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TMCNet:  RLI Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

[January 22, 2014]

RLI Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

PEORIA, Ill. --(Business Wire)--

RLI Corp. (NYSE: RLI) - RLI Corp. reported fourth quarter 2013 operating earnings of $31.5 million ($0.72 per share), compared to $19.2 million ($0.44 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, operating earnings were $111.9 million ($2.57 per share) compared to $86.9 million ($2.01 per share) for the 2012 fiscal year.

On January 15, 2014, RLI executed a two-for-one stock split of common stock. All share and per share data in this release reflect the stock split.



Fourth Quarter Full Year
Earnings Per Diluted Share 2013 2012 2013 2012
Operating earnings (1) $0.72 $0.44 $2.57 $2.01
Net earnings $0.77 $0.58 $2.90 $2.39
(1) See discussion below of non-GAAP financial measures.

Highlights for the quarter included:

  • 5% growth in gross premiums written and 15% growth in net premiums written.
  • Underwriting income of $29.6 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 82.4.
  • $15.2 million net increase in underwriting income resulting from favorable development in prior years' loss reserves.
  • Special dividend of $1.50 per share, representing $64.5 million returned to shareholders.
  • $13.2 million dividend from Maui Jim, Inc.

Highlights for the year included:

  • 7% growth in gross premiums written and 12% growth in net premiums written.
  • Underwriting income of $106.8 million, resulting in a combined ratio of 83.1.
  • $70.0 million net increase in underwriting income resulting from favorable development in prior years' loss reserves.
  • 18th consecutive year of a combined ratio below 100.
  • Net operating cash flow of $135.0 million.
  • Book value per share of $19.29 at year end, an increase of 15% over 2012, inclusive of dividends.

"I'm pleased with the strong results we delivered this quarter," said RLI Corp. Chairman & CEO Jonathan E. Michael. "Our top line growth continued and we achieved an impressive 82.4 combined ratio, demonstrating the success of our disciplined underwriting approach and prudent management of our business."

"RLI also posted solid results for the year due to the efforts of our talented underwriters and associates," said Michael. "2013 marked our 9th consecutive year of achieving a combined ratio below 90 and 38th year of increasing regular dividends. While we are encouraged by our success over the past year, we will remain focused on underwriting for a profit and making strategic investments in our business so we can continue delivering value to our customers and shareholders."

Underwriting income

RLI achieved $29.6 million of underwriting income in the fourth quarter of 2013 on an 82.4 combined ratio, compared to $8.5 million of underwriting income on a 94.3 combined ratio in the same quarter for 2012.

For the year, RLI achieved $106.8 million of underwriting income on an 83.1 combined ratio, compared to $63.6 million of underwriting income on an 89.0 combined ratio in 2012. Results for 2013 were driven by a benign catastrophe season, improved current year results in our casualty segment, as well as increased favorable development in prior years' loss reserves.

The following table highlights annual underwriting income and combined ratios by segment:

� � � � � � � � � � � Underwriting Income (1) � � (in millions) � 2013 � 2012 Combined Ratio 2013 � 2012 Casualty $55.6 $25.4 Casualty 82.8 90.5 Property 27.6 11.7 Property 86.2 94.3 Surety � � 23.6 � 26.5 Surety � 77.9 � 75.1 Total � � $106.8 � $63.6 Total � 83.1 � 89.0 � (1) See discussion below of non-GAAP financial measures. �

Other income

RLI's net investment income for the quarter declined 7.3% to $13.4 million, compared to the same period in 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, investment income was $52.8 million versus $58.8 million for the 2012 fiscal year. Despite an increase in market yields during the year, reinvestment rates remained below the portfolio's average yield, contributing to a year-over-year decline in investment income. The investment portfolio's total return was 1.9% for the quarter. The bond portfolio returned 0.3% in the quarter, and the equity portfolio's return was 8.2%. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the investment portfolio's total return was 4.0% with the bond portfolio returning -1.6% and equities returning 27.4%. The decline in the bond portfolio was due to an increase in interest rates.

Comprehensive earnings, which include after-tax unrealized gains/losses from the investment portfolio, were $44.6 million for the quarter ($1.02 per share) compared to $13.2 million ($0.31 per share) for the same quarter in 2012. Full-year comprehensive earnings were $119.1 million ($2.74 per share), compared to $129.2 million ($2.99 per share) in 2012.

