NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU):

Net income attributable to Prudential Financial of $197 million or $0.46 per Common share versus $491 million or $1.12 per share for year-ago quarter. After-tax adjusted operating income of $1.298 billion or $3.01 per Common share versus $919 million or $2.09 per share for year-ago quarter. Notable items resulted in a net charge to net income and after-tax adjusted operating income of $81 million or $0.19 per Common share, as discussed later in this release. Net income also includes a net charge of $1.230 billion or $2.87 per Common share in our divested businesses, primarily driven by the impact of updated actuarial assumptions.

John Strangfeld, Chairman and CEO, commented on results:

“We are pleased with performance for the first half of the year with an annualized adjusted operating return on equity above our 12-13% target and positive growth metrics across our businesses. In the second quarter we significantly strengthened the reserves of our divested businesses, while maintaining a strong capital position. We returned approximately $760 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases in the quarter, and we expect to continue this robust level of capital return through the year.

Looking ahead, we continue to invest in our businesses and our people to broaden and deepen the value we bring to our retail and institutional relationships. Our customer-centric business model enables us to deliver innovative, integrated solutions, including financial wellness, across individual and workplace customer segments, partnering in a way that addresses the full picture of needs. Our employees are at the heart of our purpose-driven culture, which aspires to unlock financial opportunities for more people.”

Prudential Financial, Inc. today reported second quarter results. Net income attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc., was $197 million ($0.46 per Common share) for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $491 million ($1.12 per Common share) for the second quarter of 2017. After-tax adjusted operating income was $1,298 million ($3.01 per Common share) for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $919 million ($2.09 per Common share) for the second quarter of 2017.

Consolidated adjusted operating income, adjusted book value and adjusted operating return on equity are non-GAAP measures. These measures are discussed later in this press release under “Forward-Looking Statements and Non-GAAP Measures” and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in the tables that accompany this release.

RESULTS OF ONGOING OPERATIONS

The Company’s ongoing operations include PGIM, U.S. Workplace Solutions, U.S. Individual Solutions, International Insurance, and Corporate & Other Operations. In the following business-level discussion, adjusted operating income refers to pre-tax results.

PGIM

PGIM, the Company’s global investment management businesses, reported adjusted operating income of $254 million for the current quarter, compared to $218 million in the year-ago quarter.

The increase of $36 million from the year-ago quarter was driven by higher asset management fees, reflecting an increase in assets under management primarily from fixed income net inflows and equity market appreciation, partially offset by higher expenses.

PGIM assets under management of $1.156 trillion includes a record-high $611 billion of unaffiliated third-party institutional and retail assets under management. Unaffiliated third-party net inflows, excluding money market, totaled $7.3 billion for the current quarter driven by new and existing institutional client mandates into fixed income and retail fixed income flows.

U.S. Workplace Solutions

U.S. Workplace Solutions, consisting of the Retirement and Group Insurance segments, reported adjusted operating income of $359 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $444 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Retirement segment reported adjusted operating income of $277 million for the current quarter, compared to $308 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $17 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting a higher contribution from net investment spread results and an increase in underwriting income reflecting business growth, partially offset by higher expenses.

Retirement account values were a record high $433 billion as of June 30, 2018, up 8% from a year earlier, reflecting positive net flows and market appreciation over the past four quarters. Net flows in the current quarter totaled $2.8 billion with $1.2 billion from Full Service and $1.6 billion from Institutional Investment Products, driven largely by pension risk transfer flows.

The Group Insurance segment reported adjusted operating income of $82 million in the current quarter, compared to $136 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $5 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting an increase in underwriting results, including business growth, partially offset by higher expenses.

Group Insurance earned premiums, policy charges and fees of $1.2 billion in the current quarter were up 5% from the year-ago quarter.

U.S. Individual Solutions

U.S. Individual Solutions, consisting of the Individual Annuities and Individual Life segments, reported adjusted operating income of $550 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $55 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Individual Annuities segment reported adjusted operating income of $507 million in the current quarter, compared to $612 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results decreased $3 million from the year-ago quarter.

Individual Annuities account values were $164 billion as of June 30, 2018, roughly flat from a year earlier, as market appreciation offset net outflows over the past four quarters. Individual Annuities gross sales were $2.1 billion in the current quarter, up 37% from the year-ago quarter, as customers have reacted favorably to pricing actions.

The Individual Life segment reported adjusted operating income of $43 million for the current quarter, compared to a loss of $557 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $7 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting lower expenses.

Individual Life sales of $142 million in the current quarter were down 7% from the year-ago quarter, reflecting lower guaranteed universal life sales from prior year pricing actions partially offset by increases in variable life sales.

International Insurance

International Insurance, consisting of Life Planner Operations and Gibraltar Life & Other Operations, reported adjusted operating income of $784 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $823 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Life Planner Operations reported adjusted operating income of $376 million for the current quarter, compared to $329 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $29 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting business growth, partially offset by lower net investment spread results driven by low interest rates in Japan.

Life Planner Operations constant dollar basis sales of $292 million in the current quarter were down 17% from the year-ago quarter, primarily reflecting accelerated sales in the year-ago quarter in advance of premium rate increases on yen-based products partially offset by higher sales of U.S. dollar-denominated products in our Japan operations.

The Gibraltar Life & Other Operations reported adjusted operating income of $408 million for the current quarter, compared to $494 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results decreased $33 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting a shift in earnings seasonality resulting from the elimination of the one-month reporting lag last quarter partially offset by business growth.

