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CNO Financial Group Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Solid production, agent productivity and capital return; $100 million in share repurchases

CARMEL, Ind., May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) today announced that for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, net income was $112.3 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $147.4 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, in 1Q21. Net operating income (1) in 1Q22 was $51.1 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $75.2 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, in 1Q21.

"Our results in the first quarter continued to demonstrate the strength and resilience of our business," said Gary C. Bhojwani, chief executive officer. "From a production standpoint, we generated increases in four of our five growth scorecard metrics and delivered sharp improvement in agent productivity, while returning significant capital to our shareholders."

"Earnings were pressured by market volatility in the quarter and we saw several factors begin to normalize, including moderation in our alternative investment returns and a trend back toward pre-pandemic claims levels in certain of our healthcare products. Adjusting for these factors and an increase in non-deferrable advertising expense, our underlying margins and earnings remained stable."

"While economic uncertainty is likely to persist, CNO is well-positioned to navigate prevailing market conditions and capitalize on the growth opportunities in front of us."

First Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.93 in 1Q22, compared to $1.08 in 1Q21
  • Operating (1) EPS of $0.42 in 1Q22, compared to $0.55 in 1Q21
  • Pre-tax operating earnings of $68.0 million in 1Q22, compared to $96.9 million (or $104.7 million excluding significant items) in 1Q21, reflecting:
    • $15 million decrease from moderating variable investment income returns
    • $10 million unfavorable impact to fixed income annuity margin from market volatility
    • $6 million decrease in net favorable COVID benefits
    • $6 million increase in non-deferrable advertising spend
  • Total new annualized premiums (NAP) (4) up 2% from 1Q21
  • Direct-to-consumer life insurance NAP (4) up 16% from 1Q21
  • Annuity collected premiums up 13% from 1Q21
  • Returned $116.1 million to shareholders in the form of share repurchases ($100.0 million) and dividends ($16.1 million); reduced weighted average share count by 11% since 1Q21
  • Book value per share was $31.48, down 14% from 1Q21; book value per diluted share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (2), was $27.70, up 12% from 1Q21
  • Return on equity (ROE) of 8.1%; operating ROE, as adjusted (6), of 11.2%

 

FINANCIAL SUMMARY
Quarter End
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

Net operating income, a non-GAAP(a) financial measure, is used consistently by CNO's management to evaluate the operating performance of the Company and is a measure commonly used in the life insurance industry.  It differs from net income primarily because it excludes certain non-operating items such as net investment gains (losses), changes in fair values of embedded derivatives and the liability for a deferred compensation plan, and certain significant and unusual items included in net income.  Management believes an analysis of net operating income is important in understanding the profitability and operating trends of the Company's business.  Net income is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

 
 

Per diluted share

             
 

Quarter ended

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

 

2022

   

2021

 

%
change

 

2022

   

2021

 

%
change

                           

Income from insurance products (b)

$           0.37

   

$            0.50

 

(26)

 

$       44.4

   

$      68.6

 

(35)

Fee income

0.08

   

0.05

 

60

 

9.9

   

7.3

 

36

Investment income not allocated to product lines (c)

0.23

   

0.32

 

(28)

 

28.5

   

43.0

 

(34)

Expenses not allocated to product lines

(0.12)

   

(0.16)

 

(25)

 

(14.8)

   

(22.0)

 

(33)

Operating earnings before taxes

0.56

   

0.71

     

68.0

   

96.9

   

Income tax expense on operating income

(0.14)

   

(0.16)

 

(13)

 

(16.9)

   

(21.7)

 

(22)

Net operating income (1)

0.42

   

0.55

 

(24)

 

51.1

   

75.2

 

(32)

Net realized investment gains from sales, impairments and change in allowance for credit losses (net of related amortization)

(0.06)

   

0.03

     

(7.1)

   

3.6

   

Net change in market value of investments recognized in earnings

(0.21)

   

(0.05)

     

(25.5)

   

(6.4)

   

Fair value changes in embedded derivative liabilities (net of related amortization)

0.75

   

0.60

     

90.8

   

82.1

   

Other

0.19

   

0.10

     

23.1

   

13.8

   

  Non-operating income before taxes

0.67

   

0.68

     

81.3

   

93.1

   

Income tax expense on non-operating income

(0.16)

   

(0.15)

     

(20.1)

   

(20.9)

   

Net non-operating income

0.51

   

0.53

     

61.2

   

72.2

   

Net income

$           0.93

   

$            1.08

     

$     112.3

   

$    147.4

   
                           

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

121.0

   

136.7

                 
   

(a)

GAAP is defined as accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

(b)

Income from insurance products is the sum of the insurance margins of the annuity, health and life segments, less allocated insurance administrative expenses.  It excludes the fee income segment, excess investment income, parent company expenses and income taxes.  Insurance margin is management's measure of the profitability of its annuity, health and life segments' performance and consists of premiums plus allocated investment income less insurance policy benefits, interest credited, commissions, advertising expense and amortization of acquisition costs.

(c)

Investment income not allocated to product lines is defined as net investment income less: (i) equity returns credited to policyholder account balances; (ii) the investment income allocated to our product lines; (iii) interest expense on notes payable and investment borrowings; and (iv) certain expenses related to benefit plans that are offset by special-purpose investment income.

 

FINANCIAL SUMMARY (continued)
Management vs. GAAP Measures
(Dollars in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

Shareholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, and book value per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, are non-GAAP measures that are utilized by management to view the business without the effect of accumulated other comprehensive income which is primarily attributable to fluctuations in interest rates associated with fixed maturities, available for sale.  Management views the business in this manner because the Company has the ability and generally, the intent, to hold investments to maturity and meaningful trends can be more easily identified without the fluctuations.  In addition, shareholders' equity excludes net operating loss carryforwards in our non-GAAP return on equity measures as such assets are not discounted and, accordingly, will not provide a return to shareholders until after it is realized as a reduction to taxes that would otherwise be paid.  Management believes that excluding this value from the equity component of this measure enhances the understanding of the effect these non-discounted assets have on operating returns.

