Genworth Financial Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) today reported results for the period ended June 30, 2016. The company reported net income of $172 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, compared with a net loss of $193 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015. Net operating income for the second quarter of 2016 was $123 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with net operating income of $119 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015.

Strategic Update

In February 2016, the company announced a restructuring plan for its U.S. life insurance businesses to: (1) suspend sales of its traditional life insurance and fixed annuity products; (2) further reduce expense levels in 2016; (3) repatriate existing business from Brookfield Life and Annuity Insurance Company Limited (BLAIC), its primary Bermuda domiciled reinsurance subsidiary, to its U.S. life insurance companies in 2016; and (4) separate and isolate its LTC business. The company made progress on this plan since the end of the first quarter including:

During the second quarter of 2016, the company completed the sale of its European MI business to AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., which resulted in net proceeds of approximately $50 million to the U.S. MI business.

“Our results in the second quarter were solid, and we were especially pleased with the strong performance in U.S. MI,” said Tom McInerney, President and CEO. “We also achieved our cash expense reduction target and remain on track to complete the repatriation of our Bermuda subsidiary in the fourth quarter.”

Financial Performance

 

Net income was impacted by net investment gains, net of taxes and other adjustments, of $25 million in the quarter, including the gains from the sale of certain TIPS in the quarter, compared to $3 million of net investment gains in the prior year. Total impairments, net of tax, were $14 million in the quarter, compared to none in the prior year.

Net investment income decreased to $779 million in the quarter, down from $789 million in the prior quarter primarily from unfavorable prepayment speed adjustments related to residential mortgage-backed securities and down from $793 million in the prior year primarily from lower variable investment income. The reported yield and core yield2 for the current quarter were both 4.48 percent.

Net operating income (loss) results are summarized in the table below:

Net operating income (loss) represents net operating income (loss) from continuing operations excluding net investment gains (losses), gains (losses) on the sale of businesses, gains (losses) on the early extinguishment of debt, gains (losses) on insurance block transactions, restructuring costs and other adjustments, net of taxes. A reconciliation of net operating income (loss) of segments and Corporate and Other activities to net income (loss) is included at the end of this press release.

Unless specifically noted in the discussion of results for the MI businesses in Canada and Australia, references to percentage changes exclude the impact of translating foreign denominated activity into U.S. dollars (foreign exchange). Percentage changes, which include the impact of foreign exchange, are found in a table at the end of this press release. The impact of foreign exchange on net operating income in the second quarter of 2016 was a favorable $4 million versus the prior quarter and an unfavorable $3 million versus the prior year in the MI businesses in Canada and Australia, respectively.

U.S. Mortgage Insurance

U.S. MI net operating income was $61 million, compared with $61 million in the prior quarter and $49 million in the prior year. The loss ratio in the current quarter was 24 percent, flat sequentially and down nine points from the prior year primarily reflecting the continued decline and improved performance in delinquencies from the 2005 to 2008 book years.

Flow NIW of $11.4 billion increased 54 percent from the prior quarter from a seasonally larger purchase originations market and increased 39 percent versus the prior year primarily from a larger purchase originations market and growth in market share. During the second quarter of 2016, the company’s concentration of single premium flow NIW was slightly lower than the prior quarter, but higher than the prior year as it continues its selective participation in this market. 

Canada Mortgage Insurance

Canada MI reported net operating income of $38 million versus $33 million in the prior quarter and $37 million in the prior year. The loss ratio in the quarter was 20 percent, down four points from the prior quarter primarily driven by a seasonal decrease in new delinquencies, net of cures, but up three points compared to the prior year primarily from unfavorable experience in oil-producing regions. Results versus the prior quarter and prior year included increased premiums from a higher level of NIW in recent years.

Flow NIW was up 64 percent3 sequentially primarily from a seasonally larger originations market and down 15 percent3 from the prior year primarily from targeted underwriting changes in certain regions and a slowing housing market in oil-producing regions. In addition, the company completed several bulk transactions in the quarter of $19.7 billion, consisting of high quality low loan-to-value prime loans primarily driven by demand from large banks in advance of regulatory changes that took effect on July 1, 2016.

Australia Mortgage Insurance

Australia MI reported net operating income of $15 million versus $19 million in the prior quarter and $29 million in the prior year. The loss ratio in the quarter was 36 percent, up 10 points sequentially and up eight points from the prior year. New delinquencies were up 19 percent versus the prior quarter from seasonal variation and up four percent versus the prior year. Continued unfavorable experience primarily from the commodity dependent regions of Queensland and Western Australia also contributed to higher new delinquencies versus the prior quarter and prior year. Results versus the prior quarter reflect $5 million of higher customer contract fees. Results versus the prior year were impacted by several unfavorable items totaling $8 million, including unfavorable foreign exchange, less favorable taxes and the company’s further sell down of approximately 14 percent of its ownership in the Australia MI business in May 2015.

