Citizens, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results; Investor Conference Call Scheduled for May 7, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. CDT - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Citizens, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results; Investor Conference Call Scheduled for May 7, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. CDT

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SOURCE Citizens, Inc.

AUSTIN, Texas, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens, Inc. (NYSE: CIA) reported results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Rick D. Riley, Vice Chairman and President, said, "We began 2014 with increased premium revenues and investment income, which is further complemented by favorable claim experience.  Our life operations contributed to the premium increase with both new and renewal business reflecting strong first quarter sales."

Riley added, "We reported an investment income increase over 18% for the current quarter compared to the same three months in 2013, as the portfolio yield increased to 4.22% compared to 4.11% for the full year of 2013 and 3.86% for the three months  ended March 31, 2013.  In addition, interest on policyholder loans contributed positively to this improvement."

"Book value per share of Class A common stock was $5.12 at March 31, 2014."

FOR THE PERIODS ENDED MARCH 31,



2014



2013


(Unaudited, In thousands, except for per share amounts)







Premiums



$

43,013



40,940


Net investment income



9,906



8,389


Net realized investment gains (losses)



(56)



31


Total revenue



53,032



49,546


Net income applicable to common stock



1,197



856


Net income per diluted share of Class A common stock



0.02



0.02


Diluted weighted average shares of Class A common stock



49,080



49,080


Operating income



$

1,233



836


"We closed the acquisition of Magnolia Guaranty Life Insurance Company ("MGLIC") on March 7, 2014 by paying $5.2 million in cash for 100% of MGLIC's outstanding common stock," Riley stated.  "The assets recorded as of March 31, 2014 were $11.9 million, liabilities of $6.6 million and stockholders equity of $5.3 million and we anticipate MGLIC will contribute approximately $0.3 million of additional net income for the full year of 2014. This entity will be reported as part of our home service segment business as a wholly owned subsidiary of  our Security Plan Life Insurance Company subsidiary."

Reconciliation of Net Income to Operating Income (a non-GAAP measure)






FOR THE PERIODS ENDED MARCH 31,


2014



2013


(Unaudited, In thousands)






Net income


$

1,197



856


Items excluded in the calculation of operating income:





Net realized investment (gains) losses


56



(31)


Pre-tax effect of exclusions


56



(31)


Tax effect at 35%


(20)



11


Operating income


$

1,233



836









Non-GAAP Financial Measures - The table above reconciles Net Income to Operating Income. Operating Income is a "Non-GAAP" financial measure that is widely used in our industry to evaluate the performance of underwriting operations. Operating Income excludes the after-tax net effects of Net Realized Investment Gains and Losses. We believe it presents a useful view of the performance of our insurance operations. While we believe disclosure of certain Non-GAAP information is appropriate, you should not consider this information without also considering the information we present in accordance with GAAP.

INSURANCE OPERATIONS

  • Life Insurance Our Life Insurance segment primarily issues ordinary whole life insurance and endowments in U.S. Dollar-denominated amounts to foreign residents in approximately 30 countries through independent marketing consultants, and domestically through independent marketing firms and consultants across the United States.
    • Premiums – Life insurance premium revenues increased for the first quarter of 2014, due to higher international first year and renewal premiums, as we continue to experience strong endowment sales and persistency.  The endowment to age sixty-five and the twenty-year endowment  continue to be the preferred products internationally.  Endowment sales overall represented approximately 82% of first year premiums in the first three months of 2014.  We held our annual sales convention during April and based upon the agent feedback we expect to see strong sales this year through continued enthusiasm in our international markets.  Venezuela, Colombia and Taiwan which have been our top three producing countries, all showed premium growth this first quarter compared to the same period in 2013.
    • Benefits and expenses – Total life insurance benefits and expenses rose in line with premium growth for the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Future policy benefit reserves increased as endowment products accumulate higher reserve balances on the front end when compared to whole life products.   Commission expense increased as first year sales expanded and  renewal premium remained strong.  Surrender expense was up for the three months ended in 2014 due to the unusually low comparable prior year expense in 2013.  Our surrenders have remained at a level totaling approximately .6% of inforce with a large portion related to policies that have passed the surrender charge period, which is typically fourteen years.

