Prudential Financial, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

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Prudential Financial, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2013 Results


NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYS: PRU) :

 

After-tax adjusted operating income for the Financial Services Businesses of $1.079 billion, or $2.28 per Common share, compared to $1.61 per Common share for year-ago quarter.

 

Financial Services Businesses First Quarter Highlights

 

 

Pre-tax adjusted operating income up 42% from year-ago quarter, with increases in each operating division.

  

International Insurance earnings up 47%.

 

Record high earnings in Prudential Retirement, driven by first full quarter of results from two significant pension risk transfer transactions in late 2012.

 

Retirement account values $299.4 billion at March 31, up 25% from a year earlier; gross deposits and sales for the quarter of $9.5 billion, net additions $2.5 billion.

 

Asset Management net institutional and retail net flows, excluding money market, total $8.7 billion; segment assets under management $840.3 billion at March 31, up 15% from a year earlier.

 

Individual Annuity account values $142.7 billion at March 31, up 15% from a year earlier; gross sales for the quarter of $4.2 billion, net sales $2.4 billion.

 

U.S. Individual Life earnings up 22%, reflecting initial contribution from in-force business acquired from The Hartford in January 2013.

 

U.S. Individual Life annualized new business premiums $216 million, compared to $79 million a year ago; expanded distribution from Hartford Life acquisition contributes $63 million to current quarter sales.

 

Significant items included in current quarter adjusted operating income:

 

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Pre-tax net benefit of $62 million in Individual Annuities, including release of reserves for guaranteed death and income benefits and reduced amortization of deferred policy acquisition and other costs reflecting market performance.

 

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Pre-tax charge of $8 million in Individual Life for integration costs relating to the acquisition of The Hartford's individual life insurance business.

 

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Pre-tax benefit of $66 million in International Insurance's Gibraltar Life operation from sale of our remaining investment, through a consortium, in China Pacific Group; pre-tax charge of $3 million for integration costs relating to the acquisition of AIG Star Life Insurance Co., Ltd. and AIG Edison Life Insurance Company.

 

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Pre-tax charge of $11 million in Corporate and Other operations for writeoff of issuance costs on debt securities expected to be redeemed prior to maturity.

 

Net loss of Financial Services Businesses attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. for first quarter 2013 of $721 million, or $1.55 per Common share.

 

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The current quarter net loss reflects pre-tax charges of approximately $2.5 billion from net changes in value relating to foreign currency exchange rates primarily resulting from changes in value of the Japanese yen in relation to other currencies. These currency-driven value changes were largely offset by corresponding adjustments to accumulated other comprehensive income which are not reflected in net income or loss.

 

Other financial highlights:

 

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GAAP book value for Financial Services Businesses, $38.5 billion or $81.96 per Common share at March 31, 2013, compared to $37.1 billion or $79.19 per Common share at December 31, 2012. Book value per Common share excluding total accumulated other comprehensive income, $55.94 at March 31, 2013 compared to $57.86 at December 31, 2012.

 

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Excluding net changes in value relating to foreign currency exchange rates reflected in net loss, book value per Common share excluding total accumulated other comprehensive income increased $1.50 since December 31 after payment of Common Stock dividend of 40 cents per share.

 

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Net unrealized gains on general account fixed maturity investments of the Financial Services Businesses of $22.1 billion at March 31, 2013 compared to $18.6 billion at December 31, 2012; gross unrealized losses of $2.1 billion at March 31, 2013, essentially unchanged from December 31, 2012.

 

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There were no repurchases during the first quarter under the June 2012 authorization by Prudential's Board of Directors to repurchase at management's discretion up to $1.0 billion of the Company's outstanding Common Stock through June 2013. From the commencement of share repurchases in July 2011 through March 31, 2013, the Company has acquired 31.3 million shares of its Common Stock under its share repurchase authorizations at a total cost of $1.65 billion, for an average price of $52.72 per share. These repurchases included 2.7 million Common shares acquired at a total cost of $150 million during 2012 under the June 2012 authorization.
 

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYS: PRU) today reported after-tax adjusted operating income for its Financial Services Businesses of $1.079 billion ($2.28 per Common share) for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $765 million ($1.61 per Common share) for the year-ago quarter. The net loss for the Financial Services Businesses attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. was $721 million ($1.55 per Common share) for the first quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss of $960 million ($2.03 per Common share) for the year-ago quarter. Information regarding adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure, is provided below.