 
 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

       

Trailing twelve months return on equity (a)

8.1 %

 

9.6 %

Trailing twelve months operating return on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure) (6)

11.2 %

 

12.3 %

Trailing twelve months operating return, excluding significant items, on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure) (6)

10.7 %

 

11.7 %

       
       

Shareholders' equity

$     3,690.9

 

$    4,860.7

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(380.5)

 

(1,518.1)

       

Shareholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income

3,310.4

 

3,342.6

Net operating loss carryforwards

(238.2)

 

(323.1)

Shareholders' equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income and net operating loss carryforwards

$     3,072.2

 

$    3,019.5

       

Book value per diluted share

$        30.89

 

$       36.11

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(3.19)

 

(11.28)

       

Book value per diluted share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (a non-GAAP financial measure) (2)

$        27.70

 

$       24.83

   

(a)

Calculated using average shareholders' equity for the measurement period.

INSURANCE OPERATIONS 

Annuity products accounted for 24 percent of the Company's margin for the quarter.

Annuity premiums collected increased 13 percent and annuity account values increased 8 percent in 1Q22 compared to 1Q21.

Health products accounted for 66 percent of the Company's insurance margin for the quarter and 65 percent of insurance policy income.

Life products accounted for 10 percent of the Company's insurance margin for the quarter and 34 percent of insurance policy income.

Sales of health products were down 3 percent and sales of life products were up 5 percent in 1Q22 compared to 1Q21.

ANNUITY COLLECTED PREMIUMS
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 
 

Quarter ended March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

Annuity collected premiums

$             368.6

 

$             325.4

 

13

 

INSURANCE POLICY INCOME
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 
 

Quarter ended March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

Annuity

$                 5.0

 

$                 5.4

 

(7)

Health

406.7

 

416.5

 

(2)

Life

213.3

 

210.5

 

1

  Total insurance policy income

$             625.0

 

$             632.4

 

(1)

 

SALES MEASURED AS NEW ANNUALIZED PREMIUMS FOR
LIFE AND HEALTH PRODUCTS
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 
 

Quarter ended March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

Health

$               34.8

 

$               35.7

 

(3)

Life

55.8

 

53.0

 

5

  Total new annualized premiums (4)

$               90.6

 

$               88.7

 

2

 

INSURANCE MARGIN
(Amounts in millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 

Insurance margin is management's measure of profitability of its annuity, health and life segments' performance and consists of premiums plus allocated investment income less insurance policy benefits, interest credited, commissions, advertising expense and amortization of acquisition costs. Income from insurance products is the sum of the insurance margins of the annuity, health and life segments, less allocated insurance administrative expenses.  It excludes the fee income segment, investment income not allocated to product lines, expenses not allocated to product lines and income taxes. Management believes this information helps provide a better understanding of the business and a more meaningful analysis of our operations. Insurance income, a non-GAAP measure, is a component of net operating income, which is reconciled to net income in the Financial Summary section above.

 
 
 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,
2022

 

% of
insurance
policy
income

   

March 31,
2021

 

% of
insurance
policy
income

 

%
change

Margin

                   

  Annuity interest margin

$               44.6

       

$               57.9

     

(23)

  Life insurance interest margin

1.5

       

1.9

     

(21)

    Total interest-sensitive margin

46.1

       

59.8

     

(23)

  Insurance margin

                   

    Health

124.8

 

31

   

124.7

 

30

 

    Life (a)

18.3

 

9

   

25.2

 

12

 

(27)

      Total other insurance margin

143.1

 

23

   

149.9

 

24

 

(5)

                     

    Total insurance margin

189.2

       

209.7

       
                     

Allocated expenses

(144.8)

       

(141.1)

       

  Income from insurance products

$               44.4

       

$               68.6

       
                     

Per diluted share

$               0.37

       

$               0.50

       

Weighted average diluted shares

121.0

       

136.7

       

 

   

(a)

Net of $29.3 million and $23.3 million of non-deferred television advertising expense related to our direct distribution channel in the 2022 and 2021 periods, respectively.

 

Total allocated expenses were $144.8 million, up 3 percent from the year-ago quarter.

Total insurance margins were favorably impacted by approximately $16 million and $22 million in the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, due to the estimated impacts of COVID-19.

ANNUITY RESULTS BY PRODUCT TYPE
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

Annuity margin

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Fixed index annuities

$           33.2

 

$            48.3

Fixed interest annuities

8.1

 

8.8

Other annuities

3.3

 

0.8

  Total 

$           44.6

 

$            57.9

 

Annuity collected premiums

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Annuity collected premiums

$         368.6

 

$          325.4

 

Average net insurance liabilities (5)

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Fixed index annuities

$       8,268.4

 

$       7,464.8

Fixed interest annuities

1,761.9

 

1,951.6

Other annuities

488.0

 

512.2

  Total

$     10,518.3

 

$       9,928.6

 

Margin/average net insurance liabilities (a)

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Fixed index annuities

1.61%

 

2.59%

Fixed interest annuities

1.84%

 

1.80%

Other annuities

2.70%

 

0.62%

  Total

1.70%

 

2.33%

   

(a)

Defined as annualized quarterly annuity margin divided by average net insurance liabilities (5).

Total annuity margins were favorably impacted by approximately nil and $1 million in the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, due to the estimated impacts of COVID-19.

