Genworth Benefits From Implementation of Government Guarantee Legislative Framework In Canada

  Genworth Benefits From Implementation of Government Guarantee Legislative
                             Framework In Canada

PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 20, 2012

RICHMOND, Va., Dec.20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Genworth Financial, Inc.'s
(NYSE: GNW) Canadian subsidiary, Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) reported
the anticipated financial impact, under International Financial Reporting
Standards ("IFRS"), from the implementation of the Protection of Residential
Mortgage or Hypothecary Insurance Act (Canada) ("PRMHIA"), effective on
January 1, 2013. PRMHIA establishes a legislative framework that replaces the
current Government Guarantee Agreement.For additional details, a copy of the
press release issued by MIC is posted on its website at www.genworth.ca.

While there is no change in the level of the Government Guarantee to MIC under
PRMHIA, it does eliminate the Government Guarantee Fund and related exit fees
in favor of a higher regulatory capital target set by Canada's Minister of
Finance. When PRMHIA is implemented, the elimination of the Government
Guarantee Fund will increase MIC's regulatory capital available, which is
expected to be predominately offset by an increase in its required capital.
The implementation of this legislation is positive and will strengthen
Genworth MI Canada's claim paying ability.

Under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Genworth Financial
expects a benefit of approximately $80 million in the fourth quarter of 2012
to its net income(1) from the reversal of the accrued liability for exit fees
associated with this change to the Government Guarantee Agreement. Genworth
Financial's current year portion of the exit fee accrual for the business
through September 30, 2012 was approximately $8 million. There are no other
significant impacts anticipated on GAAP results or U.S. statutory capital
levels.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 insurance
holding company dedicated to helping people secure their financial lives,
families and futures. Genworth has leadership positions in offerings that
assist consumers in protecting themselves, investing for the future and
planning for retirement -- including life insurance, long term care insurance,
financial protection coverages, and independent advisor-based wealth
management -- and mortgage insurance that helps consumers achieve home
ownership while assisting lenders in managing their risk and capital.

Genworth has approximately 6,300 employees and operates through three
divisions: Insurance and Wealth Management, which includes U.S. Life
Insurance, Wealth Management and International Protection segments; Global
Mortgage Insurance, which includes U.S. and International Mortgage Insurance
segments; and the Corporate and Runoff division. Its products and services are
offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors
and sales specialists. Genworth Financial, Inc., which traces its roots back
to 1871, became a public company in 2004 and is headquartered in Richmond,
Virginia. For more information, visit genworth.com. From time to time,
Genworth Financial, Inc. releases important information via postings on its
corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are
encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple
Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is
found under the "Investors" section of genworth.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects,"
"intends," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "will" or
words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding the outlook for the company's future business and financial
performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current
expectations and assumptions, which are subject to inherent uncertainties,
risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual
outcomes and results may differ materially due to global political, economic,
business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors and risks,
including risks disclosed in the company's reports on Form 10-K and Form
10-Q. The amount of the company's anticipated financial impact from the
implementation of the PRMHIA is estimated and preliminary and may change after
the completion of the fourth quarter of 2012 when the company finalizes its
financial reporting for the quarter. The company undertakes no obligation to
publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new
information, future developments or otherwise.

(1) Unless otherwise stated, all references in this press release to net
income should be read as net income available to Genworth's common
stockholders.

SOURCE Genworth Financial, Inc.

Website: http://www.genworth.com
Contact: Investors: Georgette Nicholas, +1-804-662-2248,
georgette.nicholas@genworth.com, Media: Al Orendorff, +1-804-662-2534,
alfred.orendorff@genworth.com
 
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