National Western Life Group, Inc. Announces 2015 Third Quarter Earnings

05 Nov, 2015, 13:05 ET from National Western Life Group, Inc.

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ross R. Moody, President and Interim Chief Executive Officer of National Western Life Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWLI), announced today third quarter 2015 consolidated net earnings of $16.2 million, or $4.59 per diluted Class A common share, compared with consolidated net earnings of $28.5 million, or $8.05 per diluted Class A common share, for the third quarter of 2014.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company (formerly National Western Life Insurance Company and Subsidiaries) reported consolidated net earnings of $66.4 million, or $18.77 per diluted Class A common share, compared with $77.5 million, or $21.91 per diluted Class A common share a year ago.  The Company's book value per share increased to $440.23 as of September 30, 2015 from $437.86 at June 30, 2015.

Effective October 1, 2015, National Western Life Group, Inc. (NWLGI) was established as the parent organization of National Western Life Insurance Company (National Western) under a previously announced holding company reorganization. As a result of the reorganization, NWLGI replaced National Western as the publicly held corporation. NWLGI continues to conduct all of the operations previously conducted by National Western and its subsidiaries and the consolidated assets, liabilities, operations, and financial condition of NWLGI at the date of reorganization are the same as those of National Western immediately prior to the reorganization.

The Company reported earnings from operations, excluding net realized gains and losses on investments, of $15.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015, or $4.44 per diluted Class A common share, compared to $27.1 million, or $7.65 per diluted Class A common share, in the same period for 2014. Mr. Moody commented on the earnings results saying, "Operating results for the quarter were dampened by higher reserves required for our fixed-index annuity business in force. The lackluster performance of equity markets as of the end of the third quarter has significantly depressed the market value of options purchased for these products such that certain reserve credits we normally are able to benefit from were not available this reporting period. Fortunately, this is a temporary reporting impact that will reverse itself when market values normalize to historical levels and we readjust other crediting mechanism components."

Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, excluding realized and unrealized gains and losses on index options and investments, increased to $158.1 million from $154.0 million in the third quarter of 2014 principally due to gains in universal life contract revenues and net investment income. Mr. Moody noted, "Our book of business continues to perform well with overall favorable mortality and persistency experience, and our oversight of general operating expenses remains vigilant. Like our peers in the industry, finding greater investment yield within our self-imposed risk/reward parameters is an ongoing focus and challenge."

NWLGI is the parent organization of National Western. Founded in 1956, National Western is a stock life insurance company offering a broad portfolio of individual universal life, whole life and term insurance plans, annuity products, and investment contracts meeting the financial needs of its customers in 49 states as well as residents of various international countries. National Western has 265 employees and approximately 22,700 contracted independent agents, brokers, and consultants. At September 30, 2015, the Company maintained total consolidated assets of $11.5 billion, stockholders' equity of $1.6 billion, and life insurance in force of $22.6 billion.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains statements which are or may be viewed as forward-looking within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 2005. Forward-looking statements relate to future operations, strategies, financial results or other developments, and are subject to assumptions, risks, and uncertainties. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that other factors not currently anticipated by the Company will not materially and adversely affect our results of operations. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf.

 

National Western Life Group, Inc.

(Formerly National Western Life Insurance Company and Subsidiaries)

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Summary of Consolidated Operating Results (Unaudited)

(In thousands except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Revenues:

Revenues, excluding investment and index option gains (losses)

158,107

153,973

473,047

468,440

Realized and unrealized gains (losses) on index options

(52,816)

3,479

(69,884)

49,278

Realized gains on investments

813

2,169

6,049

6,747

Total revenues

106,104

159,621

409,212

524,465

Earnings:

Earnings from operations

15,693

27,056

62,473

73,089

Net realized gains on investments

528

1,410

3,932

4,386

Net earnings

16,221

28,466

66,405

77,475

Net earnings attributable to Class A shares

15,763

27,661

64,527

75,284

Basic Earnings Per Class A Share:

Earnings from operations

4.44

7.65

17.67

20.68

Net realized gains on investments

0.15

0.40

1.11

1.24

Net earnings

4.59

8.05

18.78

21.92

Basic Weighted Average Class A Shares

3,436

3,436

3,436

3,435

Diluted Earnings Per Class A Share:

Earnings from operations

4.44

7.65

17.66

20.67

Net realized gains on investments

0.15

0.40

1.11

1.24

Net earnings

4.59

8.05

18.77

21.91

Diluted Weighted Average Class A Shares

3,437

3,438

3,437

3,437

Investor Relations Contact: Brian M. Pribyl - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (512) 836-1010 bpribyl@nationalwesternlife.com www.nationalwesternlife.com 

 

SOURCE National Western Life Group, Inc.



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