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Primerica Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

  Primerica Reports First Quarter 2014 Results       16% growth in net income and a 12% increase in net operating income             Diluted EPS of $0.81 and diluted operating EPS of $0.77  14.6% net income return on stockholders’ equity and 14.9% net operating income                 return on adjusted stockholders’ equity (ROAE)                  95,382 life insurance licensed representatives  Business Wire  DULUTH, Ga. -- May 5, 2014  Primerica, Inc. (NYSE: PRI) announced today financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Total revenues were $324.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 and net income was $45.1 million, or $0.81 per diluted share.  Operating revenues increased by 9% to $324.1 million and net operating income increased by 12% to $43.3 million compared with $296.2 million and $38.6 million, respectively, in the year ago quarter. Net operating income per diluted share increased 20% to $0.77 and ROAE was 14.9% in the first quarter of 2014. Solid operating results in the first quarter were primarily driven by growth in New Term premiums and strong Investment and Savings Products performance including 15% growth in ending client asset values. Insurance and operating expenses increased as expected with growth in our business and reflect significantly lower expenses associated with the Florida Retirement System (FRS) matter compared with the first quarter of 2013. First quarter results also reflect lower net investment income highly correlated to our stock repurchases throughout 2013 and a lower yield on invested assets.  Consistent with our strategy to focus on core distribution competencies, in the first quarter of 2014 Primerica sold its short-term statutory disability insurance business (DBL) and discontinued marketing its student life insurance business, both of which were distributed through non-core distribution channels managed by our New York insurance subsidiary. Results from the DBL operations have been reported in discontinued operations, which are excluded from segment and operating results, for all periods presented.  Rick Williams, Chairman of the Board and Co-Chief Executive Officer said, “We started the year strong with a 12% increase in net operating income led by a 29% increase in Investment and Savings Products net operating income. Diluted operating EPS grew by 20%, benefitting from 2013 share repurchases.”  John Addison, Chairman of Primerica Distribution and Co-Chief Executive Officer said, “We continued to see positive sales force trends with growth in the recruitment of new representatives, new life insurance licenses and the size of the life insurance licensed sales force compared with the first quarter a year ago.”  Distribution Results    *The size of our life-licensed sales force increased 5% to 95,382 at March     31, 2014 compared with 90,917 at March 31, 2013. In the first quarter,     recruiting of new representatives increased 4% to 48,306 and new life     insurance licenses grew 4% to 7,447 compared with the year ago quarter.     The percentage of license non-renewals and terminations in relation to the     size of the sales force declined versus the prior year period. The size of     our life-licensed sales force remained consistent with the fourth quarter.     On a sequential basis, recruiting of new representatives increased 27%     from 38,022, primarily due to seasonally slower recruiting levels during     the fourth quarter. The lower level of fourth quarter recruits, many of     whom are licensed in the first quarter, also contributed to the 12%     sequential decline in new life licenses from 8,485 in the prior quarter.   *In the first quarter, term life insurance policies issued were down 2% to     49,320 while the average annualized premium per issued policy increased 2%     compared with the first quarter of 2013. Productivity in the quarter of     .17X policies per life licensed representative per month was slightly     lower than .18X in both the prior year and sequential quarter.     Historically productivity in the first quarter has been lower than in     other quarters and this year it was also impacted by severe weather across     North America. On a sequential basis, fewer life insurance applications     submitted during the slower holiday season led to a 6% decline in term     life insurance policies issued compared with the fourth quarter of 2013.   *In the first quarter of 2014, Investment and Savings Products sales grew     3% to $1.41 billion primarily reflecting strong retail mutual funds sales     compared with the first quarter a year ago. Sequentially, ISP sales     increased 10% compared with the fourth quarter of 2013 reflecting strong     retirement and saving sales typical of the first quarter. Market     performance drove client asset values to an all-time high of $45.84     billion, up 15% at March 31, 2014 relative to a year ago and up from     $44.99 billion at the end of the fourth quarter.  Segment Results  Primerica operates in two primary business segments: Term Life Insurance and Investment and Savings Products, and has a third segment, Corporate and Other Distributed Products. As previously noted, results from the DBL operations, including a $1.6 million after-tax gain on the sale recognized in the first quarter of 2014, have been reported in discontinued operations for all periods presented. As such, we have reclassified prior year period revenues, benefits and expenses and net income of $10.0 million, $8.9 million and $0.7 million, respectively, from Corporate and Other Distributed Products to discontinued operations, thereby removing them from operating results. Results for the segments are shown below.                