Kemper (KMPR) Q4 Earnings and Revenues Beat Estimates
Kemper CorporationKMPR reported fourth-quarter 2016 net operating income of 56 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 42 cents by 33.3%. Moreover, the bottom line improved 522.2% from the year-ago quarter. Also, the company's share price rose 3.5% in the last trading session.
Excluding extraordinary items, net income skyrocketed 566.7% year over year to 60 cents per share.
Total revenue rose 4.2% year over year to $642.7 million due to higher earned premiums from Alliance United. The top line also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $631 million by 1.9%.
Total earned premiums increased 3.7% to $561.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Net investment income inched up 0.6% to $79.9 million due to higher interest income on fixed maturities and non-alternative equity securities. The improvement was partially offset by lower returns on the alternative investments portfolio. Net realized gains on Sales of Investments fell 3.2% year over year to $9.1 million.
Total expenses were down 2.7% to $602.1 million. The decrease in costs is attributable to lower insurance expenses.
Kemper's net operating income plunged 81.5% from 2015 to 25 cents per share in 2016.
Total revenue climbed 7.7% year over year to $2.5 billion.
Property & Casualty Insurance segment reported 3.8% year-over-year growth in total revenue to $429.6 million. Earned premiums increased 4.3% to $409.1 million due to higher Personal Automobile premiums. This segment includes the impact of the performance of Alliance United, which was acquired by Kemper on Apr 30, 2015.
The segment reported net operating income of $7 million, which compared favorably with the year-ago loss of $5.1 million. Better underlying performance by Alliance United and lower catastrophe losses resulted in the improvement. Higher underlying loss results in the legacy lines of business and higher levels of adverse prior-year reserve development partially offset the improvement.
Life & Health Insurance segment's total revenue inched up 0.7% year over year to $206.8 million. Earned premiums grew about 2% to 152.3 million. The segment's operating income jumped 29.2% year over year to of $23.0 million. Lower legal expenses contributed to the upside.
As of Dec 31, 2016, Kemper held an investment portfolio worth $6.6 billion. This reflects an improvement of 2.8% from year-end 2015. Cash plunged 28.4% to $115.7 million, whereas total assets grew 2.2% to $8.2 billion from the end of 2015. Shareholders' equity dipped 0.9% to $1.9 billion from year-end 2015.
As of Dec 31, 2016, reported book value per share of $38.52 declined 0.8% from $38.82 at the end of 2015. Excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities, book value per share dipped 0.4% to $35 from $35.13 as of Dec 31, 2015.
Share Repurchase and Dividend Update
During 2016, Kemper returned $53.0 million capital to investors through dividends and share buybacks worth $49.2 million and $3.8 million, respectively. Kemper paid dividends worth $12.3 million in the reported quarter.
Kemper Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Currently, Kemper Corporation holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
Performance of Other Insurers
Among other players from the insurance industry that have reported their fourth-quarter earnings so far, the bottom line at Torchmark Corporation TMK , Reinsurance Group of America, Inc. RGA and Assurant, Inc. AIZ beat their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.
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