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AMSF Amerisafe

Filed: 30 Apr 21, 4:08pm

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2021

or

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM                 TO

Commission File Number:

001-12251

 

AMERISAFE, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

Texas

 

75-2069407

(State of Incorporation)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)

 

 

 

2301 Highway 190 West, DeRidder, Louisiana

 

70634

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (337) 463-9052

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common

 

AMSF

 

NASDAQ

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes     No  

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

 

  

Accelerated filer

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

  

  

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the Registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes       No  

As of April 26, 2021, there were 19,331,059 shares of the Registrant’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, outstanding.

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. These forward-looking statements include statements that reflect the current views of our senior management with respect to our financial performance and future events with respect to our business and the insurance industry in general. Statements that include the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “project,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate” and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. We believe that these factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

the cyclical nature of the workers’ compensation insurance industry;

 

the impact of COVID-19 on the business operations of our insurance subsidiaries and policyholders, the value of our investments, and our revenues, results of operations and cash flows;

 

increased competition on the basis of types of insurance offered, premium rates, coverage availability, payment terms, claims management, safety services, policy terms, overall financial strength, financial ratings and reputation;

 

changes in relationships with independent agencies (including retail and wholesale brokers and agents);

 

general economic conditions, including recession, inflation, performance of financial markets, interest rates, unemployment rates and fluctuating asset values;

 

developments in capital markets that adversely affect the performance of our investments;

 

technology breaches or failures, including those resulting from a malicious cyber attack on the Company or its policyholders and service providers;

 

decreased level of business activity of our policyholders caused by decreased business activity generally, and in particular in the industries we target;

 

greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity than our underwriting, reserving or investment practices anticipate based on historical experience or industry data;

 

adverse developments in economic, competitive, judicial or regulatory conditions within the workers’ compensation insurance industry;

 

loss of the services of any of our senior management or other key employees;

 

changes in regulations, laws, rates, rating factors, or taxes applicable to the Company, its policyholders or the agencies that sell its insurance;

 

changes in current accounting standards or new accounting standards;

 

changes in legal theories of liability under our insurance policies;

 

changes in rating agency policies, practices or ratings;

 

changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance and the failure of our reinsurers to pay claims in a timely manner or at all;

 

the effects of U.S. involvement in hostilities with other countries and large-scale acts of terrorism, or the threat of hostilities or terrorist acts; and

 

other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

The foregoing factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read together with the other cautionary statements in this report, and under the caption “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. If one or more events related to these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may differ materially from what we anticipate.

3


PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

AMERISAFE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)

 

 

 

March 31, 2021

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed maturity securities—held-to-maturity, at amortized cost net of allowance

   for credit losses of $166 and $274 in 2021 and 2020, respectively,

   (fair value $603,720 and $621,654 in 2021 and 2020, respectively)

 

$

575,108

 

 

$

585,130

 

Fixed maturity securities—available-for-sale, at fair value

   (amortized cost $391,687, allowance for credit losses of $0 in 2021

   and amortized cost $387,665, allowance for credit losses of $0 in 2020)

 

 

411,904

 

 

 

414,279

 

Equity securities, at fair value

   (cost $37,682 and $35,787 in 2021 and 2020, respectively)

 

 

50,843

 

 

 

43,437

 

Short-term investments

 

 

87,279

 

 

 

45,898

 

Total investments

 

 

1,125,134

 

 

 

1,088,744

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

33,074

 

 

 

61,757

 

Amounts recoverable from reinsurers

   (net of allowance for credit losses of $452 in 2021 and 2020)

 

 

110,717

 

 

 

105,803

 

Premiums receivable

   (net of allowance for credit losses of $4,803 and $4,791 in 2021 and 2020, respectively)

 

 

165,170

 

 

 

156,760

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

14,506

 

 

 

13,665

 

Accrued interest receivable

 

 

9,669

 

 

 

9,274

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

6,302

 

 

 

6,182

 

Deferred policy acquisition costs

 

 

18,684

 

 

 

17,810

 

Other assets

 

 

11,323

 

 

 

10,860

 

Total assets

 

$

1,494,579

 

 

$

1,470,855

 

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses

 

$

759,758

 

 

$

760,561

 

Unearned premiums

 

 

137,511

 

 

 

129,260

 

Amounts held for others

 

 

45,022

 

 

 

43,402

 

Policyholder deposits

 

 

40,973

 

 

 

41,524

 

Insurance-related assessments

 

 

18,441

 

 

 

17,995

 

Federal income tax payable

 

 

3,972

 

 

 

417

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

 

41,276

 

 

 

38,880

 

Total liabilities

 

 

1,046,953

 

 

 

1,032,039

 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock:  voting—$0.01 par value authorized shares—50,000,000

   in 2021 and 2020; 20,589,309 and 20,589,309 shares issued and 19,331,059

   and 19,331,059  shares outstanding in 2021 and 2020, respectively

 

 

206

 

 

 

206

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

215,468

 

 

 

215,316

 

Treasury stock, at cost (1,258,250 shares in 2021 and 2020)

 

 

(22,370

)

 

 

(22,370

)

Accumulated earnings

 

 

238,351

 

 

 

224,645

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net

 

 

15,971

 

 

 

21,019

 

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

447,626

 

 

 

438,816

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

1,494,579

 

 

$

1,470,855

 

See accompanying notes.

4


AMERISAFE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross premiums written

 

$

81,514

 

 

$

87,071

 

Ceded premiums written

 

 

(2,517

)

 

 

(2,783

)

Net premiums written

 

$

78,997

 

 

$

84,288

 

Net premiums earned

 

$

70,746

 

 

$

78,990

 

Net investment income

 

 

6,583

 

 

 

7,749

 

Net realized gains on investments

 

 

319

 

 

 

992

 

Net unrealized gains (losses) on equity securities

 

 

5,511

 

 

 

(8,763

)

Fee and other income

 

 

192

 

 

 

201

 

Total revenues

 

 

83,351

 

 

 

79,169

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred

 

 

39,517

 

 

 

43,647

 

Underwriting and certain other operating costs

 

 

6,927

 

 

 

8,217

 

Commissions

 

 

5,474

 

 

 

6,055

 

Salaries and benefits

 

 

6,566

 

 

 

7,012

 

Policyholder dividends

 

 

1,350

 

 

 

1,023

 

Provision for investment related credit loss benefit

 

 

(108

)

 

 

(26

)

Total expenses

 

 

59,726

 

 

 

65,928

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

23,625

 

 

 

13,241

 

Income tax expense

 

 

4,313

 

 

 

2,441

 

Net income

 

$

19,312

 

 

$

10,800

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.00

 

 

$

0.56

 

Diluted

 

$

0.99

 

 

$

0.56

 

Shares used in computing earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

19,311,710

 

 

 

19,266,016

 

Diluted

 

 

19,408,804

 

 

 

19,352,245

 

Cash dividends declared per common share

 

$

0.29

 

 

$

0.27

 

 

See accompanying notes.