HEALTH INSURANCE RESULTS BY PRODUCT TYPE
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

Health margin

 

Quarter ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

   
 

Amount

 

% of
insurance
policy
income

 

Amount

 

% of
insurance
policy
income

 

%
change

Supplemental health and other health

$           57.2

 

33

 

$           50.4

 

30

 

13

Medicare supplement

36.2

 

22

 

38.2

 

21

 

(5)

Long-term care

31.4

 

47

 

36.1

 

55

 

(13)

  Total

$         124.8

 

31

 

$         124.7

 

30

 

 

 

Health insurance policy income

 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

Supplemental health and other health

$         173.5

 

$         169.8

 

2

Medicare supplement

166.8

 

181.0

 

(8)

Long-term care

66.4

 

65.7

 

1

  Total

$         406.7

 

$         416.5

 

(2)

 

Health NAP (4)

 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

Supplemental health and other health

$           21.5

 

$           21.1

 

2

Medicare supplement

6.5

 

8.2

 

(21)

Long-term care

6.8

 

6.4

 

6

  Total

$           34.8

 

$           35.7

 

(3)

Total health margins were favorably impacted by approximately $32 million and $40 million in the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, due to the estimated impacts of COVID-19.

LIFE INSURANCE RESULTS BY PRODUCT TYPE
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)

 

Life margin

 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

   
 

Amount

 

% of
insurance
policy
income

 

Amount

 

% of
insurance
policy
income

 

%
change

Life insurance interest margin

$             1.5

     

$             1.9

     

(21)

Life insurance margin:

                 

  Traditional life

2.9

 

2

 

12.9

 

8

 

(78)

  Interest sensitive life

15.4

 

36

 

12.3

 

30

 

25

    Subtotal

18.3

 

9

 

25.2

 

12

 

(27)

    Total margin

$           19.8

     

$           27.1

     

(27)

 

Life insurance policy income

 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

  Traditional life

$         170.2

 

$         169.7

 

  Interest sensitive life

43.1

 

40.8

 

6

    Total

$         213.3

 

$         210.5

 

1

 

Life NAP (4)

 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

  Traditional life

$           48.2

 

$           45.9

 

5

  Interest sensitive life

7.6

 

7.1

 

7

    Total

$           55.8

 

$           53.0

 

5

 

Average net insurance liabilities (5) and interest margin

   
 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

  Interest sensitive life products

$   1,011.9

 

$     954.7

 

6

  Interest margin/average net insurance liabilities (5)

0.59 %

 

0.80 %

 

(26)

Total life margins were unfavorably impacted by approximately $16 million and $19 million in the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, due to the estimated impacts of COVID-19.

QUARTERLY AVERAGE EXCLUSIVE PRODUCING AGENTS

 
 

Average Exclusive Producing Agent Count

 

Quarter ended

   
 

March 31,

 

%

 

2022

 

2021

 

change

Consumer

         

  Field agents (a) (c)

3,939

 

4,389

 

(10)

  Tele-sales agents

217

 

258

 

(16)

    Total agents

4,156

 

4,647

 

(11)

  Registered agents (b) (c)

663

 

646

 

3

Worksite (a) (c)

208

 

241

 

(14)

             

(a)

Producing agents represent the monthly average of exclusive agents that have submitted at least one policy in the month.

(b)

Registered agents are dually licensed as insurance agents and financial representatives who can buy and sell securities for clients, and/or investment advisors who can provide ongoing investment advice for clients.

(c)

Agent counts represent the average of the last 3 months.

 

INVESTMENTS
INVESTMENT INCOME NOT ALLOCATED TO PRODUCT LINES
(Dollars in millions, except per share data)

 

Management uses investment income not allocated to product lines as the measure to evaluate the performance of the investment segment.  It is defined as net investment income less the investment income allocated to our product segments and interest expense on debt.  We also view investment income not allocated to product lines per diluted share as an important and useful measure to evaluate performance of the investment segment as it takes into consideration our share repurchase program.

 
 

Quarter ended March 31,

   
 

2022

 

2021

 

%
change

Net investment income

$            208.2

 

$            338.2

 

(38)

Allocated to product lines:

         

  Annuity

(115.1)

 

(115.7)

 

(1)

  Health

(71.8)

 

(71.5)

 

  Life

(36.3)

 

(35.8)

 

1

Equity returns credited to policyholder account balances

71.9

 

(42.5)

 

(269)

Amounts allocated to product lines and credited to policyholder account balances

(151.3)

 

(265.5)

 

(43)

Amount related to variable interest entities and other non-operating items

(7.2)

 

(7.8)

 

(8)

Interest expense on corporate debt

(15.7)

 

(15.5)

 

1

Interest expense on investment borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank program

(2.4)

 

(2.7)

 

(11)

Expenses related to funding agreement-backed note program

(7.3)

 

 

n/m

Less amounts credited to deferred compensation plans (offsetting investment income)

4.2

 

(3.7)

 

(214)

  Total adjustments

(28.4)

 

(29.7)

   

    Investment income not allocated to product lines

$              28.5

 

$              43.0

 

(34)

           

  Per diluted share

$              0.23

 

$              0.32

   

 

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
(Dollars in millions)

 

The composition of the investment portfolio at March 31, 2022 is as follows:

 
 

$

 

% of total

Fixed maturities, available for sale, at fair value

$     23,479.4

 

86

Equity securities at fair value

91.0

 

Mortgage loans

1,213.3

 

4

Policy loans

119.5

 

1

Trading securities

223.0

 

1

Investments held by variable interest entities

1,180.8

 

4

Other invested assets

1,121.8

 

