3Q 2012 Net Operating Income of $128.2 million, $1.55 per diluted share
3Q 2012 Net Income of $126.3 million, $1.52 per diluted share
NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2012—Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a premier provider of specialty insurance and insurance-related products and services, today reported results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012.
"We are pleased with our results this quarter, especially with the progress we are making in areas targeted for growth," said Robert B. Pollock, president and CEO of Assurant. "We took actions to adapt to evolving consumer and client needs, returned capital to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases and delivered a solid quarter."
Third Quarter 2012 Consolidated Results
- Net operating income1 increased to $128.2 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2011 net operating income of $73.7 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, primarily due to improved results at Assurant Specialty Property. Third quarter 2012 results included reportable catastrophe losses of $17.9 million, compared to $52.3 million in third quarter 2011 at Assurant Specialty Property.
- Net income increased to $126.3 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, compared to third quarter 2011 net income of $74.0 million, or $0.77 per diluted share. Third quarter 2012 net income reflects lower reportable catastrophe losses compared to third quarter 2011.
- Net earned premiums, fees and other income were $2.0 billion, up 4 percent compared to third quarter 2011, reflecting continued growth at Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property.
- Net investment income decreased to $169.4 million, compared to $172.2 million in third quarter 2011 as investment yields declined.
Reconciliation of Net Operating Income to Net Income
Note: Additional financial information, including a schedule of disclosed items that affected Assurant's results by business for the last seven quarters (page 20), is available in the Company's Financial Supplement, located in the Investor Relations section of www.assurant.com
- Net operating income in third quarter 2012 increased primarily due to growth in domestic service contracts and improved results in Latin America.
- Net earned premiums, fees and other income increased in the quarter reflecting growth in both domestic and international premiums. Domestic premiums increased due to service contract growth among new and existing automotive and retail clients. International premiums increased primarily due to growth in Latin America across all product lines including mobile. Fee income increased from preneed sales as well as growth in domestic service contracts.
- Gross written premiums and face sales increased in third quarter 2012 primarily reflecting growth in domestic service contracts from new and existing automotive and retail clients. Preneed sales in the U.S. and Canada also increased.
- Domestic combined ratio for the quarter decreased to 97.0 percent, compared to 99.4 percent in third quarter 2011, reflecting improved loss experience in the service contract business and a favorable $4.0 million pre-tax client-related settlement. Absent this item, the domestic combined ratio would have been 97.8 percent.
- International combined ratio for third quarter 2012 increased to 103.4 percent from 102.2 percent in third quarter 2011. Results included a $3.8 million pre-tax expense for tax liabilities in Germany. Absent this charge, the international combined ratio would have been 101.9 percent primarily reflecting more favorable results in Latin America and Europe.
- Net operating income increased in third quarter 2012 primarily due to lower reportable catastrophe losses of $17.9 million, compared to $52.3 million in third quarter 2011. Results benefited from growth in loan portfolios from both new and existing clients in lender-placed homeowners as well as increased revenue in multi-family housing products.
- Net earned premiums, fees and other income increased in third quarter 2012 primarily due to growth in lender-placed loan portfolios and placement rates, as well as growth in multi-family housing products. Fees increased primarily from growth in resident bond products.
- Combined ratio improved to 79.8 percent in third quarter 2012, compared to 92.4 percent in third quarter 2011. Results reflected lower reportable catastrophe losses and lower non-catastrophe weather-related losses compared to third quarter 2011.
- Net operating income increased in third quarter 2012 due to favorable loss experience and lower expenses.
- Net earned premiums, fees and other income decreased for the quarter reflecting fewer insured lives in small employer group and individual major medical. Growth in supplemental and affordable choice products partially offset the decline.
- Sales decreased in third quarter 2012 due to a decline in small employer group sales. Improvement in individual medical sales, including affordable choice, supplemental and major medical products, partially offset the decline.
- Net operating income decreased in third quarter 2012. Results reflected a slight increase in disability loss experience and lower net investment income. Favorable dental loss experience improved results.
- Net earned premiums, fees and other income declined in third quarter 2012 due to the previously disclosed loss of two disability clients. Third quarter 2011 results benefited from a $5 million single premium transaction. Voluntary insurance premiums increased compared to third quarter 2011.
- Sales increased for the quarter, including growth in voluntary product sales. Voluntary products continued to account for approximately half of all sales.
- Net operating loss for the quarter decreased slightly reflecting lower banking fees.
- Corporate capital stood at approximately $620 million as of Sept. 30, 2012. Excluding a $250 million risk buffer, deployable capital totaled approximately $370 million. Year-to-date, the business segments have paid approximately $390 million of dividends to the holding company.
- Share repurchases and dividends totaled $127.1 million for third quarter 2012. Assurant repurchased 3.1 million shares of its common stock for $109.8 million during the quarter. Through Oct. 19, 2012, the Company repurchased an additional 585,000 shares for $23.0 million, and has $515.5 million remaining in the current repurchase authorization.
- Stockholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI), was $4.4 billion at Sept. 30, 2012, up $54 million from Dec. 31, 2011.
- Book value per diluted share2, excluding AOCI, increased 13 percent to $53.70 from $47.34 at Dec. 31, 2011. AOCI increased $301.3 million to $858.9 million as of Sept. 30, 2012 from $557.6 million at Dec. 31, 2011.
- Annualized operating return on average equity (ROE)3 excluding AOCI, was 13.6 percent for the first nine months of 2012 compared to full-year operating ROE, excluding AOCI, of 10.1 percent in 2011.
- Total assets as of Sept. 30, 2012 were approximately $28.2 billion. The ratio of debt to total capital4, excluding AOCI, declined to 18.2 percent at Sept. 30, 2012 from 18.4 percent at Dec. 31, 2011. The ratio of invested assets to equity decreased to 2.8 compared to 2.9 at Dec. 31, 2011.
- As previously disclosed, the Company adopted amendments to existing guidance on accounting for deferred acquisition costs on Jan. 1, 2012. This guidance was adopted retrospectively and has been applied to all prior financial information. As of Jan. 1, 2012, beginning stockholders' equity was reduced by approximately $153 million, or 3 percent. The equity adjustment was non-cash and affected only GAAP financial statements.
Based on current market conditions, the Company now expects for full-year 2012:
- Assurant Solutions to achieve modest growth in net earned premiums and fees, reflecting increased sales in domestic service contracts and all international product lines. Expense management efforts to continue. Excluding disclosed items, combined ratios for both international and domestic to be near targets of 102.0 percent and 98.0 percent, respectively.
- Assurant Specialty Property's net earned premiums and fees to increase compared to 2011, reflecting additional loan portfolios from new and existing clients and growth in multi-family housing products. Expense and non-catastrophe loss ratios to remain consistent with year-to-date average. The recently disclosed lender-placed homeowners rate reduction in California to be implemented next year with no impact on 2012 results.
- Assurant Health's net operating income, excluding non-recurring items, to improve from 2011 due to favorable loss experience and continued expense savings. Overall net earned premiums to decline reflecting product mix changes as well as fewer small employer group and individual major medical insured lives. Increased sales of individual medical products including individual major medical, affordable choice and supplemental products to be offset by declines in small employer group sales.
- Assurant Employee Benefits results to reflect lower overall net earned premiums primarily due to a $40 million reduction in premiums from the previously disclosed loss of two assumed disability clients. Voluntary and supplemental net earned premiums to grow.
- Corporate & Other full-year 2012 net operating loss to be $60-$65 million primarily due to additional investment in targeted growth areas.
- Capital Deployment to enhance risk-adjusted returns through continued share repurchases, dividends and selective investments in growth. By year-end 2012, dividends from the business segments to Corporate to at least equal operating income.
Earnings Conference Call
- The third quarter 2012 earnings conference call and webcast will be held on Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ET. The live and archived webcast along with supplemental information also will be available in the Investor Relations section of www.assurant.com.
Assurant is a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. The four key businesses -- Assurant Solutions, Assurant Specialty Property, Assurant Health and Assurant Employee Benefits -- partner with clients who are leaders in their industries and build leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments. Assurant provides debt protection administration; credit-related insurance; warranties and service contracts; pre-funded funeral insurance; solar project insurance; lender-placed homeowners insurance; manufactured housing homeowners insurance; individual health and small employer group health insurance; group dental insurance; group disability insurance; and group life insurance.
Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has approximately $28 billion in assets and $8 billion in annual revenue. Assurant has approximately 14,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered in New York's financial district. www.assurant.com.
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The following risk factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those currently estimated by management, including those projected in the Company outlook:
(i) the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and the rules and regulations thereunder, on our health and employee benefits businesses;
(ii) actions by governmental agencies or government sponsored entities or other circumstances, including pending regulatory matters affecting the lender-placed insurance business, that could require us to reduce premium rates or result in increases in the claims we pay or in other expenses;
(iii) loss of significant client relationships, distribution sources and contracts;
(iv) failure to attract and retain sales representatives;
(v) losses due to natural and man-made catastrophes;
(vi) a decline in our credit or financial strength ratings (including the risk of ratings downgrades in the insurance industry);
(vii) deterioration in the Company's market capitalization compared to its book value that could result in further impairment of goodwill;
(viii) unfavorable outcomes in litigation and/or regulatory investigations that could negatively affect our business and reputation;
(ix) current or new laws and regulations that could increase our costs and decrease our revenues;
(x) general global economic, financial market and political conditions (including difficult conditions in financial, capital and credit markets, the global economic slowdown, fluctuations in interest rates, monetary policies, unemployment and inflationary pressure);
(xi) inadequacy of reserves established for future claims;
(xii) failure to predict or manage benefits, claims and other costs;
(xiii) uncertain tax positions;
(xiv) fluctuations in exchange rates and other risks related to our international operations;
(xv) unavailability, inadequacy and unaffordable pricing of reinsurance coverage;
For a detailed discussion of the risk factors that could affect our actual results, please refer to the risk factors identified in our SEC reports, including, but not limited to, our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Second Quarter Form 10-Q and upcoming Third Quarter Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Assurant uses the following non-GAAP financial measures to analyze the Company's operating performance for the periods presented in this news release. Because Assurant's calculation of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing Assurant's non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.
- Assurant uses net operating income as an important measure of the Company's operating performance. As shown in the net operating income reconciliation table, net operating income equals net income, excluding net realized gains (losses) on investments and other unusual and/or infrequent items. The Company believes net operating income provides investors a valuable measure of the performance of the Company's ongoing business, because it excludes both the effect of net realized gains (losses) on investments that tend to be highly variable from period to period, and those events that are unusual and/or unlikely to recur.
- Assurant uses book value per diluted share excluding AOCI, as an important measure of the Company's stockholder value. Book value per diluted share excluding AOCI equals total stockholders' equity excluding AOCI divided by diluted shares outstanding. The Company believes book value per diluted share excluding AOCI provides investors a valuable measure of stockholder value because it excludes the effect of unrealized gains (losses) on investments, which tend to be highly variable from period to period and other AOCI items. The comparable GAAP measure would be book value per diluted share, defined as total stockholders' equity divided by diluted shares outstanding. Book value per diluted share was $64.26 and $53.46 as of Sept. 30, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2011, respectively, as shown in the reconciliation table below.
- Assurant uses annualized operating ROE, excluding AOCI, as an important measure of the Company's operating performance. Annualized operating ROE equals net operating income for the periods presented divided by average stockholders' equity for the year-to-date period, excluding AOCI, and then the return is annualized, if necessary. The Company believes annualized operating ROE, excluding AOCI, provides investors a valuable measure of the performance of the Company's ongoing business, because it excludes the effect of net realized gains (losses) on investments that tend to be highly variable from period-to-period, AOCI items and those events that are unusual and/or unlikely to recur. The comparable GAAP measure would be annualized GAAP ROE, defined as net income, for the period presented, divided by average stockholders' equity for the period and then the return is annualized, if necessary. Consolidated annualized GAAP ROE for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2012 was 9.8 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively, as shown in the following reconciliation table.
- Assurant uses a ratio of debt to total capital, excluding AOCI, as an important measure of the Company's financial leverage. Assurant's debt to total capital ratio, excluding AOCI, equals debt (which would include mandatorily redeemable preferred stock, if any) divided by the sum of debt and total stockholders' equity excluding AOCI. The Company believes that the debt to total capital ratio, excluding AOCI, provides investors a valuable measure of financial leverage, because it excludes the effect of unrealized gains (losses) on investments, which tend to be highly variable from period to period, and other AOCI items. The comparable GAAP measure would be the ratio of debt to total capital. The debt to total capital ratio as of Sept. 30, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2011 was 15.7 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively, as shown in the following reconciliation table.
A summary of net operating income disclosed items is included on page 20 of the Company's Financial Supplement, which is available in the Investor Relations section of www.assurant.com.