Sent this message over to David Merkel and he replied on seekingalpha. David is an ex-actuary and now fund manager who is the smartest insurance investor I know and he likes NWLI still.
DOsn't seem like you can post links here, but go take a look.
Well, the conference call didn't say much.
The last earnings release showed that it's equity was around $0, so hopefully not too much capital will be required and he did say that he expects to make this capital back over time. SO, doesn't sound like the dividend will be hit.
So, not sure why they did this, but hopefully as the housing market continues to improve, RMIC can become a viable business again.
You are correct. I just used the regular Class A share count, but I should include the B shares too.
On the balance sheet on page 84, you'll see the assets that are held for sale are carried in the balance sheet (and therefore book value) at fair value. The securities held to maturity are at amortized cost. SO, in this case, the increase in book value would = 6,656,144 - 6,510,320 = $145,824, so a book value of $440.82.
Similarly on page 149, you can subtract the Balance Sheet Amount from the Fair Value of their portfolio and get the same amount.
None. All I did was look at investment income for the year and pro-rate it to annuity payout. It is a very gross approximation, but I would expect that the income from the call options should basically offset payouts due to increasing markets.
I could be way off on this, but it does show the leverage they have to higher rates.
From the Annual Report:
"The yield on debt security purchases to fund insurance operations rebounded somewhat to 3.53% in 2013 from 3.37% in 2012 but was still below the 4.18% yield attained in 2011."
So, investment yields improved, but are still down. Their unrealized gains in securities dropped from $541 million to $146 because of this, so this part of the "hidden value" in the shares went down.
But if rates can get back up to that 4.18%, a quick calc says that would cause annual earnings on their $9 billion investment portfolio to increase $58 million. If 2/3's of this is creditted to annuity holders, it leaves $19.5 million before tax for shareholders. 32% tax from 2013 gives after tax earnings increase of $13 million or $3.57 increase in earnings per share.
If we could get yields back up to 5.5% like they were a few years ago, using the same calc would give an incerase in EPS of $9.38, or a 1/3 increase in earnings.
The statutory reports listing all investments in full detail are on their web site. I don't see anything unusual that would account for that (but it is 50 pages, so perhaps I missed something). It really just looks like standard bonds and mortgages.
I suspect Bear Sterns was talking about the way they used amortized cost instead of market value for their investments resulting in assets and book value being understated.
Thanks for posting - good summary of NWLI.
Let's hope it starts increasing interest in the stock!
Still #9 highest yield on the list of dividend champions and dividend easily covered, growing book value. Most of the other yield-type insurance companies have moved back to higher valuations, so ORI will get there. Maybe it's still a bit messy for some investors to get into.
Now that the mortgage business has stabilized and is in fact adding to profits now, I think you see ORI get rerated higher. It is about 25% cheaper than peers based on many metrics and historical valuations, so it should move to in-line, I think this year.
Plus, it will have no problem increasing it's dividend again maintaining its dividend aristocrat status and people are still hunting for income with the low bond yields available.
Formula Systems raised a bunch of money a week ago:
But, to think they raised to buy out MGIC, then this was somehow leaked at Needham is a bit far-fetched (and pretty dumb!)
There's no new presentation on the web site, so perhaps it is as simple as getting the story out there, but I do wonder if they presented something we haven't seen which is causing the bump.
I emailed them and their investor relations called me back. It does seem to be a well structured deal with little risk, guaranteed ROI for doing the work. Navios also gets 20% of the upside on rates or ship sales, plus the ability to outright own the ships later. The person called it "being paid to have an option on the 10 vessels".
It appears we are paying “purchase price consists of $127.8 million in cash and the assumption of $173.4 million Subordinated HSH Participating Loan” for “Ten vessels with FMV of approximately $218 million”.
Am I missing something or are we overpaying? Can't see than NM would overpay, but I read it that way.
Might be also because ANAT has a large P&C business - about 2/3 of premiums. Pretty much all the P&C companies have done better than the life companies and trade at higher valuations. They are seen as being lower risk as most of the insurance they sell is shorter term, so they can adjust their rates faster to reflect new claims conditions, but also the new low rate investment environment.
I think lifeco's are in the sweet spot now though with better valuations plus interest rates starting to move upwards.
Ross never seems to hold the shares. Not sure why, but my guess is that he'd rather have the cash to support his lifestyle and he knows he's getting daddy's majority share in the next few years.
I wouldn't read too much into it personally.
Robert Moody is the father and CEO who holds most of the shares in NWLI.
Ross Moody is the son and a pretty regular seller of shares. I think perhaps he does like living large and needs the cash to maintain his lifestyle.
Those options being purchased at $150.00 and then sold expired in early 2014, so I suspect they wanted to cash them in, but could not afford to take the shares and hold them.
Insiders generally don't do a lot of anything in this stock, and the next set of options does not expire until 2017.