Welcome!

News Feed Item

Northwestern Mutual Announces 2013 Financial Results

Record dividend set for 2014; premium revenue up 8 percent; surplus remains strong

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwestern Mutual today announced its 2013 financial results, which include a record dividend payout to policyowners expected to exceed $5.2 billion in 2014. In addition, the company's premium revenue grew 8 percent while total surplus increased to more than $20 billion.

Northwestern Mutual

"We had another very good year for our policyowners," said John Schlifske, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Northwestern Mutual. "The results reflect our focus on the fundamentals of our business, and it's that same focus and discipline that makes us so attractive to people looking to establish a holistic financial plan that lasts a lifetime."

According to Schlifske, over the past five years people have bought nearly 2 million new policies and annuity contracts from Northwestern Mutual. The company has the No. 1 market share in U.S. individual life insurance1 and its broker-dealer is ranked in the top 10 nationally2.

2014 record dividend payout expected to exceed $5 billion3

One of Northwestern Mutual's primary measures of financial success is the amount of participating dividends it returns to policyowners. The company's expected $5.2 billion payout includes approximately three times the ordinary life insurance dividends of its nearest competitor.4  More than 75 percent of the payout is used by policyowners to buy even more coverage.

Unsurpassed financial strength

The company's total surplus reached a new record in 2013, increasing more than $1.2 billion to $20.6 billion. Surplus represents a mutual insurance company's capital position above and beyond the reserves it holds to provide for future insurance benefits. The company's surplus ratio, a measure of its capital position relative to its size and business risks, remained unchanged from one year earlier at 13.0 percent.

Independent sources confirm the company's unsurpassed financial strength. In 2013, Northwestern Mutual continued to receive the highest possible financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies.5

Largest field force in company history

According to Schlifske, a key to the company's strong performance is growth in the size and productivity of its field force nationwide. The company had 6,662 full-time financial representatives at year-end 2013, the highest number in company history.

2013 financial results

Following are highlights of the company's 2013 financial performance:

Operating Results

  • Premium revenue totaled $16.6 billion for 2013, an increase of 8 percent from the prior year. This increase reflected a $744 million increase in new premium sales, continued high persistency rates for renewal premium and an increase in dividends used by policyowners for the purchase of additional life insurance protection.
  • Net investment income of $8.7 billion was 1 percent higher than 2012. Despite the continued low interest rate environment, interest income from bonds, commercial mortgage loans and other fixed income investments increased 2 percent from the prior year. Net investment income for 2013 also included substantial distributions of earnings from subsidiaries investing in various private equity and real estate assets.
  • Total insurance benefits increased 7 percent to $17.5 billion for 2013, including a $9.6 billion increase in reserves for future policy benefits and a 9 percent increase in benefits paid to policyowners and their beneficiaries. The increase in total insurance benefits generally reflected the substantial increase in premium revenue growth and continued growth in the life insurance book of business. The company's persistency rate for life insurance protection in force remained very favorable at 96.5 percent.
  • Commissions and insurance operating expenses increased 3 percent compared to the prior year. The company expects to maintain one of the lowest life insurance unit costs in the industry again during 2013, a reflection of both the productivity of its field force and its rigorous management of home office expenses.
  • Operating gain before dividends and taxes exceeded $5.7 billion for the first time during 2013, reflecting both revenue growth and favorable product operating fundamentals such as claims experience and persistency of in-force insurance business. After dividends and taxes, net gain from operations was $526 million compared to $575 million for the same period last year.
  • Net realized capital gains added $276 million to 2013 net income, as net gains on the sale of common stocks far exceeded a modest level of investment impairments. Including realized capital gains, net income was $802 million for 2013, an increase from $783 million for 2012.
  • The company announced its 2014 dividend scale in October 2013 with a total estimated payout of $5.2 billion, including a 5.60 percent dividend scale interest rate on unborrowed funds for most traditional permanent life insurance policies. The estimated dividend payout for 2014 includes $300 million in dividends on individual disability insurance policies and $145 million in dividends on term life insurance. Please see more information about the 2014 Dividend Announcement at the company's corporate website.

