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The National Security Group, Inc. Releases Financial Results

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The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSEC) today reported a net
loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $104,000 and net income for the
year ended December 31, 2016 of $3,063,000. Unaudited consolidated
financial results based on US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
(GAAP) for the three month and twelve month periods are summarized as
follows:

Unaudited Consolidated Financial Summary      

Three months ended

December 31,

   

Year ended

December 31,

2016     2015 2016     2015
Gross premiums written $ 14,801,000   $ 14,772,000   $ 67,424,000   $ 66,809,000  
Net premiums written $ 13,175,000   $ 12,866,000   $ 61,525,000   $ 60,389,000  
 
Net premiums earned $ 15,331,000 $ 14,772,000 $ 61,398,000 $ 59,462,000
Net investment income 867,000 910,000 3,892,000 3,462,000
Net realized investment gains (losses) 462,000 (14,000 ) 998,000 503,000
Other income 149,000   155,000   605,000   623,000  
Total Revenues 16,809,000   15,823,000   66,893,000   64,050,000  
Policyholder benefits and settlement expenses 10,856,000 8,281,000 38,847,000 34,148,000
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs 1,055,000 788,000 3,506,000 3,510,000
Commissions 1,581,000 1,722,000 7,894,000 7,952,000
General and administrative expenses 2,683,000 2,739,000 8,996,000 8,615,000
Taxes, licenses and fees 501,000 445,000 2,204,000 2,086,000
Interest expense 335,000   374,000   1,352,000   1,392,000  
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses 17,011,000   14,349,000   62,799,000   57,703,000  
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (202,000 ) 1,474,000   4,094,000   6,347,000  
Income tax expense (benefit) (98,000 ) 324,000   1,031,000   1,650,000  
Net Income (Loss) $ (104,000 ) $ 1,150,000   $ 3,063,000   $ 4,697,000  
Income (Loss) Per Common Share $ (0.04 ) $ 0.46   $ 1.22   $ 1.87  
 
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to non-GAAP Measurement
Net income (loss) $ (104,000 ) $ 1,150,000 $ 3,063,000 $ 4,697,000
Income tax expense (benefit) (98,000 ) 324,000 1,031,000 1,650,000
Realized investment (gains) losses, net (462,000 ) 14,000   (998,000 ) (503,000 )
Pretax Income (Loss) From Operations $ (664,000 ) $ 1,488,000   $ 3,096,000   $ 5,844,000  
 
 
 

Management Commentary on Results of Operations

Three months ended December 31, 2016
compared to three months ended December 31, 2015:

Premium Revenue:
For the three months ended December
31, 2016, net premiums earned were up $559,000 at $15,331,000 compared
to $14,772,000 for the same period in 2015; an increase of 3.8%. The
primary reasons for the increase were a 15.3% reduction in catastrophe
reinsurance premium ceded coupled with an increase in gross earned
premium of 1.8%. The increase in gross earned premium was due to growth
in P&C segment gross earned premium revenue of 1.9% during the fourth
quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

Net Income (Loss):
For the three months ended
December 31, 2016, the Company had a net loss of $104,000, $0.04 per
share, compared to net income of $1,150,000, $0.46 per share, for the
same period in 2015, a decrease of $1,254,000. The primary factor
contributing to the net loss during the fourth quarter of 2016 was P&C
segment claims incurred from Hurricane Matthew which struck the Atlantic
Coast impacting our policyholders in Georgia and South Carolina. Insured
claims from Hurricane Matthew reduced fourth quarter earnings by
$2,640,000.

Additional commentary on Hurricane Matthew:
On a
gross basis (before reinsurance recoveries), the P&C segment reported
claims from Hurricane Matthew totaled $8,444,000 at December 31, 2016.
Net of reinsurance, Hurricane Matthew reduced fourth quarter pretax
income by $4,000,000. Through December 31, 2016, we had 1,928 reported
claims from Hurricane Matthew and at year end, 95% of reported claims
had been settled. Our estimated cost per reported claim is approximately
$4,400. Under our catastrophe reinsurance coverage, we retain 100% of
losses up to $4,000,000 from a single event. After exceeding our
retention, losses are 100% re-insured up to $72,500,000 under our
catastrophe reinsurance program. Any additional reported losses from
Hurricane Matthew are expected to be well within the limits of our
catastrophe reinsurance coverage.

