Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2016
Net Income Per Share – $1.01
Non-GAAP Operating Income Per Share – $0.86
Net Realized Investment Gains Per Share – $0.15
Catastrophe and Storm Losses Per Share – $0.07
GAAP Combined Ratio – 91.7 percent

Year Ended December 31, 2016
Net Income Per Share – $2.20
Non-GAAP Operating Income Per Share – $2.07
Net Realized Investment Gains Per Share – $0.13
Catastrophe and Storm Losses Per Share – $1.48
GAAP Combined Ratio – 97.7 percent

2017 Non-GAAP Operating Income Guidance – $1.35 to $1.55 per share

DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EMC Insurance Group Inc. (NASDAQ:EMCI) (the “Company”), today reported net income of $21.3 million ($1.01 per share) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, compared to net income of $9.9 million ($0.48 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported net income of $46.2 million ($2.20 per share), compared to $50.2 million ($2.43 per share) for the same period in 2015.

Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes realized investment gains/losses from net income, totaled $18.2 million ($0.86 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $13.4 million ($0.65 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported non-GAAP operating income of $43.6 million ($2.07 per share), compared to $46.2 million ($2.24 per share) for the same period in 2015.

The Company’s GAAP combined ratio was 91.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 94.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company’s GAAP combined ratio was 97.7 percent, compared to 96.3 percent in 2015.

“We are pleased to report our lowest fourth quarter GAAP combined ratio since 2005,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce G. Kelley. “The property and casualty insurance segment performed better than expected, which allowed us to exceed expectations.”

“Our new intercompany reinsurance program for the property and casualty insurance segment performed as expected given the quarterly amount of catastrophe and storm losses that were reported. For 2017, we anticipate more consistency in our quarterly results as the intercompany reinsurance programs for both the property and casualty insurance segment and the reinsurance segment were renewed.”

Management is projecting 2017 non-GAAP operating income will be within a range of $1.35 to $1.55 per share. This guidance is based on a projected GAAP combined ratio of 100.3 percent for the year and investment income flat to down slightly. The projected GAAP combined ratio has a load of 9.4 points for catastrophe and storm losses, up from the relatively low 8.1 points experienced in 2016. Net realized investment gains/losses resulting from the sale of assets are not predictable due to changing market conditions and the discretionary nature of such events. As a result, management is unable to accurately project the Company’s annual net income, and therefore utilizes non-GAAP operating income in the Company’s projected annual guidance.

Kelley continued, “The 2017 guidance reflects management’s expectation for further rate softening and increased competition, which will continue to pressure margins in both segments. As we continue to gain traction from the commercial auto and personal lines initiatives we have underway, we remain optimistic that we will begin to see gradual improvement in the performance of these lines of business during 2017.”

Premiums earned increased 7.0 percent and 3.9 percent for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. In the property and casualty insurance segment, premiums earned increased 3.4 percent and 2.1 percent for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. The new intercompany reinsurance program between the Company’s three property and casualty insurance subsidiaries and Employers Mutual Casualty Company (Employers Mutual), the Company’s parent organization, reduced premiums earned by $765,000 and $7.8 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. Excluding the cost of this program, premiums earned increased 4.1 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively. The majority of these increases are attributed to growth in insured exposures, an increase in new business, an increase in retained policies in the commercial lines of business, and small rate level increases on renewal business.

In the reinsurance segment, premiums earned increased 22.1 percent and 10.5 percent for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016. These increases reflect changes in the total cost of the revised intercompany reinsurance program with Employers Mutual, as well as a $7.2 million negative premium adjustment recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Excluding these factors, premiums earned decreased approximately 3.0 percent for the fourth quarter, but increased approximately 2.6 percent for the year ended December 31, 2016. The decrease for the fourth quarter was driven by a decline in pro rata business, which was partially offset by an increase in excess of loss business.

The total cost of the reinsurance segment’s revised intercompany reinsurance program increased $134,000 for the fourth quarter, but declined $2.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. In 2016, the total cost of the intercompany reinsurance program includes the premiums paid to Employers Mutual, as well as the cost of Industry Loss Warranties (ILWs) that were purchased from external parties to provide increased protection in peak exposure territories. During 2015, the premium paid to Employers Mutual (8 percent of total assumed reinsurance premiums written) included the cost of ILWs purchased by Employers Mutual for its benefit.

Catastrophe and storm losses totaled $2.4 million ($0.07 per share after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $3.6 million ($0.11 per share after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2015. Catastrophe and storm losses were capped at $512,000 in the property and casualty insurance segment because the retention amount under the July 1 to December 31 treaty was reached. Fourth quarter 2016 catastrophe and storm losses accounted for 1.6 percentage points of the combined ratio, which was below the Company’s most recent 10-year average of 3.1 percentage points for this period and the 2.6 percentage points experienced in the fourth quarter of 2015.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, catastrophe and storm losses totaled $47.9 million ($1.48 per share after tax), compared to $44.4 million ($1.40 per share after tax) in 2015. The property and casualty insurance segment recovered $7.5 million of catastrophe and storm losses from Employers Mutual under the intercompany reinsurance program during 2016. No recoveries were made under the reinsurance segment’s intercompany reinsurance program during 2016.

The Company reported $11.8 million ($0.36 per share after tax) of favorable development on prior years’ reserves during the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $15.2 million ($0.47 per share after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2015. Included in the reported amount for the fourth quarter of 2015 is $1.9 million of favorable “mechanical” development resulting from a change in the allocation of bulk reserves between the current and prior accident years. For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company reported favorable development of $40.9 million ($1.27 per share after tax), compared to $35.1 million ($1.11 per share after tax) in 2015. Included in the reported amount for 2016 is $5.6 million of favorable “mechanical” development resulting from the change in the property and casualty insurance segment’s reserving methodology, and included in the 2015 amount is $0.6 million of adverse “mechanical” development resulting from a change in the allocation of bulk reserves between the current and prior accident years. Excluding the “mechanical” development amounts, which do not have any impact on earnings, the implied amounts of favorable development that had an impact on earnings would be approximately $11.8 million and $35.3 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $13.3 million and $35.7 million for the same periods in 2015.

On a segment basis, fourth quarter 2016 favorable development totaled $7.8 million in the property and casualty insurance segment and $4.0 million in the reinsurance segment. The favorable development in the property and casualty insurance segment was primarily driven by moderate reductions in the ultimate loss ratios for several accident years in the workers’ compensation line of business and a reduction in settlement expense reserves. The favorable development in the reinsurance segment was primarily driven by a reduction in carried reserves primarily associated with the 2015 accident year.

Large losses are defined as reported current accident year losses greater than $500,000 for the EMC Insurance Companies’ pool, excluding catastrophe and storm losses. Under the property and casualty insurance segment’s prior reserving methodology, large losses had a direct impact on earnings. Under the new reserving methodology, large losses are taken into consideration when establishing the current accident quarter/year ultimate estimates of losses, but there is no longer a direct relationship between large losses and earnings. As a result, beginning in the third quarter of 2016, large losses are no longer being reported separately.

Net investment income totaled $11.6 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, which is consistent with the fourth quarter of 2015. Net investment income increased 4.2 percent to $47.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, from $45.6 million for the same period in 2015. This increase primarily reflects growth in dividend income and income from other invested assets portfolio.

Net realized investment gains totaled $4.7 million ($0.15 per share after tax) and $4.1 million ($0.13 per share after tax) for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to net realized investment losses of $5.4 million ($0.17 per share after tax) and net realized investment gains of $6.2 million ($0.19 per share after tax) for the same periods in 2015. Included in net realized investment gains reported for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 are $1.2 million and $6.5 million, respectively, of net realized investment losses attributed to declines in the carrying value of a limited partnership that helps protect the Company from a sudden and significant decline in the value of its equity portfolio. Included in the net realized investment gains/losses reported for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 are net realized investment losses of $5.3 million and $1.5 million, respectively, attributed to declines in the carrying value of this limited partnership.

Income tax expense totaled $7.9 million and $17.0 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $4.0 million and $21.5 million for the same periods. The effective tax rate was 27.1 percent and 26.9 percent for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, compared to 28.9 percent and 30.0 percent for the same periods in 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company benefited from an investment in a limited liability company that is designed to provide a return on investment through the receipt of renewable energy tax credits. The tax credits reduced the income tax expense, resulting in an increase in net income of approximately $1.3 million. Without these credits, the effective tax rate would have been 31.9 percent and 29.1 percent for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

At December 31, 2016, consolidated assets totaled $1.6 billion, including $1.5 billion in the investment portfolio, and stockholders’ equity totaled $553.3 million, an increase of 5.4 percent from December 31, 2015. Book value of the Company’s stock increased 3.2 percent to $26.07 per share from $25.26 per share at December 31, 2015, but declined 2.2 percent from September 30, 2016, due to a decline in the market value of the investment portfolio caused by an increase in interest rates. Book value excluding accumulated other comprehensive income increased 6.5 percent to $23.90 per share from $22.45 per share at December 31, 2015, and increased 3.5% from $23.09 on September 30, 2016. These increases were primarily driven by net income for the periods represented.

