Reinsurance Group of America Reports Second Quarter Results

  • Earnings per diluted share: $3.18 from net income, $3.31 from adjusted operating income*
  • ROE 8.5% and adjusted operating ROE* 11.0% for the trailing twelve months
  • Deployed capital of $185 million into in-force and other transactions in the quarter
  • Quarterly shareholder dividend raised 17% to $0.70 per quarter

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA), a leading global provider of life reinsurance, reported second quarter net income of $202.7 million, or $3.18 per diluted share, compared with $204.4 million, or $3.13 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating income* totaled $210.8 million, or $3.31 per diluted share, compared with $202.1 million, or $3.10 per diluted share, the year before. Net foreign currency fluctuations had an adverse effect of $0.06 per diluted share on net income and adjusted operating income as compared with the prior year.

 

 

Quarterly Results

 

Year-to-Date Results

($ in thousands, except per share data)

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Net premiums

 

$

2,763,786

 

 

$

2,594,460

 

 

$

5,501,599

 

 

$

5,177,011

 

Net income

 

202,698

 

 

204,374

 

 

372,205

 

 

304,604

 

Net income per diluted share

 

3.18

 

 

3.13

 

 

5.83

 

 

4.65

 

Adjusted operating income*

 

210,846

 

 

202,054

 

 

378,001

 

 

307,800

 

Adjusted operating income per diluted share*

 

3.31

 

 

3.10

 

 

5.92

 

 

4.70

 

Book value per share

 

170.64

 

 

135.09

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI)*

 

128.54

 

 

119.31

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

72,043,816

 

 

59,766,497

 

 

 

 

 

*

See ‘Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures’ below

In the second quarter, consolidated net premiums totaled $2.8 billion, up 7% from last year’s second quarter of $2.6 billion, with adverse net foreign currency effects of $60.0 million. Excluding spread-based businesses and the value of associated derivatives, investment income increased 7% versus a year ago, reflecting asset growth of 6%. The average investment yield, excluding spread business, was up six basis points from the second quarter of 2018 to 4.38% due to higher variable investment income.

The effective tax rate this quarter was 22.1% on pre-tax income. The effective tax rate was 21.1% on pre-tax adjusted operating income for the quarter, at the lower end of the expected range of 21% to 24%.

Anna Manning, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This was a solid quarter for us, with a number of positives. Income slightly exceeded our expectations, and we experienced strong momentum both from organic growth and in-force transactions. The benefits from our global operating platform helped to deliver diverse earnings in the quarter, as strong results in U.S. Financial Solutions, EMEA and Canada offset some modest weakness elsewhere.

“This quarter we deployed $185 million of capital into a number of in-force and other transactions across a range of product areas and geographies, bringing our year-to-date total to $236 million. We ended the quarter with an excess capital position of approximately $1.0 billion.

“We are optimistic about our business, and in recognition of our ongoing earnings power, the board increased the common stock dividend by 17%, marking the tenth straight year of double-digit percentage increases. RGA is well positioned for expanding opportunities, we have a proven strategy and a proven track record of execution, and we expect to continue to produce attractive financial returns.”

SEGMENT RESULTS

U.S. and Latin America

Traditional

The U.S. and Latin America Traditional segment reported pre-tax income of $55.2 million, compared with $72.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. Pre-tax adjusted operating income totaled $59.1 million, compared with $68.3 million the year before, reflecting modestly unfavorable mortality experience and the negative effects of lapses and client reporting catch-ups. The year-ago period reflected mortality experience that was in line with expectations. Group results were break-even, while the year-ago period reflected unfavorable experience.

Traditional net premiums were up 3% from last year’s second quarter to $1,410.5 million.

Financial Solutions

The Asset-Intensive business reported pre-tax income of $72.7 million compared with $60.8 million last year. Second quarter pre-tax adjusted operating income totaled $69.4 million compared with $49.7 million a year ago. Current-period results reflected the addition of new business and favorable longevity experience on payout annuities.

The Financial Reinsurance business reported pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income of $19.3 million, down modestly from $21.5 million the year before.

Canada

Traditional

The Canada Traditional segment reported pre-tax income of $46.3 million, compared with $21.8 million the year before. Pre-tax adjusted operating income more than doubled to $45.2 million, from $22.2 million a year ago, reflecting very favorable individual mortality experience. The prior-year quarter reflected unfavorable individual mortality experience. Foreign currency exchange rates had an adverse effect of $1.6 million on pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income.

Reported net premiums totaled $264.2 million for the quarter, up slightly over the year-ago period. Net foreign currency fluctuations had an adverse effect of $9.4 million on net premiums.

Financial Solutions

The Canada Financial Solutions business segment, which consists of longevity and fee-based transactions, reported second quarter pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income of $3.8 million, compared with $3.5 million a year ago. Both periods reflected favorable longevity experience. Net foreign currency fluctuations adversely affected pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income by $0.1 million.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Traditional

The EMEA Traditional segment reported pre-tax income of $16.1 million compared with $6.5 million in last year’s second quarter. Pre-tax adjusted operating income totaled $15.9 million, compared with $6.5 million in the prior-year period. The current-period results were in line with expectations, while the year-ago period reflected unfavorable underwriting results in a couple of markets. Net foreign currency fluctuations adversely affected pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income by $1.0 million for the quarter.

Reported net premiums declined slightly to $350.9 million in the second quarter. Foreign currency exchange rates adversely affected net premiums by $23.3 million.

Financial Solutions

The EMEA Financial Solutions business segment, which consists of longevity, asset-intensive and fee-based transactions, reported second quarter pre-tax income of $51.8 million, compared with $65.4 million in the year-ago period. Pre-tax adjusted operating income totaled $49.3 million, compared with $59.5 million the year before. Both periods were above expectations, with the current quarter reflecting higher variable investment income on asset-intensive business in the U.K., and the year-ago period reflecting very favorable longevity experience. Net foreign currency fluctuations adversely affected pre-tax income by $2.9 million and pre-tax adjusted operating income by $2.8 million.

Asia Pacific

Traditional

The Asia Pacific Traditional segment’s pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income totaled $34.8 million, compared with $58.9 million in the prior-year period. The current period reflected relatively in-line results in Asia, partially offset by a loss in Australia, while the year-ago period reflected favorable underwriting experience in Asia and a break-even result in Australia. Net foreign currency fluctuations had a favorable effect of $0.5 million on pre-tax income and pre-tax adjusted operating income.

Reported net premiums increased 13% to $606.4 million, reflecting growth on new and existing treaties in Asia, partially offset by a reduction in Australia. Foreign currency exchange rates had an adverse effect of $23.2 million on net premiums.

Financial Solutions

The Asia Pacific Financial Solutions business segment, which consists of asset-intensive and fee-based transactions, reported second quarter pre-tax income of $1.9 million, compared with $4.1 million in the prior-year period. Pre-tax adjusted operating income totaled $3.4 million, compared with $2.9 million the year before, attributable to new business in Asia. Net foreign currency fluctuations had a favorable effect of $0.2 million on pre-tax income and an immaterial effect on pre-tax adjusted operating income.

Reported net premiums increased significantly to $44.5 million, attributable to new treaties added in the first half of the current year. Foreign currency exchange rates had an immaterial effect on net premiums.

Corporate and Other

The Corporate and Other segment’s pre-tax losses totaled $41.8 million, compared with pre-tax losses of $67.3 million the year before. Pre-tax adjusted operating losses totaled $32.9 million, compared with year-ago pre-tax adjusted operating losses of $42.9 million. The current-period loss was higher than the average expected run rate due to costs related to strategic investments and service businesses.

Dividend Declaration

The board of directors increased the quarterly dividend 17%, to $0.70 from $0.60, payable August 29 to shareholders of record as of August 8.

Earnings Conference Call

A conference call to discuss second-quarter results will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 30. Interested parties may access the call by dialing 800-281-7973 (domestic) or 323-794-2093 (international). The access code is 6809893. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations website at www.rgare.com. A replay of the conference call will be available at the same address for 90 days following the conference call.

The Company has posted to its website a Quarterly Financial Supplement that includes financial information for all segments as well as information on its investment portfolio. Additionally, the Company posts periodic reports, press releases and other useful information on its Investor Relations website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

RGA uses a non-GAAP financial measure called adjusted operating income as a basis for analyzing financial results. This measure also serves as a basis for establishing target levels and awards under RGA’s management incentive programs. Management believes that adjusted operating income, on a pre-tax and after-tax basis, better measures the ongoing profitability and underlying trends of the Company’s continuing operations, primarily because that measure excludes substantially all of the effect of net investment related gains and losses, as well as changes in the fair value of certain embedded derivatives and related deferred acquisition costs. These items can be volatile, primarily due to the credit market and interest rate environment, and are not necessarily indicative of the performance of the Company’s underlying businesses. Additionally, adjusted operating income excludes any net gain or loss from discontinued operations, the cumulative effect of any accounting changes, tax reform and other items that management believes are not indicative of the Company’s ongoing operations. The definition of adjusted operating income can vary by company and is not considered a substitute for GAAP net income.

Book value per share excluding the impact of AOCI is a non-GAAP financial measure that management believes is important in evaluating the balance sheet in order to ignore the effects of unrealized amounts primarily associated with mark-to-market adjustments on investments and foreign currency translation.

Adjusted operating income per diluted share is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as adjusted operating income divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding. Adjusted operating return on equity is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as adjusted operating income divided by average stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI. Similar to adjusted operating income, management believes these non-GAAP financial measures better reflect the ongoing profitability and underlying trends of the Company’s continuing operations, they also serve as a basis for establishing target levels and awards under RGA’s management incentive programs.

Reconciliations from GAAP net income, book value per share, net income per diluted share and average stockholders’ equity are provided in the following tables. Additional financial information can be found in the Quarterly Financial Supplement on RGA’s Investor Relations website at www.rgare.com in the “Financial Information” section.

About RGA

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), a Fortune 500 company, is among the leading global providers of life reinsurance and financial solutions, with approximately $3.4 trillion of life reinsurance in force and assets of $72.0 billion as of June 30, 2019. Founded in 1973, RGA today is recognized for its deep technical expertise in risk and capital management, innovative solutions, and commitment to serving its clients. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, and operations around the world, RGA delivers expert solutions in individual life reinsurance, individual living benefits reinsurance, group reinsurance, health reinsurance, facultative underwriting, product development, and financial solutions. To learn more about RGA and its businesses, visit the Company’s website at www.rgare.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, among others, statements relating to projections of the future operations, strategies, earnings, revenues, income or loss, ratios, financial performance and growth potential of the Company. Forward-looking statements often contain words and phrases such as “intend,” “expect,” “project,” “estimate,” “predict,” “anticipate,” “should,” “believe” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future events and actual results, performance, and achievements could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by or underlying the forward-looking statements.

Numerous important factors could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements including, without limitation: (1) adverse changes in mortality, morbidity, lapsation or claims experience, (2) inadequate risk analysis and underwriting, (3) adverse capital and credit market conditions and their impact on the Company’s liquidity, access to capital and cost of capital, (4) changes in the Company’s financial strength and credit ratings and the effect of such changes on the Company’s future results of operations and financial condition, (5) the availability and cost of collateral necessary for regulatory reserves and capital, (6) requirements to post collateral or make payments due to declines in market value of assets subject to the Company’s collateral arrangements, (7) action by regulators who have authority over the Company’s reinsurance operations in the jurisdictions in which it operates, (8) the effect of the Company parent’s status as an insurance holding company and regulatory restrictions on its ability to pay principal of and interest on its debt obligations, (9) general economic conditions or a prolonged economic downturn affecting the demand for insurance and reinsurance in the Company’s current and planned markets, (10) the impairment of other financial institutions and its effect on the Company’s business, (11) fluctuations in U.S. or foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, or securities and real estate markets, (12) market or economic conditions that adversely affect the value of the Company’s investment securities or result in the impairment of all or a portion of the value of certain of the Company’s investment securities, that in turn could affect regulatory capital, (13) market or economic conditions that adversely affect the Company’s ability to make timely sales of investment securities, (14) risks inherent in the Company’s risk management and investment strategy, including changes in investment portfolio yields due to interest rate or credit quality changes, (15) the fact that the determination of allowances and impairments taken on the Company’s investments is highly subjective, (16) the stability of and actions by governments and economies in the markets in which the Company operates, including ongoing uncertainties regarding the amount of U.S. sovereign debt and the credit ratings thereof, (17) the Company’s dependence on third parties, including those insurance companies and reinsurers to which the Company cedes some reinsurance, third-party investment managers and others, (18) financial performance of the Company’s clients, (19) the threat of natural disasters, catastrophes, terrorist attacks, epidemics or pandemics anywhere in the world where the Company or its clients do business, (20) competitive factors and competitors’ responses to the Company’s initiatives, (21) development and introduction of new products and distribution opportunities, (22) execution of the Company’s entry into new markets, (23) integration of acquired blocks of business and entities, (24) interruption or failure of the Company’s telecommunication, information technology or other operational systems, or the Company’s failure to maintain adequate security to protect the confidentiality or privacy of personal or sensitive data stored on such systems, (25) adverse litigation or arbitration results, (26) the adequacy of reserves, resources and accurate information relating to settlements, awards and terminated and discontinued lines of business, (27) changes in laws, regulations, and accounting standards applicable to the Company or its business, (28) the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 may be different than expected and (29) other risks and uncertainties described in this document and in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Forward-looking statements should be evaluated together with the many risks and uncertainties that affect the Company’s business, including those mentioned in this document and described in the periodic reports the Company files with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even though the Company’s situation may change in the future. For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, you are advised to see Item 1A – “Risk Factors” in the 2018 Annual Report.

 

REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Consolidated Net Income to Adjusted Operating Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

Diluted

Earnings Per

Share

 

 

 

Diluted

Earnings Per

Share

Net income

$

202,698

 

 

$

3.18

 

 

$

204,374

 

 

$

3.13

 

Reconciliation to adjusted operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital (gains) losses, derivatives and other, included in investment related gains/losses, net

(17,719

)

 

(0.27

)

 

29,195

 

 

0.45

 

Capital (gains) losses on funds withheld, included in investment income, net of related expenses

(389

)

 

(0.01

)

 

(10,349

)

 

(0.16

)

Embedded derivatives:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in investment related gains/losses, net

10,098

 

 

0.16

 

 

(19,062

)

 

(0.29

)

Included in interest credited

14,646

 

 

0.23

 

 

447

 

 

0.01

 

DAC offset, net

(3,199

)

 

(0.05

)

 

1,386

 

 

0.02

 

Investment (income) loss on unit-linked variable annuities

(1,801

)

 

(0.03

)

 

(3,260

)

 

(0.05

)

Interest credited on unit-linked variable annuities

1,801

 

 

0.03

 

 

3,260

 

 

0.05

 

Interest expense on uncertain tax positions

2,158

 

 

0.03

 

 

 

 

 

Non-investment derivatives

9

 

 

 

 

377

 

 

0.01

 

Uncertain tax positions and other tax related items

2,544

 

 

0.04

 

 

(4,314

)

 

(0.07

)

Adjusted operating income

$

210,846

 

 

$

3.31

 

 

$

202,054

 

 

$

3.10

 

 
 

(Unaudited)

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

Diluted

Earnings Per

Share

 

 

 

Diluted

Earnings Per

Share

Net income

$

372,205

 

 

$

5.83

 

 

$

304,604

 

 

$

4.65

 

Reconciliation to adjusted operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital (gains) losses, derivatives and other, included in investment related gains/losses, net

(7,050

)

 

(0.13

)

 

53,897

 

 

0.81

 

Capital (gains) losses on funds withheld, included in investment income, net of related expenses

4,196

 

 

0.07

 

 

(2,218

)

 

(0.03

)

Embedded derivatives:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in investment related gains/losses, net

(2,597

)

 

(0.04

)

 

(41,495

)

 

(0.63

)

Included in interest credited

15,845

 

 

0.25

 

 

(22,118

)

 

(0.34

)

DAC offset, net

(12,316

)

 

(0.19

)

 

18,232

 

 

0.28

 

Investment (income) loss on unit-linked variable annuities

(11,551

)

 

(0.18

)

 

(1,165

)

 

(0.02

)

Interest credited on unit-linked variable annuities

11,551

 

 

0.18

 

 

1,165

 

 

0.02

 

Interest expense on uncertain tax positions

4,265

 

 

0.07

 

 

 

 

 

Non-investment derivatives

349

 

 

0.01

 

 

437

 

 

0.01

 

Uncertain tax positions and other tax related items

3,104

 

 

0.05

 

 

(3,539

)

 

(0.05

)

Adjusted operating income

$

378,001

 

 

$

5.92

 

 

$

307,800

 

 

$

4.70

 

 

REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Consolidated Effective Income Tax Rates

(Dollars in thousands)

 

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Pre-tax Income

 

Income Taxes

 

Effective Tax

Rate

GAAP income

$

260,077

 

 

$

57,379

 

 

22.1

%

Reconciliation to adjusted operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

Capital (gains) losses, derivatives and other, included in investment related gains/losses, net

(22,214

)

 

(4,495

)

 

 

Capital (gains) losses on funds withheld, included in investment income, net of related expenses

(492

)

 

(103

)

 

 

Embedded derivatives:

 

 

 

 

 

Included in investment related gains/losses, net

12,782

 

 

2,684

 

 

 

Included in interest credited

18,539

 

 

3,893

 

 

 

DAC offset, net

(4,050

)

 

(851

)

 

 

Investment (income) loss on unit-linked variable annuities

(2,280

)

 

(479

)

 

 

Interest credited on unit-linked variable annuities

2,280

 

 

479

 

 

 

Interest expense on uncertain tax positions

2,732

 

 

574

 

 

 

Non-investment derivatives

12

 

 

3

 

 

 

Uncertain tax positions and other tax related items

 

 

(2,544

)

 

 

Adjusted operating income

$

267,386

 

 

$

56,540

 

 

21.1

%

 
 

Reconciliation of Consolidated Income before Income Taxes to Pre-tax Adjusted Operating Income

(Dollars in thousands)

 

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Income before income taxes

$

260,077

 

 

$

247,288

 

 

$

476,641

 

 

$

385,213

 

Reconciliation to pre-tax adjusted operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital (gains) losses, derivatives and other, included in investment related gains/losses, net

(22,214

)

 

37,221

 

 

(8,936

)

 

68,864

 

Capital (gains) losses on funds withheld, included in investment income, net of related expenses

(492

)

 

(13,100

)

 

5,312

 

 

(2,808

)

Embedded derivatives:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in investment related gains/losses, net

12,782

 

 

(24,129

)

 

(3,287

)

 

(52,525

)

Included in interest credited

18,539

 

 

565

 

 

20,057

 

 

(27,998

)

DAC offset, net

(4,050

)

 

1,755

 

 

(15,590

)

 

23,079

 

Investment (income) loss on unit-linked variable annuities

(2,280

)

 

(4,127

)

 

(14,622

)

 

(1,475

)

Interest credited on unit-linked variable annuities

2,280

 

 

4,127

 

 

14,622

 

 

1,475

 

Interest expense on uncertain tax positions

2,732

 

 

 

 

5,399

 

 

 

Non-investment derivatives

12

 

 

477

 

 

442

 

 

553

 

Pre-tax adjusted operating income

$

267,386

 

 

$

250,077

 

 

$

480,038

 

 

$

394,378

 

 

Contacts

Jeff Hopson

Senior Vice President – Investor Relations

(636) 736-7000

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