Gibraltar Life & Other Operations sales of $399 million in the current quarter were down 3% from the year-ago quarter.

Corporate & Other Operations

Corporate & Other Operations reported a loss, on an adjusted operating income basis, of $286 million in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a loss of $312 million in the year-ago quarter.

Excluding the notable items above, the decreased loss of $19 million from the year-ago quarter reflects lower net expenses in the current quarter, including lower costs for employee benefit and compensation plans tied to equity market returns, and higher income from the qualified pension plan, partially offset by lower investment income net of interest expense.

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

Assets under management amounted to $1.388 trillion at June 30, 2018, compared to $1.334 trillion a year earlier.

NET INCOME AND INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

Net income attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. amounted to $197 million for the second quarter of 2018, compared to $491 million for the year-ago quarter.

Current quarter net income includes $277 million of pre-tax net realized investment gains and related charges and adjustments. The foregoing net gains include pre-tax gains of $379 million primarily related to derivatives used for risk management including foreign currency and asset and liability duration management and other risk mitigation activities, and net pre-tax gains of $90 million from general portfolio and related activities. The foregoing gains were partially offset by net pre-tax losses of $162 million from products that contain embedded derivatives or guarantees and associated hedging activities, and $30 million from impairments and sales of credit-impaired investments.

Net income for the current quarter reflects a pre-tax decrease of $193 million in recorded asset values and a pre-tax decrease of $85 million in recorded liabilities representing changes in value which are expected to ultimately accrue to contractholders. These changes primarily represent mark-to-market adjustments.

Net income for the current quarter also reflects a pre-tax loss of $1.6 billion from divested businesses, driven by the annual review of actuarial assumptions in the Long-Term Care business, which included the removal of the morbidity improvement assumption.

Net income for the year-ago quarter included $679 million of pre-tax net realized investment losses and related charges and adjustments. The foregoing net losses include pre-tax losses of $961 million from products that contain embedded derivatives or guarantees and associated derivative portfolios that are part of a hedging program related to the risks of these products, largely driven by the impact of applying tighter credit spreads to a higher gross GAAP liability for variable annuity living benefits. The increase in the gross GAAP liability was primarily due to lower interest rates. The year-ago quarter also included pre-tax losses of $44 million from impairments and sales of credit-impaired investments and $31 million primarily related to derivatives used in risk management activities including foreign currency and asset and liability duration management. The foregoing losses were partially offset by pre-tax gains of $357 million from general portfolio and related activities.

Excluding holdings of the Closed Block division, gross unrealized losses on general account fixed maturity investments at June 30, 2018 amounted to $4.5 billion, including $4.0 billion on high and highest quality securities based on NAIC or equivalent ratings, and amounted to $1.5 billion at December 31, 2017. Net unrealized gains on these investments amounted to $22.9 billion at June 30, 2018, compared to $32.0 billion at December 31, 2017.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND NON-GAAP MEASURES

Certain of the statements included in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on management’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects upon Prudential Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Prudential Financial, Inc.’s actual results may differ, possibly materially, from expectations or estimates reflected in such forward-looking statements. Certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially, from expectations or estimates reflected in such forward-looking statements can be found in the “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” sections included in Prudential Financial, Inc.’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Prudential Financial, Inc. does not undertake to update any particular forward-looking statement included in this document.

Consolidated adjusted operating income, adjusted book value and adjusted operating return on equity are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in this release.

Adjusted operating income is the measure used by the Company to evaluate segment performance and to allocate resources. Adjusted operating income excludes “Realized investment gains (losses), net,” as adjusted, and related charges and adjustments. A significant element of realized investment gains and losses are impairments and credit-related and interest rate-related gains and losses. Impairments and losses from sales of credit-impaired securities, the timing of which depends largely on market credit cycles, can vary considerably across periods. The timing of other sales that would result in gains or losses, such as interest rate-related gains or losses, is largely subject to our discretion and influenced by market opportunities as well as our tax and capital profile.

Realized investment gains (losses) within certain of our businesses for which such gains (losses) are a principal source of earnings, and those associated with terminating hedges of foreign currency earnings and current period yield adjustments are included in adjusted operating income. Adjusted operating income generally excludes realized investment gains and losses from products that contain embedded derivatives, and from associated derivative portfolios that are part of an asset-liability management program related to the risk of those products. However, the effectiveness of our hedging program will ultimately be reflected in adjusted operating income over time. Adjusted operating income also excludes gains and losses from changes in value of certain assets and liabilities relating to foreign currency exchange movements that have been economically hedged or considered part of our capital funding strategies for our international subsidiaries, as well as gains and losses on certain investments that are designated as trading. Additionally, adjusted operating income excludes the changes in fair value of equity securities that are recorded in net income beginning on January 1, 2018 as a result of the adoption of ASU 2016-01.

Adjusted operating income also excludes investment gains and losses on assets supporting experience-rated contractholder liabilities and changes in experience-rated contractholder liabilities due to asset value changes, because these recorded changes in asset and liability values are expected to ultimately accrue to contractholders. In addition, adjusted operating income excludes the results of divested businesses, which are not relevant to our ongoing operations. Discontinued operations and earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests, each of which is presented as a separate component of net income under GAAP, are also excluded from adjusted operating income. The tax effect associated with pre-tax adjusted operating income is based on applicable IRS and foreign tax regulations inclusive of pertinent adjustments.

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