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Allstate Corp. The Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 22, 2012 | About:

Allstate Corp. The (NYSE:ALL) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Allstate Corp has a market cap of $15.86 billion; its shares were traded at around $31.58 with a P/E ratio of 23.4 and P/S ratio of 0.5. The dividend yield of Allstate Corp stocks is 2.7%.

Highlight of Business Operations:

The Allstate Protection segment also includes a separate organization called Emerging Businesses which comprises Business Insurance (commercial products for small business owners), Consumer Household (specialty products including motorcycle, boat, renters and condominium insurance policies), Allstate Dealer Services (insurance and non-insurance products sold primarily to auto dealers), Allstate Roadside Services (retail and wholesale roadside assistance products) and Ivantage (insurance agency). Premiums written by Emerging Businesses were $2.49 billion in 2011 compared to $2.43 billion in 2010. We expect we will continue to accelerate profitable growth in Emerging Businesses during 2012.

Analysis of revenues Total revenues increased 18.6% or $838 million in 2011 compared to 2010 due to net realized capital gains in the current year compared to net realized capital losses in the prior year and higher premiums and contract charges, partially offset by lower net investment income. Total revenues decreased 1.9% or $87 million in 2010 compared to 2009 due to lower net investment income and higher net realized capital losses, partially offset by higher premiums and contract charges.

Interest credited to contractholder funds decreased 9.0% or $162 million in 2011 compared to 2010 primarily due to lower average contractholder funds and lower interest crediting rates on deferred fixed annuities, interest-sensitive life insurance and immediate fixed annuities. Additionally, valuation changes on derivatives embedded in equity-indexed annuity contracts that are not hedged increased interest credited to contractholder funds by $18 million in 2011. Amortization of deferred sales inducement costs was $23 million in 2011 compared to $27 million in 2010.

Non-deferrable acquisition costs increased 7.7% or $12 million in 2010 compared to 2009 primarily due to higher non-deferrable commissions related to accident and health insurance business sold through Allstate Benefits. Other operating costs and expenses increased 9.9% or $27 million in 2010 compared to 2009 primarily due to higher product development, marketing and technology costs, increased litigation expenses, lower reinsurance expense allowances resulting from higher retention and increases in the net cost of employee benefits. In 2010, these increased costs were partially offset by our expense reduction actions, which resulted in lower employee, professional services and sales support expenses.

As of December 31, 2011, the fair value of our below investment grade Subprime securities with gross unrealized losses totaled $586 million, a decrease of 26.4% compared to $796 million as of December 31, 2010, primarily due to sales. As of December 31, 2011, gross unrealized losses for our below investment grade Subprime portfolio totaled $334 million, an improvement of 23.7% compared to $438 million as of December 31, 2010, due to impairment write-downs, sales and principal collections, partially offset by the downgrade of certain securities to below investment grade

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