GL
$97.17
Globe Life
$2.54
2.68%
Earnings Details
3rd Quarter September 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:15:00 PM
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Summary

Globe Life Narrows Guidance

Globe Life (GL) reported 3rd Quarter September 2020 earnings of $1.75 per share on revenue of $1.2 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.76 per share on revenue of $1.2 billion. Revenue grew 4.7% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects 2020 earnings of $6.84 to $7.00 per share. The company's previous guidance was earnings of $6.80 to $7.04 per share and the current consensus earnings estimate is $6.88 per share for the year ending December 31, 2020. The company also said it expects 2021 earnings of $7.30 to $7.80 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $7.39 per share for the year ending December 31, 2021.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.75
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$1.76
Reported Revenue
$1.20 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$1.18 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Globe Life Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

MCKINNEY, Texas, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Globe Life Inc. (NYSE: GL) reported today that for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, net income was $1.76 per diluted common share, compared with $1.82 per diluted common share for the year-ago quarter. Net operating income for the quarter was $1.75 per diluted common share, compared with $1.73 per diluted common share for the year-ago quarter.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Net income as an ROE was 9.4% for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Net operating income as an ROE excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities was 13.6%.
  • Life premiums increased over the year-ago quarter by 9% at the American Income Life Division and 8% at the Direct to Consumer Division.
  • Health premiums increased over the year-ago quarter by 8% at the Family Heritage Division.
  • Life net sales at the Direct to Consumer Division and American Income Life Division increased over the year-ago quarter by 50% and 14%, respectively.
  • Health underwriting margin increased over the year-ago quarter by 20%.
  • 1.4 million shares of Globe Life Inc. common stock were repurchased during the quarter.

COVID-19 Update: Over the past two quarters, the Company has seen a rise in life claims as result of the pandemic and a corresponding decrease in life underwriting margins. While the Company cannot precisely estimate the length or severity of COVID-19, we anticipate approximately $56 million in COVID-related life claims for the full year 2020. Despite the challenges created by the pandemic, the Company continues to effectively conduct business operations through its various distribution channels.

Note: As used in the earnings release, "Globe Life," the "Company," "we," "our," and "us" refer to Globe Life Inc., a Delaware corporation incorporated in 1979, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Net operating income, a non-GAAP(1) financial measure, has been used consistently by Globe Life's management for many years 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 realized investment gains and losses 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.

The following table represents Globe Life's operating summary for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

Operating Summary


Per Share








Three Months Ended
September 30,




Three Months Ended
September 30,




2020


2019


%
Chg.


2020


2019


%
Chg.

Insurance underwriting income(2)

$

1.71



$

1.66



3


$

183,100



$

184,619



(1)

Excess investment income(2)

0.55



0.58



(5)


59,326



64,773



(8)

Parent company expense

(0.03)



(0.02)





(2,689)



(2,472)




Income tax

(0.43)



(0.44)



(2)


(45,945)



(48,305)



(5)

Stock compensation benefit (expense), net of tax

(0.06)



(0.06)





(5,995)



(6,232)




Net operating income

1.75



1.73



1


187,797



192,383



(2)













Reconciling items, net of tax:












Realized gain (loss)—investments

0.02



0.09





2,465



9,435




Realized loss—redemption of debt







(501)






Non-operating expenses

(0.01)







(816)






Net income(3)

$

1.76



$

1.82





$

188,945



$

201,818
















Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

107,053



110,914












(1)

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

(2)

Definitions included within this document.

(3)

A GAAP-basis consolidated statement of operations is included in the appendix of this report.



Note: Tables in this earnings release may not sum due to rounding.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

MANAGEMENT VS. GAAP MEASURES

Shareholders' equity, excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities, and book value per share, excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities, are non-GAAP measures that are utilized by management to view the business without the effect of unrealized gains or losses which are primarily attributable to fluctuation in interest rates associated with the available-for-sale portfolio. Management views the business in this manner because the Company does not intend to sell, nor is it likely that management will be required to sell, the fixed maturities prior to their anticipated recovery. It creates more meaningful trends than can be more easily identified without the fluctuations. Shareholders' equity and book value per share are the most directly comparable GAAP measures. 


