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Legal Judgement Hits Anthony Clark Balance-Sheet

January 1, 2004   by Canadian Underwriter

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A recent legal judgement against Anthony Clark International Insurance Brokers Ltd. (TSX: ACL) has hit the company’s balancesheet hard for the half-year ending September 30, 2003.

The company suffered a pre-tax loss of $218,724 for the six-month period, versus a gain of $335,728 for the six months ending September 30, 2002. Net loss for the same period is $367,822, or $0.05 per share versus net earnings of $9,970 for the same period a year earlier.

The cause is a recently announced judgement against the company for $515,000 for failure to honor a stock option agreement back in 1998. The company is currently appealing the judgement, but has assessed it against second-quarter 2003 results.

Salaries and commissions also rose, up to $1.68 million for the half-year period, from $1.5 million a year earlier.

This is the results of growth in new business, which, coupled with premium increases, brought the company’s revenue up to $2.61 million for first-half 2003/4, versus $2.52 million a year earlier.

As a result of the legal judgement the company also saw its working capital drop by $438,896 in the second quarter, now at $3.47 million versus $3.91 million at March 31, 2003. During the same period, shareholders’ equity dropped to $6.87 million from $7.24 million.

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