Continued Momentum in Global Lifestyle While Weaker Global Housing Performance Lowered Results
Revised 2022 Outlook for Adjusted EBITDA to 3 to 6 Percent Growth and Adjusted EPS to 14 to 18 Percent Growth, Both Ex. Catastrophes
NEW YORK, August 2, 2022 — Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a leading global business services company that supports, protects and connects major consumer purchases, today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.
“Overall, we were pleased by the continued earnings growth momentum of our services-oriented businesses in Global Lifestyle. Second quarter results were impacted by higher-than-expected costs in Global Housing associated with the current inflationary environment. We have initiated actions aimed at managing near-term macro volatility and positioning the business for long-term success,” said Assurant President and CEO Keith Demmings.
“We have revised our full-year outlook for 2022 and remain confident that our combined Lifestyle and Housing business portfolio will continue to deliver attractive profitable growth, strong cash flow generation and superior shareholder returns relative to the broader market,” Demmings added.
Second Quarter 2022 Summary
- GAAP net income decreased 72 percent versus prior year period, while net income per diluted share decreased 69 percent
- Adjusted EBITDA, excluding reportable catastrophes2, decreased 8 percent to $277 million
- Adjusted earnings, excluding reportable catastrophes, per diluted share4, decreased 1 percent to $3.25
- Holding company liquidity was $595 million
- Share repurchases and common stock dividends totaled $271 million
The company now expects:
- 3 to 6 percent growth in Adjusted EBITDA, excluding reportable catastrophes5, driven by profitable growth in Global Lifestyle, partially offset by a decline in Global Housing
- 14 to 18 percent growth in Adjusted earnings, excluding reportable catastrophes, per diluted share5, driven by share repurchases and continued profitable earnings growth
Second Quarter 2022 Consolidated Results
NOTE: SOME OF THE METRICS THROUGHOUT THIS PRESS RELEASE ARE NON-GAAP MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE. A FULL RECONCILIATION OF EACH NON-GAAP MEASURE TO THE MOST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURE CAN BE FOUND IN THE NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES SECTION. ADJUSTED EBITDA OF THE GLOBAL LIFESTYLE, GLOBAL HOUSING AND CORPORATE AND OTHER SEGMENTS IS THE SEGMENT MEASURE OF PROFITABILITY IN OUR GAAP FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND INCLUDES REPORTABLE CATASTROPHES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS REGARDING KEY FINANCIAL METRICS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FINANCIAL SUPPLEMENT LOCATED ON ASSURANT’S INVESTOR RELATIONS WEBSITE: HTTPS://IR.ASSURANT.COM/INVESTOR/DEFAULT.ASPX
Second Quarter 2022 Consolidated Results
- GAAP net income was $52.2 million, compared to second quarter 2021 of $187.1 million. The decline was primarily due to a decrease in net unrealized gains from changes in fair value of equity securities, lower earnings contributions from Global Housing, and a $29.4 million after-tax decrease in earnings from non-core operations, mostly driven by adverse prior year reserve development from sharing economy.
- GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.95, compared to second quarter 2021 of $3.05. The decrease was primarily driven by the factors noted above, partially offset by ongoing share repurchases.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased 14 percent compared to the prior year period. Pre-tax reportable catastrophes increased $17.1 million. Excluding reportable catastrophes, Adjusted EBITDA2 decreased 8 percent to $277.4 million, primarily due to higher non-catastrophe loss experience and catastrophe reinsurance costs in Global Housing. This was partially offset by double-digit growth in Global Lifestyle from continued strong results in Connected Living and Global Automotive.
- Adjusted earnings, excluding reportable catastrophes, per diluted share4, decreased 1 percent to $3.25, as lower earnings were partially offset by ongoing share repurchases.
- Revenue from the Global Lifestyle and Global Housing segments totaled $2.48 billion compared to $2.43 billion in second quarter 2021, up 2 percent, primarily due to Global Automotive growth within Global Lifestyle.
Note: Throughout this press release, revenue refers to net earned premiums, fees and other income. GAAP revenue is equal to net earned premiums, fees and other income, net investment income and net realized gains (losses) on investments.
- Adjusted EBITDA increased compared to the prior year period from continued strong results across Connected Living and Global Automotive. Connected Living growth was primarily led by mobile from higher device protection contributions in North America, including subscriber growth and more favorable loss experience. Global Automotive increased primarily from higher investment income mainly from the sale of a real estate joint venture partnership and higher yields, as well as favorable loss experience in select ancillary products. Growth was partially offset by the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange.
- Revenue increased compared to the prior year period, primarily led by Global Automotive premium growth from strong prior period sales. Connected Living decreased modestly, mainly from the impact of runoff mobile programs, partially offset by higher mobile fee income driven by an increase in global devices serviced, as well as device protection growth in North America.
