StockSelector.com
  Research, Select, & Monitor Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:03:10 PM ET  
Trade Ideas The Market Industries Stocks Portfolio

 
Ticker Lookup
Kemper Corporation$73.15$1.652.31%

  Quote | Ranking | Chart | Valuations | Sentiment | Industry | News | Earnings | Analysts | More...

Your Target?

 Kemper Corporation Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results
   Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:15:00 PM ET

--Improved nonstandard personal automobile’s underlying combined ratio 4.3 percentage points in the quarter and 9.9 percentage points in the year

--Generated investment portfolio pre-tax equivalent annualized book yield of 5.5 percent in the quarter and 5.4 percent in the year

--Recognized $7.4 million benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Kemper Corporation (KMPR ) reported net income of $36.9 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $31.2 million, or $0.60 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016. Consolidated net operating income(1) was $31.0 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $28.8 million, or $0.56 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net operating results increased primarily from improved underlying performance in the Property & Casualty division and the impact of tax reform, mostly offset by higher catastrophe losses.

                                                                                Three Months Ended                                      Year Ended
                                                                                      ---------------------------------------------                     -------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                         Dec 31,       Dec 31,                          Dec 31,            Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)                               2017                             2016                             2017                                  2016
----------------------------------------------------------------                      ------------                     ------------                     -------------                     ---------------------
Consolidated Net Operating Income(1)                                                   $  31.0                          $  28.8                          $   92.5                              $   12.4
Income from Continuing Operations                                                         35.9                             29.1                             119.9                                  12.7
Net Income                                                                                36.9                             31.2                             120.9                                  16.8
                                                                                                                                                                                           
Impact of Catastrophe Losses and Related Loss Adjustment Expense                       $ (33.0 )                        $  (8.2 )                        $ (120.2 )                            $  (74.8 )
(LAE) on Net Income (Loss)
                                                                                                                                                                                           
Diluted Net Income Per Share From:
  Consolidated Net Operating Income(1)                                                 $  0.60                          $  0.56                          $   1.78                              $   0.25
  Continuing Operations                                                                   0.69                             0.56                              2.31                                  0.25
  Net Income                                                                              0.71                             0.60                              2.33                                  0.33
                                                                                                                                                                                           
Impact of Catastrophe Losses and Related LAE on Net Income Per                         $ (0.64 )                        $ (0.16 )                        $  (2.32 )                            $  (1.45 )
Share

(1)Consolidated net operating income is an after-tax, non-GAAP financial measure. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for additional information.

"Kemper’s solid performance this quarter demonstrates meaningful progress on execution of our strategy to rebuild Kemper and deliver value for our stakeholders," said Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "The strength of our nonstandard auto franchise was evident this quarter with earned premium growth of over 20 percent and improved profitability. Though the industry was hard hit by catastrophe losses from the California wildfires in the fourth quarter, the impact was more than offset by our underwriting improvements and solid investment results."

Capital

Total Shareholders’ Equity at the end of the year was $2,115.6 million, an increase of $140.4 million, or 7 percent, since year-end 2016. Kemper ended the year with cash and investments at the holding company of $197.3 million, and the $225 million revolving credit agreement was undrawn.

During the fourth quarter of 2017, Kemper paid dividends of $12.4 million, bringing total capital returned to shareholders in 2017 to $49.5 million.

Kemper ended the year with a book value per share of $41.11, up 7 percent from $38.52 at the end of 2016, driven by net income and the impact of lower market yields on the value of our fixed maturity portfolio, partially offset by dividends paid to shareholders. Book value per share excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities was $35.57, up 2 percent from $35.00 at the end of 2016, driven by net income, partially offset by dividends paid to shareholders and the tax reform impact on unrealized gains.

Revenues

Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased $54.6 million, or 8 percent, to $697.3 million, compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, driven by $47.2 million higher nonstandard personal auto earned premiums. Nonstandard personal auto earned premiums increased from both higher policies in force and higher premium rates. Net investment income increased $2.7 million to $82.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily from $1.9 million higher net investment income on the alternative investments portfolio. Net realized investment gains were $7.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $0.4 million last year.

The investment portfolio in total generated a pre-tax equivalent annualized book yield of 5.5 percent for the fourth quarter of 2017, and 5.4 percent for the year, compared to 5.4 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively, in 2016.