  • Home Service – Our Home Service Insurance segment provides pre-need and final expense ordinary life insurance and annuities to middle and lower income individuals, primarily in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.  Our policies in this segment are sold and serviced through funeral homes and a home service marketing distribution system utilizing employees and independent agents.
    • Premiums – Home service premiums increased 3.5% primarily due to the added premium associated with the MGLIC acquisition. We expect this acquisition will benefit our Home Service segment by increasing our presence and agency force in Mississippi.
    • Benefits and expenses – Claims and surrenders increased by 3.2% for the first three months of 2014, due to an increase in surrenders in the current period. The comparable period in 2013 was unusually low related to surrenders and there have been no changes relative to our long-term expectations.  In 2013, we experienced  increased weather-related property claims which results in a 33% decrease when comparing the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2014.  In addition, this segment reported increased amortization of deferred acquisition costs, as we experienced higher policies lapses in the current year.

The non-insurance segment represents the administrative support entities to the insurance operations whose revenues are primarily intercompany and have been eliminated in consolidation under GAAP.

INVESTMENTS

  • Invested assets – Total invested assets increased from year-end 2013 as new premium revenues were invested in bonds and policy loans rose.
    • Fixed maturity securities represented 84.3% of the invested assets and cash at March 31, 2014, compared with 83.9% at year-end 2013.
    • Equity security holdings increased to $49.8 million at March 31, 2014 from $47.3 million at year-end 2013 with the increase coming from the MGLIC acquisition.  The majority of our equity holdings are bond mutual funds.
    • Cash and cash equivalents represented 5.1% of total cash, cash equivalents and invested assets at March 31, 2014, down from 5.5% at year-end 2013, reflecting the timing of calls of securities owned and of investment and reinvestment of new premium revenues and other available funds.

  • Investment income – Net investment income increased 18.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, primarily due to an increase in overall invested assets from premium collections received and invested in fixed maturity bonds.  The policy loan asset balance rose by 2.9% in 2014, resulting in policy loan income increase as a component of investment income.
    • Yield – Average annualized yield was 4.22% for the three months of 2014 compared to 4.11% for the full year of 2013 and 3.86% for the three months ended March 31, 2013.
    • Duration – The average maturity of the fixed income bond portfolio was 12.06 years with an estimated effective maturity of 7.03 years as of March 31, 2014.

INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Citizens will host a conference call to discuss operating results at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.  The conference call will be hosted by Rick D. Riley, Vice Chairman and President, Kay Osbourn, Chief Financial Officer, and other members of the Company's management team.  To participate, please dial 888-481-2844 and ask to join the Citizens, Inc. call.  We recommend accessing the call three to five minutes before the call is scheduled to begin.  A recording of the conference call will be available on Citizens' website at www.citizensinc.com in the Investor Information section under News Release & Publications following the call.

ABOUT CITIZENS, INC.

Citizens, Inc. is a financial services company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CIA.  The Company utilizes a three-pronged strategy for growth based upon worldwide sales of U.S. Dollar-denominated whole life cash value insurance policies, life insurance product sales in the U.S. and the acquisition of other U.S. based life insurance companies.

