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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ______to ______                 

 

Commission File Number: 000-50070

 

SAFETY INSURANCE GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware

 

13-4181699

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

20 Custom House Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110

(Address of principal executive offices including zip code)

 

(617) 951-0600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes ☒  No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes ☒  No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large accelerated filer

 

  

Accelerated filer

 

 

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

  

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.     

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  

Yes ☐  No ☒

 

As of May 2, 2018 there were 15,286,891 shares of common stock with a par value of $0.01 per share outstanding.

 

 

 


 

SAFETY INSURANCE GROUP, INC.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Page No.

Part I.       Financial Information

Item 1.

Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

3

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

4

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

5

 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

6

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

7

 

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

8

Item 2. 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

24 

Item 3. 

Quantitative and Qualitative Information about Market Risk

42

Item 4. 

Controls and Procedures

42

Part II.     Other Information

Item 1 

Legal Proceedings

44

Item 1A. 

Risk Factors

44

Item 2. 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

44

Item 3. 

Defaults upon Senior Securities

44

Item 4. 

Mine Safety Disclosures

44

Item 5. 

Other Information

44

Item 6. 

Exhibits 

44

EXHIBIT INDEX 

45

SIGNATURE 

46

 

 

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Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

March 31, 

    

December 31, 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed maturities, available for sale, at fair value (amortized cost: $1,157,244 and $1,156,697)

 

$

1,155,123

 

$

1,172,026

Equity securities, at fair value (cost: $98,696 and $90,481)

 

 

116,601

 

 

111,867

Other invested assets

 

 

24,883

 

 

23,162

Total investments

 

 

1,296,607

 

 

1,307,055

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

24,830

 

 

41,708

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

 

 

193,213

 

 

190,649

Receivable for securities sold

 

 

1,048

 

 

1,380

Accrued investment income

 

 

10,032

 

 

8,876

Taxes recoverable

 

 

2,568

 

 

908

Receivable from reinsurers related to paid loss and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

27,348

 

 

24,776

Receivable from reinsurers related to unpaid loss and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

87,067

 

 

83,085

Ceded unearned premiums

 

 

33,170

 

 

32,175

Deferred policy acquisition costs

 

 

71,217

 

 

72,202

Deferred income taxes

 

 

714

 

 

 —

Equity and deposits in pools

 

 

28,660

 

 

28,246

Other assets

 

 

20,863

 

 

16,219

Total assets

 

$

1,797,337

 

$

1,807,279

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves

 

$

579,774

 

$

574,054

Unearned premium reserves

 

 

427,231

 

 

428,257

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

 

51,275

 

 

60,701

Payable for securities purchased

 

 

9,764

 

 

4,188

Payable to reinsurers

 

 

19,456

 

 

13,801

Deferred income taxes

 

 

 —

 

 

2,917

Other liabilities

 

 

24,192

 

 

22,345

Total liabilities

 

 

1,111,692

 

 

1,106,263

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock:  $0.01 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 17,566,461 and 17,499,544 shares issued

 

 

176

 

 

175

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

191,328

 

 

189,714

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of taxes

 

 

(1,675)

 

 

24,269

Retained earnings

 

 

579,651

 

 

570,693

Treasury stock, at cost: 2,279,570 shares

 

 

(83,835)

 

 

(83,835)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

685,645

 

 

701,016

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

1,797,337

 

$

1,807,279

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

3


 

Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended  March 31, 

    

 

    

2018

    

2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earned premiums

 

$

192,033

 

$

189,711

 

Net investment income

 

 

10,531

 

 

9,095

 

Earnings from partnership investments

 

 

4,864

 

 

113

 

Net realized gains on investments

 

 

1,306

 

 

1,542

 

Change in net unrealized gains on equity investments

 

 

(3,482)

 

 

 —

 

Finance and other service income

 

 

4,467

 

 

4,309

 

Total revenue

 

 

209,719

 

 

204,770

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Losses and loss adjustment expenses

 

 

137,644

 

 

128,430

 

Underwriting, operating and related expenses

 

 

60,856

 

 

59,670

 

Interest expense

 

 

22

 

 

22

 

Total expenses

 

 

198,522

 

 

188,122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

11,197

 

 