The Company will hold an earnings teleconference call at noon Eastern time on Friday, February 10, 2017, to allow securities analysts, stockholders and other interested parties the opportunity to hear management discuss the Company’s results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, as well as its expectations for 2017. Dial-in information for the call is toll-free 1-866-652-5200 (International: 1-412-317-6060).

Members of the news media, investors and the general public are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call via the Company’s investor relations page at www.emcins.com/ir. The webcast will be archived and available for replay for approximately 90 days following the earnings call. A transcript of the teleconference will be available on the Company’s website shortly after the completion of the teleconference.

Participation by Management at Industry Conferences
On March 8, 2017, Mark E. Reese, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will participate in meetings with institutional investors at the RBC Capital Markets Financial Institutions Conference in New York. The conference will take place at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, located at 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.

Additionally, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Bruce G. Kelley and Kevin J. Hovick, Executive Vice President & COO, will present at the 21st Annual New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) Insurance Conference in New York. The presentation will occur at 11:20 a.m. Eastern time at the offices of the NYSSA, located at 1540 Broadway, New York, NY. Interested persons may access the presentation slides on the Company’s investor relations website at http://www.emcins.com/ir/Presentations.aspx on the day of the presentation. A live webcast of the event will not be available to the general public.

About EMCI
EMC Insurance Group Inc. is a publicly held insurance holding company with operations in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, which was formed in 1974 and became publicly held in 1982. The Company’s common stock trades on the Global Select Market tier of the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol EMCI. Additional information regarding EMC Insurance Group Inc. may be found at www.emcins.com/ir. EMCI’s parent company is Employers Mutual. EMCI and Employers Mutual, together with their subsidiary and affiliated companies, conduct operations under the trade name EMC Insurance Companies.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides issuers the opportunity to make cautionary statements regarding forward-looking statements. Accordingly, any forward-looking statement contained in this report is based on management’s current beliefs, assumptions and expectations of the Company’s future performance, taking into account all information currently available to management. These beliefs, assumptions and expectations can change as the result of many possible events or factors, not all of which are known to management. If a change occurs, the Company’s business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations, plans and objectives may vary materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect the actual results of the Company include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • catastrophic events and the occurrence of significant severe weather conditions;
  • the adequacy of loss and settlement expense reserves;
  • state and federal legislation and regulations;
  • changes in the property and casualty insurance industry, interest rates or the performance of financial markets and the general economy;
  • rating agency actions;
  • “other-than-temporary” investment impairment losses; and
  • other risks and uncertainties inherent to the Company’s business, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Management intends to identify forward-looking statements when using the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or similar expressions. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update such statements or to announce publicly the results of any revisions that it may make to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Definition of Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation 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 uses certain non-GAAP financial measures for evaluating the Company’s performance. One of the primary non-GAAP financial measures utilized by management for evaluating the Company’s performance is operating income. Management’s operating income guidance is also considered a non-GAAP financial measure.

[1] Non-GAAP Operating income: Non-GAAP operating income is calculated by excluding net realized investment gains/losses (defined as realized investment gains and losses after applicable federal and state income taxes) from net income. While realized investment gains/losses are integral to the Company’s insurance operations over the long term, the decision to realize investment gains or losses in any particular period is subject to changing market conditions and management’s discretion, and is independent of the Company’s insurance operations. The Company’s calculation of non-GAAP operating income may differ from similar measures used by other companies, so investors should exercise caution when comparing the Company’s measure of non-GAAP operating income to the measure used by other companies.

Management believes non-GAAP operating income is useful to investors because it illustrates the performance of the Company’s normal, ongoing operations, which is important in understanding and evaluating the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. While this measure is consistent with measures utilized by investors and analysts to evaluate performance, it is not intended as a substitute for the GAAP financial measure of net income. Therefore, the Company has provided the following reconciliations of the GAAP financial measures of net income and net income per share, to the non-GAAP financial measures of non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating income per share.

