Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc
) delivered operating net income of 16 cents per share in second
quarter of 2013, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2
cents. Earnings rebounded from a loss of 1 cent incurred in the
prior-year quarter. The upside was driven by substantial
improvement in premiums earned.
Behind the Headlines
Total revenue for Atlas Financial grew more than double on a year
over year basis to $17.9 million. Robust growth in net premiums
earned aided the increase. Total revenue surpassed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $15 million as well.
Including an increase of 90.6% in the core commercial auto
business, gross premium written improved 79.2% year over year.
Net earned premiums were $16.9 million, surging from $8.6 million
in the year-ago quarter.
Net investment income of Atlas Financial slumped 16.7% year over
year to $547 million in the reported quarter.
Total expenses of Atlas Financial escalated to $16.1 million from
$8.4 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase was
attributable to higher net claims, higher acquisition costs as
well as higher other underwriting expenses.
Atlas Financial delivered underwriting profit of $0.828 million
in the second quarter, rebounding from a loss of $0.868 million
in year-ago quarter.
Loss ratio was 64.6% in the reported quarter, better than 71.6%
in year-ago quarter. Combined ratio improved 1650 basis
points year over year to 95% in the quarter under review.
Atlas Financial exited the quarter with $25.3 million in cash and
cash equivalents, up from $19.9 million at 2012-end.
Claims liabilities of Atlas Financial increased to $105.2 million
at the end of the quarter from $70.1 million at 2012 end.
Book value as on Jun 30, 2013 was $6.07 per share, down from
$6.15 as on Jun 30, 2012.
Performance of other property and casualty
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
) reported second quarter 2013 operating earnings of $1.53 per
share, surpassing the Zack Consensus Estimate of $1.45 per share.
Earnings also compared favorably with $1.50 per share reported in
the year-ago quarter.
Everest Re Group Ltd
) reported second quarter 2013 operating earnings of $5.10 per
share, substantially beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
$4.26 per share. Earnings were also up 20% year over year.
The Chubb Corporation
) reported earnings of $1.77 per share in the second quarter of
2013. The results beat the Zacks Consensus of Estimate of $1.38
per share and were ahead of the year-ago figure of $1.37.
Atlas Financial carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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