5


AMERISAFE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net income

 

$

19,312

 

 

$

10,800

 

Other comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized gain (loss) on debt securities, net of tax

 

 

(5,048

)

 

 

1,484

 

Comprehensive income

 

$

14,264

 

 

$

12,284

 

 

See accompanying notes.

6


AMERISAFE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

(in thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

Additional

Paid-In

 

 

Treasury Stock

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

Accumulated

Other

Comprehensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amounts

 

 

Capital

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amounts

 

 

Earnings

 

 

Income

 

 

Total

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

 

20,589,309

 

 

$

206

 

 

$

215,316

 

 

 

(1,258,250

)

 

$

(22,370

)

 

$

224,645

 

 

$

21,019

 

 

$

438,816

 

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,312

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,312

 

Other comprehensive

   income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in unrealized

   gains, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,048

)

 

 

(5,048

)

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,264

 

Share-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

152

 

Dividends to shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,606

)

 

 

 

 

 

(5,606

)

Balance at March 31, 2021

 

 

20,589,309

 

 

$

206

 

 

$

215,468

 

 

 

(1,258,250

)

 

$

(22,370

)

 

$

238,351

 

 

$

15,971

 

 

$

447,626

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

Additional

Paid-In

 

 

Treasury Stock

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

Accumulated

Other

Comprehensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amounts

 

 

Capital

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amounts

 

 

Earnings

 

 

Income

 

 

Total

 

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

 

20,560,833

 

 

$

205

 

 

$

213,004

 

 

 

(1,258,250

)

 

$

(22,370

)

 

$

227,165

 

 

$

12,211

 

 

$

430,215

 

Impact of adoption of

   ASU 2016-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(594

)

 

 

 

 

 

(594

)

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,800

 

Other comprehensive

   income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in unrealized

   gains, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,484

 

 

 

1,484

 

Comprehensive income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,284

 

Common stock issued

 

 

201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

263

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

263

 

Dividends to shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5,212

)

 

 

 

 

 

(5,212

)

Balance at March 31, 2020

 

 

20,561,034

 

 

$

205

 

 

$

213,267

 

 

 

(1,258,250

)

 

$

(22,370

)

 

$

232,159

 

 

$

13,695

 

 

$

436,956

 

 

See accompanying notes.

7


AMERISAFE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

19,312

 

 

$

10,800

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

270

 

 

 

247

 

Net amortization of investments

 

 

2,179

 

 

 

2,074

 

Change in investment related allowance for credit losses

 

 

(108

)

 

 

(26

)

Deferred income taxes

 

 

500

 

 

 

(481

)

Net realized gains on investments

 

 

(319

)

 

 

(992

)

Net unrealized (gains) losses on equity securities

 

 

(5,511

)

 

 

8,763

 

Net realized gains on disposal of assets

 

 

(23

)

 

 

 

Share-based compensation

 

 

571

 

 

 

760

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premiums receivable, net

 

 

(8,410

)

 

 

(11,174

)

Accrued interest receivable

 

 

(395

)

 

 

(488

)

Deferred policy acquisition costs

 

 

(874

)

 

 

(671

)

Other assets

 

 

(266

)

 

 

234

 

Reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

(803

)

 

 

6,396

 

Unearned premiums

 

 

8,251

 

 

 

5,298

 

Reinsurance balances

 

 

(4,914

)

 

 

(9,658

)

Amounts held for others and policyholder deposits

 

 

1,069

 

 

 

836

 

Federal income taxes payable

 

 

3,555

 

 

 

3,211

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

 

2,509

 

 

 

83

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

16,593

 

 

 

15,212

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of investments held-to-maturity

 

 

(5,281

)

 

 

(26,201

)

Purchases of investments available-for-sale

 

 

(22,118

)

 

 

(21,592

)

Purchases of equity securities

 

 

(1,895

)

 

 

(8,770

)

Purchases of short-term investments

 

 

(42,286

)

 

 

(40,250

)

Proceeds from maturities of investments held-to-maturity

 

 

13,814

 

 

 

22,018

 

Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments available-for-sale

 

 

17,947

 

 

 

47,812

 

Proceeds from sales and maturities of short-term investments

 

 

585

 

 

 

52,959

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(390

)

 

 

(221

)

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

(39,601

)

 

 

25,755

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance lease purchases

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(12

)

Dividends to shareholders

 

 

(5,666

)

 

 

(5,245

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(5,675

)

 

 

(5,257

)

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(28,683

)

 

 

35,710

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

61,757

 

 

 

43,813

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

33,074

 

 

$

79,523

 

 

See accompanying notes.

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AMERISAFE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

 

 

Note 1. Basis of Presentation

AMERISAFE, Inc. (the “Company”) is an insurance holding company incorporated in the state of Texas. The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of AMERISAFE and its subsidiaries: American Interstate Insurance Company (“AIIC”) and its insurance subsidiaries, Silver Oak Casualty, Inc. (“SOCI”) and American Interstate Insurance Company of Texas (“AIICTX”), Amerisafe Risk Services, Inc. (“RISK”) and Amerisafe General Agency, Inc. (“AGAI”). AIIC and SOCI are property and casualty insurance companies organized under the laws of the state of Nebraska. AIICTX is a property and casualty insurance company organized under the laws of the state of Texas. RISK, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a claims and safety service company currently servicing only affiliated insurance companies. AGAI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is a general agent for the Company. AGAI sells insurance, which is underwritten by AIIC, SOCI and AIICTX, as well as by nonaffiliated insurance carriers. The assets and operations of AGAI are not significant to that of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries.

The terms “AMERISAFE,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our” refer to AMERISAFE, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, as the context requires.

The Company provides workers’ compensation insurance for small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, agriculture, maritime, and oil and gas. Assets and revenues of AIIC and its subsidiaries represent at least 95% of comparable consolidated amounts of the Company for each of the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

In the opinion of management of the Company, the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) necessary to present fairly the financial position, the results of operations and cash flows for the periods presented. The unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and therefore do not include all information and footnotes to be in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). The results for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that may be expected for the year. The unaudited consolidated financial statements contained herein should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of our assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and related disclosures.  Some of the estimates result from judgments that can be subjective and complex and, consequently, actual results in future periods might differ from these estimates.

Adopted Accounting Guidance

 

The Company has not adopted any new accounting guidance in 2021.     

 

Prospective Accounting Guidance

All issued but not yet effective accounting and reporting standards as of March 31, 2021 are either not applicable to the Company or are not expected to have a material impact on the Company.

 

 

Note 2. Restricted Stock and Stock Options

As of March 31, 2021, the Company has 2 equity incentive plans: the AMERISAFE Non-Employee Director Restricted Stock Plan (the “Restricted Stock Plan”) and the AMERISAFE 2012 Equity and Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2012 Incentive Plan”). See Note 12 to our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 for additional information regarding the Company’s incentive plans.

