ELBA, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSEC) released estimates of reported catastrophe losses from Hurricane Irma and cumulative year-to-date catastrophe losses through September 18, 2017 incurred by property and casualty subsidiary National Security Fire & Casualty.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest Atlantic basin hurricanes ever recorded. At its peak, Hurricane Irma registered wind speeds of 185 miles per hour, making it an intense Category 5 storm. On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm. After moving north through the Florida peninsula, Hurricane Irma impacted our policyholders in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia was the primary state in our coverage area impacted by Hurricane Irma comprising over 85% of reported claims to date.
Based on managements' analysis of historical reporting patterns, preliminary post event model output and assessment of early reports of claims to date, we estimate our ultimate gross losses from Hurricane Irma to be in the range of $2,500,000 to $3,000,000. Net of tax, we expect losses from Hurricane Irma to reduce our quarter and year-to-date earnings in the range of $1,650,000 ($0.66 per share) to $1,980,000 ($0.79 per share).
We maintain catastrophe reinsurance that provides coverage from a catastrophe event up to $72.5 million subject to a $4 million per event retention. We also prepay reinstatement premium protection which provides additional coverage for subsequent events that exceed the $4 million per event retention level. Based on our estimates outlined above, we do not expect our losses from Hurricane Irma to exceed our level of retention under our catastrophe reinsurance program.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma has served to add to a persistent pattern of severe weather in 2017, which commenced in early January and continued into September. The combination of increased frequency of severe thunderstorm activity, coupled with hurricane losses, will make 2017 one of the costliest years in Company history for non-reinsured catastrophe losses. For the year to date, National Security Fire & Casualty Company was impacted by 24 catastrophe events, including Hurricane Irma. Each of these events have been below our catastrophe reinsurance retention of $4,000,000. To date, these catastrophe events have produced over 2,700 policyholder claims totaling nearly $12,000,000. While these events will have a material impact on our 2017 earnings, we remain in a strong capital position and expect no adverse impact on our insurance operations.
The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ Symbol: NSEC), through its property and casualty and life insurance subsidiaries, offers property, casualty, life, accident and health insurance in ten states. The Company writes primarily personal lines property coverage including dwelling fire and windstorm, homeowners and mobile homeowners lines of insurance. The Company also offers life, accident and health, supplemental hospital and cancer insurance products. The Company was founded in 1947 and is based in Elba, Alabama. Additional information about the Company, including additional details of recent financial results, can be found on our website: www.nationalsecuritygroup.com.
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