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FBL Financial Misses Earnings Ests, Grows Y/Y - Analyst Blog

FBL Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: FFG) reported first quarter operating net earnings of 92 cents per share, a penny below the Zacks Consensus Estimate but up nearly 33% on a year-over-year basis.

Solid underlying results from life insurance and annuity segments coupled with benefit from capital transactions aided the improvement for FBL Financial. Share price also gained 1.4% to close at $44.91 on May 2.

Adjusting for net realized losses, net income of FBL Financial declined 5.2% year over year to 91 cents per share in the reported quarter.

Total revenue inched up 0.3% year over year to $168.5 million. The improvement largely came on the back of higher interest sensitive product charges (up 7.1% year over year) and traditional life insurance premiums (up 1.2%). Net investment income increased about 2% to $92.6 million on increase in average invested assets. However, lower investment yields limited the upside.

Total benefits and expenses increased 3.1% year over year owing to higher interest sensitive product benefits and higher traditional life insurance benefits.

Financial Update

FBL Financial exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $32.2 million, up substantially from $6.4 million at 2013 end. Total assets improved to $8.7 billion from $8.5 billion at 2013 end, whereas shareholder equity rose to $1.12 billion from $1.04 billion at the end of Dec 2013.

Debt balance of $97 million was flat with 2013-end level.

Additionally, book value per share grew 1.3% to $37.74 on Mar 31, 2014 from $37.27 on Dec 31, 2014.

Dividend and Share Repurchase Update

In March, FBL Financial paid a dividend of 35 cents per share. This includes the 133% hike approved in February.

The company spent $11.2 million to buy back 0.263 million shares in the first quarter. FBL has $50.0 million remaining under its current stock repurchase program approved in February.

Zacks Rank

FBL Financial carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). The bottom line of some other multi-line insurers such as Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI), MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) and Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) also outperformed their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate in the first quarter. All these stocks share the same Zacks Rank as FBL Financial
 


 
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