TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - (TSX:KFS, NYSE: KFS) Kingsway Financial Services
Inc. ("Kingsway" or "Company") today announced that it will report a reserve
increase at its Lincoln General ("Lincoln") subsidiary in the fourth quarter.
Following further review of trends in claims development at its Lincoln
subsidiary including the updated indications provided by the Company's
external appointed actuary, the Company expects to increase its claims
incurred by between $95 million and $125 million during the fourth quarter.
This estimated reserve increase is attributable to loss trends that have
emerged primarily in Lincoln's long-haul trucking and artisan contractors
general liability books of business. These trends have caused the Company to
reevaluate its methods for estimating claim liabilities at Lincoln. The
Company, in consultation with its actuaries, has decided to rely more heavily
on Lincoln's own data and trends rather than industry trends in calculating
its estimated loss reserves for these lines of business. As Lincoln's own data
for these lines has become more predictable it is appropriate to utilize this
information more fully in arriving at the Company's best estimate of Lincoln's
unpaid claim liabilities.
It is expected that the impact of this reserve increase on the Company's
net income will be a reduction of between $79 million and $105 million, or
approximately $1.41 and $1.87 per share, for the fourth quarter and fiscal
"We are very disappointed to report this further reserve increase at
Lincoln. We have determined, in consultation with our external actuaries, that
it is appropriate to increase our estimates for Incurred But Not Reported
claims liabilities due to the loss trends on our trucking and contractors
liability business," said Shaun Jackson, Executive Vice-President and Chief
Financial Officer. "Despite this significant reserve increase at Lincoln, the
performance of our Canadian operations and many of our other U.S. subsidiaries
has enabled the Company to maintain a strong capital position. As a result of
this increase, we will be in a much improved position as we enter 2008. This
adjustment should be considered in the light of the income generated by the
Company's other subsidiaries and from its investment portfolio."
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward looking statements" that are subject
to risks and uncertainties. For information identifying important factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the
forward looking statements, see Kingsway's securities filings, including its
2006 Annual Report under the heading Risk Factors in the Management's
Discussion and Analysis section. The securities filings can be accessed on the
Canadian Securities Administrators' website at www.sedar.com, and on the EDGAR
section of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at
www.sec.gov or through the Company's website at www.kingsway-financial.com.
The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.
About the Company
Kingsway Financial Services Inc. is one of the largest truck insurers and
non-standard automobile insurers in North America based on A.M. Best data that
we have compiled. Kingsway's primary business is trucking insurance and the
insuring of automobile risks for drivers who do not meet the criteria for
coverage by standard automobile insurers. The Company currently operates
through thirteen wholly-owned insurance subsidiaries in Canada and the U.S.
Canadian subsidiaries include Kingsway General Insurance Company, York Fire &
Casualty Insurance Company and Jevco Insurance Company. U.S. subsidiaries
include Universal Casualty Company, American Service Insurance Company,
Southern United Fire Insurance Company, Lincoln General Insurance Company,
U.S. Security Insurance Company, American Country Insurance Company, Zephyr
Insurance Company, Mendota Insurance Company, Mendakota Insurance Company and
Avalon Risk Management, Inc. The Company also operates reinsurance
subsidiaries in Barbados and Bermuda.
The common shares of Kingsway Financial Services Inc. are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, under the trading
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For further information:
For further information: W. Shaun Jackson, Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer, Tel: (905) 629-7888, Fax: (905) 629-5008, Web Site: