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First Acceptance Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three and Six Month Periods Ended June 30, 2015

20:00 EDT 10 Aug 2015 | Globe Newswire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Acceptance Corporation (NYSE:FAC) today reported its financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015.

Operating Results

Income before income taxes for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was $0.7 million, compared with income before income taxes of $3.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was $0.3 million, compared with net income of $3.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Basic and diluted net income per share were $0.01 for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared with basic and diluted net income per share of $0.08 for the same period in the prior year.

Income before income taxes for six months ended June 30, 2015 was $1.4 million, compared with income before income taxes of $4.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $0.8 million, compared with net income of $4.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Basic and diluted net income per share were $0.02 for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared with basic and diluted net income per share of $0.10 for the same period in the prior year.

Joe Borbely, the Company’s President and CEO commented, “Like other auto insurers in our space dealing with an increase in miles driven as the result of an improving economy and low gas prices, we were challenged by an elevated claims frequency. In response, our team continues to work very hard to combat this increased loss cost through both pricing and underwriting actions. On the other hand, the continued strong production across all of our business channels resulted in an 18% expense ratio, our lowest quarterly ratio in over ten years. Looking forward, the start of the third quarter brought with it the close of the Titan acquisition, and I am pleased to welcome some 240 former Titan associates to the Acceptance team. The addition of 83 former Titan retail locations now brings us to 442 stores coast-to-coast. This is a major step in our long-term vision to expand the Acceptance brand throughout the nation.”

Revenues. Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2015 increased 20% to $80.6 million from $67.1 million in the same period in the prior year. Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 20% to $155.7 million from $129.7 million in the same period in the prior year.  

Premiums earned increased by $11.4 million, or 20%, to $67.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, from $55.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. For the six months ended June 30, 2015 premiums earned increased by $22.3 million, or 21%, to $129.9 million from $107.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. This improvement was primarily due to an increase in PIF from 159,293 at June 30, 2014 to 183,829 at June 30, 2015, in addition to higher average premiums and an increase in the average policy life.  

Loss Ratio. The loss ratio was 81.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared with 73.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The loss ratio was 79.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared with 72.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2014. We experienced favorable development related to prior periods of $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared with favorable development of $2.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, we experienced favorable development related to prior periods of $1.7 million, compared with favorable development of $4.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The favorable development for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015 was primarily due to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­lower than expected development related to bodily injury and personal injury protection emergence. 

Excluding the development related to prior periods for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, the loss ratios were 81.9% and 77.8%, respectively. Excluding the development related to prior periods for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, the loss ratios were 80.5% and 76.5%, respectively. The year-over-year increase in the loss ratio was primarily due to higher than expected claim frequency and severity across multiple coverages principally in property damage liability and collision claims.

Expense Ratio. The expense ratio was 18.2% for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared with 20.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2014. The expense ratio was 20.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2015, compared with 24.9% for the six months ended June 30, 2014. The year-over-year decrease in the expense ratio was primarily due to the increase in premiums earned which resulted in a lower percentage of fixed expenses in our retail operations (such as rent and base salary).

Combined Ratio. The combined ratio increased to 99.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2015 from 94.2% for the three months ended June 30, 2014. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, the combined ratio increased to 99.6% from 97.3% for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

Titan Acquisition

Effective July 1, 2015 we acquired certain assets of Titan Insurance Services, Inc. and Titan Auto Insurance of New Mexico, Inc. (the “Titan Agencies”). These agencies sell private passenger non-standard automobile insurance through 83 retail stores, principally in California (48), but also in Texas (12), Arizona (10), Florida (4), Nevada (4) and New Mexico (5). The Titan Agencies were owned and operated by Nationwide. Through these Titan-branded stores, the Titan Agencies sell policies through both Nationwide and other unrelated insurance companies. We plan to rebrand the stores under our Acceptance Insurance name. These new Acceptance stores will initially continue to write policies for both Nationwide and other unrelated insurance companies. Approximately 240 employees accepted offers of employment with us as a part of this acquisition.

Going forward, we plan to develop our own products for California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, and introduce our current Texas and Florida products into stores in those states. One of our insurance companies has applied for an insurance company license in California and is already licensed in the three other states where it does not currently write business.

We may introduce our own products in the states in which we currently have an insurance company license prior to the end of 2015. However, a California product is not expected to be available until sometime in early 2016, subject to the approval of our California insurance company license application by the California Department of Insurance. Therefore, it is anticipated that initially, the Titan acquisition will operate primarily as an insurance agency operation for which our revenues will be in the form of commission and fee income.

About First Acceptance Corporation

We are principally a retailer, servicer and underwriter of non-standard personal automobile insurance based in Nashville, Tennessee. We currently write non-standard personal automobile insurance in 13 states and are licensed as an insurer in 12 additional states. Non-standard personal automobile insurance is made available to individuals because of their inability or unwillingness to obtain standard insurance coverage due to various factors, including payment history, payment preference, failure in the past to maintain continuous insurance coverage or driving record and/or vehicle type. In most instances, these individuals are seeking to obtain the minimum amount of automobile insurance required by law.

At August 12, 2015, we leased and operated approximately 440 retail locations and a call center staffed with employee-agents. Our employee-agents primarily sell non-standard personal automobile insurance products underwritten by us, as well as certain commissionable ancillary products. In most states, our employee-agents also sell a complementary insurance product providing personal property and liability coverage for renters underwritten by us. In addition, select retail locations in highly competitive markets in Illinois and Texas offer non-standard personal automobile insurance serviced and underwritten by other third-party insurance carriers. In addition to our retail locations, we are able to complete the entire sales process over the phone via our call center or through the internet via our consumer-based website or mobile platform. On a limited basis, we also sell our products through selected retail locations operated by independent agents. Additional information about First Acceptance Corporation can be found online at www.acceptanceinsurance.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the expected effects of the recently completed acquisition. These statements, which have been included in reliance on the “safe harbor” provisions of the federal securities laws, involve risks and uncertainties. Investors are hereby cautioned that these statements may be affected by important factors, including, among others, the factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual operations and results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.


FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share data)
       
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2015  2014  2015  2014 
Revenues:                
Premiums earned $67,300  $55,854  $129,915  $107,602 
Commission and fee income  11,929   10,051   23,278   19,226 
Investment income  1,406   1,257   2,551   2,794 
Net realized (losses) gains on investments, available-for-sale  (4)  (42)  (7)  40 
   80,631   67,120   155,737   129,662 
Costs and expenses:                
Losses and loss adjustment expenses  55,003   41,066   102,937   77,883 
Insurance operating expenses  23,774   21,162   48,969   45,191 
Other operating expenses  263   245   586   478 
Stock-based compensation  53   66   72   112 
Depreciation and amortization  399   437   807   880 
Interest expense  449   421   872   848 
   79,941   63,397   154,243   125,392 
Income before income taxes  690   3,723   1,494   4,270 
Provision for income taxes  375   254   693   290 
Net income $315  $3,469  $801  $3,980 
Net income  per share:                
Basic $0.01  $0.08  $0.02  $0.10 
Diluted $0.01  $0.08  $0.02  $0.10 
Number of shares used to calculate net income  per share:                
Basic  41,020   40,978   41,018   40,974 
Diluted  41,384   41,274   41,347   41,278 



FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per share data)
       
  June 30,  December 31, 
  2015  2014 
  (Unaudited)     
ASSETS        
Investments, available-for-sale at fair value (amortized cost of $132,727 and $119,119, respectively) $136,998  $125,085 
Cash and cash equivalents  103,774   102,429 
Premiums and fees receivable, net of allowance of $459 and $392  64,991   56,344 
Deferred tax assets, net  16,706   16,521 
Other investments  11,578   10,530 
Other assets  5,874   6,104 
Property and equipment, net  3,570   3,173 
Deferred acquisition costs  4,751   3,459 
Deposit under asset purchase agreement  33,735    
Identifiable intangible assets  4,998   4,800 
TOTAL ASSETS $386,975  $328,445 
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves $110,476  $96,613 
Unearned premiums and fees  80,918   67,942 
Debentures payable  40,107   40,211 
Term loan from principal stockholder  29,740    
Other liabilities  18,952   16,715 
Total liabilities  280,193   221,481 
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000 shares authorized      
Common stock, $.01 par value, 75,000 shares authorized; 41,041 and 41,016 issued and outstanding, respectively  410   410 
Additional paid-in capital  457,358   457,242 
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax of $331 and $923, respectively  3,991   5,090 
Accumulated deficit  (354,977)  (355,778)
Total stockholders’ equity  106,782   106,964 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $386,975  $328,445 



FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Data
(Unaudited)
 
PREMIUMS EARNED BY STATE                  
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2015  2014  2015  2014 
Gross premiums earned:                
Georgia $12,795  $10,322  $24,540  $19,902 
Florida  10,566   8,657   20,408   16,620 
Texas  9,011   7,169   17,375   13,638 
Ohio  6,761   5,757   13,126   10,906 
Alabama  6,249   5,604   12,095   10,857 
Illinois  6,226   5,092   12,183   9,821 
South Carolina  4,954   4,235   9,576   8,242 
Tennessee  4,036   3,208   7,655   6,394 
Pennsylvania  2,361   2,257   4,620   4,403 
Indiana  2,021   1,562   3,866   2,994 
Missouri  1,462   1,275   2,864   2,413 
Mississippi  872   789   1,688   1,539 
Virginia  78      94    
Total gross premiums earned  67,392   55,927   130,090   107,729 
Premiums ceded to reinsurer  (92)  (73)  (175)  (127)
Total net premiums earned $67,300  $55,854  $129,915  $107,602 


COMBINED RATIOS (INSURANCE OPERATIONS)                
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2015  2014  2015  2014 
Loss  81.7%  73.5%  79.2%  72.4%
Expense  18.2%  20.7%  20.4%  24.9%
Combined  99.9%  94.2%  99.6%  97.3%


POLICIES IN FORCE
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2015  2014  2015  2014 
Policies in force – beginning of period  192,613   168,607   163,712   143,077 
Net change during period  (8,784)  (9,314)  20,117   16,216 
Policies in force – end of period  183,829   159,293   183,829   159,293 



FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Data (continued)
(Unaudited)
 
NUMBER OF RETAIL LOCATIONS
Retail location counts are based upon the date that a location commenced or ceased writing business.
 
  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2015  2014  2015  2014 
Retail locations – beginning of period  355   355   356   360 
Opened  5      5    
Closed  (1)  (2)  (2)  (7)
Retail locations – end of period  359   353   359   353 


RETAIL LOCATIONS BY STATE                        
  June 30,  March 31,  December 31, 
  2015  2014  2015  2014  2014  2013 
Alabama  24   24   24   24   24   24 
Florida  35   30   31   30   31   30 
Georgia  60   60   60   60   60   60 
Illinois  60   60   60   61   60   61 
Indiana  17   17   17   17   17   17 
Mississippi  7   7   7   7   7   7 
Missouri  9   10   9   11   10   11 
Ohio  27   27   27   27   27   27 
Pennsylvania  15   16   15   16   15   16 
South Carolina  25   25   25   25   25   25 
Tennessee  23   19   22   19   22   19 
Texas  57   58   58   58   58   63 
Total  359   353   355   355   356   360 



 

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