Pretax income (loss) from operations:
A primary
non-GAAP financial measure used by management is pretax income (loss)
from operations. This measure consists of net income (loss) before
income taxes adjusted for realized investment gains and losses. This
measure provides a means of comparing the results of our core operations
without the impact of items that are more unpredictable and less
consistent from year to year. A reconciliation of pretax income (loss)
from operations is presented in the table above.

For the three months ended December 31, 2016, the Company had a pretax
loss from operations of $664,000 compared to pretax income from
operations of $1,488,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015, a
decrease of $2,152,000. The primary reason for the pretax loss from
operations in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to pretax income in
the fourth quarter of 2015 was an increase in catastrophe related claims
from Hurricane Matthew in the P&C segment. Hurricane Matthew added
$4,000,000, net of reinsurance, to policyholder benefits and expenses.

P&C segment combined ratio:

A measure used to analyze property/casualty insurers underwriting
performance is the GAAP based combined ratio. Maintaining a combined
ratio below 100% indicates the Company is making an underwriting profit.
For the three months ended December 31, 2016, the P&C segment had a
combined ratio of 104.1%. As mentioned previously, the losses incurred
from Hurricane Matthew negatively impacted fourth quarter results and
added 28.5 percentage points to the combined ratio for the quarter; thus
leading to a combined ratio greater than 100%. In comparison, the P&C
segment ended the fourth quarter of 2015 with a combined ratio of 93.3%
with catastrophe losses contributing 17.4 percentage points to the
combined ratio. The most significant was an early October cat event in
South Carolina which generated $1,575,000 in incurred catastrophe losses
during the fourth quarter of 2015.

Twelve months ended December 31, 2016
compared to twelve months ended December 31, 2015:

Premium Revenue:
For the year ended December 31,
2016, net premiums earned were up $1,936,000 at $61,398,000 compared to
$59,462,000 in 2015. The primary reasons for the increase were a 8.1%
reduction in catastrophe reinsurance costs coupled with increases in
gross earned premium. The increase in gross earned premium was due to
growth in P&C segment premium revenue of 2.5% in 2016 compared to 2015.

Our primary focus over the last four years has been rate adequacy,
capital growth and improved management of risk concentrations,
particularly in our property and casualty segment. While this focus has
been successful, these actions have led to rate increases in several
states in which we operate and thus has reduced our growth rate. We are
implementing plans to increase top line growth; however, implementation
of these plans to increase written premium will be deliberate as we do
not intend to sacrifice long term underwriting profitability.

Net Income:
For the year ended December 31, 2016, the
Company had net income of $3,063,000, $1.22 per share, compared to net
income of $4,697,000, $1.87 per share, for the same period in 2015, a
decrease of $1,634,000. The primary reason for the decline in 2016 year
to date earnings compared to 2015 was the adverse impact of losses
incurred from Hurricane Matthew, which reduced full year earnings by
$2,640,000.

Pretax income from operations:
For the year ended
December 31, 2016, pretax income from operations was $3,096,000 compared
to $5,844,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of
$2,748,000. The primary reason for the decline in pretax income from
operations in 2016 compared to pretax income from operations in 2015 was
an increase in catastrophe related claims in the P&C segment from
Hurricane Matthew. In addition to Hurricane Matthew, the P&C segment was
impacted by numerous non-hurricane catastrophe events in 2016. In total,
catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance recoveries, (including Hurricane
Matthew) increased policyholder benefits and settlements expenses
$4,617,000 in 2016.

P&C segment combined ratio:

For the year ended December 31, 2016, the P&C segment had a GAAP
combined ratio of 94.6%. Hurricane Matthew reported claims (on a net
basis) coupled with non-hurricane cat event reported claims totaled
$9,742,000 and increased the P&C segment combined ratio 17.5 percentage
points. In comparison, during 2015, the P&C segment had reported cat
event claims totaling $5,373,000 which added 10 percentage points to the
prior year combined ratio. The most significant cat event in 2015 was an
early October event in South Carolina which generated $1,575,000 in
incurred catastrophe losses.

