Midwest Holding Inc. Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Published: May. 16, 2022 at 4:15 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb., May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest Holding Inc. ("Midwest") (NASDAQ: MDWT), today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Highlights:

  • GAAP net income was $187,000 compared to a $(1.6) million GAAP net loss incurred in the first quarter of 2021. GAAP earnings were 5 cents per share (diluted) versus the (43) cent per-share loss in Q1 2021.
  • GAAP total revenue was $2.6 million compared to the negative total revenue of $(614,000) in the first quarter of 2021. Driving the year-over-year improvement in total revenue was increased net investment income, as invested assets grew to $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2022, compared with $693 million as of March 31, 2021, along with service fee revenue.
  • Annuity direct written premium under statutory accounting principles ("SAP"), a non-GAAP measure, was $98.1 million compared with $123.7 million in 2021's first quarter and $104.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. The mix of our new business was 26% Multiyear Guaranteed Annuities (MYGA) and 74% Fixed Income Annuities (FIA).
  • Ceded premiums (SAP) were $40.1 million compared with $47.5 million in the year-earlier quarter. The cession rate, or that portion of our written premiums that we reinsured, was 40.9% compared with 38.4%.
  • Total expenses benefited from negative interest credited due to the fall in value of the options embedded in our liabilities and the gain on mark-to-market value of the options allowance classified in other operating expenses.

Georgette Nicholas, CEO of Midwest noted, "During the first quarter, we took action to position the Company for further growth relating to pricing, products, and investing in technology and foundational capabilities.  We saw encouraging trends in premiums written at the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter.  We are benefiting from movements in interest rates in our investment portfolio along with the capabilities we have been developing and saw service fee revenue continue to grow.  Overall, the first quarter has provided a base for us to continue to expand on."

Ms. Nicholas concluded: "Our opportunities are substantial to build on the value of our platform.  The focus of the team continues to be on the key drivers of growth and profitability: Deepening distribution relationships, state expansion to achieve sales growth, reinsurance, investment management, and operational readiness and efficiency. With these five keys to our strategy, we will deliver on our commitment to shareholders to produce strong growth paired with a high return on capital."

Q1 2022 versus Q1 2021 on a GAAP basis

Midwest reported GAAP net income of $187,000 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to a $(1.6) million GAAP net loss incurred in the first quarter of 2021. On a diluted, per-share basis, this year's quarterly net income was 5 cents compared with the (43)-cent per-share loss reported in the first quarter of 2021.

Investment income in 2022's first quarter was $6.2 million compared with $2.9 million in the prior- year's quarter.  Driving the change was an increase in invested assets and from performance on those assets benefiting from core capabilities developed on sourcing assets with higher yield generating approximately a 5.5% return on the investment portfolio.

Amortization of deferred gain on reinsurance reached $970,000 in first quarter of 2022 compared with $461,000 in the first quarter of 2021 primarily due to growth in the deferred gain on co-insurance on our balance sheet, which reflects ceding commissions received on reinsurance of business to third parties.

Service fee revenue rose to $1.1 million versus $438,000 in the year-earlier March quarter.   Service fee revenue consists of fee revenue generated for our asset-management services provided to third-party clients. Assets under management for third parties was $455.4 million at March 31, 2022.

Other revenue finished at $448,000 compared with $249,000 in the prior-year quarter.   Other revenue consists primarily of revenue we generate by providing ancillary services, such as policy administration, to third parties and policy surrender charges.

Our total expenses on a GAAP basis were a negative $3.3 million versus a negative $445,000 in the prior- year's quarter.   Total expenses were helped by negative interest credited due to the decrease in value of the options embedded in our liabilities of $2.0 million and an increase in mark-to-market value of our options allowance of $6.4 million. Salaries and benefits were $4.3 million in Q1 2022 compared to $2.9 million in Q1 2021 as we added personnel, built processes, and worked on technology initiatives.

Guidance

We continue to see intense competition in the annuity market through aggressive pricing.  We have taken actions to maintain a competitive position and have seen positive results from these actions and improved sales momentum into the second quarter.

State expansion efforts remains a key priority. We have active applications in process and anticipate additional filings this quarter and expect to have more to say on this later in the year.

Given these dynamics, we are affirming our guidance for 2022 based on our current view of our business and the annuity sales market.  Anticipated premiums written are expected to be in the range of $500 million to $600 million (SAP), influenced by state expansion, independent marketing organization ("IMO") expansion reallocated personnel and other initiatives.   We continue to expect the mix in product sales to be consistent with that of 2021.