Segment Results

Unless otherwise noted, (i) the segment results discussed below are presented on an after-tax basis, (ii) prior-year development includes both catastrophe and non-catastrophe losses and LAE, (iii) catastrophe losses and LAE exclude the impact of prior-year development, (iv) underlying loss ratio includes loss and LAE, and (v) all comparisons are made to the prior year quarter unless otherwise stated.

                                                                                Three Months Ended                                                                    Year Ended
                                                                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                Dec 31,                        Dec 31,                                            Dec 31,                        Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited)                                                2017                                              2016                                               2017                                              2016
-----------------------------------------------                      -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     ------------------------------                     -----------------------------
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss):
  Property & Casualty Insurance                                       $  2.1                                            $  7.0                                            $   7.8                                            $ (2.9 )
  Life & Health Insurance                                               25.3                           23.0                            90.8                           30.3  
                                                                     ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      -----------------------------                      ----------------------------
Total Segment Net Operating Income (Loss)                               27.4                                              30.0                                               98.6                                              27.4
Corporate and Other Net Operating Income (Loss)                          3.6                           (1.2 )                                             (6.1 )                                           (15.0 )
                                                                     ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      -----------------------------                      ----------------------------
Consolidated Net Operating Income                                       31.0                                              28.8                                               92.5                                              12.4
Net Income (Loss) From:
  Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments                             7.4                                               5.9                                               36.7                                              21.5
  Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings                          (2.5 )                                            (5.6 )                                             (9.3 )                                           (21.2 )
                                                                     ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      -----------------------------                      ----------------------------
Income from Continuing Operations                                     $ 35.9                         $ 29.1                         $ 119.9                         $ 12.7  
                                                                     == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================                      == ===== ====================                      == ==== ====================

The Property & Casualty Insurance segment reported net operating income of $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $7.0 million in 2016. Results decreased primarily from higher catastrophe losses, driven by the California wildfires, partially offset by improved underlying performance and slightly higher net investment income. Catastrophe losses were $33.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $7.6 million last year.

The Property & Casualty Insurance segment’s underlying combined ratio improved 6.3 percentage points to 93.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The underlying loss ratio improved 3.7 percentage points to 72.2 percent, primarily from improvement in nonstandard personal auto, homeowners and preferred personal auto. Nonstandard auto improved 3.4 percentage points to 79.3 percent in the quarter, as average earned premium outpaced loss cost trends. The homeowners underlying loss ratio improved 7.8 percentage points to 40.3 percent. About half of the improvement was related to adverse current-year development in 2016, that did not recur in 2017. The remaining improvement came from lower frequency and slightly higher average earned premiums, partially offset by higher severity. Preferred personal auto’s underlying loss ratio improved 4.2 percentage points to 76.2 percent, driven by the impact of adverse current-year development in 2016. Excluding current-year development, the preferred personal auto underlying loss ratio increased slightly as higher severity, mostly from liability coverages, overshadowed improved frequency and higher average earned premium.

The Property & Casualty Insurance segment’s expense ratio improved 2.6 percentage points as a larger percentage of earned premiums were generated by the nonstandard auto business, which runs at a lower expense ratio. The larger premium base and cost initiatives also contributed to the improvement.

The Life & Health Insurance segment reported net operating income of $25.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $23.0 million in 2016, primarily from higher net investment income.

The Corporate & Other net operating results improved $4.8 million, primarily from the impacts of tax reform and lower expenses, partially offset by lower net investment income.

Unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for
the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 are
presented below.
                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                      Three Months Ended                                                                                                 Year Ended
                                                                                                                  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                               Dec 31,                             Dec 31,                                                  Dec 31,                              Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)                                                                                 2017                                                   2016                                                     2017                                                    2016
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                      --------------------------------                     -------------------------------------                     ----------------------------------                     ------------------------------------
Revenues:
  Earned Premiums                                                                                                    $ 605.9                                                 $   561.4                                              $ 2,350.0                                                $ 2,220.0
  Net Investment Income                                                                                                 82.6                                                      79.9                                                  327.2                                                    298.3
  Other Income                                                                                                           1.1                                                       1.0                                                    4.0                                                      3.2
  Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments                                                                            11.5                                                       9.1                                                   56.5                                                     33.1
  Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses:
    Total Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses                                                                        (3.7 )                                                    (8.7 )                                                (14.4 )                                                  (33.0 )
    Portion of Losses Recognized in Other Comprehensive Income                                                          (0.1 )                                          --                                 0.1                                   0.3  
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
  Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings                                                                          (3.8 )                                                    (8.7 )                                                (14.3 )                                                  (32.7 )
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Total Revenues                                                                                                         697.3                                  642.7                             2,723.4                               2,521.9  
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Expenses:
  Policyholders’ Benefits and Incurred Losses and Loss Adjustment                           472.5                                                     418.3                                                1,837.4                                                  1,780.8
  Expenses
  Insurance Expenses                                                                                                   159.1                                                     158.5                                                  644.3                                                    647.3
  Interest and Other Expenses                                                                                           21.5                                   25.3                                80.6                                  90.3  
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Total Expenses                                                                                                         653.1                                  602.1                             2,562.3                               2,518.4  
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Income from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes                                                                   44.2                                                      40.6                                                  161.1                                                      3.5
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)                                                                                            (8.3 )                                                   (11.5 )                                                (41.2 )                                                    9.2  
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Income from Continuing Operations                                                                                       35.9                                                      29.1                                                  119.9                                                     12.7
Income from Discontinued Operations                                                                                      1.0                                    2.1                                 1.0                                   4.1  
                                                                                                                  -------------------------------                      ------------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Net Income                                                                                                           $  36.9                              $    31.2                           $   120.9                             $    16.8  
                                                                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share:
  Basic                                                                                                              $  0.69                              $    0.56                           $    2.32                             $    0.25  
                                                                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
  Diluted                                                                                                            $  0.69                              $    0.56                           $    2.31                             $    0.25  
                                                                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Net Income Per Unrestricted Share:
  Basic                                                                                                              $  0.71                              $    0.60                           $    2.34                             $    0.33  
                                                                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
  Diluted                                                                                                            $  0.71                              $    0.60                           $    2.33                             $    0.33  
                                                                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Weighted-average Outstanding (Shares in Thousands):
  Unrestricted Shares - Basic                                                                                       51,456.3                               51,202.6                            51,345.6                              51,156.1  
                                                                                                                  ===============================                      ====================================                      =================================                      ===================================
  Unrestricted Shares and Equivalent Shares - Diluted                                                               51,870.8                               51,350.4                            51,577.9                              51,214.7  
                                                                                                                  ===============================                      ====================================                      =================================                      ===================================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Dividends Paid to Shareholders Per Share                                                                             $  0.24                              $    0.24                           $    0.96                             $    0.96  
                                                                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ======= ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
Unaudited business segment revenues for the three months and
year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 are presented below.
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                   Three Months Ended                                                                                              Year Ended
                                                                  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                               Dec 31,                           Dec 31,                                               Dec 31,                             Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions)                                                           2017                                                 2016                                                  2017                                                   2016
--------------------------------------------                      --------------------------------                     --------------------------------                     ----------------------------------                     ----------------------------------
REVENUES:
Property & Casualty Insurance:
  Earned Premiums:
    Personal Automobile                                              $ 364.3                                              $ 317.2                                              $ 1,377.1                                              $ 1,244.6
    Homeowners                                                          65.2                                                 67.7                                                  264.8                                                  271.9
    Other Personal                                                      10.5                              11.1                                42.7                                45.0  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
   Total Personal                                                      440.0                                                396.0                                                1,684.6                                                1,561.5
   Commercial Automobile                                                12.9                              13.1                                51.4                                53.3  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
  Total Earned Premiums                                                452.9                                                409.1                                                1,736.0                                                1,614.8
  Net Investment Income                                                 21.8                                                 20.4                                                   94.3                                                   72.4
