SOURCE: Reinsurance Group of America

October 25, 2010 17:00 ET

Reinsurance Group of America Reports Third-Quarter Results

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) - Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA)

  • Third-quarter net income and operating* income per diluted share increase to $1.72
  • Premiums up 17 percent to $1.6 billion

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA), a leading global provider of life reinsurance, reported third-quarter net income of $128.2 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, compared to $118.2 million, or $1.61 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. Operating income* totaled $127.7 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, compared to $114.6 million, or $1.56 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Operating income per diluted share increased 10 percent over a solid year-ago quarter.

($ in thousands, except per     Quarterly Results     Year-to-Date Results
 share data)                    2010        2009        2010        2009
Net premiums                $ 1,647,300 $ 1,405,179 $ 4,857,781 $ 4,126,407
Net income                      128,232     118,208     377,690     294,677
Net income per diluted share       1.72        1.61        5.06        4.03
Operating income*               127,703     114,571     342,610     312,488
Operating income per
 diluted share*                    1.72        1.56        4.59        4.28
Book value per share              68.30       51.83
Book value per share (excl.
 Accumulated   Other
 Comprehensive Income
 "AOCI")*                         53.82       47.47
Total assets                 28,934,028  24,162,113
* See 'Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures' below

Year-to-date net income increased to $377.7 million, or $5.06 per diluted share, from $294.7 million, or $4.03 per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Operating income* totaled $342.6 million, or $4.59 per diluted share, compared with $312.5 million, or $4.28 per diluted share, the year before. Foreign currency fluctuations benefited year-to-date operating income per diluted share by $0.14. Net premiums increased $731.4 million, or 18 percent, and net investment income rose $76.1 million, or 9 percent, compared to the first nine months of 2009. Net premiums for the group reinsurance business acquired at the beginning of the year totaled $227.6 million.

For the quarter, consolidated net premiums were up 17 percent, to $1,647.3 million, including $80.6 million from the group reinsurance business. Holding foreign exchange rates constant, premiums rose 16 percent. Investment income decreased 4 percent to $287.5 million from $299.5 million in the year-earlier quarter, with average investment yields of 5.66 percent and 5.71 percent, respectively. Excluding the change in valuation of option contracts supporting equity-indexed annuities, investment income increased $43.1 million, or 16 percent, to $313.3 million. Stronger foreign currencies contributed approximately $1.2 million after taxes, or $0.02 per share, to operating results when compared to 2009.

Congress has not passed an extension of the existing active financing exception legislation this year, so the company increased its tax provision by $5.0 million during the quarter, an adverse effect of $0.07 and $0.20 per diluted share for the third quarter and first nine months, respectively.

A. Greig Woodring, president and chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased with our third-quarter operating results. Our overall claims experience approximated our expectations. In addition, consolidated premiums continued to grow in line with expectations and our book value continued to benefit from consistent earnings contributions and a strengthening investment portfolio. Impairments for the quarter were not significant. Our net unrealized gain position increased by $362.4 million and our book value improved by $555.1 million, or 12 percent, ending the quarter at $68.30 per share.

"Our annualized operating return on equity was 13 percent for the quarter. We continue to evaluate business opportunities and believe we are well-positioned to serve our clients' needs across the globe. We remain confident in the longer-term performance expectations of our business."

SEGMENT RESULTS

U.S.

The U.S. Traditional sub-segment reported pre-tax income of $114.1 million for the quarter compared with $63.8 million in the prior year. Pre-tax operating income increased to $101.1 million from $84.7 million the year before, when higher-than-expected mortality experience adversely affected results. Current-quarter mortality experience was generally in line with expectations. The segment's group business contributed to the increase over the prior-year period. Net premiums were up 16 percent, to $930.1 million from $801.4 million in the prior-year quarter, with the U.S. group reinsurance business accounting for $77.1 million. Excluding the effect of the group reinsurance business, premiums were up 6 percent.

The U.S. Asset Intensive business reported a pre-tax loss of $6.6 million, primarily related to changes in the value of embedded derivatives on funds withheld treaties. A pre-tax gain of $37.9 million was posted in the year-ago quarter. On an operating basis, the business contributed pre-tax operating income of $14.0 million versus a very strong $19.7 million a year ago.

