Principal® Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results
October 26, 2020 at 16:15 PM EDT
Principal Financial Group® (Nasdaq: PFG) announced results for third quarter 2020.
Third quarter 2020 financial results
“We came into this financial crisis well capitalized and with a strong, high quality balance sheet and that has not changed,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Principal. “We will continue to be prudent with regard to our capital deployment strategy, but at the same time, as we gain greater clarity around the global economic outlook and our own capital position, we will consider all capital deployment options to further increase long-term shareholder value. I’m confident we have the right team, strategy, and financial foundation in place to continue to navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead – meeting the needs of our 32 million customers around the world.”
“I continue to be extremely proud of our leadership, our employees and the overall resiliency of our diversified business strategy during these challenging times. We’ve started to transition the Institutional Retirement and Trust (IRT) business over to our platform and the strategic and cultural benefits are confirmed. The revenue and expense synergies will begin to emerge in the second half of 2021. Our position as a leading pension provider gives us new opportunities to expand our reach and accessibly more than ever before.”
Additional details on the impacts of our actuarial assumption review, COVID-19, and other significant variances can be found in our third quarter 2020 earnings call slide presentation and details of our U.S. investment portfolio are available in a supplemental slide presentation, both available at principal.com/investor.
Other third quarter highlights
Continued strong financial position
Retirement and Income Solutions - Fee
*Pre-tax return on net revenue – Excluding the third quarter actuarial assumption reviews and other significant variances, the trailing twelve-month pre-tax return on net revenue was 24.2 percent for third quarter 2020 and 28.6 percent for third quarter 2019.
Retirement and Income Solutions - Spread
*Pre-tax return on net revenue – Excluding the third quarter actuarial assumption reviews and other significant variances, the trailing twelve-month pre-tax return on net revenue was 70.8 percent for third quarter 2020 and 65.5 percent for third quarter 2019.
Principal Global Investors
*Pre-tax return on operating revenues less pass-through expenses – Excluding impact of significant variances, the trailing twelve-month pre-tax return on operating revenues less pass-through expenses was 35.8 percent for third quarter 2020 and 35.7 percent for third quarter 2019.
*Pre-tax return on combined net revenue (at PFG share) – Excluding the third quarter actuarial assumption reviews and other significant variances, the trailing twelve month combined pre-tax return on net revenue (at PFG share) was 33.5 percent for third quarter 2020 and 37.1 percent for third quarter 2019.
Specialty Benefits Insurance
*Pre-tax return on premium and fees – Excluding the third quarter actuarial assumption review and other significant variances, the trailing twelve-month pre-tax return on premium and fees was 14.5 percent for third quarter 2020 and 13.2 percent for third quarter 2019.
Individual Life Insurance
*Pre-tax return on premium and fees – Excluding the third quarter actuarial assumption reviews and other significant variances, the trailing twelve-month pre-tax return on premium and fees was 16.2 percent for third quarter 2020 and 16.9 percent for third quarter 2019.
Income statement line item details of the 3Q20 and 3Q19 significant variances are available in our earnings conference call presentation on our website.
Forward looking and cautionary statements
Certain statements made by the company which are not historical facts may be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements as to non-GAAP operating earnings, net income attributable to PFG, net cash flow, realized and unrealized gains and losses, capital and liquidity positions, sales and earnings trends, and management’s beliefs, expectations, goals and opinions. The company does not undertake to update these statements, which are based on a number of assumptions concerning future conditions that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. Future events and their effects on the company may not be those anticipated, and actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements. The risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause or contribute to such material differences are discussed in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, and in the company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, filed by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as updated or supplemented from time to time in subsequent filings. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: adverse capital and credit market conditions may significantly affect the company’s ability to meet liquidity needs, access to capital and cost of capital; conditions in the global capital markets and the economy generally; volatility or declines in the equity, bond or real estate markets; changes in interest rates or credit spreads or a sustained low interest rate environment; the elimination of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”); the company’s investment portfolio is subject to several risks that may diminish the value of its invested assets and the investment returns credited to customers; the company’s valuation of investments and the determination of the amount of allowances and impairments taken on such investments may include methodologies, estimations and assumptions that are subject to differing interpretations; any impairments of or valuation allowances against the company’s deferred tax assets; the company’s actual experience for insurance and annuity products could differ significantly from its pricing and reserving assumptions; the pattern of amortizing the company’s DAC asset and other actuarial balances on its universal life-type insurance contracts, participating life insurance policies and certain investment contracts may change; changes in laws, regulations or accounting standards; the company may not be able to protect its intellectual property and may be subject to infringement claims; the company’s ability to pay stockholder dividends and meet its obligations may be constrained by the limitations on dividends Iowa insurance laws impose on Principal Life; litigation and regulatory investigations; from time to time the company may become subject to tax audits, tax litigation or similar proceedings, and as a result it may owe additional taxes, interest and penalties in amounts that may be material; applicable laws and the company’s certificate of incorporation and by-laws may discourage takeovers and business combinations that some stockholders might consider in their best interests; competition, including from companies that may have greater financial resources, broader arrays of products, higher ratings and stronger financial performance; technological and societal changes may disrupt the company’s business model and impair its ability to retain existing customers, attract new customers and maintain its profitability; damage to the company’s reputation; a downgrade in the company’s financial strength or credit ratings; client terminations, withdrawals or changes in investor preferences; the company’s hedging or risk management strategies prove ineffective or insufficient; inability to attract and retain qualified employees and sales representatives and develop new distribution sources; an interruption in telecommunication, information technology or other systems, or a failure to maintain the confidentiality, integrity or availability of data residing on such systems; international business risks; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; risks arising from participation in joint ventures; the company may need to fund deficiencies in its “Closed Block” assets; a pandemic, terrorist attack, military action or other catastrophic event; the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting financial market impacts; the company’s reinsurers could default on their obligations or increase their rates; risks arising from acquisitions of businesses; risks related to the company’s acquisition of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s IRT business; loss of key vendor relationships or failure of a vendor to protect information of our customers or employees; the company’s enterprise risk management framework may not be fully effective in identifying all of the risks to which the company is exposed; and global climate change.
