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Erie Indemnity Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

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 Earnings Up 19.1 percent, Net Income per Diluted Share Up 19.3 percent for the Quarter  

Erie, Pa. - February 25, 2016 - Erie Indemnity Company (NASDAQ: ERIE) today announced financial results for the full year and the quarter ending December 31, 2015.  Net income was $174.7 million, or $3.33 per diluted share, for the full year 2015, compared to $167.5 million, or $3.18 per diluted share, in 2014.  Net income was $30.1 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $25.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.  The growth in 2015 for the fourth quarter and full year was driven by increased net revenue from operations and increased investment income, primarily due to an increase in earnings from limited partnerships.

"The strong results we saw in 2015, our 90th year in business, reflect our continued commitment to and execution of our business strategy that will provide long-term value for our customers and shareholders," said Terry Cavanaugh, President and CEO.

4Q and Total Year 2015

 

(dollars in thousands)

4Q'14

4Q'15

 

2014

2015

 

 

Net revenue from operations

$

35,413

 

$

41,839

 

 

$

222,847

 

$

232,541

 

 

 

Investment income

2,342

 

4,244

 

 

28,417

 

33,708

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

37,755

 

46,083

 

 

251,264

 

266,249

 

 

 

Income tax expense

12,459

 

15,950

 

 

83,759

 

91,571

 

 

 

Net income

$

25,296

 

$

30,133

 

 

$

167,505

 

$

174,678

 

 

 

Gross margin from operations

10.5

%

11.7

%

 

15.8

%

15.4

%

 

 

 

 

2015 Total Year Highlights

 

Net revenue from operations before taxes increased $9.7 million, or 4.3 percent, in 2015 compared to 2014.

 

Income from investments before taxes totaled $33.7 million in 2015, compared to $28.4 million in 2014.  Earnings from limited partnerships were $17.0 million in 2015 compared to earnings of $10.9 million in 2014.

4Q 2015 Highlights

 

Net revenue from operations before taxes increased $6.4 million, or 18.1 percent, in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

 

Income from investments before taxes totaled $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Earnings from limited partnerships were $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to losses of $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Webcast Information

Indemnity has scheduled a conference call and live audio broadcast on the Web for 10:00 AM ET on February 26, 2016.  Investors may access the live audio broadcast by logging on to www.erieinsurance.com.  Indemnity recommends visiting the website at least 15 minutes prior to the Webcast to download and install any necessary software.  A Webcast audio replay will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Erie Insurance website by 12:30 PM ET.

Erie Insurance Group

According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 10th largest homeowners insurer and 12th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written and the 15th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written.  The Group, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, has more than 5 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Erie Insurance Group is a FORTUNE 500 company, a Barron’s 500 company and has been recognized by Forbes as one of America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies.

News releases and more information about Erie Insurance Group are available at www.erieinsurance.com. 

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