Athene Holding Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
PEMBROKE, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 2, 2018--Athene Holding Ltd. (“Athene”) (NYSE: ATH), a leading provider of retirement savings products, today announced financial results for the second quarter 2018.
Net income for the second quarter 2018 was $264 million, or $1.33 per diluted Class A share (“diluted share”), compared to net income for the second quarter 2017 of $326 million, or $1.65 per diluted share.
Adjusted operating income1 for the second quarter 2018 was $290 million, or $1.48 per adjusted operating share, compared to adjusted operating income for the second quarter 2017 of $280 million, or $1.43 per adjusted operating share.
“Our strong second quarter results continued our track record of producing consistently growing earnings and high ROEs,” said Jim Belardi, CEO of Athene. “We sourced $2.7 billion of organic deposits, driven by record retail sales of $2.0 billion. Our multi-channel distribution platform allows us to prioritize channels where we meet our mid-teens return targets and is consistent with our opportunistic business model. On June 1 we closed the Voya reinsurance transaction bringing our total invested asset portfolio to approximately $100 billion, a remarkable achievement for a nine-year-old company.”
“We have powerful organic growth engines and our inorganic pipeline is as robust as I’ve ever seen. We are extraordinarily well positioned as a solutions provider to the financial services industry as it accelerates its restructuring,” Mr. Belardi continued.
1 This news release references certain Non-GAAP measures. See Non-GAAP Measures for additional discussion.
Other HighlightsBook value per share increased 2% year-over-year to $43.10; adjusted book value per share increased 18% to $42.60 Total invested assets, excluding Germany, increased 40% year-over-year to $98.6 billion Estimated ALRe RBC of 524% 1 as of June 30, 2018 Estimated U.S. RBC of 438%, as of June 30, 2018 Ranked #2 carrier in fixed indexed annuity sales for the each of the seven quarters ended March 31, 2018 2 Closed Voya reinsurance transaction on June 1, 2018 Launched Athene Agility SM product in June 2018, which has been one of the top-illustrated products since launch
1 ALRe RBC ratio is used in evaluating our capital position and the amount of capital needed to support our Retirement Services segment, and is calculated by applying the NAIC RBC factors to the statutory financial statements of ALRe and its non-U.S. reinsurance subsidiary, on an aggregate basis.
2 Rankings as of March 31, 2018 per LIMRA.
Second Quarter Results
Net income for the second quarter was $264 million, a decrease of $62 million, or 19%, from the prior year. The decrease was driven by unfavorable impacts from assumed reinsurance embedded derivatives due to growth in the reinsurance block from the Voya transaction, increases in U.S. Treasury rates and credit spread widening. Partially offsetting the increase was a favorable change in FIA derivatives due to an increase in discount rates.
Adjusted operating income for the second quarter was $290 million, an increase of $10 million, or 4%, from the prior year. Adjusted operating income, excluding notable items, was $279 million, an increase of $40 million, or 17%. Growth of adjusted operating income, excluding notable items, was driven by an increase in investment income due to invested asset growth, earnings from the Voya reinsurance transaction and increased floating rate investment income. Offsetting this was a higher cost of crediting driven by block growth, including the addition of Voya liabilities, as well as higher income taxes.
In the second quarter, Athene generated deposits of $21.8 billion including inorganic deposits, an increase of 576% compared to the prior year. Despite record sales in our Retail channel, organic deposits of $2.7 billion were down from the prior year, largely due to unfavorable issuance spreads for insurance companies in the funding agreement backed note market.
Retail Sales: In the second quarter, Athene generated a record $2.0 billion of new deposits, up 25% from the prior year driven by channel expansion and new product launches. We continue to execute on our growth strategy to increase penetration within the Financial Institutions channel and year-to-date we have signed 16 new relationships. The launch of new products, including a new national fixed indexed annuity product, Athene Agility SM, has increased penetration within Financial Institutions.
Flow Reinsurance: In the second quarter, Athene generated $473 million of new deposits, up 121% from the prior year. Deposit growth in the quarter was driven by competitive positioning by our partners as well as the addition of new products to current treaties. Volumes in the quarter included $25 million of annuitizations from Venerable.
Institutional: In the second quarter, Athene generated $179 million of new deposits from a pension risk transfer transaction and the issuance of a funding agreement.
Inorganic: Athene closed the Voya reinsurance transaction on June 1, assuming $19.1 billion of reserve liabilities.
