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Prudential Financial, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results

November 7, 2018

NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU):

Net income attributable to Prudential Financial of $1.672 billion or $3.90 per Common share versus $2.238 billion or $5.09 per share for year-ago quarter. After-tax adjusted operating income of $1.346 billion or $3.15 per Common share versus $1.323 billion or $3.01 per share for year-ago quarter. Notable items resulted in a net charge to net income and after-tax adjusted operating income of $5 million or $0.01 per Common share, as discussed later in this release.

John Strangfeld, Chairman and CEO, commented on results:

“We generated an annualized adjusted operating return on equity that remained above our 12-13% target and produced positive growth metrics across our businesses. Our strong cash flows and capital position enabled us to return $755 million to shareholders in the third quarter through dividends and share repurchases.

During the quarter, we launched several additional cross-business initiatives using technology to unlock financial opportunity for more people. One example is the recent launch of LINK by Prudential, our online tool that allows individuals across a broader financial spectrum to set goals, receive personalized advice and take action. As we transition to the next generation of Prudential’s leadership, I remain confident in our ability to generate competitive financial performance and a positive social impact through these and other strategic efforts.”

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) today reported third quarter results. Net income attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc., was $1.672 billion ($3.90 per Common share) for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.238 billion ($5.09 per Common share) for the third quarter of 2017. After-tax adjusted operating income was $1.346 billion ($3.15 per Common share) for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $1.323 billion ($3.01 per Common share) for the third quarter of 2017. The adjusted operating income effective tax rate in the third quarter was 19.3 percent compared to 25.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. The lower effective tax rate primarily reflects the reduction in the federal income tax rate and the company’s estimate of its full year 2018 adjusted operating income effective tax rate of approximately 21 percent.

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 $230 million for the current quarter, compared to $259 million in the year-ago quarter.

The decrease of $29 million from the year-ago quarter reflects a $34 million lower contribution from other related revenues, net of associated expenses, which amounted to $31 million for the current quarter, and higher expenses supporting business growth. This decrease was partially offset by higher asset management fees, reflecting an increase in assets under management from net inflows and equity market appreciation.

PGIM assets under management of $1.175 trillion includes a record-high $629 billion of unaffiliated third-party institutional and retail assets under management. Unaffiliated third-party net inflows, excluding money market, totaled $8.7 billion for the current quarter driven by new and existing institutional client mandates 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 $298 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $309 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Retirement segment reported adjusted operating income of $239 million for the current quarter, compared to $248 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $16 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting a higher contribution from net investment spread results and an increase in underwriting income driven by business growth.

Retirement account values were a record high $447 billion as of September 30, 2018, up 7% from a year earlier, reflecting positive net flows and market appreciation over the past four quarters. Net flows in the current quarter totaled $6 billion with $3 billion from Full Service and $3 billion from Institutional Investment Products, primarily from pension risk transfer transactions.

The Group Insurance segment reported adjusted operating income of $59 million in the current quarter, compared to $61 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $3 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting more favorable underwriting results, including business growth, partially offset by higher expenses.

Group Insurance earned premiums, policy charges and fees of $1.3 billion in the current quarter were up 6% 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 $624 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $727 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Individual Annuities segment reported adjusted operating income of $454 million in the current quarter, compared to $577 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results decreased $34 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting a higher cost of hedging, higher distribution expenses due to increased sales and lower fee income reflecting maturation of the block and the product diversification strategy.

Individual Annuities account values were $166 billion as of September 30, 2018, roughly flat from a year earlier, as market appreciation offset net outflows over the past four quarters. Individual Annuities gross sales were $2.2 billion in the current quarter, up 69% from the year-ago quarter, as customers have reacted favorably to pricing actions.

The Individual Life segment reported adjusted operating income of $170 million for the current quarter, compared to $150 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results decreased $15 million from the year-ago quarter primarily reflecting the effects of the annual assumption review process on expected underwriting experience.

Individual Life sales of $163 million in the current quarter were up 15% from the year-ago quarter, reflecting higher variable life and other universal life sales partially offset by lower guaranteed universal life sales.

International Insurance

International Insurance, consisting of Life Planner Operations and Gibraltar Life & Other Operations, reported adjusted operating income of $890 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $799 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Life Planner Operations reported adjusted operating income of $449 million for the current quarter, compared to $373 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $51 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting business growth and the timing of expenses partially offset by lower net investment spread results driven by low interest rates in Japan.

Life Planner Operations constant dollar basis sales of $299 million in the current quarter were up 11% from the year-ago quarter, primarily reflecting higher sales of U.S. dollar-denominated products in our Japan operations.

The Gibraltar Life & Other Operations reported adjusted operating income of $441 million for the current quarter, compared to $426 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the notable items above, results increased $40 million from the year-ago quarter reflecting business growth and a higher contribution from investment spread resulting from U.S. dollar denominated product sales.

