New York Life delivers strong 2016 financial results.

Posts Record Highs in Life Insurance and Annuity Sales, Life Insurance in Force, Dividend Payout, and Surplus 

NEW YORK, April 6, 2017 – New York Life Insurance Company today announced outstanding financial results for 2016, setting company records in life insurance and annuity sales, life insurance in force , dividend payout, and surplus. The performance of the company's core life insurance business and its strategic businesses, including its annuities and asset management operations, enabled New York Life to pay out a record amount in dividends to its whole life policy owners and benefits to its customers, while growing the company’s surplus to an all-time high. 

“New York Life’s ability to grow sales, dividends and surplus simultaneously, despite an unprecedented stretch of low interest rates, reflects the strength of our mutual company model,” said Chairman and CEO Ted Mathas. “The advantages of mutuality are evident in the value we deliver to policy owners each year, as we did again in 2016, measured in benefits and dividends paid. Our unsurpassed financial strength continues to provide financial safety and security to those who rely on us to meet our promises.”  

Superior Results Reinforce the Value of New York Life’s Diverse Agent Force

In 2016, New York Life posted its 20th consecutive year of growing life insurance sales through its agents, underscoring the company’s commitment to providing Americans with the expert guidance needed to achieve financial security. 

John Kim, president of New York Life, said, “New York Life’s agency force is singular among our peers in their dedication to helping people make smart financial decisions – and their efforts are needed now more than ever. Our own research  shows more Americans recognize the need to make long-term financial plans than in years past. Our long-term orientation enables us to make the considerable investment needed to grow the nation’s best trained agent force, just as it has enabled us to pay eligible participating policy owners a dividend every year since 1854.”

Record Levels of Surplus and Strong Earnings

Strong results from the company’s in-force block of life insurance and annuity products helped New York Life raise its surplus and asset valuation reserve to a record $23.3 billion, despite a record dividend payout and a challenging interest rate environment. New York Life remains one of only two companies out of more than 900 in the industry to receive the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four major financial rating agencies. 

Business performance highlights as of December 31, 2016 included:

  • Operating earnings  stood at $1.95 billion for 2016, the second highest in the company’s history. 
  • Grew total dividend and benefits paid to policy owners to $10.1 billion. 
  • Announced a dividend payout of $1.8 billion, a 35 percent increase since 2012.
  • Achieved record highs in life insurance sales ($1.3 billion) and in-force ($957 billion).
  • Reached a record high in annuity sales ($13 billion), with a 24 percent market share in fixed immediate annuities and 33 percent of the market for deferred income annuities . 
  • Reported a general account balance of $230 billion in cash and invested assets, and total assets under management of $538 billion.

2016 financial highlights

About New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).** Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance.  New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds.  Please visit New York Life’s website at www.newyorklife.com for more information. 

 

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  • 1 Individual life insurance in force is the total face amounts of individual life insurance contracts (term, whole life, and universal life) outstanding for the Company and its domestic insurance subsidiaries at a given time.
  • 2 Ipsos poll of 1,863 U.S. adults over the age of 30, conducted in December 2016 on behalf of New York Life: https://www.newyorklife.com/newsroom/2016/optimism-rising/.
  • 3 Operating Earnings is the measure used for management purposes to track the company’s results from ongoing operations and the underlying profitability of the business. This metric is based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) with certain adjustments we believe are more appropriate as a measurement approach (non-GAAP). Operating earnings equal GAAP net income adjusted for, primarily, the removal of gains and losses from investments and related adjustments and dividends to policy holders that are supported by capital gains or earnings from other businesses.
  • 4 Source: LIMRA U.S. Individual Annuity Sales Survey Participant’s Report for Q4 2016

 

  • Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, 6/17/16. For methodology, please see http://fortune.com/fortune500/ 
  • Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 8/9/16.
  • New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.