Actual                          Operating (1)                Q1 2014     Q1 2013 (2) %        Q1 2014     Q1 2013 (2) %                            (3)         Change               (3)         Change Revenues:      ($ in thousands)                 ($ in thousands) Term Life      $ 182,980   $ 167,833   9    %   $ 182,980   $ 167,833   9   % Insurance Investment and Savings      123,270     108,722   13   %     123,270     108,722   13  % Products Corporate and Other       18,078    21,895   -17  %    17,815    19,609   -9  % Distributed Products Total          $ 324,328  $ 298,450  9    %   $ 324,065  $ 296,164  9   % revenues                                                                          Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes: Term Life      $ 47,204    $ 45,125    5    %   $ 47,204    $ 45,125    5   % Insurance Investment and Savings      34,028      26,353    29   %     34,028      26,353    29  % Products Corporate and Other       (14,400 )  (12,338 ) 17   %    (14,663 )  (11,614 ) 26  % Distributed Products Total income from continuing     $ 66,832   $ 59,140   13   %   $ 66,569   $ 59,864   11  % operations before income taxes                                                                          (1) See the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section and the segment Operating Results Reconciliations at the end of this release for additional information.                                                                          (2) In the second quarter of 2013, Primerica began classifying the deposit asset underlying the 10% reinsurance agreement with Citigroup, Inc. (Citigroup), as well as its related mark-to-market adjustments, within the Corporate and Other Distributed Products segment instead of within the Term Life Insurance segment. As such, results for Q1 2013 include the reclassification of Net Investment Income from the Term Life Insurance Segment to the Corporate and Other Distributed Products Segment of $564. The change does not impact our consolidated financial statements.                                                                          (3) The results of operations from DBL prior to its disposal were reported in our Corporate and Other Distributed Products segment. As such, we have reclassified revenues, other operating expenses, and income from before income taxes of $9,995, $1,630, and $1,092, respectively, in Q1 2013 from our Corporate and Other Distributed Products segment into discontinued operations.  Term Life Insurance. In the first quarter of 2014, Term Life operating revenues increased 9% to $183.0 million and operating income before income taxes increased 5% to $47.2 million compared with the first quarter of 2013. Revenue growth continues to be driven by net premiums, which increased by 11% from the year ago period. Allocated net investment income was flat with the prior year period, as growth in required assets was offset by lower yield on invested assets. While policy persistency was stable and consistent with the prior year period, DAC amortization in the first quarter grew faster than net premiums due to an increased portion of commissions deferred in recent years. Total incurred claims for the quarter were in-line with our historical experience, while insurance expenses increased with growth in the business and infrastructure.  Sequentially, operating income before income taxes declined 6% reflecting higher insurance expenses, slightly higher incurred claims and lower allocated net investment income in the first quarter, partially offset by seasonally lower persistency in the fourth quarter. Several items positively impacted results for the fourth quarter of 2013, including higher allocated net investment income from called securities, a premium tax refund and a reversal of previously amortized commissions.  Investment and Savings Products. In the first quarter, operating revenues increased 13% to $123.3 million and operating income before income taxes increased 29% to $34.0 million compared with the year ago period. Year-over-year ISP sales increased 3%. Sales volumes shifted from Canadian segregated funds, variable annuity internal transfers and other sales that generate limited to no sales-based revenues in the prior year period to retail mutual funds and fully commissionable variable annuity sales with higher sales-based revenues in the current period. The growth in overall sales combined with this shift in product mix drove a 17% year-over-year increase in sales-based revenues. During the first quarter, asset-based revenue increased 13% primarily driven by 16% growth in average client asset values. Legal fees and expenses associated with FRS were $0.6 million, significantly less than the prior year level of $3.9 million. We’ve made significant progress in resolving the FRS matter with over 95% of claimants accepting the settlement.  Sequentially, operating income before income taxes decreased 4% compared with the fourth quarter as fluctuations in the mix of both product sales and client asset values more than offset sequential growth in sales and assets. The increase in sales-based revenues was consistent with the growth in sales of products that generate sales-based revenue. A shift to retail mutual fund sales from annuities during first quarter’s Individual Retirement Account season resulted in a modest increase in the sales-based commission expense payout rate. With regard to asset-based earnings, results were generally flat with the fourth quarter as most of the growth in average client assets came from U.S. products which generally have lower asset-based earnings than our Canadian products. First quarter Canadian segregated fund DAC amortization was slightly elevated compared with the fourth quarter due to market performance and redemption rates.  