Flow NIW was up nine percent3 sequentially from seasonal variation and down 20 percent3 from the prior year from a smaller high loan-to-value originations market primarily driven by regulatory focus on the market and tightened lender risk appetite as well as the impact from the termination of a customer contract in the second quarter of 2015. In addition, the company completed a bulk transaction in the quarter of approximately $0.8 billion, consisting of high quality low loan-to-value prime loans.

U.S. Life Insurance

 

Long Term Care Insurance

LTC had net operating income of $37 million, compared with $34 million in the prior quarter and $10 million in the prior year. Results versus the prior quarter reflected stable claim experience, a more favorable benefit from rate actions and higher net investment income, partially offset by $29 million after-tax of net unfavorable adjustments, including refinements to the calculations of reserves and a correction to reserves and premiums. The current quarter included $26 million after-tax of lower reserves from reserve releases associated with reduced benefits that related to a higher level of policyholders choosing to reduce benefits instead of accepting premium increases from certain premium rate increase implementations. The company expects these premium rate increase implementations to be fully implemented during the third quarter of 2016, and, as a result, expects the favorable impact of these rate actions to decrease significantly in the second half of 2016.

Results versus the prior year reflect a more favorable benefit from rate actions, partially offset by higher severity given the mix of new claims with a higher average reserve. The prior quarter included a $4 million after-tax unfavorable item and the prior year results included $12 million of after-tax favorable items. The loss ratio in the current quarter was approximately 70 percent. Individual LTC sales were $4 million in the quarter.

LTC had net operating income of $71 million in the first half of 2016 reflecting seasonally favorable terminations that are not expected to recur in the second half of 2016. Additionally, earnings in the first half of 2016 were favorably impacted by $47 million after-tax of lower reserves from reduced benefits related to certain premium rate increase implementations described above.

Life Insurance

Life insurance had net operating income of $31 million, compared with $31 million in the prior quarter and $22 million in the prior year. Results versus the prior quarter reflect favorable mortality experience and lower reinsurance expenses that were offset by lower investment income primarily from unfavorable prepayment speed adjustments related to residential mortgage-backed securities. Results versus the prior year reflected lower reinsurance expenses and favorable mortality experience.

Fixed Annuities

Fixed annuities had a net operating loss of $13 million, compared with net operating income of $26 million in the prior quarter and $25 million in the prior year. Given the significant declines in interest rates in the quarter, the company tested its fixed immediate annuity blocks for recoverability as part of loss recognition testing which resulted in a negative margin. As a result, the remaining deferred acquisition costs (DAC) balance was written off and reserves were increased resulting in a $21 million after-tax unfavorable impact to earnings. Future adverse changes in assumptions would be immediately reflected in earnings if the margin for this block is reduced below zero. Additionally, during the quarter, a third-party reinsurer recaptured a block of single premium immediate annuities (SPIA) resulting in a $7 million after-tax unfavorable impact to earnings. Results versus both the prior quarter and prior year also reflect unfavorable impacts from SPIA mortality experience and less favorable variable investment income.

Runoff

Runoff net operating income was $6 million, compared with $4 million in the prior quarter and $9 million in the prior year.

Corporate And Other

Corporate and Other net operating loss was $52 million, compared with $105 million in the prior quarter and $62 million in the prior year. Results in the prior quarter included expenses of $54 million after-tax related to litigation settlement and legal expenses.

Capital & Liquidity

Genworth maintains solid capital positions in its operating subsidiaries.

 

Key Points

About Genworth Financial 

Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a Fortune 500 insurance holding company committed to helping families achieve the dream of homeownership and address the financial challenges of aging through its leadership positions in mortgage insurance and long term care insurance. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Genworth traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com.

From time to time, Genworth releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the “Investors” section of genworth.com. From time to time, Genworth’s publicly traded subsidiaries, Genworth MI Canada Inc. and Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Limited, separately release financial and other information about their operations. This information can be found at http://genworth.ca and http://www.genworth.com.au.

Conference Call and Financial Supplement Information

This press release and the second quarter 2016 financial supplement are now posted on the company’s website. Additional information regarding business results and strategic update will be posted on the company’s website, http://investor.genworth.com, by 7:30 a.m. on August 3, 2016. Investors are encouraged to review these materials.

