RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today reported net income for the second quarter of 2018 of $385 million, or $1.70 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to net income in the second quarter of 2017 of $411 million, or $1.81 per diluted share available to common stockholders. Second quarter adjusted income from operations was $454 million, or $2.02 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to $419 million, or $1.85 per diluted share available to common stockholders, in the second quarter of 2017.

“In the second quarter, adjusted operating EPS was up 9% and we achieved a 13% ROE, as every business segment reported revenue and earnings growth,” said Dennis R. Glass, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Group. “We continue to see significant momentum in annuity sales and are already benefitting from our recent Liberty acquisition. The strength of our capital position enabled us to resume share repurchases during the quarter, which we expect to accelerate in subsequent quarters.”

Operating Highlights – Second Quarter 2018 versus Second Quarter 2017

Double-digit increase in income from operations across all business segments Adjusted operating EPS up 19% when normalizing for variable investment income in both periods Adjusted operating revenues of $4.1 billion, up 12% G&A expense ratio of 11.5%, a 30 basis point improvement Annuity sales of $3.0 billion, up 50% Retirement Plan Services net flows of $499 million, up 19% Group Protection after-tax margin of 5.3%

There were no notable items in the current quarter or in the prior-year quarter.

Second Quarter 2018 – Segment Results

Annuities

The Annuities segment reported income from operations of $275 million, up 10% compared to the prior-year period driven by higher fee income from account value growth and lower expenses.

Total annuity deposits of $3.0 billion were up 50% from the prior-year quarter as both variable and fixed annuities benefitted from product and distribution expansion. Variable annuity sales were up 30% versus the prior-year quarter, and fixed annuity sales increased 136% over the same period.

Net outflows improved to $126 million compared to outflows of $887 million in the prior-year period driven by growth in deposits. When combined with favorable equity market performance, average account values of $137 billion increased 5% from the prior-year quarter.

Retirement Plan Services

Retirement Plan Services reported income from operations of $43 million, up 16% compared to the prior-year quarter. This increase is attributable to a lower reported tax rate as a result of tax reform, higher fee income and lower expenses.

Total deposits for the quarter of $2.2 billion were up 12% versus the prior-year period, as a result of growth in both first-year sales and recurring deposits.

Net flows totaled $499 million in the quarter compared to $421 million in the prior-year quarter. When combined with favorable equity market performance, average account values for the quarter increased 11% to $69 billion.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance reported income from operations of $150 million, up 13% versus the prior-year quarter. This increase is attributable to a lower reported tax rate as a result of tax reform and lower expenses, partially offset by lower variable investment income.

Total Life Insurance sales were $162 million in the quarter driven by a diverse product mix. The prior-year quarter totaled $197 million driven by accelerated MoneyGuard® sales ahead of pricing adjustments.

Total Life Insurance in-force of $730 billion grew 4% over the prior-year quarter, and average account values of $50 billion increased 6% over the same period.

Group Protection

Group Protection income from operations was $45 million in the quarter versus $35 million in the prior-year period. The increase in earnings was attributable to the acquisition of the Liberty Mutual group benefits business.

The acquisition resulted in a combined non-medical loss ratio of 73%, which increased from the prior-year quarter, reflecting the differing loss characteristics of the two blocks. Underlying claim results remain favorable.

Group Protection sales were $94 million in the quarter compared to $88 million in the prior-year quarter. Employee-paid sales represented 40% of total sales, in line with the prior-year period.

Non-medical earned premiums were $846 million, up 71% from the prior-year quarter driven by both the acquisition and continued growth.

Other Operations

Other Operations reported a loss from operations of $59 million versus a loss of $37 million in the prior-year quarter.

Realized Gains and Losses / Impacts to Net Income

Realized gains/losses and impacts to net income (after-tax) in the quarter were predominantly driven by:

A $40 million variable annuity net derivative loss. A $35 million acquisition and integration expense. A $9 million gain from general account investments.

Unrealized Gains and Losses

The company reported a net unrealized gain of $3.0 billion, pre-tax, on its available-for-sale securities at June 30, 2018. This compares to a net unrealized gain of $6.8 billion at June 30, 2017, with the year-over-year decline primarily driven by an increase in interest rates.

Capital

The quarter’s average diluted share count of 221.6 million was down 3% from the second quarter of 2017, the result of repurchasing 6.0 million shares of stock at a cost of $425 million since June 30, 2017.

Book Value

As of June 20, 2018, book value per share, including accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”), of $69.85 decreased 3% from a year ago. Book value per share, excluding AOCI, of $64.32 increased 8% from the prior-year period.

The tables attached to this release define and reconcile the non-GAAP measures adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating return on equity (“ROE”) and book value per share, excluding AOCI to net income, ROE and book value per share, including AOCI calculated in accordance with GAAP.

This press release may contain statements that are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially, especially given the current economic and capital market conditions. Please see the Forward Looking Statements – Cautionary Language that follow for additional factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations.

For other financial information, please refer to the company’s second quarter 2018 statistical supplement available on its website, www.lfg.com/earnings.

Earnings Conference Call Information

Lincoln Financial Group will discuss the company’s second quarter results with investors in a conference call beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The live webcast and slide presentation will be available on the Lincoln Financial Investor Relations website at www.lfg.com/webcast. Please register at least 15 minutes prior to the event to download and install any necessary streaming media software. Interested persons may also listen to the call by dialing the following numbers:

Audio replay will begin by 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 2, 2018, and it will remain available through 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2018. To access the re-broadcast:

A replay of the call will also be available by 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 2, 2018 at www.lfg.com/webcast.