1 In January 2018, we issued $1.0 billion of senior unsecured debt.
2 Adjusted book value per share is calculated as the ending AHL adjusted shareholders’ equity divided by the adjusted operating common shares outstanding.
3 Represents common shares outstanding for all classes eligible to participate in dividends for each period presented. Utilized for the book value per share calculation.
4 Adjusted operating common shares outstanding assumes conversion or settlement of all outstanding items that are able to be converted to or settled in Class A common shares, including the impacts of Class B common shares outstanding on a one-for-one basis, the impacts of all Class M common shares outstanding net of the conversion price and any other stock-based awards outstanding, but excluding any awards for which the exercise or conversion price exceeds the market value of Class A common shares on the applicable measurement date. Our Class B common shares are economically equivalent to Class A common shares and can be converted to Class A common shares on a one-for-one basis at any time. Our Class M common shares are in the legal form of shares but economically function as options as they are convertible into Class A shares after vesting and settlement of the conversion price. We believe this non-GAAP measure is an appropriate economic representation of our share counts for use in an economic view of book value metrics.
1 Basic earnings per share, including basic weighted average shares outstanding includes all classes eligible to participate in dividends for each period presented.
2 Diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis for Class A common shares, including diluted Class A weighted average shares outstanding, includes the dilutive impacts, if any, of Class B common shares, Class M common shares and any other stock-based awards. Such dilutive securities totaled 369,955 weighted average shares for the quarter. Diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis for Class A common shares are based on allocated net income of $220 million (83% of net income) and $181 million (55% of net income) for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
3 Weighted average shares outstanding – adjusted operating assumes conversion or settlement of all outstanding items that are able to be converted to or settled in Class A common shares, including the impacts of Class B common shares on a one-for-one basis, the impacts of all Class M common shares net of the conversion price and any other stock-based awards, but excluding any awards for which the exercise or conversion price exceeds the market value of Class A common shares on the applicable measurement date. Our Class B common shares are economically equivalent to Class A common shares and can be converted to Class A common shares on a one-for-one basis at any time. Our Class M common shares are in the legal form of shares but economically function as options as they are convertible into Class A shares after vesting and settlement of the conversion price. In calculating Class A diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis, we are required to apply sequencing rules to determine the dilutive impacts, if any, of our Class B common shares, Class M common shares and any other stock-based awards. To the extent our Class B common shares, Class M common shares and/or any other stock-based awards are not dilutive they are excluded. We believe this non-GAAP measure is an appropriate economic representation of our share counts for use in an economic view of adjusted operating earnings per share.
Retirement Services Q2 Results
In the second quarter, Retirement Services adjusted operating income was $289 million, an increase of $22 million, or 8%, from the prior year. Adjusted operating income, excluding notable items, was $278 million, an increase of $52 million, or 23%, resulting in an adjusted operating ROE of 19.1%. The increase was driven by growth in investment income of $162 million resulting from invested asset growth, earnings from the Voya reinsurance transaction and an increase in floating rate investment income of $26 million. Partially offsetting this was a higher cost of crediting due to block growth, including the addition of Voya liabilities, as well as higher income tax expense.
Notable items in the current quarter included $13 million of favorable rider reserves and DAC amortization due to equity market performance, compared with a $44 million benefit from equity market performance and out of period actuarial adjustments in the prior year.
Investment margin on deferred annuities was 2.82%, a decrease of 14 basis points from the prior year. The net investment earned rate was 4.74%, a decrease of 11 basis points from the prior year, driven by lower new money rates over the past year and lower returns on the assets from the Voya reinsurance transaction. Partially offsetting this was $26 million, or 14 basis points, of additional floating rate investment income in the quarter. Alternative investments returned 11.28% driven by MidCap and AmeriHome.
Cost of crediting was 1.92%, an increase of 3 basis points compared to the prior year. The increase was driven primarily by a higher rate on the Voya reinsurance liabilities.
Corporate and Other Q2 Results
In the second quarter, Corporate and Other adjusted operating income was $1 million, a decrease of $12 million over the prior year. The decrease was driven by lower alternative investment income due to a decline in the market value of public equity positions in one of our funds and lower credit fund income.
Conference Call Information
This press release and the second quarter 2018 financial supplement will be posted to the Company’s website at ir.athene.com.