During the quarter, equity in earnings of unconsolidated investee was $0.2 million compared to a loss of $0.1 million from the same period last year, both of which reflect seasonal results. These results are related to our 40% ownership in Maui Jim, Inc., a producer of premium sunglasses. For the year ended December 31, 2013, equity in earnings of unconsolidated investee was $10.9 million, a 23% increase compared to 2012. During the quarter, RLI received a $13.2 million dividend from Maui Jim, Inc., which resulted in a tax benefit on dividends received from affiliates of $3.7 million ($0.08 per share).

Special and regular dividends

On December 20, 2013, RLI paid a special cash dividend of $1.50 per share and a regular quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share, totaling $71.8 million and resulting in a tax benefit of $1.9 million ($0.04 per share) as dividends to the ESOP are fully deductible. RLI has paid dividends for 150 consecutive quarters and increased regular dividends in each of the last 38 years. Over the last 10 years, the company's regular quarterly dividend has grown an average of 11.9% per year.

Non-GAAP measures

Underwriting income, operating earnings, earnings per share (EPS) from operations and other per share items are non-GAAP financial measures, and we believe that investors' understanding of RLI's core operating performance is enhanced by our disclosure of these financial measures. Underwriting income or profit represents the pretax profitability of our insurance operations and is derived by subtracting losses and settlement expenses, policy acquisition costs, and insurance operating expenses from net premium earned. Operating earnings and EPS from operations consist of our net earnings adjusted by net realized investment gains/(losses) and taxes related to net realized gains/(losses). Our definitions of these items may not be comparable to the definitions used by other companies. Net earnings and net earnings per share are the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to operating earnings and EPS from operations. All earnings per share data are calculated using fully diluted shares. Combined ratio refers to a GAAP combined ratio.

Other news

On October 2, 2013, RLI issued $150,000,000 of senior unsecured notes, bearing a coupon rate of 4.875% and maturity date of September 15, 2023. On December 12, 2013, RLI used a portion of the proceeds received from this offering to repay its $100,000,000 of senior notes outstanding. Further information about the notes offering is available at www.rlicorp.com.

At 10 a.m. central time (CT) tomorrow, January 23, 2014, RLI management will hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results with insurance industry analysts. Interested parties may listen to the discussion through the Internet at http://www.media-server.com/m/p/m9ffegof.

Except for historical information, this news release may include forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) including, without limitation, statements reflecting our current expectations about the future performance of our company or our business segments or about future market conditions. These statements are subject to certain risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Various risk factors that could affect future results are listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; including the Form 10-K Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2012.

RLI, a specialty insurance company, offers a diversified portfolio of property and casualty coverages and surety bonds serving niche or underserved markets. RLI operates in all 50 states from office locations across the country. RLI's insurance subsidiaries - RLI Insurance Company, Mt. Hawley Insurance Company, RLI Indemnity Company and Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company - are rated A+ "Superior" by A.M. Best Company.

For additional information, contact Aaron Jacoby, Vice President, Corporate Development at 309-693-5880 or at aaron.jacoby@rlicorp.com or visit our website at www.rlicorp.com.

Supplemental disclosure regarding the earnings impact of specific items:

� � Operating Earnings Per Share (1) 2013 � 2012 � 2013 � 2012 4th Qtr 4th Qtr 12 Mos. 12 Mos. Operating Earnings Per Share $ 0.72 $ 0.44 $ 2.57 $ 2.01 � Specific items included in operating earnings per share: (2) (3)

-- Favorable development in casualty prior years' reserves

$ 0.19 $ 0.08 $ 0.87 $ 0.58

-- Favorable development in property prior years' reserves

$ 0.02 $ 0.04 $ 0.07 $ 0.16

-- Favorable (unfavorable) development on surety prior years' reserves

$ 0.02 $ (0.01 ) $ 0.08 $ 0.12

-- Catastrophe impact

-- 2013 events

$ - $ - $ (0.13 ) $ -

-- 2012 and prior events

$ - $ (0.20 ) $ 0.03 $ (0.42 )

-- Gain from tax benefit of special dividend to ESOP (4)

$ 0.04 $ 0.07 $ 0.04 $ 0.07

-- Gain from change in tax rate applicable to Maui Jim (5)

$ 0.08 $ 0.04 $ 0.08 $ 0.04
(1) � All share and per share data reflect the 2-for-1 stock split that occurred on January 15, 2014. (2) Includes bonus and profit sharing-related impacts which affected other insurance and general corporate expenses. (3) Reserve development reflects changes from previously estimated losses. (4) Dividends paid in an ESOP on employer securities are fully deductible from taxable income and result in a 35% tax benefit. (5)

As required under the accounting standard for income taxes, the gain reflects the tax benefit of applying the lower tax rate applicable to dividends received from an affiliate (7%) as compared to the corporate capital gains tax rate (35%) on which tax estimates were based.