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company did not issue any shares of common stock pursuant to vested performance awards or shares of restricted common stock to non-employee directors.    During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company issued 201 shares of restricted common stock to non-employee directors. The market value of these shares was $13.7 thousand.

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, there were 0 exercises of options to purchase common stock.  The Company had 0 stock options outstanding as of March 31, 2021.

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The Company recognized share-based compensation expense of $0.6 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and $0.8 million for the same period in 2020.  

 

 

Note 3. Earnings Per Share

The Company computes earnings per share (“EPS”) in accordance with FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 260, Earnings Per Share. The Company has no participating unvested common shares which contain nonforfeitable rights to dividends and applies the treasury stock method in computing basic and diluted earnings per share.

Basic EPS is calculated by dividing net income by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period.

The diluted EPS calculation includes potential common shares assumed issued under the treasury stock method, which reflects the potential dilution that would occur if any restricted stock becomes vested.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in thousands, except share

and per share amounts)

 

Basic EPS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

19,312

 

 

$

10,800

 

Basic weighted average common shares

 

 

19,311,710

 

 

 

19,266,016

 

Basic earnings per common share

 

$

1.00

 

 

$

0.56

 

Diluted EPS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

19,312

 

 

$

10,800

 

Diluted weighted average common shares:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares

 

 

19,311,710

 

 

 

19,266,016

 

Restricted stock and stock options

 

 

97,094

 

 

 

86,229

 

Diluted weighted average common shares

 

 

19,408,804

 

 

 

19,352,245

 

Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.99

 

 

$

0.56

 

 

Note 4. Investments

The gross unrecognized gains and losses, amortized cost, allowance for credit losses, carrying amount, and fair value of those investments classified as held-to-maturity at March 31, 2021 are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Allowance for Credit Losses

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Gross

Unrecognized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrecognized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

486,376

 

 

$

(44

)

 

$

486,332

 

 

$

26,179

 

 

$

(774

)

 

$

511,737

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

68,518

 

 

 

(116

)

 

 

68,402

 

 

 

2,440

 

 

 

 

 

 

70,842

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

6,357

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,357

 

 

 

568

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,925

 

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations

   of U.S. government agencies

 

 

13,877

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,877

 

 

 

195

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

14,070

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

146

 

 

 

(6

)

 

 

140

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

146

 

Totals

 

$

575,274

 

 

$

(166

)

 

$

575,108

 

 

$

29,388

 

 

$

(776

)

 

$

603,720

 

 

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The gross unrealized gains and losses, and the amortized cost, allowance for credit losses, and fair value of those investments classified as available-for-sale at March 31, 2021 are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Allowance for Credit Losses

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

248,904

 

 

$

15,995

 

 

$

(402

)

 

$

264,497

 

 

$

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

92,469

 

 

 

4,084

 

 

 

(180

)

 

 

96,373

 

 

 

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

14,696

 

 

 

340

 

 

 

(8

)

 

 

15,028

 

 

 

 

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations

   of U.S. government agencies

 

 

35,618

 

 

 

650

 

 

 

(262

)

 

 

36,006

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

$

391,687

 

 

$

21,069

 

 

$

(852

)

 

$

411,904

 

 

$

 

 

The gross unrealized gains and losses, and the cost of equity securities at March 31, 2021 are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

Cost

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Equity securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic common stock

 

$

37,682

 

 

$

13,161

 

 

$

 

 

$

50,843

 

Total equity securities

 

$

37,682

 

 

$

13,161

 

 

$

 

 

$

50,843

 

 

The gross unrecognized gains and losses, amortized cost, allowance for credit losses, carrying amount, and fair value of those investments classified as held-to-maturity at December 31, 2020 are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Allowance for Credit Losses

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

494,374

 

 

$

(42

)

 

$

494,332

 

 

$

32,489

 

 

$

 

 

$

526,821

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

69,981

 

 

 

(225

)

 

 

69,756

 

 

 

3,144

 

 

 

 

 

 

72,900

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

7,261

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,261

 

 

 

645

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,906

 

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations

   of U.S. government agencies

 

 

13,626

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,626

 

 

 

239

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,865

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

162

 

 

 

(7

)

 

 

155

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

162

 

Totals

 

$

585,404

 

 

$

(274

)

 

$

585,130

 

 

$

36,524

 

 

$

 

 

$

621,654

 

 

The gross unrealized gains and losses, and the amortized cost and fair value of those investments classified as available-for-sale at December 31, 2020 are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

256,492

 

 

$

20,050

 

 

$

 

 

$

276,542

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

83,646

 

 

 

5,256

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

88,899

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

18,654

 

 

 

400

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

19,052

 

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations

   of U.S. government agencies

 

 

28,873

 

 

 

913

 

 

 

 

 

 

29,786

 

Totals

 

$

387,665

 

 

$

26,619

 

 

$

(5

)

 

$

414,279

 

 

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The gross unrealized gains and losses, and the cost of equity securities at December 31, 2020 are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

Cost

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Gains

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Equity securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic common stock

 

$

35,787

 

 

$

7,650

 

 

$

 

 

$

43,437

 

Total equity securities

 

$

35,787

 

 

$

7,650

 

 

$

 

 

$

43,437

 

 

A summary of the carrying amounts and fair value of investments in fixed maturity securities, classified as held-to-maturity, by contractual maturity, is as follows:

 

 

 

March 31, 2021

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within one year

 

$

55,462

 

 

$

55,896

 

 

$

54,316

 

 

$

54,794

 

After one year through five years

 

 

199,837

 

 

 

207,924

 

 

 

195,706

 

 

 

204,289

 

After five years through ten years

 

 

101,316

 

 

 

104,986

 

 

 

107,347

 

 

 

113,643

 

After ten years

 

 

211,996

 

 

 

227,843

 

 

 

220,345

 

 

 

240,860

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

6,357

 

 

 

6,925

 

 

 

7,261

 

 

 

7,906

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

140

 

 

 

146

 

 

 

155

 

 

 

162

 

Totals

 

$

575,108

 

 

$

603,720

 

 

$

585,130

 

 

$

621,654

 

 

 

 

A summary of the amortized cost and fair value of investments in fixed maturity securities, classified as available-for-sale, by contractual maturity, is as follows:

 

 

 

March 31, 2021

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Amortized

Cost

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within one year

 

$

62,627

 

 

$

63,083

 

 

$

69,177

 

 

$

69,938

 

After one year through five years

 

 

89,766

 

 

 

94,312

 

 

 

80,593

 

 

 

85,829

 

After five years through ten years

 

 

67,212

 

 

 

69,638

 

 

 

53,835

 

 

 

57,829

 

After ten years

 

 

157,386

 

 

 

169,843

 

 

 

165,406

 

 

 

181,631

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

14,696

 

 

 

15,028

 

 

 

18,654

 

 

 

19,052

 

Totals

 

$

391,687

 

 

$

411,904

 

 

$

387,665

 

 

$

414,279

 

 

The following table summarizes the fair value and gross unrealized losses on securities classified as available-for-sale, aggregated by major investment category and length of time that the individual securities have been in a continuous unrealized loss position as of March 31, 2021:

 

 

 

Less Than 12 Months

 

 

12 Months or Greater

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Fair Value of

Investments

with

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair Value of

Investments

with

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair Value of

Investments

with

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

March 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available-for-Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

21,199

 

 

$

402

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

21,199

 

 

$

402

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

8,678

 

 

 

180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,678

 

 

 

180

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

1,595

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,595

 

 

 

8

 

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations

   of U.S. government agencies

 

 

11,492

 

 

 

262

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,492

 

 

 

262

 

Total available-for-sale securities

 

$

42,964

 

 

$

852

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

42,964

 

 

$

852

 

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At March 31, 2021, we held 29 individual fixed maturity securities classified as available-for-sale that were in an unrealized loss position, of which NaN were in a continuous unrealized loss position for longer than 12 months.  

