GALVESTON, Texas, Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American National Insurance Company (Nasdaq:ANAT) announced stronger after-tax operating income for the fourth quarter 2016 of $46.3 million or $1.72 per diluted share, an increase over the same period 2015 operating income of $45.8 million or $1.69 per diluted share.  Operating income for the quarter benefited from strong annuity and property/casualty earnings. 

Net income for the quarter was $59.8 million or $2.22 per diluted share compared with fourth quarter 2015 net income of $62.9 million or $2.33 per diluted share.  Net income includes realized investment earnings, which is comprised of realized investment gains, equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates and income (loss) from non-controlling interests. The quarter’s net income was impacted by an increase in the tax provision of $20.6 million as well as a $3.6 million decrease in realized investment earnings compared to the same period in 2015.

Net income for 2016 was $181.0 million or $6.71 per diluted share compared to net income of $243.0 million or $9.02 per diluted share for 2015. Realized investment earnings for 2016 were $54.3 million or $2.01 per diluted share, $35.2 million lower compared to $89.6 million or $3.32 per diluted share in 2015.  Book value per diluted share increased to $172.51 at December 31, 2016 from $165.20 at December 31, 2015.  Revenue in the life insurance, annuity and property and casualty segments increased in 2016 compared to 2015.  

After-tax operating income for 2016 of $126.7 million or $4.70 per diluted share decreased $26.7 million from $153.4 million or $5.70 per diluted share for 2015. Earnings in 2016 included a $22.3 million increase in net catastrophe losses in the property & casualty segment over the prior year.

2016 Highlights:

  • Total premiums and other revenues, at $3.23 billion, increased $210.5 million
  • Total life insurance in force increased 6.0% to reach $95.6 billion
  • Stockholders’ equity increased from $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion
  • Book value per diluted share at year-end was $172.51, an increase of $7.31

American National Insurance Company                      
COMPARATIVE HIGHLIGHTS
Compiled on a GAAP basis (Preliminary & Unaudited)*

         
  Quarters Ended     Years Ended
  December 31,      December 31, 
                 
    2016     2015       2016     2015
                 
Revenues  $   839,391,000   $   843,523,000     $   3,227,951,000   $   3,017,455,000
After-tax earnings:                
  Operating income  ** $   46,257,000   $   45,797,000     $   126,676,000   $   153,423,000
  Realized investment earnings **     13,516,000       17,143,000         54,327,000       89,565,000
  Net income $   59,773,000   $   62,940,000     $   181,003,000   $   242,988,000
                 
Per share earnings:                
  Operating income – Diluted ** $   1.72   $   1.69     $   4.70   $   5.70
  Realized investment earnings                
  – Diluted **     0.50       0.64         2.01       3.32
  Net income – Diluted $   2.22   $   2.33     $   6.71   $   9.02
                 
Weighted average number of shares                
  upon which computations are based:                
  Diluted      26,968,521       26,963,519         26,967,072       26,950,066
  Basic     26,908,029       26,909,460         26,908,570       26,876,522
                 
    As of    
    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015    
                 
Book value per diluted share   $   172.51   $   165.20    
                     

* Results are preliminary and unaudited. American National expects to timely file its Form 10-K by March 1.
** Operating income excludes realized investment earnings, which is comprised of realized investment gains, equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates, and income (loss) from non-controlling interests, after-tax. Net income is the sum of operating income and realized investment earnings.

American National Insurance Company, headquartered in Galveston, Texas, was founded in 1905 and is licensed to conduct the business of insurance in all states except New York. American National has been assigned an ‘A’ rating by A.M. Best Company and an ‘A’ rating by Standard & Poor’s, both of which are nationally recognized rating agencies.

American National is also a family of companies that has, on a consolidated GAAP basis, $24.5 billion in assets, $19.8 billion in liabilities and $4.7 billion in stockholders’ equity.  American National and its subsidiaries offer a broad line of products and services, which include life insurance, annuities, health insurance, credit insurance, pension products and property and casualty insurance for personal lines, agribusiness, and targeted commercial exposures.  The American National companies operate in all 50 states. Major insurance subsidiaries include American National Life Insurance Company of Texas, American National Life Insurance Company of New York, American National Property and Casualty Company, Garden State Life Insurance Company, Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company, Farm Family Life Insurance Company, Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company and United Farm Family Insurance Company.

For more information, including company news and investor relations information, visit the company’s web site at www.AmericanNational.com

CONTACT: Contact: John J. Dunn, Jr. (409) 766-6063
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