16,648

 

Income tax expense

 

 

2,072

 

 

4,629

 

Net income

 

$

9,125

 

$

12,019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per weighted average common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.60

 

$

0.80

 

Diluted

 

$

0.60

 

$

0.79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends paid per common share

 

$

0.80

 

$

0.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares used in computing earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

15,045,962

 

 

14,980,005

 

Diluted

 

 

15,191,139

 

 

15,096,728

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended  March 31, 

 

    

2018

    

2017

Net income

 

$

9,125

 

$

12,019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized holding (losses) gains during the period, net of income tax (benefit) expense of ($12,617) and $2,831 .

 

 

(24,912)

 

 

5,257

Reclassification adjustment for net realized gains on investments included in net income, net of income tax expense of ($274) and ($540).

 

 

(1,032)

 

 

(1,002)

Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:

 

 

(25,944)

 

 

4,255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive (loss) income

 

$

(16,819)

 

$

16,274

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

5


 

Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

    

 

    

Accumulated

    

    

 

    

    

 

    

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

Comprehensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Common

 

Paid-in

 

Income,

 

Retained

 

Treasury

 

Shareholders’

 

 

Stock

 

Capital

 

Net of Taxes

 

Earnings

 

Stock

 

Equity

Balance at December 31, 2016

 

$

174

 

$

184,549

 

$

15,843

 

$

553,995

 

$

(83,835)

 

$

670,726

Net income, January 1 to March 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,019

 

 

 

 

 

12,019

Unrealized gains on securities available for sale, net of deferred federal income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,255

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,255

Restricted share awards issued

 

 

 1

 

 

294

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

295

Recognition of employee share-based compensation, net of deferred federal income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

1,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,228

Dividends paid and accrued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10,674)

 

 

 

 

 

(10,674)

Balance at March 31, 2017

 

$

175

 

$

186,071

 

$

20,098

 

$

555,340

 

$

(83,835)

 

$

677,849

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

    

 

    

Accumulated

    

    

 

    

    

 

    

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

Comprehensive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Common

 

Paid-in

 

Income,

 

Retained

 

Treasury

 

Shareholders’

 

 

Stock

 

Capital

 

Net of Taxes

 

Earnings

 

Stock

 

Equity

Balance at December 31, 2017

 

$

175

 

$

189,714

 

$

24,269

 

$

570,693

 

$

(83,835)

 

$

701,016

Cumulative effect of adoption of updated accounting guidance for equity financial instruments at January 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(16,895)

 

 

16,895

 

 

 

 

 

 —

Reclassification of certain tax effects from accumulated other comprehensive income at January 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,736

 

 

(4,736)

 

 

 

 

 

 —

Net income, January 1 to March 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,125

 

 

 

 

 

9,125

Unrealized losses on securities available for sale, net of deferred federal income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(13,785)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(13,785)

Restricted share awards issued

 

 

 1

 

 

375

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

376

Recognition of employee share-based compensation, net of deferred federal income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

1,239

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,239

Dividends paid and accrued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12,326)

 

 

 

 

 

(12,326)

Balance at March 31, 2018

 

$

176

 

$

191,328

 

$

(1,675)

 

$

579,651

 

$

(83,835)

 

$

685,645

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

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Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 

 

    

2018

    

2017

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

9,125

 

$

12,019

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment amortization, net

 

 

1,243

 

 

1,979

Fixed Asset depreciation, net

 

 

1,153

 

 

916

Stock based compensation

 

 

1,614

 

 

1,522

Provision for deferred income taxes

 

 

34

 

 

483

Net realized gains on investments

 

 

(1,306)

 

 

(1,542)

Net impairment losses on investments

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

Earnings from partnership investments

 

 

(2,526)

 

 

(113)

Change in net unrealized gains on equity investments

 

 

3,482

 

 

 —

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(2,564)

 

 

3,751

Accrued investment income

 

 

(1,156)

 

 

(701)

Receivable from reinsurers

 

 

(6,554)

 

 

(5,590)

Ceded unearned premiums

 

 

(995)

 

 

881

Deferred policy acquisition costs

 

 

985

 

 

428

Taxes recoverable

 

 

(1,660)

 

 

 —

Other assets

 