Gibraltar Life & Other Operations constant dollar basis sales of $350 million in the current quarter were down 13% from the year-ago quarter reflecting competitive pressures in the Bank Channel.

Corporate & Other Operations

Corporate & Other Operations reported a loss, on an adjusted operating income basis, of $374 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to a loss of $310 million in the year-ago quarter.

The increased loss of $64 million from the year-ago quarter reflects higher net expenses in the current quarter and lower net investment income partially offset by higher income from the qualified pension plan.

ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

Assets under management amounted to $1.410 trillion at September 30, 2018, compared to $1.366 trillion a year earlier.

NET INCOME AND INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

Net income attributable to Prudential Financial, Inc. amounted to $1.672 billion for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $2.238 billion for the year-ago quarter.

Current quarter net income includes $177 million of pre-tax net realized investment gains and related charges and adjustments. The foregoing net gains include net pre-tax gains of $230 million from general portfolio and related activities and net pre-tax gains of $182 million from products that contain embedded derivatives or guarantees and associated hedging activities. The foregoing gains were partially offset by pre-tax losses of $210 million primarily related to derivatives used for risk management including foreign currency and asset and liability duration management and other risk mitigation activities, and $25 million from impairments and sales of credit-impaired investments.

Net income for the current quarter reflects pre-tax increases of $10 million in recorded asset values and $21 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 pre-tax income of $30 million from divested businesses.

Net income for the year-ago quarter included $1.164 billion of pre-tax net realized investment gains and related charges and adjustments. The foregoing net gains include net pre-tax gains of $1.049 billion 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 widening credit spreads on our risk of non-performance and favorable equity markets. The year-ago quarter also included pre-tax gains of $445 million from general portfolio and related activities. The foregoing gains were partially offset by pre-tax losses of $307 million primarily related to derivatives used in risk management activities including foreign currency and asset and liability duration management and $23 million from impairments and sales of credit-impaired investments.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND NON-GAAP MEASURES

Certain of the statements included in this release, including the full year 2018 adjusted operating income effective tax rate, 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.’s actual full year 2018 adjusted operating income effective tax rate may be affected by a number of factors including its earnings and the tax liabilities and benefits it incurs. 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.

Adjusted book value is calculated as total equity (GAAP book value) excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), the cumulative effect of foreign currency exchange rate remeasurements and currency translation adjustments corresponding to realized investment gains and losses, and as of December 31, 2017 certain deferred taxes resulting from the change in the U.S. tax rate enacted with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. These items are excluded in order to highlight the book value attributable to our core business operations separate from the portion attributable to external and potentially volatile capital and currency market conditions.

Adjusted operating return on equity is equal to the annualized year-to-date after-tax adjusted operating income divided by the average adjusted book value. Return on equity based on GAAP balances is calculated using after-tax net income and equity.

We believe that our use of these non-GAAP measures helps investors understand and evaluate the Company’s performance and financial position. The presentation of adjusted operating income as we measure it for management purposes enhances the understanding of the results of operations by highlighting the results from ongoing operations and the underlying profitability of our businesses. Trends in the underlying profitability of our businesses can be more clearly identified without the fluctuating effects of the items described above. Adjusted book value augments the understanding of our financial position by providing a measure of net worth that is primarily attributable to our business operations separate from the portion that is affected by capital and currency market conditions, and by isolating the accounting impact associated with insurance liabilities that are generally not marked to market and the supporting investments that are marked to market through accumulated other comprehensive income under GAAP. Adjusted return on equity is a useful measure of the operating return the Company achieves in relation to the capital available to our businesses. However, these non-GAAP measures are not substitutes for income, equity and return on equity determined in accordance with GAAP, and the adjustments made to derive these measures are important to an understanding of our overall results of operations and financial position. The schedules accompanying this release provide reconciliations of non-GAAP measures with the corresponding measures calculated using GAAP. The information referred to above, as well as the risks of our businesses described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, should be considered by readers when reviewing forward-looking statements contained in this release. Additional historic information relating to our financial performance is located on our website at www.investor.prudential.com.

EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL

Members of Prudential’s senior management will host a conference call on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 11 a.m. ET, to discuss with the investment community the Company’s third quarter results. The conference call and an accompanying slide presentation will be broadcast live over the Company’s Investor Relations website at www.investor.prudential.com. Please log on 15 minutes early in the event necessary software needs to be downloaded. The call will remain on the Investor Relations website for replay through November 23. Institutional investors, analysts, and other members of the professional financial community are invited to listen to the call and participate in Q&A by dialing (877) 777-1971 (domestic callers) or (612) 332-0226 (international callers). All others are encouraged to dial into the conference call in listen-only mode, using the same numbers. To listen to a replay of the conference call starting at 2 p.m. on November 8, through November 15, dial (800) 475-6701 (domestic callers) or (320) 365-3844 (international callers). The access code for the replay is 439435.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of September 30, 2018, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit news.prudential.com.

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