Great-West Lifeco reports fourth quarter 2015 results and increases dividend by 6.1%

TSX:GWO

Readers are referred to the cautionary notes regarding Forward-Looking Information and Non-IFRS Financial Measures at the end of this release.  All figures are expressed in Canadian dollars, except as noted.

WINNIPEG, Feb. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Great-West Lifeco Inc. (Lifeco) has reported net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $683 million or $0.688 per common share for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $657 million or $0.658 per common share for the same period in 2014.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $2,762 million, compared to $2,546 million for the same period in 2014, an increase of 8.5%.  This represents $2.774 per common share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, compared to $2.549 per common share for the same period in 2014.

Consolidated assets under administration at December 31, 2015 grew to over $1.2 trillion, up $149 billion from December 31, 2014.

Highlights

  • Lifeco declared a quarterly common dividend of $0.3460 per common share payable March 31, 2016, a 6.1% increase from the previous quarter.
  • Lifeco sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 of $39.0 billion were up 81% from the same quarter in 2014:
    • Canada sales were $3.5 billion, up 5%, reflecting solid sales across all lines of business.
    • Europe sales were $3.9 billion, up 24%, reflecting strong pension and savings sales across all regions.
    • Great-West Financial sales were US$15.5 billion, up 287%, driven by an increase in large plan sales in Empower Retirement.
    • Putnam gross sales were US$8.1 billion, down 12% overall. Institutional sales increased 28%, while mutual fund sales decreased by 32%, reflecting the decline in industry flows in the segments where Putnam operates.
  • Lifeco maintained a strong ROE of 14.7% based on net earnings.
  • Lifeco's capital position remained very strong. The Great-West Life Assurance Company reported a Minimum Continuing Capital Surplus Requirements (MCCSR) ratio of 238% at December 31, 2015.
  • Lifeco announced today its intention, subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange, to increase the previously announced normal course issuer bid limit from 8 million common shares to 20 million common shares.

OPERATING RESULTS

Consolidated net earnings of Lifeco include the net earnings of The Great-West Life Assurance Company (Great-West Life) and its operating subsidiaries London Life Insurance Company (London Life) and The Canada Life Assurance Company (Canada Life); Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company (Great-West Financial) and Putnam Investments, LLC (Putnam), together with Lifeco's Corporate operating results.

CANADA
The Canada segment of Lifeco includes the operating results of the Canadian businesses operated by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, together with an allocation of a portion of Lifeco's corporate results.  The three primary business units included in this segment are Individual Insurance, Wealth Management and Group Insurance.  Lifeco provides accumulation, annuity, life, disability and critical illness insurance products to individual and group clients.

Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $262 million compared to $300 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $1,195 million compared to $1,228 million for the same period in 2014.

Total sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 of $3.5 billion were up from $3.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014.  The increase in sales reflects strong Group sales in mid-size and large case markets, continued strength in participating life sales and solid Wealth Management sales in segregated funds, proprietary mutual funds and single premium group annuities.  Total sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 were $12.6 billion compared to $12.2 billion for the same period in 2014.

Total Canada segment assets under administration at December 31, 2015 were $166 billion compared to $161 billion at December 31, 2014.

UNITED STATES
The United States operating results for Lifeco include the results of Great-West Financial, Putnam and the insurance businesses in the United States branches of Great-West Life and Canada Life, together with an allocation of a portion of Lifeco's corporate results.

Great-West Financial, through the Empower Retirement brand, provides an array of financial security products, including employer-sponsored defined contribution plans, administrative and recordkeeping services, individual retirement accounts, fund management and investment and advisory services.  Great-West Financial also provides life insurance, annuity products and executive benefits products.  Putnam provides investment management, certain administrative functions and distribution services through a broad range of investment products.

Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $125 million, reflecting Great-West Financial net earnings of $84 million and net earnings of $41 million for Putnam, compared to $89 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $409 million compared to $306 million for the same period in 2014.

Great-West Financial sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 were US$15.5 billion, up from US$4.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily due to an increase in large plan sales.  Approximately 50% of the in-quarter sales increase related to two new clients with approximately 140,000 participants. Sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 were US$43.2 billion compared to US$15.3 billion in 2014, an increase of 182%.

