February 24, 2020 - 4:00 PM EST
Donegal Group Inc. Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results


Donegal Group Inc. Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

MARIETTA, Pa., Feb. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Donegal Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DGICA) and (NASDAQ:DGICB) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019.

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:00AM Eastern Time. You may listen to the live webcast or replay of this conference call by accessing the event link at https://investors.donegalgroup.com.

Significant financial highlights included:

Fourth Quarter of 2019:

  • Net income was $14.2 million, or 50 cents per diluted Class A share, for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $15.0 million, or 54 cents per Class A share, for the fourth quarter of 2018
  • Combined ratio of 96.1% for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 110.5% for the prior-year fourth quarter
  • Net premiums earned of $189.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased 1.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, including a 16.1% increase in commercial lines net premiums earned
  • Net premiums written1 of $171.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased 1.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 primarily as a result of commercial lines organic growth and lower reinsurance premiums, partially offset by reductions in personal lines net premiums written
  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 included after-tax net investment gains of $2.1 million, or 8 cents per diluted Class A share, compared to after-tax net investment losses of $6.9 million, or 25 cents per Class A share, primarily related to the quarterly change in the fair value of the equity securities held at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively

Full Year of 2019:

  • Net income of $47.2 million, or $1.67 per diluted Class A share, for the full year of 2019, compared to a net loss of $32.8 million, or $1.18 per Class A share, for the full year of 2018
  • Combined ratio of 99.5% for the full year of 2019, compared to 110.1% for the full year of 2018
  • Net premiums earned of $756.1 million for the full year of 2019 increased 2.0% compared to the full year of 2018, including a 14.1% increase in commercial lines net premiums earned
  • Net premiums written of $752.6 million for the full year of 2019 increased 1.2% compared to the full year of 2018, with commercial lines representing 53.8% of total net premiums written for the full year of 2019, compared to 48.0% for the full year of 2018
  • After-tax net investment gains of $19.0 million, or 67 cents per diluted Class A share, for the full year of 2019 included $11.6 million from the March 2019 sale of Donegal Financial Services Corporation and $7.4 million primarily related to unrealized gains in the fair value of equity securities we held at December 31, 2019; after-tax net investment losses of $3.4 million, or 13 cents per Class A share, for the full year of 2018 resulted primarily from unrealized losses in the fair value of equity securities held at December 31, 2018
  • Book value per share of $15.67 at December 31, 2019, compared to $14.05 at year-end 2018
            
 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  2019  2018  % Change  2019  2018  % Change
  
 (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
            
Income Statement Data           
Net premiums earned$189,421 $186,150  1.8% $756,078 $741,291  2.0%
Investment income, net 7,787  7,567  2.9   29,515  26,908  9.7 
Net investment gains (losses) 2,690  (8,864) NM2   21,985  (4,802) NM 
Total revenues 200,939  186,806  7.6   812,451  771,828  5.3 
Net income (loss) 14,154  (14,999) NM   47,152  (32,760) NM 
Non-GAAP operating income (loss)1 12,050  (8,279) NM   28,406  (27,959) NM 
              
Per Share Data             
Net income (loss) – Class A (diluted)$0.50 $(0.54) NM  $1.67 $(1.18) NM 
Net income (loss) – Class B 0.45  (0.50) NM   1.51  (1.09) NM 
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) – Class A (diluted) 0.42  (0.30) NM   1.01  (1.00) NM 
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) – Class B 0.38  (0.28) NM   0.91  (0.93) NM 
Book value 15.67  14.05  11.5%  15.67  14.05  11.5%
            
            

1See the “Definitions of Non-GAAP and Operating Measures” section of this release, which defines data that the Company prepares on an accounting basis other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and reconciles such data to GAAP measures.

2Not meaningful.

Management Commentary

Kevin G. Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer of Donegal Group Inc., stated, “We finished 2019 with favorable results, as Donegal Group generated net income of $0.50 per diluted Class A share for the fourth quarter of 2019, a significant improvement compared to the net loss for the comparable period in 2018. For the full year of 2019, Donegal Group generated net income of $1.67 per diluted Class A share, which indicates the solid progress we have made toward optimizing our mix of business, addressing the root causes of profitability challenges we experienced in recent years and laying a strong foundation for future growth.”