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2020


2019

Net income as an ROE(1)

9.4

%


12.0

%

Net operating income as an ROE (excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities)

13.6

%


14.7

%






September 30,


2020


2019

Shareholders' equity

$

8,224,908



$

7,312,531


Impact of adjustment to exclude net unrealized gains on fixed maturities

(2,672,610)



(2,038,243)


Shareholders' equity, excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities

$

5,552,298



$

5,274,288






Book value per share

$

77.60



$

65.96


Impact of adjustment to exclude net unrealized gains on fixed maturities

(25.21)



(18.38)


Book value per share, excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities

$

52.39



$

47.58




(1)

Calculated using average shareholders' equity for the measurement period.

INSURANCE OPERATIONS—comparing Q3 2020 with Q3 2019: 

Life insurance accounted for 69% of the Company's insurance underwriting margin for the quarter and 70% of total premium revenue. 

Health insurance accounted for 30% of the Company's insurance underwriting margin for the quarter and 30% of total premium revenue.

Net sales of life insurance increased 21% for the quarter, while net health sales were flat. 

The following table summarizes Globe Life's premium revenue by product type for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

Insurance Premium Revenue


Quarter Ended


September 30,
2020


September 30,
2019


%
Chg.

Life insurance

$

674,021



$

630,824



7

Health insurance

287,795



269,166



7

Annuity

1



3




Total

$

961,817



$

899,993



7

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

INSURANCE UNDERWRITING INCOME

Insurance underwriting margin is management's measure of profitability of the Company's life, health, and annuity segments' underwriting performance, and consists of premiums less policy obligations, commissions and other acquisition expenses. Insurance underwriting income is the sum of the insurance underwriting margins of the life, health, and annuity segments, plus other income, less insurance administrative expenses. It excludes the investment segment, Parent Company expense, stock compensation expense and income taxes. Management believes this information helps provide a better understanding of the business and a more meaningful analysis of underwriting results by distribution channel. Insurance underwriting income, a non-GAAP measure, is a component of net operating income, which is reconciled to net income in the Results of Operations section above.

The following table summarizes Globe Life's insurance underwriting income by segment for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019:

Insurance Underwriting Income


Quarter Ended


September 30,
2020


% of
Premium


September 30,
2019


% of
Premium


%
Chg.

Insurance underwriting margins:










Life

$

170,703



25


$

181,459



29


(6)

Health

72,860



25


60,941



23


20

Annuity

2,253





2,351







245,816





244,751





Other income

292





438






Administrative expenses

(63,008)





(60,570)





4

Insurance underwriting income

$

183,100





$

184,619





(1)

Per share

$

1.71





$

1.66





3

The lower life insurance underwriting margins in the third quarter of 2020 are primarily attributed to approximately $18 million of higher claims as a result of COVID-19 in the current quarter.

Administrative expenses were $63 million, up 4.0% from the year-ago quarter. The ratio of administrative expenses to premium was 6.6%, compared with 6.7% for the year-ago quarter.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

LIFE INSURANCE RESULTS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL 

Our distribution channels consist of the following exclusive agencies, American Income Life Division (American Income), Liberty National Division (Liberty National) and Family Heritage Division (Family Heritage); an independent agency, United American Division (United American); and our Direct to Consumer Division.

Total premium, underwriting margins, first-year collected premium and net sales by all distribution channels are shown at https://investors.globelifeinsurance.com at "Financial Reports and Other Financial Information."

Life Underwriting Margin


Quarter Ended




September 30,




2020


2019




Amount


% of
Premium


Amount


% of
Premium


%
Chg.

American Income

$

100,213



31



$

100,496



34



Direct to Consumer

34,125



15



41,207



19



(17)

Liberty National

14,699



20



18,572



26



(21)

Other

21,666



40



21,184



39



2

Total

$

170,703



25



$

181,459



29



(6)

 

Life Premium


Quarter Ended




September 30,




2020


2019


%
Chg.

American Income

$

318,917



$

293,149



9

Direct to Consumer

227,734



211,693



8

Liberty National

73,815



71,812



3

Other

53,555



54,170



(1)

Total

$

674,021



$

630,824



7




Life Net Sales(1)


Quarter Ended




September 30,




2020


2019


%
Chg.

