21st Century Holding Company Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Earnings And Declares Quarterly Dividend
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, 21st Century Holding Company (Nasdaq: TCHC), reported results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2008 and announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share payable on June 1, 2009 to shareholders of record as of May 1, 2009 at its regular quarterly meeting. The Company believes that it is a prudent measure to take in reducing the dividend to a level that the Company can support under normal operating conditions, as well as to preserve capital for future opportunities.
For the three months ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.35 per share on 8,013,894 average shares outstanding, as compared to net income of $8.1 million, or $1.02 per share on 7,913,249 average shares outstanding in the same three-month period last year.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, the Company reported a net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.31 per share on 7,979,436 average undiluted shares outstanding, as compared to net income of $21.3 million, or $2.69 per share on 7,922,542 average undiluted shares outstanding in the same twelve-month period last year. On a diluted share basis, the Company reported a net loss of $0.31 per share, based on the same 7,979,436 average undiluted shares outstanding, as compared to $2.65 per share, based on 8,030,205 average diluted shares outstanding for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007.
Realized investment losses of $0.8 million, net of a $0.5 million income tax benefit, were reported by the Company for the three months ended December 31, 2008. Excluding these losses, the net loss would have been $2.0 million for the same three month period. Realized investment losses of $6.6 million, net of a $4.0 million income tax benefit, were reported by the Company for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008. Excluding these losses, the net income would have been $4.1 million for the same twelve month period.
Net premiums earned decreased $10.0 million or 40.4% to $14.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008 as compared to $24.9 million for the same three month period last year. Net premiums earned decreased $34.1 million or 34.4% to $65.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 as compared to $99.2 million for the same twelve month period last year.
Total revenues decreased $13.6 million or 46.0% to $15.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2008, as compared to $29.5 million for the same three-month period last year. Total revenues decreased $51.8 million or 43.5% to $67.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, as compared to $119.1 million for the same twelve month period last year.
Michael H. Braun, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Although 2008 results were disappointing, the Company intends on increasing its premiums by expanding the scope of its authorized lines of business and enhancing the marketing activities of its insurance products.
We believe that Federated National is well positioned in today’s homeowners’ property insurance market place and poised to significantly expand its market share. We expect that there will be increased demand for insurance policies in the Florida property market in 2009 and 2010. One of the reasons for this increase is the continued exodus of the national property insurance carriers from Florida. During 2009 we expect to grow in-force homeowner policies with new marketing initiatives and the Citizen Property Insurance Company assumption program.
American Vehicle is also positioned in today’s market place with new products to complement its established commercial general liability core product line. During 2009, we expect to see a modest growth in premiums and the introduction of several new insurance products to complement the needs of our commercial general liability customers.”
The Company’s CEO, Michael H. Braun, and its CFO, Peter J. Prygelski, III, will discuss the financial results and review the outlook for the Company at a conference call to be held on Thursday, March 5 at 4:30p.m. (ET]. Messrs. Braun and Prygelski invite interested parties to participate in the conference call. A live webcast of the call will be available online at http://www.21stcenturyholding.com in the Conference Calls section. Listeners interested in participating in the Q&A session can access the conference call by dialing toll free 877-591-4959. Please call at least five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the presentation.
About the Company
The Company, through its subsidiaries, underwrites standard and non-standard personal automobile insurance, flood insurance, general liability insurance, mobile home insurance and homeowners’ property and casualty insurance in the State of Florida. The Company underwrites general liability coverage as an admitted carrier in the States of Louisiana, Texas and Alabama for more than 300 classes of business, including special events, as well as homeowners’ coverage in the State of Louisiana. The Company also operates as an approved (non-admitted) carrier in the States of Georgia and Kentucky offering the same general liability products. In addition, the Company has underwriting authority and processes claims for third party insurance companies. In addition to insurance services, the Company offers premium finance services to its insureds as well as insureds of certain third party insurance companies.
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