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Protective Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:18 pm EDT

Dateline:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
PL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Protective Life Corporation (NYSE: PL) today reported results for the second quarter of 2009. Net income for the second quarter of 2009 was $90.8 million, or $1.16 per average diluted share, compared to net income of $38.2 million, or $0.53 per average diluted share, in the second quarter of 2008. Operating income, after-tax, for the second quarter of 2009 was $80.9 million, or $1.03 per average diluted share, compared to $68.6 million, or $0.96 per average diluted share, in the second quarter of 2008.

John D. Johns, Protective’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer commented:

“In a very challenging economic environment, we are pleased to report a record level of net income in the quarter and a near record level of operating income. Positive developments in the quarter included: a significant improvement in book value per share; favorable mortality; a significant reversal in fair value accounting items; positive sales momentum in the Life Marketing, Annuities and Asset Protection segments; a lower level of credit impairments; low levels of delinquencies in our commercial real estate mortgage portfolio; continued accelerated prepayment of our non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”); and a significant improvement in our statutory capital ratio.

Our major challenges in the quarter included: the drag on earnings resulting from carrying approximately $1.5 billion of excess liquidity in our operating companies and continued downward credit migration in our prime jumbo RMBS portfolio.

Notwithstanding the favorable developments we experienced in the quarter and growing evidence that conditions in the credit markets are improving, we expect to see challenging conditions in the overall economy during the remainder of the year. For the balance of the year, our focus will be on prudently investing excess liquidity in higher yielding investments; taking advantage of disruptions in the marketplace to recruit talent and expand the depth and breadth of our distributor relationships, especially with respect to our universal life and annuity product lines; sharpening the focus of our risk management programs; and managing capital deployment and credit exposures.”

Net income for the second quarter of 2009 included:

  • Net realized investment gains, after tax, of $9.9 million, or $0.13 per average diluted share, compared to net realized investment losses, after tax, of $30.4 million, or $0.43 per average diluted share, in the second quarter of 2008
  • Pre-tax other-than-temporary impairments of $41.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, are included in the $0.13 per share of net realized investment gains in the second quarter of 2009

Operating income for the second quarter of 2009 included $26.2 million of net positive items, on a pre-tax basis:

Positive Items:

  • Positive fair value changes of $22.6 million on a portfolio of securities designated for trading
  • Positive fair value changes of $7.0 million in the Annuities segment
  • Positive $3.9 million of unlocking and Guaranteed Minimum Death Benefit (“GMDB”) reserve changes in the Annuities segment
  • Other income of $0.3 million resulting from the early retirement of funding agreements in the Stable Value Products segment

Negative Items:

  • Life Marketing segment income was reduced by $5.3 million for non-recurring reserve and reinsurance adjustments
  • Expenses of $2.3 million associated with consolidation activity, including Life Marketing segment expenses of $1.1 million, Asset Protection segment expenses of $0.8 million and Corporate & Other segment expenses of $0.4 million

Business Segment Results

The table below sets forth business segment operating income (loss) before income tax for the periods shown:

Operating Income (Loss) Before Income Tax
($ in thousands)        
2Q2009 2Q2008 $ Chg % Chg
Life Marketing $ 37,179 $ 38,127 $ (948 ) -2.5 %
Acquisitions 35,041 34,514 527 1.5 %
Annuities 21,495 9,487 12,008 126.6 %
Stable Value Products 16,976 17,545 (569 ) -3.2 %
Asset Protection 4,656 6,664 (2,008 ) -30.1 %
Corporate & Other   9,648   (2,093 )   11,741   n/m  
$ 124,995 $ 104,244   $ 20,751   19.9 %
 
 

In the Life Marketing and Asset Protection segments, pre-tax operating income equals segment income before income tax for all periods. In the Stable Value Products, Annuities, Acquisitions and Corporate & Other segments, operating income (loss) excludes realized investment gains (losses), periodic settlements on derivatives, and related amortization of DAC and VOBA. A reconciliation of operating income before income tax to income before income tax is included below:

($ in thousands)   2Q2009   2Q2008   $ Chg   % Chg
Operating income before income tax $ 124,995 $ 104,244 $ 20,751 19.9 %
Realized investment gains (losses)
Stable Value Products (400 ) 1,823 (2,223 ) n/m
Annuities 925 1,095 (170 ) -15.5 %
Acquisitions 11,409 (3,824 ) 15,233 n/m
Corporate & Other 3,510 (44,568 ) 48,078 n/m
Less:
Periodic settlements on derivatives
Corporate & Other 1,163 1,786 (623 ) -34.9 %
 

Related amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs and value of businesses acquired

Annuities (670 ) 40 (710 ) n/m
Acquisitions   (272 )   (535 )   263   -49.2 %
Income before income tax $ 140,218   $ 57,479   $ 82,739   143.9 %
 
 

Income (loss) before income tax, unlike operating income (loss) before income tax, does not exclude realized gains (losses), net of the related amortization of DAC and VOBA, and participating income from real estate ventures. Income before income tax for the Acquisitions segment was $46.7 million for the second quarter of 2009 compared to $31.2 million for the second quarter of 2008. Income before income tax for the Annuities segment was $23.1 million for the second quarter of 2009 compared to $10.5 million for the second quarter of 2008. Income before income tax for the Stable Value segment was $16.6 million for the second quarter of 2009 compared to $19.4 million for the second quarter of 2008. Income before income tax for the Corporate & Other segment was $12.0 million for the second quarter of 2009 compared to a loss before income tax of $48.4 million for the second quarter of 2008.

Sales

The Company uses sales statistics to measure the relative progress of its marketing efforts. The Company derives these statistics from various sales tracking and administrative systems and not from its financial reporting systems or financial statements. These statistics measure only one of many factors that may affect future business segments’ profitability, and therefore are not intended to be predictive of future profitability.

The table below sets forth business segment sales for the periods shown:

($ in millions)        
2Q2009 2Q2008 $ Chg % Chg
Life Marketing $ 39.7 $ 41.1 $ (1.4 ) -3.4 %
Annuities 609.7 552.2 57.5 10.4 %
Stable Value Products - 587.8 (587.8 ) n/m
Asset Protection 76.2 119.6 (43.4 ) -36.3 %
 
 

Review of Business Segment Results

Life Marketing

Life Marketing segment pre-tax operating income was $37.2 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $38.1 million in the second quarter of 2008. The decrease was primarily due to lower investment income on the term insurance block, negative reserve and reinsurance adjustments and higher operating expenses, primarily due to our consolidation activity. These reductions to income were offset by $9.9 million of favorable mortality in the current quarter, or a $10.6 million more favorable impact to pre-tax operating earnings, when compared to the second quarter of 2008.

Sales were $39.7 million in the second quarter of 2009, down 3.4% compared to $41.1 million in the second quarter of 2008. Term insurance sales in the current quarter were $26.1 million compared to $26.9 million in the prior year’s quarter. Universal life insurance sales (including variable universal life) in the current quarter were $13.6 million compared to $14.2 million in the second quarter of 2008.

Acquisitions

Acquisitions segment pre-tax operating income was $35.0 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $34.5 million in the second quarter of 2008, primarily due to lower operating expenses and improved mortality results of $2.6 million, partially offset by expected runoff of the blocks of business.

Annuities

Annuities segment pre-tax operating income was $21.5 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $9.5 million in the second quarter of 2008. The current quarter included $7.0 million of positive fair value changes, representing an increase of $5.3 million compared to the prior year’s quarter. The variance of $5.3 million compared to the prior year’s quarter includes a $7.0 million favorable variance on embedded derivatives associated with the variable annuity guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit (“GMWB”) rider, partially offset by a $1.7 million unfavorable variance on the equity indexed annuity product line. Positive unlocking and GMDB reserve changes improved earnings by $3.9 million in the current quarter. The segment experienced wider spreads and continued growth in the SPDA and MVA lines during the second quarter. Annuity account values were $9.3 billion as of June 30, 2009, an increase of 14.1% over the prior year. Net cash flows for the segment remained positive during the quarter.

Sales in the second quarter of 2009 were $609.7 million compared to $552.2 million in the second quarter of 2008. The increase was primarily due to an increase in variable annuity sales resulting from market dislocation and growth in our distribution channels. Variable annuity sales were $177.3 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $115.4 million in the second quarter of 2008. Fixed annuity sales were $432.4 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $436.8 million in the prior year’s quarter.