Corporate and Other Distributed Products. Operating revenues of $17.8 million were 9% lower and operating losses before income taxes grew by $3.0 million compared with the first quarter of 2013. Results reflect higher employee-related expenses as well as lower allocated net investment income primarily due to growth in Term Life required assets, prior year capital deployment and lower yield on invested assets versus the prior year period.  Taxes  Our effective income tax rate for the first quarter of 2014 was 34.9%, which is lower than the prior year period rate of 35.5% primarily due to the limited deductibility of IPO stock awards that fully vested in April 2013. Sequentially, our effective income tax rate was consistent with 34.7% in the fourth quarter.  Capital and Liquidity  In conjunction with our plan to deploy $150 million of capital in 2014, during the first quarter we repurchased 283,000 shares of Primerica common stock for $13.1 million with the majority of the years’ capital deployment anticipated in the second half of the year, subject to the regulatory approval of a reserve financing transaction. As of March 31, 2014, our investments and cash totaled $2.01 billion compared with $1.98 billion as of December 31, 2013. Our invested asset portfolio had a net unrealized gain of $113.2 million (net of unrealized losses of $11.6 million) at March 31, 2014, up from $100.0 million at December 31, 2013 due to a decline in interest rates.  Primerica Life Insurance Company’s statutory risk-based capital (RBC) ratio was estimated to be in excess of 490% as of March 31, 2014, well positioned to support existing operations and fund future growth. Our debt-to-capital ratio was 23.0% March 31, 2014.  Non-GAAP Financial Measures  We report financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We also present operating revenues, operating income before income taxes, net operating income and adjusted stockholders’ equity. Operating revenues, operating income before income taxes and net operating income exclude the impact of realized investment gains and losses, including other than temporary impairments (OTTI), for all periods presented. Operating income before income taxes and net operating income exclude the expense associated with our IPO-related equity awards and the impact of charges recorded for the potential settlement of claims made by certain Florida Retirement System plan participants for all periods presented. Adjusted stockholders' equity excludes the impact of net unrealized gains and losses on invested assets for all periods presented. Our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from the definitions of similar measures used by other companies. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating our financial performance. Furthermore, management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures may provide users with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results of prior periods as they are expected to be reflective of our core ongoing business. These measures have limitations, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Reconciliations of non-GAAP to GAAP financial measures are attached to this release.  Earnings Webcast Information  Primerica will hold a webcast Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:00 am ET, to discuss first quarter results. This release and a detailed financial supplement will be posted on Primerica’s website. Investors are encouraged to review these materials. To access the webcast go to http://investors.primerica.com at least 15 minutes prior to the event to register, download and install any necessary software.  A replay of the call will be available for approximately 30 days on Primerica’s website, http://investors.primerica.com.  Forward-Looking Statements  Except for historical information contained in this press release, the statements in this release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contain known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results in future periods to differ materially from anticipated or projected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, among others, our failure to continue to attract and license new recruits, retain sales representatives or license or maintain the licensing of our sales representatives; our or our sales representatives’ violation of or non-compliance with laws and regulations; incorrect assumptions used to price our insurance policies; the failure of our investment products to remain competitive with other investment options; our failure to meet RBC standards or other minimum capital and surplus requirements; a downgrade or potential downgrade in our insurance subsidiaries’ financial strength ratings or our senior debt ratings; inadequate or unaffordable reinsurance or the failure of our reinsurers to perform their obligations; heightened standards of conduct or more stringent licensing requirements for our sales representatives; the inability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends or make distributions; the loss of key personnel; and general changes in economic and financial conditions, including the effects of credit deterioration and interest rate fluctuations on our invested asset portfolio. These and other risks and uncertainties affecting us are more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available in the "Investor Relations" section of our website at http://investors.primerica.com. Primerica assumes no duty to update its forward-looking statements as of any future date.  