Genworth will conduct a conference call on August 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss business results and provide a progress update on strategic priorities. The conference call will be accessible via telephone and the Internet. The dial-in number for the conference call is 877 888.4034 or 913 489.5101 (outside the U.S.); conference ID # 3488123. To participate in the call by webcast, register at http://investor.genworth.com at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast to download and install any necessary software. 

Replays of the call will be available through August 17, 2016 at 888 203.1112 or 719 457.0820 (outside the U.S.); conference ID # 3488123. The webcast will also be archived on the company’s website.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

This press release includes the non-GAAP financial measures entitled “net operating income (loss)” and “net operating income (loss) per common share.” Net operating income (loss) per common share is derived from net operating income (loss). The chief operating decision maker evaluates segment performance and allocates resources on the basis of net operating income (loss). The company defines net operating income (loss) as income (loss) from continuing operations excluding the after-tax effects of income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net investment gains (losses), goodwill impairments, gains (losses) on the sale of businesses, gains (losses) on the early extinguishment of debt, gains (losses) on insurance block transactions, restructuring costs and infrequent or unusual non-operating items. Gains (losses) on insurance block transactions are defined as gains (losses) on the early extinguishment of non-recourse funding obligations, early termination fees for other financing restructuring and/or resulting gains (losses) on reinsurance restructuring for certain blocks of business. The company excludes net investment gains (losses) and infrequent or unusual non-operating items because the company does not consider them to be related to the operating performance of the company’s segments and Corporate and Other activities. A component of the company’s net investment gains (losses) is the result of impairments, the size and timing of which can vary significantly depending on market credit cycles. In addition, the size and timing of other investment gains (losses) can be subject to the company’s discretion and are influenced by market opportunities, as well as asset-liability matching considerations. Goodwill impairments, gains (losses) on the sale of businesses, gains (losses) on the early extinguishment of debt, gains (losses) on insurance block transactions and restructuring costs are also excluded from net operating income (loss) because, in the company’s opinion, they are not indicative of overall operating trends. Infrequent or unusual non-operating items are also excluded from net operating income (loss) if, in the company’s opinion, they are not indicative of overall operating trends. 

While some of these items may be significant components of net income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders in accordance with GAAP, the company believes that net operating income (loss) and measures that are derived from or incorporate net operating income (loss), including net operating income (loss) per common share on a basic and diluted basis, are appropriate measures that are useful to investors because they identify the income (loss) attributable to the ongoing operations of the business. Management also uses net operating income (loss) as a basis for determining awards and compensation for senior management and to evaluate performance on a basis comparable to that used by analysts. However, the items excluded from net operating income (loss) have occurred in the past and could, and in some cases will, recur in the future. Net operating income (loss) and net operating income (loss) per common share on a basic and diluted basis are not substitutes for net income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders or net income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders per common share on a basic and diluted basis determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the company’s definition of net operating income (loss) may differ from the definitions used by other companies.

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) attributable to Genworth’s common stockholders and net operating income (loss) assume a 35 percent tax rate (unless otherwise indicated) and are net of the portion attributable to noncontrolling interests. Net investment gains (losses) are also adjusted for DAC and other intangible amortization and certain benefit reserves.

In June 2016, the company completed the sale of its term life insurance new business platform and recorded a pre-tax gain of $12 million. In May 2016, the company completed the sale of its mortgage insurance business in Europe and recorded an additional pre-tax loss of $2 million. In the first quarter of 2016, the company recorded a pre-tax estimated loss of $7 million and a tax benefit of $27 million related to the planned sale of the mortgage insurance business in Europe. These transactions were excluded from net operating income (loss) for the periods presented as they related to a gain (loss) on the sale of businesses.

In June 2016, the company settled restricted borrowings of $70 million related to a securitization entity and recorded a $64 million pre-tax gain related to the early extinguishment of debt. In January 2016, the company paid a pre-tax make-whole expense of $20 million related to the early redemption of Genworth Holdings, Inc.’s 2016 notes. The company also repurchased $28 million principal amount of Genworth Holdings, Inc.’s notes with various maturity dates for a pre-tax gain of $4 million in the first quarter of 2016. These transactions were excluded from net operating income (loss) for the periods presented as they related to a gain (loss) on the early extinguishment of debt.

In the first quarter of 2016, the company completed a life block transaction resulting in a pre-tax loss of $9 million in connection with the early extinguishment of non-recourse funding obligations.