 

(5,653)

 

 

(3,117)

Loss and loss adjustment expense reserves

 

 

5,720

 

 

9,228

Unearned premium reserves

 

 

(1,026)

 

 

278

Taxes payable

 

 

 —

 

 

427

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

 

(9,412)

 

 

(17,731)

Payable to reinsurers

 

 

5,655

 

 

(7,677)

Other liabilities

 

 

1,847

 

 

5,435

Net cash (used for) provided by operating activities

 

 

(1,994)

 

 

876

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixed maturities purchased

 

 

(54,567)

 

 

(33,161)

Equity securities purchased

 

 

(12,664)

 

 

(7,963)

Other invested assets purchased

 

 

(129)

 

 

(2,973)

Proceeds from sales and paydowns of fixed maturities

 

 

35,247

 

 

47,535

Proceeds from maturities, redemptions, and calls of fixed maturities

 

 

23,272

 

 

10,490

Proceed from sales of equity securities

 

 

5,911

 

 

8,637

Proceeds from other invested assets redeemed

 

 

944

 

 

203

Fixed assets purchased

 

 

(558)

 

 

(758)

Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities

 

 

(2,544)

 

 

22,010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends paid to shareholders

 

 

(12,340)

 

 

(10,697)

Net cash used for financing activities

 

 

(12,340)

 

 

(10,697)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(16,878)

 

 

12,189

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

 

41,708

 

 

20,052

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

24,830

 

$

32,241

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

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Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

(Dollars in thousands except per share and share data)

 

1.  Basis of Presentation

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”).  The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods.  Actual results could differ from these estimates.

 

The consolidated financial statements include Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”).  The subsidiaries consist of Safety Insurance Company, Safety Indemnity Insurance Company, Safety Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Safety Asset Management Corporation (“SAMC”), and Safety Management Corporation, which is SAMC’s holding company.  All intercompany transactions have been eliminated.

 

The financial information for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 is unaudited; however, in the opinion of the Company, the information includes all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows for the periods.  The financial information as of December 31, 2017 is derived from the audited financial statements included in the Company's 2017 annual report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 28, 2018.

 

These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements may not be indicative of financial results for the full year and should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2018. 

 

The Company is a leading provider of property and casualty insurance focused primarily on the Massachusetts market.  The Company’s principal product line is automobile insurance.  The Company operates through its insurance company subsidiaries, Safety Insurance Company, Safety Indemnity Insurance Company, and Safety Property and Casualty Insurance Company (together referred to as the “Insurance Subsidiaries”).

 

 The Insurance Subsidiaries began writing private passenger automobile and homeowners insurance in New Hampshire during 2008, personal umbrella insurance in New Hampshire during 2009, and commercial automobile insurance in New Hampshire during 2011. The Insurance Subsidiaries began writing all of these lines of business in Maine during 2016.

 

 

2.  Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In February 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-02, Income Statement – Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income. The ASU permits a reclassification from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings for stranded tax effects resulting from the newly enacted federal corporate income tax rate as a result of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). The amount of the reclassification is the difference between the historical corporate income tax rate of thirty-five percent and the newly enacted twenty-one percent corporate income tax rate. The ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018.  Early adoption is permitted. The Company adopted the updated guidance effective January 1, 2018 and elected to reclassify the income tax effects of the TCJA from accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) to retained earnings at the beginning of the period of adoption. This reclassification resulted in a decrease of $4,736 in retained earnings as of January 1, 2018 and an increase in AOCI by the same amount.

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Safety Insurance Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

(Dollars in thousands except per share and share data)

 

In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-08, Receivables – Nonrefundable Fees and Other Costs (Subtopic 310-20): Premium Amortization on Purchased Callable Debt Securities, which requires certain premiums on callable debt securities to be amortized to the earliest call date. The amortization period for callable debt securities purchased at a discount will not be impacted. For public business entities with calendar year ends, the amendments in ASU No. 2017-08 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, including adoption in an interim period. If early adopted in an interim period, any adjustments should be reflected as of the beginning of the fiscal year that includes the interim period.  The Company is evaluating the impact of ASU 2017-08 on its financial position and results of operations. The extent of the impact will depend upon the nature and characteristics of the Company’s portfolio at the adoption date.

