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AmTrust Financial Services Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 15, 2011 | About:

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ:AFSI) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Amtrust Financial Services Inc. has a market cap of $1.09 billion; its shares were traded at around $18.34 with a P/E ratio of 8.2 and P/S ratio of 1.1. The dividend yield of Amtrust Financial Services Inc. stocks is 1.7%.

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We believe the small business component of the workers compensation market is generally less competitive than the broader insurance market because the smaller policy size and low average premiums needed by these types of policyholders generally does not fit the underwriting and profitability criteria of many of our competitors. Our highly customized and proprietary technology platform enables us to individually underwrite, manage and control losses in a cost-effective manner for a large number of small policies while still providing quality customer service and responsive claims management to our clients and the agents that distribute our products. We believe these factors have been key to our ability to achieve high retention and renewal rates. Our policy renewal rate on voluntary business (excluding assigned risk plans), which represented approximately 92% of the segments gross written premiums in 2010, was 82%, 80%, and 83% in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

In 2010, approximately 75.9% of our Small Commercial Business workers compensation claims were for medical expenses with 24.1% of claims for medical expenses and for lost wages compared with 74.6% and 25.4%, respectively, in 2009.

As of December 31, 2010, approximately 1.0% of the 7,611 Small Commercial Business workers compensation claims reported for accident year 2005 were open, 1.6% of the 9,462 claims reported for accident year 2006 were open, 2.3% of the 12,038 claims reported for accident year 2007 were open, 4.6% of the 11,894 claims reported for accident year 2008, 11.2% of the 16,048 claims reported for accident year 2009 were open and 39.4% of the 16,624 claims reported for accident year 2010 were open.

As of December 31, 2010, our Small Commercial Business property and casualty claims were approximately 47% automobile and 21% property and inland marine with the remaining 32% involving general liability and umbrella losses compared to 52%, 18% and 30%, respectively, in 2009. At the end of 2010, 17% of the 3,061 claims features reported in accident year 2010 remained open, while 3% and 4% of the 5,065 claims and 4,129 claims from 2009 and 2008, respectively, remained open.

As of December 31, 2010, we underwrote 43 coverage plans through 26 independent wholesale and managing general agents. Workers compensation insurance comprised approximately 40% of this business in 2010, 38% in 2009 and 35% in 2008. The general liability and commercial auto lines combined comprised approximately 48%, 50% and 50% of this business in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Personal Lines Reinsurance We formed the Personal Lines Reinsurance Segment in connection with the Personal Lines Quota Share entered into in connection with the acquisition of GMACs U.S. consumer property and casualty insurance business (the GMAC Business) during March 2010, as described below under Acquisitions and Strategic Investments Investment in ACAC. We reinsure 10% of the net premiums of the GMAC Business, pursuant to a 50% quota share reinsurance agreement (Personal Lines Quota Share) with GMACs ten statutory insurance companies (the GMAC Insurers), as cedents, and the Company, American Capital Partners Re, Ltd., a Bermuda reinsurer and Maiden Insurance Company, Ltd., as reinsurers. We have a 20% participation in the Personal Lines Quota Share, by which we receive 10% of the net premiums of the personal lines business. The Personal Lines Quota share provides that the reinsurers, severally, in accordance with their participation percentages, shall receive 50% of the net premium of the GMAC Insurers and assume 50% of the related net losses. The Personal Lines Quota Share has an initial term of three years and shall renew automatically for successive three year terms unless terminated by written notice not less than nine months prior to the expiration of the current term. The Personal Lines Quota Share provides that the reinsurers pay a provisional ceding commission equal to 32.5% of ceded earned premium, net of premiums ceded by the personal lines companies for inuring reinsurance, subject to adjustment. The ceding commission is subject to adjustment to a maximum of 34.5% if the loss ratio for the reinsured business is 60.5% or less

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