Stable Value Products

Stable Value Products segment pre-tax operating income was $17.0 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $17.5 million in the second quarter of 2008. The decrease was a result of a decline in average account values, partially offset by higher operating spreads. Included in the operating income during the second quarter of 2009 was $0.3 million of other income resulting from the early retirement of funding agreements. Excluding this $0.3 million operating gain, the spread increased 23 basis points to 157 basis points for the three months ended June 30, 2009, compared to the prior year’s quarter. Deposit balances as of June 30, 2009 were $4.1 billion.

There were no sales during the three months ended June 30, 2009 compared to $587.8 million in the previous year’s quarter.

Asset Protection

Asset Protection segment pre-tax operating income was $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $6.7 million in the second quarter of 2008. The decrease was primarily the result of a $4.6 million decrease in service contract income due to significantly lower sales volume and higher loss ratios. The current quarter included $0.8 million of consolidation related expenses.

Sales in the second quarter of 2009 were $76.2 million, down $43.4 million, or 36.3%, compared to the second quarter of 2008, driven by the negative impact in all product lines of lower volume of automobile and marine units sold.

Corporate & Other

This segment consists primarily of net investment income on capital, interest expense on debt, various other items not associated with the other segments and ancillary run-off lines of business. Corporate & Other segment pre-tax operating income was $9.6 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to a $2.1 million loss in the second quarter of 2008. The improvement in the current quarter was primarily due to mark-to-market adjustments on a portfolio of securities designated for trading, with a market value of approximately $328.2 million as of June 30, 2009. The mark-to-market on this trading portfolio positively impacted income by $22.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009, an $18.3 million more favorable impact than in the prior year’s quarter. Offsetting this positive mark-to-market change was lower investment income resulting from reduced yields on a large balance of cash and short-term investments.

Investments

  • Total cash and investments were $27.9 billion as of June 30, 2009. This includes $2.0 billion of cash and short-term investments.
  • Our net unrealized loss position was $1.8 billion, prior to tax and DAC offsets, and $1.0 billion, after tax and DAC offsets.
  • During the second quarter of 2009, we recorded $41.0 million of pre-tax credit related loss other-than-temporary impairments. In addition, $7.9 million of pre-tax non-credit related losses were recorded as a component of other comprehensive income.
  • Problem loans and foreclosed properties represented 0.4% of our commercial mortgage loan portfolio as of June 30, 2009.
   
Net Realized Investment/Derivative Activity
($ per average diluted share) 2Q 2009 2Q 2008
 
Impairments/Credit related losses $ (0.34 ) $ (0.73 )
Modco net activity 0.07 0.05
Net realized gains (excl. Modco) 0.11 0.12
Interest rate related derivatives 0.23 0.04
Credit default swaps 0.06 0.12
All other   -     (0.03 )
Total $ 0.13   $ (0.43 )
 

Operating income differs from the GAAP measure, net income, in that it excludes realized investment gains (losses) and related amortization. The tables below reconcile operating income to net income:

Consolidated Results   2Q 2009   2Q 2008
 
($ in thousands; net of income tax)
 
After-tax Operating Income $ 80,862 $ 68,581

Realized investment gains (losses) and related amortization

Investments 83,051 (72,746 )
Derivatives   (73,156 )   42,349  
Net Income $ 90,757   $ 38,184  
 
 

($ per average diluted share; net of income tax)

2Q 2009 2Q 2008
 
After-tax Operating Income $ 1.03 $ 0.96

Realized investment gains (losses) and related amortization

Investments 1.06 (1.02 )
Derivatives   (0.93 )   0.59  
Net Income $ 1.16   $ 0.53  
 
 

For information relating to non-GAAP measures (operating income, share owners’ equity per share excluding other comprehensive income (loss), operating return on average equity, and net income (loss) return on average equity) in this press release, please refer to the disclosure at the end of this press release. All per share results used throughout this press release are presented on a diluted basis, unless otherwise noted.