- Adjusted EBITDA decreased compared to the prior year period. Pre-tax reportable catastrophes increased $17.2 million, primarily due to prior period development from Hurricane Eta and current period losses from Tropical Storm Alex. Excluding reportable catastrophes, Adjusted EBITDA2 decreased $40.0 million year-over-year. Approximately $25.0 million of the decrease was driven by higher non-catastrophe loss experience, largely within lender-placed, from higher claims severity related to inflation. Higher loss experience included a $12.0 million year-over-year increase in reserves for prior and current year periods along with elevated severity in the current quarter, particularly from fire claims. The remainder of the decline was mainly from higher catastrophe reinsurance costs, largely driven by increased exposures.
- Revenue was flat year-over-year, as growth in lender-placed from higher average insured values and premium rates were offset by higher catastrophe reinsurance costs.
Corporate and Other
- Adjusted EBITDA loss increased in second quarter 2022 compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by higher employee-related and technology expenses.
Holding Company Liquidity Position
- Holding company liquidity totaled $595 million as of June 30, 2022, or $370 million above the company’s current targeted minimum level of $225 million.
Dividends paid by operating segments to the holding company in second quarter 2022 totaled $189 million. In addition to quarterly interest and Corporate and Other expenses, the company had $82 million of cash outflows, including a $75 million repayment in principal of its 2023 Senior Notes as well as $6 million of investments within Assurant Ventures.
- Share repurchases and common stock dividends totaled $271 million in second quarter 2022. During second quarter 2022, Assurant repurchased 1.3 million shares of common stock for $232 million and paid $39 million in common stock dividends. From July 1 through July 31, 2022, the company repurchased an additional 175 thousand shares for approximately $30 million, with $338 million remaining under the current repurchase authorization.
2022 Company Outlook5
For full-year 2022, the company now expects:
- Adjusted EBITDA, excluding reportable catastrophes, to grow 3 to 6 percent, driven by growth in Global Lifestyle.
◦ Global Lifestyle Adjusted EBITDA is expected to increase by mid- to high-teens, driven mainly by mobile in Connected Living from global expansion in existing and new clients across device protection and trade-in and upgrade programs. This will be partially offset by unfavorable impacts of foreign exchange and strategic investments to support new business opportunities. Global Automotive is also expected to increase, driven by higher investment income and more favorable loss experience in select ancillary products.
◦ Global Housing Adjusted EBITDA, excluding reportable catastrophes, is expected to decrease by low- to mid-teens, primarily due to higher non-catastrophe loss experience related to elevated inflationary trends, mainly in lender-placed, as well as increased catastrophe reinsurance costs. The decline will be partially offset by higher average insured values and premium rates in lender-placed, along with ongoing expense initiatives.
◦ Corporate and Other Adjusted EBITDA loss is expected to be approximately $105.0 million, reflecting higher employee-related and technology expenses.
- Adjusted earnings, excluding reportable catastrophes, per diluted share to increase 14 to 18 percent, driven by share repurchases, including the return of net proceeds from the sale of Global Preneed, and earnings growth in Global Lifestyle. Assurant’s consolidated effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 22 to 24 percent, which reflects the impact of the first quarter tax benefit.
- Business segment dividends to be moderately below the company’s average annual target of approximately three quarters of segment Adjusted EBITDA, including reportable catastrophes. This is subject to the growth of the businesses, investment portfolio performance, and rating agency and regulatory capital requirements.
- Capital to be deployed to support business growth by funding investments and M&A, and to return capital to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends, subject to Board approval and market conditions.
Earnings Conference Call
The second quarter 2022 earnings conference call and webcast will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. ET. The live and archived webcast, along with supplemental information, will be available on Assurant’s Investor Relations website:
Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a leading global business services company that supports, protects and connects major consumer purchases. A Fortune 500 company with a presence in 21 countries, Assurant supports the advancement of the connected world by partnering with the world’s leading brands to develop innovative solutions and to deliver an enhanced customer experience through mobile device solutions, extended service contracts, vehicle protection services, renters insurance, lender-placed insurance products and other specialty products.
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(xvii) fluctuations in exchange rates;
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(xxvi) limitations in the analytical models we use to assist in our decision-making;
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(xxx) the impact of litigation and regulatory actions;
(xxxi) reductions or deferrals in the insurance premiums we charge;
(xxxii) changes in insurance, tax and other regulations;
(xxxiii) volatility in our common stock price and trading volume; and
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Assurant uses the following non-GAAP financial measures to analyze the company’s operating performance. Assurant’s non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP financial measures. Because Assurant’s calculation of these measures may differ from similar measures used by other companies, investors should be careful when comparing Assurant’s non-GAAP financial measures to those of other companies.
