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  • American Equity Reports Solid Results in line with Expectations

    May 10, 2022 by American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL), a leading issuer of fixed index annuities (FIAs) today reported on its first quarter 2022 results. These results include improved yields in the investment portfolio, continuing implementation of new relationships with “best-in-class” asset originators, and new sales and other operating costs and expenses in-line with expectations set out on the company’s fourth quarter 2021 results conference call.

    Non-GAAP operating income1 available to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2022 was $89.9 million, or $0.92 per diluted common share. First quarter 2021 net income available to common stockholders was $271.8 million, or $2.82 per diluted common share; the non-GAAP measures were $41.4 million, or $0.43 per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2021.

    The year-over-year increase in quarterly non-GAAP operating income1 available to common stockholders primarily reflected a substantial increase in average yield on invested assets due to strong returns on partnership and other market value investments and the significant reduction in cash balances over the last twelve months. The benefit of higher yield was partly offset by increases in the cost of money, other operating costs and expenses, and the increase in the liability for future policy benefits to be paid for lifetime income benefit riders (LIBR).

    For the first quarter of 2022, net investment income increased $70 million from the comparable quarter of 2021 reflecting an increase in average yield on investments resulting from strong returns from partnerships and other mark-to-market assets, lower cash balances, and the increase in allocation to higher yielding privately sourced assets.

    Compared to the first quarter of 2021, the change in the liability for future policy benefits to be paid for LIBR increased by $13 million, driven by increased utilization on old seasoned blocks as we re-price fees at reset periods, partially offset by higher actual than expected index credits in the quarter. Management expects that in the second quarter, the change in the liability for future policy benefits to be paid for LIBR will continue to remain elevated, absent the benefit of higher than expected index credits.

    Compared to the first quarter of 2021, amortization of deferred policy acquisition and sales inducement costs decreased by $4 million.

    As of March 31, 2022, notional value2 under reinsurance agreements – generating six to seven year of “fee-like” ROA earnings – was $4.3 billion, up from $4.1 billion at year-end 2021.

    DELIVERED ON INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIC GOALS

    American Equity’s investment spread was 2.51% for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2.29% for the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2.00% for the first quarter of 2021. On a sequential quarterly basis, the average yield on invested assets increased by 35 basis points – as mark to market gains on partnerships and other fair value assets were stronger in this year’s first quarter – while the cost of money increased 13 basis points. Adjusted investment spread excluding non-trendable itemsincreased to 2.45% in the first quarter of 2022 from 2.03% in the fourth quarter of 2021.

    Average yield on invested assets was 4.15% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 3.80% in the fourth quarter of 2021. The average adjusted yield on invested assets excluding non-trendable items3 was 4.12% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 3.68% in the fourth quarter of 2021. Relative to the prior quarter, the average adjusted yield in the first quarter of 2022 reflected an increase of 32 basis points from returns on partnerships and other mark-to-market assets and a 10 basis points benefit due to lower cash holdings relative to invested assets. Since partnership and other mark-to-market asset returns can vary by quarter, excluding that benefit and non-trendable items, average yield improved from 3.68% in the fourth quarter of 2021 to 3.80% in the first quarter of 2022.

    Average cash and equivalents in the insurance companies’ portfolios was $1.7 billion compared to $4.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021. Cash and equivalents in the insurance companies’ portfolios as of March 31, 2022 was $576 million. During the quarter, investment asset purchases totaled $4.7 billion and were made at an average rate of 3.58%, including approximately $900 million of private assets at 5.41%.

    American Equity CEO & President Anant Bhalla noted, “I am very proud of our team for having delivered on our investment goals outlined less than 18 months ago. First, by de-risking the legacy American Equity structured assets portfolio and raising the portfolio cash position to close to 20% during the pandemic. Second, by transferring $45 billion of core fixed income assets to world-class managers BlackRock and Conning. Third, by putting our private asset origination and scaling plans on a solid foundation with 15.4% of the portfolio or $8.4 billion already invested in private assets with a clear path to our goal of ramping to a 30% to 40% allocation to private assets over time. Finally, we are now fully invested with a portfolio yield at the end of the first quarter of 3.98%”

    The aggregate cost of money for annuity liabilities of 1.64% in the first quarter of 2022 was up 13 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, in line with market costs. The cost of money in the first quarter of 2022 was positively affected by 3 basis points of over-hedging of index-linked credits compared to 14 basis points of hedge gain in the fourth quarter of 2021.

    FIA SALES IN-LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS4

    First quarter sales were $902 million, of which 98%, or $883 million, were in fixed index annuities. This is in line with the company’s focus strategy for 2022 sales. Compared to the first quarter of 2021, total company FIA sales increased 33%. FIA sales at American Equity Life increased 46% while Eagle Life sales declined by 15%.

