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Central reports record-breaking financials

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Central Mutual Insurance Company announced the best financial results in the company’s 140-year history at its annual policyholders’ meeting held recently.

President and Chairman of the Board F.W. Purmort noted it was “a year of firsts” as he shared record-breaking results in direct written and personal lines premium, policies written, and the Policyholders’ Security Fund.

“My favorite number is the Policyholders’ Security Fund,” he said. “The fund’s high-water mark of $705.8 million speaks to how financially strong the company is and how we can protect the 350,000 people who have invested in our company.”

Central revised logoThe fund not only allows the company to be adequately prepared to respond to a catastrophe, but to maintain a long-term viewpoint on products and pricing as well as the ability to invest in the future.

“The strength and stability of this fund allows us to have patience and focus on how to best operate our company for policyholders,” Purmort added.

He also shared that direct written premium reached an all-time high of $630.5 million, an increase of 8.6 percent, and noted personal lines premium was a significant piece of those results at $374.4 million, another record for the company.

To continue the momentum of growth and profitability, Purmort shared an innovative strategy including adapting the use of analytics, expanding licenses to several more states, acquiring a chief financial officer, implementing an enterprise risk management program, and developing a small commercial business service center. The company will support these initiatives through the development of an innovation team dedicated to the research and development of it products and processes.

“I look forward to these challenges and what they will mean for our company,” Purmort said. “It will provide development opportunities for us, new capabilities for our agency partners, and security for our policyholders.”

Central Vice President/Treasurer Thad Eikenbary also noted the company had an outstanding year financially.

“Central Mutual recorded another outstanding financial result in calendar year 2015, in many ways surpassing our results in 2014,” the treasurer said. “Continued positive underwriting results and steady investment portfolio performance led the way again this year.”

Eikenbary reiterated the increase in direct written premiums, noting commercial premium writings increased by a strong 10.5 percent and policy counts increased by 7.4 percent. Personal lines business also increased by 7.4 percent with a 4.6 percent increase in policy count. The company’s combined ratio for 2015 improved to 91.5 percent, which compares quite favorably to the industry at 98 percent. Net investment income for the company increased by $3.2 million from $38.9 million in 2014 to $42.1 million in 2015.

“While still a challenge in the current interest rate environment, income from the company’s investment portfolio continues to be a steady, consistent supplement to the entire operation,” Eikenbary added.

Central’s bond portfolio increased by 5.7 percent during 2015. The quality of the portfolio remained very solid and Central continued to manage the maturity of the portfolio to ensure that it maintained the liquidity necessary to meet the company’s financial needs. Central’s stock portfolio represented 21.5 percent of the company’s total invested assets.

Central registered a net income after taxes and dividends of $68.3 million in 2015. A net underwriting gain of $39 million coupled with $42 million in investment income lead to that result.

Central’s assets increased by 6.5 percent to $1.58 billion and by the end of 2015, the company’s Policyholders’ Security Fund had another great year as previously noted, increasing by $65.7 million to an all-time high of $705.8 million.

The company also maintained its “A” excellent rating with A.M. Best, while continuing to provide high quality customer service, enhanced Internet technology, and support to its agency partners.

In other business, Senior Vice President/Secretary Keith Moore read the minutes from the 140th policyholders’ meeting and Purmort, E.J. Noonan, and D.D. Stripe were re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Other directors include E.R. Buhl, J.L Covington, T.B. Kearney, S.K. Moore, and J.E. White.

Central Mutual Insurance Company is a personal and commercial property and casualty insurance company operating exclusively through independent insurance agents in twenty states. The home office is located in Van Wert, with regional offices located in Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, and Van Wert.

POSTED: 06/23/16 at 7:36 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News