Putnam average assets under management for the three months ended December 31, 2015 were US$151.2 billion compared to US$157.2 billion a year ago, a decrease of 4%, primarily due to net asset outflows and the impact of negative markets.  Compared to the prior quarter, Putnam's ending assets under management increased by US$1.7 billion.  Net asset outflows for the fourth quarter of 2015 of US$1.2 billion were comparable to the same quarter in 2014, reflecting strong institutional flows of US$1.1 billion, an increase of US$3.0 billion from the same quarter last year, more than offset by net outflows for mutual funds due to a decline of flows in the overall mutual fund sector.

Total United States segment assets under administration at December 31, 2015 were $808 billion compared to $697 billion at December 31, 2014.

EUROPE
The Europe segment comprises two distinct business units: Insurance & Annuities and Reinsurance, together with an allocation of a portion of Lifeco's corporate results.  Insurance & Annuities provides protection and wealth management products including payout annuities, through subsidiaries of Canada Life in the U.K., the Isle of Man and Germany, and through Irish Life Group Limited (Irish Life) in Ireland.  Reinsurance operates primarily in the U.S., Barbados and Ireland, and is conducted through Canada Life, London Life and their subsidiaries.

Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $303 million, up 11% compared to $274 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, net earnings attributable to common shareholders were $1,174 million compared to $1,038 million for the same period in 2014.

Insurance & Annuities sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $3.9 billion, compared to $3.2 billion a year ago, an increase of 24%.  The increase reflects higher sales across most product lines in the U.K., Germany and Ireland.  Sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 were $19.5 billion compared to $12.4 billion for the same period in 2014.  The increase was primarily due to higher fund management sales and higher sales across most other product lines as well as the impact of the acquisition of The Equitable Life Assurance Society's annuity business in the first quarter of 2015.

Total Europe segment assets under administration at December 31, 2015 were $238 billion compared to $205 billion at December 31, 2014.

LIFECO CORPORATE
The Lifeco Corporate segment includes operating results for activities of Lifeco that are not associated with the major business units of Lifeco.

Lifeco Corporate segment's net loss attributable to common shareholders was $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a net loss of $6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the net earnings attributable to common shareholders were a net loss of $16 million compared to a net loss of $26 million for the same period in 2014.

QUARTERLY DIVIDENDS

At its meeting today, the Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.3460 per share on the common shares of Lifeco payable March 31, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business March 3, 2016.

In addition, the Directors approved quarterly dividends on:

  • Series F First Preferred Shares of $0.36875 per share;
  • Series G First Preferred Shares of $0.3250 per share;
  • Series H First Preferred Shares of $0.30313 per share;
  • Series I First Preferred Shares of $0.28125 per share;
  • Series L First Preferred Shares of $0.353125 per share;
  • Series M First Preferred Shares of $0.3625 per share;
  • Series N First Preferred Shares of $0.1360 per share;
  • Series O First Preferred Shares of $0.108578 per share;
  • Series P First Preferred Shares of $0.3375 per share;
  • Series Q First Preferred Shares of $0.321875 per share;
  • Series R First Preferred Shares of $0.3000 per share; and
  • Series S First Preferred Shares of $0.328125 per share

all payable March 31, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business March 3, 2016.

For purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada), and any similar provincial legislation, the dividends referred to above are eligible dividends.

GREAT-WEST LIFECO

Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO) is an international financial services holding company with interests in life insurance, health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses.  Lifeco has operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia through Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Irish Life, Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments.  Lifeco and its subsidiaries have over $1.2 trillion in consolidated assets under administration and are members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

Basis of presentation
The consolidated financial statements of Lifeco have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and are the basis for the figures presented in this release, unless otherwise noted.

Cautionary note regarding Forward-Looking Information
This release may contain forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates" and other similar expressions or negative versions thereof.

