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RLI Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 25, 2011 | About:
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RLI Corp. (RLI) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Rli Corp. has a market cap of $1.19 billion; its shares were traded at around $56.74 with a P/E ratio of 10.7 and P/S ratio of 2. The dividend yield of Rli Corp. stocks is 2.1%. Rli Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 17% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Rli Corp. the business predictability rank of 2-star.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns RLI: Paul Tudor Jones of The Tudor Group, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns RLI: Robert Bruce of Bruce & Co., Inc., Tom Gayner of Markel Gayner Asset Management Corp, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Our general liability business consists primarily of coverage for third party liability of commercial insureds including manufacturers, contractors, apartments, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and mercantile. In 2009, we expanded into the specialized area of environmental liability for underground storage tanks, contractors and asbestos and environmental remediation specialists. Net premiums earned from our general liability business totaled $96.6 million, $115.4 million and $140.9 million, or 17 percent, 21 percent and 25 percent of consolidated revenues for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Our commercial umbrella coverage is principally written in excess of primary liability insurance provided by other carriers and in excess of primary liability written by us. The personal umbrella coverage is written in excess of the homeowners and automobile liability coverage provided by other carriers, except in Hawaii, where some underlying homeowners coverage is written by us. In 2010, we broadened eligibility guidelines and offered certain coverage enhancements in an effort to broaden our market reach. Net premiums earned from this business totaled $61.4 million, $62.4 million and $65.1 million, or 11 percent, 11 percent and 12 percent of consolidated revenues for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

$40.3 million, $42.2 million and $46.7 million, or 7 percent, 8 percent and 8 percent of consolidated revenues for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

We provide a variety of professional liability coverages, such as directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance, employment practices liability and other miscellaneous professional liability coverages, for a variety of low to moderate classes of risks. We tend to focus on smaller accounts, avoiding the large account sector which is generally more sensitive to price competition. Our target accounts include publicly traded companies with market capitalization below $5 billion (where we are writing part of the traditional D&O program), Side A coverage (where corporations cannot indemnify the individual D&Os), private companies, nonprofit organizations and sole-sponsored and multi-employer fiduciary liability accounts. Our primary focus for publicly traded companies is on providing Side A coverage. Additionally, we have had success rounding out our portfolio by writing more fiduciary liability coverage, primary and excess D&O coverage for private companies and non-profit organizations. In 2009, we began offering coverage for select first and third party cyber liability exposures. Net premiums earned from the executive products business totaled $15.8 million, $15.6 million and $13.8 million, or 3 percent, 3 percent and 2 percent of consolidated revenues for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Our commercial property coverage consists primarily of excess and surplus lines and specialty insurance such as fire, earthquake and difference in conditions, which can include earthquake, wind, flood and collapse coverages and inland marine. We provide insurance for a wide range of commercial and industrial risks, such as office buildings, apartments, condominiums and certain industrial and mercantile structures. Net premiums earned from commercial property business totaled $80.5 million, $81.8 million and $85.3 million, or 14 percent, 15 percent and 15 percent of consolidated revenues for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Our marine coverages include cargo, hull and protection and indemnity (P&I), marine liability, as well as inland marine coverages including builders risks, contractors equipment and other floater type coverages. In March 2008, the marine division added a yacht program. In 2010, 2009 and 2008, marine net premiums earned totaled $48.0 million, $52.5 million and $48.2 million, or 8 percent, 10 percent and 9 percent of consolidated revenues, respectively.

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