Canada

Canadian operations reported pre-tax net income of $33.5 million, compared to $18.8 million in the third quarter of 2009. Pre-tax operating income increased 28 percent to $28.0 million from last year's $21.8 million, reflecting favorable mortality in the current quarter. Foreign currency fluctuations benefited pre-tax operating income by approximately $0.3 million. On a Canadian dollar basis, net premiums increased 27 percent. On a U.S. dollar basis, net premiums were up $52.2 million, or 34 percent, to $205.6 million from $153.4 million last year. The increase in net premiums primarily reflected a new longevity transaction, which contributed $55.2 million, including a one-time up-front premium of $43.3 million.

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific reported strong pre-tax net income of $28.5 million compared with a slightly better prior-year result of $30.9 million. Pre-tax operating income totaled $27.4 million compared with $28.0 million a year ago, reflecting favorable claims experience in both periods. Favorable foreign currency exchange of $1.0 million helped the current-quarter pre-tax operating result. Net premiums increased to $273.8 million from $242.4 million in the prior year, with strong production in Australia, Japan and Taiwan. Net premiums, when compared to the prior-year quarter, benefited by approximately $17.7 million due to foreign currency fluctuations.

Europe & South Africa

Europe & South Africa's third-quarter pre-tax net income increased to $17.5 million from $7.0 million in the year-ago quarter. Pre-tax operating income was $15.7 million compared with $6.7 million last year. Net premiums increased to $233.0 million from $204.2 million in the prior-year quarter. Strong UK results were primarily responsible for the segment's increases in pre-tax operating income and net premiums. Foreign currency exchange rates had adverse effects totaling $12.5 million and $1.2 million on net premiums and pre-tax operating income, respectively.

Corporate and Other

As indicated earlier, the company's third-quarter effective tax rate included a $5.0 million provision related to the expiration of active financing exception tax rules. It is possible that Congress will pass an extender package later this year, at which point the cumulative additional tax provision of $14.9 million would be reversed. Interest expense totaled $25.2 million this quarter compared with $5.2 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase is primarily due to a reversal of interest expense in the prior-year period associated with the settlement of an uncertain tax position in a previous tax year. There was no such settlement in the current quarter, but the company expects a similar reversal in a future period when the next tax year is settled.

Dividend Declaration

The company's board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.12, payable November 26 to shareholders of record as of November 5.

Earnings Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the company's third-quarter results will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 26. Interested parties may access the call by dialing 877-723-9523 (domestic) or 719-325-4904 (international). The access code is 8045459. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the company's investor relations website at www.rgare.com. A replay of the conference call will be available at the same address for 90 days following the conference call. A telephonic replay will also be available through November 3 at 888-203-1112 (domestic) or 719-457-0820 (international), access code 8045459.

The company has posted to its website a Quarterly Financial Supplement that includes financial information for all segments as well as information on its investment portfolio. Additionally, the company posts periodic reports, press releases and other useful information on its investor relations website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

RGA uses a non-GAAP financial measure called operating income as a basis for analyzing financial results. This measure also serves as a basis for establishing target levels and awards under RGA's management incentive programs. Management believes that operating income, on a pre-tax and after-tax basis, better measures the ongoing profitability and underlying trends of the company's continuing operations, primarily because that measure excludes the effect of net investment related gains and losses, as well as changes in the fair value of certain embedded derivatives and related deferred acquisition costs. These items can be volatile, primarily due to the credit market and interest rate environment and are not necessarily indicative of the performance of the company's underlying businesses. Additionally, operating income excludes any net gain or loss from discontinued operations and the cumulative effect of any accounting changes, which management believes are not indicative of the company's ongoing operations. The definition of operating income can vary by company and is not considered a substitute for GAAP net income. Reconciliations to GAAP net income are provided in the following tables. Additional financial information can be found in the Quarterly Financial Supplement on RGA's Investor Relations website at www.rgare.com in the "Quarterly Results" tab and in the "Featured Report" section.

Book value per share outstanding before impact of AOCI is a non-GAAP financial measure that management believes is important in evaluating the balance sheet in order to ignore the effects of unrealized amounts primarily associated with mark-to-market adjustments on investments and foreign currency translation.

Operating return on equity is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as operating income divided by average shareholders' equity excluding AOCI.

About RGA

Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated is among the largest global providers of life reinsurance with subsidiary companies or offices in Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Worldwide, the company has approximately $2.5 trillion of life reinsurance in force, and assets of $28.9 billion.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among others, statements relating to projections of the earnings, revenues, income or loss, future financial performance and growth potential of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated and its subsidiaries (which we refer to in the following paragraphs as "we," "us" or "our"). The words "intend," "expect," "project," "estimate," "predict," "anticipate," "should," "believe," and other similar expressions also are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future events and actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by or underlying the forward-looking statements.

Numerous important factors could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements including, without limitation, (1) adverse capital and credit market conditions and their impact on our liquidity, access to capital, and cost of capital, (2) the impairment of other financial institutions and its effect on our business, (3) requirements to post collateral or make payments due to declines in market value of assets subject to our collateral arrangements, (4) the fact that the determination of allowances and impairments taken on our investments is highly subjective, (5) adverse changes in mortality, morbidity, lapsation, or claims experience, (6) changes in our financial strength and credit ratings and the effect of such changes on our future results of operations and financial condition, (7) inadequate risk analysis and underwriting, (8) general economic conditions or a prolonged economic downturn affecting the demand for insurance and reinsurance in our current and planned markets, (9) the availability and cost of collateral necessary for regulatory reserves and capital, (10) market or economic conditions that adversely affect the value of our investment securities or result in the impairment of all or a portion of the value of certain of our investment securities, (11) market or economic conditions that adversely affect our ability to make timely sales of investment securities, (12) risks inherent in our risk management and investment strategy, including changes in investment portfolio yields due to interest rate or credit quality changes, (13) fluctuations in U.S. or foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, or securities and real estate markets, (14) adverse litigation or arbitration results, (15) the adequacy of reserves, resources, and accurate information relating to settlements, awards, and terminated and discontinued lines of business, (16) the stability of and actions by governments and economies in the markets in which we operate, (17) competitive factors and competitors' responses to our initiatives, (18) the success of our clients, (19) successful execution of our entry into new markets, (20) successful development and introduction of new products and distribution opportunities, (21) our ability to successfully integrate and operate reinsurance business that we acquire, (22) regulatory action that may be taken by state Departments of Insurance with respect to us, (23) our dependence on third parties, including those insurance companies and reinsurers to which we cede some reinsurance, third-party investment managers, and others, (24) the threat of natural disasters, catastrophes, terrorist attacks, epidemics, or pandemics anywhere in the world where we or our clients do business, (25) changes in laws, regulations, and accounting standards applicable to us, our subsidiaries, or our business, (26) the effect of our status as an insurance holding company and regulatory restrictions on our ability to pay principal of and interest on our debt obligations, and (27) other risks and uncertainties described in this document and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-looking statements should be evaluated together with the many risks and uncertainties that affect our business, including those mentioned in this document and described in the periodic reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. We do not undertake any obligations to update these forward-looking statements, even though our situation may change in the future. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements. For a discussion of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, you are advised to review the risk factors in our 2009 Form 10-K.

- tables attached -


          REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
         Reconciliation of Consolidated Net Income to Operating Income
                           (Dollars in thousands)


(Unaudited)                   Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30,           September 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
GAAP net income             $  128,232  $  118,208  $  377,690  $  294,677
Reconciliation to operating
 income:
Capital (gains) losses,
 derivatives and other,
 included in investment
 related (gains) losses,
 net                           (25,041)     13,170    (110,127)    153,378
Capital (gains) losses on
 funds withheld:
  Included in investment
   income                       (4,221)          -      (7,920)          -
  Included in policy
   acquisition costs
   and other insurance
   expenses                        621           -       1,073           -
Embedded derivatives:
  Included in investment
   related (gains) losses,
   net                          35,676     (40,027)     21,776    (183,263)
  Included in interest
   credited                     27,996      (3,412)     23,165     (16,994)
  Included in policy
   acquisition costs and
   other insurance expenses     (2,723)        124      (1,587)      2,108
DAC offset, net                (32,837)     26,508      38,540      87,851
Gain on debt repurchase              -           -           -     (25,269)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Operating income          $  127,703  $  114,571  $  342,610  $  312,488
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========


           Reconciliation of Consolidated Pre-tax Net Income to
                        Pre-tax Operating Income
                         (Dollars in thousands)


(Unaudited)                   Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30,           September 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Income before income taxes  $  197,173  $  182,551  $  588,560  $  432,180
Reconciliation to pre-tax
 operating income:
Capital (gains) losses,
 derivatives and
 other, included in
 investment related (gains)
 losses, net                   (37,747)     20,616    (168,073)    237,722
Capital (gains) losses on
 funds withheld:
  Included in investment
   income                       (6,494)          -     (12,184)          -
  Included in policy
   acquisition costs
   and other insurance
   expenses                        954           -       1,650           -
Embedded derivatives:
  Included in investment
   related (gains) losses,
   net                          54,885     (61,581)     33,501    (281,943)
  Included in interest
   credited                     43,070      (5,248)     35,638     (26,144)
  Included in policy
   acquisition costs and
   other insurance expenses     (4,189)        191      (2,442)      3,243
DAC offset, net                (50,519)     40,780      59,291     135,155
Gain on debt repurchase              -           -           -     (38,875)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Pre-tax operating income  $  197,133  $  177,309  $  535,941  $  461,338
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========



        REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
     Reconciliation of Pre-tax Net Income to Pre-tax Operating Income
                         (Dollars in thousands)


                                Three Months Ended September 30, 2010
(Unaudited)

                                      Capital
                                      (gains)     Change in
                          Pre-tax     losses,      value of
                            net     derivatives    embedded       Pre-tax
                          income        and      derivatives,    operating
                          (loss)    other, net       net           income
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------

U.S. Operations:
  Traditional           $  114,075  $  (13,009)   $        -    $   101,066
  Asset Intensive           (6,606)    (19,935)(1)    40,530 (2)     13,989
  Financial Reinsurance      4,317          44             -          4,361
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------
    Total U.S.             111,786     (32,900)       40,530        119,416
Canada Operations           33,468      (5,431)            -         28,037
Europe & South Africa       17,494      (1,808)            -         15,686
Asia Pacific Operations     28,483      (1,094)            -         27,389
Corporate and Other          5,942         663             -          6,605
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------
  Consolidated          $  197,173  $  (40,570)   $   40,530    $   197,133
                        ==========  ==========    ==========    ===========

(1) Asset Intensive is net of $2,717 DAC offset.
(2) Asset Intensive is net of $(53,236) DAC offset.


                                   Three Months Ended June 30, 2009
(Unaudited)
                                     Capital
                                     (gains)      Change in
                                     losses,       value of
                          Pre-tax   derivatives    embedded       Pre-tax
                            net         and      derivatives,    operating
                          income    other, net       net           income
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------

U.S. Operations:
  Traditional           $   63,783  $   20,880    $        -    $    84,663
  Asset Intensive           37,874         624 (1)   (18,768)(2)     19,730
  Financial Reinsurance      2,749          (2)            -          2,747
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------
    Total U.S.             104,406      21,502       (18,768)       107,140
Canada Operations           18,847       2,975             -         21,822
Europe & South Africa        6,981        (268)            -          6,713
Asia Pacific Operations     30,925      (2,954)            -         27,971
Corporate and Other         21,392      (7,729)            -         13,663
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------
  Consolidated          $  182,551  $   13,526    $  (18,768)   $   177,309
                        ==========  ==========    ==========    ===========

(1) Asset Intensive is net of $(7,090) DAC offset.
(2) Asset Intensive is net of $47,870 DAC offset.



        REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
     Reconciliation of Pre-tax Net Income to Pre-tax Operating Income
                         (Dollars in thousands)


                                 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010
(Unaudited)
                                     Capital
                                     (gains)      Change in
                                     losses,       value of
                          Pre-tax   derivatives    embedded       Pre-tax
                            net         and      derivatives,    operating
                          income    other, net       net           income
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------

U.S. Operations:
  Traditional           $  276,714  $  (18,578)   $        -    $   258,136
  Asset Intensive           75,517     (48,184)(1)    18,972 (2)     46,305
  Financial Reinsurance     11,902          63             -         11,965
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------
    Total U.S.             364,133     (66,699)       18,972        316,406
Canada Operations           86,189      (9,201)            -         76,988
Europe & South Africa       50,477      (3,614)            -         46,863
Asia Pacific Operations     78,689      (3,051)            -         75,638
Corporate and Other          9,072      10,974             -         20,046
                        ----------  ----------    ----------    -----------
  Consolidated          $  588,560  $  (71,591)   $   18,972    $   535,941
                        ==========  ==========    ==========    ===========

(1) Asset Intensive is net of $107,016 DAC offset.
(2) Asset Intensive is net of $(47,725) DAC offset.


                   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009

(Unaudited)
                             Capital      Change in
                         (gains) losses,  value of
                  Pre-tax  derivatives    embedded     Gain on     Pre-tax
                    net     and other,  derivatives,     debt     operating
                  income       net          net       repurchase   income
                 ---------  ---------    ---------    ---------   ---------

U.S. Operations:
  Traditional    $ 181,420  $  76,042    $       -    $       -   $ 257,462
  Asset
   Intensive        30,797    (24,982)(1)   26,159 (2)        -      31,974
  Financial
   Reinsurance      11,264        (72)           -            -      11,192
                 ---------  ---------    ---------    ---------   ---------
    Total U.S.     223,481     50,988       26,159            -     300,628
Canada
 Operations         60,547     (3,405)           -            -      57,142
Europe &
 South Africa       27,879       (676)           -            -      27,203
Asia Pacific
 Operations         60,018       (242)           -            -      59,776
Corporate and
 Other              60,255     (4,791)           -      (38,875)     16,589
                 ---------  ---------    ---------    ---------   ---------
  Consolidated   $ 432,180  $  41,874    $  26,159    $ (38,875)  $ 461,338
                 =========  =========    =========    =========   =========

(1) Asset Intensive is net of $(195,848) DAC offset.
(2) Asset Intensive is net of $331,003 DAC offset.



            REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
                            Per Share and Shares Data
                      (In thousands, except per share data)


(Unaudited)                       Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                     September 30,         September 30,
                                 --------------------  --------------------
                                    2010       2009       2010       2009
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Diluted earnings per share from
 operating income                $    1.72  $    1.56  $    4.59  $    4.28

Earnings per share from net
 income:
  Basic earnings per share       $    1.75  $    1.62  $    5.17  $    4.05
  Diluted earnings per share     $    1.72  $    1.61  $    5.06  $    4.03

Weighted average number of
 common and common equivalent
 shares outstanding                 74,420     73,286     74,574     73,037




(Unaudited)                     At or for the Nine Months
                                   Ended September 30,
                                  --------------------
                                     2010       2009
                                  ---------  ---------
Treasury shares                         192        573
Common shares outstanding            73,172     72,790
Book value per share outstanding  $   68.30  $   51.83
Book value per share outstanding,
 before impact of AOCI            $   53.82  $   47.47



         REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
                Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
                           (Dollars in thousands)


(Unaudited)                   Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30,           September 30,
                            ----------------------  ----------------------
                               2010        2009        2010        2009
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues:
  Net premiums              $1,647,300  $1,405,179  $4,857,781  $4,126,407
  Investment income, net
   of related expenses         287,504     299,471     883,433     807,303
  Investment related gains
   (losses), net:
     Other-than-temporary
      impairments on
      fixed maturity
      securities                (4,904)    (16,945)    (15,823)    (88,282)
     Other-than-temporary
      impairments on
      fixed maturity
      securities
      transferred to (from)
      accumulated other
      comprehensive income          26      (4,000)      2,231      12,135
     Other investment
      related gains
      (losses), net            (11,902)     63,304     150,989     124,432
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
        Total investment
         related gains
         (losses), net         (16,780)     42,359     137,397      48,285
  Other revenue                 37,515      31,972     108,990     140,992
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
     Total revenues          1,955,539   1,778,981   5,987,601   5,122,987
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Benefits and expenses:
  Claims and other policy
   benefits                  1,393,891   1,155,811   4,076,310   3,449,251
  Interest credited             94,776      85,153     230,879     194,959
  Policy acquisition costs
   and other insurance
   expenses                    157,058     271,789     760,509     778,993
  Other operating expenses      85,409      76,403     259,755     214,247
  Interest expense              25,191       5,243      65,781      46,955
  Collateral finance
   facility expense              2,041       2,031       5,807       6,402
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
     Total benefits and
      expenses               1,758,366   1,596,430   5,399,041   4,690,807
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

  Income before income taxes   197,173     182,551     588,560     432,180
     Income tax expense         68,941      64,343     210,870     137,503
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
  Net income                $  128,232  $  118,208  $  377,690  $  294,677
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Contact Information

  • Investor Contact

    Jack B. Lay
    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (636) 736-7000