(1) Assurant uses Adjusted EBITDA as an important measure of the company’s operating performance. Assurant defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income from continuing operations, excluding net realized losses (gains) on investments and fair value changes to equity securities, COVID-19 direct and incremental expenses, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-core operations, net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests, interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation expense, amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring costs related to strategic exit activities (outside of normal periodic restructuring and cost management activities), as well as other highly variable or unusual items. The company believes this metric provides investors with an important measure of the company’s operating performance because it excludes items that do not represent the ongoing operations of the company, and therefore (i) enhances management’s and investors’ ability to analyze the ongoing operations of its businesses and (ii) facilitates comparisons of its operating performance over multiple periods, including because the amortization expense associated with purchased intangible assets may fluctuate from period to period based on the timing, size, nature and number of acquisitions. Although the company excludes amortization of purchased intangible assets from Adjusted EBITDA, revenue generated from such intangible assets is included within the revenue in determining Adjusted EBITDA. The comparable GAAP measure is net income from continuing operations. See Note 2 below for a full reconciliation.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA, Excluding Reportable Catastrophes: Assurant uses Adjusted EBITDA (defined above), excluding reportable catastrophes (which represents individual catastrophic events that generate losses in excess of $5.0 million, pre-tax, net of reinsurance and client profit sharing adjustments and including reinstatement and other premiums), as another important measure of the company’s performance. The company believes this metric provides investors with an important measure of the company’s performance for the reasons noted above, and because it excludes reportable catastrophes, which can be volatile. The comparable GAAP measure is net income from continuing operations.
(1) THROUGHOUT THIS PRESS RELEASE, ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE COMPONENTS OF OTHER ADJUSTMENTS AND OTHER KEY FINANCIAL METRICS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FINANCIAL SUPPLEMENT LOCATED ON ASSURANT’S INVESTOR RELATIONS WEBSITE: HTTPS://IR.ASSURANT.COM/INVESTOR/DEFAULT.ASPX
(3) Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share: Assurant uses Adjusted earnings per diluted share as an important measure of the company’s stockholder value. Assurant defines Adjusted earnings per diluted share as net income from continuing operations, excluding net realized losses (gains) on investments and fair value changes to equity securities, amortization of purchased intangible assets, COVID-19 direct and incremental expenses, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-core operations, net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests, restructuring costs related to strategic exit activities (outside of normal periodic restructuring and cost management activities), as well as other highly variable or unusual items, plus any dilutive preferred stock dividends, divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. The company believes this metric provides investors with an important measure of stockholder value because it excludes items that do not represent the ongoing operations of the company, and therefore (i) enhances management’s and investors’ ability to analyze the ongoing operations of its businesses and (ii) facilitates comparisons of its operating performance over multiple periods, including because the amortization expense associated with purchased intangible assets may fluctuate from period to period based on the timing, size, nature and number of acquisitions. Although the company excludes amortization of purchased intangible assets from Adjusted earnings, revenue generated from such intangible assets is included within the revenue in determining Adjusted earnings. The comparable GAAP measure is net income from continuing operations per diluted share, defined as net income from continuing operations plus any dilutive preferred stock dividends less net income from non-controlling interests, divided by the weighted average diluted shares outstanding. See Note 4 below for a full reconciliation.
(4) Adjusted Earnings, Excluding Reportable Catastrophes, per Diluted Share: Assurant uses Adjusted earnings, excluding reportable catastrophes, per diluted share (each as defined above) as another important measure of the company's stockholder value. The company believes this metric provides investors with an important measure of stockholder value for the reasons noted above, and because it excludes reportable catastrophes, which can be volatile. The comparable GAAP measure is net income from continuing operations per diluted share (defined above).
(1) Throughout this press release, information on the share counts used in the per share calculations are included in the Financial Supplement located on Assurant’s Investor Relations website: https://ir.assurant.com/investor/default.aspx
(5) The company outlook for Adjusted earnings, excluding reportable catastrophes, per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA, excluding reportable catastrophes, for Assurant and Global Housing each constitute forward-looking information and the company believes that it cannot reconcile such forward-looking information to the most comparable GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts. Many of the GAAP components cannot be reliably quantified due to the combination of variability and volatility of such components and may, depending on the size of the components, have a significant impact on the reconciliation. The company is able to quantify a full-year estimate of interest expense, depreciation expense and amortization of purchased intangible assets, each on a pre-tax basis, which are expected to be approximately $107 million, $85 million and $70 million, respectively. The interest expense estimate assumes no additional debt is incurred or extinguished in the forecast period and excludes after-tax interest expenses included in debt extinguishment and other related costs.
Consolidated Statement of Operations (unaudited)
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2022 and 2021
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At June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021