HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE:PNX) today reported full-year 2011 net income of $8.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, and operating income of $42.0 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. These results compare with a net loss of $12.6 million, or $0.11 per share, and an operating loss of $9.6 million, or $0.08 per share, for full-year 2010.
For the fourth quarter of 2011, the company reported a net loss of $22.0 million, or $0.19 per share, and operating income of $1.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. The fourth quarter of 2010 had a net loss of $11.6 million, or $0.10 per share, and operating income of $7.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.
Excluding unusual items totaling $16.5 million, detailed in the table below, full-year 2011 pre-tax operating income was $64.7 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. Excluding $15.1 million of unusual items, fourth-quarter 2011 pre-tax operating income was $17.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. Given the significant volatility in the company’s GAAP tax provision, operating comparisons are also given on a pre-tax basis.
“We delivered another solid quarter in a solid year, sustaining favorable trends in our fundamentals including mortality, persistency, investment performance, core operating earnings and sales,” said James D. Wehr, president and chief executive officer. “In addition, we addressed several legacy issues that affected fourth quarter earnings, which do not detract from our fundamental progress.
“In fact, 2011 was our strongest year since 2007 as we built on the progress made in the previous two years and established a sustainable path for profitable growth. At the same time, we continue to strengthen the balance sheet, effectively manage our large inforce block, and further reduce expenses. We were pleased to see these improvements recently acknowledged by two of the rating agencies with outlook changes to ?positive,’” Mr. Wehr said.
“We ended 2011 with a stabilized and enhanced financial profile, improved capital adequacy and positive earnings momentum, as well as confidence in our prospects for 2012 and beyond,” he said.
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR EARNINGS SUMMARY
($ in millions)
Operating Income (Loss)2
1 Net of taxes.
2 Net realized investment gains (losses) and the related offsets, are excluded from operating income because their size and timing are frequently subject to management’s discretion. Operating income, as well as components of and financial measures derived from operating income, are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that these measures provide investors with additional insight into the underlying trends in our operations. In addition, these are internal performance measures we use in the management of our operations, including our compensation plans and planning processes. Net income and net income per share are the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as substitutes for net income and net income per share. Therefore, investors should evaluate both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures when reviewing our performance.
To help investors understand the company’s results, unusual items included in operating income are detailed in the following table.
($ in millions)
1 Includes severance costs and tax adjustments.
SELECTED COMPONENTS OF EARNINGS
1 Prior period amounts have been revised to reflect the correction of a classification error related to the historical presentation of ceded premiums related to certain reinsurance contracts within the closed block. Refer to the consolidated statement of income for additional information.
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR OPERATING RESULTS
REALIZED AND UNREALIZED INVESTMENT GAINS AND LOSSES
Net unrealized gains on fixed income securities increased to $538.2 million at December 31, 2011 from $512.7 million at September 30, 2011 and $266.1 million at December 31, 2010. The improvements were due primarily to lower treasury rates.
Net realized investment losses for full-year 2011 were $16.4 million, compared with losses of $9.9 million for full-year 2010. The change was due primarily to lower transaction gains partially offset by lower impairments. Net other-than-temporary impairment losses recognized in earnings were $25.7 million for full-year 2011, about half of the $49.6 million recorded for full-year 2010, reflecting the improved credit environment.
The company reported $9.4 million in net realized investment losses for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with net realized investment losses of $29.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. The change was due primarily to lower derivative losses and higher transaction gains. A $4.0 million pre-tax realized gain from the sale of Goodwin Capital Advisers, Inc. is also included in that change. Net other-than-temporary impairment losses recognized in earnings were $8.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with $10.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Net Other-than-temporary Impairment Losses
Recognized in Earnings
Credit-related impairments net of offsets for
taxes, deferred acquisition costs and
policyholder dividend obligation
Non-credit portion of impairment loss
recognized in other comprehensive income
1Fair value adjustment to reflect the risk that the GMWB/GMAB obligation will not be fulfilled based on the company’s own credit risk.
BALANCE SHEET AND LIQUIDITY
Phoenix retains its focus on maintaining appropriate levels of capital and liquidity. As of December 31, 2011, the proportion of the most highly liquid assets in its fixed income portfolio was 8.7 percent. In addition, a significant portion of the portfolio is invested in highly liquid public bonds that have market values in excess of their book values.
At December 31, 2011, cash and securities at the holding company were $101.3 million after Phoenix Life Insurance Company paid a $39.8 million dividend during the fourth quarter. The annual run rate for 2012 holding company interest and operating expenses is estimated to be $26 million.
The quality of the portfolio remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the proportion of below investment grade bonds at 8.1 percent at December 31, 2011. This was an increase from 7.6 percent at September 30, 2011, primarily as a result of downgrades from PIMCO model rating changes as well as modest new purchases. The proportion decreased from 8.7 percent at December 31, 2010.
Debt-to-total-capital at December 31, 2011 remains relatively low at 24.8 percent. Phoenix has no debt maturities until 2032.