 

In December 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-19 - Technical Corrections and Improvements, which covers a wide range of Topics in the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC). The amendments in this Update represent changes to clarify, correct errors, or make minor improvements to the ASC, making it easier to understand and apply by eliminating inconsistencies and providing clarifications. The amendments generally fall into one of the following categories: amendments related to differences between original guidance and the ASC, guidance clarification and reference corrections, simplification, or minor improvements. Most of the amendments in ASU 2016-19 do not require transition guidance and are effective upon issuance of ASU 2016-19. The impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-19 was not material to the Company’s financial position, results of operations, cash flows or disclosures.

 

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments. ASU 2016-15 reduces diversity in practice in how certain transactions are classified in the statement of cash flows. The amendments in ASU 2016-15 provide guidance on specific cash flow issues including debt prepayment or debt extinguishment costs, settlement of zero-coupon debt instruments or other debt instruments with coupon interest rates that are insignificant in relation to the effective interest rate of the borrowing, contingent consideration payments made after a business combination, proceeds from the settlement of insurance claims, proceeds from the settlement of corporate-owned life insurance policies, and distributions received from equity method investees. ASU 2016-15 is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2017. The impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-15 was not material to the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Statements, which amends the guidance for the impairment of financial instruments and is expected to result in more timely recognition of impairment losses. The update introduces an impairment model referred to as the current expected credit loss (“CECL”) model. The impairment model is based on expected losses rather than incurred losses. Under the new guidance, an entity recognizes as an allowance its estimate of expected credit losses. The ASU is also intended to reduce the complexity of the current guidance by decreasing the number of credit impairment models that entities use to account for debt instruments. For public business entities that are SEC filers, the amendments in ASU No. 2016-13 are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Entities may adopt the amendments in this update earlier as of the fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is evaluating the impact of ASU 2016-13 on its financial position and results of operations with regards to potential credit losses on its Available For Sale investment portfolio.  The extent of the increase of credit losses will depend upon the nature and characteristics of the Company’s portfolio at the adoption date, and the macroeconomic conditions and forecasts at the date.

 

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09, Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. This ASC update requires all excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies to be recognized as income tax expense or benefit in the income statement, and be treated as discrete items in the reporting period in which they occur. Additionally, excess tax benefits will be classified with other income tax cash flows as an operating activity and cash paid by an employer when directly withholding shares for tax withholding purposes will be classified as a financing activity. Awards that are used to settle employee tax liabilities will be allowed

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Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

(Dollars in thousands except per share and share data)

 

to qualify for equity classification for withholdings up to the maximum statutory tax rates in applicable jurisdictions. Regarding forfeitures, a company can make an entity-wide accounting policy election to either continue estimating the number of awards that are expected to vest or account for forfeitures when they occur. The updated guidance is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016 and interim periods within those annual periods. The impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-09 was not material to the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases. ASU 2016-02 establishes a right-of-use (“ROU”) model that requires a lessee to record a ROU asset and a lease liability on the balance sheet for all leases with terms longer than 12 months. Leases will be classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement. The new standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. A modified retrospective transition approach is required for lessees for capital and operating leases existing at, or entered into after, the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented in the financial statements, with certain practical expedients available. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of ASU 2016-02 by reviewing its existing lease contracts.  The Company expects a gross-up of its Consolidated Balance Sheets as a result of recognizing lease liabilities and right of use assets.  The extent of such gross-up is under evaluation.  The Company does not expect material changes to the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-01, Financial Instruments-Overall (Subtopic 825-10), Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities. The amendments in this ASC update address certain aspects of recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of financial instruments. ASU 2016-01: (1) requires equity investments (except those accounted for under the equity method or those that result in the consolidation of the investee) to be measured at fair value with changes in the fair value recognized in net income; (2) simplifies the impairment assessment of equity investments without readily determinable fair values by requiring a qualitative assessment to identify impairment; (3) requires the use of the exit price notion when measuring the fair value of financial instruments for disclosure purposes; and (4) requires separate presentation of financial assets and financial liabilities by measurement category and form of financial asset on the balance sheet or the notes to the financial statements. These amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company adopted the updated guidance effective January 1, 2018 which resulted in the recognition of $16,895 of net after-tax unrealized gains on equity investments as a cumulative effect adjustment that increased retained earnings as of January 1, 2018 and decreased AOCI by the same amount. At December 31, 2017, equity investments were classified as available-for-sale on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets, however, upon adoption, the updated guidance eliminated the available-for-sale balance sheet classification for equity investments.

