Brown & Brown: 20% Gain in Q1 Earnings Per Share

April 14, 2004

Florida-based Brown & Brown Inc. announced a new record for its earnings per share in the first quarter.

Net income per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2004 was $0.53, an increase of 20.5 percent over the $0.44 in net income per share reported for the quarter ended March 31, 2003. Net income rose to $36,348,000 for the first quarter of 2004, versus net income of $30,536,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2003, an increase of 19.0 percent.

Total revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2004 was up 14.4 percent, to $165,565,000, compared with $144,736,000 recorded in the corresponding quarter in 2003. This revenue increase was enhanced by a 41.8 percent increase in the contingent commissions earned in the first quarter of 2004 over the similar revenues earned in the corresponding quarter of 2003.

J. Hyatt Brown, chairman and CEO, commented, “Our results for this past quarter are very pleasing. A combination of reasonable internal growth and stronger acquisition activity allowed us to exceed our stated goal of 15 percent growth in earnings per share over the corresponding quarter in each year. The Brown & Brown team continues its intense focus on providing quality sales and service to our many clients across the United States.”

Jim Henderson, president and COO added, “So far in 2004, we have completed twelve acquisitions, representing sixteen entities with estimated annualized revenues of $52 million, which exceeds the amount of annualized revenues that we acquired in the full year of 2003. More importantly, the early class of 2004 will operate, from day one, at a sustainable margin level generally expected from established Brown & Brown offices. We are also pleased with the activity in the acquisition pipeline and the heightened level of interest, perhaps driven in part by market conditions. Additionally, consistent with prior years, purchasing agency assets with cash continues to be the most favorable financial approach for us, with agency pricing based on sustainable earnings.”

Brown & Brown Inc. and its subsidiaries offer a broad range of insurance and reinsurance products and services, as well as risk management, employee benefit administration, and managed health care programs.

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