               
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME 
($ in thousands)              
  Three months ended    Year ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2016     2015       2016     2015
Net income $   21,292   $   9,895     $   46,203   $   50,162
Realized investment gains (losses)     4,717       (5,402 )       4,074       6,153
Income tax expense (benefit)     1,651       (1,890 )       1,426       2,154
Net realized investment gains (losses)     3,066       (3,512 )       2,648       3,999
Non-GAAP operating income $   18,226   $   13,407     $   43,555   $   46,163
               
               
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME PER SHARE TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME PER SHARE 
  Three months ended    Year ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2016     2015       2016     2015
Net income per share $   1.01   $   0.48     $   2.20   $   2.43
Realized investment gains (losses) per share     0.22       (0.26 )       0.19       0.29
Income tax expense (benefit) per share     0.07       (0.09 )       0.06       0.10
Net realized investment gains (losses) per share     0.15       (0.17 )       0.13       0.19
Non-GAAP operating income per share $   0.86   $   0.65     $   2.07   $   2.24
 

Industry Metric – Premiums Written
[2] Premiums written: Premiums written is an industry metric used in statutory accounting to quantify the amount of insurance sold during a specified reporting period. Management analyzes trends in premiums written to assess business efforts, and uses it as a financial measure for goal setting and determining a portion of employee and senior management awards and compensation. Premiums earned, used in both statutory and GAAP accounting, is the recognition of the portion of premiums written directly related to the expired portion of an insurance policy for a given reporting period. The unexpired portion of premiums written is referred to as unearned premiums, and represents the portion of premiums written that would be returned to a policyholder upon cancellation of a policy.

 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME – UNAUDITED                
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)                
    Property and            
    Casualty       Parent    
Quarter ended December 31, 2016   Insurance   Reinsurance   Company   Consolidated
Revenues:                
Premiums earned   $ 117,878     $ 33,166     $     $ 151,044  
Investment income, net     8,362       3,241       4       11,607  
Other income     128       902             1,030  
      126,368       37,309       4       163,681  
Losses and expenses:              
Losses and settlement expenses     69,162       21,633             90,795  
Dividends to policyholders     2,508                   2,508  
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs     20,364       7,299             27,663  
Other underwriting expenses     16,624       854             17,478  
Interest expense     84                   84  
Other expenses     163             511       674  
      108,905       29,786       511       139,202  
Operating income (loss) before income taxes     17,463       7,523       (507 )     24,479  
Realized investment gains     4,709       8             4,717  
Income (loss) before income taxes     22,172       7,531       (507 )     29,196  
Income tax expense (benefit):              
Current     5,646       1,122       (147 )     6,621  
Deferred     1,309       (129 )     103       1,283  
      6,955       993       (44 )     7,904  
Net income (loss)   $ 15,217     $ 6,538     $ (463 )   $ 21,292  
Average shares outstanding               21,132,500  
Per Share Data:              
Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted   $ 0.72     $ 0.31     $ (0.02 )   $ 1.01  
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)   $ 0.01     $ 0.06     $     $ 0.07  
Large losses* (after tax)     N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A  
Reported favorable development              
experienced on prior years’ reserves (after tax) $ 0.24     $ 0.12     $     $ 0.36  
Favorable development that had no impact                
on earnings (after tax)                        
Implied favorable development that had                
an impact on earnings (after tax)   $ 0.24     $ 0.12     $     $ 0.36  
Dividends per share             $ 0.210  
Other Information of Interest:              
Premiums written[2]   $ 92,969     $ 32,276     $     $ 125,245  
Catastrophe and storm losses   $ 512     $ 1,861     $     $ 2,373  
Large losses*     N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A  
Reported favorable development                
experienced on prior years’ reserves   $ (7,784 )   $ (4,048 )   $     $ (11,832 )
Favorable development that had no impact                
on earnings                        
Implied favorable development that had                
an impact on earnings   $ (7,784 )   $ (4,048 )   $     $ (11,832 )
GAAP Ratios:              
Loss and settlement expense ratio     58.7 %     65.2 %           60.1 %
Acquisition expense ratio     33.5 %     24.6 %           31.6 %
Combined ratio     92.2 %     89.8 %           91.7 %
                 
