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ProAssurance Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 24, 2011 | About:
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ProAssurance Corp. (PRA) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Proassurance Corp. 4 has a market cap of $1.81 billion; its shares were traded at around $58.99 with a P/E ratio of 9.5 and P/S ratio of 2.7. Proassurance Corp. 4 had an annual average earning growth of 38.4% over the past 10 years.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns PRA: Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns PRA: Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC.

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On November 30, 2010 we acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of American Physicians Service Group, Inc. (APS), whose primary operating entity is American Physicians Insurance Company (API), in a transaction valued at $237 million including cash paid of $233 million and deferred compensation commitments of $4 million. APS provides medical professional liability insurance primarily in Texas. See Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included herein for additional information regarding the acquisition of APS.

In November 2010 the Board of Directors of ProAssurance authorized $200 million to be used for the repurchase of our common stock or debt securities, which was in addition to previous authorizations of $100 million in September 2009, $100 million in August 2008 and $150 million in April 2007. As of February 15, 2011 approximately $194.0 million of the total amount authorized by the Board remains available for use.

On April 1, 2009 we acquired 100% of Podiatry Insurance Company of America and subsidiaries (PICA), and its wholly-owned subsidiary, PACO Assurance Company, Inc. (PACO), through a cash sponsored demutualization valued at $134 million, including future premium credits to qualified insureds of $15 million. PICA and PACO together provide professional liability insurance primarily to podiatric physicians, chiropractors and other healthcare providers throughout the United States. See Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included herein for additional information regarding the acquisition of PICA.

In December 2008 we repurchased $23.0 million of our outstanding trust preferred securities for approximately $18.4 million. We recognized a gain of approximately $4.6 million on the extinguishment of debt which is discussed in more detail in Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included herein. The repurchased securities had been issued in April and May, 2004 as a part of a larger transaction wherein we issued $45.0 million of trust preferred securities, having a 30-year maturity and callable at par beginning in May 2009. The proceeds from the sale of the trust preferred securities were used for general corporate purposes, including contributions to the capital of our insurance subsidiaries to support growth in our insurance operations.

companies), for $400 million before taxes and transaction expenses. We recognized a gain on the sale in the first quarter of 2006 of $109.4 million after consideration of sales expenses and estimated taxes. We used the sale proceeds to support the capital requirements of our professional liability insurance subsidiaries and other general corporate purposes.

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