The Company acquired The Hartford's individual life insurance business through a reinsurance transaction on January 2, 2013. Results of the Financial Services Businesses include the results of this business from the date of acquisition.

"Our outstanding first quarter results, reflecting solid earnings growth in each of our Divisions, give us a strong start toward achievement of our objectives for the year, and we are continuing to build our base of high quality business with strong sales and flows virtually across the board. Our U.S. Retirement business reported record-high earnings, driven by the first full quarter contribution of the landmark pension risk transfer transactions we completed late last year. We've strengthened our franchise as a leading U.S. life insurer with our acquisition of The Hartford's individual life insurance business in January, and we are pleased to welcome valued distribution partners, talented staff, and over 650,000 new clients to Prudential. Our International Insurance business continues to perform well, with record-high earnings in the quarter and strong sales across multiple distribution channels," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Strangfeld.

Adjusted operating income is not calculated under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Information regarding adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure, is discussed later in this press release under "Forward-Looking Statements and Non-GAAP Measures," and a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to the most comparable GAAP measure is provided in the tables that accompany this release.

Financial Services Businesses

Prudential Financial's Common Stock (NYS: PRU) reflects the performance of its Financial Services Businesses, which consist of its U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management, U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance, and International Insurance divisions and its Corporate and Other operations.

In the following business-level discussion, adjusted operating income refers to pre-tax results.

The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division reported adjusted operating income of $775 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $705 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Individual Annuities segment reported adjusted operating income of $372 million in the current quarter, compared to $421 million in the year-ago quarter. Current quarter results benefited $62 million from net reductions in reserves for guaranteed minimum death and income benefits and a net reduction in amortization of deferred policy acquisition and other costs, reflecting an updated estimate of profitability for this business. Results for the year-ago quarter included a net benefit of $196 million from adjustment of these items to reflect an update of estimated profitability. These benefits to results in both the current quarter and the year-ago quarter were largely driven by market performance relative to our assumptions during the respective periods. Excluding the effect of the foregoing items, adjusted operating income for the Individual Annuities segment increased $85 million from the year-ago quarter. The increase reflected higher asset-based fees due to growth in variable annuity account values, net of related amortization of deferred policy acquisition and other costs and distribution expenses.

The Retirement segment reported adjusted operating income of $228 million for the current quarter, compared to $156 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase reflected greater net contributions from investment results and from case experience on group annuity and similar contracts totaling approximately $70 million. These greater contributions to results were driven largely by two significant pension risk transfer transactions consummated during the fourth quarter of 2012. The benefit of higher fees associated with growth in account values was essentially offset by higher current quarter expenses.

The Asset Management segment reported adjusted operating income of $175 million for the current quarter, compared to $128 million in the year-ago quarter. The current quarter contribution to results from the segment's incentive, transaction, strategic investing and commercial mortgage activities was $26 million greater than in the year-ago quarter, primarily reflecting higher performance-based fees and more favorable commercial mortgage results. Excluding the contribution from these segment activities, Asset Management segment adjusted operating income increased $21 million from the year-ago quarter. This increase came primarily from higher asset management fees reflecting growth in assets under management, net of expenses.

The U.S. Individual Life and GroupInsurance division reported adjusted operating income of $146 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $72 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Individual Life segment reported adjusted operating income of $137 million for the current quarter, compared to $112 million in the year-ago quarter. Current quarter results include a charge of $8 million for integration costs related to the Company's acquisition of The Hartford's individual life insurance business. Excluding this charge, adjusted operating income increased $33 million from the year-ago quarter. This increase included an estimated initial contribution of $32 million from the acquired in-force business. The benefit of improved current quarter mortality experience on legacy Prudential business was largely offset by a lower net contribution from investment results and higher distribution costs reflecting expanded third party distribution and greater current quarter sales.

The Group Insurance segment reported adjusted operating income of $9 million in the current quarter, compared to a loss of $40 million in the year-ago quarter. The improved results were largely driven by more favorable group life claims experience, reflecting adverse claims severity in the year-ago quarter, and more favorable disability claims experience.