    On a sequential quarterly basis, FIA sales decreased 10% to $883 million primarily due to lower sales in the bank and broker-dealer channel while maintaining a leading market position in the Independent Marketing Organization (IMO) space.

    EXPANDED PRODUCT LINE TO BE REINSURED TO BROOKFIELD’s NORTH END RE (CAYMAN) SPC

    American Equity has executed an agreement with Brookfield’s North End Re (Cayman) SPC to expand the company’s income products funding the additional $6 billion in capacity under the reinsurance treaty signed between the two companies in 2021. The new products include American Equity Life’s EstateShield as well as Eagle Life’s Eagle Select Income Focus products. The flow reinsurance transfers a 75% quota share of all sales of these products retrospective from July 1, 2021.

    CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    The forward-looking statements in this release or that American Equity uses on its conference call, such as anticipate, assuming, become, believe, calls for, can, continue, estimate, expect, forward, future, goal, going forward, grow, intend, likely, look to, may, need, next, on the way, on track, outlook, over time, plan, potential, predictable, project, ramp, should, signal, strategy, target, then, to be, toward, trends, will, would, and their derivative forms and similar words, as well as any projections of future results, are based on assumptions and expectations that involve risks and uncertainties, including the “Risk Factors” the company describes in its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company’s future results could differ, and it has no obligation to correct or update any of these statements.

    CONFERENCE CALL

    American Equity will hold a conference call to discuss first quarter 2022 earnings on Thursday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. CDT. The conference call will be webcast live on the Internet. Investors and interested parties who wish to listen to the call on the internet may do so at www.american-equity.com.

    The call may also be accessed by telephone at 855-865-0606, passcode 1593835 (international callers, please dial 704-859-4382). An audio replay will be available shortly after the call on American Equity’s website. An audio replay will also be available via telephone through May 12, 2022 at 855-859-2056, passcode 1593835 (international callers will need to dial 404-537-3406).

    ABOUT AMERICAN EQUITY

    At American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, we think of ourselves as The Financial Dignity CompanyTM that offers solutions designed to create financial dignity in retirement. Our policyholders work with independent agents, banks and broker-dealers, through our wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, to choose one of our leading annuity products best suited for their personal needs. To deliver on our promises to policyholders, American Equity has reframed its investment focus, building a stronger emphasis on insurance liability driven asset allocation as well as the origination and management of private assets. Our company is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa with satellite offices slated to open in 2022 in Charlotte, NC and New York, NY. For more information, please visit www.american-equity.com.

    1 Use of non-GAAP financial measures, including those that isolate notable items, is discussed in this release in the tables that follow the text of the release.

    2 Notional value represents the initial cash surrender value of business ceded subject to recurring fees under reinsurance agreements.

    3 Non-trendable items are the impact of investment yield – additional prepayment income and cost of money effect of over (under) hedging as shown in our March 31, 2022 financial supplement on page 10, “Spread Results”.

    4 For the purposes of this document, all references to sales are on a gross basis. Gross sales is defined as sales before the use of reinsurance.

    American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
    Unaudited (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

    Consolidated Statements of Operations

     

    Three Months Ended
    March 31,

     

    2022

     

    2021

    Revenues:

     

     

     

    Premiums and other considerations

    $

    10,078

     

     

    $

    13,213

     

    Annuity product charges

     

    52,355

     

     

     

    60,082

     

    Net investment income

     

    567,423

     

     

     

    497,190

     

    Change in fair value of derivatives

     

    (477,519

    )

     

     

    396,305

     

    Net realized losses on investments

     

    (13,127

    )

     

     

    (4,583

    )

    Other revenue

     

    8,589

     

     

     

     

    Total revenues

     

    147,799

     

     

     

    962,207

     

     

     

     

     

    Benefits and expenses:

     

     

     

    Insurance policy benefits and change in future policy benefits

     

    12,638

     

     

     

    16,424

     

    Interest sensitive and index product benefits

     

    372,662

     

     

     

    476,595

     

    Amortization of deferred sales inducements

     

    143,545

     

     

     

    122,975

     

    Change in fair value of embedded derivatives

     

    (1,393,649

    )

     

     

    (282,413

    )

    Interest expense on notes payable

     

    6,425

     

     

     

    6,393

     

    Interest expense on subordinated debentures

     

    1,317

     

     

     

    1,326

     

    Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

     

    225,426

     

     

     

    203,823

     

    Other operating costs and expenses

     

    58,120

     

     

     

    55,865

     

    Total benefits and expenses

     