Mr. Burke continued, “Net premiums written for our commercial lines business segment grew 14.3% in the fourth quarter of 2019 and 13.4% for the full year of 2019 compared to the respective prior-year periods, which we attribute primarily to a combination of new business writings, renewal pricing increases and lower reinsurance premiums. We continue to emphasize our value commitment to our independent agents, and we greatly appreciate the commitment of our agents to growing with us. The pricing environment in our commercial segment has been stable, with premium increases in commercial multi-peril and commercial automobile partially offset by premium rate decreases in workers’ compensation for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019.

“We continue to manage our personal lines business with an emphasis on restoring profitability. Our personal lines net premiums written decreased 10.3% during the fourth quarter of 2019 and 10.1% for the full year of 2019 compared to the respective prior-year periods as a result of slower new policy growth and higher-than-planned attrition throughout 2019. Our personal lines results began to show clear signs of improvement as a result of increased earned premium from rate increases and lower reinsurance premiums throughout 2019. We will be working to stabilize this segment in 2020, as we endeavor to increase new business and policy retention rates over 2019 levels. We expect to implement modest rate increases in 2020 to maintain the level of rate adequacy we worked diligently to restore over the past eighteen months. Overall, we are pleased with the shift in our business mix toward a greater percentage of commercial lines premium writings in 2019, and we continue to strive for a profitable balance of commercial and personal lines business.”

Jeffrey D. Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Our commercial lines insurance segment generated a statutory combined ratio1 of 92.7% for the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily due to a favorable 59.8% loss ratio that reflected relatively mild weather conditions, net favorable prior-year reserve development and lower frequency and severity of casualty losses. Similarly, the commercial lines statutory combined ratio of 95.0% for the full year of 2019 benefited from a lower level of weather-related losses that was closer to our historical average, favorable workers’ compensation loss trends and net favorable prior-year reserve development. Our personal lines statutory combined ratio improved to 100.3% for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 118.9% for the prior-year quarter, reflecting lower weather-related loss impact and an improved personal auto loss ratio. Likewise, our personal lines statutory combined ratio improved to 102.6% for the full year of 2019, compared to 114.4% for 2018. We remain focused on strategic and tactical initiatives to deliver solid profitability over time.”

Mr. Burke concluded, “Our net income for 2019, which included a gain on the March 2019 sale of Donegal Financial Services Corporation, and unrealized gains within our available-for-sale fixed-maturity portfolio during the year contributed to an increase in our book value to $15.67 at December 31, 2019, compared to $14.05 at December 31, 2018. We remain committed to our goal of generating consistent favorable results to fund dividends to our stockholders and increase our book value over time.”

Insurance Operations

Donegal Group is an insurance holding company whose insurance subsidiaries offer personal and commercial property and casualty lines of insurance in three Mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania), three New England states (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont), six Southern states (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) and eight Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin). Donegal Mutual Insurance Company and the insurance subsidiaries of Donegal Group conduct business together as the Donegal Insurance Group.

            
 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  2019  2018 % Change  2019  2018 % Change
  
 (dollars in thousands)
            
Net Premiums Earned           
Personal lines$88,548 $99,255 (10.8%) $370,613 $403,367 (8.1%)
Commercial lines 100,873  86,895 16.1   385,465  337,924 14.1 
Total net premiums earned$189,421 $186,150 1.8% $756,078 $741,291 2.0%
            
Net Premiums Written           
Personal lines:           
Automobile$46,293 $55,356 (16.4%) $210,507 $249,275 (15.6%)
Homeowners 26,944  27,633 (2.5)  117,118  123,782 (5.4)
Other 4,529  3,689 22.8   20,097  13,892 44.7 
Total personal lines 77,766  86,678 (10.3)  347,722  386,949 (10.1)
Commercial lines:           
Automobile 27,893  24,778 12.6   122,142  108,123 13.0 
Workers' compensation 25,393  24,287 4.6   113,684  109,022 4.3 
Commercial multi-peril 32,748  27,565 18.8   138,750  117,509 18.1 
Other 7,213  4,985 44.7   30,303  22,413 35.2 
Total commercial lines 93,247  81,615 14.3   404,879  357,067 13.4 
Total net premiums written$171,013 $168,293 1.6% $752,601 $744,016 1.2%
            
            

Net Premiums Written

The 1.6% increase in net premiums written for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, as shown in the table above, represents the combination of 14.3% growth in commercial lines net premiums written and a 10.3% decline in personal lines net premiums written.