 

The following table summarizes the fair value and gross unrealized losses on securities classified as available-for-sale, aggregated by major investment category and length of time that the individual securities have been in a continuous unrealized loss position as of December 31, 2020:

 

 

 

Less Than 12 Months

 

 

12 Months or Greater

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Fair Value of

Investments

with

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair Value of

Investments

with

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Fair Value of

Investments

with

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

Gross

Unrealized

Losses

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available-for-Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate bonds

 

$

2,515

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

2,515

 

 

$

3

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

2,133

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,133

 

 

 

2

 

Total available-for-sale securities

 

$

4,648

 

 

$

5

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

4,648

 

 

$

5

 

 

The following table illustrates the changes in the allowance for credit losses by major security type of the investments classified as held-to-maturity for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

 

 

 

States and

Political

Subdivisions

 

 

Corporate

Bonds

 

 

U.S.

Agency-

Based

Mortgage-

Backed

Securities

 

 

U.S.

Treasury

Securities

and

Obligations

of U.S.

Government

Agencies

 

 

Asset-

Backed

Securities

 

 

Totals

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

$

42

 

 

$

225

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

7

 

 

$

274

 

Provision for credit loss

   expense (benefit)

 

 

2

 

 

 

(109

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

(108

)

Balance at March 31, 2021

 

$

44

 

 

$

116

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

6

 

 

$

166

 

 

The Company has established an allowance for credit losses on 410 held-to-maturity securities totaling $0.2 million.  The majority of those securities were issued by states and political subdivisions (380 securities) and corporate bonds (27 securities).

The Company has 0 allowance for credit losses on investments classified as available-for-sale for the period ended March 31, 2021.

The credit rating used for held-to-maturity fixed income securities is the rating for each security as published by Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch to determine the probability of default.   If there are two ratings, the lower rating is used.  If there are three ratings, the median rating is used.  If there is one rating, that rating is used. For corporate fixed income securities, the probability of default (given a rating) comes from Moody’s annual study of corporate bond defaults published each February.  The maximum maturity using the default rate is 20 years (any maturity greater than 20 years will use the 20-year rate).  For municipal fixed income securities the probability of default (given a rating) comes from Moody’s annual study of municipal bond defaults published each July/August.

The calculation of the credit loss allowance takes the amortized cost of the fixed income security and assumes default and recovery based on the average recovery rates from the Moody’s default studies.  The amortized cost of the security, minus the amount recovered, is the estimated full amount the Company could lose in a default scenario.  Then this amount is multiplied by the probability of default to determine the allowance for credit loss.  The lower the security is rated, the higher likelihood of default, and therefore a higher allowance for credit loss.  The longer to the maturity date of a security, the higher the default risk.

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The table below presents the amortized cost of held-to-maturity securities aggregated by credit quality indicator as of March 31, 2021.

 

 

 

States and Political Subdivisions

 

 

Corporate Bonds

 

 

U.S. Agency-Based Mortgage-Backed Securities

 

 

U.S. Treasury Securities and Obligations of U.S. Government Agencies

 

 

Asset-Backed Securities

 

 

Totals

 

 

 

Amortized cost

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

AAA/AA/A ratings

 

$

481,662

 

 

$

29,708

 

 

$

6,357

 

 

$

13,877

 

 

$

100

 

 

$

531,704

 

Baa/BBB ratings

 

 

4,714

 

 

 

38,810

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

43,541

 

B ratings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

29

 

Total

 

$

486,376

 

 

$

68,518

 

 

$

6,357

 

 

$

13,877

 

 

$

146

 

 

$

575,274

 

 

Net realized gains in the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $0.3 million resulting from the sale of fixed maturity securities classified as available-for-sale.  Net realized gains in the quarter ended March 31, 2020 were $1.0 million resulting from the sale of fixed maturity securities classified as available-for-sale.

During the first quarter of 2021, we recognized through income $5.5 million of net unrealized gains on equity securities held as of March 31, 2021.  During the first quarter of 2020, we recognized through income $8.8 million of net unrealized losses on equity securities held as of March 31, 2020.  

Investment income is recognized as it is earned. The discount or premium on fixed maturity securities is amortized using the “constant yield” method. Anticipated prepayments, where applicable, are considered when determining the amortization of premiums or discounts. Realized investment gains and losses are determined using the specific identification method.

 

 

Note 5. Income Taxes

In accordance with FASB ASC Topic 740, “Income Taxes,” we provide for the recognition and measurement of deferred income tax benefits based on the likelihood of their realization in future years. The Company had a valuation allowance of $1.7 million against its deferred income tax benefits as of March 31, 2021.  The Company had 0 valuation allowance against its deferred income tax benefits as of March 31, 2020.  

Income tax expense from operations is different from the amount computed by applying the U.S. federal income tax statutory rate of 21% to income before income taxes primarily due to the impact of tax-exempt investment income and state income tax accruals.

The Company recognizes interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions in income tax expense. There were 0 uncertain tax positions for the periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

Tax years 2017 through 2021 are subject to examination by the federal and state taxing authorities.

 

 

Note 6. Loss Reserves

 

We record reserves for estimated losses under insurance policies that we write and for loss adjustment expenses related to the investigation and settlement of policy claims. Our reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses represent the estimated cost of all reported and unreported loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred and unpaid as of a given point in time.  The reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses are estimated using individual case-basis valuations, statistical analyses and estimates based upon experience for unreported claims and their associated loss and loss adjustment expenses. Such estimates may be more or less than the amounts ultimately paid when the claims are settled. The estimates are subject to the effects of trends in loss severity and frequency. Although considerable variability is inherent in these estimates, management believes that the reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses are adequate. The estimates are continually reviewed internally and periodically evaluated with our independent actuary.  Adjustments are made as experience develops and new information becomes known.  Any such adjustments are included in income from current operations.  See Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 for additional information regarding the Company’s loss and loss adjustment expense development.