    (573,516

    )

     

     

    600,988

     

    Income before income taxes

     

    721,315

     

     

     

    361,219

     

    Income tax expense

     

    155,092

     

     

     

    78,535

     

    Net income

     

    566,223

     

     

     

    282,684

     

    Less: Net income available to noncontrolling interests

     

     

     

     

     

    Net income available to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company stockholders

     

    566,223

     

     

     

    282,684

     

    Less: Preferred stock dividends

     

    10,919

     

     

     

    10,919

     

    Net income available to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company common stockholders

    $

    555,304

     

     

    $

    271,765

     

     

     

     

     

    Earnings per common share

    $

    5.73

     

     

    $

    2.84

     

    Earnings per common share – assuming dilution

    $

    5.67

     

     

    $

    2.82

     

     

     

     

     

    Weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands):

     

     

     

    Earnings per common share

     

    96,866

     

     

     

    95,735

     

    Earnings per common share – assuming dilution

     

    97,953

     

     

     

    96,216

     

    American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
    Unaudited (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

    NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

    In addition to net income available to common stockholders, we have consistently utilized non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders and non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders per common share – assuming dilution, non-GAAP financial measures commonly used in the life insurance industry, as economic measures to evaluate our financial performance. Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders equals net income available to common stockholders adjusted to eliminate the impact of items that fluctuate from quarter to quarter in a manner unrelated to core operations, and we believe measures excluding their impact are useful in analyzing operating trends. The most significant adjustments to arrive at non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders eliminate the impact of fair value accounting for our fixed index annuity business. These adjustments are not economic in nature but rather impact the timing of reported results. We believe the combined presentation and evaluation of non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders together with net income available to common stockholders provides information that may enhance an investor’s understanding of our underlying results and profitability.

    Reconciliation from Net Income Available to Common Stockholders to Non-GAAP Operating Income Available to Common Stockholders and Non-GAAP Operating Income Available to Common Stockholders, Excluding Notable Items

     

    Three Months Ended
    March 31,

     

    2022

     

    2021

    Net income available to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company common stockholders

    $

    555,304

     

     

    $

    271,765

     

    Adjustments to arrive at non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders: (a)

     

     

     

    Net realized losses on financial assets, including credit losses

     

    10,285

     

     

     

    3,516

     

    Change in fair value of derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    (603,354

    )

     

     

    (297,634

    )

    Income taxes

     

    127,661

     

     

     

    63,794

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders

     

    89,896

     

     

     

    41,441

     

    Impact of notable items (b)

     

     

     

     

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders, excluding notable items

    $

    89,896

     

     

    $

    41,441

     

     

     

     

     

    Per common share – assuming dilution:

     

     

     

    Net income available to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company common stockholders

    $

    5.67

     

     

    $

    2.82

     

    Adjustments to arrive at non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders:

     

     

     

    Net realized losses on financial assets, including credit losses

     

    0.11

     

     

     

    0.04

     

    Change in fair value of derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    (6.16

    )

     

     

    (3.09

    )

    Income taxes

     

    1.30

     

     

     

    0.66

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders

     

    0.92

     

     

     

    0.43

     

    Impact of notable items

     

     

     

     

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders, excluding notable items

    $

    0.92

     

     

    $

    0.43

     

    (a)

    Adjustments to net income available to common stockholders to arrive at non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders are presented net of related adjustments to amortization of deferred sales inducements and deferred policy acquisition costs and accretion of lifetime income benefit rider (LIBR) reserves where applicable.

    (b)

    Notable items reflect the after-tax impact to non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders for certain items that do not reflect the company’s expected ongoing operations. Notable items primarily include the impact from actuarial assumption updates. The presentation of notable items is intended to help investors better understand our results and to evaluate and forecast those results.

    American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
    Unaudited (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

    Book Value per Common Share

     

    Q1 2022

    Total stockholders’ equity attributable to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

    $

    5,171,086

     

    Equity available to preferred stockholders (a)

     

    (700,000

    )

    Total common stockholders’ equity (b)

     

    4,471,086

     

    Accumulated other comprehensive income

     

    (63,706

    )

    Total common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI (b)

     

    4,407,380

     

    Net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    (750,229

    )

    Total common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives (b)

    $

    3,657,151

     

     

     

    Common shares outstanding

     

    95,019,904

     

     

     

    Book Value per Common Share: (c)

     

    Book value per common share

    $

    47.05

     

    Book value per common share excluding AOCI (b)

    $

    46.38

     

    Book value per common share excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives (b)

    $

    38.49

     

    (a)

    Equity available to preferred stockholders is equal to the redemption value of outstanding preferred stock plus share dividends declared but not yet issued.