The goal is to cede, on average, approximately 70-90% of our premium in the year to generate ceded commission fees and manage capital.   Demand from our reinsurance partners is strong and we have capacity in place to cover anticipated written premium through existing reinsurers that have the potential to grow along with additional potential reinsurance transactions in the pipeline.

We are working to bring general and administrative expenses on a management basis, a non-GAAP measure, to be approximately $27 to 28 million for the full year 2022.

Finance Team Update

The Company also announced today that it has transitions on its finance team. Daniel S. Maloney will be joining as the Executive Vice President of Accounting and Finance on May 23, 2022. Mr. Maloney is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry at companies including Players Health, Horace Mann, American Fidelity, and AIG. He has a background in public accounting.  He has worked in various finance roles related to SEC reporting, statutory reporting, and controllership. Eric N. Berg will be stepping down as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective May 16, 2022. Mr. Berg's departure is not related to any disagreement relating to the Company's accounting, strategy, management, operations, policies, regulatory matters, or practices (financial or otherwise).

Ms. Nicholas will serve as both the CEO and the Chief Financial Officer in the interim.  The Company will initiate a search to find its next Chief Financial Officer and will consider internal and external candidates in due course.

Q1 2022 Key Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to GAAP measures, Midwest's management utilizes a series of key performance indicators (KPIs) and non-GAAP measures to, among other things:

1)  monitor and evaluate the performance of our business operations and financial performance;

2)  facilitate internal comparisons of the historical operating performance of our business operations;

3)  review and assess the operating performance of our management team;

4)  analyze and evaluate financial and strategic planning decisions regarding future operations;

5)  plan for and prepare future annual operating budgets and determine appropriate levels of operating investments; and

6)  facilitate comparison of results between periods and to better understand the underlying historical trends in our business and prospects.

These non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures; however, management believes that when used in conjunction with the GAAP measures, the non-GAAP measures can contribute to investors' understanding of our business. Non-GAAP financial measures used by us may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered along with, but not as alternatives to, our operating performance measures as prescribed by GAAP.

Annuity Premiums (a KPI)

For the first quarter of 2022, annuity direct written premiums were $98.1 million compared with $123.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 reflecting competitive annuity sales environment.    Ceded premiums were $40.1 in 2022's first quarter compared with $47.5 million in the first quarter of 2021.  Of the first quarter 2022 sales of $98.1 million, approximately 26 % was in the MYGA category and the remaining 74 % consisted of sales of FIAs.


Three months ended March 31,

(In thousands)

2022


2021

Annuity Premiums (SAP)






Annuity direct written premiums

$

98,111


$

123,654

Ceded premiums


(40,141)



(47,464)

Net premiums retained

$

57,970


$

76,190

Fees Received for Reinsurance (a KPI)

We use this non-GAAP figure to measure our efforts to secure third-party capital to back our reinsurance programs.   Fees Received for Reinsurance sums two components: Amortization of deferred gain on reinsurance, which is a line item in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss), and deferred coinsurance ceding commission, which is a line item in our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

For the first quarter of 2022, fees received for reinsurance totaled $2.4 million compared with $2.9 million in the first quarter of 2021.



Three months ended March 31,

(In thousands)


2022


2021

Fees received for reinsurance(1)







Fees received for reinsurance - total


$

2,430


$

2,859

General and Administrative Expenses (a non-GAAP measure)

We monitor this figure to track our overhead.   It includes salary and benefits and other operating expenses; however, it excludes non-cash stock-based compensation and the non-cash mark-to-market-adjustment of our option budget allowance.

G&A expense in the March 2022 quarter was $8.9 million compared with $5.3 million in the prior year's March quarter.   The increase was to support the potential growth in the business and reflected costs incurred to attract talent, for legal and consulting to support transactions, investment structures, state expansion efforts, and technology initiatives.



Three months ended March 31,



2022


2021

G&A







Salaries and benefits - GAAP


$

4,318


$

2,927

Other operating expenses - GAAP



(1,822)



(1,529)

Subtotal



2,496



1,398

Adjustments:







Less: Stock-based compensation



(32)



(261)

Less: Mark-to-market option allowance



6,386



4,115

G&A


$

8,850


$

5,252

Management Expenses (a non-GAAP measure)

We use this metric to monitor the expenses of our business on a cash basis.   Importantly, we exclude from the calculation of management expenses the index interest credited related to our FIAs because this expense is hedged.   Instead, we add back to Management Expenses the period's amortization of options previously purchased to provide this hedge. We view this amortized cost as our true cost of funds.   Management Expenses also excludes the mark-to-market adjustment of our option budget allowance. Management Expenses and non-cash stock-based compensation.

