21st Century Insurance Group (NYSE:TW) today reported net income of $26.4 million ($0.31 per basic share) for the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to $22.5 million ($0.26 per basic share) for the same period in 2004. The 2005 results include net realized capital losses of $0.6 million, compared to net realized capital gains of $2.0 million for the same three-month period in 2004.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2005, net income was $87.4 million ($1.02 per basic share), compared to $88.2 million ($1.03 per basic share) for the same period in 2004. The 2005 results include net realized capital losses of $3.3 million, compared to net realized capital gains of $10.8 million for the same twelve-month period in 2004.
The GAAP combined ratio was 93.0% in the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to 95.1% for the same period in 2004. For the twelve-month period ending on December 31, 2005, the Company’s GAAP combined ratio was 94.9%, compared to 95.3% for the same period in 2004.
In the fourth quarter of 2005, direct premiums written of $316.5 million represented a 2.9% decrease compared to the $325.8 million written in the same period of 2004. California direct premiums written in the fourth quarter of 2005 decreased by 5.7% to $294.5 million compared to $312.4 million for the same period in 2004. Direct premiums written outside of California increased 64.2% to $22.0 million, compared to $13.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2004.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2005, direct premiums written of $1,346.4 million represented a 0.7% increase, compared to the $1,337.2 million written in the same period of 2004. California direct premiums written decreased by 2.2% to $1,262.3 million for 2005 when compared to the $1,290.9 million written in the same period of 2004. Direct premiums written outside of California increased 81.6% to $84.1 million for 2005, compared to $46.3 million in the same period of 2004.
Stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2005 increased 7.2% to $830.0 million, compared to $774.4 million at December 31, 2004. Book value per share at December 31, 2005 improved 6.6% to $9.66 per share from $9.06 per share at December 31, 2004. Operating cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $37.9 million, compared to $34.2 million for the same period in 2004. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2005, operating cash flow was $160.3 million, compared to $203.4 million for the same period in 2004.
“We ended 2005 in very strong financial condition and with our best quarterly and full year combined operating ratios in 5 years,” said President & Chief Executive Officer Bruce Marlow. “We are a disciplined underwriter and marketer. In California, our opportunities for profitable growth currently are limited, due to the lack of rate increases by competitors. Outside of California, we have found good opportunities for growth. In 2005, we increased our non-California business by over 80%.
“Our plans for entering three states in the second quarter and an additional three states in the third quarter of 2006 are on track. Currently, we are actively marketing in states with 30% of U.S. households. Our objective is to be actively marketing in states with 60% of U.S. households by the first quarter of 2007. Geographic expansion is a key strategy for achieving our long-term growth goal. This increase in scope creates more marketing opportunities for us, including the shift from a regional to a national advertising model,” added Marlow.
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Founded in 1958, 21st Century Insurance Group is a direct-to-consumer provider of personal auto insurance. With $1.4 billion of revenue in 2005, the Company insures over 1.5 million vehicles in California, Texas, Illinois, and six other states. 21st provides superior policy features and 24/7 customer service at a competitive price. Customers can purchase insurance, service their policy or report a claim at 21st.com or on the phone with our licensed insurance professionals at 1-800-211-SAVE, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Service is offered in English and Spanish both on the phone and on the web. 21st Century Insurance Company, 21st Century Casualty Company, and 21st Century Insurance Company of the Southwest are rated A+ by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s.
21st Century Insurance Group is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol TW and is headquartered at 21st Century Plaza, 6301 Owensmouth Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Statements contained herein and within other publicly available documents may include, and the Company’s officers and representatives may from time to time make, statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only the Company’s belief regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company’s control. These statements may address, among other things, the Company’s strategy for growth, underwriting results, expected combined ratio and growth of written premiums, product development, computer systems, regulatory approvals, market position, financial results, dividend policy and reserves. It is possible that the Company’s actual results, actions and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results, actions and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. Other important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results and actions to differ, possibly materially, from those in the specific forward-looking statements include the effects of competition and competitors’ pricing actions; changes in consumer preferences or buying habits; adverse underwriting and claims experience; customer service problems; the impact on Company operations of natural disasters, principally earthquake, or civil disturbance, due to the concentration of Company facilities and employees in Southern California; information system problems; control environment failures; adverse developments in financial markets or interest rates; results of legislative, regulatory or legal actions, including the inability to obtain regulatory approval for necessary licenses, rate increases and product changes and possible adverse actions by state regulators in market conduct examinations; and the Company’s ability to service its debt, including its ability to receive dividends and/or sufficient payments from its subsidiaries to service its obligations. The Company is not under any obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or alter any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional financial information is available on the Company’s website at 21st.com (which shall not be deemed to be incorporated in or a part of this release) or by request to the Investor Relations Department.
Disclosure of Non-GAAP Measures:
The Company may have included financial measures and other information in this document that may not be presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Management believes these financial measures and other information may enhance investors’ understanding of the Company’s operations or enhance their understanding of the industry, in general. However, these financial measures and other information are not intended to replace, and should be read in conjunction with, the GAAP financial results. When possible, the Company has made efforts to reconcile these financial measures and other information to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures available.