 
Rolling Twelve Months Ended
June 30,
2009   2008
 
Operating Income Return on Average Equity 10.4 % 10.2 %
 
Net Income (Loss) Return on Average Equity (0.1 )% 8.3 %
 

Operating income return on average equity and net income return on average equity are measures used by management to evaluate the Company’s performance. Operating income return on average equity for the twelve months ended June 30, 2009 was calculated by dividing operating income for this period by the average ending balance of share owners’ equity (excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)) for the five most recent quarters. Net income(loss) return on average equity for the twelve months ended June 30, 2009, was calculated by dividing net income (loss) for this period by the average ending balance of share owners’ equity (excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)) for the five most recent quarters.

 
Reconciliation of Share Owners' Equity, Excluding Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)
($ in thousands)    
As of
June 30,
2009 2008
Total share owners' equity $ 1,628,375 $ 2,081,742
Less: Accumuluated other comprehensive income (loss)   (1,031,719 )   (486,222 )
Total share owners' equity excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) $ 2,660,094   $ 2,567,964  
 
 
 

Reconciliation of Share Owners' Equity per Share, Excluding Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) per Share

($ per common share oustanding)

 

As of

June 30,
2009 2008
Total share owners' equity $ 19.03 $ 29.80
Less: Accumuluated other comprehensive income (loss)   (12.05 )   (6.96 )

Total share owners' equity excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

$ 31.08   $ 36.76  
 

2009 Guidance

Due to current market conditions and the potential impact of fair value accounting on reported results, Protective will not provide 2009 earnings guidance, but will discuss the outlook for the remainder of the year during its second quarter 2009 earnings call as scheduled below.

Conference Call

There will be a conference call for management to discuss the quarterly results with analysts and professional investors on August 5, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. Analysts and professional investors may access this call by dialing 1-800-299-7089 (international callers 1-617-801-9714) and entering the conference passcode: 54845207. A recording of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern August 5, 2009 until midnight August 19, 2009. The recording may be accessed by calling 1-888-286-8010 (international callers 1-617-801-6888) and entering the passcode: 10651887.

The public may access a live webcast of the call, along with a call presentation, on the Company’s website at www.protective.com in the Analyst/Investor section. A recording of the webcast will also be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern August 5, 2009 until midnight August 19, 2009.

Supplemental financial information is also available on the Company’s website at www.protective.com in the Analyst/Investor section under Financial Information/Quarterly & Other Reports.

Information Relating to Non-GAAP Measures

Throughout this press release, GAAP refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Consolidated and segment operating income (loss) are defined as income (loss) before income tax excluding net realized investment gains (losses) net of the related amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs (“DAC”),and value of businesses acquired (“VOBA”), and participating income from real estate ventures. Periodic settlements of derivatives associated with corporate debt and certain investments and annuity products are included in realized gains (losses) but are considered part of consolidated and segment operating income because the derivatives are used to mitigate risk in items affecting consolidated and segment operating income (loss). Management believes that consolidated and segment operating income (loss) provides relevant and useful information to investors, as it represents the basis on which the performance of the Company’s business is internally assessed. Although the items excluded from consolidated and segment operating income (loss) may be significant components in understanding and assessing the Company’s overall financial performance, management believes that consolidated and segment operating income (loss) enhances an investor’s understanding of the Company’s results of operations by highlighting the income (loss) attributable to the normal, recurring operations of the Company’s business. As prescribed by GAAP, certain investments are recorded at their market values with the resulting unrealized gains (losses) affected by a related adjustment to DAC and VOBA, net of income tax, reported as a component of share owners’ equity. The market values of fixed maturities increase or decrease as interest rates change. The Company believes that an insurance company’s share owners’ equity per share may be difficult to analyze without disclosing the effects of recording accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), including unrealized gains (losses) on investments.

