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The National Security Group, Inc. Releases Financial Results

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The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSEC) results for the three
months and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, based on US
generally accepted accounting principles, were reported today as follows:

Unaudited Consolidated Financial Summary    

Three months ended
September 30,

   

Nine months ended
September 30,

2017     2016 2017     2016
Gross premiums written $ 17,246,000   $ 17,166,000   $ 52,953,000   $ 52,623,000  
Net premiums written $ 15,499,000   $ 15,640,000   $ 48,354,000   $ 48,350,000  
 
Net premiums earned $ 15,467,000 $ 15,675,000 $ 45,838,000 $ 46,067,000
Net investment income 939,000 1,005,000 2,795,000 3,025,000
Net realized investment gains 75,000 287,000 312,000 536,000
Other income   150,000     152,000     447,000     456,000  
Total Revenues   16,631,000     17,119,000     49,392,000     50,084,000  
Policyholder benefits and settlement expenses 11,184,000 10,082,000 34,911,000 27,991,000
Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs 706,000 758,000 2,470,000 2,451,000
Commissions 2,096,000 2,088,000 5,947,000 6,313,000
General and administrative expenses 2,398,000 2,026,000 6,410,000 6,313,000
Taxes, licenses and fees 709,000 529,000 1,915,000 1,703,000
Interest expense   320,000     339,000     969,000     1,017,000  
Total Benefits, Losses and Expenses   17,413,000     15,822,000     52,622,000     45,788,000  
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes   (782,000 )   1,297,000     (3,230,000 )   4,296,000  
Income tax expense (benefit)   (225,000 )   367,000     (1,358,000 )   1,129,000  
Net Income (Loss) $ (557,000 ) $ 930,000   $ (1,872,000 ) $ 3,167,000  
Income (Loss) Per Common Share $ (0.22 ) $ 0.37   $ (0.74 ) $ 1.26  
 
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to non-GAAP Measurement
Net income (loss) $ (557,000 ) $ 930,000 $ (1,872,000 ) $ 3,167,000
Income tax expense (benefit) (225,000 ) 367,000 (1,358,000 ) 1,129,000
Realized investment gains, net   (75,000 )   (287,000 )   (312,000 )   (536,000 )
Pretax Income (Loss) From Operations $ (857,000 ) $ 1,010,000   $ (3,542,000 ) $ 3,760,000  
 

Management Commentary on Results of Operations

Summary:

For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company had a net
loss of $557,000, $0.22 loss per share, compared to net income of
$930,000, $0.37 income per share, for the three months ended September
30, 2016. The pretax loss from operations in third quarter of 2017
totaled $857,000 compared to pretax income from operations of $1,010,000
in the third quarter of 2016. Results for the third quarter of 2017 were
negatively impacted by losses reported from Hurricane Irma. On September
10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made US landfall in the Florida Keys and
impacted our policyholders in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and
Tennessee. Georgia was the primary state in our coverage area impacted
by Hurricane Irma comprising over 85% of reported claims to date. The
impact of this catastrophe led to $2,718,000 in reported losses and
contributed to a $1,984,000 increase in quarterly P&C segment
catastrophe losses, compared to third quarter 2016. Total catastrophe
related losses from all catastrophe events in the third quarter of 2017
were $3,626,000 compared to $1,642,000 in the third quarter of 2016.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company had a net loss
of $1,872,000, $0.74 loss per share, compared to net income of
$3,167,000, $1.26 income per share, for the nine months ended September
30, 2016, a period over period decrease of $5,039,000. The year to date
pretax loss from operations in 2017 totaled $3,542,000 compared to
pretax income from operations of $3,760,000 in 2016. Results for 2017
were negatively impacted by an increased frequency of severe
thunderstorm activity, which generated widespread wind, hail and tornado
damage to insured property across the Southeastern United States
throughout the nine-month period. In addition, our P&C segment was
negatively impacted by losses reported from Hurricane Irma. This
increased frequency of severe thunderstorm activity in 2017 coupled with
Hurricane Irma claims led to a year over year increase of $7,679,000 in
P&C segment catastrophe losses, compared to 2016. For the nine months
ended September 30, year to date reported catastrophe related losses in
2017 were $12,804,000 compared to $5,125,000 for the same period in
2016. Partially offsetting the increase in P&C segment storm losses in
the first nine months of 2017 was a decline in fire losses of $1,444,000
compared to the same period last year.

