Genworth Financial, Inc. (GNW - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted operating income of 65 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 20 cents by a whopping 225%. Adjusted operating income compared favorably with adjusted operating loss of 27 cents in the year-ago quarter.
The company reported net income per share of 70 cents against net loss of 25 cents in the prior-year period.
For 2017, Genworth reported adjusted operating income per share of $1.39 versus adjusted operating loss of 63 cents in the prior-year quarter.
Total operating revenues of $8 billion fell 3.2% year over year.
Total revenues of Genworth Financial declined 23.9% year over year to $1.6 billion. Also, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.2 billion by 24%.
Total benefits and expenses decreased 12.3% year over year to $1.9 billion, primarily owing to fall in benefits and other changes in policy reserves, interest credited along with lower acquisition and operating expenses, net of deferrals and amortization of deferred acquisition costs and intangibles, respectively.
Segment-Wise Quarterly Review
U.S. Mortgage Insurance: Adjusted operating income of $74 million rose nearly 21.3% year over year. Loss ratio for the quarter improved 600 basis points (bps) year over year to 22%.
Canada Mortgage Insurance: Adjusted operating income was $43 million, up 10.3% year over year. Loss ratio improved 900 bps year over year to 9%, mainly owing to a decline in new delinquencies, net of cures and lower average reserve per delinquency, representing the ongoing housing market strength and underlying economic conditions.
Australia Mortgage Insurance: Net operating loss of $125 million compared unfavorably with the operating income of $14 million from the year-ago quarter. Loss ratio was (7%) compared with that of 30% from the year-ago quarter due to change in the earnings recognition pattern in the quarter under review.
U.S. Life Insurance: Adjusted operating loss of $69 million was substantially narrower than the $154 million loss in the comparable quarter last year.
Runoff: Adjusted operating income of $13 million skyrocketed 116.7% year over year, primarily driven by a continued strong equity market performance supporting the company’s variable annuity business.
Corporate and Other: Adjusted operating income came in at $390 million in contrast to the year-ago loss of $103 million.
Genworth exited the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and invested assets of $76.9 billion, up about 2.5% from the year-end 2016.
Long-term borrowings of Genworth Financial totaled $4.2 billion as of Dec 31, 2017, up approximately 1.1% at 2016-end.
Book value per share was $26.88 as of Dec 31, 2017, up 5.9% from the level at 2016-end.
In October 2016, Genworth Financial inked a definitive agreement with China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co., Ltd. in order to be acquired by the latter for $2.7 billion or $5.43 per share in cash. This transaction will be executed via Asia Pacific Global Capital Co. Ltd., one of China Oceanwide’s investment platforms. Both the companies are working toward the transaction’s completion as soon as possible.
Both Genworth Financial and China Oceanwide made progress with regulatory approvals.
Both the companies have re-filed a joint voluntary notice with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
The two consenting parties continue to deal with the Delaware Department of Insurance (Delaware), consistently working toward an acceptable solution with a view to move into the direction of transaction approval process.
Due to delay in receipt of regulatory approvals and the closure of the proposed transaction, Genworth has decided to pursue a secured debt transaction, acknowledging its upcoming 2018 debt maturity.
Genworth Financial sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Performance of Other Insurers
Among other players from the insurance industry having reported fourth-quarter earnings, the bottom line of Brown & Brown, Inc. (BRO - Free Report) , MGIC Investment Corporation (MTG - Free Report) and The Progressive Corporation (PGR - Free Report) beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.
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