 
 
 

Calculation of Operating Income Return on Average Equity

Rolling Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2009

 

$ in thousands           Twelve
    Three Months Ended Months Ended
NUMERATOR: 9/30/2008 12/31/2008 3/31/2009 6/30/2009 6/30/2009
 
Net Income (Loss) $ (100,008 ) $ (15,913 ) $ 22,135 $ 90,757 $ (3,029 )
Net of:

Realized investment gains (losses), net of income tax

Investments (228,215 ) (60,407 ) (85,585 ) 82,439 (291,768 )
Derivatives 66,543 (10,574 ) 47,675 (72,400 ) 31,244

Related amortization of DAC and VOBA, net of income tax

457 (632 ) (51 ) 612 386
Add back:

Derivative gains related to Corp. debt and investments, net of income tax

  1,245     1,020     1,455     756     4,476  
 
Operating Income $ 62,452   $ 56,720   $ 61,551   $ 80,862   $ 261,585  
 
 
Share-Owners'
Accumulated Equity Excluding
Other Accumulated Other
Share-Owners' Comprehensive Comprehensive
DENOMINATOR: Equity Income (Loss) Income (Loss)
 
June 30, 2008 $ 2,081,742 $ (486,222 ) $ 2,567,964
September 30, 2008 1,524,655 (928,205 ) 2,452,860
December 31, 2008 761,095 (1,667,056 ) 2,428,151
March 31, 2009 783,178 (1,660,204 ) 2,443,382
June 30, 2009 1,628,375 (1,031,719 )   2,660,094  
 
Total $ 12,552,451  
 
Average $ 2,510,490  
 
Operating Income Return on Average Equity 10.4 %
 
 
 

Calculation of Net Income (Loss) Return on Average Equity

Rolling Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2009

 

$ in thousands           Twelve
    Three Months Ended Months Ended
NUMERATOR: 9/30/2008 12/31/2008 3/31/2009 6/30/2009 6/30/2009
 
Net Income (Loss) $ (100,008 ) $ (15,913 ) $ 22,135 $ 90,757   $ (3,029 )
 
 
Share-Owners'
Accumulated Equity Excluding
Other Accumulated Other
Share-Owners' Comprehensive Comprehensive
DENOMINATOR: Equity Income (Loss) Income (Loss)
 
June 30, 2008 $ 2,081,742 $ (486,222 ) $ 2,567,964
September 30, 2008 1,524,655 (928,205 ) 2,452,860
December 31, 2008 761,095 (1,667,056 ) 2,428,151
March 31, 2009 783,178 (1,660,204 ) 2,443,382
June 30, 2009 1,628,375 (1,031,719 )   2,660,094  
 
Total $ 12,552,451  
 
Average $ 2,510,490  
 
Net Income (Loss) Return on Average Equity -0.1 %
 
 