    (b)

    Total common stockholders’ equity, total common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI and total common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives, non-GAAP financial measures, exclude equity available to preferred stockholders. Total common stockholders’ equity and book value per common share excluding AOCI, non-GAAP financial measures, are based on common stockholders’ equity excluding the effect of AOCI. Since AOCI fluctuates from quarter to quarter due to unrealized changes in the fair value of available for sale securities, we believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information. Total common stockholders’ equity and book value per common share excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives, non-GAAP financial measures, are based on common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives. Since the net impact of fair value accounting for our derivatives and embedded derivatives fluctuates from quarter to quarter and the most significant impacts relate to fair value accounting for our fixed index annuity business and are not economic in nature but rather impact the timing of reported results, we believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information.

    (c)

    Book value per common share including and excluding AOCI and book value per common share excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives are calculated as total common stockholders’ equity, total common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI and total common stockholders’ equity excluding AOCI and the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives divided by the total number of shares of common stock outstanding.

    American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
    Unaudited (Dollars in thousands)

    NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

    Average Common Stockholders’ Equity and Return on Average Common Stockholders’ Equity

    Return on average common stockholders’ equity measures how efficiently we generate profits from the resources provided by our net assets. Return on average common stockholders’ equity is calculated by dividing net income available to common stockholders, for the trailing twelve months, by average equity available to common stockholders. Non-GAAP operating return on average common stockholders’ equity excluding average accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) and average net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives is calculated by dividing non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders, for the trailing twelve months, by average common stockholders’ equity excluding average AOCI and average net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives. We exclude AOCI because AOCI fluctuates from quarter to quarter due to unrealized changes in the fair value of available for sale investments. We exclude the net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives as the amounts are not economic in nature but rather impact the timing of reported results.

     

    Twelve Months Ended

     

    March 31, 2022

    Average Common Stockholders’ Equity Attributable to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, Excluding Average AOCI and Average Net Impact of Fair Value Accounting for Derivatives and Embedded Derivatives

     

    Average total stockholders’ equity

    $

    5,549,923

     

    Average equity available to preferred stockholders

     

    (700,000

    )

    Average equity available to common stockholders

     

    4,849,923

     

    Average AOCI

     

    (784,483

    )

    Average common stockholders’ equity excluding average AOCI

     

    4,065,440

     

    Average net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    (574,884

    )

    Average common stockholders’ equity excluding average AOCI and average net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    3,490,556

     

    Impact of notable items on average common stockholders’ equity excluding average AOCI and average net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    39,018

     

    Average common stockholders’ equity excluding average AOCI, average net impact of fair value accounting for derivatives and embedded derivatives and notables

    $

    3,529,574

     

     

     

    Net income available to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company common stockholders

    $

    713,856

     

    Adjustments to arrive at non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders: (a)

     

    Net realized losses on financial assets, including credit losses

     

    17,068

     

    Change in fair value of derivatives and embedded derivatives

     

    (493,010

    )

    Income taxes

     

    101,051

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders

     

    338,965

     

    Impact of notable items (b)

     

    78,036

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders, excluding notable items

    $

    417,001

     

     

     

    Return on Average Common Stockholders’ Equity Attributable to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

     

    Net income available to common stockholders

     

    14.7

    %

     

     

    Return on Average Common Stockholders’ Equity Attributable to American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, Excluding Average AOCI and Average Net Impact of Fair Value Accounting for Derivatives and Embedded Derivatives

     

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders

     

    9.7

    %

    Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders, excluding notable items

     

    11.8

    %

    Notable Items

    Twelve Months Ended

     

    March 31, 2022

    Notable items impacting Non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders:

     

     

    Impact of actuarial assumption updates

    $

    78,036

     

    Total notable items (b)

    $

    78,036

     

    (a)

    Adjustments to net income available to common stockholders to arrive at non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders are presented net of related adjustments to amortization of deferred sales inducements (DSI) and deferred policy acquisition costs (DAC) and accretion of lifetime income benefit rider (LIBR) reserves where applicable.

    (b)

    Notable items reflect the after-tax impact to non-GAAP operating income available to common stockholders for certain items that do not reflect the company’s expected ongoing operations. Notable items primarily include the impact from actuarial assumption updates. The presentation of notable items is intended to help investors better understand our results and to evaluate and forecast those results.

     

    Contacts

    Steven D. Schwartz, Vice President-Investor Relations
    (515) 273-3763, sschwartz@american-equity.com

    Originally Posted at BusinessWire on May 4, 2022 by American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company.

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