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Profile - Argonaut Group, Inc. (NasdaqNM:AGII)
As of 31-Aug-2001
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10101 Reunion Place, Suite 800
San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: (210) 321-8400
Fax: (210) 377-2637
Employees (last reported count): 435
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 ·Industry: Insurance (Prop. & Casualty)
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·Insider and 5%+ Owners: 44%
·Institutional: 31% (55% of float)
(131 institutions)
·Net Inst. Buying: 25.0K shares
(prior quarter to latest quarter)
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Business Summary
Argonaut Group, Inc. is a national provider of specialty insurance products focused on customer service for specific niches of property-casualty insurance. Argonaut Insurance Company, Argonaut Group's principal insurance subsidiary, was established in 1948. Workers' compensation is the primary line of insurance written by Argonaut Insurance and its subsidiaries, Argonaut-Midwest Insurance Company, Argonaut-Northwest Insurance Company, Argonaut-Southwest Insurance Company and Georgia Insurance Company. The Company has two primary product lines, workers' compensation insurance and other property-casualty insurance. On August 23, 2001, the Company acquired Front Royal, Inc., an insurance holding company headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina.
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Financial Summary
Argonaut Group, Inc. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are primarily engaged in the underwriting, selling, and servicing of workers compensation and other lines of property-casualty insurance. For the six months ended 6/30/01, revenues fell 10% to $101.1 million. Net income totalled $2.2 million vs. a loss of $43.4 million. Revenues suffered from lower gains on sales of investments. Earnings reflect lower losses and loss adjustment expenses.
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Officers[Insider Trade Data]
FY1999 Compensation

Gary Woods, 56
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Mark Watson, III, 35
Pres, CEO, Director
James Halliday, 52
VP, Sec., Treasurer
John Polak, 51
Dollar amounts are as of 31-Dec-1999 and compensation values are for the fiscal year ending on that date; "Pay" is salary, bonuses, etc.; "Exer" is the value of options excercised during the fiscal year.
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Statistics at a Glance -- NasdaqNM:AGIIAs of 31-Aug-2001
Price and Volume
52-Week Low
on 19-Mar-2001
Recent Price$17.59 
52-Week High
on 2-Jan-2001
Daily Volume (3-month avg)29.7K
Daily Volume (10-day avg)32.0K
Stock Performance
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52-Week Change+11.7%
52-Week Change
relative to S&P500
Share-Related Items
Market Capitalization$379.5M
Shares Outstanding21.6M
Dividends & Splits
Annual Dividend (indicated)$1.64 
Dividend Yield9.32%
Last Split: 3 for 1 on 5-June-1991
Per-Share Data
Book Value (mrq)$21.67 
Earnings (ttm)-$1.71 
Earnings (mrq)$0.09 
Sales (ttm)$9.11 
Cash (mrq)$0.80 
Valuation Ratios
Price/Book (mrq)0.81 
Price/Sales (ttm)1.93 
Income Statements
Sales (ttm)$198.7M
Income available to common (ttm)-$37.7M
Profit Margin (ttm)-19.0%
Operating Margin (ttm)-30.0%
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year EndsDec 31
Most recent quarter30-June-2001
Management Effectiveness
Return on Assets (ttm)-2.43%
Return on Equity (ttm)-7.52%
Financial Strength
Current RatioN/A 
Debt/Equity (mrq)0 
Total Cash (mrq)$17.2M
Short Interest
As of 8-Aug-2001
Shares Short238.0K
Percent of Float2.0%
Shares Short
(Prior Month)
Short Ratio9.92 
Daily Volume24.0K
See Profile Help for a description of each item above;   K = thousands;   M = millions;   mrq = most-recent quarter;   ttm = trailing twelve months;   (as of 30-June-2001)

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