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  • Thu, Oct. 13, 10:30 AM
    • Michael S. Smith will be Voya Financial's (VOYA) new CFO effective Nov. 7, replacing Ewout L. Steenbergen, who is departing for another opportunity.
    • Smith joined Voya in 2009 and has served as CEO of Insurance Solutions at Voya and has had management oversight for the company's Closed Block Variable Annuity (CBVA) segment. Smith also served as chief risk officer and prior to that held the roles of CEO, CFO and CRO for Voya's Annuities business.
    | Thu, Oct. 13, 10:30 AM
  • Fri, Oct. 7, 7:44 AM
    • Alongside the Top Pick designation for VOYA is a $39 price target, suggesting 30% upside.
    • Started at Underperform is Aflac (NYSE:AFL), with analyst John Nadel noting recent outperformance, global low rates as pressuring investment income, and the growing spread between U.S. and Japanese rates as boosting hedging costs. The $75 price target compares to yesterday's close of $72.07.
    • Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) also rates an Underperform, with Nadel noting more intense competition, exposure to FX and emerging markets volatility, and lower rates as maybe muting EPS growth and flatten margins.
    • MetLife (NYSE:MET), Prudential (NYSE:PRU), Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC), Reinsurance Group of America (NYSE:RGA), AIG, and Unum Group (NYSE:UNM),
    | Fri, Oct. 7, 7:44 AM | 9 Comments
  • Wed, Oct. 5, 3:27 PM
    • The continued rise in interest rates - the 10-year yield today breaching 1.70% - is giving additional fuel to the financial sector rally.
    • The XLF's 1.7% advance today puts it in a tie with the energy sector's XLE. The S&P 500 is up just 0.45%.
    • Banks, insurers, and brokers are all sharply ahead as investors envision the return of spread income. Even Wells Fargo (WFC +2.8%) is in the green - it's in fact atop the TBTF movers.
    • Other gainers: Goldman Sachs (GS +2.4%), Morgan Stanley (MS +1.7%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +2.1%), SunTrust (STI +2.5%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.3%), E*Trade (ETFC +2.1%), Voya Financial (VOYA +4.7%), Lincoln National (LNC +2.4%).
    | Wed, Oct. 5, 3:27 PM | 3 Comments
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  • Mon, Sep. 26, 3:13 PM
    • In what doesn't sound like great news for the already-yield-starved insurance industry, cash balances are "ticking upward," says Zach Buchwald, head of BlackRock's insurance asset-management operation.
    • Buchwald: “In today’s environment, where every basis point is so precious, within your core fixed income, we want to be investing wisely and generating the best risk-adjusted returns we can, and a large cash balance doesn’t help.”
    • Nearly half of 315 insurers surveyed globally expect to boost cash holdings in coming months - that's up from 36% a year ago, says BlackRock. At issue are poor performance in alternative investments and credit concerns following a sizable narrowing in spreads this year.
    • Struggling insurers are past the point of expecting rising interest rates, says Buchwald. So - other than cash - where else will the money go? Allocations to private-equity appear to be set to rise, and outfits like AIG are turning to direct lending. At MetLife (NYSE:MET), commercial real estate loans hit a record last year.
    • Other interested parties: PRU, LNC, MFC, SLF, PRI, VOYA
    | Mon, Sep. 26, 3:13 PM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, Aug. 3, 10:25 AM
    • Q2 operating earnings of $0.79 per share were up one penny from a year ago.
    • Retirement operating earnings of $141M up 10% Y/Y; annuities of $73M up 20%; individual life of $50M up 32%; investment management of $32M down 32%; employee benefits of $32M down 16%.
    • Retirement net inflows of $693M vs. $475M a year ago; AUM of $115B up from $113B. Annuities net outflows of $45M; AUM of $27.3B vs. $26.9B a year ago.
    • $267M of buybacks during quarter. Book value per share (excl. AOCI) of $59.44. Excess capital of $775M at quarter's end.
    • Previously: Voya Financial EPS in-line, beats on revenue (Aug. 3)
    • VOYA +8.3%
    | Wed, Aug. 3, 10:25 AM
  • Wed, Aug. 3, 6:01 AM
    • Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA): Q2 EPS of $0.79 in-line.