 

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The following table provides the Company’s liability for unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses, net of related amounts recoverable from reinsurers, for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Balance, beginning of period

 

$

760,561

 

 

$

772,887

 

Less amounts recoverable from reinsurers

   on unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

105,707

 

 

 

95,343

 

Net balance, beginning of period

 

 

654,854

 

 

 

677,544

 

Add incurred related to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current accident year

 

 

50,937

 

 

 

57,268

 

Prior accident years

 

 

(11,420

)

 

 

(13,621

)

Total incurred

 

 

39,517

 

 

 

43,647

 

Less paid related to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current accident year

 

 

2,361

 

 

 

2,984

 

Prior accident years

 

 

42,920

 

 

 

43,890

 

Total paid

 

 

45,281

 

 

 

46,874

 

Net balance, end of period

 

 

649,090

 

 

 

674,317

 

Add amounts recoverable from reinsurers

   on unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

110,668

 

 

 

104,966

 

Balance, end of period

 

$

759,758

 

 

$

779,283

 

 

The foregoing reconciliation reflects favorable development of the net reserves at March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020. The favorable development reduced loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred by $11.4 million and $13.6 million in 2021 and 2020, respectively. The revisions to the Company’s reserves reflect new information gained by claims adjusters in the normal course of adjusting claims and is reflected in the financial statements when the information becomes available. It is typical for more serious claims to take several years or longer to settle and the Company continually revises estimates as more information about claimants’ medical conditions and potential disability becomes known and the claims get closer to being settled.  Multiple factors can cause loss development both unfavorable and favorable. The favorable loss development we experienced across accident years was largely due to favorable case reserve development from closed claims and claims where the worker had reached maximum medical improvement.

 

The table below presents the change in the allowance for credit losses on amounts recoverable from reinsurers for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Balance, beginning of period

 

$

452

 

 

$

444

 

Provision for credit loss expense

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Balance, end of period

 

$

452

 

 

 

449

 

 

 

 

Note 7. Comprehensive Income and Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income

Comprehensive income was $14.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $12.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.  The difference between net income as reported and comprehensive income was due primarily to changes in unrealized gains and losses, net of tax on available-for-sale debt securities.

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Comprehensive income includes net income plus unrealized gains (losses) on our available-for-sale investment securities, net of tax. In reporting comprehensive income on a net basis in the statements of comprehensive income, we used a 21 percent tax rate in 2021 and 2020. The following table illustrates the changes in the balance of each component of accumulated other comprehensive income for each period presented in the interim financial statements.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Balance, beginning of period

 

$

21,019

 

 

$

12,211

 

Other comprehensive income (loss) before

   reclassification

 

 

(4,735

)

 

 

1,830

 

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other

   comprehensive income

 

 

(313

)

 

 

(346

)

Net current period other comprehensive

   income (loss)

 

 

(5,048

)

 

 

1,484

 

Balance, end of period

 

$

15,971

 

 

$

13,695

 

 

The sale or other-than-temporary impairment of an available-for-sale security results in amounts being reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income to current period net income. The effects of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income by the respective line items of net income are presented in the following table.

 

Component of Accumulated Other

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Affected line item in the

Comprehensive Income

 

March 31,

 

 

statement of income

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

 

 

Unrealized gains on

   available-for-sale securities

 

$

396

 

 

$

438

 

 

Net realized gains on

   investments

 

 

 

396

 

 

 

438

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

 

(83

)

 

 

(92

)

 

Income tax expense

 

 

$

313

 

 

$

346

 

 

Net income

 

 

Note 8. Fair Value Measurements

The Company carries available-for-sale securities at fair value in our consolidated financial statements and determines fair value measurements and disclosure in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures.

The Company determines the fair values of its financial instruments based on the fair value hierarchy established in ASC Topic 820, which requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. The standard defines fair value, describes three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements.

Fair value is defined in ASC Topic 820 as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Fair value is the price to sell an asset or transfer a liability and, therefore, represents an exit price, not an entry price. Fair value is the exit price in the principal market (or, if lacking a principal market, the most advantageous market) in which the reporting entity would transact. Fair value is a market-based measurement, not an entity-specific measurement, and, as such, is determined based on the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. The exit price objective of a fair value measurement applies regardless of the reporting entity’s intent and/or ability to sell the asset or transfer the liability at the measurement date.

ASC Topic 820 requires the use of valuation techniques that are consistent with the market approach, the income approach and/or the cost approach. The market approach uses prices and other relevant information generated by market transactions involving identical or comparable assets and liabilities. The income approach uses valuation techniques to convert future amounts, such as cash flows or earnings, to a single present value amount on a discounted basis. The cost approach is based on the amount that currently would be required to replace the service capacity of an asset, also known as current replacement cost. Valuation techniques used to measure fair value are to be consistently applied.

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In ASC Topic 820, inputs refer broadly to the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk, for example, the risk inherent in a particular valuation technique used to measure fair value (such as a pricing model) and/or the risk inherent in the inputs to the valuation technique. Inputs may be observable or unobservable:

 

Observable inputs are inputs that reflect the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity.

 

Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on the best information available in the circumstances.

Valuation techniques used to measure fair value are intended to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. ASC Topic 820 establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the use of inputs used in valuation techniques into the following three levels:

 

Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the measurement date.

 

Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. Level 2 inputs include quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability, or inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data.

 

Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. Unobservable inputs are to be used to measure fair value to the extent that observable inputs are not available, thereby allowing for situations in which there is little, if any, market activity for the asset or liability at the measurement date.

In general, fair value is based upon quoted market prices, where available. If such quoted market prices are not available, fair value is based upon internally developed models that primarily use, as inputs, observable market-based parameters.

The fair values of the Company’s investments are based upon prices provided by an independent pricing service. The Company has reviewed these prices for reasonableness and has not adjusted any prices received from the independent provider. Securities reported at fair value utilizing Level 1 inputs represent assets whose fair value is determined based upon observable unadjusted quoted market prices for identical assets in active markets. Level 2 securities represent assets whose fair value is determined using observable market information such as previous day trade prices, quotes from less active markets or quoted prices of securities with similar characteristics. There were no transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 during the three months ended March 31, 2021.

