Grounded in Diversity, Insurance Sells Itself - Research Report on CNO Financial Group Inc, ING Groep N.V., Torchmark

    Grounded in Diversity, Insurance Sells Itself - Research Report on CNO
Financial Group Inc, ING Groep N.V., Torchmark Corporation, Assurant, Inc. and
                               Primerica, Inc.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 1, 2013

NEW YORK, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting CNO
Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO), ING Groep N.V. (NYSE:ING), Torchmark
Corporation (NYSE:TMK), Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) and Primerica, Inc.
(NYSE:PRI). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge -
including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the
links below.

CNO Financial Group Inc Research Report

Insurer CNO Financial saw its shares rise to its five-month high after Q4
profit beat analyst expectations. The company rose 5.1 percent to $10.81 last
week, the second-best performer of the Dow Jones U.S. Financials Index. It was
its biggest intraday gain since September last year and highest price since
June 2008. Net income for Q4 grew 60 percent to $101.2 million or 41 cents a
share, from $64.4 million or 23 cents year over year. Operating profit
meanwhile was 25 cents a share, beating the estimated 23 cents per share. In
addition, the company bought back 21.5 million shares for $180 million last
year, and redeemed $200 million worth of convertible debentures for $355
million. Zacks rates CNO as a "strong buy" for its performance, despite
concerns with rising benefits and expenses, as well as consistently weak
results at its Bankers Life segment. The Full Research Report on CNO Financial
Group Inc - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/2ca4_CNO]

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ING Groep N.V. Research Report

ING has announced cutting more than 2,400 IT and call center jobs to save
costs in its Dutch and Belgian retail banks, as more customers were shifting
to online banking, the insurer claimed. In addition, it is preparing itself in
its plans to separate its banking and insurance operations under the terms of
a state bailout, a Reuters report said. Management said the customers are now
leaning towards the already well-established Internet banking practice in
Netherlands, and that its standalone online bank ING direct has been a market
leader in several markets including the US. So far, there have been a total of
7,500 announced layoffs in the past 15 months. In other news, ING announced
the resignation of chief executive Jan Hommen on October 1 this year, and will
be succeeded by ING Belgium CEO Ralph Hamers. The Full Research Report on ING
Groep N.V. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/d0e5_ING]

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Torchmark Corporation Research Report

Torchmark reported Q4 2012 net operating income of $1.33 per share, 10 percent
higher from $1.20 per share year over year due to higher premium revenue as
well as increased insurance underwriting income. In addition, lower share
count from the same time the previous year owing to share repurchases also
buoyed the bottom line. Total insurance premium increased 12% year over year
to $739.1 million, thanks to higher premium from the Life and Health Insurance
business. For fiscal year 2013, management expects 2013 net operating income
per share to range from $5.45 to $5.75, citing its well-performing
distribution agency and a significant presence in its niche market. The Full
Research Report on Torchmark Corporation - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/6228_TMK]

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Assurant, Inc. Research Report

Assurant reported Q4 2012 operating earnings of 7 cents per share, beating the
estimated operating loss of 31 cents per share, but is significantly down 94
percent year over year. Meanwhile revenue for the quarter increased 2.3
percent year over year to $2.16 billion, also beating estimates, which was at
$2.10 billion. The growth was led by higher premiums, net realized gains on
investment, and fees and other income, partly offset by a higher amortization
of deferred gain. Net earned premiums meanwhile improved by 2 percent year
over year to $2 billion, but net investment income was unchanged at $172.1
million. These numbers were able to beat expectations despite losses from
Superstorm Sandy with the help of share repurchases though partly offset by
higher operating expenses. The Full Research Assurant, Inc. - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/b028_AIZ]

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Primerica, Inc. Research Report

Primerica, previously owned by Citigroup, rose 3.3 percent to $33.63 earlier
this month, climbing 35 percent in the past 12 months. Net income for Q4 2012
grew 8.2 percent to $40.3 million or 67 cents per share from $37.2 million or
$0.51 per share the same period in 2011 as net premiums increased 14 percent,
while operating profit was $41.6 million or 69 cents a share, slightly missing
the expected 70 cents, but up from $36.7 million or $0.51 per share year over
year. Total revenues came in at $304.50 million, up from $275.86 million year
over year, but was short of the expected $294.57 million for the quarter. The
Full Research Report on Primerica, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown,
analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge
at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/f297_PRI]

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