  Other Income                                                           0.2                               0.1                                 1.1                                 0.5  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
Total Property & Casualty Insurance                                    474.9                             429.6                             1,831.4                             1,687.7  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
Life & Health Insurance:
  Earned Premiums:
    Life                                                                94.1                                                 95.9                                                  379.7                                                  381.6
    Accident and Health                                                 41.1                                                 38.2                                                  161.7                                                  149.4
    Property                                                            17.8                              18.2                                72.6                                74.2  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
   Total Earned Premiums                                               153.0                                                152.3                                                  614.0                                                  605.2
   Net Investment Income                                                57.7                                                 53.6                                                  221.5                                                  213.2
   Other Income                                                          0.7                               0.9                                 2.6                                 2.8  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
Total Life & Health Insurance                                          211.4                             206.8                               838.1                               821.2  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
Total Segment Revenues                                                 686.3                                                636.4                                                2,669.5                                                2,508.9
Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments                              11.5                                                  9.1                                                   56.5                                                   33.1
Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings                            (3.8 )                                               (8.7 )                                                (14.3 )                                                (32.7 )
Other                                                                    3.3                               5.9                                11.7                                12.6  
                                                                  -------------------------------                      -------------------------------                      ---------------------------------                      ---------------------------------
Total Revenues                                                       $ 697.3                           $ 642.7                           $ 2,723.4                           $ 2,521.9  
                                                                  ==== ===== ====================                      ==== ===== ====================                      ==== ======= ====================                      ==== ======= ====================
                                                                 KEMPER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                        (Dollars in Millions)
                                                                                       Dec 31,                      Dec 31,
                                                                                                           2017                                            2016
                                                                                           -------------------------------------                     ----------------
Assets:                                                                                                 (Unaudited)
Investments:
  Fixed Maturities at Fair Value                                                                 $ 5,382.7                                                 $ 5,124.9
  Equity Securities at Fair Value                                                                    526.0                                                     481.7
  Equity Method Limited Liability Investments at Cost Plus Cumulative                                161.0                                                     175.9
  Undistributed Earnings
  Fair Value Option Investments                                                                       77.5                                                     111.4
  Short-term Investments at Cost which Approximates Fair Value                                       235.5                                                     273.7
  Other Investments                                                                                  422.2                                  439.9
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Total Investments                                                                                  6,804.9                                6,607.5
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Cash                                                                                                  45.7                                                     115.7
Receivables from Policyholders                                                                       366.0                                                     336.5
Other Receivables                                                                                    194.3                                                     198.6
Deferred Policy Acquisition Costs                                                                    365.3                                                     332.0
Goodwill                                                                                             323.0                                                     323.0
Current Income Tax Assets                                                                              6.1                                                      15.5
Deferred Income Tax Assets                                                                  --                                                      25.8
Other Assets                                                                                         270.9                                  255.9
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Total Assets                                                                                     $ 8,376.2                              $ 8,210.5
                                                                                           ======= ======= ====================                      ======= =======
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:
Insurance Reserves:
  Life and Health                                                                                $ 3,521.0                                                 $ 3,475.3
  Property and Casualty                                                                            1,016.8                                  931.4
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Total Insurance Reserves                                                                           4,537.8                                4,406.7
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Unearned Premiums                                                                                    653.9                                                     618.7
Deferred Income Tax Liabilities                                                                       14.8                                            --
Liabilities for Unrecognized Tax Benefits                                                              8.1                                                       5.1
Long-term Debt, Current and Non-current, at Amortized Cost                                           592.3                                                     751.6
Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities                                                               453.7                                  453.2
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Total Liabilities                                                                                  6,260.6                                6,235.3
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Shareholders’ Equity:
Common Stock                                                                                           5.1                                                       5.1
Paid-in Capital                                                                                      673.1                                                     660.3
Retained Earnings                                                                                  1,243.0                                                   1,172.8
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income                                                               194.4                                  137.0
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Total Shareholders’ Equity                                              2,115.6                                1,975.2
                                                                                           ------------------------------------                      ----------------
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity                            $ 8,376.2                              $ 8,210.5
                                                                                           ======= ======= ====================                      ======= =======
Unaudited selected financial information for the Property &
Casualty Insurance segment follows.
                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                       Three Months Ended                                                                                              Year Ended
                                                                       -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                   Dec 31,                          Dec 31,                                              Dec 31,                              Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions)                                                               2017                                                2016                                                 2017                                                    2016
-------------------------------------------------                      -------------------------------                     -------------------------------                     ---------------------------------                     ------------------------------------
                                                                                                                          Results of Operations
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Net Premiums Written                                                     $ 433.3                          $ 390.1                          $ 1,769.6                             $ 1,620.9  
                                                                       === ===== ====================                      === ===== ====================                      === ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Earned Premiums                                                          $ 452.9                                             $ 409.1                                             $ 1,736.0                                                $ 1,614.8
Net Investment Income                                                       21.8                                                20.4                                                  94.3                                                     72.4
Other Income                                                                 0.2                              0.1                                1.1                                   0.5  
