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Kansas City Life Insurance Company Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: February 29, 2012 04:25PM
Kansas City Life Insurance Company (KCLI) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.
Highlight of Business Operations:Consolidated total premiums decreased $9.8 million or 5% in 2011 compared to 2010, as total new premiums decreased $14.7 million or 27% and total renewal premiums increased $4.9 million or 3%. The decrease in new premiums was due to a $15.5 million or 69% decline in immediate annuity sales. This decrease was largely the result of elevated sales of this product in 2010 due to the heightened preference of guaranteed benefits by consumers at that time. Immediate annuity receipts can have sizeable fluctuations, as receipts from policyholders result from significant one-time premiums rather than recurring premiums. The decrease in new immediate annuity sales can also be attributed to lower interest rates during 2011 and increased competition from alternative products. Partially offsetting the decrease in immediate annuities, new individual life insurance premiums increased, reflecting an increase in new premiums in the Old American segment. The increase in renewal premiums reflected a $2.1 million or 2% increase in renewal individual life insurance premiums and a $2.5 million or 7% increase in renewal group accident and health premiums. The increase in renewal individual life insurance premiums was primarily due to increased renewal premiums in the Old American segment. The increase in renewal group accident and health premiums reflected growth in short-term disability and dental premiums.
Total renewal deposits increased $5.8 million or 4% in 2011 compared to a $1.8 million or 1% increase in 2010. The improvement in 2011 was due to an increase in renewal fixed deferred annuity deposits. This increase reflected favorable fixed rates on these products relative to alternative fixed-rate products available in the market, as well as increased sales in recent years.
Included in total contract charges are groups of policies and companies that the Company considers to be closed blocks. Total contract charges on these closed blocks equaled 36% of total consolidated contract charges during both 2011 and 2010. Total contract charges on closed blocks declined 5% from $37.7 million in 2010 to $35.9 million in 2011, reflecting the runoff of this business. Total contract charges on open blocks of business decreased 5% in 2011 compared to 2010, primarily reflecting the decline in amortization of deferred revenue.
Gross investment income is largely composed of interest, dividends and other earnings on fixed maturity securities, equity securities, short-term investments, mortgage loans, real estate and policy loans. Gross investment income increased $1.7 million or 1% in 2011 compared to 2010. The largest factor contributing to this increase was higher income on mortgage loans, primarily resulting from increased mortgage loan holdings in 2011. This was partially offset by lower income from fixed maturity securities due to a decrease in holdings and lower yields earned.
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