Three-month period ended September 30, 2017 compared to
three-month period ended September 30, 2016

Premium Revenue:
For the quarter ended September 30,
2017, net premiums earned were down $208,000 at $15,467,000 compared to
$15,675,000 in the third quarter of 2016. The decrease in net premium
earned was due to a 15.3% increase in ceded premium associated with our
catastrophe reinsurance coverage in the P&C segment. In addition, net
premium earned was down 5.1% in the life segment for the third quarter
of 2017 compared to the same period last year.

Net Income (Loss):
For the three months ended
September 30, 2017, the Company had a net loss of $557,000, $0.22 loss
per share, compared to net income of $930,000, $0.37 income per share,
for the same period in 2016, a decrease of $1,487,000. As discussed in
the summary above, an increase in third quarter catastrophe losses in
the P&C segment from Hurricane Irma was the primary factor contributing
to the decline in net income.

Pretax Income (Loss) from Operations:
For the quarter
ended September 30, 2017, pretax loss from operations was $857,000
compared to pretax income of $1,010,000 for the quarter ended September
30, 2016, a decrease of $1,867,000. Losses from storm related
catastrophe events totaled $3,626,000 in the third quarter of 2017
compared to $1,642,000 for the same period last year. The single largest
catastrophe event in the third quarter of 2017 was Hurricane Irma which
generated $2,718,000 in storm losses from 832 reported claims. In
comparison, the single largest catastrophe event in the third quarter of
2016 was a mid-August severe thunderstorm event that totaled $647,000
from 262 reported claims. The Company also strengthened P&C reserves for
unreported losses as an estimate of additional reported claim
development associated with third quarter storm activity. This reserve
strengthening increased third quarter 2017 policyholder benefits by
$500,000.

P&C Segment Combined Ratio:
The P&C segment ended
the third quarter of 2017 with a combined ratio of 105.9% with
catastrophe losses totaling $3,626,000 and increasing the third quarter
combined ratio by 25.8 percentage points. In comparison, third quarter
2016 cat events added $1,642,000 to prior year policyholder benefits and
settlement expenses. The P&C segment ended the third quarter of 2016
with a combined ratio of 92.3% with catastrophe losses contributing 11.6
percentage points to the combined ratio.

Nine-month period ended September 30, 2017 compared to nine-month
period ended September 30, 2016

Premium Revenue:
For the nine-month period ended
September 30, 2017, net premiums earned were down $229,000 at
$45,838,000 compared to $46,067,000 for the same period in 2016. The
decrease in net premium earned was due to a 0.4% increase in gross
premium earned in the P&C segment which was offset by a 7.3% increase in
ceded premium associated with an increase in catastrophe reinsurance
cost in the P&C segment. In addition, net earned premium in the life
segment was down 2.0% in 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Net Income (Loss):
For the nine-month period ended
September 30, 2017, the Company had a net loss of $1,872,000, $0.74 loss
per share, compared to net income of $3,167,000, $1.26 income per share,
for the same period in 2016, a decrease of $5,039,000. An increased
frequency of catastrophe losses related to widespread thunderstorm
activity, coupled with reported losses from Hurricane Irma, were the
primary factors contributing to the decline in year to date net income.
We have incurred catastrophe losses from 24 cat events in 2017 compared
to losses from 18 cat events in 2016.

Pretax Income (Loss) from Operations:
For the
nine-month period ended September 30, 2017, pretax loss from operations
was $3,542,000 compared to pretax income of $3,760,000 for the period
ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of $7,302,000. Losses reported from
catastrophe events totaled $12,804,000 in 2017 compared to $5,125,000
for the same period last year. The single largest catastrophe event in
2017 was Hurricane Irma which heavily impacted Georgia along with
several other states and generated $2,718,000 in insured losses from 832
claims. In comparison, the single largest catastrophe event in 2016 was
a February severe thunderstorm event that totaled $1,042,000 from 240
claims and primarily impacted the state of Louisiana. The Company also
strengthened P&C reserves for unreported losses as an estimate of
additional reported claim development associated with Hurricane Irma.
This reserve strengthening increased year to date 2017 policyholder
benefits by $500,000.

