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Torchmark (TMK) Q2 Earnings & Revenues Top Estimates, Up Y/Y

Torchmark Corporation 's TMK second-quarter 2018 net operating income of $1.51 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.3%. The bottom line also improved nearly 26.9% year over year on the back of higher premiums from the Life and Health segments. Lower share count on continuous buybacks also drove the upside.

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Including realized gains on investments of 8 cents, net income surged 34.7% year over year to $1.59 per share.

Behind the Headlines

Torchmark reported total premium revenues of $854 million, up 4.6% year over year. This upside was primarily driven by higher premiums from Life and Health Insurance businesses.

Net investment income improved 2.8% year over year to $219 million.

The company's total revenues of $1.1 billion grew 4.2% from the year-ago quarter. This top-line improvement was driven by growth in Life and Health Insurance premiums along with higher net investment income. Moreover, the top line exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.8%.

Excess investment income, a measure of profitability, declined 2.6% year over year to $59.9 million.

Torchmark's total insurance underwriting income grew 9.2% year over year to $168.4 million. Improvement in Life and Health Insurance underwriting margins resulted in this uptrend. However, higher administrative expenses partially offset this uptick.

Administrative expenses increased 8% year over year to $55 million.

Total benefits and expenses rose 3.7% year over year to $858 million.

Segment Update

Premium revenues at Torchmark's Life Insurance operations increased 5% year over year to $602.5 million, banking on higher premiums written by the distribution channels like American Income Agency, Global Life Direct Response and LNL Agency. While American Income Agency grew 9%, Global Life Direct Response and LNL Agency rose 3% and 2%, respectively. Life Insurance underwriting income improved 9.4% year over year to $161.2 million. Net sales at the life insurance segment were 3% higher on a year-over-year basis.

Health Insurance premium revenues rose 3.5% year over year to $251.4 million while underwriting income of $59.5 million increased 7.6% year over year. Net health sales grew 7% year over year.

Annuity underwriting margins remained flat year over year at $2.6 million.

Financial Update

Shareholders' equity as of Jun 30, 2018 rose 10.3% year over year to $5.6 billion.

Torchmark reported book value per share (excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities) of $42.08, up 25.6% year over year.

As of Jun 30, 2018, operating return on equity (excluding net unrealized gains on fixed maturities) was 14.6% compared with 14.3% as of Jun 30, 2017.

Share Repurchase and Dividend Update

In the quarter under review, Torchmark repurchased 1.0 million shares for a total cost of $88 million.

The company announced a dividend of 16 cents per share in the reported quarter, marking a 6.7% hike from the year-ago quarter.

2018 Guidance Revised

Torchmark estimates net operating income between $6.02 and $6.12 per share in place of the earlier guided range of $5.93-$6.07.

Zacks Rank

Torchmark carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Performance of Other Insurers

Among other players from the insurance industry having reported second-quarter earnings so far, the bottom line of The Progressive Corporation PGR , MGIC Investment Corporation MTG and RLI Corp. RLI beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

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