Use of Non-GAAP financial measures
The company uses a number of non-GAAP financial measures that management believes are useful to investors because they illustrate the performance of normal, ongoing operations, which is important in understanding and evaluating the company’s financial condition and results of operations. They are not, however, a substitute for U.S. GAAP financial measures. Therefore, the company has provided reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure at the end of the release. The company adjusts U.S. GAAP measures for items not directly related to ongoing operations. However, it is possible these adjusting items have occurred in the past and could recur in future reporting periods. Management also uses non-GAAP measures for goal setting, as a basis for determining employee and senior management awards and compensation and evaluating performance on a basis comparable to that used by investors and securities analysts.
Earnings conference call
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (ET), Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Houston and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Deanna Strable will lead a discussion of results and the impacts on future prospects, asset quality and capital adequacy during a live conference call, which can be accessed as follows:
The company’s financial supplement and slide presentation is currently available at principal.com/investor, and may be referred to during the call.
Principal helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.
Summary of Principal Financial Group, Inc. and Segment Results
*U.S. GAAP (GAAP) net income attributable to PFG versus non-GAAP operating earnings
Management uses non-GAAP operating earnings, which is a financial measure that excludes the effect of net realized capital gains and losses, as adjusted, and other after-tax adjustments the company believes are not indicative of overall operating trends, for goal setting, as a basis for determining employee and senior management awards and compensation, and evaluating performance on a basis comparable to that used by investors and securities analysts. Note: it is possible these adjusting items have occurred in the past and could recur in future reporting periods. While these items may be significant components in understanding and assessing our consolidated financial performance, management believes the presentation of non-GAAP operating earnings enhances the understanding of results of operations by highlighting earnings attributable to the normal, ongoing operations of the company’s businesses.
1 Use of non-GAAP financial measures is discussed in this release after segment results. Non-GAAP operating earnings for total company is after tax. The total company impacts of significant variances, including the actuarial assumption review, are also after tax.
2 Represents the percentage of Principal actively managed mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), insurance separate accounts, and collective investment trusts (CITs) in the top two Morningstar quartiles. Excludes Money Market, Stable Value, Liability Driven Investment, Hedge Fund Separate Account and US Property Separate Account.
3 Pre-tax operating earnings = operating earnings before income taxes and after noncontrolling interest.
4 Net revenue = operating revenues less benefits, claims and settlement expenses less dividends to policyholders.
5 Pre-tax return on net revenue = pre-tax operating earnings divided by net revenue.
6 The company has provided reconciliations of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures at the end of the release. The company has determined this measure is more representative of underlying operating revenues growth for PGI as it removes commissions and other expenses that are collected through fee revenue and passed through expenses with no impact to pre-tax operating earnings.
7 Pre-tax return on operating revenues less pass-through expenses = pre-tax operating earnings, adjusted for noncontrolling interest divided by operating revenues less pass-through expenses.
8 Combined net revenue (a non-GAAP financial measure): net revenue for all PI companies at 100% less pass-through commissions. The company has determined combined net revenue (at PFG share) is more representative of underlying net revenue growth for PI as it reflects our proportionate share of consolidated and equity method subsidiaries. In addition, using this net revenue metric provides a more meaningful representation of our profit margins.
9 Premium and fees = premiums and other considerations plus fees and other revenues. Pre-tax return on premium and fees = pre-tax operating earnings divided by premium and fees.
10 Other significant variances in 3Q20 include 1) COVID-19 related claims and other impacts in RIS-Fee, RIS Spread, Specialty Benefits and Individual Life; 2) IRT integration costs in RIS-Fee; 3) lower than expected variable investment income in Principal International, Specialty Benefits, and Individual Life; and 4) lower than expected encaje performance and lower than expected inflation in Principal International.
11 Other significant variances in 3Q19 include 1) IRT transaction and integration costs in RIS-Fee and Corporate; and 2) higher than expected encaje performance and lower than expected inflation in Principal International.
12 Principal, Principal and symbol design and Principal Financial Group are trademarks and service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.