Forward-Looking Statements

This release and the supplemental financial information provided includes “forward-looking statements” which express expectations of future events and/or results. All statements based on future expectations rather than on historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and the Company cannot give assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. The factors which could affect the Company’s future results include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions and the following known risks and uncertainties: the Company is exposed to the risks of natural disasters, pandemics, malicious and terrorist acts that could adversely affect the Company’s operations; the Company operates in a mature, highly competitive industry, which could limit its ability to gain or maintain its position in the industry and negatively affect profitability; a ratings downgrade or other negative action by a ratings organization could adversely affect the Company; the Company’s policy claims fluctuate from period to period resulting in earnings volatility; the Company’s results may be negatively affected should actual experience differ from management’s assumptions and estimates which by their nature are imprecise and subject to changes and revision over time; the use of reinsurance, and any change in the magnitude of reinsurance, introduces variability in the Company’s statements of income; the Company could be forced to sell investments at a loss to cover policyholder withdrawals; interest rate fluctuations could negatively affect the Company’s spread income or otherwise impact its business, including, but not limited to, the volume of sales, the profitability of products, investment performance, and asset liability management; equity market volatility could negatively impact the Company’s business, particularly with respect to the Company’s variable products, including an increase in the rate of amortization of DAC and estimated cost of providing minimum death benefit and minimum withdrawal benefit guarantees relating to the variable products; insurance companies are highly regulated and subject to numerous legal restrictions and regulations, including, but not limited to, restrictions relating to premium rates, reserve requirements, marketing practices, advertising, privacy, policy forms, reinsurance reserve requirements, acquisitions, and capital adequacy, and the Company cannot predict whether or when regulatory actions may be taken that could adversely affect the Company or its operations; changes to tax law or interpretations of existing tax law could adversely affect the Company, including, but not limited to, the demand for and profitability of its insurance products and the Company’s ability to compete with non-insurance products; the Company may be required to establish a valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets, which could materially adversely affect the Company’s results of operations, financial condition and capital position; financial services companies are frequently the targets of litigation, including, but not limited to, class action litigation, which could result in substantial judgments, and the Company, like other financial services companies, in the ordinary course of business is involved in litigation and arbitration; publicly held companies in general and the financial services industry in particular are sometimes the target of law enforcement investigations and the focus of increased regulatory scrutiny; the Company’s ability to maintain competitive unit costs is dependent upon the level of new sales and persistency of existing business, and a change in persistency may result in higher claims and/or higher or more rapid amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs and thus higher unit costs and lower reported earnings; the Company’s investments, including, but not limited to, the Company’s invested assets, derivative financial instruments and commercial mortgage loan portfolio, are subject to market, credit, and regulatory risks, and these risks could be heightened during periods of extreme volatility or disruption in financial and credit markets; the Company may not realize its anticipated financial results from its acquisitions strategy, which is dependent on factors such as the availability of suitable acquisitions, the availability of capital to fund acquisitions and the realization of assumptions relating to the acquisition; the Company may not be able to achieve the expected results from its recent acquisition; the Company is dependent on the performance of others, including, but not limited to, distributors, third-party administrators, fund managers, reinsurers and other service providers, and, as with all financial services companies, its ability to conduct business is dependent upon consumer confidence in the industry and its products; the Company’s reinsurers could fail to meet assumed obligations, increase rates, or be subject to adverse developments that could affect the Company, and the Company’s ability to compete is dependent on the availability of reinsurance, which has become more costly and less available in recent years, or other substitute capital market solutions; the success of the Company’s captive reinsurance program and related marketing efforts is dependent on a number of factors outside the control of the Company, including, but not limited to, continued access to capital markets, a favorable regulatory environment, and the overall tax position of the Company; computer viruses or network security breaches could affect the data processing systems of the Company or its business partners, and could damage the Company’s business and adversely affect its financial condition and results of operations; the Company’s ability to grow depends in large part upon the continued availability of capital, which has been negatively impacted by regulatory action and the volatility and disruption in the capital and credit markets, and may be negatively impacted in the future by an increase in guaranteed minimum death and withdrawal benefit related policy liabilities in variable products resulting from negative performance in the equity markets, and future marketing plans are dependent on access to the capital markets through securitization; and new GAAP and statutory accounting rules or changes to existing GAAP and statutory accounting rules could negatively impact the Company; the Company’s risk management policies and procedures may leave it exposed to unidentified or unanticipated risk, which could negatively affect our business or result in losses; capital and credit market volatility or disruption could adversely impact the Company’s financial condition or results from operations in several ways, including but not limited to the following: causing market price and cash flow variability in the Company’s fixed income portfolio, defaults on principal or interest payments by issuers of the Company’s fixed income investments, other than temporary impairments of the Company’s fixed income investments; adversely impacting the Company’s ability to efficiently access the capital markets to finance its reserve, capital and liquidity needs; difficult conditions in the economy generally, including severe or extended economic recession, could adversely affect the Company’s business and results from operations; and there can be no assurance that the actions of the U.S. Government or other governmental and regulatory bodies for the purpose of stabilizing the financial markets will achieve their intended effect; the Company may not be able to protect its intellectual property and may be subject to infringement claims; the Company could be adversely affected by an inability to access its credit facility; the amount of statutory capital the Company has and must hold to maintain its financial strength and credit ratings and meet other requirements can vary significantly and is sensitive to a number of factors; the Company operates as a holding company and depends on the ability of its subsidiaries to transfer funds to it to meet its obligations and to pay dividends. Please refer to Part I, Item 1A, Risk Factors and Cautionary Factors that may Affect Future Results of the Company’s most recent Form 10-K and Part II, Item 1A, Risk Factors, of the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for more information about these factors.

Contact:

Protective Life Corporation
Rich Bielen, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, 205-268-3617
or
Eva Robertson, Vice President, Investor Relations, 205-268-3912

Company Contact

Brittnie Bordonaro
Corporate Communications
Protective Life Corporation
(205) 268-8611
brittnie.bordonaro@protective.com

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