P&C Segment Combined Ratio:
The P&C segment ended
the first nine months of 2017 with a combined ratio of 108.5% with
reported catastrophe losses totaling $12,804,000 and increasing the
combined ratio by 30.8 percentage points. In comparison, 2016 reported
cat event losses added $5,125,000 to prior year policyholder benefits
and settlement expenses. The P&C segment ended the first nine months of
2016 with a combined ratio of 91.4% with catastrophe losses contributing
12.3 percentage points to the combined ratio.

Overview - Balance Sheet highlights at September 30, 2017 compared
to December 31, 2016

Selected Balance Sheet Highlights    

September 30,
2017

   

December 31,
2016

(UNAUDITED)
Invested Assets $ 112,203,000 $ 113,156,000
Cash $ 9,770,000 $ 7,368,000
Total Assets $ 151,315,000 $ 148,579,000
Policy Liabilities $ 80,687,000 $ 76,174,000
Total Debt $ 16,635,000 $ 17,126,000
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income $ 2,245,000 $ 1,007,000

Shareholders' Equity

$ 47,116,000 $ 48,052,000
Book Value Per Share $ 18.68 $ 19.09
 

Management Commentary on Financial Position

Invested Assets:
Invested assets as of September 30,
2017 were $112,203,000, down $953,000 or 0.8%, compared to $113,156,000
as of December 31, 2016. Growth of invested assets was adversely
impacted by increased claim payments associated with losses from
catastrophe events in 2017, a decline in cash flow from operations and
the maintenance of higher levels of liquidity due to the increase in P&C
segment insurance claims throughout the first nine months of 2017.

Cash:
The Company, primarily through its insurance
subsidiaries, had $9,770,000 in cash and cash equivalents at September
30, 2017, compared to $7,368,000 at December 31, 2016. The moderate
increase in cash was due to an increase in cash flow provided from
investments and delays in the reinvestment of invested assets due to
increased storm activity in 2017.

Total Assets:
Total assets as of September 30, 2017
were $151,315,000 compared to $148,579,000 at December 31, 2016. While
total assets increased in 2017, growth was negatively impacted by
increased loss payments associated with the higher frequency of
catastrophe events.

Policy Liabilities:
Policy liabilities were
$80,687,000 at September 30, 2017 compared to $76,174,000 at December
31, 2016; an increase of $4,513,000 or 5.9%. The primary reasons for the
increase in policy liabilities in 2017 compared to 2016 were a
$1,366,000 increase in P&C segment claims, primarily from Hurricane
Irma, coupled with a $2,626,000 increase in unearned premiums. Due to
the timing of insurance renewals across our entire book of P&C segment
business, unearned premium tends to peak during the second and third
quarters and decline as yearend approaches, which is the primary factor
contributing to the increase in unearned premium at September 30, 2017
compared to December 31, 2016.

Debt Outstanding:
Total debt at September 30, 2017
was $16,635,000 compared to $17,126,000 at December 31, 2016. Debt was
reduced $491,000 during the first nine months of 2017 due to a reduction
in short-term debt outstanding. The improvement of balance sheet
strength through reduction of debt continues to be a primary focus of
management.

Shareholders' Equity:
Shareholders' equity as of
September 30, 2017 was $47,116,000, down $936,000, compared to
December 31, 2016 Shareholders' equity of $48,052,000. Book value per
share was $18.68 at September 30, 2017, compared to $19.09 per share at
December 31, 2016, a decrease of $0.41. Despite the adverse impact of
multiple catastrophe events in 2017, as well as Hurricane Irma losses,
the Company had only a 2.1% decrease in book value per share and a 1.9%
decrease in Shareholders' Equity during the first nine months of 2017.
The primary factor contributing to the decrease in Shareholders' equity
was a net loss of $1,872,000. In addition, Shareholders' equity was also
reduced by dividends paid of $378,000. Offsetting the decreases was an
increase in accumulated other comprehensive income of $1,238,000. The
increase in accumulated other comprehensive income was driven by
increases in market values of available-for-sale investment securities.

The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ Symbol: NSEC), through its
property and 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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