NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 -- Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a premier provider of specialty insurance and insurance-related products and services, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.
"Assurant's disciplined actions are generating solid results as we focus on areas targeted for profitable growth," said Robert B. Pollock, president and CEO of Assurant. "We are meeting the challenges of today's marketplace as we provide outstanding service for consumers and clients alike while creating long-term value for our shareholders."
Second Quarter 2012 Consolidated Results
Note: Additional financial information, including a schedule of disclosed items that affected Assurant's results by business for the last six quarters (page 20), is available in the Company's Financial Supplement, located in the Investor Relations section of www.assurant.com.
Based on current market conditions for full-year 2012, the Company now expects:
Consistent with the first quarter 2012 outlook and based on current market conditions for full-year 2012, the Company continues to expect:
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Assurant is a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. The four key businesses -- Assurant Solutions, Assurant Specialty Property, Assurant Health and Assurant Employee Benefits -- partner with clients who are leaders in their industries and build leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments. Assurant provides debt protection administration; credit-related insurance; warranties and service contracts; pre-funded funeral insurance; solar project insurance; lender-placed homeowners insurance; manufactured housing homeowners insurance; individual health and small employer group health insurance; group dental insurance; group disability insurance; and group life insurance.
Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has approximately $27 billion in assets and $8 billion in annual revenue. Assurant has approximately 14,000 employees worldwide and is headquartered in New York's financial district. www.assurant.com.
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Some of the statements included in this news release and its exhibits, particularly those anticipating future financial performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies and similar matters, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the fact that they may use words such as "will," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "forecast," or the negative versions of those words and terms with a similar meaning. Our actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in this earnings release or the exhibits as a result of new information or future events or developments.
The following risk factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from those currently estimated by management, including those projected in the Company outlook:
(i) the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and the rules and regulations thereunder, on our health and employee benefits businesses;
(ii) actions by governmental agencies or government sponsored entities or other circumstances, including pending regulatory matters affecting the lender-placed insurance business, that could require us to reduce premium rates or result in increases in the claims we pay or in other expenses;
(iii) loss of significant client relationships, distribution sources and contracts;
(iv) failure to attract and retain sales representatives;
(v) losses due to natural and man-made catastrophes;
(vi) a decline in our credit or financial strength ratings (including the risk of ratings downgrades in the insurance industry);
(vii) deterioration in the Company's market capitalization compared to its book value that could result in further impairment of goodwill;
(viii) unfavorable outcomes in litigation and/or regulatory investigations that could negatively affect our business and reputation;
(ix) current or new laws and regulations that could increase our costs and decrease our revenues;
(x) general global economic, financial market and political conditions (including difficult conditions in financial, capital and credit markets, the global economic slowdown, fluctuations in interest rates, monetary policies, unemployment and inflationary pressure);
(xi) inadequacy of reserves established for future claims;
(xii) failure to predict or manage benefits, claims and other costs;
(xiii) uncertain tax positions;
(xiv) fluctuations in exchange rates and other risks related to our international operations;
(xv) unavailability, inadequacy and unaffordable pricing of reinsurance coverage;
(xvi) diminished value of invested assets in our investment portfolio (due to, among other things, volatility in financial markets, the global economic slowdown, credit and liquidity risk, other than temporary impairments and increases in interest rates);
(xvii) insolvency of third parties to whom we have sold or may sell businesses through reinsurance or modified co-insurance;
(xviii) inability of reinsurers to meet their obligations;
(xix) credit risk of some of our agents in Assurant Specialty Property and Assurant Solutions;
(xx) failure to effectively maintain and modernize our information systems and protect them from cyber-security threats;
(xxi) risks related to outsourcing activities;
(xxii) failure to protect client information and privacy;
(xxiii) failure to find and integrate suitable acquisitions and new ventures;
(xxiv) inability of our subsidiaries to pay sufficient dividends;
(xxv) failure to provide for succession of senior management and key executives;
(xxvi) significant competitive pressures in our businesses; and
(xxvii) cyclicality of the insurance industry.
For a detailed discussion of the risk factors that could affect our actual results, please refer to the risk factors identified in our SEC reports, including, but not limited to, our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as filed with the SEC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Assurant uses the following non-GAAP financial measures to analyze the Company's operating performance for the periods presented in this news release. Because Assurant's calculation of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing Assurant's non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.
(1) Assurant uses net operating income as an important measure of the Company's operating performance. As shown in the net operating income reconciliation table, net operating income equals net income, excluding net realized gains (losses) on investments and other unusual and/or infrequent items. The Company believes net operating income provides investors a valuable measure of the performance of the Company's ongoing business, because it excludes both the effect of net realized gains (losses) on investments that tend to be highly variable from period to period, and those events that are unusual and/or unlikely to recur.
(2) Assurant uses book value per diluted share excluding AOCI, as an important measure of the Company's stockholder value. Book value per diluted share excluding AOCI equals total stockholders' equity excluding AOCI divided by diluted shares outstanding. The Company believes book value per diluted share excluding AOCI provides investors a valuable measure of stockholder value because it excludes the effect of unrealized gains (losses) on investments, which tend to be highly variable from period to period and other AOCI items. The comparable GAAP measure would be book value per diluted share, defined as total stockholders' equity divided by diluted shares outstanding. Book value per diluted share was $59.63 and $53.46 as of June 30, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2011, respectively, as shown in the reconciliation table below.
(3) Assurant uses annualized operating ROE, excluding AOCI, as an important measure of the Company's operating performance. Annualized operating ROE equals net operating income for the periods presented divided by average stockholders' equity for the year-to-date period, excluding AOCI, and then the return is annualized, if necessary. The Company believes annualized operating ROE, excluding AOCI, provides investors a valuable measure of the performance of the Company's ongoing business, because it excludes the effect of net realized gains (losses) on investments that tend to be highly variable from period-to-period, AOCI items and those events that are unusual and/or unlikely to recur. The comparable GAAP measure would be annualized GAAP ROE, defined as net income, for the period presented, divided by average stockholders' equity for the period and then the return is annualized, if necessary. Consolidated annualized GAAP ROE for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 was 13.5 percent and 13.4 percent, respectively, as shown in the following reconciliation table.
(4) Assurant uses a ratio of debt to total capital, excluding AOCI, as an important measure of the Company's financial leverage. Assurant's debt to total capital ratio, excluding AOCI, equals debt (which would include mandatorily redeemable preferred stock, if any) divided by the sum of debt and total stockholders' equity excluding AOCI. The Company believes that the debt to total capital ratio, excluding AOCI, provides investors a valuable measure of financial leverage, because it excludes the effect of unrealized gains (losses) on investments, which tend to be highly variable from period to period, and other AOCI items. The comparable GAAP measure would be the ratio of debt to total capital. The debt to total capital ratio as of June 30, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2011 was 16.2 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively, as shown in the following reconciliation table.
A summary of net operating income disclosed items is included on page 20 of the Company's Financial Supplement, which is available in the Investor Relations section of www.assurant.com.