RLI CORP. 2013 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) � � � � � � Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2013 2012 % Change 2013 2012 % Change

SUMMARIZED INCOME STATEMENT DATA:

Net premiums earned $ 168,396 $ 147,764 14.0 % $ 630,802 $ 576,571 9.4 % Net investment income 13,432 14,491 -7.3 % 52,763 58,831 -10.3 % Net realized investment gains � 3,611 � 9,139 � -60.5 % � 22,036 � � 25,372 � -13.1 % Consolidated revenue 185,439 171,394 8.2 % 705,601 660,774 6.8 % � Loss and settlement expenses 68,500 78,159 -12.4 % 259,801 271,645 -4.4 % Policy acquisition costs 54,637 50,730 7.7 % 210,651 196,362 7.3 % Other insurance expenses 15,641 10,376 50.7 % 53,557 44,971 19.1 % Interest expense on debt 3,557 1,513 135.1 % 8,095 6,050 33.8 % General corporate expenses � 2,511 � 1,966 � 27.7 % � 8,746 � � 7,867 � 11.2 % Total expenses 144,846 142,744 1.5 % 540,850 526,895 2.6 % � Equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated investee � 219 � (75 ) - � � 10,915 � � 8,853 � 23.3 % � Earnings before income taxes 40,812 28,575 42.8 % 175,666 142,732 23.1 % Income tax expense � 6,953 � 3,478 � 99.9 % � 49,411 � � 39,386 � 25.5 % Net earnings $ 33,859 $ 25,097 � 34.9 % $ 126,255 � $ 103,346 � 22.2 % � Other comprehensive earnings (loss), net of tax � 10,731 � (11,868 ) - � � (7,143 ) � 25,845 � - � � Comprehensive earnings $ 44,590 $ 13,229 � 237.1 % $ 119,112 � $ 129,191 � -7.8 % � Operating earnings:(1) � Net earnings $ 33,859 $ 25,097 34.9 % $ 126,255 $ 103,346 22.2 % � Less: Realized investment gains, net of tax � 2,346 � 5,941 � -60.5 % � 14,323 � � 16,492 � -13.2 % - - Operating earnings $ 31,513 $ 19,156 � 64.5 % $ 111,932 � $ 86,854 � 28.9 % � Return on Equity: Net earnings (trailing four quarters) � 15.3 % � 12.4 % Comprehensive earnings (trailing four quarters) � 14.4 % � 15.5 % � Per Share Data (2)Diluted: Weighted average shares outstanding (in 000's) 43,753 43,180 43,514 43,160 � EPS from operations (1) $ 0.72 $ 0.44 63.6 % $ 2.57 $ 2.01 27.9 % Realized gains, net of tax � 0.05 � 0.14 � -64.3 % � 0.33 � � 0.38 � -13.2 % Net earnings per share $ 0.77 $ 0.58 � 32.8 % $ 2.90 � $ 2.39 � 21.3 % � Comprehensive earnings per share $ 1.02 $ 0.31 � 229.0 % $ 2.74 � $ 2.99 � -8.4 % � Cash dividends per share - ordinary $ 0.17 $ 0.16 6.3 % $ 0.67 $ 0.63 6.3 % Cash dividends per share - special $ 1.50 $ 2.50 -40.0 % $ 1.50 $ 2.50 -40.0 % � Net Cash Flow provided by Operations $ 53,230 $ 24,211 � 119.9 % $ 134,966 � $ 37,365 � 261.2 % � (1) See discussion above of non-GAAP financial measures. (2) All share and per share data reflect the 2-for-1 stock split that occurred on January 15, 2014. �
RLI CORP. 2013 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) � � December 31, December 31, 2013 2012 % Change

SUMMARIZED BALANCE SHEET DATA:

Fixed income $ 1,440,703 $ 1,390,317 3.6 % (amortized cost - $1,431,700 at 12/31/13) (amortized cost - $1,306,084 at 12/31/12) Equity securities 418,654 375,788 11.4 % (cost - $218,848 at 12/31/13) (cost - $240,287 at 12/31/12) Cash and cash equivalents � 62,701 � 74,776 -16.1 % Total investments and cash 1,922,058 1,840,881 4.4 % � Premiums and reinsurance balances receivable 152,509 139,355 9.4 % Ceded unearned premiums 60,407 73,192 -17.5 % Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses 354,924 359,884 -1.4 % Deferred acquisition costs 61,508 52,344 17.5 % Property and equipment 40,261 27,987 43.9 % Investment in unconsolidated investee 49,793 52,128 -4.5 % Goodwill and intangibles 74,876 76,113 -1.6 % Other assets � 23,974 � 22,748 5.4 % Total assets $ 2,740,310 $ 2,644,632 3.6 % � Unpaid losses and settlement expenses 1,129,433 1,158,483 -2.5 % Unearned premiums 392,081 369,346 6.2 % Reinsurance balances payable 47,334 43,959 7.7 % Funds held 61,656 56,633 8.9 % Debt, notes payable due 2014 - 100,000 -100.0 % Debt, notes payable due 2023 149,582 - - Income taxes - deferred 57,801 55,566 4.0 % Accrued expenses 59,596 49,933 19.4 % Other liabilities � 13,861 � 14,349 -3.4 % Total liabilities 1,911,344 1,848,269 3.4 % Shareholders' equity � 828,966 � 796,363 4.1 % Total liabilities & shareholders' equity $ 2,740,310 $ 2,644,632 3.6 % � � OTHER DATA (2) � Common shares outstanding (in 000's) 42,982 42,525 � Book value per share $ 19.29 $ 18.73 3.0 % Closing stock price per share $ 48.69 $ 32.33 50.6 % Cash dividends per share - ordinary $ 0.67 $ 0.63 6.3 % Cash dividends per share - special $ 1.50 $ 2.50 -40.0 % � Statutory Surplus $ 859,221 $ 684,072 25.6 % � � (2) All share and per share data reflect the 2-for-1 stock split that occurred on January 15, 2014. �
RLI CORP. 2013 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS UNDERWRITING SEGMENT DATA (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) � � � � � � � � �

Three Months Ended December 31,

GAAP GAAP GAAP GAAP Casualty Ratios Property Ratios Surety Ratios Total Ratios

2013

� Gross premiums written $ 113,774 $ 50,533 $ 27,390 $ 191,697 Net premiums written 89,299 37,975 25,752 153,026 Net premiums earned 88,715 52,836 26,845 168,396 Net loss & settlement expenses 39,748 44.8 % 25,507 48.3 % 3,245 12.1 % 68,500 40.7 % Net operating expenses � 32,892 37.1 % � 19,339 36.6 % � 18,047 67.2 % � 70,278 41.7 % Underwriting income $ 16,075 81.9 % $ 7,990 84.9 % $ 5,553 79.3 % $ 29,618 82.4 % � 2012 � Gross premiums written $ 102,987 $ 53,344 $ 26,684 $ 183,015 Net premiums written 71,833 35,909 24,844 132,586 Net premiums earned 70,288 50,821 26,655 147,764 Net loss & settlement expenses 42,012 59.8 % 31,349 61.7 % 4,798 18.0 % 78,159 52.9 % Net operating expenses � 25,246 35.9 % � 19,097 37.6 % � 16,763 62.9 % � 61,106 41.4 % Underwriting income $ 3,030 95.7 % $ 375 99.3 % $ 5,094 80.9 % $ 8,499 94.3 % � �

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

GAAP GAAP GAAP GAAP Casualty Ratios Property Ratios Surety Ratios Total Ratios 2013 � Gross premiums written $ 456,953 $ 272,723 $ 113,519 $ 843,195 Net premiums written 362,459 196,467 107,396 666,322 Net premiums earned 324,022 200,141 106,639 630,802 Net loss & settlement expenses 148,860 45.9 % 96,271 48.1 % 14,670 13.8 % 259,801 41.2 % Net operating expenses � 119,570 36.9 % � 76,266 38.1 % � 68,372 64.1 % � 264,208 41.9 % Underwriting income $ 55,592 82.8 % $ 27,604 86.2 % $ 23,597 77.9 % $ 106,793 83.1 % � � 2012 � Gross premiums written $ 391,639 $ 279,726 $ 113,434 $ 784,799 Net premiums written 284,058 202,971 106,057 593,086 Net premiums earned 267,697 202,402 106,472 576,571 Net loss & settlement expenses 144,106 53.8 % 115,707 57.2 % 11,832 11.1 % 271,645 47.1 % Net operating expenses � 98,152 36.7 % � 75,003 37.1 % � 68,178 64.0 % � 241,333 41.9 % Underwriting income $ 25,439 90.5 % $ 11,692 94.3 % $ 26,462 75.1 % $ 63,593 89.0 %


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