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  • National Western Life Group, Inc. Announces 2024 First Quarter Earnings

    May 14, 2024 by National Western Life Group, Inc.

    AUSTIN, TexasMay 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Ross R. Moody, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of National Western Life Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWLI), announced today first quarter 2024 consolidated net earnings of $73.6 million, or $20.82 per diluted share of Class A Common Stock, compared with consolidated net earnings of $12.3 million, or $3.48 per diluted share of Class A Common Stock for the first quarter of 2023. The Company’s book value per share as of March 31, 2024 was $686.73.

    The Company’s reported revenues for the quarter increased 29% to $197.6 million from $152.6 million in the first quarter of 2023. Equity market performance during the 2024 first quarter helped to increase the realized and unrealized gains on derivative investments the Company purchases to hedge the interest crediting rate mechanism on its fixed-index annuities and universal life products. Higher yields on bond purchases during the quarter continued to help increase overall investment portfolio returns. Net investment income, excluding index option derivative gains, increased to $96.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2024 from $87.0 million in the 2023 first quarter.

    The increase in interest rates during the first quarter of 2024 served to decrease certain insurance liabilities recorded using current interest rates under life insurance accounting standards. The Company’s Market risk benefits liability expense decreased $16.4 million in the March 31, 2024 quarter compared to an increase of $37.0 million in the first quarter of 2023. The comparative movement of the Market risk benefits liability balance had a significant effect on pretax earnings.

    Commenting on the reported results, Mr. Moody noted, “For the most part, the economic environment coupled with financial market performance was very conducive for us from a financial reporting standpoint. The Company benefited from equity markets gains and rising interest rate levels. We experienced more sales activity on the life insurance side of the business registering a 24% increase in the face amount of life insurance sold in the 2024 first quarter compared to last year. In addition, we continued working toward obtaining the necessary approvals that are a condition for closing our previously announced merger agreement with Prosperity Life Group.”

    National Western Life Group, Inc. is the parent organization of National Western Life Insurance Company, which is the parent organization of Ozark National Life Insurance Company, both stock life insurance companies in aggregate offering a broad portfolio of individual universal life, whole life and term insurance plans, as well as annuity products. At March 31, 2024, the Company maintained consolidated total assets of $12.1 billion, consolidated stockholders’ equity of $2.5 billion, and combined life insurance in force of $17.7 billion.

    Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

    This press release contains statements which are or may be viewed as forward-looking within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 2005. Forward-looking statements relate to future operations, strategies, financial results or other developments, and are subject to assumptions, risks, and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties also include, (1) the timing of completion of the proposed merger (the “Proposed Transaction”) contemplated by the Company’s October 8, 2023 merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with S. USA Life Insurance Company, Inc. (“S.USA”) and its direct wholly owned subsidiary (“PGH Merger Inc.”) is uncertain; (2) the conditions to the closing of the Proposed Transaction may not be satisfied; (3) regulatory approvals required for the Proposed Transaction may not be obtained, or required regulatory approvals may delay the Proposed Transaction or result in the imposition of conditions that could have a material adverse effect on the Company or S.USA or cause certain conditions to the closing to not be satisfied, which could result in the termination of the Merger Agreement; (4) the business of the Company or S.USA could suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the Proposed Transaction; (5) events, changes or other circumstances could occur that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; (6) there are risks related to disruption of management’s attention from the ongoing business operations of the Company or S.USA due to the Proposed Transaction; (7) the announcement or pendency of the Proposed Transaction could affect the relationships of the Company or S.USA with its clients, and operating results and business generally, including its ability to retain and attract employees; (8) the outcome of any legal proceedings initiated against the Company or S.USA following the announcement of the Proposed Transaction could adversely affect the Company or S.USA, including their ability to consummate the Proposed Transaction; and (9) the Company or S.USA may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors as well as management’s response to any of the factors described in this paragraph. The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other documents of the Company on file with the SEC. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update, correct or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company and/or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this section.

    Summary of Consolidated Financial Results (Unaudited)

    (In thousands except per share data)

         
       

    Three Months Ended

       

    March 31,

             
       

    2024

     

    2023

    Revenues:

           

    Revenues, excluding investment and index option gains (losses)

    $

    159,167

     

    149,614

    Realized and unrealized gains on index options

     

    38,407

     

    2,933

    Realized gains (losses) on investments

     

    (8)

     

    67

    Total revenues

     

    197,566

     

    152,614

             

    Benefits and expenses:

           

    Life and other policy benefits

     

    25,519

     

    24,190

    Policy benefit remeasurement (gains) and losses

     

     

    Market risk benefits (gains) losses

     

    (16,417)

     

    36,960

    Amortization of deferred transaction costs

     

    20,439

     

    21,274

    Universal life and annuity contract interest

     

    41,611

     

    30,212

    Other operating expenses

     

    33,136

     

    24,683

    Total benefits and expenses

     

    104,288

     

    137,319

             

    Earnings before income taxes

     

    93,278

     

    15,295

    Income tax expense

     

    19,670

     

    2,991

    Net earnings

    $

    73,608

     

    12,304

             

    Net earnings attributable to Class A shares

    $

    71,526

     

    11,956

             

    Diluted Earnings Per Class A Share

    $

    20.82

     

    3.48

             

    Diluted Weighted Average Class A Shares

     

    3,436

     

    3,436

             
       

    March 31,

     

    December 31,

       

    2024

     

    2023

             

    Book value per share

    $

    686.73

     

    670.99

    Less: Per share impact of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

     

    (93.22)

     

    (88.72)

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

    $

    779.95

     

    759.71

    *

    Book value per share excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) totaled $(338.9) million at March 31, 2024 and $(322.6) million at December 31, 2023. Since accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) fluctuates from quarter to quarter due to unrealized changes in the fair value of investments caused primarily by changes in market interest rates, National Western Life Group, Inc. believes this financial measure provides useful supplemental information.

    Investor Relations Contact:

    Brian M. Pribyl – Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

    (512) 836-1010

    bpribyl@nwlic.com 

    www.nwlgi.com

    SOURCE National Western Life Group, Inc.

    Originally Posted at PR Newswire on May 9, 2024 by National Western Life Group, Inc..

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