4

  Total investment portfolio

$     27,428.8

 

100

 

Fixed maturities, available for sale, at amortized cost by asset class as of March 31, 2022 are as follows:

 
 

Investment
grade

 

Below
investment
grade

 

Total

Corporate securities

$     13,110.8

 

$          821.8

 

$     13,932.6

United States Treasury securities and obligations of the United States government and agencies

168.0

 

 

168.0

States and political subdivisions

2,634.4

 

11.6

 

2,646.0

Foreign governments

78.2

 

 

78.2

Asset-backed securities

1,034.6

 

155.1

 

1,189.7

Agency residential mortgage-backed securities

33.9

 

 

33.9

Non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities

1,163.9

 

662.7

(a)

1,826.6

Collateralized loan obligations

681.8

 

7.4

 

689.2

Commercial mortgage-backed securities

2,341.3

 

83.8

 

2,425.1

           

  Total

$     21,246.9

 

$       1,742.4

 

$     22,989.3

             

(a)

Certain structured securities rated below investment grade by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations may be assigned a NAIC 1 or NAIC 2 designation based on the cost basis of the security relative to estimated recoverable amounts as determined by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

The fair value of CNO's available for sale fixed maturity portfolio was $23.5 billion compared with an amortized cost of $23.0 billion.  Net unrealized gains were comprised of gross unrealized gains of $1.2 billion and gross unrealized losses of $647 million.  The allowance for credit losses was $36.6 million at March 31, 2022.

At both amortized cost and fair value, 92 percent of fixed maturities, available for sale, were rated "investment grade".

Non-Operating Items

Net investment losses in 1Q22 were $7.1 million (net of related amortization) including the unfavorable change in the allowance for credit losses of $30.7 million which was recorded in earnings.  Net investment gains in 1Q21 were $3.6 million (net of related amortization) including the favorable change in the allowance for credit losses of $9.6 million which was recorded in earnings.

During 1Q22 and 1Q21, we recognized a decrease in earnings of $25.5 million and $6.4 million, respectively, due to the net change in market value of investments recognized in earnings.

During 1Q22 and 1Q21, we recognized an increase in earnings of $90.8 million and $82.1 million, respectively, resulting from changes in the estimated fair value of embedded derivative liabilities related to our fixed index annuities, net of related amortization.  Such amounts include the impacts of changes in market interest rates used to determine the derivative's estimated fair value.

In 1Q22 and 1Q21, other non-operating items included an increase in earnings of $22.7 million and $13.2 million, respectively, for the mark-to-market change in the agent deferred compensation plan liability which was impacted by changes in the underlying actuarial assumptions used to value the liability. We recognize the mark-to-market change in the estimated value of this liability through earnings as assumptions change.

Statutory (based on non-GAAP measures) and GAAP Capital Information

Our consolidated statutory risk-based capital ratio was estimated at 365% at March 31, 2022, reflecting estimated 1Q22 statutory operating income of $30 million and the payment of insurance company dividends to the holding company of $69.6 million during 1Q22.

During the first quarter of 2022, we repurchased $100.0 million of common stock under our securities repurchase program.  We repurchased 4.1 million common shares at an average cost of $24.65 per share.  As of March 31, 2022, we had 117.2 million shares outstanding and had authority to repurchase up to an additional $266.9 million of our common stock.  During 1Q22, dividends paid on common stock totaled $16.1 million.

Unrestricted cash and investments held by our holding company were $192 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $249 million at December 31, 2021.

Book value per common share was $31.48 at March 31, 2022 compared to $43.69 at December 31, 2021.  Book value per diluted share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (2), was $27.70 at March 31, 2022, compared to $26.86 at December 31, 2021. 

The debt-to-capital ratio was 23.6 percent and 17.8 percent at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively.  Our debt-to-total capital ratio, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (3) was 25.6 percent at both March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021.

Return on equity for the trailing four quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, was 8.1% and 9.6%, respectively.  Operating return, excluding significant items, on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income and net operating loss carryforwards (6) for the trailing four quarters ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, was 10.7% and 11.7%, respectively.

In this news release, CNO includes non-GAAP measures to enhance investors' understanding of management's view of the business.  The non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP, but rather a supplement to increase transparency by providing broader perspective.  CNO's definitions of non-GAAP measures may differ from other companies' definitions.  More detailed information including various GAAP and non-GAAP measurements are located at CNOinc.com in the Investors section under SEC Filings.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws.  These prospective statements reflect management's current expectations, but are not guarantees of future performance.  Accordingly, please refer to CNO's cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements, and the business environment in which the Company operates, contained in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and any subsequent Form 10-Q or Form 10-K on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and on the Company's website at CNOinc.com in the Investors section.  CNO specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement because of new information, future developments or otherwise.

EARNINGS RELEASE CONFERENCE CALL WEBCAST:

The Company will host a conference call to discuss results on May 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  During the call, we will be referring to a presentation that will be available at the Investors section of the company's website.

To participate by dial-in, please register at http://www.directeventreg.com/registration/event/7976502. Upon registering, you will be provided with call details and a registrant ID used to track attendance on the conference call. Reminders will also be sent to registered participants via email.

For those investors who prefer to listen to the call online, we will be broadcasting the call live via webcast.  The event can be accessed through the Investors section of the company's website: ir.CNOinc.com.  Participants should go to the website at least 15 minutes before the event to register and download any necessary audio software.

ABOUT CNO FINANCIAL GROUP

CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) secures the future of middle-income America.  CNO provides life and health insurance, annuities, financial services, and workforce benefits solutions through our family of brands, including Bankers Life, Colonial Penn and Washington National.  Our customers work hard to save for the future, and we help protect their health, income and retirement needs with 3.2 million policies and $35 billion in total assets. Our 3,400 associates, 4,400 exclusive agents and 4,700 independent partner agents guide individuals, families and businesses through a lifetime of financial decisions. For more information, visit CNOinc.com.