The $2.7 million increase in net premiums written for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 included:

  • $11.6 million growth in commercial lines premiums that we attribute primarily to new commercial accounts our insurance subsidiaries have written throughout their operating regions, a continuation of renewal premium increases and lower reinsurance premiums.
  • $8.9 million decline in personal lines premiums that we attribute to net attrition as a result of underwriting measures our insurance subsidiaries implemented to slow new policy growth and to increased pricing on renewal policies, partially offset by premium rate increases our insurance subsidiaries have implemented over the past four quarters and lower reinsurance premiums.

For the full year of 2019, net premiums written increased 1.2% compared to the full year of 2018. Commercial lines net premiums written increased by 13.4%, partially offset by a 10.1% decline in personal lines net premiums written.

Underwriting Performance

We evaluate the performance of our commercial lines and personal lines segments primarily based upon the underwriting results of our insurance subsidiaries as determined under statutory accounting practices. The following table presents comparative details with respect to the GAAP and statutory combined ratios for the three months and full years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018:

        
 Three Months Ended Year Ended
 December 31, December 31,
 2019  2018  2019  2018 
        
GAAP Combined Ratios (Total Lines)       
Loss ratio (non-weather)61.0% 70.3% 60.9% 69.0%
Loss ratio (weather-related)2.9  6.7  6.1  8.8 
Expense ratio31.0  32.5  31.3  31.6 
Dividend ratio1.2  1.0  1.2  0.7 
Combined ratio96.1% 110.5% 99.5% 110.1%
        
Statutory Combined Ratios       
Personal lines:       
Automobile111.6% 126.7% 105.7% 117.4%
Homeowners86.5  106.1  101.2  110.5 
Other60.6  96.3  73.2  95.1 
Total personal lines100.3  118.9  102.6  114.4 
Commercial lines:       
Automobile125.9  132.3  117.4  133.3 
Workers' compensation68.2  86.9  78.5  86.6 
Commercial multi-peril91.8  89.6  93.7  98.1 
Other55.5  87.3  72.6  70.8 
Total commercial lines92.7  101.7  95.0  103.7 
Total lines96.2% 110.7% 98.7% 109.4%
        
        

Loss Ratio – Fourth Quarter

For the fourth quarter of 2019, the loss ratio decreased to 63.9%, compared to 77.0% for the fourth quarter of 2018. We attribute the improvement to lower loss ratios within our personal lines of business as a result of rate increases and underwriting actions we implemented over the past year, a continuing decrease in the frequency of workers’ compensation losses, less severe weather-related losses and a favorable shift in prior-year reserve development.

Weather-related losses for the fourth quarter of 2019 of $5.5 million, or 2.9 percentage points of the loss ratio, decreased from $12.5 million, or 6.7 percentage points of the loss ratio, for the fourth quarter of 2018. We attribute the decrease to relatively mild weather conditions in our operating regions during the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to more active weather patterns during the fourth quarter of 2018 when we incurred losses from Hurricane Michael and other localized weather events. Weather-related losses for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared favorably to the previous five-year average for fourth quarter weather-related losses of $6.8 million, or 4.0 percentage points of the loss ratio.

Large fire losses, which we define as individual fire losses in excess of $50,000, were $8.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $4.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, with the increase primarily related to a higher incidence of commercial property fires. Large fire losses represented 4.5 percentage points of the loss ratio for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 2.5 percentage points of the loss ratio for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Net favorable development of reserves for losses incurred in prior accident years of $5.0 million reduced the loss ratio for the fourth quarter of 2019 by 2.6 percentage points. Our insurance subsidiaries experienced favorable development in workers’ compensation losses, partially offset by modest unfavorable development in commercial automobile and commercial multi-peril losses for the fourth quarter of 2019. Net unfavorable development of reserves for losses incurred in prior accident years of $6.7 million added 3.6 percentage points to the loss ratio for the fourth quarter of 2018. Favorable development of workers’ compensation loss reserves partially offset unfavorable development of commercial multi-peril, personal automobile and commercial automobile loss reserves in the prior-year fourth quarter.

Loss Ratio – Full Year

For the full year of 2019, the loss ratio decreased to 67.0%, compared to 77.8% for the full year of 2018. Weather-related losses for the full year of 2019 of $46.1 million, or 6.1 percentage points of the loss ratio, decreased from $65.0 million, or 8.8 percentage points of the loss ratio, for the full year of 2018. Weather-related losses for the full year of 2019 were modestly lower than the previous five-year average for weather-related losses of $47.8 million, or 7.3 percentage points of the loss ratio.

