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  • National Western Life Group, Inc. Announces 2018 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Earnings

    March 5, 2019 by National Western Life Group, Inc.

    AUSTIN, TexasFeb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ross R. Moody, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of National Western Life Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWLI), announced today 2018 consolidated net earnings of $116.8 million, or $33.02 per diluted Class A common share, compared with consolidated net earnings of $110.4 million, or $31.23 per diluted Class A common share, for 2017. The Company’s book value per share increased to $522.76 as of December 31, 2018 from $503.88 as of December 31, 2017.  For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported consolidated net earnings of $21.8 million, or $6.16 per diluted Class A common share, compared with $39.6 million, or $11.19 per diluted Class A common share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. Results for the fourth quarter of 2017 included a $17.1 million tax benefit for implementation of provisions of the Tax Cuts and Job Acts passed in December of that year.

    The Company reported earnings from operations, excluding net realized gains and losses on investments, of $110.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018, or $31.14 per diluted Class A common share, compared to $100.8 million, or $28.52 per diluted Class A common share in the same period for 2017. Mr. Moody commented on the earnings results saying, “For the second consecutive year our operating earnings exceeded the $100 million threshold. The earnings attained in 2018 are a testament to decades of solid business practices creating a fundamentally solid block of business.”

    Operating revenues, excluding investment and index option gains and losses, declined 2% in 2018 to $623.2 million from $636.8 million in 2017. Mr. Moody indicated, “With our decision to gradually disengage over the past several years from accepting life insurance applications from residents outside the U.S., we anticipated marginal declines in operating revenues to emerge. As a result, we set on a course of pursuing other strategic initiatives which lead to our announcement earlier this month that we had successfully completed the acquisition of Ozark National Life Insurance Company and its affiliated broker-dealer, N.I.S. Financial Services, Inc. We are excited to add these successful organizations to the National Western family of companies and look forward to the growth and synergies we anticipate occurring.”

    National Western Life Group, Inc. is the parent organization of National Western Life Insurance Company (NWLIC). Founded in 1956, NWLIC is a stock life insurance company offering a broad portfolio of individual universal life, whole life and term insurance plans, as well as annuity products. NWLIC has 275 employees and approximately 25,200 contracted independent agents, brokers, and consultants. At December 31, 2018, the Company maintained consolidated total assets of $11.9 billion, stockholders’ equity of $1.9 billion, and life insurance inforce of $18.6 billion.

    Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
    This press release contains statements which are or may be viewed as forward-looking within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 2005. Forward-looking statements relate to future operations, strategies, financial results or other developments, and are subject to assumptions, risks, and uncertainties. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements can be found in the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that other factors not currently anticipated by the Company will not materially and adversely affect our results of operations. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf.

    Summary of Consolidated Operating Results (Unaudited)

    (In thousands except per share data)

    Three Months Ended

    Twelve Months Ended

    December 31,

    December 31,

    2018

    2017

    2018

    2017

    Revenues:

    Revenues, excluding investment and index option gains (losses)

    $

    155,230

    159,634

    623,180

    636,809

    Realized and unrealized gains (losses) on index options

    (115,585)

    84,323

    (80,004)

    222,875

    Realized gains on investments

    2,841

    3,858

    8,423

    14,764

    Total revenues

    42,486

    247,815

    551,599

    874,448

    Earnings:

    Earnings from operations

    $

    19,532

    37,080

    110,104

    100,825

    Net realized gains on investments

    2,244

    2,507

    6,654

    9,596

    Net earnings

    21,776

    39,587

    116,758

    110,421

    Net earnings attributable to Class A shares

    21,160

    38,467

    113,456

    107,298

    Basic Earnings Per Class A Share:

    Earnings from operations

    $

    5.53

    10.48

    31.14

    28.52

    Net realized gains on investments

    0.63

    0.71

    1.88

    2.71

    Net earnings

    6.16

    11.19

    33.02

    31.23

    Basic Weighted Average Class A Shares

    3,436

    3,436

    3,436

    3,436

    Diluted Earnings Per Class A Share:

    Earnings from operations

    $

    5.53

    10.48

    31.14

    28.52

    Net realized gains on investments

    0.63

    0.71

    1.88

    2.71

    Net earnings

    6.16

    11.19

    33.02

    31.23

    Diluted Weighted Average Class A Shares

    3,436

    3,436

    3,436

    3,436

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Brian M. Pribyl – Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
    (512) 836-1010
    bpribyl@nationalwesternlife.com
    www.nwlgi.com

    SOURCE National Western Life Group, Inc.

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    Originally Posted at CISION PR Newswire on February 28, 2019 by National Western Life Group, Inc..

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