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FBL Financial Group Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

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FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:FFG):

Financial Highlights

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

Three months ended June 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Net income attributable to FBL Financial Group

$

32,298

 

 

$

32,803

 

Adjusted operating income(1)

31,737

 

 

31,915

 

Earnings per common share (assuming dilution):

 

 

 

Net income

1.30

 

 

1.31

 

Adjusted operating income(1)

1.28

 

 

1.28

 

FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:FFG) today reported net income attributable to FBL Financial Group for the second quarter of 2019 of $32.3 million, or $1.30 per diluted common share, compared to $32.8 million, or $1.31 per diluted common share, for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating income(1) totaled $31.7 million, or $1.28 per common share, for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $31.9 million, or $1.28 per common share, for the second quarter of 2018. Second quarter 2019 earnings per share reflects:

  • Mortality results better than expected in the Life segment
  • Lower amortization of acquisition costs in the Corporate and Other segment due to the positive impact of equity markets on separate account performance
  • The benefit of other investment-related income of $0.05 per share
  • Lower spread income in the Annuity segment

Adjusted operating income differs from the GAAP measure, net income attributable to FBL Financial Group, in that it excludes realized gains and losses on investments, and the change in net unrealized gains and losses on derivatives and equity securities. For further information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please refer to Note (1) and the reconciliation provided within this release.

"FBL Financial Group's second quarter 2019 earnings results were very strong with second quarter net income of $1.30 per share and adjusted operating income of $1.28 per share," said James P. Brannen, Chief Executive Officer of FBL Financial Group, Inc. "We continue to focus on the fundamentals: serving the needs of the Farm Bureau niche market and providing products and services to protect what our customers value most. This focus, along with financial discipline, drives our consistently strong results, allowing us to fulfill our purpose of protecting livelihood and futures."

Product Revenues Increase from 2018. Premiums and product charges for the second quarter of 2019 increased to $83.5 million compared to $82.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. Interest sensitive product charges increased 5 percent while traditional life insurance premiums decreased slightly during the quarter. Premiums collected(2) in the second quarter of 2019 totaled $152.2 million compared to $171.4 million in the second quarter of 2018. Life insurance premiums collected increased two percent while annuity premiums collected decreased 25 percent, impacted by the low market interest rate environment.

Investment Income of $105 Million in Second Quarter. Net investment income in the second quarter of 2019 totaled $104.9 million, compared to $104.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. This increase reflects an increase in average invested assets, partially offset by lower investment yields. The annualized yield earned on average invested assets, with securities at amortized cost, including investments held as securities and indebtedness of related parties, was 5.00 percent for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to 5.18 percent for the six months ended June 30, 2018. At June 30, 2019, 98 percent of the fixed maturity securities in FBL Financial Group's investment portfolio were investment grade debt securities.

Benefits and Expenses. Benefits and expenses totaled $156.5 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $153.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. Death benefits, net of reinsurance and reserves released, totaled $25.1 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $26.6 million in the second quarter of 2018. By its nature, mortality experience can fluctuate from quarter to quarter.

Net Realized Gains in the Second Quarter. In the second quarter of 2019, FBL Financial Group recognized net realized gains on investments of $0.4 million. This is attributable to realized gains of $0.2 million, realized losses of $0.3 million and a gain from the increase in fair value of equity securities of $0.5 million.

Stock Repurchases. During the second quarter of 2019, FBL Financial Group did not repurchase any shares of its Class A or Class B common stock. FBL Financial Group has $36.3 million remaining under its current stock repurchase program.

Capital and Book Value. As of June 30, 2019, the book value per share of FBL Financial Group common stock totaled $56.55, compared to $47.78 at December 31, 2018. Book value per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income(3), totaled $44.27 at June 30, 2019, compared to $44.09 at December 31, 2018. The June 30, 2019 company action level risk based capital ratio of FBL Financial Group's wholly owned subsidiary, Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, was approximately 553 percent.

Further Financial Information. Further information on FBL Financial Group's financial results, including results by segment, may be found in FBL Financial Group's financial supplement, available on its website, www.fblfinancial.com.

Conference Call. FBL Financial Group will hold a conference call with investors tomorrow, August 2, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be webcast and a replay will be available on FBL Financial Group's website.

Certain statements in this release concerning FBL Financial Group's prospects for the future are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the "safe harbor" from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements generally can be identified by their context, including terms such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," or similar words. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statement. These risks and uncertainties are detailed in FBL Financial Group's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates, difficult conditions in financial markets and the economy, lack of liquidity and access to capital, investment valuations, competitive factors, a decrease in ratings, changes in laws and regulations, differences between actual claims experience and underwriting assumptions, relationships with Farm Bureau organizations, the ability to attract and retain sales agents and adverse results from litigation. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions which FBL Financial Group believes to be reasonable; however, no assurance can be given that the assumptions will prove to be correct. FBL Financial Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

FBL Financial Group is a holding company whose purpose is to protect livelihoods and futures. Operating under the consumer brand name Farm Bureau Financial Services, it offers a broad range of life insurance, annuity and investment products distributed by multiline exclusive Farm Bureau agents. In addition, FBL Financial Group manages all aspects of two Farm Bureau affiliated property-casualty insurance companies for a management fee. Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, FBL Financial Group is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FFG. For more information, please visit www.fblfinancial.com and www.fbfs.com.

- FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND NOTES FOLLOW -

FBL Financial Group, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

Three months ended

 

Six months ended

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest sensitive product charges

$

32,534

 

 

$

30,906

 

 

$

63,800

 

 

$

61,004

 

Traditional life insurance premiums

 

50,987

 

 

 

51,091

 

 

 

100,379

 

 

 

100,588

 

Net investment income

 

104,894

 

 

 

103,974

 

 

 

214,534

 

 

 

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