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Total Revenues                                                             474.9                            429.6                            1,831.4                               1,687.7  
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Incurred Losses and LAE related to:
  Current Year:
   Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE                                          327.0                                               310.6                                               1,251.5                                                  1,223.9
   Catastrophe Losses and LAE                                               50.8                                                11.7                                                 179.0                                                    109.6
  Prior Years:
   Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE                                            1.5                                                 6.2                                                  24.5                                                      4.9
   Catastrophe Losses and LAE                                               (0.6 )                                              (3.0 )                                                (5.0 )                                                  (19.2 )
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Total Incurred Losses and LAE                                              378.7                                               325.5                                               1,450.0                                                  1,319.2
Insurance Expenses                                                          95.4                             96.9                              382.8                                 385.7  
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Operating Income (Loss)                                                      0.8                                                 7.2                                                  (1.4 )                                                  (17.2 )
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)                                                 1.3                             (0.2 )                                                 9.2                                  14.3  
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Segment Net Operating Income (Loss)                                      $   2.1                          $   7.0                          $     7.8                             $    (2.9 )
                                                                       === ===== ====================                      === ===== ====================                      === ======= ====================                      ====== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                     Ratios Based On Earned Premiums
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                           72.2                    %                           75.9                    %                             72.1                    %                                75.8                    %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                               11.2                                                 2.9                                                  10.3                                                      6.8
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                             0.3                                                 1.5                                                   1.4                                                      0.3
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                                (0.1 )                                              (0.7 )                                                (0.3 )                                                   (1.2 )
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Total Incurred Loss and LAE Ratio                                           83.6                                                79.6                                                  83.5                                                     81.7
Insurance Expense Ratio                                                     21.1                             23.7                               22.1                                  23.9  
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Combined Ratio                                                             104.7                    %                          103.3                    %                            105.6                    %                               105.6                    %
                                                                       ==============================                      ==============================                      ================================                      ===================================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                        Underlying Combined Ratio
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Current Year Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                           72.2                    %                           75.9                    %                             72.1                    %                                75.8                    %
Insurance Expense Ratio                                                     21.1                             23.7                               22.1                                  23.9  
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Underlying Combined Ratio                                                   93.3                    %                           99.6                    %                             94.2                    %                                99.7                    %
                                                                       ==============================                      ==============================                      ================================                      ===================================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                     Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliation
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Underlying Combined Ratio                                                   93.3                    %                           99.6                    %                             94.2                    %                                99.7                    %
Current Year Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                               11.2                                                 2.9                                                  10.3                                                      6.8
Prior Years Non-catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                             0.3                                                 1.5                                                   1.4                                                      0.3
Prior Years Catastrophe Losses and LAE Ratio                                (0.1 )                                              (0.7 )                                                (0.3 )                                                   (1.2 )
                                                                       ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      --------------------------------                      -----------------------------------
Combined Ratio as Reported                                                 104.7                    %                          103.3                    %                            105.6                    %                               105.6                    %
                                                                       ==============================                      ==============================                      ================================                      ===================================
Unaudited selected financial information for the Life & Health
Insurance segment follows.
                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                    Three Months Ended                                                                                          Year Ended
                                                                                                    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                Dec 31,                          Dec 31,                                             Dec 31,                          Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions)                                                                                            2017                                                2016                                                2017                                                2016
------------------------------------------------------------------------------                      -------------------------------                     -------------------------------                     -------------------------------                     -------------------------------
                                                                                                                                     Results of Operations
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Earned Premiums                                                                                       $ 153.0                                             $ 152.3                                             $ 614.0                                             $ 605.2
Net Investment Income                                                                                    57.7                                                53.6                                               221.5                                               213.2
Other Income                                                                                              0.7                              0.9                              2.6                              2.8  
                                                                                                    ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------
Total Revenues                                                                                          211.4                            206.8                            838.1                            821.2  
                                                                                                    ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------
Policyholders’ Benefits and Incurred Losses and LAE                           93.8                                                92.8                                               387.4                                               461.6
Insurance Expenses                                                                                       78.9                             78.9                            312.2                            313.9  
                                                                                                    ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------
Operating Profit                                                                                         38.7                                                35.1                                               138.5                                                45.7
Income Tax Benefit                                                                                      (13.4 )                                             (12.1 )                                             (47.7 )                                             (15.4 )
                                                                                                    ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------                      ------------------------------
Segment Net Operating Income                                                                          $  25.3                          $  23.0                          $  90.8                          $  30.3  
                                                                                                    === ===== ====================                      === ===== ====================                      === ===== ====================                      === ===== ====================

