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CNO Financial Group, Inc.’s CNO first-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings per share of 55 cents beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49 cents by 12.2% on the back of better revenues. However, the bottom line declined 5.2% year over year.
The company’s total revenues soared 40.3% year over year to $1 billion, driven by higher insurance policy income, change in allowance for credit losses and other-than-temporary impairment losses, etc. The top line also outpaced the consensus mark by 18.4%.
CNO Financial Group, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Quarterly Operational Update
Annuity collected premiums increased 11% year over year to $325.4 million.
New annualized premiums for life and health products were $88.7 million, up 4% from the year-ago period.
Net investment income for the first quarter was up 99% year over year.
Total insurance policy income inched up 1% year over year to $632.4 million.
Total benefits and expenses rose 3.5% year over year to $816 million, primarily due to operating costs and expenses and amortization costs.
Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents were $324 million as of Mar 31, 2021, down 16.5% from the level at 2020 end.
As of Mar 31, 2021, total assets were $34.6 billion, down 1.9% from the level at 2020 end.
Total shareholders’ equity of $4.8 billion as of Mar 31, 2021 decreased 11.4% from the 2020-end level.
Debt-to-capital was 19% as of Mar 31, 2021 compared with 17.2% at 2020 end.
Securities Repurchase and Dividend Update
In the first quarter, the company returned $116.3 million in the form of share buybacks worth $100 million and dividends of $16.3 million.
The company closed its buyout of DirectPath, LLC, which is a leading national provider of employee benefits management services to both employers and employees.
Zacks Rank and Performance of Other Insurers
CNO Financial carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), currently. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Of the insurance industry players that have reported first-quarter results so far, earnings of The Travelers Companies, Inc. TRV, W.R. Berkley Corporation WRB and Brown & Brown, Inc. BRO beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.
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