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StanCorp Financial Group Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 27, 2012 | About:
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StanCorp Financial Group Inc. (SFG) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Stancorp Fnl Cp has a market cap of $1.79 billion; its shares were traded at around $40.48 with a P/E ratio of 12.65 and P/S ratio of 0.62. The dividend yield of Stancorp Fnl Cp stocks is 2.2%. Stancorp Fnl Cp had an annual average earning growth of 3.9% over the past 10 years.

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The slight decrease in premiums for 2010 compared to 2009 was primarily driven by a few large case terminations in our group insurance businesses during 2009. These terminated customers contributed to premiums for a portion of 2009. In addition, premium growth was negatively affected by a lack of organic growth in our group insurance businesses, reflecting negative employment growth and lower wage growth as our customers continued to navigate a challenging economy. Also, individual disability premiums for the first quarter of 2009 included a single premium of approximately $18 million related to the termination of reinsurance agreements on certain individual disability insurance. These factors were mostly offset by strong sales and favorable persistency in 2010.

The increase in net investment income for 2011 compared to 2010 was primarily due to an increase in average invested assets, which primarily resulted from individual annuity sales. Also contributing to the increase in net investment income for 2011 was $7.1 million of call premiums received on certain fixed maturity securities, compared to $4.4 million in 2010, and $7.5 million of prepayment fees received on commercial mortgage loans, compared to $3.4 million in 2010. Partially offsetting these increases was a decline in the change in fair value of our S&P 500 Index options and a decline in the portfolio yields for fixed maturity securities and commercial mortgage loans.

The increase in group insurance premiums for 2011 compared to 2010 was primarily due to strong group insurance sales and strong customer retention levels, in addition to comparatively lower ERRs. The decrease in individual disability premiums for 2010 was primarily related to a single premium of approximately $18 million received in the first quarter of 2009 related to the termination of reinsurance on certain individual disability reinsured policies and claims. The premiums received from these terminations of reinsurance were offset by approximately $18 million in additional reserves assumed.

Our individual deferred annuities and group annuity products are classified as investment contracts. DAC related to these products is amortized over the life of related policies in proportion to expected gross profits. For our individual deferred annuities, DAC is generally amortized over 30 years with approximately 55% and 95% expected to be amortized by years 5 and 15, respectively. DAC for group annuity products is amortized over 10 years with approximately 80% expected to be amortized by year five.

VOBA primarily represents the discounted future profits of business assumed through reinsurance agreements. We have established VOBA for a block of individual disability business assumed from Minnesota Life and a block of group disability and group life business assumed from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA). VOBA is generally amortized in proportion to future premiums for group and individual disability insurance products and group life products. However, the VOBA related to the TIAA transaction associated with an in force block of group long term disability claims for which no ongoing premium is received is amortized in proportion to expected gross profits. If actual premiums or future profitability are inconsistent with our assumptions, we could be required to make adjustments to VOBA and related amortization. For the VOBA associated with the Minnesota Life block of business assumed, the amortization period is up to 30 years and is amortized in proportion to future premiums. The VOBA associated with the TIAA transaction is amortized in proportion to expected gross profits with an amortization period of up to 20 years. The accumulated amortization of VOBA was $62.4 million and $60.4 million at December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

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