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This document is dated November 2, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   

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Lincoln Financial Group Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

Consolidated Deposits of $5.5 Billion Benefit from Strong Retirement Product Sales
Total Account Balances Rise 10% to $150 billion Reflecting Positive Flows and Improved Markets

Topics:   Third Quarter 2010 — Segment Results   | Retirement Solutions  | Insurance Solutions  | Other Operations  | Alternative Investment Income  | Realized Gains and Losses  | Unrealized Gains and Losses  | Book Value  | Reconciliation Table  | Digest of Earnings  | General Account Supplement 

PHILADELPHIA, November 2, 2010 — Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) today reported net income for the third quarter of 2010 of $246 million, or $0.75, of net income per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to a net income in the third quarter of 2009 of $153 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.

The third quarter income from operations was $206 million, or $0.63 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to $276 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009. Third quarter earnings included the results of Lincoln's annual comprehensive review of actuarial assumptions and model work. The review resulted in a net charge to income from operations of $72 million, or $0.22 per share, and included an adjustment to reflect the current low interest rate environment.

($ in millions except per share data) For the Quarter
        Ended
2010 2009 
Net Income (Loss) $ 246  $ 153 
Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders 245  137 
Net Income (Loss) Per Diluted Share Available to Common Stockholders 0.75  0.44 
Income (Loss) from Operations 206  276 
Income (Loss) from Operations Per Diluted Share Available to Common Stockholders 0.63  0.84 
Average Diluted Shares 325.7  310.0 

Dennis R. Glass, president and CEO said, "In the quarter we saw good indicators of growth continuing including strong double-digit growth in retirement deposits and net flows driving half of the year-over-year increase in total account balances. Sales overall reflected ongoing distribution expansion and our strong portfolio of products, which was enhanced this quarter with new product introductions. Adjusting for notable items in the quarter, earnings benefited from growth in account values offset by elevated group disability loss ratios, which we expect to recover in time. While economic conditions continue to influence parts of our business, steady consumer demand for our insurance and retirement products has contributed to consistent sales and positive aggregate net flow results."

Third Quarter 2010 Operating Highlights:

  • Consolidated deposits of $5.5 billion up 4% compared to the prior-year quarter driving consolidated net flows of $1.7 billion in the period.
  • Total account balances increased 10% year-over-year to $150 billion, driven by continued strong net flows and improved equity markets.
  • Variable annuity deposits of $2 billion up 11% over the prior-year quarter.
  • Defined Contribution gross deposits of $1.3 billion up 14% over the prior-year quarter.
  • Repurchased $48 million of warrants from the U.S. Treasury reflecting strength in excess capital position.

Third Quarter 2010 — Segment Results

Retirement Solutions

Individual Annuities
The Individual Annuities segment reported income from operations of $126 million in the third quarter of 2010 versus income from operations of $95 million in the year-ago period, reflecting a 14% increase in the average annuity account values. The current quarter includes net positive items of approximately $12 million, primarily attributable to favorable tax true ups in the quarter.

Variable annuity deposits of $2.0 billion were up 11% over the prior-year quarter reflecting improved wholesaler productivity and shelf space expansion. Total net flows in the current quarter were $1.3 billion as compared to $1.6 billion in the 2009 quarter, the result of reduced fixed annuity flows.

Defined Contribution
Defined Contribution reported income from operations of $50 million, versus income from operations of $43 million for the same period a year ago, reflecting a 10% increase in the average account values. The quarter's results included an $11 million benefit associated with DAC unlocking and model review work.

Gross deposits of $1.3 billion were up 14% versus the prior-year quarter driven by sales and renewals in the mid- to large-case market. Total net flows in the current quarter were $(278) million as compared to $144 million in the 2009 quarter, primarily attributable to the loss of a few large cases in the quarter.

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Insurance Solutions

Life Insurance
Life Insurance income from operations was $60 million, compared to $137 million in the third quarter of 2009. The 2010 quarter included net negative items of $82 million associated with the comprehensive review of actuarial assumptions and models underlying life insurance-related assets and liabilities. The most significant impact was a result of changing long-term portfolio yield assumptions totaling $114 million to reflect current low interest rates. The quarter experienced unfavorable net mortality of approximately $10 million due primarily to the lower level of reinsurance on claims in the quarter.

Life insurance sales of $148 million increased 2% over the prior-year quarter reflecting strong double-digit sales increases of MoneyGuard® and variable universal life insurance offset by a decline in UL sales.

Group Protection
For the third quarter, Group Protection's income from operations was $9.5 million, compared to $35 million in the prior-year period and included $3 million of negative items.

The non-medical loss ratio of 79% in the current quarter compared to 68% in the third quarter of 2009 and our targeted range of 71% to 74%. The unfavorable non-medical loss ratio was primarily due to the elevated incidence of disability income claims. While elevated from our target range, loss ratios are expected to recover modestly in the fourth quarter.

Non-medical net earned premiums were $383 million in the third quarter, up 9% over the year-ago period. Annualized sales of $68 million decreased 14% year-over-year due to competitive market conditions.

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Other Operations

The operating loss in Other Operations was $40 million in the quarter versus a loss of $33 million in the prior-year quarter. The quarter had $4 million of negative expense items including an unfavorable tax adjustment.

Alternative Investment Income

Income from operations in the third quarter of 2010 included alternative investment income of $7 million, after DAC, after tax, compared to a loss of $1 million in the year-ago quarter. The company's alternative investment portfolio, of approximately $725 million of book value, performed consistent with our long-term return expectations.

Realized Gains and Losses

Total gross realized losses from the sale and impairment of general account investments in the quarter were $65 million, pre tax, as compared to $174 million in the prior-year quarter and $37 million in the second quarter of 2010.

Realized gains and losses also include the change in value of certain securities subject to mark-to-market accounting and the results of the variable annuity hedge program. The net change in value in the quarter was a gain of $106 million, pre tax, versus a gain of $58 million in the year-ago quarter.

Unrealized Gains and Losses

The company reported a net unrealized gain of approximately $5.0 billion, pre tax, on its available-for-sale securities at September 30, 2010. This compares to a net unrealized gain of $114 million at September 30, 2009.

Book Value

As of September 30, 2010, the book value per share of common stock, including accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI"), was $42.78 compared to $35.91 a year ago. Book value per share, excluding AOCI, was $37.54, compared to $36.64 a year ago. During the quarter, Lincoln paid $3 million in common stock dividends to its shareholders and paid $48 million for 2.9 million warrants from the U.S. Treasury, which were retired.

This press release may contain statements that are forward looking, and actual results may differ materially, especially given the current economic and credit conditions. Please see the Forward Looking Statements — Cautionary Language that follow for additional factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations.

The tables attached to this release define and reconcile income from operations, return on equity ("ROE7quot;), and book value per share excluding AOCI, non-GAAP measures, to net income, ROE, and book value per share including AOCI calculated in accordance with GAAP.

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Lincoln Financial Group will discuss the company's third quarter results with investors in a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Interested persons are invited to listen through the internet. Please go to www.LincolnFinancial.com/webcast at least fifteen minutes prior to the event to register, download and install any necessary streaming media software. Interested persons may also listen to the call by dialing the following numbers:

  • Dial: 877 776-4049 (Domestic)
             914 495-8602 (International)
  • Ask for the Lincoln National Conference Call.

The company will also post its third quarter 2010 statistical supplement and a general account supplement on its Web site, www.LincolnFinancial.com/earnings.

Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $150 billion as of September 30, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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Investor Contacts:
Jim Sjoreen
484 583-1420
E-mail: InvestorRelations@LFG.com

Media Contact:
Laurel O'Brien
484 583-1735
E-mail: MediaRelations@LFG.com

 

Financial data will be posted at www.LincolnFinancial.com/earnings

 

Forward Looking Statements — Cautionary Language

Certain statements made in these materials and in other written or oral statements made by Lincoln or on Lincoln's behalf are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA"). A forward looking statement is a statement that is not a historical fact and, without limitation, includes any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain words like: "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "estimate", "project", "will", "shall" and other words or phrases with similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operating or financial performance. In particular, these include statements relating to future actions, trends in Lincoln's businesses, prospective services or products, future performance or financial results, and the outcome of contingencies, such as legal proceedings. Lincoln claims the protection afforded by the safe harbor for forward looking statements provided by the PSLRA.

Certain statements made in this press release and in other written or oral statements made by forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results contained in the forward looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary materially, some of which are described within the forward looking statements include, among others:

  • Deterioration in general economic and business conditions that may affect account values, investment results, guaranteed benefit liabilities, premium levels, claims experience and the level of pension benefit costs, funding and investment results;
  • Economic declines and credit market illiquidity could cause us to realize additional impairments on investments and certain intangible assets, including goodwill and a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets, which may reduce future earnings and/or affect our financial condition and ability to raise additional capital or refinance existing debt as it matures;
  • Uncertainty about the effect of rules and regulations to be promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on us and the economy and financial services sector in particular;
  • The restrictions, oversight, cost and other consequences of being a savings and loan holding company, including from the supervision, regulation and examination by the Office of Thrift Supervision or its functional successors;
  • Legislative, regulatory or tax changes, both domestic and foreign, that affect the cost of, or demand for, our subsidiaries' products, the required amount of reserves and/or surplus, or otherwise affect our ability to conduct business, including changes to statutory reserves and/or risk-based capital, or "RBC," requirements related to secondary guarantees under universal life and variable annuity products such as Actuarial Guideline 43, or "AG43" (also known as Commissioners Annuity Reserve Valuation Method for Variable Annuities or "VACARVM"); restrictions on revenue sharing and 12b-1 payments; and the potential for U.S. Federal tax reform;
  • The initiation of legal or regulatory proceedings against us, and the outcome of any legal or regulatory proceedings, such as: adverse actions related to present or past business practices common in businesses in which we compete; adverse decisions in significant actions including, but not limited to, actions brought by federal and state authorities and extra-contractual and class action damage cases; new decisions that result in changes in law; and unexpected trial court rulings;
  • Changes in or sustained low interest rates causing a reduction of investment income, a reduction in estimated gross profits to our variable annuity and universal life products, the margins of our subsidiaries' fixed annuity and life insurance businesses and demand for their products;
  • A decline in the equity markets causing a reduction in the sales of our subsidiaries' products, a reduction of asset-based fees that our subsidiaries charge on various investment and insurance products, an acceleration of amortization of deferred acquisition costs, or "DAC," value of business acquired, or "VOBA," deferred sales inducements, or "DSI," and deferred front end sales loads, or "DFEL," and an increase in liabilities related to guaranteed benefit features of our subsidiaries' variable annuity products;
  • Ineffectiveness of our various hedging strategies used to offset the impact of changes in the value of liabilities due to changes in the level and volatility of the equity markets and interest rates;
  • A deviation in actual experience regarding future persistency, mortality, morbidity, interest rates or equity market returns from the assumptions used in pricing our subsidiaries' products, in establishing related insurance reserves and in elevated impairments on investments and amortization of intangible assets that may cause an increase in reserves and/or a reduction in assets, resulting in a corresponding decrease in net income;
  • Changes in accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or "GAAP," including moving to International Financial Reporting Standards, that may result in unanticipated changes to our net income;
  • Lowering of one or more of our debt ratings issued by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations and the adverse impact such action may have on our ability to raise capital and on our liquidity and financial condition;
  • Lowering of one or more of the insurer financial strength ratings of our insurance subsidiaries and the adverse impact such action may have on the premium writings, policy retention, profitability of our insurance subsidiaries and liquidity;
  • Significant credit, accounting, fraud or corporate governance issues that may adversely affect the value of certain investments in our portfolios requiring that we realize losses on such investments;
  • The impact of acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, product withdrawals and other unusual items, including our ability to integrate acquisitions and to obtain the anticipated results and synergies from acquisitions;
  • The adequacy and collectibility of reinsurance that we have purchased;
  • Acts of terrorism, a pandemic, war or other man-made and natural catastrophes that may adversely affect our businesses and the cost and availability of reinsurance;
  • Competitive conditions, including pricing pressures, new product offerings and the emergence of new competitors, that may affect the level of premiums and fees that our subsidiaries can charge for their products;
  • The unknown impact on our subsidiaries' businesses resulting from changes in the demographics of their client base, as aging baby-boomers move from the asset-accumulation stage to the asset-distribution stage of life; and
  • Loss of key management, financial planners or wholesalers.

The risks included here are not exhaustive. Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed with the SEC include additional factors which could impact our business and financial performance. Moreover, we operate in a rapidly changing and competitive environment. New risk factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors.

Further, it is not possible to assess the impact of all risk factors on our businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements as a prediction of actual results. In addition, Lincoln disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this report.

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