• Net income EPS of $1.20 and adjusted operating EPS of $1.56
  • Adjusted operating EPS included $(1.08) from elevated pandemic-related claims experience and $0.16 of above targeted alternative investment income
  • BVPS, including AOCI, of $114.41, down 3%; BVPS, excluding AOCI, of $78.05, up 9%
  • $650 million in shares repurchased, including $500 million using the proceeds from the block reinsurance transaction executed in the third quarter of 2021
02 February 2022

RADNOR, Pa. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 02, 2022 - Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2021 of $220 million, or $1.20 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to net income in the fourth quarter of 2020 of $143 million, or $0.74 per diluted share available to common stockholders. Fourth quarter adjusted income from operations was $286 million, or $1.56 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to adjusted income from operations of $346 million, or $1.78 per diluted share available to common stockholders, in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Net income for the full year of 2021 was $1.4 billion, or $7.43 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to $499 million, or $2.56 per diluted share available to common stockholders in 2020. Full year 2021 adjusted income from operations was $1.6 billion, or $8.20 per diluted share available to common stockholders, compared to $865 million, or $4.45 per diluted share available to common stockholders for the full year of 2020.

“In the midst of a challenging claims environment for the industry, we demonstrated strong underlying earnings power in the fourth quarter and throughout 2021 as well as robust capital returns to shareholders,” said Dennis R. Glass, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Group. “Though the pandemic continues to impact our financial results, we are poised to continue to grow EPS, which is expected to be enhanced by our new Spark Initiative. We are confident in our ability to continue to drive shareholder value.”

 

 

 

As of or For the

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

As of or For the

Year Ended

December 31,

(in millions, except per share data)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

220

 

$

143

 

$

1,405

 

$

499

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders

 

 

220

 

 

143

 

 

1,405

 

 

499

Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share Available to Common Stockholders

 

 

1.20

 

 

0.74

 

 

7.43

 

 

2.56

Revenues

 

 

4,604

 

 

4,135

 

 

19,230

 

 

17,439

Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations

 

 

286

 

 

346

 

 

1,551

 

 

865

Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations per Diluted Share Available to Common Stockholders

 

 

1.56

 

 

1.78

 

 

8.20

 

 

4.45

Average Diluted Shares

 

 

183.2

 

 

193.9

 

 

189.1

 

 

195.8

Return on Equity (ROE), Including Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (AOCI) (Net Income)

 

 

4.2%

 

 

2.6%

 

 

6.7%

 

 

2.5%

Adjusted Operating ROE, Excluding AOCI (Adjusted Income from Operations)

 

 

8.1%

 

 

10.1%

 

 

11.0%

 

 

6.3%

Book Value per Share (BVPS), Including AOCI

 

$

114.41

 

$

118.02

 

$

114.41

 

$

118.02

Book Value per Share, Excluding AOCI

 

 

78.05

 

 

71.59

 

 

78.05

 

 

71.59

Operating Highlights – Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021

  • Annuities sales of $3.0 billion in the quarter, up 20% over the prior-year quarter and full-year sales of $11.7 billion, up 4% over the prior year
  • Retirement Plan Services average account values of $98 billion in the quarter, up 17%
  • Life Insurance sales of $254 million in the quarter, up 121% and full-year sales of $660 million, up 5% over the prior year period
  • Group Protection insurance premiums increased 6% compared to the prior-year quarter and 4% for the full year

There were no notable items within adjusted income from operations for the current quarter while the full year included approximately $0.57 of net unfavorable items primarily related to legal expenses and impacts from the company’s annual review of DAC and reserve assumptions. In the prior-year quarter, there were no notable items within adjusted income from operations while the prior full year included approximately $2.84 of net unfavorable items per share primarily related to the company’s annual review of DAC and reserve assumptions.

Fourth Quarter 2021 – Segment Results

Annuities

Annuities reported income from operations of $332 million, up 15% compared to the prior-year quarter. The increase was primarily driven by higher account values from strong equity market performance and continued expense efficiency.

Total annuity deposits of $3.0 billion were up 20% from the prior-year quarter as sales growth in fixed annuities and variable annuities with guaranteed living benefits more than offset a decline in variable annuity sales without guaranteed living benefits. For the full year, total annuity sales of $11.7 billion were up 4% from the prior-year driven by 16% growth in variable annuity sales without guaranteed living benefits.

Net outflows were $655 million in the quarter. For the full year, net outflows totaled $2.6 billion. Average account values for the quarter of $171 billion were up 13% over the prior-year quarter. 50% of total annuities account value at quarter end were without guaranteed living benefits, up 3 percentage points over the prior-year period.

Retirement Plan Services

Retirement Plan Services reported income from operations of $57 million, up 16% compared to the prior-year quarter, with the increase driven by higher account values from strong equity market performance, full year positive net flows, and continued expense efficiency.

Total deposits for the quarter of $3.0 billion were up 17% compared to the prior-year quarter, and for the full year, total deposits of $10.8 billion were up 8%. In both periods, growth was driven by increases in both first-year sales and recurring deposits.

Net outflows totaled $380 million for the quarter while for the full year, net flows were positive $464 million. Average account values for the quarter of $98 billion were up 17% over the prior-year quarter.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance reported income from operations of $80 million compared to $144 million in the prior-year quarter, primarily driven by strong returns within the company’s alternative investment portfolio that were not as favorable as last year and the previously communicated $10 million impact from the block reinsurance transaction executed in the third quarter of 2021.

Total Life Insurance sales for the quarter of $254 million more than doubled, up 121%, compared to the prior-year quarter driven by sales growth across all key products. For the full year, sales of $660 million were up 5% driven primarily by growth in executive benefits and term sales.

Average Life Insurance in-force of $959 billion grew 8% over the prior-year quarter. Average account values for the quarter were $51 billion compared to $56 billion in the prior-year quarter as a result of the recent block reinsurance transaction.

Group Protection

Group Protection reported a loss from operations of $115 million in the quarter compared to a loss from operations of $42 million in the prior-year quarter. This decrease was primarily driven by higher mortality and morbidity impacts related to the pandemic.

The total loss ratio was 96% in the current quarter compared to 88% in the prior-year quarter with the increase driven primarily by unfavorable pandemic-related mortality and morbidity.

Group Protection sales for the quarter were $385 million compared to $450 million in the prior-year quarter. Full-year sales were $586 million compared to $706 million in the prior year with employee-paid sales representing 43% of total sales versus 39% in the prior year. Insurance premiums of $1.1 billion in the quarter were up 6% compared to the prior-year quarter, and full-year premiums of $4.5 billion were up 4% from the prior year.

Other Operations

Other Operations reported a loss from operations of $68 million versus a loss of $94 million in the prior-year quarter driven primarily by a decrease in deferred compensation expense related to changes in the company’s share price.

Realized Gains and Losses / Impacts to Net Income

Realized gains/losses and impacts to net income (after-tax) in the quarter were primarily driven by:

  • A $125 million realized loss from variable annuity net derivative results.
  • A $34 million realized gain on the mark-to-market of certain instruments.
  • A $26 million benefit on mortgage loans and real estate.

Unrealized Gains and Losses

The company reported a net unrealized gain of $13.6 billion, pre-tax, on its available-for-sale securities at December 31, 2021. This compares to a net unrealized gain of $18.9 billion, pre-tax, at December 31, 2020, with the year-over-year decrease primarily driven by higher treasury rates.

Share Count

The quarter’s average diluted share count of 183.2 million was down 6% from the fourth quarter of 2020, the result of repurchasing 16.2 million shares of stock at a cost of $1.1 billion since December 31, 2020.

Book Value

As of December 31, 2021, book value per share, including AOCI, decreased 3% from the prior-year period to $114.41. Book value per share, excluding AOCI, increased 9% from the prior-year period to $78.05.

The tables attached to this release define and reconcile the non-GAAP measures adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating ROE and BVPS, excluding AOCI, to net income, ROE and BVPS, including AOCI, calculated in accordance with GAAP.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. Please see the Forward-looking Statements – Cautionary Language at the end of this release for factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the company’s current expectations.

For other financial information, please refer to the company’s fourth quarter 2021 statistical supplement available on its website, http://www.lfg.com/investor.

Conference Call Information

Lincoln Financial Group will discuss the company’s fourth quarter results with investors in a conference call beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

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Replay

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About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, and guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $324 billion in end-of-period account values as of December 31, 2021. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good and ranks among Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. Dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are included on transparency benchmarking tools such as the Corporate Equality Index, the Disability Equality Index and the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Committed to providing our employees with flexible work arrangements, we were named to FlexJobs’ list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2022. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.

Explanatory Notes on Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Management believes that adjusted income from operations (adjusted operating income), adjusted operating return on equity, adjusted operating revenues, and adjusted operating EPS better explain the results of the company’s ongoing businesses in a manner that allows for a better understanding of the underlying trends in the company’s current business because the excluded items are unpredictable and not necessarily indicative of current operating fundamentals or future performance of the business segments, and, in most instances, decisions regarding these items do not necessarily relate to the operations of the individual segments. Management also believes that using book value excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) enables investors to analyze the amount of our net worth that is primarily attributable to our business operations. Book value per share excluding AOCI is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period, primarily based on changes in interest rates.

For the historical periods, reconciliations of non-GAAP measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP measure may be included in this Appendix to the press release and/or are included in the Statistical Reports for the corresponding periods contained in the Earnings section of the Investor Relations page on our website: www.lfg.com/investor.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Measures Used in this Press Release

Adjusted income (loss) from operations, adjusted operating revenues and adjusted operating return on equity (including and excluding average goodwill within average equity), excluding AOCI, using annualized adjusted income (loss) from operations are financial measures we use to evaluate and assess our results. Adjusted income (loss) from operations, adjusted operating revenues and adjusted operating return on equity (“ROE”), as used in the press release, are non-GAAP financial measures and do not replace GAAP net income (loss), revenues and ROE, the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations

Adjusted income (loss) from operations is GAAP net income (loss) excluding the after-tax effects of the following items, as applicable:

  • Realized gains and losses associated with the following (“excluded realized gain (loss)”):
    • Sales or disposals and impairments of financial assets;
    • Changes in the fair value of equity securities;
    • Changes in the fair value of derivatives, embedded derivatives within certain reinsurance arrangements and trading securities (“gain (loss) on the mark-to-market on certain instruments”);
    • Changes in the fair value of the derivatives we own to hedge our guaranteed death benefit (“GDB”) riders within our variable annuities;
    • Changes in the fair value of the embedded derivatives of our guaranteed living benefit (“GLB”) riders reflected within variable annuity net derivative results accounted for at fair value;
    • Changes in the fair value of the derivatives we own to hedge our GLB riders reflected within variable annuity net derivative results; and
    • Changes in the fair value of the embedded derivative liabilities related to index options we may purchase or sell in the future to hedge contract holder index allocations applicable to future reset periods for our indexed annuity products accounted for at fair value (“indexed annuity forward-starting options”);
  • Changes in reserves resulting from benefit ratio unlocking on our GDB and GLB riders (“benefit ratio unlocking”);
  • Income (loss) from reserve changes, net of related amortization, on business sold through reinsurance;
  • Gains (losses) on modification or early extinguishment of debt;
  • Losses from the impairment of intangible assets;
  • Income (loss) from discontinued operations;
  • Transaction and integration costs related to mergers and acquisitions including the acquisition or divestiture, through reinsurance or other means, of businesses or blocks of business; and
  • Income (loss) from the initial adoption of new accounting standards, regulations and policy changes including the net impact from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Adjusted Operating Revenues

Adjusted operating revenues represent GAAP revenues excluding the pre-tax effects of the following items, as applicable:

  • Excluded realized gain (loss);
  • Revenue adjustments from the initial adoption of new accounting standards;
  • Amortization of deferred front-end loads (“DFEL”) arising from changes in GDB and GLB benefit ratio unlocking; and
  • Amortization of deferred gains arising from reserve changes on business sold through reinsurance.

Adjusted Operating Return on Equity

Adjusted operating return on equity measures how efficiently we generate profits from the resources provided by our net assets.

  • It is calculated by dividing annualized adjusted income (loss) from operations by average equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) ("AOCI").
  • Management evaluates return on equity by both including and excluding average goodwill within average equity.

Definition of Notable Items

Adjusted income (loss) from operations, excluding notable items, is a non-GAAP measure that excludes items which, in management’s view, do not reflect the company’s normal, ongoing operations.

  • We believe highlighting notable items included in adjusted income (loss) from operations enables investors to better understand the fundamental trends in its results of operations and financial condition.

Book Value Per Share, Excluding AOCI

Book value per share, excluding AOCI is calculated based upon a non-GAAP financial measure.

  • It is calculated by dividing (a) stockholders’ equity, excluding AOCI by (b) common shares outstanding.
  • We provide book value per share excluding AOCI to enable investors to analyze the amount of our net worth that is primarily attributable to our business operations.
  • Management believes book value per share, excluding AOCI is useful to investors because it eliminates the effect of items that can fluctuate significantly from period to period, primarily based on changes in interest rates.
  • Book value per share is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Special Note

Sales

Sales as reported consist of the following:

  • Annuities and Retirement Plan Services – deposits from new and existing customers;
  • Universal life insurance (“UL”), indexed universal life insurance (“IUL”), variable universal life insurance (“VUL”) – first-year commissionable premiums plus 5% of excess premiums received;
  • MoneyGuard® linked-benefit products – MoneyGuard® (UL), 15% of total expected premium deposits, and MoneyGuard Market AdvantageSM (VUL), 150% of commissionable premiums;
  • Executive Benefits – insurance and corporate-owned UL and VUL, first-year commissionable premiums plus 5% of excess premium received, and single premium bank-owned UL and VUL, 15% of single premium deposits;
  • Term – 100% of annualized first-year premiums; and
  • Group Protection – annualized first-year premiums from new policies.
         

Lincoln National Corporation

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Income from Operations

         

(in millions, except per share data)

 

For the

Three Months Ended

 

For the

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenues

 

$

4,604

 

$

4,135

 

$

19,230

 

$

17,439

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excluded realized gain (loss)

 

 

(166)

 

 

(523)

 

 

(411)

 

 

(721)

Amortization of DFEL associated with benefit ratio unlocking

 

 

1

 

 

3

 

 

2

 

 

(2)

Total Adjusted Operating Revenues

 

$

4,769

 

$

4,655

 

$

19,639

 

$

18,162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders – Diluted

 

$

220

 

$

143

 

$

1,405

 

$

499

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustment for deferred units of LNC stock in our deferred compensation plans (1)

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

Net Income (Loss)

 

 

220

 

 

143

 

 

1,405

 

 

499

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excluded realized gain (loss), after-tax

 

 

(132)

 

 

(414)

 

 

(325)

 

 

(570)

Benefit ratio unlocking, after-tax

 

 

77

 

 

177

 

 

196

 

 

194

Net impact from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

 

 

-

 

 

37

 

 

-

 

 

37

Transaction and integration costs related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, after-tax

 

 

(11)

 

 

(3)

 

 

(11)

 

 

(15)

Gain (loss) on modification or early extinguishment of debt, after-tax

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(6)

 

 

(12)

Total adjustments

 

 

(66)

 

 

(203)

 

 

(146)

 

 

(366)

Adjusted Income (Loss) from Operations

 

$

286

 

$

346

 

$

1,551

 

$

865

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share – Diluted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

1.20

 

$

0.74

 

$

7.43

 

$

2.56

Adjusted income (loss) from operations

 

 

1.56

 

 

1.78

 

 

8.20

 

 

4.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average equity, including average AOCI

 

$

20,721

 

$

22,124

 

$

20,999

 

$

20,012

Average AOCI

 

 

6,645

 

 

8,370

 

 

6,944

 

 

6,359

Average equity, excluding AOCI

 

 

14,076

 

 

13,754

 

 

14,055

 

 

13,653

Average goodwill

 

 

1,778

 

 

1,778

 

 

1,778

 

 

1,778

Average equity, excluding AOCI and goodwill

 

$

12,298

 

$

11,976

 

$

12,277

 

$

11,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return on Equity, Including AOCI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) with average equity including goodwill

 

 

4.2%

 

 

2.6%

 

 

6.7%

 

 

2.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Operating Return on Equity, Excluding AOCI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted income (loss) from operations with average equity including goodwill

 

 

8.1%

 

 

10.1%

 

 

11.0%

 

 

6.3%

Adjusted income (loss) from operations with average equity excluding goodwill

 

 

9.3%

 

 

11.6%

 

 

12.6%

 

 

7.3%

(1)

 

We exclude deferred units of LNC stock that are antidilutive from our diluted earnings per share calculation.

     

Lincoln National Corporation

Reconciliation of Book Value per Share

     

 

 

As of December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

Book value per share, including AOCI

 

$

114.41

 

$

118.02

Per share impact of AOCI

 

 

36.36

 

 

46.43

Book value per share, excluding AOCI

 

 

78.05

 

 

71.59

             
     

Lincoln National Corporation

Digest of Earnings

     

(in millions, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

For the

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

4,604

 

$

4,135

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

220

 

$

143

Adjustment for deferred units of LNC stock in our deferred compensation plans (1)

 

 

-

 

 

-

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders – Diluted

 

$

220

 

$

143

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share – Basic

 

$

1.22

 

$

0.74

Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share – Diluted

 

 

1.20

 

 

0.74

 

 

 

 

 

Average Shares – Basic

 

 

180,519,527

 

 

192,896,621

Average Shares – Diluted

 

 

183,246,238

 

 

193,898,721

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the

Year Ended

December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

19,230

 

$

17,439

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

1,405

 

$

499

Adjustment for deferred units of LNC stock in our deferred compensation plans (1)

 

 

-

 

 

-

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common Stockholders – Diluted

 

$

1,405

 

$

499

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share – Basic

 

$

7.50

 

$

2.58

Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share – Diluted

 

 

7.43

 

 

2.56

 

 

 

 

 

Average Shares – Basic

 

 

187,359,884

 

 

193,610,225

Average Shares – Diluted

 

 

189,098,767

 

 

195,772,374

(1)

 

We exclude deferred units of LNC stock that are antidilutive from our diluted earnings per share calculation.

Forward Looking Statements — Cautionary Language

Certain statements made in this press release 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. Forward-looking statements may contain words like: “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “shall,” “will” 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.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including:

  • The continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, or future outbreaks of COVID-19, and uncertainty surrounding the length and severity of future impacts on the global economy and on our business, results of operations and financial condition;
  • Further deterioration in general economic and business conditions that may affect account values, investment results, guaranteed benefit liabilities, premium levels and claims experience;
  • Adverse global capital and credit market conditions that may affect our ability to raise capital, if necessary, and may cause us to realize impairments on investments and certain intangible assets, including goodwill and the 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;
  • The inability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends to the holding company in sufficient amounts, which could harm the holding company’s ability to meet its obligations;
  • 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; our ability to conduct business and our captive reinsurance arrangements as well as restrictions on the payment of revenue sharing and 12b-1 distribution fees;
  • The impact of U.S. federal tax reform legislation on our business, earnings and capital;
  • The impact of Regulation Best Interest or other regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Department of Labor or other federal or state regulators or self-regulatory organizations relating to the standard of care owed by investment advisers and/or broker-dealers that could affect our distribution model;
  • Actions taken by reinsurers to raise rates on in-force business;
  • Further declines in or sustained low interest rates causing a reduction in investment income, the interest margins of our businesses, estimated gross profits and demand for our products;
  • Rapidly increasing interest rates causing contract holders to surrender life insurance and annuity policies, thereby causing realized investment losses, and reduced hedge performance related to variable annuities;
  • The impact of the implementation of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act relating to the regulation of derivatives transactions;
  • 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 class action cases; new decisions that result in changes in law; and unexpected trial court rulings;
  • A decline or continued volatility 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 the net amortization of deferred acquisition costs (“DAC”), value of business acquired (“VOBA”), deferred sales inducements (“DSI”) and deferred front-end loads (“DFEL”); and an increase in liabilities related to guaranteed benefit features of our subsidiaries’ variable annuity products;
  • Ineffectiveness of our risk management policies and procedures, including various hedging strategies used to offset the effect 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 the net amortization of DAC, VOBA, DSI and DFEL, which may reduce future earnings;
  • Changes in accounting principles that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, including the pending implementation of FASB ASU 2018-12, Targeted Improvements to the Accounting for Long-Duration Contracts;
  • Lowering of one or more of our debt ratings issued by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations and the adverse effect 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 effect such action may have on the premium writings, policy retention, profitability of our insurance subsidiaries and liquidity;
  • Significant credit, accounting, fraud, corporate governance or other issues that may adversely affect the value of certain financial assets, as well as counterparties to which we are exposed to credit risk, requiring that we realize losses on financial assets;
  • Interruption in telecommunication, information technology or other operational systems or failure to safeguard the confidentiality or privacy of sensitive data on such systems, including from cyberattacks or other breaches of our data security systems;
  • The effect of acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, product withdrawals and other unusual items;
  • The inability to realize or sustain the benefits we expect from, greater than expected investments in, and the potential impact of efforts related to, our strategic initiatives, including the Spark Initiative;
  • The adequacy and collectability of reinsurance that we have obtained;
  • Future pandemics, acts of terrorism, 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 effect on our subsidiaries’ businesses resulting from evolving market preferences and the changing demographics of our client base; and
  • The unanticipated loss of key management, financial planners or wholesalers.

The risks and uncertainties included here are not exhaustive. Our most recent Form 10-K, as well as other reports that we file with the SEC, include additional factors that could affect our businesses 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 effect 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 press release.

The reporting of Risk Based Capital (“RBC”) measures is not intended for the purpose of ranking any insurance company or for use in connection with any marketing, advertising or promotional activities.

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Investor Relations
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