Aflac Incorporated has a market cap of $20.34 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.55 with a P/E ratio of 6.7 and P/S ratio of 0.9. The dividend yield of Aflac Incorporated stocks is 3%. Aflac Incorporated had an annual average earning growth of 10.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Aflac Incorporated the business predictability rank of 4-star.
Highlight of Business Operations:Results for the first six months of 2012 also benefited from the stronger yen/dollar exchange rate. Total revenues rose 19.0% to $12.1 billion, compared with $10.2 billion in the first half of 2011. Net earnings were $1.3 billion, or $2.71 per diluted share, compared with $663 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2011.
During the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, we realized pretax investment losses, net of gains, of $8 million ($5 million after-tax) from sales and redemptions of securities. These net losses primarily resulted from sales related to our plan to reduce the risk exposure in our investment portfolio. We realized pretax investment losses of $343 million ($223 million after-tax) as a result of the recognition of other-than-temporary impairment losses, primarily for certain securities issued by Spanish institutions and further impairments on several securities that had previously been impaired in the fourth quarter 2011.
Our combined U.S. and Japanese effective income tax rate on pretax earnings was 34.8% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared with 38.3% for the same period in 2011. The decrease in the effective income tax rate was due primarily to a $19 million valuation allowance recognized in the second quarter of 2011 related to the deferred tax assets associated with realized investment losses discussed above. Our combined U.S. and Japanese effective income tax rate on pretax earnings for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 was 34.7%, compared with 36.0% for the same period in 2011.
Aflac Japan maintains a portfolio of dollar-denominated and reverse-dual currency securities (yen-denominated debt securities with dollar coupon payments). Dollar-denominated investment income from these assets accounted for approximately 34% of Aflac Japan s investment income in the first six months of 2012, compared with 33% a year ago. In periods when the yen strengthens in relation to the dollar, translating Aflac Japan s dollar-denominated investment income into yen lowers growth rates for net investment income, total operating revenues, and pretax operating earnings in yen terms. In periods when the yen weakens, translating dollar-denominated investment income into yen magnifies growth rates for net investment income, total operating revenues, and pretax operating earnings in yen terms. Excluding foreign currency changes from the prior period, dollar-denominated investment income accounted for approximately 34% of Aflac Japan s investment income during the first six months of 2012, compared with 35% a year ago.
Our group products sold through Aflac Group Insurance have enhanced sales opportunities not only for brokers but also for our traditional sales force of individual associates, especially when they pursue larger payroll accounts. For the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, sales from Aflac Group Insurance increased 10.6%, compared with the same period in the prior year, to $38 million, representing 11% of new annualized premium sales for Aflac U.S. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, sales from Aflac Group Insurance increased 24.8%, compared with the same period in the prior year, to $88 million, representing 12% of new annualized sales for Aflac U.S.
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