American Income

$

67,808



$

59,692



14

Direct to Consumer

44,253



29,517



50

Liberty National

13,669



13,413



2

Other

2,369



2,975



(20)

Total

$

128,099



$

105,597



21



(1)

Net sales is annualized premium issued (gross premium that would be received during the policies' first year in force and assuming that none of the policies lapsed or terminated), net of cancellations in the first thirty days after issue, except in the case of Direct to Consumer where net sales is annualized premium issued at the time the first full premium is paid after any introductory offer period has expired. Management considers net sales to be a better indicator of the rate of premium growth than annualized premium issued.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

HEALTH INSURANCE RESULTS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL

Health Underwriting Margin


Quarter Ended




September 30,




2020


2019




Amount


% of
Premium


Amount


% of
Premium


%
Chg.

United American

$

17,988



16



$

14,187



14



27

Family Heritage

22,466



28



18,801



25



19

Liberty National

14,610



31



11,376



24



28

American Income

14,893



55



13,715



54



9

Direct to Consumer

2,903



15



2,862



15



1

Total

$

72,860



25



$

60,941



23



20

 

Health Premium


Quarter Ended




September 30,




2020


2019


%
Chg.

United American

$

114,325



$

103,112



11

Family Heritage

80,225



74,168



8

Liberty National

47,199



47,439



(1)

American Income

27,029



25,312



7

Direct to Consumer

19,017



19,135



(1)

Total

$

287,795



$

269,166



7




Health Net Sales(1)


Quarter Ended




September 30,




2020


2019


%
Chg.

United American

$

12,870



$

15,795



(19)

Family Heritage

19,469



17,525



11

Liberty National

5,788



5,903



(2)

American Income

6,140



4,910



25

Direct to Consumer

496



546



(9)

Total

$

44,763



$

44,679





(1)

Net sales is annualized premium issued (gross premium that would be received during the policies' first year in force and assuming that none of the policies lapsed or terminated), net of cancellations in the first thirty days after issue, except in the case of Direct to Consumer where net sales is annualized premium issued at the time the first full premium is paid after any introductory offer period has expired. Management considers net sales to be a better indicator of the rate of premium growth than annualized premium issued.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

PRODUCING EXCLUSIVE AGENT COUNT RESULTS BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL


Quarterly Average

Producing Agent Count(1)


End of Quarter
Agent Count


Quarter Ended




Quarter Ended








September 30,




June 30,


September 30,




June 30,


2020


2019


% Chg.


2020


2020


2019


% Chg.


2020

American Income

9,288



7,578



23



8,393



9,583



7,700



24



8,597


Liberty National

2,551



2,398



6



2,395



2,574



2,421



6



2,379


Family Heritage

1,371



1,135



21



1,248



1,469



1,236



19



1,224




(1)

The quarterly average producing agent count is based on the actual count at the end of each week during the period.

INVESTMENTS

Management uses excess investment income as the measure to evaluate the performance of the investment segment. It is defined as net investment income less both the required interest attributable to net policy liabilities and the interest on debt. We also view excess investment income per diluted common share as an important and useful measure to evaluate performance of the investment segment, since it takes into consideration our stock repurchase program.

The following table summarizes Globe Life's investment income, excess investment income, and excess investment income per diluted common share.

Excess Investment Income


Quarter Ended


September 30,


2020


2019


%
Chg.

Net investment income

$

231,432



$

228,905



1

Required interest:






Interest on net policy liabilities(1)

(150,432)



(143,038)



5

Interest on debt

(21,674)



(21,094)



3

Total required interest

(172,106)



(164,132)



5

Excess investment income

$

59,326



$

64,773



(8)

Per share

$

0.55



$

0.58



(5)



(1)

Interest on net policy liabilities is a component of total policyholder benefits, a GAAP measure.