 

CNO FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(Dollars in millions)
(unaudited)

 
 

March 31,
2022

 

December 31,
2021

ASSETS

     

Investments:

     

  Fixed maturities, available for sale, at fair value (net of allowance for credit losses: March 31,
  2022 - $36.6 and December 31, 2021 - $7.6; amortized cost: March 31, 2022 - $22,989.3 and
  December 31, 2021 - $21,867.6)

$           23,479.4

 

$           24,805.4

  Equity securities at fair value

91.0

 

131.1

  Mortgage loans (net of allowance for credit losses: March 31, 2022 - $5.1 and December 31,
  2021 - $5.6)

1,213.3

 

1,218.6

  Policy loans

119.5

 

120.2

  Trading securities

223.0

 

227.2

  Investments held by variable interest entities (net of allowance for credit losses: March 31, 2022
  - $5.9 and December 31, 2021 - $3.7; amortized cost: March 31, 2022 - $1,198.9 and
  December 31, 2021 - $1,206.8)

1,180.8

 

1,199.6

  Other invested assets

1,121.8

 

1,224.0

    Total investments

27,428.8

 

28,926.1

Cash and cash equivalents - unrestricted

546.0

 

632.1

Cash and cash equivalents held by variable interest entities

48.0

 

99.6

Accrued investment income

227.9

 

216.4

Present value of future profits

222.8

 

222.6

Deferred acquisition costs

1,487.6

 

1,112.0

Reinsurance receivables (net of allowance for credit losses: March 31, 2022 - $3.0 and
December 31, 2021 - $3.0)

4,298.2

 

4,354.3

Income tax assets, net

534.2

 

118.3

Assets held in separate accounts

3.6

 

3.9

Other assets

671.0

 

519.1

    Total assets

$           35,468.1

 

$           36,204.4

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

     

Liabilities:

     

  Liabilities for insurance products:

     

    Policyholder account liabilities

$           14,546.3

 

$           13,689.7

    Future policy benefits   

11,646.5

 

11,670.7

    Liability for policy and contract claims

507.3

 

501.8

    Unearned and advanced premiums

250.0

 

246.7

    Liabilities related to separate accounts

3.6

 

3.9

  Other liabilities

912.3

 

830.9

  Investment borrowings

1,640.5

 

1,715.8

  Borrowings related to variable interest entities

1,133.1

 

1,147.9

  Notes payable – direct corporate obligations

1,137.6

 

1,137.3

    Total liabilities

31,777.2

 

30,944.7

Commitments and Contingencies

     

Shareholders' equity:

     

  Common stock ($0.01 par value, 8,000,000,000 shares authorized, shares issued and 
  outstanding: March 31, 2022 – 117,241,006; December 31, 2021 – 120,377,152)

1.2

 

1.2

  Additional paid-in capital

2,085.7

 

2,184.2

  Accumulated other comprehensive income

380.5

 

1,947.1

  Retained earnings

1,223.5

 

1,127.2

    Total shareholders' equity

3,690.9

 

5,259.7

    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$           35,468.1

 

$           36,204.4

 

CNO FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)

 
 

Three months ended

 

March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

Revenues:

     

  Insurance policy income

$              625.0

 

$             632.4

  Net investment income:

     

    General account assets

277.5

 

282.7

    Policyholder and other special-purpose portfolios

(69.3)

 

55.5

  Investment gains (losses):

     

    Realized investment gains (losses)

18.8

 

(6.0)

    Other investment gains (losses)

(51.5)

 

3.2

  Total investment losses

(32.7)

 

(2.8)

  Fee revenue and other income

42.4

 

38.2

    Total revenues

842.9

 

1,006.0

Benefits and expenses:

     

  Insurance policy benefits

346.7

 

459.1

  Interest expense

23.8

 

24.1

  Amortization

103.9

 

99.7

  Other operating costs and expenses

219.2

 

233.1

    Total benefits and expenses

693.6

 

816.0

      Income before income taxes

149.3

 

190.0

Income tax expense on period income

37.0

 

42.6

  Net income

$              112.3

 

$             147.4

Earnings per common share:

     

Basic:

     

  Weighted average shares outstanding

118,622,000

 

134,140,000

  Net income

$                  .95

 

$               1.10

Diluted:

     

  Weighted average shares outstanding

121,002,000

 

136,653,000

  Net income

$                  .93

 

$               1.08

 

NOTES

 

(1)

Management believes that an analysis of Net income applicable to common stock before: (i) net realized investment gains or losses from sales, impairments and the change in allowance for credit losses, net of related amortization and taxes; (ii) net change in market value of investments recognized in earnings, net of taxes; (iii) fair value changes due to fluctuations in the interest rates used to discount embedded derivative liabilities related to our fixed index annuities, net of related amortization and taxes; (iv) fair value changes related to the agent deferred compensation plan, net of taxes; (v) loss on extinguishment of debt, net of taxes; (vi) changes in the valuation allowance for deferred tax assets and other tax items; and (viii) other non-operating items consisting primarily of earnings attributable to variable interest entities, net of taxes ("Net operating income," a non-GAAP financial measure) is important to evaluate the financial performance of the company, and is a key measure commonly used in the life insurance industry.  Management uses this measure to evaluate performance because the items excluded from net operating income can be affected by events that are unrelated to the company's underlying fundamentals.  A reconciliation of Net operating income to Net income applicable to common stock is provided in the table on page 2.  Additional information concerning this non-GAAP measure is included in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that are available in the "Investors - SEC Filings" section of CNO's website, CNOinc.com.