The International Insurance segment reported adjusted operating income of $877 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $597 million in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted operating income of the segment's Life Planner insurance operations was $422 million for the current quarter, compared to $382 million in the year-ago quarter. The $40 million increase in adjusted operating income reflected continued business growth and a favorable impact of $14 million in comparison to the year-ago quarter from foreign currency exchange rates including the impact of the Company's currency hedging programs.

The segment's Gibraltar Life and Other operations reported adjusted operating income of $455 million for the current quarter, compared to $215 million in the year-ago quarter. Current quarter results include a benefit of $66 million from the sale of the Company's remaining investment, through a consortium, in China Pacific Group. In addition, results for the current quarter reflect absorption of $3 million of integration costs related to the Star and Edison businesses acquired on February 1, 2011, while results for the year-ago quarter include $57 million of such costs. Excluding these items, adjusted operating income increased $120 million from the year-ago quarter. This increase reflected a greater contribution from investment results, approximately $50 million of cost savings resulting from business integration synergies compared to approximately $30 million in the year-ago quarter, a more favorable level of policy benefits, and continued business growth. Current quarter results also benefited $6 million in comparison to the year-ago quarter from foreign currency exchange rates including the impact of the Company's currency hedging programs.

Corporate and Other operations resulted in a loss, on an adjusted operating income basis, of $314 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to a loss of $326 million in the year-ago quarter. Current quarter results include a charge of $11 million to write off bond issuance costs on debt securities expected to be redeemed prior to maturity. Excluding this charge, the loss from Corporate and Other operations was reduced by $23 million in comparison to the year-ago quarter, reflecting lower expenses.

Assets under management amounted to $1.061 trillion at March 31, 2013, compared to $1.060 trillion at December 31, 2012.

The net loss of the Financial Services Businesses attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. amounted to $721 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss of $960 million in the year-ago quarter.

The current quarter net loss includes $3.003 billion of pre-tax net realized investment losses and related charges and adjustments. The forgoing net loss includes pre-tax losses of $2.465 billion representing net changes in value relating to foreign currency exchange rates primarily resulting from changes in value of the Japanese yen in relation to other currencies. These currency-driven value changes were largely offset by corresponding adjustments to accumulated other comprehensive income which are not reflected in net income or loss. Net realized investment losses for the current quarter also include net losses of $412 million from products that contain embedded derivatives and associated derivative portfolios that are part of a hedging program related to the risks of these products as well as mark to market of derivatives under a capital hedge program. Net realized investment losses also reflect losses from impairments and sales of credit-impaired investments amounting to $87 million. The remainder of the net realized investment loss reflects decreases in market value of derivatives used in other risk management activities, partly offset by net gains from general portfolio activities.

At March 31, 2013, gross unrealized losses on general account fixed maturity investments of the Financial Services Businesses amounted to $2.120 billion, including $1.836 billion on high and highest quality securities based on NAIC or equivalent ratings. Gross unrealized losses include $254 million related to asset-backed securities collateralized by sub-prime mortgages. Gross unrealized losses on general account fixed maturity investments of the Financial Services Businesses amounted to $2.146 billion at December 31, 2012. Net unrealized gains on general account fixed maturity investments of the Financial Services Businesses amounted to $22.129 billion at March 31, 2013, compared to $18.606 billion at December 31, 2012. The increase in net unrealized gains is primarily due to increases in value of non-yen denominated investments in our Japanese operations.

The net loss for the current quarter reflects pre-tax increases of $95 million in recorded asset values and $143 million in recorded liabilities representing changes in value which are expected to ultimately accrue to contractholders. These changes primarily represent interest rate related mark-to-market adjustments. The net loss for the current quarter also reflects pre-tax income of $33 million from divested businesses, primarily relating to the Company's former real estate brokerage and relocation services business, reflecting disposal of certain assets that were retained when the business was divested.

The net loss of the Financial Services Businesses for the year-ago quarter included $1.838 billion of pre-tax net realized investment losses and related charges and adjustments, primarily driven by net changes in value relating to foreign currency exchange rates, and increases of $234 million in recorded assets and $246 million in recorded liabilities for which changes in value are expected to ultimately accrue to contractholders, in each case before income taxes.

Closed Block Business

Prudential's Class B Stock, which is not traded on any exchange, reflects the performance of its Closed Block Business.

The Closed Block Business includes our in-force participating life insurance and annuity policies, and assets that are being used for the payment of benefits and policyholder dividends on these policies, as well as other assets and equity that support these policies. We have ceased offering these participating policies.

