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  • FBL Financial Group Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

    November 6, 2019 by FBL Financial Group, Inc.

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG):

    Financial Highlights
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

     

    Three months ended September 30,

     

    2019

     

    2018

    Net income attributable to FBL Financial Group

    $

    25,129

     

    $

    31,010

    Adjusted operating income(1)

    25,215

     

    31,872

    Earnings per common share (assuming dilution):

     

     

     

    Net income

    1.01

     

    1.24

    Adjusted operating income(1)

    1.02

     

    1.28

    FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG) today reported net income attributable to FBL Financial Group for the third quarter of 2019 of $25.1 million, or $1.01 per diluted common share, compared to $31.0 million, or $1.24 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating income(1) totaled $25.2 million, or $1.02 per common share, for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $31.9 million, or $1.28 per common share, for the third quarter of 2018. Third quarter 2019 earnings per share reflects:

    • A negative impact of $0.09 per share from unlocking actuarial assumptions used in the calculation of deferred acquisition costs, unearned revenue reserves and certain reserves on interest sensitive products
    • Unfavorable mortality results in the Life segment
    • Lower spread income in the Annuity segment
    • Continued investment in the Wealth Management initiative
    • A nonrecurring tax benefit totaling $0.10 per share due to the execution of a tax planning strategy

    Adjusted operating income differs from the GAAP measure, net income attributable to FBL Financial Group, in that it excludes the initial impact of changes in federal statutory income tax rates and tax laws, realized gains and losses on investments, and the change in net unrealized gains and losses on derivatives and equity securities. For further information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please refer to Note (1) and the reconciliation provided within this release.

    “FBL Financial Group’s third quarter 2019 earnings results were below our expectations. This was due to several factors, including our annual actuarial assumption review, higher mortality benefits and lower spread income from the decline in investment yields,” said James P. Brannen, Chief Executive Officer of FBL Financial Group, Inc. “We continue to benefit from our balanced book of life and annuity business to provide earnings stability. As we look ahead toward the close of 2019, we remain focused on financial discipline and supporting our exclusive Farm Bureau agency force as we work together to serve the needs of the Farm Bureau niche market.”

    Product Revenues. Premiums and product charges for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $78.1 million compared to $79.3 million in the third quarter of 2018. Interest sensitive product charges were flat while traditional life insurance premiums decreased two percent during the quarter. Premiums collected(2) in the third quarter of 2019 totaled $142.1 million compared to $141.7 million in the third quarter of 2018. Total life insurance premiums collected increased two percent while annuity premiums collected were flat, impacted by the low market interest rate environment.

    Investment Income. Net investment income in the third quarter of 2019 totaled $101.5 million, compared to $105.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. This decrease is due to a decrease in derivative income and the impact of lower investment yields. The annualized yield earned on average invested assets, with securities at amortized cost, including investments held as securities and indebtedness of related parties, was 4.97 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to 5.16 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. At September 30, 2019, 98 percent of the fixed maturity securities in FBL Financial Group’s investment portfolio were investment grade debt securities.

    Benefits, Expenses and Taxes. Benefits and expenses totaled $158.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $153.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. Death benefits, net of reinsurance and reserves released, totaled $30.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $29.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. By its nature, mortality experience can fluctuate from quarter to quarter. Federal income taxes were reduced $2.5 million, or $0.10 per share, during the third quarter of 2019 due to the execution of a tax planning strategy.

    Unlocking. During the third quarter of 2019, FBL Financial Group unlocked the assumptions used in the calculation of deferred acquisition costs, unearned revenue reserves and certain reserves on interest sensitive products. This unlocking resulted in a pre-tax unfavorable impact of $2.7 million, or $0.09 per share after-tax.

    Net Realized Gains. In the third quarter of 2019, FBL Financial Group recognized net realized gains on investments of $0.7 million. This is attributable to realized gains of $0.5 million and a gain from the increase in fair value of equity securities of $0.2 million.

    Stock Repurchases. During the third quarter of 2019, FBL Financial Group did not repurchase any shares of its Class A or Class B common stock. FBL Financial Group has $36.3 million remaining under its current stock repurchase program.

    Capital and Book Value. As of September 30, 2019, the book value per share of FBL Financial Group common stock totaled $61.28, compared to $47.78 at December 31, 2018. Book value per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income(3), totaled $44.81 at September 30, 2019, compared to $44.09 at December 31, 2018. The September 30, 2019 company action level risk based capital ratio of FBL Financial Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, was approximately 555 percent.

    Further Financial Information. Further information on FBL Financial Group’s financial results, including results by segment, may be found in FBL Financial Group’s financial supplement, available on its website, www.fblfinancial.com.

    Conference Call. FBL Financial Group will hold a conference call with investors tomorrow, November 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be webcast and a replay will be available on FBL Financial Group’s website.