SAFE HARBOR

Information herein contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which can be identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate" or "continue" or comparable words. In addition, all statements other than statements of historical facts that address activities that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  Readers are encouraged to read the SEC reports of the Company, particularly its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its current reports on Form 8-K, for the meaningful cautionary language disclosing why actual results may vary materially from those anticipated by management.  The Company undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in the Company's expectations.  The Company also disclaims any duty to comment upon or correct information that may be contained in reports published by the investment community.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kay Osbourn
Chief Financial Officer
(512) 837-7100
PR@citizensinc.com

 

 

CITIZENS, INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)




Three Months Ended March 31,



2014


2013



(Unaudited)

Revenues:









Premiums:









Life insurance




$

41,397




39,414

Accident and health insurance




351




349

Property insurance




1,265




1,177

Net investment income




9,906




8,389

Realized investment gains (losses), net




(56)




31

Other income




169




186

Total revenues




53,032




49,546

Benefits and expenses:









Insurance benefits paid or provided:









Claims and surrenders




16,457




14,806

Increase in future policy benefit reserves




17,698




16,959

Policyholders' dividends




2,102




2,074

Total insurance benefits paid or provided




36,257




33,839

Commissions




9,910




9,058

Other general expenses




6,502




6,699

Capitalization of deferred policy acquisition costs




(7,068)




(6,362)

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs




5,209




4,626

Amortization of cost of customer relationships acquired




531




578

Total benefits and expenses




51,341




48,438

Income before federal income tax




1,691




1,108

Federal income tax expense




494




252

Net income




1,197




856

Per Share Amounts:









Basic earnings per share of Class A common stock


$

0.02




0.02



Basic earnings per share of Class B common stock


0.01




0.01



Diluted earnings per share of Class A common stock


0.02




0.02



Diluted earnings per share of Class B common stock


0.01




0.01



Other comprehensive income:









Unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities:









Unrealized holding gains arising during period




14,096




96

Reclassification adjustment for gains (losses) included in net income




32




(31)

Unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities, net




14,128




65

Income tax expense on unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities




4,954




27

Other comprehensive income




9,174




38

Comprehensive income




$

10,371




894

 

 

CITIZENS, INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(In thousands)




March 31,


December 31,



2014


2013



(Unaudited)



Assets:





Investments:





Fixed maturities available-for-sale, at fair value


$

644,759


605,256

Fixed maturities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost


223,586


227,696

Equity securities available-for-sale, at fair value


49,845


47,259

Mortgage loans on real estate


659


671

Policy loans


50,288


48,868

Real estate held for investment


8,403


8,440

Other long-term investments


44


45

Short-term investments


-


-

Total investments


977,584


938,235

Cash and cash equivalents


52,307


54,593

Accrued investment income


12,803


12,251

Receivable for securities


1,707


-

Reinsurance recoverable


4,614


4,394

Deferred policy acquisition costs


148,443


146,691

Cost of customer relationships acquired


25,488


23,374

Goodwill


17,160


17,160

Other intangible assets


976


851

Federal income tax receivable


-


-

Property and equipment, net


6,688


6,662

Due premiums, net


10,387


11,209

Prepaid expenses


1,311


95

Other assets


741


765

Total assets


$

1,260,209


1,216,280




(Continued)

 

 

CITIZENS, INC. AND CONSOLIDATED SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position, Continued

(In thousands)



March 31,


December 31,


2014


2013


(Unaudited)



Liabilities:




Policy liabilities:




Future policy benefit reserves:




   Life insurance

$

856,915


834,269

   Annuities

55,833


55,485

   Accident and health

1,221


1,250

Dividend accumulations

14,129


13,662

Premiums paid in advance

34,037


32,560

Policy claims payable

10,120


9,488

Other policyholders' funds

7,498


7,982

Total policy liabilities

979,753


954,696

Commissions payable

2,238


2,562

Federal income tax payable

2,107


590

Deferred federal income tax

6,621


1,704

Payable for securities in process of settlement

2,977


-

Other liabilities

10,333


10,919

Total liabilities

1,004,029


970,471





Stockholders' equity:




Class A, common stock

259,383


259,383

Class B, common stock

3,184


3,184

Accumulated deficit

(11,345)


(12,542)

Accumulated other comprehensive income:




Unrealized gains on securities, net of tax

15,969


6,795

Treasury stock, at cost

(11,011)


(11,011)

Total stockholders' equity

256,180


245,809

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,260,209


1,216,280

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