The Closed Block Business reported income from continuing operations before income taxes of $19 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $30 million for the year-ago quarter.

The Closed Block Business reported net income attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. of $15 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $21 million for the year-ago quarter.

Consolidated Results

There is no legal separation of the Financial Services Businesses and the Closed Block Business, and holders of the Common Stock and the Class B Stock are both common stockholders of Prudential Financial, Inc.

On a consolidated basis, which includes the results of both the Financial Services Businesses and the Closed Block Business, Prudential Financial, Inc. reported a net loss attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. of $706 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $939 million for the year-ago quarter.

Forward-Looking Statements and Non-GAAP Measures

Certain of the statements included in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "includes," "plans," "assumes," "estimates," "projects," "intends," "should," "will," "shall," or variations of such words are generally part of forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made based on management's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects upon Prudential Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Prudential Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries will be those anticipated by management. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and there are certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially, from expectations or estimates reflected in such forward-looking statements, including, among others: (1) general economic, market and political conditions, including the performance and fluctuations of fixed income, equity, real estate and other financial markets; (2) the availability and cost of additional debt or equity capital or external financing for our operations; (3) interest rate fluctuations or prolonged periods of low interest rates; (4) the degree to which we choose not to hedge risks, or the potential ineffectiveness or insufficiency of hedging or risk management strategies we do implement, with regard to variable annuity or other product guarantees; (5) any inability to access our credit facilities; (6) reestimates of our reserves for future policy benefits and claims; (7) differences between actual experience regarding mortality, longevity, morbidity, persistency, surrender experience, interest rates or market returns and the assumptions we use in pricing our products, establishing liabilities and reserves or for other purposes; (8) changes in our assumptions related to deferred policy acquisition costs, value of business acquired or goodwill; (9) changes in assumptions for retirement expense; (10) changes in our financial strength or credit ratings; (11) statutory reserve requirements associated with term and universal life insurance policies under Regulation XXX and Guideline AXXX; (12) investment losses, defaults and counterparty non-performance; (13) competition in our product lines and for personnel; (14) difficulties in marketing and distributing products through current or future distribution channels; (15) changes in tax law; (16) economic, political, currency and other risks relating to our international operations; (17) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and foreign securities markets; (18) regulatory or legislative changes, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; (19) inability to protect our intellectual property rights or claims of infringement of the intellectual property rights of others; (20) adverse determinations in litigation or regulatory matters and our exposure to contingent liabilities, including in connection with our divestiture or winding down of businesses; (21) domestic or international military actions, natural or man-made disasters including terrorist activities or pandemic disease, or other events resulting in catastrophic loss of life; (22) ineffectiveness of risk management policies and procedures in identifying, monitoring and managing risks; (23) effects of acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings; (24) interruption in telecommunication, information technology or other operational systems or failure to maintain the security, confidentiality or privacy of sensitive data on such systems; (25) changes in statutory or U.S. GAAP accounting principles, practices or policies; (26) Prudential Financial, Inc.'s primary reliance, as a holding company, on dividends or distributions from its subsidiaries to meet debt payment obligations and the ability of the subsidiaries to pay such dividends or distributions in light of our ratings objectives and/or applicable regulatory restrictions; and (27) risks due to the lack of legal separation between our Financial Services Businesses and our Closed Block Business. Prudential Financial, Inc. does not intend, and is under no obligation, to update any particular forward-looking statement included in this document.

Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure of performance of our Financial Services Businesses. Adjusted operating income excludes "Realized investment gains (losses), net," as adjusted, and related charges and adjustments. A significant element of realized investment gains and losses are impairments and credit-related and interest rate-related gains and losses.

Impairments and losses from sales of credit-impaired securities, the timing of which depends largely on market credit cycles, can vary considerably across periods. The timing of other sales that would result in gains or losses, such as interest rate-related gains or losses, is largely subject to our discretion and influenced by market opportunities as well as our tax and capital profile.

Realized investment gains (losses) within certain of our businesses for which such gains (losses) are a principal source of earnings, and those associated with terminating hedges of foreign currency earnings and current period yield adjustments are included in adjusted operating income. Adjusted operating income excludes realized investment gains and losses from products that contain embedded derivatives, and from associated derivative portfolios that are part of a hedging program related to the risk of those products. Adjusted operating income also excludes gains and losses from changes in value of certain assets and liabilities relating to foreign currency exchange movements that have been economically hedged or considered part of our capital funding strategies for our international subsidiaries, as well as gains and losses on certain investments that are classified as other trading account assets.