 

In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements – Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosures of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability as a Going Concern. ASU 2014-15 provides guidance on determining when and how to disclose going concern uncertainties in the financial statements, and requires management to perform interim and annual assessments of an entity’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year of the date the financial statements are issued. ASU 2014-15 is effective for annual periods ending after December 15, 2016 and interim periods thereafter.  Management has assessed and concluded that there were no conditions or events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date the financial statements were issued.

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued as final, ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes virtually all existing revenue recognition guidance under GAAP. The update's core principle is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The update is effective for interim and annual reporting periods in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017 and allows early adoption. ASU 2014-09 allows for the use of either the retrospective or modified retrospective approach of adoption. The Company adopted the updated guidance effective January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective approach. The

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Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

(Dollars in thousands except per share and share data)

 

adoption of ASU 2014-09 did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations, cash flows, or disclosures.

 

 

3.  Earnings per Weighted Average Common Share

 

Basic earnings per weighted average common share (“EPS”) are calculated by dividing net income by the weighted average number of basic common shares outstanding during the period.  Diluted earnings per share amounts are based on the weighted average number of common shares including non-vested performance stock grants and the net effect of potentially dilutive common stock options.

 

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted EPS for the periods indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended  March 31, 

 

 

 

2018

 

2017

 

Earnings attributable to common shareholders - basic and diluted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income from continuing operations

 

$

9,125

 

$

12,019

 

Allocation of income for participating shares

 

 

(56)

 

 

(79)

 

Net income from continuing operations attributed to common shareholders

 

$

9,069

 

$

11,940

 

Earnings per share denominator - basic and diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total weighted average common shares outstanding, including participating shares

 

 

15,139,036

 

 

15,079,684

 

Less: weighted average participating shares

 

 

(93,074)

 

 

(99,679)

 

Basic earnings per share denominator

 

 

15,045,962

 

 

14,980,005

 

Common equivalent shares- stock options

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Common equivalent shares- non-vested performance stock grants

 

 

145,177

 

 

116,723

 

Diluted earnings per share denominator

 

 

15,191,139

 

 

15,096,728

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

$

0.60

 

$

0.80

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

0.60

 

$

0.79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undistributed earnings attributable to common shareholders - basic and diluted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders -Basic

 

$

0.60

 

$

0.80

 

Dividends declared

 

 

(0.80)

 

 

(0.70)

 

Undistributed earnings

 

$

(0.20)

 

$

0.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders -Diluted

 

$

0.60

 

$

0.79

 

Dividends declared

 

 

(0.80)

 

 

(0.70)

 

Undistributed earnings

 

$

(0.20)

 

$

0.09

 

 

 Diluted EPS excludes stock options with exercise prices and exercise tax benefits greater than the average market price of the Company’s common stock during the period because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive. There were no anti-dilutive stock options or non vested performance stock grants for the three months ended March 31, 2018. There were 738 anti-dilutive shares related to non vested performance stock grants for the three months ended March 31,  2017.

 

4.  Share-Based Compensation

 

Management Omnibus Incentive Plan

 

Long-term incentive compensation is provided under the Company’s 2002 Management Omnibus Incentive Plan (“the Incentive Plan”) which provides for a variety of share-based compensation awards, including nonqualified stock options, incentive stock options, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock (“RS”) awards.

 

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The maximum number of shares of common stock with respect to which awards may be granted is 2,500,000.  The Incentive Plan was amended in March of 2013 to remove "share recycling" plan provisions.  Hence, shares of stock covered by an award under the Incentive Plan that are forfeited are no longer available for issuance in connection with 2013 and future grants of awards.  At March 31, 2018, there were 137,968 shares available for future grant.  The Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee intend to issue more awards under the Incentive Plan in the future.

