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Tue. 9 Nov 2021, 7:46pm ETBenzinga
In: Earnings, Small Cap, Insurance, Press Releases

ROCK ISLAND, Ill., Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- ICC Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICCH) (the Company), parent company of Illinois Casualty Company, a regional, multi-line property and casualty insurance company focusing exclusively on the food and beverage industry, today reported unaudited results for the nine months ended September 30, 2021.

THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 – FINANCIAL RESULTS

Net earnings totaled $424,000, or $0.14 per share, for the third quarter of 2021, compared to net earnings of $404,000, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2020. The change in third quarter's net earnings as compared to the same quarter last year was driven primarily by an increase in net premiums earned offset in part by a decrease in unrealized equity investment gains for those three months. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported net earnings of $2,149,000, or $0.71 per share, compared to a net loss of $787,000, or $0.26 per share, for the same period in 2020. The significant increase in net earnings reflects a healthy increase in premium earnings, decreased losses, and higher realized and unrealized gains from equity investments year-over-year. Book value per share increased to $22.27 at September 30, 2021, from $22.07 at December 31, 2020, as a result of current period positive and sustained growth in our core business operations.

Direct premiums written grew by $3,823,000, or 26.3%, to $18,357,000 for the third quarter of 2021 from $14,534,000 for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, direct premiums written grew by $7,805,000, or 17.6%, to $52,045,000 compared to $44,240,000 for the same period in 2020. The third quarter's growth closely mirrored the second quarter's results. We continued to capitalize on the food and beverage industry's rebound across the states we serve. Net premiums earned grew by 12.3% or $1,546,000 to $14,079,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, from $12,533,000 for the same period in 2020. Net premiums earned grew by 5.3% to $38,861,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $36,922,000 for the same period in 2020. The increase in net premiums earned for each of the period comparisons reflects increased premium writings period-to-date in 2021.

For the third quarter of 2021, the Company ceded to reinsurers $2,798,000 of earned premiums, compared to $2,344,000 of earned premiums for the third quarter of 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company ceded earned premiums of $8,087,000, compared to $7,905,000 for the same period in 2020. Current year's cessions reflect typical claims experience without the impact of prior period's reinstatement costs brought on by property catastrophe events.

Net realized investment gains net of other-than-temporary impairment losses were $287,000 for the third quarter of 2021 compared to losses of $59,000 for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net realized gains net of other-than-temporary impairment losses were $824,000, compared to losses of $402,000 for the same period in 2020. The current period gains are primarily attributed to a turnaround in the equity markets which were hampered in the prior period by economic challenges as a result of COVID-19. In addition, our investment portfolio's ordinary rebalancing activities in the current period contributed to more favorable results.

Net investment income decreased by $77,000, or 8.5%, to $824,000 for the third quarter of 2021, as compared to $901,000 for the same period in 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, net investment income decreased $236,000, or 8.9%, to $2,409,000, from $2,645,000 for the same period in 2020. Our bond portfolio, which is sensitive to interest rate changes, experienced a significant decrease in reinvestment rates during 2020 which is driving lower investment income in 2021.

Losses and settlement expenses decreased by $48,000, or 0.5%, to $8,815,000 for the third quarter of 2021, from $8,863,000 for the same period in 2020. Losses and settlement expenses decreased by $632,000, or 2.4%, to $25,282,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $25,914,000 for the same period in 2020. The current period's favorable claims activity reflects a significant decline in catastrophic events compared to 2020. Thus far, we have not paid any business interruption claims related to COVID-19.

Policy acquisition costs and other operating expenses increased by $721,000, or 15.3%, to $5,443,000 for the third quarter of 2021 from $4,722,000 for the same period in 2020. These costs also increased by $1,215,000, or 8.8%, to $14,957,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, from $13,742,000 for the same period in 2020. Contingent commissions, a key component of policy acquisition costs, are the primary driver for the increased costs and are directly correlated with our positive written premium growth in 2021.

Total assets increased by 6.2% from $183,939,000 at December 31, 2020, to $195,306,000 at September 30, 2021. Our investment portfolio, which consists of fixed income securities, common stocks, preferred stock, property held for investment, and other invested assets, increased by 8.0% from $129,322,000 at December 31, 2020, to $139,680,000 at September 30, 2021.

THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 – FINANCIAL RATIOS

The Company's losses and settlement expense ratio (defined as losses and settlement expenses divided by net premiums earned) was 62.6% and 65.1% for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, compared with 70.7% and 70.2% for the same periods of 2020, respectively.

The expense ratio (defined as the amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs and underwriting and administrative expenses divided by net premiums earned) was 38.7% and 38.5% for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, compared to 37.7% and 37.2% for the same periods of 2020, respectively.

The Company's GAAP combined ratio (defined as the sum of the losses and settlement expense ratio and the expense ratio) was 101.3% and 103.5% for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively, compared to 108.4% and 107.4% for the same periods of 2020, respectively.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

"We are very pleased to share, once again, positive results for the third quarter of 2021. These past nine months are a testament to the Company's disciplined and strategic underwriting, loss control, and claims operations.

"Favorable premium growth reported in prior quarters continued into the third quarter and reflects year-to-date growth in every state within our market. Our premium writings have outpaced our claims, an outcome that speaks to the Company's front-end commitment to write quality insurance risks. The combination of healthy operations and unrealized equity investment gains continues to support favorable earnings per share.  

"The positivity we've experienced this year is fueling exciting initiatives on the horizon. Our sights are set on finishing this year strong and setting the stage for new business growth in 2022," stated Arron Sutherland, President and Chief Executive Officer.

ABOUT ICC HOLDINGS, INC.

ICC Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated company created to facilitate the growth, expansion, and diversification of its subsidiaries in order to maximize value to its stakeholders. The group of companies consolidated under ICC Holdings, Inc. engages in diverse, yet complementary business activities, including property and casualty insurance, real estate, and information technology.

The Company's common shares trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "ICCH". For more information about ICC Holdings, visit http://ir.iccholdingsinc.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release, and oral statements made regarding the subjects of this release, contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, or the Reform Act, which may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's, plans, objectives, expectations, and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements identified by words such as "believe," "plan," "seek," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "will," and similar expressions. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including statements relating to revenue and profit growth; future responses to and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well the distribution and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including their effects on our business operations and claims activity; new theories of liability; judicial, legislative, regulatory and other governmental developments, including, but not limited to, liability related to business interruption claims related to COVID-19; litigation tactics and developments; product and segment expansion; regulatory approval in connection with expansion; and market share, as well as statements expressing optimism or pessimism about future operating results, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. The forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance, and are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond the Company's control. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. 

Although the Company does not make forward-looking statements unless it believes it has a reasonable basis for doing so, the Company cannot guarantee their accuracy. The foregoing factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements. For a list of other factors which could affect the Company's results, see the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," including "Forward-Looking Information," set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020. No undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements.

ICC Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets



































As of





September 30,



December 31,





2021



2020







(Unaudited)







Assets













Investments and cash:













Fixed maturity securities (amortized cost of $103,846,072 at 9/30/2021

and $98,753,027 at 12/31/2020)



$

108,521,574



$

105,740,566

Common stocks at fair value





22,066,048





14,724,814

Preferred stocks at fair value





1,803,285





1,683,892

Other invested assets





1,837,430





1,772,867

Property held for investment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation of $427,818

at 9/30/2021 and $465,364 at 12/31/2020





5,451,710





5,399,826

Cash and cash equivalents





2,639,480





6,598,842

Total investments and cash





142,319,527





135,920,807

Accrued investment income





713,585





660,793

Premiums and reinsurance balances receivable, net of allowances for uncollectible

amounts of $150,000 at 9/30/2021 and 12/31/2020





26,162,183





23,506,171

Ceded unearned premiums





957,508





860,905

Reinsurance balances recoverable on unpaid losses and settlement expenses,

net of allowances for uncollectible amounts of $0 at 9/30/2021 and 12/31/2020





14,476,233





13,019,865

Federal income taxes





104,751





372,986

Deferred policy acquisition costs, net





6,284,156





5,429,620

Property and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation of $6,113,613

at 9/30/2021 and $6,079,728 at 12/31/2020





3,085,985





2,860,331

Other assets





1,202,170





1,307,794

Total assets



$

195,306,098



$

183,939,272

Liabilities and Equity













Liabilities:













Unpaid losses and settlement expenses



$

61,290,612



$

61,575,666

Unearned premiums





34,920,950





29,788,834

Reinsurance balances payable





1,176,193





371,195

Corporate debt





18,458,022





13,465,574

Accrued expenses





4,246,487





3,472,511

Income taxes - deferred





964,625





1,231,271

Other liabilities





878,347





1,290,532

Total liabilities





121,935,236





111,195,583

Equity:













Common stock1





35,000





35,000

Treasury stock, at cost2





(3,119,646)





(3,153,838)

Additional paid-in capital





32,875,761





32,780,436

Accumulated other comprehensive earnings, net of tax





3,693,581





5,520,091

Retained earnings





42,288,985





40,140,115

Less: Unearned Employee Stock Ownership Plan shares at cost3





(2,402,819)





(2,578,115)

Total equity





73,370,862





72,743,689

Total liabilities and equity



$

195,306,098



$

183,939,272



1Par value $0.01; authorized: 2021 – 10,000,000 shares and 2020 – 10,000,000 shares; issued: 2021 – 3,500,000 shares and 2020 – 3,500,000 shares; outstanding: 2021 –3,293,961 and 2020 –3,291,125 shares

22021 –206,039 shares and 2020 –208,875 shares

32021 –240,282 shares and 2020 –257,811 shares

 

ICC Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Comprehensive Earnings (Unaudited)



































For the Three-Months Ended





September 30,





2021



2020

Net premiums earned



$

14,079,395



$

12,532,967

Net investment income





823,912





900,950

Net realized investment gains (losses)





287,455





(59,333)

Net unrealized (losses) gains on equity securities





(212,136)





981,779

Other income (loss)





58,590





(36,333)

Consolidated revenues





15,037,216





14,320,030

Losses and settlement expenses





8,814,522





8,863,053

Policy acquisition costs and other operating expenses





5,442,542





4,722,485

Interest expense on debt





62,379





58,724

General corporate expenses





171,105





171,860

Total expenses





14,490,548





13,816,122

Earnings before income taxes





546,668





503,908

Total income tax expense





122,405





99,919

Net earnings



$

424,263



$

403,989















Other comprehensive (loss) earnings, net of tax





(680,975)





440,838

Comprehensive (loss) earnings



$

(256,712)



$

844,827















Earnings per share:













Basic:













Basic net earnings per share



$

0.14



$

0.13

Diluted:













Diluted net earnings per share



$

0.14



$

0.13















Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:













Basic





3,068,199





3,030,571

Diluted





3,083,867





3,039,658

 

ICC Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Comprehensive Earnings (Unaudited)



































For the Nine-Months Ended





September 30,





2021



2020

Net premiums earned



$

38,860,915



$

36,921,702

Net investment income





2,409,036





2,644,900

Net realized investment gains (losses)





824,070





(402,320)

Net unrealized gains on equity securities





1,392,999





2,195

Other income





196,624





82,934

Consolidated revenues





43,683,644





39,249,411

Losses and settlement expenses





25,281,508





25,913,619

Policy acquisition costs and other operating expenses





14,957,143





13,741,725

Interest expense on debt





174,095





150,773

General corporate expenses





531,222





471,616

Total expenses





40,943,968





40,277,733

Earnings (loss) before income taxes





2,739,676





(1,028,322)

Total income tax expense (benefit)





590,806





(240,980)

Net earnings (loss)



$

2,148,870



$

(787,342)















Other comprehensive (loss) earnings, net of tax





(1,826,510)





2,254,721

Comprehensive earnings



$

322,360



$

1,467,379















Earnings per share:













Basic:













Basic net earnings (loss) per share



$

0.71



$

(0.26)

Diluted:













Diluted net earnings (loss) per share



$

0.70



$

(0.26)















Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:













Basic





3,042,035





3,023,794

Diluted





3,057,704





3,032,881

 











Contact Info:  Arron K. Sutherland, President and CEO 





Illinois Casualty Company





(309) 732-0105





arrons@ilcasco.com 





225 20th Street, Rock Island, IL  61201

 

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SOURCE ICC Holdings, Inc.