These statements may include, without limitation, statements about Lifeco's operations, business, financial condition, expected financial performance (including revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects, and possible future actions by Lifeco, including statements made with respect to the expected benefits of acquisitions and divestitures.  Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections and conclusions about future events that were current at the time of the statements and are inherently subject to, among other things, risks, uncertainties and assumptions about Lifeco, economic factors and the financial services industry generally, including the insurance and mutual fund industries.  They are not guarantees of future performance, and the reader is cautioned that actual events and results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements.  Material factors and assumptions that were applied in formulating the forward-looking information contained herein include the assumption that the business and economic conditions affecting Lifeco's operations will continue substantially in their current state, including, without limitation, with respect to customer behaviour, Lifeco's reputation, market prices for products provided, sales levels, premium income, fee income, expense levels, mortality experience, morbidity experience, policy lapse rates, reinsurance, arrangements, liquidity requirements, capital requirements, credit ratings, taxes, inflation, interest and foreign exchange rates, investment values, hedging activities, global equity and capital markets, business competition and other general economic, political and market factors in North America and internationally.  Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Lifeco and there is no assurance that they will prove to be correct.  Other important factors and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements include customer responses to new products, impairments of goodwill and other intangible assets, Lifeco's ability to execute strategic plans and changes to strategic plans, technological changes, breaches or failure of information systems and security (including cyber attacks), payments required under investment products, changes in local and international laws and regulations, changes in accounting policies and the effect of applying future accounting policy changes, unexpected judicial or regulatory proceedings, catastrophic events, continuity and availability of personnel and third party service providers, Lifeco's ability to complete strategic transactions and integrate acquisitions and unplanned material changes to Lifeco's facilities, customer and employee relations or credit arrangements.  The reader is cautioned that the foregoing list of assumptions and factors is not exhaustive, and there may be other factors listed in other filings with securities regulators, including factors set out in Lifeco's 2015 Annual MD&A under "Risk Management and Control Practices" and "Summary of Critical Accounting Estimates", which, along with other filings, is available for review at www.sedar.com. The reader is also cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  Other than as specifically required by applicable law, Lifeco does not intend to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Cautionary note regarding Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This release contains some non-IFRS financial measures.  Terms by which non-IFRS financial measures are identified include, but are not limited to, "operating earnings", "constant currency basis", "premiums and deposits", "sales", "assets under management", "assets under administration" and other similar expressions.  Non-IFRS financial measures are used to provide management and investors with additional measures of performance to help assess results where no comparable IFRS measure exists.  However, non-IFRS financial measures do not have standard meanings prescribed by IFRS and are not directly comparable to similar measures used by other companies.  Please refer to the appropriate reconciliations of these non-IFRS financial measures to measures prescribed by IFRS.

Further information
Selected financial information is attached.

Great-West Lifeco's fourth quarter conference call and audio webcast will be held February 11, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. (ET).  The call and webcast can be accessed through www.greatwestlifeco.com or by phone at:

A replay of the call will be available from February 11, 2016 to February 18, 2016, and can be accessed by calling 1-800-408-3053 or 905-694-9451 in Toronto (passcode: 6396358#). The archived webcast will be available on www.greatwestlifeco.com from February 11, 2016 to February 10, 2017.

Additional information relating to Lifeco, including the 2015 audited consolidated financial statements, Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A), Annual Information Form (AIF) and CEO/CFO certification will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

       FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
(in Canadian $ millions except per share amounts)
 
  As at or for the three months ended   For the twelve months ended
  December 31
2015
September 30
2015
December 31
2014
  December 31
2015
December 31
2014
Premiums and deposits:            
  Net premium income (Life insurance,                                
    guaranteed annuities and insured health                                
    products) $ 6,162   $ 5,891   $ 5,501     $ 24,501   $ 21,222  
  Policyholder deposits (segregated funds):            
    Individual products 3,814   3,157   3,185     12,983   11,826  
    Group products 2,001   2,738   1,955     8,609   9,083  
  Self-funded premium equivalents                                
    (Administrative services only contracts)(1) 665   639   654     2,625   2,603  
  Proprietary mutual funds and institutional                                
    deposits(1) 15,480   16,807   12,729     56,257   45,306  
Total premiums and deposits(1) 28,122   29,232   24,024     104,975   90,040  
Fee and other income 1,333   1,241   1,161     5,058   4,422  
Paid or credited to policyholders(2) 5,532   5,833   8,125     22,842   29,160  
Earnings            
Net earnings - common shareholders $ 683   $ 720   $ 657     $ 2,762   $ 2,546  
  Per common share            
    Basic earnings 0.688   0.724   0.658     2.774   2.549  
    Dividends paid 0.3260   0.3260   0.3075     1.304   1.230  
    Book value 20.07   19.40   16.80        
Return on common shareholders' equity(3)            
  Net earnings 14.7 % 15.2 % 15.7 %      
Total assets $ 399,935   $ 389,935   $ 356,709        
  Proprietary mutual funds and institutional                                
    net assets(4) 252,480   239,050   216,271        
Total assets under management(4) 652,415   628,985   572,980        
  Other assets under administration(5) 560,102   524,813   490,353        
Total assets under administration $ 1,212,517   $ 1,153,798   $ 1,063,333        
Total equity $ 25,260   $ 24,534   $ 21,897        
             

(1) In addition to premiums and deposits reported in the financial statements, the Company includes premium equivalents on self-funded group insurance administrative services only (ASO) contracts and deposits on proprietary mutual funds and institutional accounts to calculate total premiums and deposits (a non-IFRS financial measure).  This measure provides useful information as it is an indicator of top line growth.
(2) Paid or credited to policyholders includes the impact of changes in fair values of assets supporting insurance and investment contract liabilities.
(3) Return on common shareholders' equity is detailed within the "Capital Allocation Methodology" section of the Company's December 31, 2015 Management's Discussion and Analysis.
(4) Total assets under management (a non-IFRS financial measure) provides an indicator of the size and volume of the overall business of the Company.  Services provided in respect of assets under management include the selection of investments, the provision of investment advice and discretionary portfolio management on behalf of clients.  This includes internally and externally managed funds where the Company has oversight over the investment policies.
(5) Other assets under administration (a non-IFRS financial measure) includes assets where the Company only provides administration services for which the Company earns fee and other income.  These assets are beneficially owned by clients and the Company does not direct the investing activities.  Services provided relating to assets under administration includes recordkeeping, safekeeping, collecting investment income, settling of transactions or other administrative services.  Administrative services are an important aspect of the overall business of the Company and should be considered when comparing volumes, size and trends.
   

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (unaudited)
(in Canadian $ millions except per share amounts)      
 
  For the three months
ended December 31
  For the years
ended December 31
  2015 2014   2015 2014
           
Income          
  Premium income          
    Gross premiums written $ 7,117   $ 6,402     $ 28,129   $ 24,686  
    Ceded premiums (955)   (901)     (3,628)   (3,464)  
  Total net premiums 6,162   5,501     24,501   21,222  
  Net investment income          
    Regular net investment income 1,670   1,516     6,271   6,010  
    Changes in fair value through profit or loss (844)   2,545     (2,010)   7,527  
  Total net investment income 826   4,061     4,261   13,537  
  Fee and other income 1,333   1,161     5,058   4,422  
  8,321   10,723     33,820   39,181  
Benefits and expenses          
  Policyholder benefits          
    Gross 6,060   5,335     22,553   19,363  
    Ceded (546)   (513)     (2,000)   (1,928)  
  Total net policyholder benefits 5,514   4,822     20,553   17,435  
  Policyholder dividends and experience refunds 321   369     1,477   1,496  
  Changes in insurance and investment contract liabilities (303)   2,934     812   10,229  
  Total paid or credited to policyholders 5,532   8,125     22,842   29,160  
           
  Commissions 584   514     2,218   2,084  
  Operating and administrative expenses 1,175   1,005     4,466   3,741  
  Premium taxes 92   86     339   339  
  Financing charges 73   77     303   304  
  Amortization of finite life intangible assets 37   34     146   132  
  Restructuring and acquisition expenses 7   7     35   32  
Earnings before income taxes 821   875     3,471   3,389  
Income taxes 66   164     460   628  
Net earnings before non-controlling interests 755   711     3,011   2,761  
Attributable to non-controlling interests 41   23     123   93  
Net earnings 714   688     2,888   2,668  
Preferred share dividends 31   31     126   122  
Net earnings - common shareholders $ 683   $ 657     $ 2,762   $ 2,546  
           
Earnings per common share          
  Basic   $ 0.688   $ 0.658     $ 2.774   $ 2.549  
  Diluted   $ 0.686   $ 0.657     $ 2.768   $ 2.546  
                               

   CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(in Canadian $ millions)
 
  December 31
  2015   2014  
Assets            
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,813   $ 2,498  
Bonds   114,943     103,168  
Mortgage loans   22,021     20,546  
Stocks   7,873     7,820  
Investment properties   5,237     4,613  
Loans to policyholders   8,694     7,711  
    161,581     146,356  
Funds held by ceding insurers   15,512     12,154  
Goodwill   5,913     5,855  
Intangible assets   4,036     3,625  
Derivative financial instruments   461     652  
Owner occupied properties   653     619  
Fixed assets   298     228  
Other assets      2,643     2,368  
Premiums in course of collection, accounts and interest            
  receivable   3,553     3,056  
Reinsurance assets   5,131     5,151  
Current income taxes   69     48  
Deferred tax assets   1,891     1,631  
Investments on account of segregated fund            
  policyholders   198,194     174,966  
Total assets $ 399,935   $ 356,709  
             
Liabilities            
Insurance contract liabilities $ 158,492   $ 145,198  
Investment contract liabilities   2,180     857  
Debentures and other debt instruments   5,395     5,355  
Capital trust securities   161     162  
Funds held under reinsurance contracts   356     313  
Derivative financial instruments   2,624     1,195  
Accounts payable   1,755     1,480  
Other liabilities                                3,367     3,099  
Current income taxes   492     737  
Deferred tax liabilities   1,659     1,450  
Investment and insurance contracts on account of            
  segregated fund policyholders   198,194     174,966  
Total liabilities   374,675     334,812  
             
Equity            
Non-controlling interests            
  Participating account surplus in subsidiaries   2,611     2,480  
  Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries   195     163  
Shareholders' equity            
  Share capital            
    Preferred shares   2,514     2,514  
    Common shares   7,156     7,102  
  Accumulated surplus   10,431     9,134  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income   2,218     378  
  Contributed surplus   135     126  
Total equity   25,260     21,897  
Total liabilities and equity $ 399,935   $ 356,709  


Segmented Information (unaudited)
Consolidated Net Earnings
 
For the three months ended December 31, 2015
  Canada United
States
Europe Lifeco
Corporate
Total
Income          
  Total net premiums $ 3,023   $ 1,148   $ 1,991   $   $ 6,162  
  Net investment income          
    Regular net investment income 654   471   547   (2)   1,670  
    Changes in fair value through profit or loss (7)   (320)   (517)     (844)  
  Total net investment income 647   151   30   (2)   826  
  Fee and other income 369   637   327     1,333  
  4,039   1,936   2,348   (2)   8,321  
           
Benefits and expenses          
  Paid or credited to policyholders 2,799   1,084   1,649     5,532  
  Other (1) 819   674   354   4   1,851  
  Financing charges 29   37   7     73  
  Amortization of finite life intangible assets 16   17   4     37  
  Restructuring and acquisition expenses   4   3     7  
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 376   120   331   (6)   821  
Income taxes (recovery) 70   (8)   5   (1)   66  
Net earnings (loss) before non-controlling interests 306   128   326   (5)   755  
Non-controlling interests 40   2   (1)     41  
Net earnings (loss) 266   126   327   (5)   714  
Preferred share dividends 25     6     31  
Net earnings (loss) before capital allocation 241   126   321   (5)   683  
Impact of capital allocation 21   (1)   (18)   (2)    
Net earnings (loss) - common shareholders $ 262   $ 125   $ 303   $ (7)   $ 683  
                                   
(1) Includes commissions, operating and administrative expenses and premium taxes.

 
For the three months ended December 31, 2014
  Canada United
States
Europe Lifeco
Corporate
Total
Income          
  Total net premiums $ 2,839   $ 855   $ 1,807   $   $ 5,501  
  Net investment income          
    Regular net investment income 638   371   507     1,516  
    Changes in fair value through profit or loss 695   217   1,633     2,545  
  Total net investment income 1,333   588   2,140     4,061  
  Fee and other income 349   522   290     1,161  
  4,521   1,965   4,237     10,723  
           
Benefits and expenses          
  Paid or credited to policyholders 3,327   1,229   3,569     8,125  
  Other (1) 747   556   298   4   1,605  
  Financing charges 28   35   13   1   77  
  Amortization of finite life intangible assets 14   15   5     34  
  Restructuring and acquisition expenses     7     7  
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 405   130   345   (5)   875  
Income taxes (recovery) 83   35   48   (2)   164  
Net earnings (loss) before non-controlling interests 322   95   297   (3)   711  
Non-controlling interests 24   2   (3)     23  
Net earnings (loss) 298   93   300   (3)   688  
Preferred share dividends 23     6   2   31  
Net earnings (loss) before capital allocation 275   93   294   (5)   657  
Impact of capital allocation 25   (4)   (20)   (1)    
Net earnings (loss) - common shareholders $ 300   $ 89   $ 274   $ (6)   $ 657  
                                   
(1) Includes commissions, operating and administrative expenses and premium taxes.

 
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015
  Canada United
States
Europe Lifeco
Corporate
Total
Income          
  Total net premiums $ 11,303   $ 3,858   $ 9,340   $   $ 24,501  
  Net investment income          
    Regular net investment income 2,512   1,676   2,081   2   6,271  
    Changes in fair value through profit or loss (358)   (532)   (1,120)     (2,010)  
  Total net investment income 2,154   1,144   961   2   4,261  
  Fee and other income 1,459   2,378   1,221     5,058  
  14,916   7,380   11,522   2   33,820  
           
Benefits and expenses          
  Paid or credited to policyholders 9,991   4,138   8,713     22,842  
  Other (1) 3,143   2,515   1,349   16   7,023  
  Financing charges 116   144   42   1   303  
  Amortization of finite life intangible assets 59   69   18     146  
  Restructuring and acquisition expenses   12   23     35  
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 1,607   502   1,377   (15)   3,471  
Income taxes (recovery) 285   77   105   (7)   460  
Net earnings (loss) before non-controlling interests 1,322   425   1,272   (8)   3,011  
Non-controlling interests 111   10   2     123  
Net earnings (loss) 1,211   415   1,270   (8)   2,888  
Preferred share dividends 103     23     126  
Net earnings (loss) before capital allocation 1,108   415   1,247   (8)   2,762  
Impact of capital allocation 87   (6)   (73)   (8)    
Net earnings (loss) - common shareholders $ 1,195   $ 409   $ 1,174   $ (16)   $ 2,762  
                                   
(1) Includes commissions, operating and administrative expenses and premium taxes.

 
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2014
  Canada United
States
Europe Lifeco
Corporate
Total
Income          
  Total net premiums $ 10,883   $ 3,527   $ 6,812   $   $ 21,222  
  Net investment income          
    Regular net investment income 2,548   1,420   2,045   (3)   6,010  
    Changes in fair value through profit or loss 2,588   784   4,155     7,527  
  Total net investment income 5,136   2,204   6,200   (3)   13,537  
  Fee and other income 1,409   1,820   1,193     4,422  
  17,428   7,551   14,205   (3)   39,181  
           
Benefits and expenses          
  Paid or credited to policyholders 12,676   4,901   11,583     29,160  
  Other (1) 2,916   1,994   1,237   17   6,164  
  Financing charges 115   140   48   1   304  
  Amortization of finite life intangible assets 55   57   20     132  
  Restructuring and acquisition expenses   3   29     32  
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 1,666   456   1,288   (21)   3,389  
Income taxes (recovery) 355   128   150   (5)   628  
Net earnings (loss) before non-controlling interests 1,311   328   1,138   (16)   2,761  
Non-controlling interests 88   6   (1)     93  
Net earnings (loss) 1,223   322   1,139   (16)   2,668  
Preferred share dividends 93     23   6   122  
Net earnings (loss) before capital allocation 1,130   322   1,116   (22)   2,546  
Impact of capital allocation 98   (16)   (78)   (4)    
Net earnings (loss) - common shareholders $ 1,228   $ 306   $ 1,038   $ (26)   $ 2,546  
                                   
(1) Includes commissions, operating and administrative expenses and premium taxes.

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE Great-West Lifeco Inc.

For further information:

Marlene Klassen, APR
Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services
204-946-7705


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