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Fidelity & Guaranty Life Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2017 Results

Company Release - 5/3/2017 4:15 PM ET

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL), a leading provider of annuities and life insurance, today announced financial results for the fiscal second quarter of 2017.

  • Reported net income was $22 million or $0.38 per diluted share for the second quarter
  • Adjusted operating income was $36 million or $0.62 per diluted share for the second quarter
  • Total annuity sales were $732 million; including fixed indexed annuity ("FIA") sales of $438 million, up 5% over prior year
  • Indexed universal life ("IUL") sales increased 27% over prior year to $14 million
  • Average assets under management increased to $20.0 billion, up 9% over prior year

Net income for the fiscal second quarter of 2017 ended on March 31, 2017(1) was $22 million or $0.38 per diluted common share.  Adjusted operating income for the fiscal second quarter of 2017 was $36 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to adjusted operating income of $43 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

The table below reconciles reported after-tax net income to adjusted operating income ("AOI").

(In millions)


Three months ended
March 31,





(Unaudited)



Reconciliation from Net Income to AOI(2):


2017


2016


Increase
(decrease)

Net income


$

22



$

9



$

13


Effect of investment losses (gains), net of offsets


15



(5)



20


Effect of change in FIA embedded derivative discount rate, net of offsets


(2)



43



(45)


Effect of change in fair value of reinsurance related embedded derivative, net of offsets


8



14



(6)


Tax impact of adjusting items


(7)



(18)



11


Adjusted operating income


$

36



$

43



$

(7)


See footnotes at end of release.

The current quarter included net unfavorable items of $3 million or $0.05 per diluted share. The prior year quarter included net favorable items of $10 million or $0.17 per diluted share. The table below details notable items in both periods.








Current Year Fiscal Quarter






-  Net unfavorable adjustments related to higher deferred acquisition cost ("DAC") amortization, primarily due to equity market fluctuations


($3) million




-  Higher expense related to merger transaction costs & legacy incentive compensation plans


($3) million




-  Favorable actual to expected mortality within single premium immediate annuity ("SPIA") product line and other annuity reserve movements


$3 million



Prior Year Fiscal Quarter






-  Favorable performance within SPIA product line


$5 million




-  Net favorable adjustments related to lower DAC amortization, primarily due to equity market fluctuations


$6 million




-  Higher expense related to merger transaction costs


($1) million








"Our business momentum continues and we delivered another strong quarter with year-over-year increases in sales, net income, net investment income and assets under management," said Chris Littlefield, President and CEO of FGL.  "We are continuing to explore and negotiate strategic alternatives with other parties in light of our termination of the merger agreement with Anbang and are working to maximize value for our shareholders."

Summary Financial Results (Unaudited)




Three months ended March 31,

Six months ended March 31,

(In millions, except per share data)


2017


2016

2017


2016

Fixed indexed annuity sales (2)


$

438



$

418


$

989



$

855


Total annuity sales (2)


$

732



$

601


$

1,380



$

1,090


Average assets under management (2)


$

20,162



$

18,465


$

19,963



$

18,349


Net investment spread - FIA (2)


3.05

%


2.93

%

3.03

%


2.94

%

Net investment spread - All products (2)


2.41

%


2.27

%

2.35

%


2.21

%

Net income


$

22



$

9


$

130



$

57


Net income per diluted share


$

0.38



$

0.16


$

2.23



$

0.98


Adjusted operating income ("AOI") (2)


$

36



$

43


$

77



$

74


AOI per diluted share (2)


$

0.62



$

0.73


$

1.32



$

1.26


Weighted average basic shares


58.3



58.3


58.3



58.3


Weighted average diluted shares


58.4



58.6


58.4



58.6


Total common shares outstanding


59.0



59.0


59.0



59.0


Book value per share


$

32.34



$

25.63


$

32.34



$

25.63


Book value per share, excluding AOCI (2)


$

27.41



$

24.90


$

27.41



$

24.90


See footnotes below.

Sales In Line With Expectations

Sales of our core fixed indexed annuity product were $438 million in the current period, an increase of 5% over the prior year quarter. We continue to maintain a disciplined approach to achieve new business profitability and capital targets. FIA sales levels in recent quarters reflect continued strong and productive partnerships with our independent marketing organizations ("IMO's").

Sales of multi-year guarantee annuities ("MYGA") were $158 million in the current quarter as compared to $183 million in the same period last year. During the quarter, we entered into a $136 million funding agreement with Federal Home Loan Bank, under an investment spread strategy. This funding agreement is reflected as an institutional spread based product and we view this volume as subject to fluctuation period to period. Total annuity sales were $732 million for the current quarter, an increase of 22% over the prior year quarter.

Indexed universal life sales in the quarter were $14 million, an increase of 27% compared to $11 million last year. This increase reflects FGL's efforts to grow our IUL business with expanded distribution.

Investment Portfolio Performance

Overall, the investment portfolio is performing in line with expectations. Net investment income in the current period was $247 million, an increase of 9% compared to $227 million for the same period last year. This growth was right in line with the increase in average assets under management ("AAUM"), which were up $1.6 billion or 9% over the prior year from sales and stable policy owner retention trends.