Adjusted operating income also excludes investment gains and losses on trading account assets supporting insurance liabilities and changes in experience-rated contractholder liabilities due to asset value changes, because these recorded changes in asset and liability values are expected to ultimately accrue to contractholders. Trends in the underlying profitability of our businesses can be more clearly identified without the fluctuating effects of these transactions. In addition, adjusted operating income excludes the results of divested businesses, which are not relevant to our ongoing operations. Discontinued operations, which is presented as a separate component of net income under GAAP, is also excluded from adjusted operating income.

We believe that the presentation of adjusted operating income as we measure it for management purposes enhances understanding of the results of operations of the Financial Services Businesses by highlighting the results from ongoing operations and the underlying profitability of our businesses. However, adjusted operating income is not a substitute for income determined in accordance with GAAP, and the adjustments made to derive adjusted operating income are important to an understanding of our overall results of operations. The schedules accompanying this release provide a reconciliation of adjusted operating income for the Financial Services Businesses to income from continuing operations in accordance with GAAP.

The information referred to above, as well as the risks of our businesses described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, should be considered by readers when reviewing forward-looking statements contained in this release. Additional historical information relating to our financial performance is located on our Web site at www.investor.prudential.com.

Earnings Conference Call

Members of Prudential's senior management will host a conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. ET, to discuss with the investment community the Company's first quarter results. The conference call and an accompanying slide presentation will be broadcast live over the Company's Investor Relations Web site at www.investor.prudential.com. Please log on fifteen minutes early in the event necessary software needs to be downloaded. The call will remain on the Investor Relations Web site for replay through May 17. Institutional investors, analysts, and other members of the professional financial community are invited to listen to the call and participate in Q&A by dialing (877) 777-1971 (domestic callers) or (612) 332-0226 (international callers). All others are encouraged to dial into the conference call in listen-only mode, using the same numbers. To listen to a replay of the conference call starting at 2:00 p.m. on May 2, through May 9, dial (800) 475-6701 (domestic callers) or (320) 365-3844 (international callers). The access code for the replay is 272222.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYS: PRU) , a financial services leader with over $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2013, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

    
Financial Highlights
(in millions, except per share data, unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
March 31
 2013  2012 
 
Financial Services Businesses Income Statement Data:
Adjusted Operating Income (1):
Revenues:
Premiums$6,329$5,980
Policy charges and fee income1,4251,078
Net investment income2,8212,500
Asset management fees, commissions and other income 1,259  937 
Total revenues 11,834  10,495 
Benefits and expenses:
Insurance and annuity benefits6,3325,484
Interest credited to policyholders' account balances966948
Interest expense327308
Other expenses 2,725  2,707 
Total benefits and expenses 10,350  9,447 
Adjusted operating income before income taxes1,4841,048
Income taxes, applicable to adjusted operating income 405  283 
Financial Services Businesses after-tax adjusted operating income (1) 1,079  765 
Reconciling Items:
Realized investment losses, net, and related charges and adjustments(3,003)(1,838)
Investment gains on trading account assets supporting insurance liabilities, net95234
Change in experience-rated contractholder liabilities due to asset value changes(143)(246)
Divested businesses334
Equity in earnings of operating joint ventures and earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests (30) 5 
Total reconciling items, before income taxes(3,048)(1,841)
Income taxes, not applicable to adjusted operating income (1,240) (113)
Total reconciling items, after income taxes (1,808) (1,728)
Income (loss) from continuing operations (after-tax) of Financial Services Businesses
before equity in earnings of operating joint ventures(729)(963)
Equity in earnings of operating joint ventures, net of taxes and earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 7  (4)
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc.(722)(967)
Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests 42  11 
Income (loss) from continuing operations (after-tax) of Financial Services Businesses(680)(956)
Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes 1  7 
Net income (loss) of Financial Services Businesses(679)(949)
Less: Income attributable to noncontrolling interests 42  11 
Net income (loss) of Financial Services Businesses attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc.$(721)$(960)
 
See footnotes on last page.
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