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Ameriprise Financial Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

May 06, 2009 | About:

Ameriprise Financial Inc. (AMP) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-03-31.

AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL INC. is a financial planning and services company with financial advisors and registered representatives that provides solutions for clients' asset accumulation income management and insurance protection needs. The Company's financial advisors deliver tailored solutions to clients through a personalized financial planning approach built on a long-term relationship with a knowledgeable advisor. The Company specializes in meeting the retirement-related financial needs of the mass affluent and affluent. Financial planning services and investments are available through Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Ameriprise Financial Inc. has a market cap of $6.04 billion; its shares were traded at around $27.6 with a P/E ratio of 8 and P/S ratio of 0.8. The dividend yield of Ameriprise Financial Inc. stocks is 2.5%.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Our net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2009 were $1.7 billion, a decrease of $272 million, or 14%, from the prior year period. This revenue decline primarily reflects the negative impact of weak equity markets on management and financial advice fees and distribution fees.

Net income attributable to Ameriprise Financial for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was $130 million, a decline of $61 million from $191 million for the prior year period. Earnings per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2009 were $0.58, compared to $0.82 for the prior year period.

The client asset value growth rates are the rates at which variable annuity and variable universal life insurance contract values invested in separate accounts are assumed to appreciate in the future. The rates used vary by equity and fixed income investments. Management reviews and, where appropriate, adjusts its assumptions with respect to client asset value growth rates on a regular basis. We typically use a five-year mean reversion process as a guideline in setting near-term equity asset growth rates based on a long-term view of financial market performance as well as recent actual performance. The suggested near-term growth rate is reviewed to ensure consistency with managements assessment of anticipated equity market performance. In the first quarter of 2009, management elected to follow the mean reversion guideline, increasing near-term equity asset growth rates and projecting that first quarter approximate 12% decrease in equity values will be recovered within the five-year mean reversion period. At recent equity market levels, increasing the annualized equity market return projected during the five-year mean reversion period by 100 basis points reduces DAC amortization and other impacted expenses by $20-$25 million after tax.

We generated retail net inflows for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Fixed annuities had total net inflows of $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2009 compared to net outflows of $547 million in the prior year period. Wrap account assets had net inflows of $1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009 compared to $1.4 billion in the prior year period and variable annuities had net inflows of $328 million compared to $851 million in the prior year period.

Total asset management net outflows declined to $0.3 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared to net outflows of $5.2 billion for the prior year period. In the first quarter of 2009, Domestic managed assets had $54 million in net inflows compared to net outflows of $2.6 billion in the prior year period and market depreciation of $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2009 compared to $7.0 billion in the prior year period. International managed assets had $322 million in net outflows in the first quarter of 2009 compared to $2.6 billion in the prior year period and market depreciation of $4.5 billion in the first quarter of 2009 compared to $8.3 billion in the prior year period. The negative impact on International managed assets due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates was $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2009 compared to $72 million in the prior year period.

Read the The complete ReportAMP is in the portfolios of Chris Davis of Davis Selected Advisers, Bruce Sherman of Private Capital Management, John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, David Dreman of Dreman Value Management, Jean-Marie Eveillard of Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC, Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC, Kenneth Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, LLC, Dodge & Cox.

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