Atlantic American Corporation (Nasdaq- AAME) today reported net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per common share, in the first quarter of 2021 compared to net loss of $8.1 million, or $0.40 per common share, in the first quarter of 2020.   The decrease in net loss was primarily the result of unrealized gains on equity securities of $0.7 million in the current quarter as compared to unrealized losses on equity securities of $8.5 million in the prior year quarter. Although price levels have generally recovered, the Company’s investment portfolio was significantly impacted during the first quarter of 2020 by material declines in capital markets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premium revenue for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 increased $0.5 million, or 1.2%, to $46.1 million from $45.6 million in the three month period ended March 31, 2020. The increase in premium revenue was primarily attributable to an increase in the automobile physical damage and automobile liability lines of business in the property and casualty operations. Operating loss (as defined below) decreased $0.6 million to $1.4 million in the three month period ended March 31, 2021 compared to $2.0 million in the three month period ended March 31, 2020. The decrease in operating loss was primarily due to favorable loss experience in the Company’s life and health operations, resulting from improved rate adequacy coupled with a decrease in the number of incurred claims within the Medicare supplement line of business.

Commenting on the results, Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “As the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic begins to fade, the dedication and focus of our employees has not wavered. Operating results for the quarter improved over prior year along with moderate growth in our premium revenue. We are also excited to announce that our voluntary employee benefits division, BankersWorksite has rebranded and will now operate under the trade name of Atlantic American Employee Benefits.   Additionally, we are extremely proud to report AM Best recently announced they have affirmed the credit ratings of Atlantic American Corporation and its subsidiaries.”

Atlantic American Corporation is an insurance holding company involved through its subsidiary companies in specialty markets of the life, health, and property and casualty insurance industries. Its principal insurance subsidiaries are American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company and Bankers Fidelity Assurance Company.

Note regarding non-GAAP financial measure: Atlantic American Corporation presents its consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, from time to time, the Company may present, in its public statements, press releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, non-GAAP financial measures such as operating income (loss). Management believes operating income (loss) is a useful metric for investors, potential investors, securities analysts and others because it isolates the “core” operating results of the Company before considering certain items that are either beyond the control of management (such as income tax expense, which is subject to timing, regulatory and rate changes depending on the timing of the associated revenues and expenses) or are not expected to regularly impact the Company’s operating results (such as any realized and unrealized investment gains (losses), which are not a part of the Company’s primary operations and are, to a limited extent, subject to discretion in terms of timing of realization). The financial data attached includes a reconciliation of operating income (loss) to net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP financial measure. The Company’s definition of operating income (loss) may differ from similarly titled financial measures used by others. This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered supplemental to, and not a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors and risks detailed from time to time in statements and reports that Atlantic American Corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For further information contact:    
J. Ross Franklin   Hilton H. Howell, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer   Chairman, President & CEO
Atlantic American Corporation   Atlantic American Corporation
404-266-5580   404-266-5505

Atlantic American CorporationFinancial Data
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
(Unaudited; In thousands, except per share data) 2021   2020
Insurance premiums      
Life and health $ 29,475     $ 30,628  
Property and casualty   16,615       14,922  
Insurance premiums, net   46,090       45,550  
Net investment income   2,113       2,039  
Realized investment gains, net   121       249  
Unrealized gains (losses) on equity securities, net   744       (8,455 )
Other income   7       27  
Total revenue   49,075       39,410  
Insurance benefits and losses incurred      
Life and health   21,523       24,049  
Property and casualty   11,749       9,534  
Commissions and underwriting expenses   12,564       12,626  
Interest expense   346       476  
Other expense   3,440       2,952  
Total benefits and expenses   49,622       49,637  
Loss before income taxes   (547 )     (10,227 )
Income tax benefit   (116 )     (2,140 )
Net loss $ (431 )   $ (8,087 )
Loss per common share (basic & diluted) $ (0.03 )   $ (0.40 )
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure      
Net loss $ (431 )   $ (8,087 )
Income tax benefit   (116 )     (2,140 )
Realized investment gains, net   (121 )     (249 )
Unrealized (gains) losses on equity securities, net   (744 )     8,455  
Non-GAAP Operating loss $ (1,412 )   $ (2,021 )
  March 31,   December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data 2021   2020
Total cash and investments $ 291,569     $ 298,630  
Insurance subsidiaries   286,268       292,478  
Parent and other   5,301       6,152  
Total assets   383,127       405,187  
Insurance reserves and policyholder funds   191,983       198,676  
Debt   33,738       33,738  
Total shareholders' equity   133,235       145,060  
Book value per common share   6.26       6.84  
Statutory capital and surplus      
Life and health   42,119       42,326  
Property and casualty   49,347       50,194  
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