*Large losses are defined as reported current accident year losses greater than $500 for the EMC Insurance Companies’ pool, excluding catastrophe and storm losses. Under the property and casualty insurance segment’s prior reserving methodology, large losses had a direct impact on earnings. Under the new reserving methodology implemented during the third quarter of 2016, large losses are taken into consideration when establishing the current accident quarter/year ultimate estimates of losses, but there is no longer a direct relationship between large losses and earnings. As a result, it is no longer meaningful to report large losses separately.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME                
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)                
    Property and            
    Casualty       Parent    
Quarter ended December 31, 2015   Insurance   Reinsurance   Company   Consolidated
Revenues:                
Premiums earned   $ 113,985     $ 27,157     $     $ 141,142  
Investment income, net     8,367       3,269             11,636  
Other income (loss)     189       (86 )           103  
      122,541       30,340             152,881  
Losses and expenses:              
Losses and settlement expenses     76,415       13,718             90,133  
Dividends to policyholders     1,213                   1,213  
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs     19,698       3,663             23,361  
Other underwriting expenses     16,170       1,897             18,067  
Interest expense     84                   84  
Other expenses     180             518       698  
      113,760       19,278       518       133,556  
Operating income (loss) before income taxes     8,781       11,062       (518 )     19,325  
Realized investment losses     (3,703 )     (1,699 )           (5,402 )
Income (loss) before income taxes     5,078       9,363       (518 )     13,923  
Income tax expense (benefit):              
Current     317       2,880       (180 )     3,017  
Deferred     862       149             1,011  
      1,179       3,029       (180 )     4,028  
Net income (loss)   $ 3,899     $ 6,334     $ (338 )   $ 9,895  
Average shares outstanding               20,755,198  
Per Share Data:              
Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted   $ 0.19     $ 0.31     $ (0.02 )   $ 0.48  
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)   $ 0.03     $ 0.08     $     $ 0.11  
Large losses* (after tax)   $ 0.40     $     $     $ 0.40  
Reported (adverse) favorable development              
experienced on prior years’ reserves (after tax) $ (0.01 )   $ 0.48     $     $ 0.47  
Favorable development that had no impact                
on earnings (after tax)     (0.01 )     (0.04 )           (0.05 )
Implied (adverse) favorable development that had                
an impact on earnings (after tax)   $ (0.02 )   $ 0.44     $     $ 0.42  
Dividends per share             $ 0.190  
Other Information of Interest:              
Premiums written[2]   $ 90,105     $ 27,590     $     $ 117,695  
Catastrophe and storm losses   $ 958     $ 2,661     $     $ 3,619  
Large losses*   $ 12,786     $     $     $ 12,786  
Reported adverse (favorable) development                
experienced on prior years’ reserves   $ 338     $ (15,495 )   $     $ (15,157 )
Favorable development that had no impact                
on earnings     423       1,454             1,877  
Implied adverse (favorable) development that had                
an impact on earnings   $ 761     $ (14,041 )   $     $ (13,280 )
GAAP Ratios:              
Loss and settlement expense ratio     67.0 %     50.5 %           63.9 %
Acquisition expense ratio     32.6 %     20.5 %           30.2 %
Combined ratio     99.6 %     71.0 %           94.1 %
                 
*Large losses are defined as reported current accident year losses greater than $500 for the EMC Insurance Companies’ pool, excluding catastrophe and storm losses.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME – UNAUDITED            
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)                
    Property and            
    Casualty       Parent    
Year ended December 31, 2016   Insurance   Reinsurance   Company   Consolidated
Revenues:                
Premiums earned   $ 456,467     $ 135,941     $     $ 592,408  
Investment income, net     33,886       13,591       13       47,490  
Other income     594       417             1,011  
      490,947       149,949       13       640,909  
Losses and expenses:              
Losses and settlement expenses     294,369       92,528             386,897  
Dividends to policyholders     13,800                   13,800  
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs     78,493       29,910             108,403  
Other underwriting expenses     66,463       3,149             69,612  
Interest expense     337                   337  
Other expenses     721             2,006       2,727  
      454,183       125,587       2,006       581,776  
Operating income (loss) before income taxes     36,764       24,362       (1,993 )     59,133  
Realized investment gains (losses)     4,082       (8 )           4,074  
Income (loss) before income taxes     40,846       24,354       (1,993 )     63,207  
Income tax expense (benefit):              
Current     12,071       6,723       (733 )     18,061  
Deferred     (469 )     (623 )     35       (1,057 )
      11,602       6,100       (698 )     17,004  
Net income (loss)   $ 29,244     $ 18,254     $ (1,295 )   $ 46,203  
Average shares outstanding               21,006,302  
Per Share Data:              
Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted   $ 1.39     $ 0.87     $ (0.06 )   $ 2.20  
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)   $ 1.09     $ 0.39     $     $ 1.48  
Large losses* (after tax)     N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A  
Reported favorable development experienced on              
prior years’ reserves (after tax)   $ 0.93     $ 0.34     $     $ 1.27  
Favorable development that had no impact                
on earnings (after tax)     (0.17 )                 (0.17 )
Implied favorable development that had an impact                
on earnings (after tax)   $ 0.76     $ 0.34     $     $ 1.10  
Dividends per share             $ 0.780  
Book value per share             $ 26.07  
Effective tax rate               26.9 %
Net income as a percent of beg. SH equity                 8.8 %
Other Information of Interest:              
Premiums written[2]   $ 463,673     $ 131,030     $     $ 594,703  
Catastrophe and storm losses   $ 35,299     $ 12,608     $     $ 47,907  
Large losses*     N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A  
Reported favorable development experienced on                
prior years’ reserves   $ (30,013 )   $ (10,928 )   $     $ (40,941 )
Favorable development that had no impact                
on earnings     5,592                   5,592  
Implied favorable development that had an impact                
on earnings   $ (24,421 )   $ (10,928 )   $     $ (35,349 )
GAAP Ratios:              
Loss and settlement expense ratio     64.5 %     68.1 %           65.3 %
Acquisition expense ratio     34.8 %     24.3 %           32.4 %
Combined ratio     99.3 %     92.4 %           97.7 %
                 