    Certain statements in this release concerning FBL Financial Group’s prospects for the future are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the “safe harbor” from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements generally can be identified by their context, including terms such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” or similar words. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statement. These risks and uncertainties are detailed in FBL Financial Group’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates, difficult conditions in financial markets and the economy, lack of liquidity and access to capital, investment valuations, competitive factors, a decrease in ratings, changes in laws and regulations, differences between actual claims experience and underwriting assumptions, relationships with Farm Bureau organizations, the ability to attract and retain sales agents and adverse results from litigation. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions which FBL Financial Group believes to be reasonable; however, no assurance can be given that the assumptions will prove to be correct. FBL Financial Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

    FBL Financial Group is a holding company with the purpose to protect livelihoods and futures. Operating under the consumer brand name Farm Bureau Financial Services, its affiliates offer a broad range of life insurance, annuity and investment products distributed by multiline exclusive Farm Bureau agents. In addition, FBL Financial Group manages all aspects of two Farm Bureau affiliated property-casualty insurance companies for a management fee. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, FBL Financial Group is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FFG. For more information, please visit www.fblfinancial.com and www.fbfs.com.

    – FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND NOTES FOLLOW –

    FBL Financial Group, Inc.

    Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

             

     

     

    Three months ended

     

    Nine months ended

     

     

    September 30,

     

    September 30,

     

     

    2019

     

    2018

     

    2019

     

    2018

    Revenues:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Interest sensitive product charges

     

    $

    31,135

     

     

    $

    31,161

     

     

    $

    94,935

     

     

    $

    92,165

     

    Traditional life insurance premiums

     

    46,982

     

     

    48,124

     

     

    147,361

     

     

    148,712

     

    Net investment income

     

    101,478

     

     

    105,757

     

     

    316,012

     

     

    310,753

     

    Net realized capital gains (losses)

     

    696

     

     

    (709

    )

     

    11,230

     

     

    (1,615

    )

    Net other-than-temporary impairment losses recognized in earnings

     

    (50

    )

     

    (50

    )

     

    (919

    )

     

    (1,090

    )

    Other income

     

    4,417

     

     

    3,828

     

     

    12,501

     

     

    12,065

     

    Total revenues

     

    184,658

     

     

    188,111

     

     

    581,120

     

     

    560,990

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Benefits and expenses:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Interest sensitive product benefits

     

    67,147

     

     

    70,145

     

     

    202,966

     

     

    194,127

     

    Traditional life insurance benefits

     

    42,877

     

     

    44,168

     

     

    131,512

     

     

    133,349

     

    Policyholder dividends

     

    2,441

     

     

    2,480

     

     

    7,539

     

     

    7,591

     

    Underwriting, acquisition and insurance expenses

     

    39,197

     

     

    30,834

     

     

    114,334

     

     

    107,621

     

    Interest expense

     

    1,213

     

     

    1,212

     

     

    3,637

     

     

    3,638

     

    Other expenses

     

    5,764

     

     

    5,061

     

     

    18,649

     

     

    16,281

     

    Total benefits and expenses

     

    158,639

     

     

    153,900

     

     

    478,637

     

     

    462,607

     

     

     

    26,019

     

     

    34,211

     

     

    102,483

     

     

    98,383

     

    Income taxes

     

    (1,642

    )

     

    (4,818

    )

     

    (13,429

    )

     

    (14,462

    )

    Equity income, net of related income taxes

     

    799

     

     

    1,642

     

     

    2,423

     

     

    3,441

     

    Net income

     

    25,176

     

     

    31,035

     

     

    91,477

     

     

    87,362

     

                             

    Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

     

    (47

    )

     

    (25

    )

     

    (7

    )

     

    16

     

    Net income attributable to FBL Financial Group, Inc.

     

    $

    25,129

     

     

    $

    31,010

     

     

    $

    91,470

     

     

    $

    87,378

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Earnings per common share – assuming dilution

     

    $

    1.01

     

     

    $

    1.24

     

     

    $

    3.69

     

     

    $

    3.50

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Weighted average common shares

     

    24,758,639

     

     

    24,918,725

     

     

    24,760,311

     

     

    24,946,752

     

    Effect of dilutive securities

     

    10,035

     

     

    11,076

     

     

    10,773

     

     

    13,317

     

    Weighted average common shares – diluted

     

    24,768,674

     

     

    24,929,801

     

     

    24,771,084

     

     

    24,960,069

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (1) Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to FBL Financial Group to Adjusted Operating Income – Unaudited

    FBL Financial Group consistently utilizes adjusted operating income, a financial measure common in the life insurance industry that is not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), as a primary economic measure to evaluate its financial performance. Adjusted operating income consists of net income attributable to FBL Financial Group adjusted to exclude the initial impact of changes in federal statutory income tax rates and tax laws, realized gains and losses on investments, and the change in fair value of derivatives and equity securities, which can fluctuate greatly from period to period. These fluctuations make it difficult to analyze core operating trends. In addition, for derivatives not designated as hedges, there is a mismatch between the valuation of the asset and liability when deriving net income (loss). Specifically, call options relating to indexed business are one-year assets while the embedded derivatives in the indexed contracts represent the rights of the contract holder to receive index credits over the entire period the indexed products are expected to be in force. This non-GAAP measure is used for goal setting, determining short-term incentive compensation and evaluating performance on a basis comparable to that used by many in the investment community. FBL Financial Group believes the presentation and evaluation of adjusted operating income provides information that may enhance an investor’s understanding of FBL Financial Group’s underlying results and profitability. A reconciliation is provided in the following table:

     

     

    Three months ended

     

    Nine months ended

     

     

    September 30,

     

    September 30,

     

     

    2019

     

    2018

     

    2019

     

    2018

     

     

    (Dollars in thousands,

       

    except per share data)

    Net income attributable to FBL Financial Group

     

    $

    25,129

     

     

    $

    31,010

     

     

    $

    91,470

     

     

    $

    87,378

     

    Adjustments:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Initial impact of the Tax Act(a)

     

     

     

    (617

    )

     

     

     

    (617

    )

    Net realized gains/losses on investments(b)

     

    (440

    )

     

    603

     

     

    (7,960

    )

     

    2,132

     

    Change in net unrealized gains/losses on derivatives(b)

     

    526

     

     

    876

     

     

    (657

    )

     

    1,191

     

    Adjusted operating income

     

    $

    25,215

     

     

    $

    31,872

     

     

    $

    82,853

     

     

    $

    90,084

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Adjusted operating income per common share – assuming dilution

     

    $

    1.02

     

     

    $

    1.28

     

     

    $

    3.34

     

     

    $

    3.60

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (a) Amount represents a change in the provisional estimate of the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 on deferred tax assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2017.

    (b) Net of adjustments, as applicable, to amortization of unearned revenue reserves, deferred acquisition costs, value of insurance in force acquired, interest sensitive policy reserves and income taxes attributable to these items.

    (2) Premiums Collected – Net statutory premiums collected is a non-GAAP measure and includes premiums collected from annuities and universal life-type products. It is a useful metric for investors as it is a measure of sales production.

    For GAAP reporting, these premiums received are not reported as revenues.

    (3) Reconciliation of Book Value Per Share Excluding Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income – Unaudited

     

     

    September 30,

     

    December 31,

       

    2019

     

    2018

    Book value per share

     

    $

    61.28

     

    $

    47.78

    Less: Per share impact of accumulated other comprehensive income

     

    16.47

     

    3.69

    Book value per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income

     

    $

    44.81

     

    $

    44.09

    Book value per share excluding accumulated other comprehensive income is a non-GAAP financial measure. Accumulated other comprehensive income totaled $406.2 million at September 30, 2019 and $91.3 million at December 31, 2018. Since accumulated other comprehensive income fluctuates from quarter to quarter due to unrealized changes in the fair value of investments caused principally by changes in market interest rates, FBL Financial Group believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful supplemental information.

    FBL Financial Group, Inc.

    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

    (Dollars in thousands)

             

     

     

    September 30,

     

    December 31,

       

    2019

     

    2018

    Assets

     

     

     

     

    Investments

     

    $

    9,109,125

     

    $

    8,414,118

    Cash and cash equivalents

     

    13,007

     

    19,035

    Deferred acquisition costs

     

    253,112

     

    418,802

    Other assets

     

    441,139

     

    420,394

    Assets held in separate accounts

     

    612,338

     

    561,281

    Total assets

     

    $

    10,428,721

     

    $

    9,833,630

     

     

     

     

     

    Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

     

     

     

     

    Liabilities

     

     

     

     

    Future policy benefits

     

    $

    7,325,794

     

    $

    7,205,471

    Other policy funds, claims and benefits

     

    595,453

     

    615,177

    Debt

     

    113,000

     

    97,000

    Other liabilities

     

    267,799

     

    170,442

    Liabilities related to separate accounts

     

    612,338

     

    561,281

    Total liabilities

     

    8,914,384

     

    8,649,371

     

     

     

     

     

    Stockholders’ equity

     

     

     

     

    FBL Financial Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity:

     

     

     

     

    Preferred stock

     

    3,000

     

    3,000

    Class A common stock

     

    152,566

     

    152,652

    Class B common stock

     

    72

     

    72

    Accumulated other comprehensive income

     

    406,175

     

    91,318

    Retained earnings

     

    952,397

     

    937,097

    Total FBL Financial Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity

     

    1,514,210

     

    1,184,139

    Noncontrolling interest

     

    127

     

    120

    Total stockholders’ equity

     

    1,514,337

     

    1,184,259

    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

     

    $

    10,428,721

     

    $

    9,833,630

     

     

     

     

     

    Common shares outstanding

     

    24,662,308

     

    24,718,815

     

    Contacts

    Kathleen Till Stange, V.P. Corporate & Investor Relations
    (515) 226-6780, Kathleen.TillStange@FBLFinancial.com

    Originally Posted at Business Wire on October 31, 2019 by FBL Financial Group, Inc..

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