 

On April 2, 2018, our Board of Directors adopted the Safety Insurance Group, Inc. 2018 Long-Term Incentive Plan (“the 2018 Plan”), subject to shareholder approval. We have requested that the Company’s shareholders approve the 2018 Plan at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will make 350,000 shares of common stock available for issuance to our employees and other eligible participants. The Company will not grant any awards under the 2018 Plan before approval by the shareholders of the Company.

 

Accounting and Reporting for Stock-Based Awards

 

Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 718, Compensation —Stock Compensation requires the Company to measure and recognize the cost of employee services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments.  Under the provisions of ASC 718, share-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date, based on the fair value of the award, and is recognized as an expense over the requisite service period (generally the vesting period of the equity grant).

 

Restricted Stock

 

Service-based restricted stock awarded in the form of unvested shares is recorded at the market value of the Company’s common stock on the grant date and amortized ratably as compensation expense over the requisite service period.  Service-based restricted stock awards generally vest over a three-year period and vest 30% on the first and second anniversaries of the grant date and 40% on the third anniversary of the grant date, except for non-executive employees’ restricted stock awards granted prior to 2018 which vest ratably over a five-year service period and independent directors’ stock awards which vest immediately.  Our independent directors are subject to stock ownership guidelines, which require them to have a value four times their annual cash retainer.

 

In addition to service-based awards, the Company grants performance-based restricted shares to certain employees.  These performance shares cliff vest after a three-year performance period provided certain performance measures are attained.  A portion of these awards, which contain a market condition, vest according to the level of total shareholder return achieved by the Company compared to its property-casualty insurance peers over a three-year period.  The remainder, which contain a performance condition, vest according to the level of Company’s combined ratio results compared to a target based on its property-casualty insurance peers.

 

Actual payouts can range from 0% to 200% of target shares awarded depending upon the level of achievement of the respective market and performance conditions during a three calendar-year performance period.  Compensation expense for share awards with a performance condition is based on the probable number of awards expected to vest using the performance level most likely to be achieved at the end of the performance period.

 

Performance-based awards with market conditions are accounted for and measured differently from awards that have a performance or service condition.  The effect of a market condition is reflected in the award’s fair value on the grant date.  That fair value is recognized as compensation cost over the requisite service period regardless of whether the market-based performance objective has been satisfied.

 

All of the Company’s restricted stock awards are issued as incentive compensation and are equity classified.

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Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

(Dollars in thousands except per share and share data)

 

 

The following table summarizes restricted stock activity under the Incentive Plan during the three months ended March 31, 2018 assuming a target payout for the 2018 performance-based shares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Shares 

    

Weighted

 

Performance-based

    

Weighted

 

 

 

Under

 

Average

 

Shares Under

 

Average

 

 

 

Restriction

 

Fair Value

 

Restriction

 

Fair Value

 

Outstanding at beginning of year

 

93,086

 

$

63.13

 

105,660

 

$

62.75

 

Granted

 

39,451

 

 

75.05

 

31,668

 

 

72.21

 

Vested and unrestricted

 

(42,204)

 

 

62.36

 

(27,003)

 

 

61.48

 

Forfeited

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

(4,202)

 

 

61.48

 

Outstanding at end of period

 

90,333

 

$

68.67

 

106,123

 

$

66.79

 

 

 As of March 31, 2018, there was $9,941 of unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested restricted stock awards that is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.9 years.  The total fair value of the shares that were vested and unrestricted during the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 was $4,292 and $3,308, respectively.  For the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company recorded compensation expense related to restricted stock of $1,275 and $989, net of income tax benefits of $339 and $533, respectively.

 

5.  Investments

 

The gross unrealized gains and losses on investments in fixed maturity securities, including redeemable preferred stocks that have characteristics of fixed maturities, and equity securities, including interests in mutual funds, and other invested assets were as follows for the periods indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Unrealized Losses (3)

 

 

 

 

    

Cost or

    

Gross

    

Non-OTTI

    

OTTI

    

Estimated

 

 

Amortized

 

Unrealized

 

Unrealized

 

Unrealized

 

Fair

 

 

Cost

 

Gains

 

Losses

 

Losses (4)

 

Value

U.S. Treasury securities

 

$

1,808

 

$

 —

 