*Large losses are defined as reported current accident year losses greater than $500 for the EMC Insurance Companies’ pool, excluding catastrophe and storm losses. Under the property and casualty insurance segment’s prior reserving methodology, large losses had a direct impact on earnings. Under the new reserving methodology implemented during the third quarter of 2016, large losses are taken into consideration when establishing the current accident quarter/year ultimate estimates of losses, but there is no longer a direct relationship between large losses and earnings. As a result, it is no longer meaningful to report large losses separately. The amount of large losses previously reported for the first six months of 2016 has not been carried forward and disclosed for the year ended December 31, 2016, because it would not be comparable to the amount reported for 2015.
                 

EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC.
 
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME                
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)                
    Property and            
    Casualty       Parent    
Year ended December 31, 2015   Insurance   Reinsurance   Company   Consolidated
Revenues:                
Premiums earned   $ 447,197     $ 123,069     $     $ 570,266  
Investment income, net     32,668       12,923       (9 )     45,582  
Other income     771       954             1,725  
      480,636       136,946       (9 )     617,573  
Losses and expenses:              
Losses and settlement expenses     291,883       78,853             370,736  
Dividends to policyholders     7,705                   7,705  
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs     75,701       26,483             102,184  
Other underwriting expenses     63,954       4,464             68,418  
Interest expense     337                   337  
Other expenses     748             1,942       2,690  
      440,328       109,800       1,942       552,070  
Operating income (loss) before income taxes     40,308       27,146       (1,951 )     65,503  
Realized investment gains     4,163       1,990             6,153  
Income (loss) before income taxes     44,471       29,136       (1,951 )     71,656  
Income tax expense (benefit):              
Current     10,830       8,463       (682 )     18,611  
Deferred     2,174       709             2,883  
      13,004       9,172       (682 )     21,494  
Net Income (loss)   $ 31,467     $ 19,964     $ (1,269 )   $ 50,162  
Average shares outstanding               20,621,919  
Per Share Data:              
Net income (loss) per share – basic and diluted   $ 1.52     $ 0.97     $ (0.06 )   $ 2.43  
Catastrophe and storm losses (after tax)   $ 0.93     $ 0.47     $     $ 1.40  
Large losses* (after tax)   $ 1.08     $     $     $ 1.08  
Reported favorable development              
experienced on prior years’ reserves (after tax) $ 0.44     $ 0.67     $     $ 1.11  
(Favorable) adverse development that had no impact              
on earnings (after tax)     (0.02 )     0.03             0.01  
Implied favorable development that had an impact                
on earnings (after tax)   $ 0.42     $ 0.70     $     $ 1.12  
Dividends per share             $ 0.693  
Book value per share             $ 25.26  
Effective tax rate               30.0 %
Net income as a percent of beg. SH equity                 10.0 %
Other Information of Interest:              
Premiums written[2]   $ 454,434     $ 124,504     $     $ 578,938  
Catastrophe and storm losses   $ 29,609     $ 14,765     $     $ 44,374  
Large losses*   $ 34,239     $     $     $ 34,239  
Reported favorable development                
experienced on prior years’ reserves   $ (13,839 )   $ (21,275 )   $     $ (35,114 )
Favorable (adverse) development that had no impact              
on earnings     423       (1,041 )           (618 )
Implied favorable development that had an impact                
on earnings   $ (13,416 )   $ (22,316 )   $     $ (35,732 )
GAAP Ratios:              
Loss and settlement expense ratio     65.3 %     64.1 %           65.0 %
Acquisition expense ratio     32.9 %     25.1 %           31.3 %
Combined ratio     98.2 %     89.2 %           96.3 %
                 
*Large losses are defined as reported current accident year losses greater than $500 for the EMC Insurance Companies’ pool, excluding catastrophe and storm losses.

EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC.
 
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS      
  December 31,   December 31,
    2016     2015
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (Unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Investments:      
Fixed maturity securities available-for-sale, at fair value      
(amortized cost $1,189,525 and $1,130,217) $ 1,199,699   $ 1,161,025
Equity securities available-for-sale, at fair value      
(cost $147,479 and $144,176)   213,839     206,243
Other long-term investments   12,506     9,930
Short-term investments   39,670     38,599
Total investments   1,465,714     1,415,797
       
Cash   307     224
Reinsurance receivables due from affiliate   21,326     24,236
Prepaid reinsurance premiums due from affiliate   9,309     6,563
Deferred policy acquisition costs (affiliated $40,660 and $40,535)   40,939     40,720
Prepaid pension and postretirement benefits due from affiliate   12,314     12,133
Accrued investment income   11,050     10,789
Amounts receivable under reverse repurchase agreements   20,000     16,850
Accounts receivable   2,076     804
Income taxes recoverable       1,735
Goodwill   942     942
Other assets (affiliated $4,632 and $4,595)   4,836     5,162
Total assets $ 1,588,813   $ 1,535,955
       
LIABILITIES      
Losses and settlement expenses (affiliated $685,533 and $671,169) $ 690,532   $ 678,774
Unearned premiums (affiliated $243,682 and $238,637)   244,885     239,435
Other policyholders’ funds (all affiliated)   13,068     8,721
Surplus notes payable to affiliate   25,000     25,000
Amounts due affiliate to settle inter-company transaction balances   11,222     6,408
Pension benefits payable to affiliate   4,097     4,299
Income taxes payable   2,359    
Deferred income taxes   11,321     19,029
Other liabilities (affiliated $27,871 and $28,598)   32,987     29,351
Total liabilities   1,035,471     1,011,017
       
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY       
Common stock, $1 par value, authorized 30,000,000      
shares; issued and outstanding, 21,222,535      
shares in 2016 and 20,780,439 shares in 2015   21,223     20,781
Additional paid-in capital   119,054     108,747
Accumulated other comprehensive income   46,081     58,433
Retained earnings   366,984     336,977
Total stockholders’ equity   553,342     524,938
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,588,813   $ 1,535,955
 

EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC.
 
 
LOSS AND SETTLEMENT EXPENSE BY LINE OF BUSINESS
    Three months ended December 31,
      2016       2015  
($ in thousands)   Premiums
earned
  Losses and
settlement
expenses
  Loss and
settlement
expense
ratio
  Premiums
earned
  Losses and
settlement
expenses
  Loss and
settlement
expense
ratio
Property and casualty insurance                        
Commercial lines:                        
Automobile   $ 28,492   $ 23,601     82.8 %   $ 27,206     $ 24,291     89.3 %
Property     27,720     11,822     42.6 %     26,785       12,154     45.4 %
Workers’ compensation     25,245     11,691     46.3 %     23,678       18,212     76.9 %
Liability     24,544     18,693     76.2 %     23,713       13,731     57.9 %
Other     2,128     (660 )   (31.0 )%     2,035       60     3.0 %
Total commercial lines     108,129     65,147     60.2 %     103,417       68,448     66.2 %
                         
Personal lines     9,749     4,015     41.2 %     10,568       7,967     75.4 %
Total property and casualty                        
insurance   $ 117,878   $ 69,162     58.7 %   $ 113,985     $ 76,415     67.0 %
                         
Reinsurance                        
Pro rata reinsurance   $ 12,142   $ 5,131     42.3 %   $ 7,267     $ 5,965     82.1 %
Excess of loss reinsurance     21,024     16,502     78.5 %     19,890       7,753     39.0 %
Total reinsurance   $ 33,166   $ 21,633     65.2 %   $ 27,157     $ 13,718     50.5 %
                         
Consolidated   $ 151,044   $ 90,795     60.1 %   $ 141,142     $ 90,133     63.9 %
 
