Net Income per Diluted Share up 24 percent for the Quarter
Erie, Pa. - April 29, 2021 - Erie Indemnity Company (NASDAQ: ERIE) today announced financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2021. Net income was $73.6 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $59.3 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2020.
The uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and the pandemic's ultimate impact and duration remain uncertain at this time.
|Investment income (loss)||17,988||(9,195)|
|Interest and other expense, net||1,528||369|
|Income before income taxes||92,555||76,127|
|Income tax expense||18,989||16,801|
Operating income before taxes decreased $9.6 million, or 11.2 percent, in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020.
Income from investments before taxes totaled $18.0 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to a loss from investments of $9.2 million in the first quarter of 2020. Net investment income was $17.1 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to $4.7 million in the first quarter of 2020. Included in net investment income is $9.0 million of limited partnership earnings in the first quarter of 2021 and $3.7 million of limited partnership losses in the first quarter of 2020. Net realized gains on investments were $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to net realized losses of $10.8 million in the first quarter of 2020. Investment losses experienced during the first quarter of 2020 were primarily due to the significant financial market volatility resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indemnity has scheduled a pre-recorded audio broadcast on the Web for 10:00 AM ET on April 30, 2021. Investors may access the pre-recorded audio broadcast by logging on to www.erieinsurance.com.
According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 11th largest homeowners insurer and 12th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written and the 16th 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 nearly 6 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Erie Insurance Group is a FORTUNE 500 company.
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