At March 31, 2021, assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis are summarized below:

 

 

 

March 31, 2021

 

 

 

Level 1

Inputs

 

 

Level 2

Inputs

 

 

Level 3

Inputs

 

 

Total Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Financial instruments carried at fair value, classified as a part of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securities available-for-sale—fixed maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

 

 

$

264,497

 

 

$

 

 

$

264,497

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

 

 

 

96,373

 

 

 

 

 

 

96,373

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

15,028

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,028

 

U.S. Treasury securities

 

 

36,006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36,006

 

Total securities available-for-sale—fixed maturity

 

 

36,006

 

 

 

375,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

411,904

 

Equity securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic common stock

 

 

50,843

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50,843

 

Total

 

$

86,849

 

 

$

375,898

 

 

$

 

 

$

462,747

 

 

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At March 31, 2021, assets measured at amortized cost net of allowance for credit losses are summarized below:

 

 

 

March 31, 2021

 

 

 

Level 1

Inputs

 

 

Level 2

Inputs

 

 

Level 3

Inputs

 

 

Total Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Securities held-to-maturity—fixed maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

 

 

$

511,737

 

 

$

 

 

$

511,737

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

 

 

 

70,842

 

 

 

 

 

 

70,842

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

6,925

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,925

 

U.S. Treasury securities

 

 

14,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,070

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

146

 

 

 

 

 

 

146

 

Total held-to-maturity

 

$

14,070

 

 

$

589,650

 

 

$

 

 

$

603,720

 

 

At December 31, 2020, assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis are summarized below:

 

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

 

Level 1

Inputs

 

 

Level 2

Inputs

 

 

Level 3

Inputs

 

 

Total Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Financial instruments carried at fair value, classified as a part of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Securities available-for-sale—fixed maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

 

 

$

276,542

 

 

$

 

 

$

276,542

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

 

 

 

88,899

 

 

 

 

 

 

88,899

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

19,052

 

 

 

 

 

 

19,052

 

U.S. Treasury securities

 

 

29,786

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29,786

 

Total securities available-for-sale—fixed maturity

 

$

29,786

 

 

$

384,493

 

 

$

 

 

$

414,279

 

Equity securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic common stock

 

 

43,437

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43,437

 

Total

 

$

73,223

 

 

$

384,493

 

 

$

 

 

$

457,716

 

 

 

At December 31, 2020, assets measured at amortized cost net of allowance for credit losses are summarized below:

 

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

 

 

Level 1

Inputs

 

 

Level 2

Inputs

 

 

Level 3

Inputs

 

 

Total Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Securities held-to-maturity—fixed maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

 

 

$

526,821

 

 

$

 

 

$

526,821

 

Corporate bonds

 

 

 

 

 

72,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

72,900

 

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

7,906

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,906

 

U.S. Treasury securities

 

 

13,865

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13,865

 

Asset-backed securities

 

 

 

 

 

162

 

 

 

 

 

 

162

 

Total held-to-maturity

 

$

13,865

 

 

$

607,789

 

 

$

 

 

$

621,654

 

 

The Company determines fair value amounts for financial instruments using available third-party market information. When such information is not available, the Company determines the fair value amounts using appropriate valuation methodologies. Nonfinancial instruments such as real estate, property and equipment, deferred policy acquisition costs, deferred income taxes and loss and loss adjustment expense reserves are excluded from the fair value disclosure.

Cash and Cash Equivalents —The carrying amounts reported in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets for these financial instruments approximate their fair values, which are characterized as Level 1 assets.

Investments —The fair values for fixed maturity and equity securities are based on prices obtained from an independent pricing service. Equity and treasury securities are characterized as Level 1 assets, as their fair values are based on quoted prices in active markets. Fixed maturity securities, other than treasury securities, are characterized as Level 2 assets, as their fair values are determined using observable market inputs.

Short Term Investments —The carrying amounts reported in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets for these financial instruments approximate their fair values. These securities are characterized as Level 2 assets in the fair value hierarchy.

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The following table summarizes the carrying amounts and corresponding fair values for financial instruments:

 

 

 

As of  March 31, 2021

 

 

As of  December 31, 2020

 

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Fair

Value

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed maturity securities—held-to-maturity

 

$

575,108

 

 

$

603,720

 

 

$

585,130

 

 

$

621,654

 

Fixed maturity securities—available-for-sale

 

 

411,904

 

 

 

411,904

 

 

 

414,279

 

 

 

414,279

 

Equity securities

 

 

50,843

 

 

 

50,843

 

 

 

43,437

 

 

 

43,437

 

Short-term investments

 

 

87,279

 

 

 

87,279

 

 

 

45,898

 

 

 

45,898

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

33,074

 

 

 

33,074

 

 

 

61,757

 

 

 

61,757

 

 

 

Note 9. Treasury Stock

The Company’s Board of Directors initiated a share repurchase program in February 2010. In October 2016, the Board reauthorized this program with a limit of $25.0 million with no expiration date.  There were 0 shares repurchased under this program in the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

 

Note 10. Subsequent Events

On April 27, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.29 per share payable on June 25, 2021 to shareholders of record as of June 18, 2021. The Board considers the payment of a regular cash dividend each calendar quarter.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements and the related notes included in Item 1 of Part I of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, together with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

We begin our discussion with an overview of our Company to give you an understanding of our business and the markets we serve. We then discuss our critical accounting policies. This is followed with a discussion of our results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. This discussion includes an analysis of certain significant period-to-period variances in our consolidated statements of operations. Our cash flows and financial condition are discussed under the caption “Liquidity and Capital Resources.”

Business Overview

AMERISAFE is a holding company that markets and underwrites workers’ compensation insurance through its insurance subsidiaries. Workers’ compensation insurance covers statutorily prescribed benefits that employers are obligated to provide to their employees who are injured in the course and scope of their employment. Our business strategy is focused on providing this coverage to small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, agriculture, maritime, and oil and gas. Employers engaged in hazardous industries pay substantially higher than average rates for workers’ compensation insurance compared to employers in other industries, as measured per payroll dollar. The higher premium rates are due to the nature of the work performed and the inherent workplace danger of our target employers. Hazardous industry employers also tend to have less frequent but more severe claims as compared to employers in other industries due to the nature of their businesses. We provide proactive safety reviews of employers’ workplaces. These safety reviews are a vital component of our underwriting process and also promote safer workplaces. We utilize intensive claims management practices that we believe permit us to reduce the overall cost of our claims. In addition, our audit services ensure that our policyholders pay the appropriate premiums required under the terms of their policies and enable us to monitor payroll patterns that cause underwriting, safety or fraud concerns. We believe that the higher premiums typically paid by our policyholders, together with our disciplined underwriting and safety, claims and audit services, provide us with the opportunity to earn attractive returns for our shareholders.

We actively market our insurance in 27 states through independent agencies (including retail and wholesale brokers and agents), as well as through our wholly owned insurance agency subsidiary. We are also licensed in an additional 20 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Critical Accounting Policies

Understanding our accounting policies is key to understanding our financial statements. Management considers some of these policies to be very important to the presentation of our financial results because they require us to make significant estimates and assumptions. These estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and related disclosures. Some of the estimates result from judgments that can be subjective and complex and, consequently, actual results in future periods might differ from these estimates.