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower people to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $256 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2018. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen and was named one of the Forbes Best Employers for 2018, is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America, and received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index. Learn more at:  www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.

Explanatory Notes on Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Management believes that adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating return on equity and adjusted operating revenues better explain the results of the company’s ongoing businesses in a manner that allows for a better understanding of the underlying trends in the company’s current business because the excluded items are unpredictable and not necessarily indicative of current operating fundamentals or future performance of the business segments, and, in most instances, decisions regarding these items do not necessarily relate to the operations of the individual segments. Management also believes that using book value excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI) enables investors to analyze the amount of our net worth that is primarily attributable to our business operations. Book value per share excluding AOCI is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period, primarily based on changes in interest rates.

For the historical periods, reconciliations of non-GAAP measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measure may be included in this Appendix to the press release and/or are included in the Statistical Reports for the corresponding periods contained in the Earnings section of the Investor Relations page on our website: www.lfg.com/investor.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures Used in this Press Release

Adjusted income (loss) from operations, adjusted operating revenues and adjusted operating return on equity (including and excluding average goodwill within average equity), excluding AOCI, using annualized adjusted income (loss) from operations are financial measures we use to evaluate and assess our results. Adjusted income (loss) from operations, adjusted operating revenues and adjusted operating return on equity (“ROE”), as used in the earnings release, are non-GAAP financial measures and do not replace GAAP net income (loss), revenues and ROE, the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations

We exclude the after-tax effects of the following items from GAAP net income (loss) to arrive at adjusted income (loss) from operations:

Realized gains and losses associated with the following ("excluded realized gain (loss)"): Sale or disposal of securities;Impairments of securities;Change in the fair value of derivative investments, embedded derivatives within certain reinsurance arrangements and our trading securities;Change in the fair value of the derivatives we own to hedge our guaranteed death benefit ("GDB") riders within our variable annuities, which is referred to as "GDB derivatives results";Change in the fair value of the embedded derivatives of our guaranteed living benefit (“GLB”) riders within our variable annuities accounted for under the Derivatives and Hedging and the Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures Topics of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) (“embedded derivative reserves”), net of the change in the fair value of the derivatives we own to hedge the changes in the embedded derivative reserves, the net of which is referred to as “GLB net derivative results”;Changes in the fair value of the embedded derivative liabilities related to index call options we may purchase in the future to hedge contract holder index allocations applicable to future reset periods for our indexed annuity products accounted for under the Derivatives and Hedging and the Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures Topics of the FASB ASC (“indexed annuity forward-starting option”);Changes in the fair value of equities securities; Change in reserves accounted for under the Financial Services - Insurance - Claim Costs and Liabilities for Future Policy Benefits Subtopic of the FASB ASC resulting from benefit ratio unlocking on our GDB and GLB riders ("benefit ratio unlocking"); Income (loss) from reserve changes (net of related amortization) on business sold through reinsurance; Gain (loss) on early extinguishment of debt; Losses from the impairment of intangible assets; Income (loss) from discontinued operations; Acquisition and integration costs related to mergers and acquisitions; and Income (loss) from the initial adoption of new accounting standards, regulations and policy changes including the net impact from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Adjusted Operating Revenues

Adjusted operating revenues represent GAAP revenues excluding the pre-tax effects of the following items, as applicable:

Excluded realized gain (loss); Amortization of deferred front-end loads (“DFEL”) arising from changes in GDB and GLB benefit ratio unlocking; Amortization of deferred gains arising from the reserve charges on business sold through reinsurance; Revenue adjustments from the initial adoption of new accounting standards.

Adjusted Operating Return on Equity

Adjusted return on equity measures how efficiently we generate profits from the resources provided by our net assets.

It is calculated by dividing annualized adjusted income (loss) from operations by average equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) ("AOCI"). Management evaluates return on equity by both including and excluding average goodwill within average equity.

Definition of Notable Items

Adjusted income (loss) from operations, excluding notable items is a non-GAAP measure that excludes items which, in management’s view, do not reflect the company’s normal, ongoing operations.

We believe highlighting notable items included in adjusted income (loss) from operations enables investors to better understand the fundamental trends in its results of operations and financial condition.

Book Value Per Share Excluding AOCI

Book value per share excluding AOCI is calculated based upon a non-GAAP financial measure.

It is calculated by dividing (a) stockholders' equity excluding AOCI by (b) common shares outstanding. We provide book value per share excluding AOCI to enable investors to analyze the amount of our net worth that is primarily attributable to our business operations. Management believes book value per share excluding AOCI is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period, primarily based on changes in interest rates. Book value per share is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Special Note

Sales

Sales as reported consist of the following:

MoneyGuard® – 15% of total expected premium deposits; Universal life (UL), indexed universal life (IUL), variable universal life (VUL) – first-year commissionable premiums plus 5% of excess premiums received; Executive Benefits – single premium bank-owned UL and VUL, 15% of single premium deposits, and corporate-owned UL and VUL, first-year commissionable premiums plus 5% of excess premium received; Term – 100% of annualized first-year premiums; Annuities – deposits from new and existing customers; and Group Protection – annualized first-year premiums from new policies.

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