ProAssurance Reports 2006 Year-End and Fourth Quarter Results.SUMMARY
ProAssurance Corporation reports 2006 Net Income of $236 million, or $6.85 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations continuing operations
Parts of a business that are expected to be maintained as an ongoing segment of an overall business operation. Income and losses from continuing operations are reported separately if any segments have been discontinued during the in 2006 was $127 million, or $3.72 per diluted share. Net income per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $1.01. Book value per share increased $9.02 to $33.61 in 2006. Premiums Written in the year were up slightly, counter to the prevailing year-over-year downtrend downtrend
A series of price declines in a security or the general market. Many analysts feel that investors should avoid securities in a downtrend until the pattern is broken. Compare uptrend. in the medical professional liability market. Other year-end 2006 highlights include total revenues of $738 million, strong operating cash flow Operating cash flow
Earnings before depreciation minus taxes. Measures the cash generated from operations, not counting capital spending or working capital requirements. of $183 million, stockholders' equity Stockholders' Equity
The portion of the balance sheet that includes capital received from investors in exchange for stock (paid-in capital), donated capital, and retained earnings. This is equal to total assets minus liabilities, preferred stock and intangible assets. of $1.1 billion, and total assets of $4.3 billion.
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Unaudited Consolidated Financial Summary:
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* Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (Operating Cash Flow) was affected by net outflows from trading securities activity of $51.6 million and the payment of $54.6 million in taxes on the sale of our Personal Lines operations.
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* Gross Premiums were higher in 2006 than in 2005 because of the additional business generated by our acquisition of NCRIC NCRIC National Chemical Response and Information Center
NCRIC National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children , Inc. in August 2005 and from our acquisition of Physicians Insurance Company of Wisconsin (PIC (1) (Programmable Interrupt Controller) An Intel 8259A chip that controls interrupts. Starting with the 286-based AT, there are two PICs in a PC, providing a total of 15 usable IRQs. Wisconsin) in August 2006. Gross Premiums Written When a non-life insurance company closes a contract to provide insurance against loss, the revenues (premiums) expected to be received over the life of the contract are called gross premiums written. were down in the fourth quarter, compared to last year's quarter, because of competitive overall market conditions. PIC Wisconsin did not materially contribute to premiums due to the timing of their renewals, which are weighted to the start of the first and third quarters.
* Policyholder retention for 2006 was 84% and 83% in the fourth quarter.
* Premiums on renewing policies were higher by 3% in 2006 and 1% in the fourth quarter compared to the same periods a year ago. ProAssurance continues pricing its policies at levels that are designed to maintain its margins, despite lower overall pricing in the marketplace.
* Favorable net loss reserve development totaled $36.3 million in 2006, with $13.3 million coming in the fourth quarter. This development continues to come primarily from the accident years 2002, 2003 and 2004.
* Return on Equity was 13.5% in 2006. Strong cash flow, resulting in increased investment income, along with favorable loss reserve development, drove an increase in ROE for the year.
* Book Value per Share grew by $9.02. Organic Book Value growth added $4.70 per share; the sale of ProAssurance's Personal Lines business and the purchase of PIC Wisconsin added $3.29 and $1.03 to Book Value per Share respectively.
Florida Verdict Commentary
We continue to pursue post-trial and appellate Relating to appeals; reviews by superior courts of decisions of inferior courts or administrative agencies and other proceedings. relief in the $217 million malpractice malpractice, failure to provide professional services with the skill usually exhibited by responsible and careful members of the profession, resulting in injury, loss, or damage to the party contracting those services. verdict against insureds of one of our subsidiaries in Tampa. We continue to believe, based upon our current analysis of appellate and coverage issues, potential recoveries from our insurance and reinsurance The contract made between an insurance company and a third party to protect the insurance company from losses. The contract provides for the third party to pay for the loss sustained by the insurance company when the company makes a payment on the original contract. programs, potential settlement discussions, as well as our historical settlement practices, that our reserves are adequate. We are monitoring the developments with this verdict, as we do all verdicts, and will make adjustments to our reserves as necessary.
Conference Call Information
* Live: Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 10:00 AM ET. Dial (800) 310-1961 or (719) 457-2692 outside North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. . The call will also be webcast on our website, ProAssurance.com, and on StreetEvents.com.
* Replay: By telephone, through March 9, 2007 at (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820, using access code 4017871. Via Internet, through March 30, 2007 at ProAssurance.com and StreetEvents.com.
* Podcast: Available on a free subscription basis through a link on the home page of the ProAssurance website.
ProAssurance Corporation is the nation's fourth largest writer of medical professional liability insurance through our principal subsidiaries The Medical Assurance Company, Inc., ProNational Insurance Company, NCRIC, Inc., Physicians Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Inc., and Red Mountain Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. We also write professional liability coverage through Woodbrook Casualty Insurance, Inc.
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Any statements in this News Release that are not historical facts are specifically identified as forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon our estimates and anticipation of future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from the expected results described in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as, but not limited to, "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "hope," "hopeful," "intend," "may," "optimistic op·ti·mist
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These forward-looking statements highlight significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, among other things, the following important factors that could affect the actual outcome of future events:
* general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market area, that are worse than anticipated;
* regulatory and legislative actions or decisions that adversely affect our business plans or operations;
* inflation and changes in the interest rate environment;
* performance of financial markets and/or changes in the securities markets that adversely affect the fair value of our investments or operations;
* changes in laws or government regulations affecting medical professional liability insurance;
* changes to our ratings assigned by rating agencies;
* the effects of health care changes, including managed care;
* uncertainties inherent in the estimate of loss and loss adjustment expense reserves and reinsurance, and changes in the availability, cost, quality, or collectibility of reinsurance;
* bad faith litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
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* post-trial motions which may produce rulings adverse to us and/or appeals we undertake that may be unsuccessful;
* significantly increased competition among insurance providers and related pricing weaknesses in some markets;
* our ability to achieve continued growth through expansion into other states or through acquisitions or business combinations;
* the expected benefits from acquisitions may not be achieved or may be delayed longer than expected due to, among other reasons, business disruption, loss of customers and employees, increased operating costs operating costs npl → gastos mpl operacionales or inability to achieve cost savings, and assumption of greater than expected liabilities;
* changes in accounting policies and practices that may be adopted by our regulatory agencies regulatory agency
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* changes in our organization, compensation and benefit plans.
You should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The factors listed above could affect our financial performance and could cause actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. Except as required by law or regulations, we do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.
Our results may differ materially from those we expect and discuss in any forward-looking statements. The principal risk factors that may cause these differences are described in various documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as our current reports on Form 8-K Form 8-K
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See 8-K. , and our regular reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, particularly in "Item 1A, Risk Factors."