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REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INC. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 28, 2011 | About:
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REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INC. (RGA) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Reinsurance Group Of America Inc. has a market cap of $4.34 billion; its shares were traded at around $59.28 with a P/E ratio of 8.78 and P/S ratio of 0.53. The dividend yield of Reinsurance Group Of America Inc. stocks is 0.81%. Reinsurance Group Of America Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 11.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Reinsurance Group Of America Inc. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns RGA: Paul Tudor Jones of The Tudor Group, Louis Moore Bacon of Moore Capital Management, LP, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns RGA: NWQ Managers of NWQ Investment Management Co, John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC.

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The Company is primarily engaged in traditional life and health for individual and group coverages, annuity, critical illness and financial reinsurance. RGA and its predecessor, the Reinsurance Division of General American, a Missouri life insurance company, have been engaged in the business of life reinsurance since 1973. The Companys operations in the U.S. and Canada contributed approximately 69.0% of its consolidated net premiums during 2010. In 1994, the Company began expanding into international markets and now has subsidiaries, branch operations, or representative offices in Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom (UK). RGA is considered one of the leading life reinsurers in the world based on premiums and the amount of life reinsurance in force. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had approximately $2.5 trillion of life reinsurance in force and $29.1 billion in consolidated assets.

Reinsurers may place assets in trust to satisfy collateral requirements for certain treaties. As of December 31, 2010, the Company held securities in trust for this purpose with amortized costs of $1,419.3 million and $1,851.1 million for the benefit of certain subsidiaries and third-party reinsurance treaties, respectively. Under certain conditions, RGA may be obligated to move reinsurance from one RGA subsidiary to another RGA subsidiary or make payments under a given treaty. These conditions include change in control or ratings of the subsidiary, insolvency, nonperformance under a treaty, or loss of the reinsurance license of such subsidiary. If RGA is ever required to perform under these obligations, the risk to the consolidated company under the reinsurance treaties would not change; however, additional capital may be required due to the change in jurisdiction of the subsidiary reinsuring the business and may create a strain on liquidity.

During 2006, RGAs subsidiary, Timberlake Financial, L.L.C. (Timberlake Financial), issued $850.0 million of Series A Floating Rate Insured Notes due June 2036 in a private placement. The notes were issued to fund the collateral requirements for statutory reserves required by the U.S. Valuation of Life Policies Model Regulation (commonly referred to as Regulation XXX) on specified term life insurance policies reinsured by RGA Reinsurance. Proceeds from the notes and the Companys direct investment in Timberlake Financial were deposited into a series of trust accounts as collateral and are not available to satisfy the general obligations of the Company. As of December 31, 2010, the Company held assets in trust and in custody of $885.3 million for this purpose, which is not included above. See Note 16 Collateral Finance Facility in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information on the Timberlake Financial notes.

The Company also had arms-length direct policies and reinsurance agreements with MetLife and certain of its subsidiaries. These direct policies and reinsurance agreements with MetLife and certain of its subsidiaries continue to be in place after the Divestiture Date. The Company reflected net premiums from these agreements of approximately $163.5 million (through the Divestiture Date) in 2008. The premiums reflect the net of business assumed from and ceded to MetLife and its subsidiaries. The pre-tax income, excluding investment income allocated to support the business, was approximately $15.8 million (through the Divestiture Date) in 2008.

dividends without prior approval for 2011 are approximately $148.7 million and $152.9 million, respectively. Any dividends paid by RGA Reinsurance would be paid to RCM, which in turn has the ability to pay dividends to RGA. The MDI allows RCM to pay a dividend to RGA to the extent RCM received the dividend from RGA Reinsurance, without limitation related to the level of unassigned surplus. Historically, RGA has not relied upon dividends from its subsidiaries to fund its obligations. However, the regulatory limitations described here could limit the Companys financial flexibility in the future should it choose to or need to use subsidiary dividends as a funding source for its obligations.

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