Brighthouse Financial Inc.'s ( BHF Quick Quote BHF - Free Report) first-quarter 2021 adjusted net income of $4.86 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 100.3%. Moreover, the bottom line improved 86.9% year over year. The reported quarter witnessed continued sales growth in annuities and lower expenses. Brighthouse Financial, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise Behind the Headlines
Total operating revenues of $2.4 billion beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9.1%. Moreover, the top line improved 16.2% year over year, driven by higher universal life and investment-type product policy fees, net investment income as well as other income.
Premiums of $184 million decreased 7.1% year over year. Adjusted net investment income was $1.2 billion in the quarter under review, up 29% year over year. The improvement was driven primarily by higher alternative investment income. Investment income yield was 5.12%. Total expenses decreased 37.6% year over year to $1.7 billion due to a decrease in policyholder benefits and claims and interest expense on debt. Corporate expenses were $203 million. Quarterly Segmental Update Annuities reported adjusted operating income of $336 million, up 6.3% year over year, reflecting higher net investment income, higher fees and lower reserves, partially offset by higher deferred acquisition costs ("DAC") amortization and higher expenses. Annuity sales increased 8% to $2.1 billion driven by higher sales of Shield Level Annuities and variable annuities with FlexChoice Access. Life generated adjusted operating income of $44 million, up almost four fold year over year driven by higher net investment income, partially offset by a lower underwriting margin. Life insurance sales increased 44% to $23 million. Adjusted operating earnings of Run-off were $76 million, rebounding from the year-ago loss of $70 million, reflecting higher net investment income. Adjusted operating loss at Corporate & Other was $69 million, which was wider than the prior-year loss of $46 million due to higher total preferred stock dividends. Financial Update
Cash and cash equivalents were $4 billion, down 2% from 2020 end.
Shareholders’ equity of $15 billion at the end of the quarter decreased 16.7% from 2020 end. Book value per share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI), was $118.24 as of Dec 31, 2020, down 4.7% from 2020 end. As of Mar 31,2021, estimated combined RBC ratio was between 500% and 520%. Share Buyback Program
Brighthouse bought back shares worth $68 million in the quarter under review with another $55 million through May 7.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
Brighthouse currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see
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