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Consolidated Net Operating Income

Consolidated Net Operating Income is an after-tax, non-GAAP financial measure computed by excluding from Income from Continuing Operations the after-tax impact of 1) net realized gains on sales of investments, 2) net impairment losses recognized in earnings related to investments, 3) loss from early extinguishment of debt and 4) significant non-recurring or infrequent items that may not be indicative of ongoing operations. Significant non-recurring items are excluded when (a) the nature of the charge or gain is such that it is reasonably unlikely to recur within two years and (b) there has been no similar charge or gain within the prior two years. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is Income from Continuing Operations.

Kemper believes that Consolidated Net Operating Income provides investors with a valuable measure of its ongoing performance because it reveals underlying operational performance trends that otherwise might be less apparent if the items were not excluded. Net realized gains on sales of investments and net impairment losses recognized in earnings related to investments included in Kemper’s results may vary significantly between periods and are generally driven by business decisions and external economic developments such as capital market conditions that impact the values of the company’s investments, the timing of which is unrelated to the insurance underwriting process. Loss from Early Extinguishment of Debt is driven by the company’s financing and refinancing decisions and capital needs, as well as external economic developments such as debt market conditions, the timing of which is unrelated to the insurance underwriting process. Significant non-recurring items are excluded because, by their nature, they are not indicative of Kemper’s business or economic trends.

A reconciliation of Consolidated Net Operating Income to Income from Continuing Operations for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 is presented below.

                                                                               Three Months Ended                                                                    Year Ended
                                                                    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                               Dec 31,                        Dec 31,                                            Dec 31,                        Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited)                                               2017                                              2016                                               2017                                              2016
----------------------------------------------                      -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     ------------------------------                     -----------------------------
Consolidated Net Operating Income                                    $ 31.0                                            $ 28.8                                            $  92.5                                            $ 12.4
Net Income (Loss) From:
  Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments                            7.4                                               5.9                                               36.7                                              21.5
  Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings                         (2.5 )                                            (5.6 )                                             (9.3 )                                           (21.2 )
                                                                    ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      -----------------------------                      ----------------------------
Income from Continuing Operations                                    $ 35.9                         $ 29.1                         $ 119.9                         $ 12.7  
                                                                    == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================                      == ===== ====================                      == ==== ====================

Diluted Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share

Diluted Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share is a non-GAAP financial measure computed by dividing Consolidated Net Operating Income attributed to unrestricted shares by the weighted-average unrestricted shares and equivalent shares outstanding. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is Diluted Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share.

A reconciliation of Diluted Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share to Diluted Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 is presented below.

                                                                                                 Three Months Ended                                                                   Year Ended
                                                                                      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                 Dec 31,                        Dec 31,                                           Dec 31,                        Dec 31,
(Unaudited)                                                                                       2017                                              2016                                              2017                                              2016
----------------------------------------------------------------                      -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     -----------------------------
Diluted Consolidated Net Operating Income Per Unrestricted Share                       $ 0.60                                            $ 0.56                                            $ 1.78                                            $ 0.25
Net Income (Loss) Per Unrestricted Share From:
  Net Realized Gains on Sales of Investments                                             0.14                                              0.11                                              0.71                                              0.41
  Net Impairment Losses Recognized in Earnings                                          (0.05 )                                           (0.11 )                                           (0.18 )                                           (0.41 )
                                                                                      ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      ----------------------------                      ----------------------------
Diluted Income from Continuing Operations Per Unrestricted Share                       $ 0.69                         $ 0.56                         $ 2.31                         $ 0.25  
                                                                                      == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================                      == ==== ====================

Book Value Per Share Excluding Net Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities

Book Value Per Share Excluding Net Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities is a ratio that uses a non-GAAP financial measure. It is calculated by dividing shareholders’ equity after excluding the after-tax impact of net unrealized gains on fixed income securities by total Common Shares Issued and Outstanding. Book Value Per Share is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Kemper uses the trends in book value per share, excluding the after-tax impact of net unrealized gains on fixed income securities, in conjunction with book value per share to identify and analyze the change in net worth attributable to management efforts between periods. Kemper believes the non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period and are generally driven by economic developments, primarily capital market conditions, the magnitude and timing of which are not influenced by management. Kemper believes it enhances understanding and comparability of performance by highlighting underlying business activity and profitability drivers.