Management believes that the most critical accounting policies relate to the reporting of reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses, including losses that have occurred but have not been reported prior to the reporting date, amounts recoverable from reinsurers, premiums receivable, assessments, deferred policy acquisition costs, deferred income taxes, credit losses on investment securities and share-based compensation. These critical accounting policies are more fully described in Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

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Results of Operations

The following table summarizes our consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(dollars in thousands, except

per share data)

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

Gross premiums written

 

$

81,514

 

 

$

87,071

 

Net premiums earned

 

 

70,746

 

 

 

78,990

 

Net investment income

 

 

6,583

 

 

 

7,749

 

Total revenues

 

 

83,351

 

 

 

79,169

 

Total expenses

 

 

59,726

 

 

 

65,928

 

Net income

 

 

19,312

 

 

 

10,800

 

Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.99

 

 

$

0.56

 

Other Key Measures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net combined ratio (1)

 

 

84.6

%

 

 

83.5

%

Return on average equity (2)

 

 

17.4

%

 

 

10.0

%

Book value per share (3)

 

$

23.16

 

 

$

22.64

 

 

(1)

The net combined ratio is calculated by dividing the sum of loss and loss adjustment expenses incurred, underwriting and certain other operating costs, commissions, salaries and benefits, and policyholder dividends by net premiums earned in the current period.

(2)

Return on average equity is calculated by dividing the annualized net income by the average shareholders’ equity for the applicable period.

(3)

Book value per share is calculated by dividing shareholders’ equity by total outstanding shares, as of the end of the period.

Consolidated Results of Operations for Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 Compared to March 31, 2020

Gross Premiums Written. Gross premiums written for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $81.5 million, compared to $87.1 million for the same period in 2020, a decrease of 6.4%. The decrease was attributable to a $3.3 million decrease in premiums resulting from payroll audits and related premium adjustments for policies written in previous quarters and a $2.4 million decrease in annual premiums on voluntary policies written during the period. While payroll audits completed this quarter resulted in positive audit premiums, amounts were lower than the first quarter of 2020.  This quarter’s payroll audits included periods of activity impacted by COVID-19.  The effective loss cost multiplier, or ELCM, for our voluntary business was 1.54 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to 1.57 for the same period in 2020.

Net Premiums Written. Net premiums written for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $79.0 million, compared to $84.3 million for the same period in 2020, a decrease of 6.3%. The decrease was primarily attributable to the decrease in gross premiums written. As a percentage of gross premiums earned, ceded premiums were 3.4% for the first quarter of 2021 and 2020.  For additional information, see Item 1, “Business—Reinsurance” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Net Premiums Earned. Net premiums earned for the first quarter of 2021 were $70.7 million, compared to $79.0 million for the same period in 2020, a decrease of 10.4%. The decrease was primarily attributable to the decrease in net premiums written during the past year.

Net Investment Income. Net investment income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $6.6 million, compared to $7.7 million for the same period in 2020, a decrease of 15.0%.  The decrease was due to lower investment yields on fixed income securities and cash balances.  Average invested assets, including cash and cash equivalents, were $1.2 billion in the quarters ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. The pre-tax investment yield on our investment portfolio was 2.3% per annum during the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to 2.6% per annum during the same period in 2020. The tax-equivalent yield on our investment portfolio was 2.8% per annum for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 compared to 3.0% for the same period in 2020. The tax-equivalent yield is calculated using the effective interest rate and the appropriate marginal tax rate.

Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Investments. Net realized gains on investments for the three months ended March 31, 2021 totaled $0.3 million compared to net realized gains of $1.0 million for the same period in 2020. Net realized gains in the first quarter of 2021 and 2020 were from the sale of fixed maturity securities classified as available-for-sale.

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Net Unrealized Gains (Losses) on Equity Securities. Net unrealized gains on equity securities for the three months ended March 31, 2021 were $5.5 million compared to net unrealized losses of $8.8 million for the same period in 2020.

Loss and Loss Adjustment Expenses Incurred. Loss and loss adjustment expenses (“LAE”) incurred totaled $39.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $43.6 million for the same period in 2020, a decrease of $4.1 million, or 9.5%. The current accident year loss and LAE incurred were $50.9 million compared to $57.3 million for the same period in 2020. Our initial loss estimate for accident year 2021 is set at 72.0% of net premiums earned, down from 72.5% for accident year 2020, and is based on long-term claim frequency and severity trends, as well as medical inflation.  We recorded favorable prior accident year development of $11.4 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to favorable prior accident year development of $13.6 million in the same period of 2020, as further discussed below in “Prior Year Development.” Our net loss ratio was 55.9% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 55.3% for the same period of 2020.

Underwriting and Certain Other Operating Costs, Commissions and Salaries and Benefits. Underwriting and certain other operating costs, commissions and salaries and benefits for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 were $19.0 million, compared to $21.3 million for the same period in 2020, a decrease of 10.9%. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in insurance related assessments of $1.3 million, a $0.6 million decrease in commission expense, a $0.4 million decrease in compensation expense and a $0.4 million decrease in premium taxes.  Offsetting these decreases was an increase of $0.3 million in accounts receivable write-offs mostly on assumed premium from mandatory pooling arrangements.  Our expense ratio was 26.8% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 26.9% in the first quarter of 2020.  

Income Tax Expense. Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $4.3 million, compared to $2.4 million for the same period in 2020. The increase was attributable to an increase in the pre-tax income to $23.6 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2021 from $13.2 million in the same period in 2020. The effective tax rate for the Company decreased to 18.3% in the quarter ended March 31, 2021 from 18.4% in the same period in 2020. The decrease in the effective tax rate is due to a higher proportion of tax-exempt income to underwriting income in 2021 relative to 2020.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our principal sources of operating funds are premiums, investment income and proceeds from sales and maturities of investments. Our primary uses of operating funds include payments of claims and operating expenses. Currently, we pay claims using cash flow from operations and invest the remaining funds.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $16.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, which represented an $1.4 million increase from $15.2 million in net cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020. This increase in operating cash flow was due to a $3.3 million decrease in underwriting expenses paid and a $1.6 million decrease in losses paid.  Offsetting these amounts were a $2.7 million decrease in premium collections, a $1.0 million decrease in investment income, and a $0.5 million increase in federal taxes paid.

Net cash used in investing activities was $39.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to net cash provided by investment activities of $25.8 million for the same period in 2020. Cash provided by sales and maturities of investments totaled $32.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $122.8 million for the same period in 2020. A total of $71.6 million in cash was used to purchase investments in the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $96.8 million in purchases for the same period in 2020.

Net cash used in financing activities in the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $5.7 million compared to net cash used in financing activities of $5.3 million for the same period in 2020. In the three months ended March 31, 2021, $5.7 million of cash was used for dividends paid to shareholders compared to $5.2 million in the same period of 2020.  

Investment Portfolio

Our investment portfolio, including cash and cash equivalents, totaled $1.2 billion at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020. Purchases of fixed maturity securities are classified as available-for-sale or held-to-maturity at the time of purchase based on the individual security. The Company has the ability and positive intent to hold certain investments until maturity.  Therefore, fixed maturity securities classified as held-to-maturity, as defined by FASB ASC Topic 320, Investments-Debt and Equity Securities, are recorded at amortized cost net of allowance for credit losses. Our equity securities and fixed maturity securities classified as available-for-sale were reported at fair value.

