|Bid||53.07 x 800|
|Ask||53.33 x 2200|
|Day's Range||52.79 - 53.46|
|52 Week Range||46.96 - 57.18|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.70|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.19|
|Earnings Date||Feb 03, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.08 (2.02%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Nov 17, 2019|
|1y Target Est||52.93|
Aflac (AFL) has an impressive earnings surprise history and currently possesses the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely beat in its next quarterly report.
Aflac Global Investments, the asset management subsidiary of Aflac Incorporated, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a significant non-controlling minority interest in Varagon Capital Partners, L.P. (Varagon), a direct lending asset manager that has made over $14.5 billion of financing commitments as of December 31, 2019. In addition, Aflac Global Investments is making a multi-year commitment to build a portfolio of up to $3.0 billion of middle market loans on behalf of Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S., subject to additional terms and conditions.
Varagon Capital Partners, L.P. ("Varagon"), a leading direct lender to middle market companies, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to form a new strategic partnership with Aflac Global Investments ("Aflac") and is extending its existing strategic partnership with American International Group ("AIG").
(Bloomberg) -- Aflac Inc.’s asset management arm has agreed to take a minority stake in direct lender Varagon Capital Partners as the insurer looks to capitalize on the booming world of private credit.The unit is acquiring the stake from former and current partners and affiliates of Oak Hill Capital, Varagon said in a statement Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Aflac Global Investments will also build a middle market loan portfolio of up to $3 billion over multiple years for the insurer.“We see this as the natural evolution of Varagon,” Chief Executive Officer Walter Owens said in an interview. “When you look at the market, direct lenders require large hold sizes and it’s very much in alignment with our strategy of being a direct lead lender of size and scale.”Insurers have been pouring money into private debt in recent years, helping it grow into an $800 billion asset class. Direct loans are typically illiquid, making them appealing to buy-and-hold investors with long time horizons. In a recent survey of managers overseeing nearly $400 billion in private-debt strategies, 80% expected allocations from insurance companies to increase in the coming years.American International Group Inc., which has been an anchor investor in Varagon since 2014, will continue its partnership with the firm and hold an ownership stake the same size as Aflac’s, according to the statement.Read more: How Private Credit Soared to Fuel Private Equity Boom: QuickTakeVaragon, a New York-based lender to companies with $10 million to $75 million in Ebitda, will keep operating as an independent company. The firm will continue to focus on non-cyclical sectors and strong investor protections amid borrower-friendly conditions in credit markets.“By historical norms, we’re in aggressive conditions in terms of pricing and structure, but we see strong opportunity in the middle market,” Owens said. “We’re looking to invest in companies that are market leaders in recession-resilient sectors and have defensible business models supported by attractive cash flow profiles, quality management teams and leading sponsors with strong track records.”The deal is expected to close in the first three months of 2020. Rothschild & Co. served as Aflac’s financial adviser and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provided legal advice. Wells Fargo & Co. was Varagon’s financial adviser, with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as legal adviser. AIG received legal representation from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.To contact the reporter on this story: Kelsey Butler in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Natalie Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org, Claire Boston, Adam CataldoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by the accomodative interest rate environment in the US, increasing oil prices and deteriorating expectations towards the resolution of the trade war with China, many smart money investors kept their cautious approach regarding the current bull run in the third quarter and hedging or reducing many of […]
According to the 2019 Aflac Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility, consumers and investors reflect a distinct and growing tendency to increase pressure on American corporations when it comes to serving the social good. The fifth edition of the Aflac CSR Survey finds, among other things, that consumers and investors expect companies to take a stand, but not the wrong one, and will forgive missteps, but only conditionally. The entire survey can be seen here.
Aflac (AFL) is poised for growth on the back of favorable performance in its U.S. business and a strong capital position despite softness in Japan business.
Aflac Incorporated announced today that it has priced ¥38 billion principal amount of fixed-rate, yen-denominated senior notes. The offering consists of ¥12.6 billion of 0.500% senior notes due 2029, ¥9.3 billion of 0.843% senior notes due 2031, ¥9.8 billion of 0.934% senior notes due 2034, and ¥6.3 billion of 1.122% senior notes due 2039.
Aflac, a leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, today announced that the company has once again been honored by LATINA Style as one of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States, landing at No. 17 on the prestigious list. This marks the 20th year that Aflac has been recognized in the 22-year history of the LATINA Style 50 Report. According to LATINA Style, the report reflects on programs Latinas are looking for when seeking job opportunities.
We are still in an overall bull market and many stocks that smart money investors were piling into surged through the end of November. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 54% and 51% respectively. Hedge funds' top 3 stock picks returned 41.7% this year and beat […]
Aflac, a leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites and a committed corporate ally of families facing childhood cancer, today announced its national partnership with this year's highly anticipated holiday concert series, iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. The series connects music lovers across the country with Aflac's ongoing "Aflac Isn't" marketing campaign.
Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aflac Incorporated Frederick J. Crawford and Senior Vice President; Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Aflac Incorporated Max K. Brodén will participate in a fireside chat at the Goldman Sachs U.S. Financial Services Conference 2019 on December 10, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Aflac (AFL) might move higher on growing optimism about its earnings prospects, which is reflected by its upgrade to a Zacks Rank 2 (Buy).
Within the past two years, high medical costs led nearly 3 in 4 (71%) American families with children under 18 to make a sacrifice or hard decision during the holidays. This is according to the 2019 Aflac Health Care Issues Survey released by Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites.
Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, announced today that its iconic "spokesduck," the Aflac Duck, will glide down 6th Avenue in New York City during the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, airing Thursday, Nov. 28, on NBC. Aflac's beloved brand icon will appear in the annual spectacle and the broadcast, which airs from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones, to help kick off the holiday season and warm the hearts of more than 3.5 million spectators on the city streets and more than 50 million viewers at home.
Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) announced today that it will webcast its 2020 outlook conference call at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Monday, December 2, 2019. During the teleconference, members of Aflac's management team will discuss the 2020 outlook for the company's business, operations and financial results.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, a committed corporate ally of families facing childhood cancer and the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, today introduced its 2019 Aflac Holiday Duck. The annual plush toy is sure to bring a smile to faces, especially as 100% of net proceeds from sales go to The Aflac Foundation, Inc. to benefit pediatric cancer programs at participating hospitals nationwide. Aflac's Holiday Duck program has contributed more than $2.5 million to the childhood cancer cause since 2001.
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- American workers are stressed about understanding what health insurance they need and enrolling for benefits. "After many signs of optimism last year, including record highs in employees' benefits and job satisfaction, the 2019 Aflac WorkForces Report found that American workers largely are stressed about critical health insurance decisions and less satisfied with their benefits offerings," said Matthew Owenby, senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Aflac.
[Editor's note: "The 8 Best Cash Cow Stocks to Buy for Stable Returns" was previously published in October 2019. It has since been updated to include the most relevant information available.]One of the most popular investment strategies is to focus on fast-charging growth companies. The appeal, of course, is that you can get in on the ground floor of a paradigm-shifting industry. But remember the adage cash is king. The most dependable stocks to buy are usually what people call "cash cows."While no one will criticize sharply rising growth metrics, cash flow represents a business' lifeblood. A weakened cash position can lead to severe problems further down the road, even with strong growth. No matter how viable an organization, it must find a way to keep the lights on. That's why some of the best investments also feature consistent free cash flow.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsAnother reason to look at a company's money outflows as opposed to strictly its income statement is flexibility. Simply put, well-financed operations have more options. They can choose to put money to work through key investments, or to expand operations. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 And if the worst happens, and the underlying industry hits a recession, cash cows can better weather the storm. Because of this dynamic, you'll want to at least peek at the cash flow statement for your target investments.Below are the eight best cash cow stocks to buy now: McDonald's (MCD)I'm going to make a confession straight off the bat. I don't understand why people eat at McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), particularly those who do so regularly. Admittedly, they make great coffee and their French fries are to die for, but the rest of it? Not quite so appetizing.Source: Shutterstock Nevertheless, I don't need to understand a phenomenon to recognize that it's working. Moreover, those who are looking primarily for reliable stocks to invest in should seriously consider MCD stock.Last year, the iconic fast-food company generated net income of nearly $6 billion. In its most recent reported quarter, MCD produced earnings per share of $1.99, in-line with analysts' average estimate.Additionally, McDonald's enjoys consistent FCF every year, offering invaluable confidence in a rising, but unpredictable market. Plus, MCD pays out a 2.57% dividend yield, which management should have no problems sustaining. Aflac (AFL)Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com We often say that there are two guarantees in life: death and taxes. In reality, we should add a third, which is random events that conspire to ruin your day. Whether it's a massive accident or a debilitating illness, stuff happens.When it does, Aflac's (NYSE:AFL) insurance products can help you or your family recover financially.It's amazing how much a relatively common occurrence, such as a broken leg, can add up to serious out-of-pocket expenses. Just for the consistent demand, AFL should be on most people's list of stocks to buy. And as you might expect, Aflac enjoys robust cash flows from operations. * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 AFL is one of those conservative stocks to buy that have performed well in the markets. On a year-to-date basis, shares are up 11%. Better yet, Aflac pays out a 2.1% dividend yield. Steady growth and passive income? AFL is too good to ignore. Paychex (PAYX)Source: Eric Glenn / Shutterstock.com If you're asked to come down to the human resources department, chances are, it's for unpleasant reasons. Nevertheless, HR plays a crucial role as it deals directly with a company's most valuable asset: people. You can never go wrong with experts in this field, which is why Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a consistent winner.But another factor boosting PAYX is their product flexibility. Despite their big-name brand, they offer scaled solutions for virtually any organization. From tiny businesses with a lone employee to major, multinational firms, PAYX can tailor-fit an effective, efficient platform. That will come in handy over the next few years as new businesses focus on agility rather than brute size.As you might expect, Paychex features a healthy balance between growth and cash flows; PAYX is up 28% so far this year. Activision Blizzard (ATVI)Source: Casimiro PT / Shutterstock.com The video game sector offers some of the best stocks to invest in. Thanks to gaming culture and tournaments going mainstream, this is an industry that will perpetually rise higher. Over the longer-term, this presents a viable tailwind for Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI).Admittedly, though, the ride in ATVI hasn't been an easy one. While its YTD performance is pretty much flat, shares have gyrated severely multiple times.Investors have an understandable concern that they're buying into ATVI near at or near its highs. Moreover, Activision has suffered significant competition; namely, Epic Games' "Fortnite."Still, I'm not worried. In terms of first-person shooting games, ATVI is still the king. Its "Call of Duty" series is legitimately a cash cow. Furthermore, Activision's financials have consistently demonstrated rising cash flow from operations. That might take a hit this year due to the competitive environment. * 7 Great High-Yield Stocks With Payouts Over 5% However, don't count out ATVI. Not only can Activision leverage its own strengths in shooter games, "Fortnite" mania may be peaking. Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)Source: Valeriya Zankovych / Shutterstock.com Out of all the cash cow stocks to buy, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) stands alone. One of the chief reasons why is due to the company's prevalence across multiple lucrative markets. From laptops to cloud computing to driverless-vehicle technology, GOOG disrupts any sector it wishes.But the biggest reason I like Alphabet is that it dominates the internet. I realize that it's a tired argument because everybody has mentioned it. That doesn't mean, though, that the argument is any less valid.For instance, we all know that Google is the most popular search engine, but the gap between first place and second-ranked Bing is a whopping 66%!Moreover, Google is the unquestioned leader of mobile and tablet search engines with a 93% market share. In order to get anything done online, you essentially must go through Alphabet. And if your company doesn't rank well on Google, you're dead in the water. Philip Morris International (PM)Source: vfhnb12 / Shutterstock.com On the surface, it appears big tobacco firms like Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) face a double-whammy.First, Americans are smoking cigarettes at a significantly reduced rate. Also, the under-18 crowd isn't taking up the habit like prior generations had. Second, the vaping market has exploded in popularity thanks to its cleaner platform.I don't think it's over for Philip Morris. For one thing, several markets, including the eastern Mediterranean and Africa, have witnessed a lift in smoking rates. That, of course, suits PM perfectly, which is the international arm of the iconic tobacco firm. PM stock has rebounded this year. On a YTD basis, shares have jumped 25%. * 7 Large-Cap Stocks to Give a Wide Berth Best of all, Philip Morris is a cash-rich organization. That provides substantial confidence in the company's generous 6.1% dividend yield. Gilead Sciences (GILD)Source: Shutterstock Thanks to an unpredictable political environment and an extremely competitive atmosphere, several pharmaceuticals have underperformed this year. Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) is no exception, with GILD shares having fallen 1.6% YTD under choppy conditions.But in the long run, I don't expect this pressured situation to continue. Earlier this year, Gilead announced positive results from a late-stage clinical trial of a rheumatoid arthritis drug.Additionally, management is looking forward to developing iterations of its HIV drug, Biktarvy. GILD could develop an injectable version of Biktarvy for patients who are resistant to the drug.If nothing else, GILD belongs on your list of stocks to buy thanks to its cash position. Even under a challenging environment, Gilead managed nearly $12 billion in operating cash flow last year. The company is more than stable enough to continue supporting its dividend yield, which currently stands at 4%. BCE (BCE)Source: Shutterstock As Canada's biggest communications firm, BCE (NYSE:BCE) essentially has a moat. In this day and age, no one can survive without internet access.As such, BCE leverages extensive broadband and wireless networks that have a value north of $4 billion. The company's broadband footprint extends out to 9.2 million locations, and it offers LTE wireless coverage for almost every Canadian.These impressive stats finally have started to translate into market success. So far this year, BCE shares are up 21.5%.Shares have grown slowly and steadily since the beginning of the year, suggesting the worst of the volatility is behind it. Second, BCE's revenues have steadily increased over the past three years, and we're on pace for a fourth. Finally, BCE offers a generous 5% dividend yield, which the company can support. * 7 Stocks to Sell Before They Roll Over Last year, the telecom firm had $5.8 billion in operating cash flow, and $2.6 billion FCF. Unless Canadians suddenly stop using the internet, you can trust BCE.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Important IPO Stocks to Watch for the Long Run * 7 High Volatility Stocks to Buy as the Market Rebounds * 7 Dow Jones Industrial Average Stocks to Sell The post The 8 Best Cash Cow Stocks to Buy for Stable Returns appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Insurance companies command roughly $12 trillion of capital worldwide and Aflac’s investment portfolio is worth more than $130 billion in assets. Aflac’s Global CIO Eric Kirsch joins Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi and Alexis Christoforous to discuss the insurance company’s asset management strategy.