910,609 and 8,989,297, respectively, as of June 30, 2012. The basic book value per share calculation includes the impact of restricted stock awards of 396,375 shares and warrants exercised of 180,291. The diluted book value per share calculation includes the additional dilutive impact of stock options to purchase 1,078,688 common shares, which have a weighted average exercise price of $13.60.
Conference Call with Investors
EIHI will hold a conference call with investors beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 3, 2012 to review the Company's 2012 second quarter results. The conference call will be available via a live webcast accessed through the Investor Relations section of www.eihi.com. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are as follows:
A replay of the conference call will be available through August 20, 2012, at 877-344-7529 (domestic) and 412-317-0088 (international). The replay conference number for the conference call is 10016137. An online archive of the webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of www.eihi.com.
Consolidated Financial Results
Set forth in the tables below are the unaudited consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 and unaudited statements of income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.
EASTERN INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)
Fixed income securities, at estimated fair value (amortized cost, $137,404; $128,619)
Convertible bonds, at estimated fair value (amortized cost, $17,231; $16,856)
Equity securities, at estimated fair value (cost, $18,972; $16,566)
Other long-term investments, at estimated fair value (cost, $8,100; $8,100)
Cash and cash equivalents
Accrued investment income
Premiums receivable (net of allowance, $331; $225)
Reinsurance recoverable on paid and unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses
Deferred acquisition costs
Deferred income taxes, net
Federal income taxes recoverable
Reserves for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses
Unearned premium reserves
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Ceded reinsurance balances payable
Segregated portfolio cell dividend payable
Policyholder dividends payable
Series A preferred stock, par value $0, auth. shares – 5,000,000; no shares issued and outstanding
Common capital stock, par value $0, auth. shares – 20,000,000; issued – 11,927,714 and 11,786,014, respectively; outstanding – 7,910,609 and 7,935,446, respectively
Unearned ESOP compensation
Additional paid in capital
Treasury stock, at cost (4,017,105 and 3,850,568 shares, respectively)
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net
Total shareholders' equity
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
Net premiums earned
Net investment income
Change in equity interest in limited partnerships
Net realized investment (losses) gains
Losses and loss adjustment expenses incurred
Acquisition and other underwriting expenses
Amortization of intangible assets
Segregated portfolio dividend expense
Income before income taxes
Income tax expense
Earnings per share (EPS):
Basic shares outstanding
Diluted shares outstanding
Some of the statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "project," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or "continue," the negative of these terms or other similar terminology. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that management's expectations, beliefs or projections will occur or be achieved or accomplished. Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include, among others, the fact that our loss reserves are based on estimates and may be inadequate to cover our actual losses; the uncertain effects of emerging claim and coverage issues on our business; an inability to obtain or collect on our reinsurance protection; a downgrade in the A.M. Best rating of our insurance subsidiaries; the impact of extensive regulation of the insurance industry and legislative and regulatory changes; a failure to realize our growth strategies and investment objectives; the further deterioration in the fixed income and equity security markets, the effects of intense competition; the loss of one or more principal employees; the geographic concentration of our business; the failure of independent insurance brokers to adequately market our products; and other factors described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
SOURCE Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc.