13% growth in life insurance policies issued
10% increase in life insurance licensed representatives to 115,345
6% increase in average client asset values to a record of $50.7 billion
25% growth in diluted EPS and diluted operating EPS to $1.22
19.1% net income return on stockholders’ equity (ROE) and 20.3% net operating income return on adjusted stockholders’ equity (ROAE)
DULUTH, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Primerica, Inc. (NYSE: PRI) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. In the third quarter, total revenues and operating revenues both increased 8% to $383.6 million and $383.7 million, respectively, and net income grew 18% (17% on an operating basis) to $58.0 million compared with the third quarter of 2015. Net earnings per diluted share (EPS) and net operating earnings per diluted share both increased 25% to $1.22 compared with $0.98 in the third quarter of 2015, driven by earnings growth and ongoing share repurchases. ROE expanded to 19.1% and operating ROAE expanded to 20.3% in the current period versus 16.8% and 17.7%, respectively, in the prior year period.
Third quarter results reflect the continued strength in the Term Life business with ongoing growth in policies issued. Net premiums grew 12% year-over-year and claims experience was below historical levels. Investment and Savings Products (ISP) performance improved reflecting higher average client asset values, partially offset by slightly lower ISP sales versus the prior year period.
Glenn Williams, Chief Executive Officer said, “Strong core performance combined with recent share repurchases drove 25% growth in EPS and a 230 basis point increase in ROE compared to the third quarter a year ago. We delivered double-digit increases in the size of our life insurance licensed sales force and term life insurance policies issued year-over-year. Our sales force leadership, successful execution of building distribution and significant capital deployment position us to continue to deliver value for our stakeholders.”
Distribution & Segment Results
|Life Licensed Sales Force (1)||115,345||104,702||10||%||112,365||3||%|
|New Life-Licensed Representatives||11,739||11,160||5||%||12,171||(4||)%|
|Life Insurance Policies Issued||75,374||66,658||13||%||77,384||(3||)%|
|Life Productivity (2)||0.22||0.22||*||0.23||*|
|ISP Product Sales ($ billions)||$||1.34||$||1.37||(2||)%||$||1.47||(9||)%|
|Average Client Asset Values ($ billions)||$||50.68||$||47.96||6||%||$||48.94||4||%|
|(1) End of period|
|(2) Life productivity equals policies issued divided by the average number of life insurance licensed representatives per month|
|* Not calculated|
|Q3 2016||Q3 2015||
|($ in thousands)|
|Operating Revenues: (1)|
|Term Life Insurance||$||222,598||$||197,204||13||%||$||210,559||6||%|
|Investment and Savings Products||130,080||128,597||1||%||132,608||(2||)%|
|Corporate and Other Distributed Products||30,983||30,167||3||%||32,387||(4||)%|
|Total operating revenues (1)||$||383,661||$||355,968||8||%||$||375,553||2||%|
|Operating Income (loss) before income taxes:(1)|
|Term Life Insurance||$||58,137||$||46,519||25||%||$||58,017||*|
|Investment and Savings Products||35,760||34,811||3||%||36,065||(1||)%|
|Corporate and Other Distributed Products||(5,425||)||(6,118||)||(11||)%||(5,642||)||(4||)%|
|Total operating income before income taxes (1)||$||88,472||$||75,212||18||%||$||88,440||*|
(1) See the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section and the segment Operating Results Reconciliations at the end of this release for additional information.
|* Less than 1%.|
Life Insurance Licensed Sales Force. Strong recruiting and licensing trends in recent quarters drove 10% year-over-year growth in the life insurance licensed sales force to 115,345 representatives at the end of the third quarter. Recruiting of new representatives increased 12% and new life insurance licenses grew 5% from the year ago period. On a sequential quarter basis, recruiting increased 13% and new life insurance licenses declined 4% from the second quarter.
Term Life Insurance. In the third quarter of 2016, term life insurance policies issued increased 13% year-over-year driven by the larger life insurance licensed sales force and productivity of 0.22 policies per life insurance licensed representative per month, which continues to be at the top end of the historical productivity range. Term Life revenues increased 13% to $222.6 million compared with the year ago period driven by a 12% increase in net premiums from increased levels of issued policies in recent years and the growth in the in force business not subject to IPO-related coinsurance agreements. Income before income taxes grew 25% to $58.1 million year-over-year. Claims experience during the third quarter was approximately $3 million below historical levels and led to benefits and claims growing slower than net premiums. Persistency experience was slightly lower versus the prior year period which also contributed to slower growth in benefits and claims, but led to higher growth in deferred acquisition costs (DAC) amortization relative to net premiums. Insurance expenses grew year-over-year largely due to $2.3 million of higher technology spending to enhance our sales force support system’s mobile application and accommodate increased capacity.
Investment and Savings Products (ISP). In the third quarter, ISP revenues increased 1% to $130.1 million and income before income taxes grew 3% to $35.8 million compared with the year ago period. Results reflect a 2% year-over-year decline in product sales to $1.34 billion as U.S. retail mutual fund sales increased 9% and fixed indexed annuities sales increased 32% while variable annuity sales declined 22%, consistent with industry trends. Average client asset values increased 6% to a record $50.7 billion and account-based revenue increased 4% versus the prior year period. Positive Canadian market performance and lower segregated fund redemptions in the third quarter of 2016 led to a $0.8 million deceleration of DAC amortization in the period, and a year-over-year improvement of $1.7 million. ISP expenses increased from the year ago period largely due to $1.7 million of implementation costs related to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule in the third quarter.
Corporate and Other Distributed Products (C&O). The C&O segment operating revenues were $31.0 million, and operating losses before income taxes were $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. Results were impacted by a modest increase in insurance and other expenses primarily reflecting higher employee-related expenses partially offset by a $1.5 million negotiated reduction in the interest expense on an IPO-related reinsurance agreement. Net investment income increased $0.3 million as the prior year period was impacted by a negative mark-to-market on the deposit asset backing an IPO-related reinsurance agreement. Net unrealized gains increased slightly to $110.4 million at quarter-end from $105.2 million at June 30, 2016.
Primerica repurchased $41.0 million or approximately 743,000 shares of its common stock in the third quarter and repurchased $131.5 million, or 2.7 million shares year-to-date through September. Primerica Life Insurance Company’s statutory risk-based capital (RBC) ratio was estimated to be approximately 430% as of September 30, 2016.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We report financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We also present adjusted direct premiums, other ceded premiums, operating revenues, operating income before income taxes, net operating income, adjusted stockholders’ equity and diluted operating earnings per share. Adjusted direct premiums and other ceded premiums are net of amounts ceded under coinsurance transactions that were executed concurrent with our initial public offering for all periods presented. We exclude amounts ceded under the IPO coinsurance transactions in measuring adjusted direct premiums and other ceded premiums to present meaningful comparisons of the actual premiums economically maintained by the Company. Amounts ceded under the IPO coinsurance transactions will continue to decline over time as policies terminate within this block of business. Operating revenues, operating income before income taxes, net operating income, and diluted operating earnings per share exclude the impact of realized investment gains and losses, including other-than-temporary impairments (OTTI), for all periods presented. We exclude realized investment gains and losses in measuring operating revenues to eliminate period-over-period fluctuations that may obscure comparisons of operating results due to items such as the timing of recognizing gains and losses and other factors prior to an invested asset’s maturity that are not directly associated with the Company’s insurance operations. Adjusted stockholders’ equity excludes the impact of net unrealized investment gains and losses recorded in other comprehensive income (loss) for all periods presented. We exclude unrealized investment gains and losses in measuring adjusted stockholders’ equity as unrealized gains and losses from the Company’s invested assets are largely caused by market movements in interest rates and credit spreads that do not necessarily correlate with the cash flows we will ultimately realize when an invested asset matures or is sold.
The definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the definitions of similar measures used by other companies. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating financial performance. Furthermore, management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures may provide users with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results of prior periods as they are expected to be reflective of the core ongoing business. These measures have limitations, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the results as reported under GAAP. Reconciliations of non-GAAP to GAAP financial measures are attached to this release.
Earnings Webcast Information
Primerica will hold a webcast Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT, to discuss third quarter results. This release and a detailed financial supplement will be posted on Primerica’s website. Investors are encouraged to review these materials. To access the webcast go to http://investors.primerica.com at least 15 minutes prior to the event to register, download and install any necessary software.
A replay of the call will be available for approximately 30 days on Primerica’s website, http://investors.primerica.com.
Except for historical information contained in this press release, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contain known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results in future periods to differ materially from anticipated or projected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, among others, our failure to continue to attract and license new recruits, retain sales representatives or license or maintain the licensing of our sales representatives; changes to the independent contractor status of our sales representatives; our or our sales representatives’ violation of or non-compliance with laws and regulations or the failure to protect the confidentiality of client information; differences between our actual experience and our expectations regarding mortality, persistency, expenses and interests rates as reflected in the pricing for our insurance policies; the occurrence of a catastrophic event that causes a large number of premature deaths of our insureds; changes in federal and state legislation, including other legislation or regulation that affects our insurance and investment product businesses, such as the DOL’s recently adopted rule defining who is a “fiduciary” of a qualified retirement plan as a result of giving investment advice; our failure to meet RBC standards or other minimum capital and surplus requirements; a downgrade or potential downgrade in our insurance subsidiaries’ financial strength ratings or our senior debt ratings; the effects of credit deterioration and interest rate fluctuations on our invested asset portfolio; incorrectly valuing our investments; inadequate or unaffordable reinsurance or the failure of our reinsurers to perform their obligations; the failure of, or legal challenges to, the support tools we provide to our sales force; heightened standards of conduct or more stringent licensing requirements for our sales representatives; inadequate policies and procedures regarding suitability review of client transactions; the failure of our investment products to remain competitive with other investment options or the change to investment and savings products offered by key providers in a way that is not beneficial to our business; fluctuations in the performance of client assets under management; the inability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends or make distributions; our inability to generate and maintain a sufficient amount of working capital; our non-compliance with the covenants of our senior unsecured debt; legal and regulatory investigations and actions concerning us or our sales representatives; the loss of key personnel; the failure of our information technology systems, breach of our information security or failure of our business continuity plan; and fluctuations in Canadian currency exchange rates . These and other risks and uncertainties affecting us are more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available in the “Investor Relations” section of our website at http://investors.primerica.com. Primerica assumes no duty to update its forward-looking statements as of any future date.