The average earned yield on the total portfolio in the quarter was 4.90%, consistent with 4.91% in the prior year quarter. Asset purchases during the quarter were $0.9 billion at an average yield of 5.22%. Asset purchases during the current quarter were primarily in investment grade corporate bonds, structured securities, and also included a modest allocation to private credit strategies with a focus on current income, which helped lift the overall new money rate. The average NAIC rating for the portfolio remains approximately 1.5.

Net investment spread across all product lines increased 14 basis points to 241 basis points, compared to fiscal second quarter 2016. Net investment spread in the current quarter for fixed indexed annuities was consistent with recent performance at 305 basis points.

The current period results included $21 million of impairments, before DAC amortization and taxes, $20 million of which was related to a single investment in a bank holding company that was placed into receivership by the FDIC. The impact to net income was $11 million, after DAC amortization and taxes.

Capital Management Trends

  • GAAP book value per share at March 31, 2017 was $32.34 on a reported basis; book value per share excluding accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI") was $27.41, an increase of 10% year over year.
  • During the quarter, the Company drew down $5 million of its unsecured revolving credit facility. The remaining amount available under the revolving credit facility is $45 million.
  • As announced on May 1, 2017, the FGL Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.065 per share. The dividend is payable on June 5, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 22, 2017.

 

 

FIDELITY & GUARANTY LIFE AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions, except share data)



March 31,
 2017


September 30,
 2016


(Unaudited)



ASSETS




Investments:




Fixed maturity securities, available-for-sale, at fair value (amortized cost: March 31, 2017 - $19,501; September 30, 2016 - $18,521)

$

20,052



$

19,411


Equity securities, available-for-sale, at fair value (amortized cost: March 31, 2017 - $682; September 30, 2016 - $640)

712



683


Derivative investments

351



276


Commercial mortgage loans

579



595


Other invested assets

119



60


Total investments

21,813



21,025


Related party loans

71



71


Cash and cash equivalents

887



864


Accrued investment income

225



214


Reinsurance recoverable

3,426



3,464


Intangibles, net

1,184



1,026


Deferred tax assets, net

87




Other assets

204



371


Total assets

$

27,897



$

27,035






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








Contractholder funds

$

20,052



$

19,251


Future policy benefits

3,435



3,467


Funds withheld for reinsurance liabilities

1,134



1,172


Liability for policy and contract claims

60



55


Debt

300



300


Revolving credit facility

105



100


Deferred tax liability, net



10


Other liabilities

903



746


Total liabilities

25,989



25,101






Commitments and contingencies








Shareholders' equity:




Preferred stock ($.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued at March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016)

$



$


Common stock ($.01 par value,  500,000,000 shares authorized, 58,991,806 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017; 58,956,127 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2016)

1



1


Additional paid-in capital

715



714


Retained earnings

914



792


Accumulated other comprehensive income

291



439


Treasury stock, at cost (568,847 shares at March 31, 2017; 537,613 shares at September 30, 2016)

(13)



(12)


Total shareholders' equity

1,908



1,934


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

27,897



$

27,035


 

 

FIDELITY & GUARANTY LIFE AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except per share data)



Three months ended


Six months ended


March 31,
2017


March 31,
2016


March 31,
2017


March 31,
2016


(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Revenues:








Premiums

$

3



$

16



$

14



$

31


Net investment income

247



227



487



449


Net investment gains (losses)

81



(42)



132



21


Insurance and investment product fees and other

44



32



82



61


Total revenues

375



233



715



562


Benefits and expenses:








Benefits and other changes in policy reserves

268



188



288



369


Acquisition and operating expenses, net of deferrals

33



27



61



55


Amortization of intangibles

33



(3)



156



38


        Total benefits and expenses

334



212



505



462


Operating income

41



21



210



100


Interest expense

(6)



(6)



(12)



(12)


Income before income taxes

35



15



198



88


Income tax expense

(13)



(6)



(68)



(31)


        Net income

$

22



$

9



$

130



$

57










Net income per common share:
















Basic

$

0.38



$

0.16



$

2.23



$

0.98


Diluted

$

0.38



$

0.16



$

2.23



$

0.98


Weighted average common shares used in computing net income per common share:








Basic

58.3



58.3



58.3



58.3


Diluted

58.4



58.6



58.4



58.6










Cash dividend per common share

$

0.065



$

0.065



$

0.130



$

0.130


 

 

RECONCILIATION OF BOOK VALUE PER SHARE EXCLUDING AOCI


(In millions, except  per share data)

March 31, 2017


September 30, 2016

Reconciliation to total shareholder's equity:




Total shareholder's equity

$

1,908



$

1,934


     Less: AOCI

291



439


Total shareholder's equity excluding AOCI

$

1,617



$

1,495






Total shares outstanding

59.0



59.0


Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

58.3



58.3


Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

58.4



58.6






Book value per share

$

32.34



$

32.80


Book value per share, excluding AOCI(2)

$

27.41



$

25.36



Footnotes:

(1)     Fidelity & Guaranty Life's fiscal year ends on September 30.