Large fire losses were $29.1 million for the full year of 2019, compared to $25.6 million for the full year of 2018, with the increase primarily related to a higher incidence of commercial property fires. Large fire losses represented 3.8 percentage points of the loss ratio for the full year of 2019, compared to 3.5 percentage points of the loss ratio for the full year of 2018.

Net favorable development of reserves for losses incurred in prior accident years of $12.9 million reduced the loss ratio for the full year of 2019 by 1.7 percentage points. Our insurance subsidiaries experienced favorable development in workers’ compensation losses, partially offset by modest unfavorable development in commercial automobile and commercial multi-peril losses for the full year of 2019. Net unfavorable development of reserves for losses incurred in prior accident years of $35.6 million added 4.8 percentage points to the loss ratio for the full year of 2018. Favorable development of workers’ compensation loss reserves partially offset unfavorable development of commercial multi-peril, personal automobile and commercial automobile loss reserves in the prior year.

Expense Ratio

The expense ratio was 31.0% for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 32.5% for the fourth quarter of 2018. We attribute the decrease in the expense ratio primarily to expense savings initiatives and a guaranty fund assessment of approximately $800,000 in the prior-year quarter. The expense ratio was 31.3% for the full year of 2019, compared to a 31.6% expense ratio for the full year of 2018, reflecting overall expense savings that were largely offset by an increase in underwriting-based incentive costs for 2019 compared to 2018.

Investment Operations

Donegal Group’s investment strategy is to generate an appropriate amount of after-tax income on its invested assets while minimizing credit risk through investment in high-quality securities. As a result, we had invested 93.7% of our consolidated investment portfolio in diversified, highly rated and marketable fixed-maturity securities at December 31, 2019.

        
 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
 Amount % Amount %
  
 (dollars in thousands)
Fixed maturities, at carrying value:       
U.S. Treasury securities and obligations of U.S.       
government corporations and agencies$102,281  9.2% $120,432  11.7%
Obligations of states and political subdivisions 261,431  23.5   234,508  22.8 
Corporate securities 315,641  28.4   264,843  25.7 
Mortgage-backed securities 361,693  32.6   309,574  30.0 
Total fixed maturities 1,041,046  93.7   929,357  90.2 
Equity securities, at fair value 55,477  5.0   43,667  4.2 
Investments in affiliates -  -   41,026  4.0 
Short-term investments, at cost 14,030  1.3   16,749  1.6 
Total investments$1,110,553  100.0% $1,030,799  100.0%
        
Average investment yield 2.8%    2.6%  
Average tax-equivalent investment yield 2.9%    2.8%  
Average fixed-maturity duration (years) 4.2     4.4   
        
        

Net investment income of $7.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased 2.9% compared to $7.6 million in net investment income for the fourth quarter of 2018. Net investment income of $29.5 million for the full year of 2019 increased 9.7% compared to $26.9 million for the full year of 2018. The increase in net investment income for both periods primarily reflected an increase in average invested assets.

Net investment gains were $2.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to net investment losses of $8.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. We attribute the change primarily to an increase in the market value of the equity securities held at December 31, 2019 compared to a decrease in the market value of the equity securities held at December 31, 2018.

Net investment gains of $22.0 million for the full year of 2019 included $12.7 million from the March 2019 sale of Donegal Financial Services Corporation and $9.3 million primarily related to unrealized gains in the fair value of equity securities held at December 31, 2019. Net investment losses of $4.8 million for the full year of 2018 resulted primarily from unrealized losses in the fair value of equity securities held at December 31, 2018.

Definitions of Non-GAAP and Operating Measures

We prepare our consolidated financial statements on the basis of GAAP. Our insurance subsidiaries also prepare financial statements based on statutory accounting principles state insurance regulators prescribe or permit (“SAP”). In addition to using GAAP-based performance measurements, we also utilize certain non-GAAP financial measures that we believe provide value in managing our business and for comparison to the financial results of our peers. These non-GAAP measures are net premiums written, operating income or loss and statutory combined ratio.