About Primerica, Inc.  Primerica, Inc., headquartered in Duluth, GA, is a leading distributor of financial products to middle income households in North America. Primerica representatives educate their Main Street clients about how to better prepare for a more secure financial future by assessing their needs and providing appropriate solutions through term life insurance, which we underwrite, and mutual funds, annuities and other financial products, which we distribute primarily on behalf of fourth parties. In addition, Primerica provides an entrepreneurial full or part-time business opportunity for individuals seeking to earn income by distributing the company’s financial products. We insured more than 4 million lives and have over 2 million client investment accounts at December 31, 2013. Primerica stock is included in the S&P MidCap 400 and the Russell 2000 stock indices and is traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PRI”.  PRIMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Balance Sheets                                                                                                                 March 31,        December 31,                                                  2014 (1)         2013                                                  (In thousands) Assets Investments:       Fixed maturity securities available for    $ 1,771,572      $ 1,755,712       sale, at fair value       Equity securities available for sale,        47,086           39,894       at fair value       Trading securities, at fair value            10,934           12,991       Policy loans and other invested assets      26,580         26,806               Total investments                    1,856,172        1,835,403 Cash and cash equivalents                          158,438          149,189 Accrued investment income                          19,689           18,127 Due from reinsurers                                4,074,527        4,055,054 Deferred policy acquisition costs                  1,242,983        1,208,466 Premiums and other receivables                     170,577          175,789 Intangible assets                                  67,692           68,863 Income taxes                                       35,548           32,450 Other assets                                       303,759          282,780 Separate account assets                           2,458,739      2,503,829               Total assets                       $ 10,388,124    $ 10,329,950                                                                    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Liabilities: Future policy benefits                           $ 5,103,278      $ 5,063,103 Unearned premiums                                  1,465            1,802 Policy claims and other benefits payable           243,576          253,304 Other policyholders' funds                         340,175          337,977 Notes payable                                      374,494          374,481 Income taxes                                       127,906          105,885 Other liabilities                                  375,864          377,690 Payable under securities lending                   109,094          89,852 Separate account liabilities                      2,458,739      2,503,829               Total liabilities                    9,134,591        9,107,923                                                                    Stockholders' equity: Common stock                                       546              548 Paid-in capital                                    462,838          472,633 Retained earnings                                  679,182          640,840 Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of    110,967        108,006 income tax               Total stockholders' equity          1,253,533      1,222,027               Total liabilities and              $ 10,388,124    $ 10,329,950               stockholders' equity                                                                    (1) Unaudited   PRIMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Statements of Income (Unaudited)                                                                                                         Three months ended March 31,                                             2014               2013                                             (In thousands, except per-share                                             amounts) Revenues: Direct premiums                             $  568,205         $  560,904 Ceded premiums                                (402,715  )       (410,604  )                Net premiums                    165,490            150,300 Commissions and fees                           126,933            112,273 Net investment income                          21,599             23,216 Realized investment gains (losses),            263                2,286 including OTTI Other, net                                    10,043           10,375     Total revenues                                324,328          298,450                                                                    Benefits and expenses: Benefits and claims                            75,191             68,816 Amortization of deferred policy                35,193             31,252 acquisition costs Sales commissions                              