(2)

Book value per diluted share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if outstanding stock options were exercised and restricted stock and performance units were vested.  The dilution from options, restricted shares and performance units is calculated using the treasury stock method.  Under this method, we assume the proceeds from the exercise of the options (or the unrecognized compensation expense with respect to restricted stock and performance units) will be used to purchase shares of our common stock at the closing market price on the last day of the period.  In addition, the calculation of this non-GAAP measure differs from the corresponding GAAP measure because accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) has been excluded from the value of capital used to determine this measure.  Management believes this non-GAAP measure is useful because it removes the volatility that arises from changes in the unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of our investments.

(3)

The calculation of this non-GAAP measure differs from the corresponding GAAP measure because accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) has been excluded from the value of capital used to determine this measure.  Management believes this non-GAAP measure is useful because it removes the volatility that arises from changes in the unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of our investments.

(4)

Measured by new annualized premiums for life and health products, which includes 10% of single premium whole life deposits and 100% of all other premiums (excluding annuities).  Sales of third-party products are excluded.

(5)

Net insurance liabilities are equal to total insurance liabilities less: (i) amounts related to reinsured business; (ii) deferred acquisition costs; (iii) present value of future profits; and (iv) the value of unexpired options credited to insurance liabilities.

(6)

The following summarizes the calculations of: (i) operating return on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure); (ii) operating return, excluding significant items, on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure); and (iii) return on equity are as follows (dollars in millions):

   
 

Trailing twelve months ended

 

1Q22

 

1Q21

Net operating income

$        341.5

 

$     353.2

       

Net operating income, excluding significant items

$        327.1

 

$     335.2

       

Net income

$        405.9

 

$     470.4

       

Average common equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

$     3,046.7

 

$  2,876.5

       

Average common shareholders' equity

$     5,023.1

 

$  4,903.1

       

Operating return on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss  carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

11.2 %

 

12.3 %

       

Operating return, excluding significant items, on equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

10.7 %

 

11.7 %

       

Return on equity

8.1 %

 

9.6 %

 

The following summarizes: (i) operating earnings; (ii) significant items; (iii) operating earnings, excluding significant items; and (iv) net income (loss) (dollars in millions):

 
               

Net operating

       
           

Net operating

 

income,

       
           

income,

 

excluding

     

Net

           

excluding

 

significant

     

income -

   

Net operating

 

Significant

 

significant

 

items - trailing

 

Net

 

trailing

   

income

 

items

 

items (a)

 

four quarters

 

income

 

four quarters

2Q20

 

$                  79.4

 

$                 (17.7)

(b)

$                  61.7

 

$                285.9

 

$                  82.0

 

$                380.8

3Q20

 

112.6

 

 

112.6

 

329.3

 

129.2

 

468.0

4Q20

 

86.0

 

(6.4)

(c)

79.6

 

338.2

 

111.8

 

301.8

1Q21

 

75.2

 

6.1

(d)

81.3

 

335.2

 

147.4

 

470.4

2Q21

 

89.1

 

3.5

(e)

92.6

 

366.1

 

78.0

 

466.4

3Q21

 

92.8

 

2.3

(f)

95.1

 

348.6

 

99.8

 

437.0

4Q21

 

108.5

 

(20.2)

(g)

88.3

 

357.3

 

115.8

 

441.0

1Q22

 

51.1

 

 

51.1

 

327.1

 

112.3

 

405.9

                         
   

(a)

See note (7) for additional information.

(b)

Comprised of: (i) $45.9 million of net favorable adjustments arising from our review of actuarial assumptions; (ii) $23.5 million unfavorable impact related to regulatory matters; and (iii) an increase in tax expense of $4.7 million.

(c)

Comprised of: (i) $11.8 million of net favorable adjustments arising from our review of actuarial assumptions; (ii) $3.7 million unfavorable impact related to asset impairments; and (iii) an increase in tax expense of $1.7 million.

(d)

Comprised of: (i) $5.3 million from legal and regulatory matters; (ii) $2.5 million of transaction expenses related to the previously announced acquisition of DirectPath, LLC; and (iii) a decrease in tax expense of $1.7 million.

(e)

Comprised of: (i) $4.5 million from legal and regulatory matters; and (ii) a decrease in tax expense of $1.0 million.

(f)

Comprised of: (i) $3.0 million from legal and regulatory matters; and (ii) a decrease in tax expense of $.7 million.

(g)

Comprised of: (i) $25.9 million of net favorable adjustments arising from our review of actuarial assumptions; and (ii) an increase in tax expense of $5.7 million.

 

A reconciliation of pre-tax operating earnings (a non-GAAP financial measure) to net income is as follows (dollars in millions):

 
     

Twelve months ended

     

1Q22

 

1Q21

Pre-tax operating earnings (a non-GAAP financial measure)

$           441.7

 

$            455.2

Income tax expense

(100.2)

 

(102.0)

Net operating income

341.5

 

353.2

Non-operating items:

     

  Net realized investment gains (losses) from sales, impairments and change in allowance for credit losses, net of related amortization

24.1

 

36.2

  Net change in market value of investments recognized in earnings

(36.5)

 

39.3

  Fair value changes in embedded derivative liabilities, net of related amortization

75.9

 

69.7

  Fair value changes related to the agent deferred compensation plan

18.4

 

(3.1)

  Other

3.4

 

8.0

Non-operating income (loss) before taxes

85.3

 

150.1

   Income tax expense on non-operating income

(20.9)

 

(32.9)

Net non-operating income

64.4

 