Net investment income increased 1%, while average invested assets increased 6%. Required interest on net policy liabilities increased 5%, while average net policy liabilities increased 4%. The weighted average discount rate for the net policy liabilities was 5.7% and was in line with the year-ago quarter.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

The composition of the investment portfolio at book value at September 30, 2020 is as follows:

Investment Portfolio


As of


September 30, 2020


Amount


% of Total

Fixed maturities at fair value(1)

$

20,277,056



94

%

Policy loans

581,211



3


Other long-term investments(2)

492,884



2


Short-term investments

263,879



1


Total

$

21,615,030



100

%



(1) On January 1, 2020, the Company prospectively adopted ASU 2016-13 Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments. For available-for-sale fixed maturities, the standard removed the loss impairment methodology of a direct write-down of the amortized cost and replaced it with allowances for credit losses. As of September 30, 2020, fixed maturities at amortized cost were $16.9 billion less $4 million for allowance for credit losses.

(2) Includes $327 million of investments accounted for under the fair value option which have a cost of $324 million as of September 30, 2020.

Fixed maturities at amortized cost, net of allowance for credit losses by asset class as of September 30, 2020 are as follows:

Fixed Maturity Portfolio by Sector


As of


September 30, 2020


Investment
Grade


Below
Investment
Grade


Total
Amortized
Cost, net

Corporate bonds(1)

$

13,807,097



$

768,713



$

14,575,810


Municipals

1,703,408





1,703,408


Government, agencies and GSEs

419,660





419,660


Collateralized debt obligations



56,763



56,763


Other asset-backed securities

118,001



14,025



132,026


Total

$

16,048,166



$

839,501



$

16,887,667




(1)

Please see our website for information regarding our energy portfolio.

Below are fixed maturities available for sale by amortized cost, allowance for credit losses, and fair value at September 30, 2020 and the corresponding amounts of net unrealized gains recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).


Amortized
Cost


Allowance for
Credit Losses


Net Unrealized
Gains


Fair
Value

September 30, 2020

$

16,892,054



$

(4,387)



$

3,389,389



$20,277,056

At amortized cost, net of allowance for credit losses, 95% of fixed maturities (96% at fair value) were rated "investment grade." The fixed maturity portfolio earned an annual taxable equivalent effective yield of 5.31% during the third quarter of 2020, compared with 5.47% in the year-ago quarter.

Globe Life is not a party to any credit default swaps and does not participate in securities lending.

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

Comparable information for acquisitions of fixed maturity investments is as follows:

Fixed Maturity Acquisitions


Quarter Ended


September 30,


2020


2019

Amount

$

342,583



$

408,869


Average annual effective yield

3.2

%


4.1

%

Average rating

A+


A

Average life (in years) to:




Next call

17.8



18.6


Maturity

29.2



28.6


SHARE REPURCHASE:

In August, the Company resumed the share repurchase program. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 1.4 million shares of Globe Life Inc. common stock at a total cost of $118 million and an average share price of $81.79. Year-to-date, the Company has repurchased 3.1 million shares of Globe Life Inc. common stock at a total cost of $257 million and an average share price of $83.74.

LIQUIDITY/CAPITAL:

Globe Life's operations consist primarily of writing basic protection life and supplemental health insurance policies which generate strong and stable cash flows. These cash flows are not impacted by volatile equity markets. During the third quarter, the Company issued $400 million of senior unsecured notes due August 15, 2030 and negotiated a new credit facility. (Refer to recent 8-Ks for further information.) Liquidity at the Parent Company is sufficient to meet additional capital needs, if any, of the insurance companies.

EARNINGS GUIDANCE FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2021:

Globe Life projects that net operating income per share will be in the range of $6.84 to $7.00 for the year ending December 31, 2020 and from $7.30 to $7.80 for the year ending December 31, 2021

NON-GAAP MEASURES:

In this news release, Globe Life 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. Globe Life's definitions of non-GAAP measures may differ from other companies' definitions. More detailed financial information, including various GAAP and non-GAAP measurements, is located at https://investors.globelifeinsurance.com on the Investors page under "Financial Reports and Other Financial Information."