Premiums Written represent the premiums charged on policies issued and in effect during a fiscal period. Premiums Earned, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, represents the portion of premiums written that is recognized as income in the financial statements for the periods presented and earned on a pro-rata basis over the terms of the policies. Premiums Written are meant as supplemental information and are not intended to replace Premiums Earned. Statutory Surplus represents equity as of the end of a fiscal period for the Company’s insurance entities, determined in accordance with Statutory Accounting Principles, as prescribed by insurance regulatory authorities. Stockholders’ Equity is the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Statutory Surplus is presented as supplemental information and is not intended to replace Stockholders’ Equity.
These non-GAAP, financial measures should be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial results. The Company has reconciled these financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in the supplemental schedules.
(C) 2005 by 21st Century Insurance Group. All rights reserved Exhibit A 21st Century Insurance Group and Subsidiaries Condensed Operating Results – All Lines (amounts in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited) Quarter Ended 12 Months Ended December 31, December 31, ——————————————- 2005 2004 2005 2004 ——– ——– ———- ———- Direct premiums written $316,466 $325,763 $1,346,370 $1,337,198 ======== ======== ========== ========== Net premiums written $315,172 $324,539 $1,341,418 $1,332,384 ======== ======== ========== ========== Net premiums earned $335,626 $334,989 $1,352,937 $1,313,670 Net losses and loss adjustment expenses 241,513 249,412 998,933 993,841 Underwriting expenses 70,495 69,047 284,334 258,571 ——– ——– ———- ———- Underwriting profit 23,618 16,530 69,670 61,258 Net investment income 18,011 16,252 69,096 58,831 Other income 3 – 367 – Net realized investment (losses) gains (606) 2,010 (3,272) 10,831 Interest and fees expense (1,943) (2,100) (8,019) (8,627) Other expenses (410) – (410) – ——– ——– ———- ———- Income before provision for income taxes 38,673 32,692 127,432 122,293 Provision for income taxes (12,281) (10,225) (40,006) (34,068) ——– ——– ———- ———- Net income $ 26,392 $ 22,467 $ 87,426 $ 88,225 ======== ======== ========== ========== Net income per common share – basic & diluted $ 0.31 $ 0.26 $ 1.02 $ 1.03 ======== ======== ========== ========== Loss and loss adjustment expense ratio 72.0% 74.5% 73.8% 75.6% Underwriting expense ratio 21.0% 20.6% 21.1% 19.7% ——– ——– ———- ———- Combined ratio 93.0% 95.1% 94.9% 95.3% ======== ======== ========== ========== Reconciliation of direct premiums written to net premiums earned Direct premiums written $316,466 $325,763 $1,346,370 $1,337,198 Ceded premiums written (1,294) (1,224) (4,952) (4,814) ——– ——– ———- ———- Net premiums written 315,172 324,539 1,341,418 1,332,384 Net change in unearned premiums 20,454 10,450 11,519 (18,714) ——– ——– ———- ———- Net premiums earned $335,626 $334,989 $1,352,937 $1,313,670 ======== ======== ========== ========== Net losses and loss adjustment expenses Current accident year $245,870 $246,620 $1,024,073 $ 993,946 Prior accident years (4,357) 2,792 (25,140) (105) ——– ——– ———- ———- Net losses and loss adjustment expenses $241,513 $249,412 $ 998,933 $ 993,841 ======== ======== ========== ========== Exhibit B 21st Century Insurance Group and Subsidiaries Selected Other Information – All Lines (amounts in thousands, except ratio and share data) (Unaudited) As of As of December 31, December 31, Balance Sheet Data 2005 2004 ————— ————– Total investments $ 1,402,074 $ 1,384,215 Deferred policy acquisition costs $ 59,939 $ 58,759 Total assets $ 1,920,229 $ 1,864,314 Unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses $ 523,835 $ 495,542 Unrealized (loss) gain, net of taxes $ (8,504) $ 14,412 Stockholders’ equity $ 829,972 $ 774,401 Number of common shares outstanding 85,933,960 85,489,061 Book value per share $ 9.66 $ 9.06 Additional Information Statutory surplus $ 704,671 $ 614,893 Ratio of net premiums written to statutory surplus ratio 1.9 2.2 California vehicles in force 1,414 1,461 Non-California vehicles in force 127 65 ————— ————– Total vehicles in force 1,541 1,526 Auto renewal ratio – Quarter ended 12/31/05 & 12/31/04 91% 92% Reconciliation of stockholders’ equity to statutory surplus Stockholders’ equity – GAAP $ 829,972 $ 774,401 Condensed adjustments to reconcile GAAP stockholders’ equity to statutory surplus: Equity in non-insurance entities 26,798 8,082 Net difference due to capital lease obligation 2,975 2,961 Difference in net unrealized losses (gains) on investments 10,788 (21,709) Deferred policy acquisition costs (59,939) (58,759) Difference in net deferred tax assets 38,544 50,712 Assets nonadmitted for statutory purposes (144,467) (140,795) ————— ————– Statutory surplus $ 704,671 $ 614,893 =============== ==============