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Aflac (NYSE:AFL) Sloan Ratio %

: 0.51% (As of Dec. 2023)
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Richard Sloan from the University of Michigan was first to document what is referred to as the "accrual anomaly". His 1996 paper found that shares of companies with small or negative accruals vastly outperform (+10%) those of companies with large ones.

Aflac's Sloan Ratio for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2023 was 0.51%.

As of Dec. 2023, Aflac has a Sloan Ratio of 0.51%, indicating the company is in the safe zone and there is no funny business with accruals.


Aflac Sloan Ratio % Historical Data

The historical data trend for Aflac's Sloan Ratio % can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Aflac Annual Data
Trend Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21 Dec22 Dec23
Sloan Ratio %
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 0.67 2.08 0.99 1.58 0.51

Aflac Quarterly Data
Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23
Sloan Ratio % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 1.58 1.08 1.14 -0.27 0.51

Competitive Comparison

For the Insurance - Life subindustry, Aflac's Sloan Ratio %, along with its competitors' market caps and Sloan Ratio % data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.


Aflac Sloan Ratio % Distribution

For the Insurance industry and Financial Services sector, Aflac's Sloan Ratio % distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Aflac's Sloan Ratio % falls into.



Aflac Sloan Ratio % Calculation

Earnings contain a lot of non cash earnings which is called accruals. The Sloan ratio is a way to identify firms with low non-cash or accrual-derived earnings relative to their cash flow.

Aflac's Sloan Ratio for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2023 is calculated as

Sloan Ratio=(Net Income (A: Dec. 2023 )-Cash Flow from Operations (A: Dec. 2023 )
-Cash Flow from Investing (A: Dec. 2023 ))/Total Assets (A: Dec. 2023 )
=(4659-3190
-817)/126724
=0.51%

Aflac's Sloan Ratio for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2023 is calculated as

Sloan Ratio=(Net Income (TTM)-Cash Flow from Operations (TTM))
-Cash Flow from Investing (TTM))/Total Assets (Q: Dec. 2023 )
=(4659-3190
-817)/126724
=0.51%

Aflac's Net Income for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was 1188 (Mar. 2023 ) + 1634 (Jun. 2023 ) + 1569 (Sep. 2023 ) + 268 (Dec. 2023 ) = $4,659 Mil.
Aflac's Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was 708 (Mar. 2023 ) + 379 (Jun. 2023 ) + 1270 (Sep. 2023 ) + 833 (Dec. 2023 ) = $3,190 Mil.
Aflac's Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2023 was 105 (Mar. 2023 ) + 1628 (Jun. 2023 ) + 496 (Sep. 2023 ) + -1412 (Dec. 2023 ) = $817 Mil.

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Aflac  (NYSE:AFL) Sloan Ratio % Explanation

A former University of Michigan researcher, Richard Sloan's 1996 paper found that shares of companies with small or negative accruals vastly outperform (+10%) those of companies with large ones. In fact, for the 40-year period between 1962 and 2001, buying the lowest accrual companies and shorting the highest accrual companies resulted in an average annual compounded return of 18%, more than double the S&P 500's 7.4% annual return over the same period.

According to How to Beat the Market with the Sloan Ratio:

If the Sloan Ratio is between -10% and 10%, the company is in the safe zone and there is no funny business with accruals.

If the Sloan Ratio is less than between -25% and -10% on the negative side, and between 10% and 25% on the positive side, this is a warning stage of accrual build up.

If the Sloan Ratio is less than -25% or greater than 25%, and this ratio is consistent over several quarters or even years, be careful. Earnings are highly likely to be made up of accruals.

As of Dec. 2023, Aflac has a Sloan Ratio of 0.51%, indicating the company is in the safe zone and there is no funny business with accruals.


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Aflac (NYSE:AFL) Business Description

Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
1932 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA, USA, 31999
Aflac Inc offers supplemental health insurance and life insurance in the two largest insurance markets in the world, the U.S. and Japan. In addition to its cancer policies, the company has broadened its product offerings to include accident, disability, and long-term-care insurance. It markets its products through independent distributors, selling most of its policies directly to consumers at their places of work.
Executives
Steven Kent Beaver officer: SVP, CFO, Aflac US 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Masatoshi Koide officer: Deputy President, Aflac Japan 1932 WYNNTON RD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
June P Howard officer: Sr. Vice President 1932 WYNNTON RD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Lake Charles D Ii officer: President AFLAC Japan AFLAC INC, 1932 WYNNTON RD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Frederick John Crawford officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer AFLAC INCORPORATED, COLUMBUS GA 31999
William P Bowers director 600 NORTH 18TH STREET, BIN 15N-8170, BIRMINGHAM AL 35203
Joseph L Moskowitz director 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Simard Frederic Jean Guy officer: SVP, CFO, Aflac U.S. 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
James Todd Daniels officer: Sr. Vice President 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Albert Riggieri officer: SVP, Corporate Actuary 1932 WYNNTON RD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Virgil Raynard Miller officer: President, Aflac U.S. 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Barbara K Rimer director 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Miwako Hosoda director 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Bradley Eugene Dyslin officer: Executive Vice President 1932 WYNNTON ROAD, COLUMBUS GA 31999
Audrey B Tillman officer: Executive Vice President 1932 WYNNTON RD, COLUMBUS GA 31999