Athene will conduct a conference call on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss second quarter 2018 results. Additionally, the company will post an earnings presentation deck on the ir.athene.com website prior to the call on August 3, 2018.Live conference call: Toll-free at 1-888-317-6003 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6061 (international) Participant entry number: 4128349 Replay available through August 17, 2018 at 1-877-344-7529 (domestic) or 1-412-317-0088 (international) Replay access code: 10122102 Live and archived webcast available at ir.athene.com
About Athene Holding Ltd.
Athene, through its subsidiaries, is a leading retirement services company that issues, reinsures and acquires retirement savings products designed for the increasing number of individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. The products offered by Athene include:Retail fixed and fixed indexed annuity products; Reinsurance arrangements with third-party annuity providers; and Institutional products, such as funding agreements and group annuity contracts related to pension risk transfers.
Athene had total assets of $114.8 billion as of June 30, 2018. Athene’s principal subsidiaries include Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, a Delaware-domiciled insurance company, Athene Annuity and Life Company, an Iowa-domiciled insurance company, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York, a New York-domiciled insurance company and Athene Life Re Ltd., a Bermuda-domiciled reinsurer.
Further information about our companies can be found at www.athene.com.
In addition to our results presented in accordance with GAAP, our results of operations include certain non-GAAP measures commonly used in our industry. Management believes the use of these non-GAAP measures, together with the relevant GAAP measures, provides information that may enhance an investor’s understanding of our results of operations and the underlying profitability drivers of our business. The majority of these non-GAAP measures are intended to remove from the results of operations the impact of market volatility (other than with respect to alternative investments) as well as integration, restructuring and certain other expenses which are not part of our underlying profitability drivers or likely to re-occur in the foreseeable future, as such items fluctuate from period to period in a manner inconsistent with these drivers. These measures should be considered supplementary to our results in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as a substitute for the GAAP measures. See Non-GAAP Measure Reconciliations for the appropriate reconciliations to the GAAP measures.
Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure used to evaluate our financial performance excluding market volatility and expenses related to integration, restructuring, stock compensation, and other expenses. Our adjusted operating income equals net income adjusted to eliminate the impact of the following (collectively, the “non-operating adjustments”):Investment Gains (Losses), Net of Offsets Change in Fair Values of Derivatives and Embedded Derivatives – FIAs, Net of Offsets Integration, Restructuring, and Other Non-operating Expenses Stock Compensation Expense Bargain Purchase Gain Income Tax (Expense) Benefit – Non-operating
We consider these non-operating adjustments to be meaningful adjustments to net income for the reasons discussed in greater detail above. Accordingly, we believe using a measure which excludes the impact of these items is effective in analyzing the trends in our results of operations. Together with net income, we believe adjusted operating income, provides a meaningful financial metric that helps investors understand our underlying results and profitability. Adjusted operating income should not be used as a substitute for net income.
Adjusted ROE, adjusted operating ROE and adjusted net income are non-GAAP measures used to evaluate our financial performance excluding the impacts of AOCI and funds withheld and modco reinsurance unrealized gains and losses, in each case net of DAC, DSI, rider reserve and tax offsets. Adjusted ROE is calculated as adjusted net income, divided by adjusted shareholders’ equity. Adjusted shareholders’ equity is calculated as the ending shareholders’ equity excluding AOCI and funds withheld and modco reinsurance unrealized gains and losses. Adjusted operating ROE is calculated as the adjusted operating income, divided by adjusted shareholders’ equity. Adjusted net income is calculated as net income excluding funds withheld and modco reinsurance unrealized gains and losses, net of DAC, DSI, rider reserve and tax offsets. These adjustments fluctuate period to period in a manner inconsistent with our underlying profitability drivers as the majority of such fluctuation is related to the market volatility of the unrealized gains and losses associated with our AFS securities. Once we have reinvested acquired blocks of businesses, we typically buy and hold AFS investments to maturity throughout the duration of market fluctuations, therefore, the period-over-period impacts in unrealized gains and losses are not necessarily indicative of current adjusted operating fundamentals or future performance. Accordingly, we believe using measures which exclude AOCI and funds withheld and modco reinsurance unrealized gains and losses are useful in analyzing trends in our operating results. To enhance the ability to analyze these measures across periods, interim periods are annualized. Adjusted ROE, adjusted operating ROE and adjusted net income should not be used as a substitute for ROE and net income. However, we believe the adjustments to equity are significant to gaining an understanding of our overall results of operations.
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