A reconciliation of the numerator used in the computation of Book Value Per Share Excluding Net Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities and Book Value Per Share at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 is presented below.

                                                                                                       Dec 31,                 Dec 31,
(Dollars in Millions) (Unaudited)                                                                                          2017                                       2016
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                      --------------------------------                     ------------
Shareholders’ Equity Excluding Net Unrealized Gains on Fixed                       $ 1,830.4                                             $ 1,794.6
Maturities
Net Unrealized Gains on Fixed Maturities                                                                          285.2                              180.6
                                                                                                             -------------------------------                      ------------
Shareholders’ Equity                                                               $ 2,115.6                          $ 1,975.2
                                                                                                             == ======= ====================                      === =======

Underlying Combined Ratio

Underlying Combined Ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure that is computed by adding the current year non-catastrophe losses and LAE ratio with the insurance expense ratio. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is the combined ratio, which is computed by adding total incurred losses and LAE, including the impact of catastrophe losses and loss and LAE reserve development from prior years, with the insurance expense ratio. Kemper believes the underlying combined ratio is useful to investors and is used by management to reveal the trends in Kemper’s property and casualty insurance businesses that may be obscured by catastrophe losses and prior-year reserve development. These catastrophe losses may cause loss trends to vary significantly between periods as a result of their incidence of occurrence and magnitude, and can have a significant impact on incurred losses and LAE and the combined ratio. Prior-year reserve development is caused by unexpected loss development on historical reserves. Because reserve development relates to the re-estimation of losses from earlier periods, it has no bearing on the performance of the company’s insurance products in the current period. Kemper believes it is useful for investors to evaluate these components separately and in the aggregate when reviewing its underwriting performance. The underlying combined ratio should not be considered a substitute for the combined ratio and does not reflect the overall underwriting profitability of our business.

Conference Call

Kemper will discuss its fourth quarter 2017 results in a conference call on Wednesday, February 14, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern (7:30 a.m. Central) Time. Kemper’s conference call will be accessible via the internet and by telephone. The phone number for Kemper’s conference call is 844.826.3041. To listen via webcast, register online at the investor section of kemper.com at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast to download and install any necessary software.

A replay of the call will be available online at the investor section of kemper.com.

More detailed financial information can be found in Kemper’s Investor Financial Supplement and Earnings Call Presentation for the fourth quarter of 2017, which is available at the investor section of kemper.com.

About Kemper

The Kemper family of companies is one of the nation’s leading insurers. With $8 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by offering personalized solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Kemper’s businesses collectively:

-- Offer insurance for home, auto, life, health and valuables

-- Service six million policies

-- Are represented by more than 20,000 independent agents and brokers

-- Employ 5,550 associates dedicated to providing exceptional service

-- Are licensed to sell insurance in 50 states and the District of Columbia

Learn more about Kemper.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain or incorporate by reference information that includes or is based on forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements give expectations or forecasts of future events, and can be identified by the fact that they relate to future actions, performance or results rather than strictly to historical or current facts.

Any or all forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong, and, accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and are not guarantees of future performance. Among the general factors that could cause actual results and financial condition to differ materially from estimated results and financial condition are those listed in periodic reports filed by Kemper with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). No assurances can be given that the results and financial condition contemplated in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or will be achieved in any particular timetable. Kemper assumes no obligation to publicly correct or update any forward-looking statements as a result of events or developments subsequent to the date of this press release. The reader is advised, however, to consult any further disclosures Kemper makes on related subjects in its filings with the SEC.

http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=bwnews&sty=20180213006262r1&sid=cmtx6&distro=nx&lang=en

View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180213006262/en/

SOURCE: Kemper Corporation

Kemper Corporation 
Investors: 
Todd Barton 
312.661.4930 
investors@kemper.com 
or 
Media: 
Barbara Ciesemier 
312.661.4521 
media@kemper.com


Register |  Password |  Feedback |  Copyright |  Usage Agreement |  Privacy Policy |  Advertising |  About Us |  Contact Us |  FAQ 

Past performance is not indicative of future results

StockSelector.com, the StockSelector.com logo, and News Selects are trademarks of StockSelector.com.
Copyright © 1998 - 2018 StockSelector.com. All rights reserved.