(2)     Non-GAAP financial measure. See the Non-GAAP Measures section below for additional information.

 

Update On Review Of Strategic Alternatives

On April 17, 2017, FGL announced the termination of the merger agreement with Anbang Insurance Group Co., Ltd. ("Anbang"). In addition, FGL announced that its Board of Directors was continuing to evaluate strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value and had received interest from a number of parties. FGL does not intend to disclose developments with respect to its process for the evaluation of the strategic alternatives until such time that it determines otherwise in its sole discretion or as required by applicable law. There can be no assurance that FGL's evaluation of strategic alternatives will result in a transaction, or that any transaction, if pursued, will be consummated. FGL's evaluation of strategic alternatives may be terminated at any time with or without notice.

Non-GAAP Measures

Management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures may be useful in certain instances to provide additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. Reconciliations of such measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are included herein.

AOI is calculated by adjusting net income to eliminate (i) the impact of net investment gains including other-than-temporary impairment ("OTTI") losses recognized in operations, but excluding gains and losses on derivatives hedging our indexed annuity policies, (ii) the effect of changes in the interest rates used to discount the FIA embedded derivative liability, and (iii) the effect of change in fair value of the reinsurance related embedded derivative. All adjustments to AOI are net of the corresponding value of business acquired ("VOBA") and DAC impact. The income tax impact related to these adjustments is measured using an effective tax rate of 35%, as appropriate.

While these adjustments are an integral part of the overall performance of FGL, market conditions impacting these items can overshadow the underlying performance of the business. Accordingly, we believe using a measure which excludes their impact is effective in analyzing the trends of our operations. Our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other organizations because other organizations may not calculate such non-GAAP measures in the same manner as we do.

Net investment spread is the excess of net investment income earned over the sum of interest credited to policyholders and the cost of hedging our risk on FIA policies.

Average assets under management ("AAUM") is the sum of (i) total invested assets at amortized cost, excluding derivatives, (ii) related party loans and investments and (iii) cash and cash equivalents at the end of each month in the period divided by the number of months in the period.

Book value per share excluding AOCI is calculated as total stockholders' equity excluding AOCI divided by the total number of shares of common stock outstanding.

Sales are not derived from any specific GAAP income statement accounts or line items and should not be viewed as a substitute for any financial measure determined in accordance with GAAP. For GAAP purposes annuity sales are recorded as deposit liabilities (i.e. contract holder funds). Management believes that presentation of sales as measured for management purposes enhances the understanding of our business and helps depict longer term trends that may not be apparent in the results of operations due to the timing of sales and revenue recognition.

While management believes that non-GAAP measurements are useful supplemental information, such adjusted results are not intended to replace GAAP financial results and should be read in conjunction with those GAAP results.

Conference Call and Earnings Release

In light of the ongoing review of strategic alternatives, FGL has elected to discontinue conference calls to discuss quarterly and annual results, pending the outcome of the strategic review. FGL will continue to issue its earnings press releases and quarterly financial supplement.

About Fidelity & Guaranty Life

Fidelity & Guaranty Life, an insurance holding company, helps middle-income Americans prepare for retirement. Through its subsidiaries, the company offers fixed annuity and life insurance products distributed by independent agents through an established network of independent marketing organizations.  Fidelity & Guaranty Life, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FGL. For more information, please visit www.fglife.com.

Forward Looking Statements

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This document contains, and certain oral statements made by our representatives from time to time may contain, forward-looking statements, including as to FGL's evaluation of strategic alternatives and regarding our subsidiaries' ability to pay dividends. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ materially from those set forth in, or implied by, such statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of FGL's management and the management of FGL's subsidiaries (including target businesses). Generally, forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future distributions from subsidiaries, other actions, events, results, strategies and expectations and are generally identifiable by use of the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "could," "might," or "continues" or similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ include, without limitation:  the accuracy of FGL's assumptions and estimates; FGL's and its insurance subsidiaries' ability to maintain or improve financial strength ratings; FGL's ability to manage its business in a highly regulated industry; regulatory changes or actions; the impact of FGL's reinsurers failing to meet their assumed obligations; restrictions on FGL's ability to use captive reinsurers; the impact of interest rate fluctuations; changes in the federal income tax laws and regulations; litigation (including class action litigation), enforcement investigations or regulatory scrutiny; the performance of third parties; the loss of key personnel; telecommunication, information technology and other operational systems failures; the continued availability of capital; new accounting rules or changes to existing accounting rules; general economic conditions; FGL's ability to protect its intellectual property; the ability to maintain or obtain approval of the Iowa Insurance Department and other regulatory authorities as required for FGL's operations; possible risks and uncertainties arising from FGL's evaluation of strategic alternatives; and other factors discussed in FGL's filings with the SEC including its Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2016, and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, which can be found at the SEC's website www.sec.gov.

All forward-looking statements described herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results, events or developments referenced herein will occur or be realized. FGL does not undertake any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operation results, except as required by law.

 

Investor Contact:
Lisa Foxworthy-Parker
Fidelity & Guaranty Life
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515-330-3307

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