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The composition of our investment portfolio, including cash and cash equivalents, as of March 31, 2021, is shown in the following table:

 

 

 

Carrying

Amount

 

 

Percentage of

Portfolio

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Fixed maturity securities—held-to-maturity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

$

486,332

 

 

 

42.0

%

Corporate bonds

 

 

68,402

 

 

 

5.9

%

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

6,357

 

 

 

0.6

%

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations of

   U.S. government agencies

 

 

13,877

 

 

 

1.2

%

Asset-backed securities

 

 

140

 

 

 

 

Total fixed maturity securities—held-to-maturity

 

 

575,108

 

 

 

49.7

%

Fixed maturity securities—available-for-sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

States and political subdivisions

 

 

264,497

 

 

 

22.8

%

Corporate bonds

 

 

96,373

 

 

 

8.3

%

U.S. agency-based mortgage-backed securities

 

 

15,028

 

 

 

1.3

%

U.S. Treasury securities and obligations of

   U.S. government agencies

 

 

36,006

 

 

 

3.1

%

Total fixed maturity securities—available-for-sale

 

 

411,904

 

 

 

35.5

%

Equity securities

 

 

50,843

 

 

 

4.4

%

Short-term investments

 

 

87,279

 

 

 

7.5

%

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

33,074

 

 

 

2.9

%

Total investments, including cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,158,208

 

 

 

100.0

%

 

Our debt securities classified as available-for-sale are “marked to market” as of the end of each calendar quarter. As of that date, unrealized gains and losses that are not credit related are recorded to Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss). Any available-for-sale credit related losses would be recognized as a credit loss allowance on the balance sheet with a corresponding adjustment to earnings, limited by the amount that the fair value is less than the amortized cost basis.  Both the credit loss allowance and adjustment to net income can be reversed if conditions change.  

For our debt securities classified as held-to-maturity, non-credit related unrecognized gains and losses are not recorded in the financial statements until realized. Effective upon the adoption of ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses, management is required to estimate held-to-maturity expected credit related losses and recognize a credit loss allowance on the balance sheet with a corresponding adjustment to earnings.  Any adjustment to the estimated expected credit related losses are recognized through earnings and adjustment to the credit loss allowance.

Prior Year Development

The Company recorded favorable prior accident year development of $11.4 million in the three months ended March 31, 2021. The table below sets forth the favorable development for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 for accident years 2016 through 2020 and, collectively, for all accident years prior to 2016.

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Accident Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

$

 

 

$

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

 

4.5

 

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

2.9

 

2016

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

3.1

 

Prior to 2016

 

 

2.9

 

 

 

7.6

 

Total net development

 

$

11.4

 

 

$

13.6

 

 

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The table below sets forth the number of open claims as of March 31, 2021 and 2020, and the number of claims reported and closed during the three months then ended.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Open claims at beginning of period

 

 

4,758

 

 

 

5,053

 

Claims reported

 

 

1,049

 

 

 

1,102

 

Claims closed

 

 

(1,200

)

 

 

(1,245

)

Open claims at end of period

 

 

4,607

 

 

 

4,910

 

 

The number of open claims at March 31, 2021 decreased by 303 claims as compared to the number of open claims at March 31, 2020. At March 31, 2021, our incurred amounts for certain accident years, particularly 2015 through 2018, developed more favorably than management previously expected. The revisions to the Company’s reserves reflect new information gained by claims adjusters in the normal course of adjusting claims and is reflected in the financial statements when the information becomes available. It is typical for more serious claims to take several years or longer to settle and the Company continually revises estimates as more information about claimants’ medical conditions and potential disability becomes known and the claims get closer to being settled.  Multiple factors can cause both favorable and unfavorable loss development. The favorable loss development we experienced across accident years was largely due to favorable case reserve development from closed claims and claims where the worker had reached maximum medical improvement.

The assumptions we used in establishing our reserves were based on our historical claims data. However, as of March 31, 2021, actual results for certain accident years have been better than our assumptions would have predicted. We do not presently intend to modify our assumptions for establishing reserves in light of recent results. However, if actual results for current and future accident years are consistent with, or different than, our results in these recent accident years, our historical claims data will reflect this change and, over time, will impact the reserves we establish for future claims.

Our reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses are inherently uncertain and our focus on providing workers’ compensation insurance to employers engaged in hazardous industries results in our receiving relatively fewer but more severe claims than many other workers’ compensation insurance companies. As a result of this focus on higher severity, lower frequency business, our reserve for loss and loss adjustment expenses may have greater volatility than other workers’ compensation insurance companies. For additional information, see Item 1, “Business—Loss Reserves” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

Market risk is the risk of potential economic loss principally arising from adverse changes in the fair value of financial instruments. The major components of market risk affecting us are credit risk, interest rate risk, and equity price risk. We currently have no exposure to foreign currency risk.

Since December 31, 2020, there have been no material changes in the quantitative or qualitative aspect of our market risk profile. For additional information regarding the Company’s exposure to certain market risks, see Item 7A, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we have evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of the end of the period covered by this report to provide reasonable assurance that information we are required to disclose in reports that are filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms specified by the SEC. We note that the design of any system of controls is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving the stated goals under all potential future conditions.

Because of its inherent limitations, management does not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal controls over financial reporting will prevent or detect all misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or that the degree of compliance with policies and procedures may deteriorate. Any control system, no matter how well designed and operated, is based upon certain assumptions and can only provide reasonable, not absolute assurance that its objectives will be met. Further, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that misstatements due to errors or fraud will not occur or that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any within the Company, have been detected.

There have not been any changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the period covered by this report that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

The Board of Directors initially authorized the Company’s share repurchase program in February 2010. In October 2016, the Board reauthorized this program with no expiration date. As of March 31, 2021, we had repurchased a total of 1,258,250 shares of our outstanding common stock for $22.4 million.  The Company had $25.0 million available for future purchases at March 31, 2021 under this program.  There were no shares repurchased during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. The purchases may be effected from time to time depending upon market conditions and subject to applicable regulatory considerations.  It is anticipated that future purchases will be funded from available capital.  

Item 6. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

No.

 

Description

 

 

 

  31.1

 

Certification of G. Janelle Frost filed pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

 

  31.2

 

Certification of Neal A. Fuller filed pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

 

  32.1

 

Certification of G. Janelle Frost and Neal A. Fuller filed pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

 

101.INS

 

XBRL Instance Document – The instance document does not appear in the interactive data file because its XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document

 

 

 

101.SCH

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

 

 

 

101.CAL

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

 

 

 

101.LAB

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

 

 

 

101.PRE

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

 

 

101.DEF

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

 

 

 

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101)

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

AMERISAFE, INC.

 

 

 

April 30, 2021

 

/s/ G. Janelle Frost

 

 

G. Janelle Frost

 

 

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

April 30, 2021

 

/s/ Neal A. Fuller

 

 

Neal A. Fuller

 

 

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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