1 Based on Total Stockholders’ Equity, excluding Accumulated OCI.
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR PRELIMINARY STATUTORY RESULTS FOR PHOENIX LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
The Phoenix Companies, Inc. will host a conference call today (February 16) at 11 a.m. EST to discuss with the investment community Phoenix’s fourth-quarter 2011 financial results and other matters. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.phoenixwm.com in the Investor Relations section. The call also can be accessed by telephone at 773-799-3641 (Passcode: PHOENIX). A replay of the call will be available through March 1, 2012 by telephone at 203-369-3694 and on Phoenix’s Web site.
The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE:PNX) is a boutique life insurance and annuity company serving customers’ retirement and protection needs through select independent distributors. Headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, Phoenix has a history of keeping its promises since 1851. In 2011, Phoenix had annual revenues of $1.8 billion. More detailed financial information can be found in Phoenix’s financial supplement for the fourth quarter of 2011, which is available on Phoenix’s Web site, www.phoenixwm.com, in the Investor Relations section.
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We intend for these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws relating to forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements relating to trends in, or representing management's beliefs about our future transactions, strategies, operations and financial results, and often contain words such as "will," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," “is targeting,” "may," "should" and other similar words or expressions. Forward-looking statements are made based upon management's current expectations and beliefs concerning trends and future developments and their potential effects on us. They are not guarantees of future performance. Our actual business, financial condition or results of operations may differ materially from those suggested by forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties which include, among others: (i) unfavorable general economic developments including, but not limited to, specific related factors such as the performance of the debt and equity markets and changes in interest rates; (ii) the potential adverse affect of interest rate fluctuations on our business and results of operations; (iii) the effect of adverse capital and credit market conditions on our ability to meet our liquidity needs, our access to capital and our cost of capital; (iv) the effect of guaranteed benefits within our products; (v) potential exposure to unidentified or unanticipated risk that could adversely affect our businesses or result in losses; (vi) the consequences related to variations in the amount of our statutory capital due to factors beyond our control; (vii) the possibility that we not be successful in our efforts to implement a new business plan; (viii) the impact on our results of operations and financial condition of any required increase in our reserves for future policyholder benefits and claims if such reserves prove to be inadequate; (ix) changes in our investment valuations based on changes in our valuation methodologies, estimations and assumptions; (x) further downgrades in our debt or financial strength ratings; (xi) the possibility that mortality rates, persistency rates, funding levels or other factors may differ significantly from our assumptions used in pricing products; (xii) the availability, pricing and terms of reinsurance coverage generally and the inability or unwillingness of our reinsurers to meet their obligations to us specifically; (xiii) our ability to attract and retain key personnel in a competitive environment; (xiv) our dependence on third parties to maintain critical business and administrative functions; (xv) the strong competition we face in our business from banks, insurance companies and other financial services firms; (xvi) our reliance, as a holding company, on dividends and other payments from our subsidiaries to meet our financial obligations and pay future dividends, particularly since our insurance subsidiaries' ability to pay dividends is subject to regulatory restrictions; (xvii) the potential need to fund deficiencies in our closed block; (xviii) tax developments that may affect us directly, or indirectly through the cost of, the demand for or profitability of our products or services; (xix) the possibility that the actions and initiatives of the U.S. Government, including those that we elect to participate in, may not improve adverse economic and market conditions generally or our business, financial condition and results of operations specifically; (xx) legislative or regulatory developments; (xxi) regulatory or legal actions; (xxii) potential future material losses from our discontinued reinsurance business; (xxiii) changes in accounting standards; (xxiv) the potential effect of a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting on the accuracy of our reported financial results; and (xxv) other risks and uncertainties described herein or in any of our filings with the SEC. Certain other factors which may impact our business, financial condition or results of operations or which may cause actual results to differ from such forward-looking statements are discussed or included in our periodic reports filed with the SEC and are available on our website at www.phoenixwm.com under "Investor Relations." You are urged to carefully consider all such factors. We do not undertake or plan to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in plans, assumptions, estimates or projections, or other circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, even if such results changes or circumstances make it clear that any forward-looking information will not be realized. If we make any future public statements or disclosures which modify or impact any of the forward-looking statements contained in or accompanying this press release, such statements or disclosures will be deemed to modify or supersede such statements in this press release.
Consolidated Balance Sheet
December 31, 2011 (Unaudited and Preliminary) and December 31, 2010
($ in millions)
Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited and Preliminary)
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2011 and 2010
Portion of OTTI losses recognized in
other comprehensive income
Net realized investment gains (losses),
excluding OTTI losses
Income (loss) from continuing operations
before income taxes
Income (loss) from discontinued operations,
net of income taxes
1 Prior period amounts have been revised to reflect the correction of a classification error related to the historical presentation of ceded premiums related to certain reinsurance contracts within the closed block. The adjustments reflect the reclassification of ceded premiums from benefits and reserves to revenue. The adjustment reduced revenues and benefits and reserves by $24.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010, $21.5 million and $98.6 million for the full year 2011 and 2010, respectively. There was no impact to net income (loss), stockholders’ equity or earnings per share.
The Phoenix Companies, Inc.
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