Net premiums written and operating income or loss are non-GAAP financial measures investors in insurance companies commonly use. We define net premiums written as the amount of full-term premiums our insurance subsidiaries record for policies effective within a given period less premiums our insurance subsidiaries cede to reinsurers. We define operating income or loss as net income or loss excluding after-tax net investment gains or losses, after-tax restructuring charges and other significant non-recurring items. Because our calculation of operating income or loss may differ from similar measures other companies use, investors should exercise caution when comparing our measure of operating income or loss to the measure of other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net premiums earned to net premiums written for the periods indicated:

 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  2019   2018  % Change  2019   2018 % Change
  
 (dollars in thousands)
            
Reconciliation of Net Premiums           
Earned to Net Premiums Written           
Net premiums earned$189,421  $186,150  1.8% $756,078  $741,291 2.0%
Change in net unearned premiums (18,408)  (17,857) 3.1   (3,477)  2,725 NM
Net premiums written$171,013  $168,293  1.6% $752,601  $744,016 1.2%
            
            

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (loss) to operating income (loss) for the periods indicated:

 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
  2019   2018  % Change  2019   2018  % Change
  
 (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
            
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss)           
to Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss)           
Net income (loss)$  14,154  $  (14,999) NM $  47,152  $  (32,760) NM
Investment (gains) losses (after tax)   (2,125)    6,887  NM    (18,998)    3,423  NM
Restructuring charge (after tax)   -      -     -     -      1,356  NM
Other, net   21     (167) NM    252     22  NM
Non-GAAP operating income (loss)$  12,050  $  (8,279) NM $  28,406  $  (27,959) NM
            
Per Share Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss)           
to Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss)            
Net income (loss) – Class A (diluted)$  0.50  $  (0.54) NM $  1.67  $  (1.18) NM
Investment (gains) losses (after tax)   (0.08)    0.25  NM    (0.67)    0.13  NM
Restructuring charge (after tax)   -      -     -     -      0.05  NM
Other, net   -      (0.01) NM    0.01     -   NM
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) – Class A$  0.42  $  (0.30) NM $  1.01  $  (1.00) NM
            
Net income (loss)  – Class B$  0.45  $  (0.50) NM $  1.51  $  (1.09) NM
Investment (gains) losses (after tax)   (0.07)    0.23  NM    (0.61)    0.11  NM
Restructuring charge (after tax)   -      -     -     -      0.05  NM
Other, net   -      (0.01) NM    0.01     -   NM
Non-GAAP operating income (loss) – Class B$  0.38  $  (0.28) NM $  0.91  $  (0.93) NM
            
            

The statutory combined ratio is a standard non-GAAP measurement of underwriting profitability that is based upon amounts determined under SAP. The statutory combined ratio is the sum of:

  • the statutory loss ratio, which is the ratio of calendar-year incurred losses and loss expenses to premiums earned;
  • the statutory expense ratio, which is the ratio of expenses incurred for net commissions, premium taxes and underwriting expenses to premiums written; and
  • the statutory dividend ratio, which is the ratio of dividends to holders of workers’ compensation policies to premiums earned.

The statutory combined ratio does not reflect investment income, federal income taxes or other non-operating income or expense. A statutory combined ratio of less than 100% generally indicates underwriting profitability.

About the Company

Donegal Group is an insurance holding company. The insurance subsidiaries of Donegal Group and Donegal Mutual Insurance Company conduct business together as the Donegal Insurance Group. Our Class A common stock and Class B common stock trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbols DGICA and DGICB, respectively. We are focused on several primary strategies, including growing profitably in commercial lines, improving our financial performance, leveraging technology to transform our business, strategically modernizing our business in order to achieve operational excellence and competing effectively to enhance our market position.

Safe Harbor

We base all statements contained in this release that are not historic facts on our current expectations. These statements are forward-looking in nature (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially include: adverse and catastrophic weather events, our ability to maintain profitable operations, the adequacy of the loss and loss expense reserves of our insurance subsidiaries, business and economic conditions in the areas in which our insurance subsidiaries operate, interest rates, competition from various insurance and other financial businesses, terrorism, the availability and cost of reinsurance, legal and judicial developments, changes in regulatory requirements, our ability to integrate and manage successfully the insurance companies we may acquire from time to time and other risks we describe in the periodic reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligation to update such statements or to announce publicly the results of any revisions that we may make to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Donegal Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited; in thousands, except share data)
      