    • Revenue of $328M (+5.1% Y/Y) beats by $16.28M.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Aug. 3, 6:01 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Aug. 2, 5:30 PM
  • Thu, Jul. 28, 5:34 PM
    • Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) declares $0.01/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 0.16%
    • Payable Sept. 29; for shareholders of record Aug. 31; ex-div Aug. 29.
    | Thu, Jul. 28, 5:34 PM | 3 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 24, 11:58 AM
    • The Too Big To Fail lenders are naturally among the day's big losers following the U.K. vote to leave the EU, but losses in the financial sector are wide and deep as - among other things - interest rates look to be a lot lower for a lot longer.
    • Among asset managers, Invesco (IVZ -10.8%) - with a sizable U.K. exposure - is faring about the worst. WisdomTree (WETF -7.8%) takes a hit as the yen is the solo currency surging against the dollar, reducing demand for its popular hedged Japan ETF.
    • It's wait till next year (or even 2018 if you believe short-term rate futures markets) for rate hikes, meaning regional lenders can't celebrate their passing of the Fed stress tests last night. Regions (RF -7.8%), KeyCorp (KEY -6.4%), PNC Financial (PNC -5.5%), U.S. Bancorp (USB -4.2%), BB&T (BBT -5.1%).
    • Even lower rates put even more pressure on the business models of the life insurers: MetLife (MET -8.8%), Prudential (PRU -7.7%), Lincoln National (LNC -9.9%), Voya (VOYA -7%). Online brokers too: E*Trade (ETFC -9.4%), Schwab (SCHW -9.5%).
    | Fri, Jun. 24, 11:58 AM | 12 Comments
  • Wed, May 4, 10:11 AM
    • The company missed estimates by a mile thanks to alternative investment income - think hedge funds and private equity - that was $56M less than management expectations.
    • Q1's volatility is old news, says BTIG's Mark Palmer, and - checking operations - he's not finding anything else of concern in the report. The individual life unit - the cause of a couple of recent earnings misses - posted a $6M Y/Y improvement in adjusted operating earnings to $49M.
    • A sizable part of the Voya (VOYA -3.3%) bull case is capital returns, says Palmer, and the insurer took advantage of market weakness to buy back $220M in stock in Q1, leaving about $500M in its authorization.
    • He retains his Buy rating and $50 price target (66% upside).
    | Wed, May 4, 10:11 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, May 4, 6:01 AM
    • Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA): Q1 EPS of $0.55 misses by $0.15.
    • Revenue of $239M (-26.2% Y/Y) misses by $59.69M.
    | Wed, May 4, 6:01 AM
  • Tue, May 3, 5:30 PM
  • Wed, Apr. 27, 4:55 PM
    • Voya Financial (NYSE:VOYA) declares $0.01/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 0.12%
    • Payable June 29; for shareholders of record May 31; ex-div May 26.
    | Wed, Apr. 27, 4:55 PM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, Feb. 24, 11:44 AM
    • Goldman Sachs throws in the towel on its Conviction Buy recommendation on Voya Financial (VOYA -1.8%), downgrading to just Buy.
    • The stock's lower by about 30% over the past six months, including a 24% decline YTD.
    | Wed, Feb. 24, 11:44 AM
  • Thu, Feb. 11, 12:51 PM
    • At the moment it's yet again looking like "wait till next year," for the sustained rise in interest rates the life insurers need to be able to earn some real money.
    • Last night it was Prudential Financial (PRU -10.1%) joining MetLife (MET -4.7%) and Lincoln Financial (LNC -9.2%) in reporting a disappointing Q4, with investment results contributing $105M less this year that they did in Q4 of 2014.
    • While still upbeat on the economic outlook, Janet Yellen is spending an uncomfortable amount of time in her Congressional testimony talking about negative interest rates, and a chart of Google searches for "negative interest rates" is through the roof.
    • Manulife (MFC -10.3%), Sun Life (SLF -3%), Primerica (PRI -3.7%), Voya Financial (VOYA -4.6%)
    • The 10-year Treasury yield is lower by 10 basis points to 1.6%, and short-term rate futures have begun pricing in a rate cut by the Fed.
    | Thu, Feb. 11, 12:51 PM | 8 Comments