Investment Portfolio

  • The company's diversified investment strategy contributes significantly to its long-term financial strength. Its general account investment portfolio is allocated primarily to high-quality bonds and commercial mortgage loans. Investments in public common stocks, private equities and real estate provide diversification and have historically enhanced overall portfolio returns. Northwestern Mutual's general account investment portfolio grew to $184.4 billion at year-end 2013, an increase of $10.4 billion from one year earlier.
  • Northwestern Mutual's $122.3 billion bond portfolio is diversified among many corporate issuers and in a wide variety of industries, government agency-issued residential mortgage-backed securities, other asset-backed securities and U.S. Treasury bonds. At year-end 2013, 91 percent of the company's bond portfolio was rated as investment grade. Along with $2.3 billion of cash and short-term investments, this high-quality bond portfolio provides consistent interest income and a reliable source of liquidity.
  • Commercial mortgage loans are exclusively sourced and underwritten by the company's real estate professionals in eight regional offices across the United States. This $26.8 billion portfolio is diversified by collateral property type and location, with an aggregate ratio of loan balances to fair value of collateral of 55 percent at year-end 2013. The commercial mortgage loan portfolio had no loans that were delinquent or in foreclosure.
  • The company's holdings of public and private common and preferred stocks declined $1.3 billion during 2013, in part a reflection of the decision to reduce its market exposure to public common stocks. Other investments primarily represent private securities partnerships and real estate joint ventures, made either directly by the company or through its wholly owned investment subsidiaries.
  • Separate account assets are primarily policyowner-directed investments in mutual funds that underlie its variable annuity and variable life insurance products. These balances increased 19 percent during 2013, reflecting both strong growth in variable annuity sales and overall equity market appreciation.

Financial Strength

  • Total surplus (the combination of surplus and asset valuation reserve) increased by $1.2 billion during 2013 to $20.6 billion. This increase was primarily due to the strong contributions from operating results and investment-related capital gains.
  • Total surplus represented 13.0 percent of general account insurance reserves at year-end 2013, unchanged from one year earlier despite the provision for a record level of dividends expected in 2014. This level of capitalization remains very strong compared to the company's historical surplus levels and the standards set by insurance regulators and the major rating agencies.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2013 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 156 years.

As a mutual company with $1.5 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.

Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

1Northwestern Mutual U.S. market share rankings based on most current sales data provided by Life Insurance Market Research Association (LIMRA) for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2013.

2Financial Advisor magazine, April 2013.

3Dividends may be declared and credited, at the Board of Trustees' discretion, when current experience in investment earnings, mortality, morbidity and expenses is more favorable than the original assumptions used to establish policy premiums. Northwestern Mutual has paid a dividend every year since 1872. Future dividends are not guaranteed.

4 Northwestern Mutual analysis of ordinary life insurance dividends based on historical SNL data.

5A.M. Best Company A++ (highest), 4/2013; Fitch Ratings AAA (highest), 1/2014; Moody's Investors Service Aaa (highest), 1/2014; Standard & Poor's AA+ (second highest), 6/2013. Ratings are subject to change.

Summary of Operations




(Statutory basis, in millions)








Twelve months ended December 31:


2013

2012





Premiums


$16,599

$15,394

Net investment income


8,744

8,677

Other income


566

550

Total revenue


25,909

24,621





Policyowner benefits paid


7,949

7,302

Increase in benefit reserves


9,560

9,053

Commissions and expenses


2,680

2,609





Total benefits and expenses


20,189

18,964





Gain before dividends and taxes


5,720

5,657





Policyowner dividends


5,212

5,045





Gain before taxes


508

612

Income tax expense (benefit)


(18)

37





Net gain from operations


526

575

Net realized capital gains


276

208





Net income


$802

$783

The summarized financial statement above was prepared on the statutory basis of accounting. Financial statements prepared on the statutory basis of accounting differ materially from financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").

Summary of Financial Position




(Statutory basis, in millions)










December 31,

December 31,



2013

2012





Bonds


$122,331

$114,524

Mortgage loans


26,845

24,346

Policy loans


16,306

15,789

Common and preferred stocks


2,965

4,266

Real estate


1,506

1,304

Other investments


12,184

11,353

Cash and short-term investments


2,262

2,393

Total investments


184,399

173,975





Other assets


7,364

7,099

Separate account assets


25,343

21,376

Total assets


$217,106

$202,450





Policy benefit reserves


$158,751

$149,599

Policyowner dividends payable


5,210

5,041

Other liabilities


7,245

7,042

Separate account liabilities


25,343

21,376

Liabilities (excluding AVR)


196,549

183,058





Asset valuation reserve (AVR)


3,358

3,216

Surplus


17,199

16,176

Surplus and AVR


20,557

19,392





Total liabilities and surplus


$217,106

$202,450

The summarized financial statement above was prepared on the statutory basis of accounting. Financial statements prepared on the statutory basis of accounting differ materially from financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").

Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130206/CG55426LOGO

SOURCE Northwestern Mutual

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists loo...
"Tintri focuses on the Ops side of the DevOps, which basically is pushing more and more of the accessibility of the infrastructure to the developers and trying to get behind the scenes," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists discussed...
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
"We focus on composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure has been named by companies like Gartner as the evolution of the IT infrastructure where everything is now driven by software," explained Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...
In this presentation, Striim CTO and founder Steve Wilkes will discuss practical strategies for counteracting fraud and cyberattacks by leveraging real-time streaming analytics. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Steve Wilkes, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Striim, will provide a detailed look into leveraging streaming data management to correlate events in real time, and identify potential breaches across IoT and non-IoT systems throughout the enterprise. Strategies for processing massive ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that GrapeUp, the leading provider of rapid product development at the speed of business, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market acr...