In the second and first quarters of 2016, the company recorded a pre-tax expense of $5 million and $15 million, respectively, related to restructuring costs as part of an expense reduction plan as the company evaluates and appropriately sizes its organizational needs and expenses. In the second quarter of 2015, the company also recorded a pre-tax expense of $3 million related to restructuring costs.

There were no infrequent or unusual items excluded from net operating income (loss) during the periods presented other than fees incurred during the first quarter of 2016 related to Genworth Holdings, Inc.’s bond consent solicitation of $18 million for broker, advisor and investment banking fees.

The tables at the end of this press release reflect net operating income (loss) as determined in accordance with accounting guidance related to segment reporting, and a reconciliation of net operating income (loss) of the company’s segments and Corporate and Other activities to net income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders for the three months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, as well as for the three months ended March 31, 2016.

This press release includes the non-GAAP financial measure entitled “core yield” as a measure of investment yield. The company defines core yield as the investment yield adjusted for those items that are not recurring in nature. Management believes that analysis of core yield enhances understanding of the investment yield of the company. However, core yield is not a substitute for investment yield determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the company’s definition of core yield may differ from the definitions used by other companies. A reconciliation of core yield to reported GAAP yield is included in a table at the end of this press release.

Definition of Selected Operating Performance Measures

The company reports selected operating performance measures including “sales” and “loss ratio” which are commonly used in the insurance industry as measures of operating performance.

Management regularly monitors and reports sales metrics as a measure of volume of new and renewal business generated in a period. Sales refer to: (1) new insurance written for mortgage insurance; (2) annualized first-year premiums for long term care and term life insurance products; (3) annualized first-year deposits plus five percent of excess deposits for universal and term universal life insurance products; (4) 10 percent of premium deposits for linked-benefits products; and (5) new and additional premiums/deposits for fixed annuities. Sales do not include renewal premiums on policies or contracts written during prior periods. The company considers new insurance written, annualized first-year premiums/deposits, premium equivalents and new premiums/deposits to be a measure of the company’s operating performance because they represent a measure of new sales of insurance policies or contracts during a specified period, rather than a measure of the company’s revenues or profitability during that period.

Management also regularly monitors and reports a loss ratio for the company’s businesses. For the mortgage insurance businesses, the loss ratio is the ratio of incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses to net earned premiums. For the long term care insurance business, the loss ratio is the ratio of benefits and other changes in reserves less tabular interest on reserves less loss adjustment expenses to net earned premiums. The company considers the loss ratio to be a measure of underwriting performance in these businesses and helps to enhance the understanding of the operating performance of the businesses.

An assumed tax rate of 35 percent is utilized in certain adjustments to net operating income (loss) and in the explanation of specific variances of operating performance and investment results.

These operating performance measures enable the company to compare its operating performance across periods without regard to revenues or profitability related to policies or contracts sold in prior periods or from investments or other sources.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “will” or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for the company’s future business and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially due to global political, economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors and risks, including, but not limited to, the following:

The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Unless otherwise stated, all references in this press release to net income (loss), net income (loss) per share, net operating income (loss), net operating income (loss) per share, book value, book value per share and stockholders’ equity should be read as net income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders, net income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders per diluted share, net operating income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders, net operating income (loss) available to Genworth’s common stockholders per diluted share, book value available to Genworth’s common stockholders, book value available to Genworth’s common stockholders per share and stockholders’ equity available to Genworth’s common stockholders, respectively.

2 This is a financial measure not calculated based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (Non-GAAP).  See the Use of Non-GAAP Measures section of this press release for additional information.

3 Percent change excludes the impact of foreign exchange.

4 Company estimate for the second quarter of 2016, due to timing of the filing of statutory statements.

5 Calculated as available assets divided by required assets as defined within PMIERs. As of June 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016, the PMIERs sufficiency ratios were in excess of $350 million and $300 million, respectively, of available assets above the PMIERs requirements. Company estimate for the second quarter of 2016.

6 Holding company cash and liquid assets comprises assets held in Genworth Holdings, Inc. (the issuer of outstanding public debt) which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genworth Financial, Inc.

7 Comprises cash and cash equivalents of $834 million, $760 million and $904 million, respectively, and U.S. government bonds of $100 million, zero and $250 million, respectively, as of June 30, 2016, March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2015.

8 All percentages are comparing the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2015 unless otherwise stated.

9 The impact of foreign exchange was calculated using the comparable prior period exchange rates.

10 Represents the incremental assets and investment income related to restricted commercial mortgage loans and other invested assets.

11 Includes cost basis adjustments on structured securities and various other immaterial items.

 

SOURCE Genworth Financial, Inc.

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