   Quarter Ended December 31,
    2019  2018 
      
Net premiums earned$189,421 $186,150 
Investment income, net of expenses 7,787  7,567 
Net investment gains (losses) 2,690  (8,864)
Lease income 110  115 
Installment payment fees 931  1,297 
Equity in earnings of DFSC -  541 
 Total revenues 200,939  186,806 
      
Net losses and loss expenses 121,026  143,395 
Amortization of deferred acquisition costs 29,622  29,610 
Other underwriting expenses 29,152  30,926 
Policyholder dividends 2,213  1,787 
Interest  267  620 
Other expenses, net 266  114 
 Total expenses 182,546  206,452 
      
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit) 18,393  (19,646)
Income tax expense (benefit) 4,239  (4,647)
      
Net income (loss)$14,154 $(14,999)
      
Net income (loss) per common share:   
 Class A - basic and diluted$0.50 $(0.54)
 Class B - basic and diluted$0.45 $(0.50)
      
Supplementary Financial Analysts' Data   
      
Weighted-average number of shares   
 outstanding:   
 Class A - basic 23,143,603  22,800,974 
 Class A - diluted 23,437,873  22,923,147 
 Class B - basic and diluted 5,576,775  5,576,775 
      
Net premiums written$171,013 $168,293 
      
Book value per common share   
 at end of period$15.67 $14.05 
      


Donegal Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited; in thousands, except share data)
      
   Year Ended December 31,
    2019  2018 
      
Net premiums earned$  756,078 $  741,291 
Investment income, net of expenses   29,515    26,908 
Net investment gains (losses)   21,985    (4,802)
Lease income   444    480 
Installment payment fees   4,134    5,257 
Equity in earnings of DFSC   295    2,694 
 Total revenues   812,451    771,828 
      
Net losses and loss expenses   506,388    576,458 
Amortization of deferred acquisition costs   122,443    120,964 
Other underwriting expenses   114,562    113,270 
Policyholder dividends   8,978    5,353 
Interest    1,579    2,302 
Other expenses, net   1,420    1,718 
 Total expenses   755,370    820,065 
      
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)   57,081    (48,237)
Income tax expense (benefit)   9,929    (15,477)
      
Net income (loss)$  47,152 $  (32,760)
      
Net income (loss) per common share:   
 Class A - basic$  1.68 $  (1.18)
 Class A - diluted$  1.67 $  (1.18)
 Class B - basic and diluted$  1.51 $  (1.09)
      
Supplementary Financial Analysts' Data   
      
Weighted-average number of shares   
 outstanding:   
 Class A - basic   22,986,292    22,705,471 
 Class A - diluted   23,196,738    23,024,271 
 Class B - basic and diluted   5,576,775    5,576,775 
      
Net premiums written$  752,601 $  744,016 
      
Book value per common share   
 at end of period$  15.67 $  14.05 
      


Donegal Group Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
      
   December 31, December 31,
    2019   2018 
   (unaudited)  
      
ASSETS
Investments:   
 Fixed maturities:   
  Held to maturity, at amortized cost$476,094  $402,799 
  Available for sale, at fair value 564,952   526,558 
 Equity securities, at fair value 55,477   43,667 
 Investments in affiliates -   41,026 
 Short-term investments, at cost 14,030   16,749 
  Total investments 1,110,553   1,030,799 
Cash  49,319   52,594 
Premiums receivable 165,733   156,702 
Reinsurance receivable 367,021   343,369 
Deferred policy acquisition costs 59,285   60,615 
Prepaid reinsurance premiums 142,476   135,380 
Other assets 28,774   52,619 
  Total assets$1,923,161  $1,832,078 
      
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities:    
 Losses and loss expenses$869,674  $814,665 
 Unearned premiums 510,147   506,529 
 Accrued expenses 28,454   25,442 
 Borrowings under lines of credit 35,000   60,000 
 Subordinated debentures 5,000   5,000 
 Other liabilities 23,870   21,572 
  Total liabilities 1,472,145   1,433,208 
Stockholders' equity:   
 Class A common stock 262   258 
 Class B common stock 56   56 
 Additional paid-in capital 268,152   261,259 
 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 504   (14,228)
 Retained earnings 223,268   192,751 
 Treasury stock (41,226)  (41,226)
  Total stockholders' equity 451,016   398,870 
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$1,923,161  $1,832,078 
      

For Further Information:
Jeffrey D. Miller, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (717) 426-1931
E-mail: investors@donegalgroup.com


Source: GlobeNewswire (February 24, 2020 - 4:00 PM EST)