65,121             55,048 Insurance expenses                             28,502             25,512 Insurance commissions                          4,083              4,223 Interest expense                               8,606              8,795 Other operating expenses                      40,800           45,664     Total benefits and expenses                   257,496          239,310    Income from continuing operations before       66,832             59,140 income taxes Income taxes                                  23,347           21,005     Income from continuing operations              43,485             38,135 Income from discontinued operations, net      1,595            710        of income taxes                Net income                   $  45,080         $  38,845                                                                     Basic earnings per share: Continuing operations                       $  0.78            $  0.66 Discontinued operations                       0.03             0.01                      Basic earnings per           $  0.81           $  0.67                      share                                                                 Diluted earnings per share: Continuing operations                       $  0.78            $  0.64 Discontinued operations                       0.03             0.01                      Diluted earnings per         $  0.81           $  0.65                      share                                                                 Shares used in computing earnings per share:                Basic                          55,211           56,598                    Diluted                        55,233           58,407                                                                                   PRIMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Operating Results Reconciliation (Unaudited – in thousands, except per share amounts)                                                                                                          Three months ended March 31,                                        2014             2013          % Change Operating revenues                     $  324,065       $ 296,164     9    % Realized investment gains                263           2,286    (losses), including OTTI Total revenues                         $  324,328      $ 298,450    9    %                                                                        Operating income before income         $  66,569        $ 59,864      11   % taxes Realized investment gains                 263             2,286 (losses), including OTTI Other operating expense - IPO            -             (3,010  ) equity awards Income from continuing operations      $  66,832       $ 59,140     13   % before income taxes                                                                        Net operating income                   $  43,314        $ 38,602      12   % Realized investment gains                 263             2,286 (losses), including OTTI Other operating expense - IPO             -               (3,010  ) equity awards Tax impact of reconciling items          (92      )     257      Income from continuing operations         43,485          38,135      14   % Income from discontinued                 1,595         710      operations, net of income taxes Net income                             $  45,080       $ 38,845     16   %                                                                        Diluted operating earnings per         $  0.77          $ 0.64        20   % share (1) Net after-tax impact of operating adjustments and discontinued             0.04          0.01     operations Diluted earnings per share (1)         $  0.81         $ 0.65       24   %                                                                        (1) Percentage change in earnings per share is calculated prior to rounding per share amounts.   CORPORATE AND OTHER DISTRIBUTED PRODUCTS SEGMENT Operating Results Reconciliation (Unaudited – in thousands)                                                                                                                  Three months ended March 31,                                                   2014             2013 Operating revenues                                $  17,815        $ 19,609 Realized investment gains (losses), including       263           2,286    OTTI Total revenues                                    $  18,078       $ 21,895                                                                       Operating loss before income taxes                $  (14,663  )    $ (11,614 ) Realized investment gains (losses), including        263             2,286 OTTI Other operating expense - IPO equity awards         -             (3,010  ) Loss from continuing operations before income     $  (14,400  )    $ (12,338 ) taxes                                                                      PRIMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Adjusted Stockholders' Equity Reconciliation (Unaudited – in thousands)                                                                                                                                March 31, 2014 Adjusted stockholders' equity                                   $   1,175,969 Unrealized net investment gains recorded in stockholders'          77,564 equity, net of income tax Stockholders' equity                                            $   1,253,533  Contact:  Primerica, Inc. Investor & Media Contact: Kathryn Kieser, 470-564-7757 investorrelations@primerica.com  
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