$

(39)

 

$

 —

 

$

1,769

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

 

385,669

 

 

8,280

 

 

(2,741)

 

 

 —

 

 

391,208

Residential mortgage-backed securities (1)

 

 

244,037

 

 

1,625

 

 

(5,796)

 

 

 —

 

 

239,866

Commercial mortgage-backed securities

 

 

39,248

 

 

42

 

 

(840)

 

 

 —

 

 

38,450

Other asset-backed securities

 

 

61,945

 

 

260

 

 

(396)

 

 

 —

 

 

61,809

Corporate and other securities

 

 

424,537

 

 

3,971

 

 

(6,487)

 

 

 —

 

 

422,021

Subtotal, fixed maturity securities 

 

 

1,157,244

 

 

14,178

 

 

(16,299)

 

 

 —

 

 

1,155,123

Equity securities (2)

 

 

98,696

 

 

19,369

 

 

(1,464)

 

 

 —

 

 

116,601

Other invested assets (5)

 

 

24,883

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

24,883

Totals

 

$

1,280,823

 

$

33,547

 

$

(17,763)

 

$

 —

 

$

1,296,607

 

 

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(Dollars in thousands except per share and share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Unrealized Losses (3)

 

 

 

 

 

    

Cost or

    

Gross

    

Non-OTTI

    

OTTI

    

Estimated

 

 

 

Amortized

 

Unrealized

 

Unrealized

 

Unrealized

 

Fair

 

 

 

Cost

 

Gains

 

Losses

 

Losses (4)

 

Value

 

U.S. Treasury securities

 

$

1,809

 

$

 —

 

$

(18)

 

$

 —

 

$

1,791

 

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

 

391,806

 

 

12,244

 

 

(966)

 

 

 —

 

 

403,084

 

Residential mortgage-backed securities (1)

 

 

223,257

 

 

2,352

 

 

(2,843)

 

 

 —

 

 

222,766

 

Commercial mortgage-backed securities

 

 

39,268

 

 

415

 

 

(314)

 

 

 —

 

 

39,369

 

Other asset-backed securities

 

 

72,665

 

 

173

 

 

(225)

 

 

 —

 

 

72,613

 

Corporate and other securities

 

 

427,892

 

 

6,962

 

 

(2,451)

 

 

 —

 

 

432,403

 

Subtotal, fixed maturity securities 

 

 

1,156,697

 

 

22,146

 

 

(6,817)

 

 

 —

 

 

1,172,026

 

Equity securities (2)

 

 

90,481

 

 

21,995

 

 

(609)

 

 

 —

 

 

111,867

 

Other invested assets (5)

 

 

23,162

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

23,162

 

Totals

 

$

1,270,340

 

$

44,141

 

$

(7,426)

 

$

 —

 

$

1,307,055

 


(1)

Residential mortgage-backed securities consists primarily of obligations of U.S. Government agencies including collateralized mortgage obligations issued, guaranteed and/or insured by the following issuers: Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA), Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB).

(2)

Equity securities included interests in mutual funds held to fund the Company’s executive deferred compensation plan.

(3)

Our investment portfolio included 600 and 367 securities in an unrealized loss position at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

(4)

Amounts in this column represent other-than-temporary impairment (“OTTI”) recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income.

(5)

Other invested assets are accounted for under the equity method which approximated fair value.

 

 

The amortized cost and the estimated fair value of fixed maturity securities, by maturity, are shown below for the period indicated.  Expected maturities will differ from contractual maturities because borrowers may have the right to call or prepay obligations with or without call or prepayment penalties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2018

 

    

Amortized

    

Estimated

 

 

Cost

 

Fair Value

Due in one year or less

 

$

49,054

 

$

49,035

Due after one year through five years

 

 

289,999

 

 

292,493

Due after five years through ten years

 

 

260,296

 

 

259,596

Due after ten years through twenty years

 

 

207,835

 

 

208,966

Due after twenty years

 

 

4,829

 

 

4,908

Asset-backed securities

 

 

345,231

 

 

340,125

Totals

 

$

1,157,244

 

$

1,155,123

The gross realized gains and losses on sales of investments were as follows for the periods indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended  March 31, 

    

 

    

2018

    

2017