As discussed above, management has made underwriting profitability a
primary focus over the past four years and we have seen the success of
this undertaking in our results. Not only did the Company end 2016 with
an underwriting profit despite the negative impact of Hurricane Matthew
in the P&C segment, 2016 was the fourth consecutive year the Company had
a combined ratio below 100%. Efforts to continue improving processes,
rate adequacy and ultimately underwriting profitability will continue to
be a primary focus for management in the future.

Management Commentary on Financial Position

Selected Balance Sheet Highlights        

December 31,

2016

   

December 31,

2015

(UNAUDITED)
Invested Assets $ 113,156,000 $ 112,557,000
Cash $ 7,368,000 $ 6,763,000
Total Assets $ 148,579,000 $ 147,841,000
Policy Liabilities $ 76,174,000 $ 77,043,000
Total Debt $ 17,126,000 $ 17,957,000
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income $ 1,007,000 $ 525,000
Shareholders' Equity $ 48,052,000 $ 44,883,000
Book Value Per Share $ 19.09 $ 17.87
 

Invested Assets:
Invested assets as of December 31,
2016 were $113,156,000 up $599,000, or 0.5%, compared to $112,557,000 as
of December 31, 2015. Although invested assets had a slight increase in
2016 compared to 2015, growth of invested assets was adversely impacted
by increased claim payments associated with Hurricane Matthew in the
fourth quarter of 2016.

Cash:
The Company, primarily through its insurance
subsidiaries, had $7,368,000 in cash and cash equivalents at
December 31, 2016, compared to $6,763,000 at December 31, 2015. Cash
remained relatively stable, up 8.9%, in 2016 compared to the same period
in 2015.

Total Assets:
Total assets as of December 31, 2016
were $148,579,000 compared to $147,841,000 at December 31, 2015. While
total assets increased year over year, 2016 total assets were negatively
impacted by increased fourth quarter loss payments associated with
Hurricane Matthew.

Policy Liabilities:
Policy liabilities were
$76,174,000 at December 31, 2016 compared to $77,043,000 at December 31,
2015; a decrease of $869,000 or 1.1%. The primary reason for the
decrease in policy liabilities in 2016 compared to the same period last
year was a $2,114,000 decline in property and casualty loss reserves.
Property and casualty loss reserves were down 21.9% in 2016 compared to
2015 primarily due to a lower year end claims inventory. While the
property and casualty subsidiary did incur more claims in the fourth
quarter of 2016 due to Hurricane Matthew, over 95% of Matthew claims
were settled by December 31, 2016.

Debt Outstanding:
Total debt at December 31, 2016 was
$17,126,000 compared to $17,957,000 at December 31, 2015. Debt was
reduced $831,000 during 2016 with the primary reason being the reduction
of long term debt in our holding company. The reduction of debt
continues to be a primary focus of management.

Shareholders' Equity:
Shareholders' equity as of
December 31, 2016 was $48,052,000 up $3,169,000 compared to December 31,
2015 Shareholders' equity of $44,883,000. Book value per share was
$19.09 at December 31, 2016, compared to $17.87 per share at
December 31, 2015, an increase of $1.22. Despite the adverse impact of
Hurricane Matthew, the Company had a 6.8% increase in book value per
share and a 7.1% increase in Shareholders' Equity in 2016 compared to
2015. The primary factor contributing to the increase in Shareholders'
equity was net income of $3,063,000. In addition, new shares issued
under our director compensation plan totaled $76,000 in 2016.
Furthermore, accumulated other comprehensive income increased $482,000.
The increase in accumulated other comprehensive income was driven by
increases in market values of available-for-sale investment securities.
Offsetting the increases in Shareholders' equity were dividends paid of
$452,000.

The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ Symbol: NSEC), through its
property & casualty and life insurance subsidiaries, offers property,
casualty, life, accident and health insurance in ten states. The Company
writes primarily personal lines property coverage including dwelling
fire and windstorm, homeowners, and mobile homeowners lines of
insurance. The Company also offers life, accident and health,
supplemental hospital and cancer insurance products. The Company was
founded in 1947 and is based in Elba, Alabama. Additional information
about the Company, including additional details of recent financial
results, can be found on our website: www.nationalsecuritygroup.com.

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