117.2

Net income

$           405.9

 

$            470.4

           

 

A reconciliation of consolidated capital, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure) to common shareholders' equity, is as follows (dollars in millions):

 
     

1Q20

 

2Q20

 

3Q20

 

4Q20

Consolidated capital, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

$    2,701.2

 

$    2,784.2

 

$    2,905.1

 

$    2,956.2

Net operating loss carryforwards

469.4

 

426.8

 

377.2

 

341.9

Accumulated other comprehensive income

595.2

 

1,520.2

 

1,801.6

 

2,186.1

Common shareholders' equity

$    3,765.8

 

$    4,731.2

 

$    5,083.9

 

$    5,484.2

                   
     

1Q21

 

2Q21

 

3Q21

 

4Q21

Consolidated capital, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

$    3,019.5

 

$    3,035.6

 

$    3,036.3

 

$    3,068.9

Net operating loss carryforwards

323.1

 

292.9

 

266.9

 

243.7

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,518.1

 

1,995.5

 

1,929.7

 

1,947.1

Common shareholders' equity

$    4,860.7

 

$    5,324.0

 

$    5,232.9

 

$    5,259.7

                   
     

1Q22

           

Consolidated capital, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

$    3,072.2

           

Net operating loss carryforwards

238.2

           

Accumulated other comprehensive income

380.5

           

Common shareholders' equity

$    3,690.9

           
                   

 

A reconciliation of consolidated capital, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure) to common shareholders' equity, is as follows (dollars in millions):

 
     

Trailing four quarter average

     

1Q22

 

1Q21

Consolidated capital, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and net operating loss carryforwards (a non-GAAP financial measure)

$        3,046.7

 

$        2,876.5

Net operating loss carryforwards

271.0

 

385.5

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,705.4

 

1,641.1

Common shareholders' equity

$        5,023.1

 

$        4,903.1

             

(7)

The tables below summarize the financial impact of significant items on our net operating income.  Management believes that identifying the impact of these items enhances the understanding of our operating results (dollars in millions, except per share data).

   
   

Three months ended

   

December 31, 2021

   

Actual
results

 

Significant
items

 

Excluding
significant

items

Insurance product margin

           

  Annuity margin

 

$         93.9

 

$         (26.9)

(a)

$          67.0

  Health margin

 

129.5

 

 

129.5

  Life margin

 

30.4

 

1.0

(a)

31.4

Total insurance product margin

 

253.8

 

(25.9)

 

227.9

Allocated expenses

 

(143.3)

 

 

(143.3)

Income from insurance products

 

110.5

 

(25.9)

 

84.6

Fee income

 

2.9

 

 

2.9

Investment income not allocated to product lines

 

42.8

 

 

42.8

Expenses not allocated to product lines

 

(17.4)

 

 

(17.4)

Operating earnings before taxes

 

138.8

 

(25.9)

 

112.9

Income tax (expense) benefit on operating income

 

(30.3)

 

5.7

 

(24.6)

Net operating income

 

$        108.5

 

$         (20.2)

 

$          88.3

             

Net operating income per diluted share

 

$         0.87

 

$         (0.16)

 

$          0.71

             

(a)

Adjustments arising from our comprehensive annual actuarial review of assumptions.

 

   

Three months ended

   

September 30, 2021

   

Actual
results

 

Significant
items

 

Excluding
significant

items

Insurance product margin

           

  Annuity margin

 

$         52.5

 

$             —

 

$          52.5

  Health margin

 

117.9

 

 

117.9

  Life margin

 

53.2

 

 

53.2

Total insurance product margin

 

223.6

 

 

223.6

Allocated expenses

 

(140.5)

 

 

(140.5)

Income from insurance products

 

83.1

 

 

83.1

Fee income

 

2.6

 

 

2.6

Investment income not allocated to product lines

 

50.9

 

 

50.9

Expenses not allocated to product lines

 

(17.3)

 

3.0

(a)

(14.3)

Operating earnings before taxes

 

119.3

 

3.0

 

122.3

Income tax (expense) benefit on operating income

 

(26.5)

 

(0.7)

 

(27.2)

Net operating income

 

$         92.8

 

$            2.3

 

$          95.1

             

Net operating income per diluted share

 

$         0.72

 

$          0.02

 

$          0.74

             

(a)

Comprised of $3.0 million from legal and regulatory matters. 

 

   

Three months ended

   

June 30, 2021

   

Actual
results

 

Significant
items

 

Excluding
significant

items

Insurance product margin

           

  Annuity margin

 

$         66.0

 

$             —

 

$          66.0

  Health margin

 

120.9

 

 

120.9

  Life margin

 

39.7

 

 

39.7

Total insurance product margin

 

226.6

 

 

226.6

Allocated expenses

 

(141.6)

 

 

(141.6)

Income from insurance products

 

85.0

 

 

85.0

Fee income

 

6.6

 

 

6.6

Investment income not allocated to product lines

 

47.8

 

 

47.8

Expenses not allocated to product lines

 

(23.8)

 

4.5

(a)

(19.3)

Operating earnings before taxes

 

115.6

 

4.5

 

120.1

Income tax (expense) benefit on operating income

 

(26.5)

 

(1.0)

 

(27.5)

Net operating income

 

$         89.1

 

$            3.5

 

$          92.6

             

Net operating income per diluted share

 

$         0.66

 

$          0.03

 

$          0.69

             

(a)

Comprised of $4.5 million from legal and regulatory matters. 

