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TMCNet:  RLI Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

[April 16, 2014]

RLI Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

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

RLI Corp. (NYSE: RLI) - RLI Corp. reported first quarter 2014 operating earnings of $24.7 million ($0.57 per share), compared to $22.5 million ($0.52 per share) for the first quarter of 2013.

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.



First Quarter
Earnings Per Diluted Share 2014 2013
Operating earnings (1) $0.57 $0.52
Net earnings $0.66 $0.57
(1) See discussion below of non-GAAP financial measures.

Highlights for the quarter included:

  • Combined ratio of 86.0, resulting in underwriting income of $22.5 million.
  • 2% growth in gross premiums written and 6% growth in net premiums written.
  • $13.3 million net increase in underwriting income resulting from favorable development in prior years' loss reserves.
  • Investment income of $13.6 million, up 5% from the same period last year.
  • Book value per share of $20.23, an increase of 5% from year end 2013.

"RLI finished 2013 with an 83 combined ratio, marking our 18th consecutive year of underwriting profit and positioning us for a positive start in 2014," said RLI Corp. Chairman & CEO Jonathan E. Michael. "In the first quarter, we posted an 86 combined ratio, which was driven by solid performance across all of our segments. Gross premium volume was up 2%, primarily due to our casualty and surety segments. Net premiums written advanced 6% as a result of reduced reinsurance costs and changes in product mix."

"In addition, we experienced 5% growth in book value per share in the quarter," said Michael. "This growth can be attributed to a combination of strong underwriting performance and positive total return in the investment portfolio. Although it is still early in the year, we are encouraged by our results and recognize that they come from maintaining focus on our customers. We will continue providing superior service and meeting their unique risk needs through our diversified portfolio of insurance products."

Underwriting income

RLI achieved $22.5 million of underwriting income in the first quarter of 2014 on an 86.0 combined ratio, compared to $19.8 million of underwriting income on an 86.2 combined ratio in the same quarter for 2013. Results for 2014 include $13.3 million in favorable development in prior years' loss reserves, compared to $10.8 million in favorable development in prior years' loss reserves in 2013.

The following table highlights underwriting income and combined ratios by segment.

� � � � � � � � Underwriting Income (1) � First Quarter Combined Ratio � First Quarter (in millions) � 2014 � 2013 � � 2014 � 2013 Casualty $6.1 � $4.1 Casualty 93.3 � 94.4 Property 9.7 10.9 Property 77.6 75.7 Surety � 6.7 � 4.8 Surety � 74.8 � 81.8 Total � $22.5 � $19.8 Total � 86.0 � 86.2 � (1) See discussion below of non-GAAP financial measures. �

Other income

RLI's net investment income for the quarter rose 5.4% to $13.6 million, compared to the same period in 2013. The increase in investment income was primarily due to a larger invested asset base and stable reinvestment rates. The investment portfolio's total return was 2.7% for the quarter with both fixed income and equities contributing to the positive return. The bond portfolio gained 2.4% in the quarter, and the equity portfolio's return was 3.6%.

Comprehensive earnings, which include after-tax unrealized gains/losses from the investment portfolio, were $46.7 million for the quarter ($1.07 per share) compared to $42.4 million ($0.98 per share) for the same quarter in 2013.

In February, RLI invested $5.3 million for a 20% equity ownership interest in Prime Holdings Insurance Services, Inc., a specialty E&S company. This investment is reflected on the balance sheet as an investment in unconsolidated investee, along with Maui Jim, Inc., a producer of premium sunglasses in which RLI has a 40% ownership. Similar to the accounting for Maui Jim, RLI recognizes its proportionate share of Prime's income as equity in earnings of unconsolidated investee each quarter. For the first quarter of 2014, equity in earnings of unconsolidated investees, Maui Jim and Prime, was $3.3 million and $0.1 million, respectively. In comparison, RLI received $3.5 million equity in earnings from Maui Jim during the same period last year.

Dividend paid in the first quarter 2014

On March 20, 2014, the company paid an ordinary dividend of $0.17 per share, the same amount as the prior quarter. RLI's cumulative dividends, including this recent payment, total more than $540 million paid over the last five years.

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

At 10 a.m. central time (CT) tomorrow, April 17, 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 www.media-server.com/m/p/u9cxzjf5.

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, 2013.

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 2014 � 2013

1st Qtr

1st Qtr

Operating Earnings Per Share $ 0.57 $ 0.52 � Specific items included in operating earnings per share: (1) (2)

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Favorable development in casualty prior years' reserves $ 0.14 $ 0.15

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Favorable development in property prior years' reserves $ 0.02 $ -

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Favorable development in surety prior years' reserves $ 0.03 $ 0.01

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Catastrophe impact - 2013 and prior events $ 0.01 $ - �
(1) � Includes bonus and profit sharing-related impacts which affected other insurance and general corporate expenses. (2) Reserve development reflects changes from previously estimated losses.
RLI CORP. 2014 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) � � � � Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 2013 % Change

SUMMARIZED INCOME STATEMENT DATA:

Net premiums earned $ 161,132 $ 144,151 11.8 % Net investment income 13,582 12,886 5.4 % Net realized investment gains � 6,501 � � 3,684 � 76.5 % Consolidated revenue 181,215 160,721 12.8 % � Loss and settlement expenses 71,016 61,448 15.6 % Policy acquisition costs 55,051 50,336 9.4 % Other insurance expenses 12,533 12,569 -0.3 % Interest expense on debt 1,851 1,512 22.4 % General corporate expenses � 2,198 � � 2,386 � -7.9 % Total expenses 142,649 128,251 11.2 % � Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investees � 3,425 � � 3,499 � -2.1 % � Earnings before income taxes 41,991 35,969 16.7 % Income tax expense � 13,022 � � 11,122 � 17.1 % Net earnings $ 28,969 � $ 24,847 � 16.6 % � Other comprehensive earnings, net of tax � 17,737 � � 17,553 � 1.0 % � Comprehensive earnings $ 46,706 � $ 42,400 � 10.2 % � Operating earnings: (1) � Net earnings $ 28,969 $ 24,847 16.6 % � Less: Realized investment gains, net of tax � 4,225 � � 2,395 � 76.4 % � Operating earnings $ 24,744 � $ 22,452 � 10.2 % � Return on Equity: Net earnings (trailing four quarters) � 15.5 % � 11.9 % Comprehensive earnings (trailing four quarters) � 14.7 % � 15.8 % � Per Share Data

Diluted:

Weighted average shares outstanding (in 000's) 43,674 43,245 � EPS from operations (1) $ 0.57 $ 0.52 9.6 % Realized gains, net of tax � 0.09 � � 0.05 � 80.0 % Net earnings per share $ 0.66 � $ 0.57 � 15.8 % � Comprehensive earnings per share $ 1.07 � $ 0.98 � 9.2 % � Cash dividends per share $ 0.17 $ 0.16 6.3 % � Net Cash Flow used in Operations $ (2,007 ) $ (6,328 ) 68.3 % � (1) See discussion above of non-GAAP financial measures.
RLI CORP. 2014 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) � � � � March 31, December 31, 2014 2013 % Change

SUMMARIZED BALANCE SHEET DATA:

Fixed income $ 1,467,933 $ 1,440,703 1.9% (amortized cost - $1,438,274 at 3/31/14) (amortized cost - $1,431,700 at 12/31/13) Equity securities 426,680 418,654 1.9% (cost - $220,292 at 3/31/14) (cost - $218,848 at 12/31/13) Cash and cash equivalents � 57,648 � 62,701 -8.1% Total investments and cash 1,952,261 1,922,058 1.6% � Premiums and reinsurance balances receivable 166,165 152,509 9.0% Ceded unearned premiums 58,835 60,407 -2.6% Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses 353,674 354,924 -0.4% Deferred acquisition costs 62,586 61,508 1.8% Property and equipment 42,107 40,261 4.6% Investment in unconsolidated investees 58,568 49,793 17.6% Goodwill and intangibles 74,641 74,876 -0.3% Other assets � 22,510 � 23,974 -6.1% Total assets $ 2,791,347 $ 2,740,310 1.9% � Unpaid losses and settlement expenses 1,141,735 1,129,433 1.1% Unearned premiums 390,968 392,081 -0.3% Reinsurance balances payable 44,784 47,334 -5.4% Funds held 58,850 61,656 -4.6% Long-term debt - bonds payable 149,593 149,582 0.0% Income taxes - deferred 68,995 57,801 19.4% Accrued expenses 34,069 59,596 -42.8% Other liabilities � 32,777 � 13,861 136.5% Total liabilities 1,921,771 1,911,344 0.5% Shareholders' equity � 869,576 � 828,966 4.9% Total liabilities & shareholders' equity $ 2,791,347 $ 2,740,310 1.9% �

OTHER DATA

� Common shares outstanding (in 000's) 42,989 42,982 � Book value per share $ 20.23 $ 19.29 4.9% Closing stock price per share $ 44.24 $ 48.69 -9.1% Cash dividends per share - ordinary (annualized) $ 0.68 $ 0.67 1.5% Cash dividends per share - special $ - $ 1.50 - � Statutory Surplus $ 886,544 $ 859,221 3.2%
RLI CORP. 2014 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS UNDERWRITING SEGMENT DATA (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) � � � � � � � � � �

Three Months Ended March 31,

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

2014

� Gross premiums written $ 111,955 $ 58,153 $ 27,290 $ 197,398 Net premiums written 91,648 43,659 26,284 161,591 Net premiums earned 90,977 43,318 26,837 161,132 Net loss & settlement expenses 52,619 57.8% 15,398 35.5% 2,999 11.2% 71,016 44.1% Net operating expenses � 32,280 35.5% � 18,242 42.1% � 17,062 63.6% � 67,584 41.9% Underwriting income $ 6,078 93.3% $ 9,678 77.6% $ 6,776 74.8% $ 22,532 86.0% �

2013

� Gross premiums written $ 103,451 $ 64,020 $ 26,321 $ 193,792 Net premiums written 82,497 45,592 24,877 152,966 Net premiums earned 72,969 44,981 26,201 144,151 Net loss & settlement expenses 41,295 56.6% 15,134 33.6% 5,019 19.2% 61,448 42.6% Net operating expenses � 27,570 37.8% � 18,923 42.1% � 16,412 62.6% � 62,905 43.6% Underwriting income $ 4,104 94.4% $ 10,924 75.7% $ 4,770 81.8% $ 19,798 86.2% �


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