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United Fire Group, Reports Estimates for Third Quarter 2017 Results

Released on: Oct 31, 2017, 13:28 PM
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (the “Company” or "UFG") (Nasdaq:UFCS) announced today that the third quarter 2017 results are expected to include estimated pre-tax catastrophe losses of approximately $29 million to $33 million. The estimated pre-tax catastrophe losses include approximately $10 million related to Hurricane Harvey, $8 million related to Hurricane Irma and $4 million related to Hurricane Maria. Looking forward to fourth quarter, we estimate our catastrophe losses associated with the California wildfires will be in the range of $2 million to $3 million.
“Catastrophe losses for the third quarter are estimated to add approximately 11.0 to 13.0 percentage points to the GAAP combined ratio. Our 10-year historical average for the third quarter is 8.9 percentage points of the GAAP combined ratio,” stated Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We also experienced further deterioration in our core loss ratio from second to third quarter 2017. The deterioration was primarily due to adverse prior period reserve development from commercial auto losses and from catastrophe losses."

Including the impact of the catastrophe losses and the increase in severity of commercial auto losses, the estimated GAAP combined ratio will be in the range of 117 percent to 120 percent in the third quarter of 2017. The Company estimates reporting a net loss in the range of $0.70 to $0.76 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017. These numbers are unaudited.

United Fire Group, Inc. will report third quarter 2017 earnings before the market opens on November 8, 2017, and will host a conference call to discuss its financial results at 9:00 a.m. Central time on that date.

About UFG

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, UFG, through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance and life insurance and selling annuities.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,200 independent agencies. A.M. Best Company assigns a rating of “A” (Excellent) for members of the United Fire & Casualty Group.

Our subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 37 states, represented by approximately 1,550 independent life agencies and rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

For more information about United Fire Group, Inc. visit www.ufginsurance.com or contact:

Randy Patten, AVP of Finance and Investor Relations, 319-286-2537 or IR@unitedfiregroup.com

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