 

   

Three months ended

   

March 31, 2021

   

Actual
results

 

Significant
items

 

Excluding
significant

items

Insurance product margin

           

  Annuity margin

 

$         57.9

 

$             —

 

$          57.9

  Health margin

 

124.7

 

 

124.7

  Life margin

 

27.1

 

 

27.1

Total insurance product margin

 

209.7

 

 

209.7

Allocated expenses

 

(141.1)

 

 

(141.1)

Income from insurance products

 

68.6

 

 

68.6

Fee income

 

7.3

 

 

7.3

Investment income not allocated to product lines

 

43.0

 

 

43.0

Expenses not allocated to product lines

 

(22.0)

 

7.8

(a)

(14.2)

Operating earnings before taxes

 

96.9

 

7.8

 

104.7

Income tax (expense) benefit on operating income

 

(21.7)

 

(1.7)

 

(23.4)

Net operating income

 

$         75.2

 

$            6.1

 

$          81.3

             

Net operating income per diluted share

 

$         0.55

 

$          0.04

 

$          0.59

             

(a)

Comprised of: (i) $5.3 million from legal and regulatory matters; and (ii) $2.5 million of transaction expenses related to the previously announced acquisition of DirectPath, LLC. The legal and regulatory matters primarily consist of an increase to our liability for claims and interest pursuant to the Global Resolution Agreement, as we have now processed and verified most of the claims provided by the third party auditor allowing us to more accurately estimate the ultimate liability.

 

   

Three months ended

   

December 31, 2020

   

Actual
results

 

Significant
items

 

Excluding
significant

items

Insurance product margin

           

  Annuity margin

 

$         68.1

 

$         (16.1)

(a)

$          52.0

  Health margin

 

125.2

 

 

125.2

  Life margin

 

37.3

 

4.3

(a)

41.6

Total insurance product margin

 

230.6

 

(11.8)

 

218.8

Allocated expenses

 

(162.7)

 

 

(162.7)

Income from insurance products

 

67.9

 

(11.8)

 

56.1

Fee income

 

2.9

 

 

2.9

Investment income not allocated to product lines

 

57.8

 

 

57.8

Expenses not allocated to product lines

 

(17.8)

 

3.7

(b)

(14.1)

Operating earnings before taxes

 

110.8

 

(8.1)

 

102.7

Income tax (expense) benefit on operating income

 

(24.8)

 

1.7

 

(23.1)

Net operating income

 

$         86.0

 

$          (6.4)

 

$          79.6

             

Net operating income per diluted share

 

$         0.61

 

$         (0.04)

 

$          0.57

             

(a)

Adjustments arising from our comprehensive annual actuarial review of assumptions.

(b)

Unfavorable impact related to asset impairments.

 

   

Three months ended

   

June 30, 2020

   

Actual
results

 

Significant
items

 

Excluding
significant

items

Insurance product margin

           

  Annuity margin

 

$        123.8

 

$          40.0

(a)

$          72.3

       

(91.5)

(a)

 

  Health margin

 

95.5

 

 

95.5

  Life margin

 

36.1

 

5.6

(a)

41.7

Total insurance product margin

 

255.4

 

(45.9)

 

209.5

Allocated expenses

 

(128.1)

 

 

(128.1)

Income from insurance products

 

127.3

 

(45.9)

 

81.4

Fee income

 

5.2

 

 

5.2

Investment income not allocated to product lines

 

8.2

 

 

8.2

Expenses not allocated to product lines

 

(38.5)

 

23.5

(b)

(15.0)

Operating earnings before taxes

 

102.2

 

(22.4)

 

79.8

Income tax (expense) benefit on operating income

 

(22.8)

 

4.7

 

(18.1)

Net operating income

 

$         79.4

 

$         (17.7)

 

$          61.7

             

Net operating income per diluted share

 

$         0.55

 

$         (0.12)

 

$          0.43

             

(a)

Given our expectation that interest rates will remain low for the long-term, we performed an actuarial unlocking exercise in the second quarter of 2020 to reflect our assumption that average new money rates will remain flat at 4 percent forever.  This change and the related impacts to persistency assumptions had a $45.6 million unfavorable impact on pre-tax earnings.  As part of the actuarial unlocking exercise, we also changed our assumptions related to the future option costs we incur in providing benefits on fixed index annuities which had a favorable impact on pre-tax earnings of $91.5 million.  The impact of these changes in assumptions is summarized below (dollars in millions):

   
 

Line of business

   
 

Fixed index
annuities

 

Fixed interest
annuities

 

Interest-
sensitive life

 

Total

 

Favorable (unfavorable)

Impacts of an average new money rate assumption of 4 percent

             

  Insurance policy benefits

$                     (5.0)

 

$                         —

 

$                      (7.4)

 

$                    (12.4)

  Amortization

(25.6)

 

(9.4)

 

1.8

 

(33.2)

    Subtotal

(30.6)

 

(9.4)

 

(5.6)

 

(45.6)

Impacts of changes in future option costs

             

  Insurance policy benefits

104.8

 

 

 

104.8

  Amortization

(13.3)

 

 

 

(13.3)

    Subtotal

91.5

 

 

 

91.5

Impact on pre-tax income

$                    60.9

 

$                      (9.4)

 

$                      (5.6)

 

$                     45.9

   
 

This actuarial unlocking exercise did not replace our comprehensive annual review of all assumptions for our insurance products, which we completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

(b)

We increased our liability for claims and interest pursuant to the previously disclosed Global Resolution Agreement entered into in November 2018.  Pursuant to this agreement, a third-party auditor is acting on behalf of 42 states and the District of Columbia for the purpose of identifying deceased insureds and contract holders where benefits are payable pursuant to unclaimed property laws.  The third-party auditor has provided information that we have processed and verified allowing us to more accurately estimate the ultimate liability pursuant to this agreement.

 

SOURCE CNO Financial Group

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