First Acceptance posted an operating profit of nearly $3.1 million in the fourth quarter, down slightly from the last three months of 2013. (Net income was helped big time by a $20 million tax benefit thanks to 10 consecutive quarters in the black.) Total premiums rose nicely to $56.3 million from $48.7 million but losses also rose substantially, with the loss ratio climbing to 74.5 percent from 70 percent. The company made that up on the expense side, though, and CEO Joe Borbely says his team early this year began writing policies in Virginia, First Acceptance's 13th state.
Long-term health care provider National HealthCare Corp. earned a profit of $14.8 million in the fourth quarter, which was down almost 11 percent from the last three months of 2013. Revenues rose 9 percent to $226 million but costs rose a little bit faster and non-operating income fell almost $1.3 million year over year. NHC officials said that excluding that drop as well as operating losses from newly built or leased skilled nursing facilities would have left pre-tax profits up almost 4 percent. NHC shares (Ticker: NHC) closed last week at $63.17 and are flat year to date.
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