                         
    Year ended December 31,
      2016       2015  
($ in thousands)   Premiums
earned
  Losses and
settlement
expenses
  Loss and
settlement
expense
ratio
  Premiums
earned
  Losses and
settlement
expenses
  Loss and
settlement
expense
ratio
Property and casualty insurance                        
Commercial lines:                        
Automobile   $ 110,941   $ 93,364     84.2 %   $ 105,904     $ 86,134     81.3 %
Property     105,012     64,509     61.4 %     104,303       65,806     63.1 %
Workers’ compensation     96,517     51,371     53.2 %     92,828       57,803     62.3 %
Liability     96,630     56,738     58.7 %     92,665       48,399     52.2 %
Other     8,374     (12 )   (0.1 )%     8,079       854     10.6 %
Total commercial lines     417,474     265,970     63.7 %     403,779       258,996     64.1 %
                         
Personal lines     38,993     28,399     72.8 %     43,418       32,887     75.7 %
Total property and casualty                        
insurance   $ 456,467   $ 294,369     64.5 %   $ 447,197     $ 291,883     65.3 %
                         
Reinsurance                        
Pro rata reinsurance   $ 56,317   $ 31,498     55.9 %   $ 47,421     $ 29,433     62.1 %
Excess of loss reinsurance     79,624     61,030     76.6 %     75,648       49,420     65.3 %
Total reinsurance   $ 135,941   $ 92,528     68.1 %   $ 123,069     $ 78,853     64.1 %
                         
Consolidated   $ 592,408   $ 386,897     65.3 %   $ 570,266     $ 370,736     65.0 %
                         

EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC.
 
 
PREMIUMS WRITTEN[2]                  
  Three months ended   Three months ended    
  December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015    
      Percent of       Percent of   Change in
  Premiums   premiums   Premiums   premiums   premiums
($ in thousands) written   written   written   written   written
Property and casualty insurance                  
Commercial lines:                  
Automobile $ 23,199   18.5 %   $ 21,735   18.5 %   6.7 %
Property   21,066   16.8 %     20,818   17.7 %   1.2 %
Workers’ compensation   18,613   14.9 %     17,717   15.0 %   5.1 %
Liability   19,359   15.5 %     19,095   16.2 %   1.4 %
Other   1,783   1.4 %     1,619   1.4 %   10.1 %
Total commercial lines   84,020   67.1 %     80,984   68.8 %   3.7 %
                   
Personal lines   8,949   7.1 %     9,121   7.8 %   (1.9 )%
Total property and casualty insurance $ 92,969   74.2 %   $ 90,105   76.6 %   3.2 %
                   
Reinsurance                  
Pro rata reinsurance $ 10,918   8.7 %   $ 8,420   7.1 %   29.7 %
Excess of loss reinsurance   21,358   17.1 %     19,170   16.3 %   11.4 %
Total reinsurance $ 32,276   25.8 %   $ 27,590   23.4 %   17.0 %
                   
Consolidated $ 125,245   100.0 %   $ 117,695   100.0 %   6.4 %
                   
                   
  Year ended   Year ended    
  December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015    
      Percent of       Percent of   Change in
  Premiums   premiums   Premiums   premiums   premiums
($ in thousands) written   written   written   written   written
Property and casualty insurance                  
Commercial lines:                  
Automobile $ 113,173   19.1 %   $ 108,682   18.7 %   4.1 %
Property   106,600   17.9 %     106,671   18.4 %   (0.1 )%
Workers’ compensation   99,509   16.7 %     94,629   16.4 %   5.2 %
Liability   97,815   16.5 %     94,860   16.4 %   3.1 %
Other   8,646   1.4 %     8,032   1.4 %   7.6 %
Total commercial lines   425,743   71.6 %     412,874   71.3 %   3.1 %
                   
Personal lines   37,930   6.4 %     41,560   7.2 %   (8.7 )%
Total property and casualty insurance $ 463,673   78.0 %   $ 454,434   78.5 %   2.0 %
                   
Reinsurance                  
Pro rata reinsurance $ 52,996   8.9 %   $ 48,652   8.4 %   8.9 %
Excess of loss reinsurance   78,034   13.1 %     75,852   13.1 %   2.9 %
Total reinsurance $ 131,030   22.0 %   $ 124,504   21.5 %   5.2 %
                   
Consolidated $ 594,703   100.0 %   $ 578,938   100.0 %   2.7 %
                   

CONTACT: Contacts
Investors:
Steve Walsh, 515-345-2515
steve.t.walsh@emcins.com

Media:
Lisa Hamilton, 515-345-7589
lisa.l.hamilton@emcins.com
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