Protective Announces Third Quarter 2007 Earnings.BIRMINGHAM, Ala ALA aminolevulinic acid.
ala (a´lah) pl. a´lae [L.] a winglike process. . -- Protective Life Corporation (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : PL) today reported results for the third quarter of 2007. Highlights include:
* Net income for the third quarter was $1.02 per diluted di·lute
tr.v. di·lut·ed, di·lut·ing, di·lutes
1. To make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water.
2. To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture. share, compared to $0.80 per share in the third quarter of 2006. Included in the current quarter's net income were net realized investment gains of $0.05 per share, compared to net realized investment gains of $0.17 per share in the third quarter of 2006.
* Operating income Operating Income
The profit realized from a business' own operations.
This would not include income from things such as investments in other firms. Also referred to as operating profit or recurring profit. for the third quarter was $0.97 per diluted share, compared to $0.63 per share in the third quarter of 2006. Operating income differs from the GAAP GAAP
See: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
See generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). measure, net income, in that it excludes realized investment gains (losses) and related amortization. The tables below reconcile operating income to net income for the Company and its business segments.
John D. Johns, Protective's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer stated,
"We are pleased with our overall results for the third quarter. Encouraging developments included: solid sales and favorable fa·vor·a·ble
1. Advantageous; helpful: favorable winds.
2. Encouraging; propitious: a favorable diagnosis.
3. mortality in our life insurance segment; record sales and positive cash flows in our annuity annuity: see insurance.
Payment made at a fixed interval. A common example is the payment received by retirees from their pension plan. There are two main classes of annuities: annuities certain and contingent annuities. segment; and solid profitability in the Asset Protection line.
Overall, the Company's performance was strong and we continue to believe that we are well-positioned to benefit from new product offerings, expanding distribution capacity and a more favorable credit spread environment."
* Life Marketing pretax pre·tax
Existing before tax deductions: pretax income.
pretax adj [profit] → vor (Abzug der) Steuern operating income was $40.0 million as compared to $40.3 million in the same period last year. Life Insurance sales were $62.9 million as compared to $54.3 million in the third quarter of 2006.
* Pretax operating income in the Acquisitions segment was $30.4 million in the current quarter, including $12.3 million from the Chase Insurance Group acquisition compared to $12.9 million in the same period last year.
* The Annuities segment reported pretax operating income of $6.4 million compared to $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2006. The segment produced another record quarter of sales of $511.0 million, up 22.8% as compared to the third quarter of 2006. In addition, all annuity product lines produced net positive cash flows for the current quarter and year to date 2007.
* Pretax operating income in the Stable Value Products segment was $13.1 million in the current quarter compared to $10.4 million in the same period last year. Operating spreads increased in the segment by 34 basis points to 109 basis points as compared to the third quarter of 2006. The Company re-entered the Institutional Funding Agreement Funding Agreement
Illiquid insurance contracts that provide guaranteed principal repayment and interest payments for a predetermined period of time.
Funding agreements are marketed to mutual fund companies and municipal reinvestments. market in the second quarter of 2007. Sales in the current quarter totaled $572.2 million, compared to $162.2 million in the same quarter last year.
* The Asset Protection segment reported pretax operating income of $9.9 million compared to a pretax operating loss operating loss
The excess of operating expenses over revenue. As with operating income, operating losses exclude revenues and expenses from operations that are not considered a regular part of the business. Also called deficit. Compare operating income. of $14.4 million in the prior year. The prior year's quarter included a charge of $26.0 million related to the discontinued dis·con·tin·ue
v. dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing, dis·con·tin·ues
1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: Lender's Indemnity Recompense for loss, damage, or injuries; restitution or reimbursement.
An indemnity contract arises when one individual takes on the obligation to pay for any loss or damage that has been or might be incurred by another individual. product line.
* As of September 30, 2007, the Company's assets were $41.5 billion, compared to $38.8 billion at September 30, 2006, an increase of 6.9%.
* As of September 30, 2007, share-owners' equity per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income In 1997 the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a Statement on Financial Accounting Standards entitled “Comprehensive Income”. This statement required all income statement items to be reported either as a regular item in the income statement and or a special item as , was $35.52 compared with $31.94 a year ago. Share-owners' equity per share, including accumulated other comprehensive income, was $34.29 compared with $32.49 a year ago.
* The Company reported an effective tax rate on operating income of 32.0% in the third quarter of 2007, primarily due to a decrease in the liability for uncertain tax positions. These adjustments increased operating income by $0.04 per share in the third quarter.
* Operating income return on average equity for the twelve months ended September 30, 2007 was 12.0%.
* Net income return on average equity for the twelve months ended September 30, 2007 was 13.3%.
* At September 30, 2007, below investment grade securities were 2.3% percent of invested assets, and problem mortgage loans and foreclosed properties remained less than one percent of the commercial mortgage loan portfolio.
* As of September 30, 2007, the Company had $85.8 million in securities that are supported by collateral classified as sub-prime, of which, approximately 98.0% are AAA AAA: see American Automobile Association.
(Triple A) A common single-cell battery used in a myriad of electronic devices of all variety. Like its double A (AA) cousin, it provides 1.5 volts of DC power. When used in series, the voltage is multiplied. rated.
* In addition, the Company held $278.6 million in securities that are supported by Alt-A collateral at September 30, 2007, of which, approximately 39.8% are AAA rated and 60.2% are AA rated.
Based on current information, Protective is revising its previous guidance and expects 2007 operating income per diluted share to be between $3.95 and $4.10. Protective's 2007 guidance excludes any reserve adjustments or unusual or unpredictable benefits or charges that might occur during the year. The 2007 guidance range is based upon actual year to date performance and many assumptions relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the remaining quarter of the year, including but not limited to: the expected pattern of financial results in the life insurance business written under our capital markets securitization Securitization
The process of creating a financial instrument by combining other financial assets and then marketing them to investors.
Mortgage backed securities are a perfect example of securitization.
May also be spelled as "securitisation. structure in which profitability is expected to emerge more gradually after business is written, while results continue to be affected on an ongoing basis by the ordinary course run-off of older, profitable policies; competitive pressure on pricing in our term life insurance business; and our view and expectations as to the likely effect of the interest rate environment on our business (including our view and expectations of credit spreads, the yield curve, and the volume of prepayments Prepayments
Payments made in excess of scheduled mortgage principal repayments. and income from our participating mortgage loan portfolio). The 2007 guidance range also assumes no further positive or negative unlocking of DAC See D/A converter and discretionary access control.
DAC - Digital to Analog Converter or adjustments to value of businesses acquired ("VOBA VOBA Value of Business Acquired
VOBA Virtual Office Business Administration
VOBA Votoms Online Battling Arena
VOBA Virtual Office Business Assistant (NetOffice) "), and diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 71.5 million.
The Company's actual experience in 2007 will almost certainly differ from many of the assumptions described above, due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, the risk factors set forth under "Forward Looking Statements" below and in the Company's Form 10-K Form 10-K
A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.
See 10-K. and Form 10-Q Form 10-Q
See 10-Q. , significant changes in estimated future earnings on investment products caused by changes in the equity markets, DAC and VOBA amortization and our effective tax rate, up and down, that are difficult to anticipate or forecast.
For information relating to non-GAAP measures (operating income, share-owners' equity per share excluding other comprehensive income, operating return on average equity, and net income return on average equity) in this press release, please refer to the disclosure at the end of this press release. All per share results used throughout this press release are presented on a diluted basis, unless otherwise noted.
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BUSINESS SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX
The table below sets forth business segment operating income before income tax for the periods shown:
In the Life Marketing and Asset Protection segments, pretax operating income equals segment income before income tax for all periods. In the Stable Value Products, Annuities, Acquisitions and Corporate and Other segments, operating income excludes realized investment gains (losses) and related amortization of DAC and VOBA as set forth in the table below.
Income before income tax (which, unlike operating income before income tax, does not exclude realized gains Realized Gain
A gain resulting from selling an asset at a price higher than the original purchase price.
There may be tax consequences for a realized profit. (losses) net of the related amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs ("DAC") and value of businesses acquired ("VOBA") and participating income from real estate ventures) for the Acquisitions segment was $29.8 million for the third quarter of 2007 and $43.0 million for the third quarter of 2006. Income before income tax for the Annuities segment was $6.4 million for the third quarter of 2007 and $7.6 million for the third quarter of 2006. Income before income tax for the Stable Value segment was $12.8 million for the third quarter of 2007 and $15.0 million for the third quarter of 2006. Income before income tax for the Corporate and Other segment was $8.6 million for the third quarter of 2007 and a $3.5 million loss for the third quarter of 2006.
The sales statistics given in this press release are used by the Company to measure the relative progress of its marketing efforts. These statistics were derived from the Company's various sales tracking and administrative systems and were not derived from the Company's financial reporting systems or financial statements. These statistics attempt to measure only one of many factors that may affect future business segment profitability, and therefore are not intended to be predictive of future profitability.
The table below sets forth business segment sales for the periods shown:
BUSINESS SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTS
LIFE MARKETING: Pretax operating income for the Life Marketing segment was $40.0 million in the quarter compared to $40.3 million in the prior year's quarter. During the third quarter of 2007, the Company released approximately $260 million in capital from the Life Marketing segment related to the completion of its Actuarial ac·tu·ar·y
n. pl. ac·tu·ar·ies
A statistician who computes insurance risks and premiums.
[Latin Guideline guideline Medtalk A series of recommendations by a body of experts in a particular discipline. See Cancer screening guidelines, Cardiac profile guidelines, Gatekeeper guidelines, Harvard guidelines, Transfusion guidelines. 38 (commonly known as "AXXX") securitization. This created a shift of approximately $4.0 million in investment income to the Corporate and Other segment from the Life Marketing segment, offset by $4.0 million of favorable mortality in the third quarter.
Life insurance sales were $62.9 million for the quarter compared to $54.3 million in the third quarter of 2006. Term insurance sales in the current quarter were $36.3 million compared to $39.6 million in the prior year's quarter. Universal and variable universal life insurance The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. sales in the third quarter of 2007 were $26.6 million compared to $14.7 million in the third quarter of 2006.
ACQUISITIONS: Pretax operating income was $30.4 million for the third quarter of 2007 compared to $32.1 million in the third quarter of 2006. Unfavorable mortality in the Chase Insurance Group block reduced earnings for the current quarter by $4.9 million as compared to the same period in the prior year.
ANNUITIES: Pretax operating income in the Annuities segment was $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2007 as compared to $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2006. Average annuity account balances were $7.2 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, an increase of 20.4% over the same period last year.
The Annuities segment produced its second consecutive quarter of record sales. Total annuity sales increased 22.8% to $511.0 million in the third quarter of 2007 as compared to the prior year's quarter and up 19.2% over the previous quarter. Variable annuity Variable Annuity
An insurance contract in which, at the end of the accumulation stage, the insurance company guarantees a minimum payment. The remaining income payments can vary depending on the performance of the managed portfolio. sales increased 93.0% to $147.3 million in the third quarter of 2007 compared to the same period last year. Fixed annuity Fixed Annuity
An insurance contract in which the insurance company makes fixed dollar payments to the annuitant for the term of the contract, usually until the annuitant dies. The insurance company guarantees both earnings and principal. sales were $363.7 million in the third quarter of 2007 as compared to $340.0 million in the same period last year.
STABLE VALUE PRODUCTS: Pretax operating income in the Stable Value Products segment was $13.1 million in the third quarter of 2007 compared to $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2006. The increase in pretax operating earnings Operating Earnings
Profits after subtracting expenses such as marketing, cost of goods sold, administration and general operating costs from revenue.
Tax and interest expenses are not subtracted - operating earnings are synonymous with EBIT (earnings before is mainly due to a 34 basis point increase in spreads to 109 basis points as compared to the same period in the prior year, partially offset by lower average account balances.
ASSET PROTECTION: The Asset Protection segment had pretax operating income of $9.9 million for the third quarter of 2007 compared to a $14.4 million operating loss in the prior year's quarter. The prior year's quarter included a charge of $26.0 million related to the discontinued Lender's Indemnity product line.
CORPORATE & OTHER: This segment consists primarily of net investment income on unallocated capital, interest expense on all debt, various other items not associated with the other segments and ancillary Subordinate; aiding. A legal proceeding that is not the primary dispute but which aids the judgment rendered in or the outcome of the main action. A descriptive term that denotes a legal claim, the existence of which is dependent upon or reasonably linked to a main claim. run-off lines of business. The segment reported pretax operating income of $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2007 compared to a pretax operating loss of $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2006. The increase in pretax operating income is attributable to an increase in participating mortgage income and higher investment income, offset by increases to interest expense and higher corporate overhead. The increase in net investment income is due to the release of approximately $260 million in capital related to the completion of the Company's AXXX securitization from the Life Marketing segment, which was partially offset by higher interest expense on debt.
There will be a conference call for management to discuss the quarterly results with analysts and professional investors on November 7, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. Analysts and professional investors may access this call by calling 1-800-862-9098 (international callers 1-785-424-1051) and giving the conference ID: Protective. A recording of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern November 7, 2007 until midnight November 14, 2007. The recording may be accessed by calling 1-800-839-2485 (international callers 1-402-220-7222).
The public may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the call on the homepage of the Company's web site at www.protective.com. A recording of the webcast will also be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern November 7, 2007 until midnight November 14, 2007.
Supplemental financial information is available on the Company's web site at www.protective.com in the Analyst/Investor section under the financial report library titled Supplemental Financial Information.
INFORMATION RELATING TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
Throughout this press release, GAAP refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The name of this country. The United States, now thirty-one in number, are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, . Consolidated and segment operating income are defined as income before income tax excluding net realized investment gains (losses) net of the related amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs ("DAC") and value of businesses acquired ("VOBA") and participating income from real estate ventures. Periodic settlements of derivatives derivatives
In finance, contracts whose value is derived from another asset, which can include stocks, bonds, currencies, interest rates, commodities, and related indexes. Purchasers of derivatives are essentially wagering on the future performance of that asset. associated with corporate debt and certain investments and annuity products are included in realized gains (losses) but are considered part of consolidated and segment operating income because the derivatives are used to mitigate mit·i·gate
To moderate in force or intensity.
miti·gation n. risk in items affecting consolidated and segment operating income. Management believes that consolidated and segment operating income provides relevant and useful information to investors, as it represents the basis on which the performance of the Company's business is internally assessed. Although the items excluded from consolidated and segment operating income may be significant components in understanding and assessing the Company's overall financial performance, management believes that consolidated and segment operating income enhances an investor's understanding of the Company's results of operations by highlighting the income (loss) attributable to the normal, recurring re·cur
intr.v. re·curred, re·cur·ring, re·curs
1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.
2. To return to one's attention or memory.
3. To return in thought or discourse. operations of the Company's business. As prescribed pre·scribe
v. pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing, pre·scribes
1. To set down as a rule or guide; enjoin. See Synonyms at dictate.
2. To order the use of (a medicine or other treatment). by GAAP, certain investments are recorded at their market values with the resulting unrealized gains Unrealized Gain
A profit that results from holding on to an asset rather than cashing it in and using the funds.
Let's say you own a stock that has doubled, but you haven't sold it yet. This is said to be an unrealized gain. (losses) affected by a related adjustment to DAC and VOBA, net of income tax, reported as a component of share-owners' equity. The market values of fixed maturities increase or decrease as interest rates change. The Company believes that an insurance company's share-owners' equity per share may be difficult to analyze without disclosing the effects of recording accumulated other comprehensive income, including unrealized gains (losses) on investments.
The 2007 earnings guidance presented in this release is based on the financial measure operating income per diluted share. Net income per diluted share is the most directly comparable GAAP measure. A quantitative reconciliation of Protective's net income per diluted share to operating income per diluted share is not calculable cal·cu·la·ble
1. That can be calculated or estimated: calculable odds.
2. Readily relied on; dependable: a calculable assistant. on a forward-looking basis because it is not possible to provide a reliable forecast of realized investment gains and losses, which typically vary substantially from period to period.
Operating income return on average equity and net income return on average equity are measures used by management to evaluate the Company's performance. Operating income return on average equity for the twelve months ended September 30, 2007 is calculated by dividing operating income for this period by the average ending balance of share-owners' equity (excluding accumulated other comprehensive income) for the five most recent quarters. Net income return on average equity for the twelve months ended September 30, 2007, is calculated by dividing net income for this period by the average ending balance of share-owners' equity (excluding accumulated other comprehensive income) for the five most recent quarters.
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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS forward-looking statement
A projected financial statement based on management expectations. A forward-looking statement involves risks with regard to the accuracy of assumptions underlying the projections.
This release and the supplemental financial information provided includes "forward-looking statements" which express expectations of future events and/or results. All statements based on future expectations rather than on historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and the Company cannot give assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. The factors which could affect the Company's future results include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions and the following known trends and uncertainties: the Company is exposed to the risks of natural disasters, pandemics, malicious Involving malice; characterized by wicked or mischievous motives or intentions.
An act done maliciously is one that is wrongful and performed willfully or intentionally, and without legal justification.
DESERTION, MALICIOUS. and terrorist acts that could adversely affect the Company's operations; the Company operates in a mature, highly competitive industry, which could limit its ability to gain or maintain its position in the industry; a ratings downgrade Downgrade
A negative change in the rating of a security.
For example, an analyst may downgrade a stock from strong buy to buy, or a bond rating agency may downgrade a bond from AAA to AA. could adversely affect the Company's ability to compete; the Company's policy claims fluctuate from period to period resulting in earnings volatility, and actual results could differ from its expectations, including, but not limited to, expectations of mortality, morbidity morbidity /mor·bid·i·ty/ (mor-bid´it-e)
1. a diseased condition or state.
2. the incidence or prevalence of a disease or of all diseases in a population.
n. , casualty losses, persistency, lapses, customer mix and behavior and projected level of used vehicle values; the Company's results may be negatively affected should actual experience differ from management's assumptions and estimates which by their nature are imprecise im·pre·cise
impre·cisely adv. and subject to changes and revision over time; the use of reinsurance The contract made between an insurance company and a third party to protect the insurance company from losses. The contract provides for the third party to pay for the loss sustained by the insurance company when the company makes a payment on the original contract. , and any change in the magnitude of reinsurance, introduces variability in the Company's statements of income; the Company could be forced to sell investments at a loss to cover policyholder Policyholder
An individual who owns an insurance policy. withdrawals; interest rate fluctuations could negatively affect the Company's spread income or otherwise impact its business, including, but not limited to, the volume of sales, the profitability of products, investment performance, and asset liability management; equity market volatility could negatively impact the Company's business, particularly with respect to the Company's variable products; insurance companies are highly regulated and subject to numerous legal restrictions and regulations, including, but not limited to, restrictions relating to premium rates, reserve requirements Reserve Requirements
Requirements regarding the amount of funds that banks must hold in reserve against deposits made by their customers. This money must be in the bank's vaults or at the closest Federal Reserve Bank. , marketing practices, advertising, privacy, policy forms, reinsurance reserve requirements, acquisitions, and capital adequacy, and the Company cannot predict whether or when regulatory actions may be taken that could adversely affect the Company or its operations; changes to tax law or interpretations of existing tax law could adversely affect the Company, including, but not limited to, the demand for and profitability of its insurance products and the Company's ability to compete with non-insurance products or reduce the demand for certain insurance products; financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. companies are frequently the targets of litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. , including, but not limited to, class action litigation, which could result in substantial judgments, and the Company, like other financial services companies, in the ordinary course of business is involved in litigation and arbitration arbitration
Process of resolving a dispute or a grievance outside a court system by presenting it for decision to an impartial third party. Both sides in the dispute usually must agree in advance to the choice of arbitrator and certify that they will abide by the ; publicly held companies in general and the financial services industry in particular are sometimes the target of law enforcement investigations and the focus of increased regulatory scrutiny; the Company's ability to maintain low unit costs is dependent upon the level of new sales and persistency of existing business, and a change in persistency may result in higher claims and/or higher or more rapid amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs and thus higher unit costs and lower reported earnings; the Company's investments, including, but not limited to, the Company's invested assets, derivative derivative: see calculus.
In mathematics, a fundamental concept of differential calculus representing the instantaneous rate of change of a function. financial instruments and commercial mortgage loan portfolio, are subject to market and credit risks; the Company may not realize its anticipated financial results from its acquisitions strategy, which is dependent on factors such as the availability of suitable acquisitions, the availability of capital to fund acquisitions and the realization of assumptions relating to the acquisition; the Company may not be able to achieve the expected results from its recent acquisition; the Company is dependent on the performance of others, including, but not limited to, distributors, third-party administrators, fund managers, reinsurers and other service providers, and, as with all financial services companies, its ability to conduct business is dependent upon consumer confidence in the industry and its products; the Company's reinsurers could fail to meet assumed obligations, increase rates, or be subject to adverse developments that could affect the Company, and the Company's ability to compete is dependent on the availability of reinsurance, which has become more costly and less available in recent years, or other substitute capital market solutions; the success of the Company's captive captive
said of naturally wild or feral animals kept in captivity for educational and scientific investigation with no attempt being made to domesticate them. reinsurance program and related marketing efforts is dependent on a number of factors outside the control of the Company, including, but not limited to, continued access to capital markets and the overall tax position of the Company; computer viruses or network security breaches could affect the data processing data processing or information processing, operations (e.g., handling, merging, sorting, and computing) performed upon data in accordance with strictly defined procedures, such as recording and summarizing the financial transactions of a systems of the Company or its business partners, destroying valuable data or making it difficult to conduct business; the Company's ability to grow depends in large part upon the continued availability of capital, which has been negatively impacted by recent regulatory action, and future marketing plans are dependent on access to the capital markets through securitization; and new accounting or statutory rules or changes to existing accounting or statutory rules could negatively impact the Company. The Company's risk management policies and procedures Policies and Procedures are a set of documents that describe an organization's policies for operation and the procedures necessary to fulfill the policies. They are often initiated because of some external requirement, such as environmental compliance or other governmental may leave it exposed to unidentified or unanticipated risk, which could negatively affect our business or result in losses. Credit market volatility or the inability to access capital markets could adversely impact the Company's financial condition or results from operations. Please refer to Exhibit 99 of the Company's most recent Form 10-K/10-Q for more information about these factors which could affect future results.