DeRidder, LA – AMERISAFE, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMSF), a specialty provider of workers’ compensation insurance focused on high hazard industries, recently announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.
G. Janelle Frost, President and Chief Executive Officer, observed, “Robust payroll audits led to premium growth this quarter, helping to offset premium declines from underlying loss costs decreases. In addition, strong renewal retention continued despite competition not waning in 2022.”
- Gross written premiums in the quarter were higher by $0.7 million, or 1.0%, compared with the second quarter of 2021. Voluntary premiums were lower by 5.6% compared to the second quarter of 2021.
- Payroll audits and related premium adjustments were $5.0 million higher than the second quarter of 2021. Audits and other adjustments increased premiums written by $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared to an increase in premiums written of $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. The increase was due to payroll audits now occurring on policy years in which payrolls were less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The current accident year loss ratio for the second quarter was 71.0%, one point lower than the 72.0% ratio initially set for accident year 2021. During the quarter, the Company experienced favorable net loss development for prior accident years, which reduced loss and loss adjustment expenses by $9.6 million, primarily from accident years 2020 through 2017.
- For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, the underwriting expense ratio was 28.3% compared with 26.4% in the same quarter in 2021.
- The increase was primarily due to higher insurance assessments compared with the second quarter of 2021.
- The effective tax rate for the quarter ended June 30, 2022 was 13.9%, lower than 18.5% in the second quarter of 2021 due to a higher proportion of income from tax-exempt investments.
The complete results release is available here: AMERISAFE 2022 Second Quarter Results