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements related to the expected impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our business operations, financial results and financial condition. These prospective statements reflect management's current expectations, but are not guarantees of future performance. Whether or not actual results differ materially from forward-looking statements may depend on numerous foreseeable and unforeseeable events or developments, which may be national in scope, related to the insurance industry generally, or applicable to the Company specifically. Such events or developments could include, but are not necessarily limited to: 1) Economic and other conditions, including the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the U.S. economy,  leading to unexpected changes in lapse rates and/or sales of our policies, as well as levels of mortality, morbidity, and utilization of health care services that differ from Globe Life's assumptions; 2) Regulatory developments, including changes in accounting standards or governmental regulations (particularly those impacting taxes and changes to the Federal Medicare program that would affect Medicare Supplement); 3) Market trends in the senior-aged health care industry that provide alternatives to traditional Medicare (such as Health Maintenance Organizations and other managed care or private plans) and that could affect the sales of traditional Medicare Supplement insurance; 4) Interest rate changes that affect product sales and/or investment portfolio yield; 5) General economic, industry sector or individual debt issuers' financial conditions (including developments and volatility arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in certain industries that may comprise part of our investment portfolio) that may affect the current market value of securities we own, or that may impair an issuer's ability to make principal and/or interest payments due on those securities; 6) Changes in pricing competition; 7) Litigation results; 8) Levels of administrative and operational efficiencies that differ from our assumptions (including any reduction in efficiencies resulting from increased costs arising from operating during the COVID-19 pandemic); 9) The ability to obtain timely and appropriate premium rate increases for health insurance policies from our regulators; 10) The customer response to new products and marketing initiatives; 11) Reported amounts in the consolidated financial statements which are based on management estimates and judgments which may differ from the actual amounts ultimately realized; 12) Compromise by a malicious actor or other event that causes a loss of secure data from, or inaccessibility to, our computer and other information technology systems; 13) The severity, magnitude and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including effects of the pandemic and the effects of the U.S. government's and other businesses' response to the pandemic, on our operations and personnel, and on commercial activity and demand for our products; and 14) Globe Life's ability to access the commercial paper and debt markets, particularly if such markets become unpredictable or unstable for a certain period as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Readers are also directed to consider other risks and uncertainties described in other documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Globe Life 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:

Globe Life will provide a live audio webcast of its third quarter 2020 earnings release conference call with financial analysts at 11:00 am (Eastern) tomorrow, October 22, 2020. Access to the live webcast and replay will be available at https://investors.globelifeinsurance.com on the Calls and Meetings page, at the Conference Calls on the Web icon. Immediately following this press release, supplemental financial reports will be available before the conference call on the Investors page menu of the Globe Life website at "Financial Reports."  

GLOBE LIFE INC.
Earnings Release—Q3 2020

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

APPENDIX

GLOBE LIFE INC.

GAAP CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2020


2019


2020


2019

Revenue:








Life premium

$

674,021



$

630,824



$

1,994,473



$

1,886,314


Health premium

287,795



269,166



850,877



802,132


Other premium

1



3



4



4


Total premium

961,817



899,993



2,845,354



2,688,450


Net investment income

231,432



228,905



691,991



683,003


Realized gains (losses)

1,501



11,943



(29,386)



18,426


Other income

292



438



1,021



1,077


Total revenue

1,195,042



1,141,279



3,508,980



3,390,956










Benefits and expenses:








Life policyholder benefits

459,231



406,963



1,340,746



1,227,616


Health policyholder benefits

184,237



170,875



546,444



511,403


Other policyholder benefits

7,508



7,854



22,571



23,792


Total policyholder benefits

650,976



585,692



1,909,761



1,762,811


Amortization of deferred acquisition costs

140,843



138,449



430,840



412,436


Commissions, premium taxes, and non-deferred acquisition costs

74,614



74,139



229,691



221,302


Other operating expense

75,397



74,575



226,693



226,412


Interest expense

21,674



21,094



65,295



63,804


Total benefits and expenses

963,504



893,949



2,862,280



2,686,765










Income before income taxes

231,538



247,330



646,700



704,191


Income tax benefit (expense)

(42,593)



(45,512)



(119,167)



(130,370)


Income from continuing operations

188,945



201,818



527,533



573,821










Discontinued operations:








Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax







(92)


Net income

$

188,945



$

201,818



$

527,533



$

573,729










Total basic net income per common share

$

1.78



$

1.85



$

4.95



$

5.24










Total diluted net income per common share

$

1.76



$

1.82



$

4.90



$

5.14


 

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