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the sum of salaries and benefits and other operating expenses totaled $2.5 million compared to $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, as disclosed above, included in these expenses is mainly salaries, benefits and other operating expenses, along with $6.4 million of non-cash mark-to-market option allowance of our derivative option allowance, which we exclude in our management G&A.










Three months ended March 31, 



2022


2021

Management Expenses







G&A


$

8,850


$

5,252








Management interest credited



3,043



1,789

Amortization of deferred acquisition costs



851



503

Expenses related to retained business



3,894



2,292

Management expenses - total


$

12,744


$

7,544




Three months ended March 31, 



2022


2021

G&A







Salaries and benefits - GAAP


$

4,318


$

2,927

Other operating expenses - GAAP



(1,822)



(1,529)

Subtotal



2,496



1,398

Adjustments:







Less: Stock-based compensation



(32)



(261)

Less: Mark-to-market option allowance



6,386



4,115

G&A


$

8,850


$

5,252










Three months ended March 31, 



2022


2021

Management Interest Credited







Interest credited - GAAP


$

(6,674)


$

(2,346)

Adjustments:







Less: FIA interest credited - GAAP



7,764



2,819

Add: FIA options cost - amortized



1,953



1,316

Management interest credited


$

3,043


$

1,789










Three months ended March 31, 



2022


2021

Reconciliation - Management Expenses to GAAP Expenses







Total expenses - GAAP


$

(3,327)


$

(445)

Adjustments:







Less: Benefits





Less: Stock-based compensation



(32)



(261)

Less: Mark-to-market option allowance



6,386



4,115

Less: FIA interest credited - GAAP



7,764



2,819

Add: FIA options cost - amortized



1,953



1,316

Management expenses - total


$

12,744


$

7,544

SPECIAL CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements contained or incorporated by reference in this release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology including "could," "may," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "intend," or "continue," the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology used in connection with any discussion of future operating results or financial performance. These statements are only predictions and reflect our management's good faith present expectation of future events and are subject to a number of important factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

Factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those contemplated or projected, forecast, estimated or budgeted in such forward-looking statements include among others, the following possibilities:

  • intense competition, including the intensification of price competition, competitive pressures from established insurers with greater financial resources, the entry of new competitors, and the introduction of new products by new and existing competitors;
  • our business plan, particularly including our reinsurance strategy, may not prove to be successful;
  • our reliance on third-party insurance marketing organizations to market and sell our annuity insurance products through a network of independent agents;
  • adverse changes in our ratings obtained from independent rating agencies;
  • failure to maintain adequate reinsurance;
  • our inability to expand our insurance operations outside the 21 states and District of Columbia in which we are currently licensed;
  • our annuity insurance products may not achieve significant market acceptance;
  • we may continue to experience operating losses in the foreseeable future;
  • the possible loss or retirement of one or more of our key executive personnel;
  • adverse state and federal legislation or regulation, including decreases in rates, limitations on premium levels, increases in minimum capital and reserve requirements, benefit mandates and tax treatment of insurance products;
  • fluctuations in interest rates causing a reduction of investment income or increase in interest expense and in the market value of interest-rate sensitive investment;
  • failure to obtain new customers, retain existing customers, or reductions in policies in force by existing customers;
  • higher service, administrative, or general expense due to the need for additional advertising, marketing, administrative or management information systems expenditures;
  • changes in our liquidity due to changes in asset and liability matching;
  • possible claims relating to sales practices for insurance products; and
  • lawsuits in the ordinary course of business.

Earnings Teleconference information and Details

Midwest Holding has announced plans to host a conference call to discuss financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2022 on May 17, 2022 at  8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The Company also posted those results on the investor relations section of its website at https://ir.midwestholding.com after the close of the financial markets on May 16, 2022.

To register for this conference call, please go to this link https://www.incommglobalevents.com/registration/q4inc/10823/midwest-holding-inc-q12022/
Registrants will receive confirmation with dial-in details. 

The call may also be accessed via webcast, using this link https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/588008611.

A replay of the webcast will be made available after the call on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at https://ir.midwestholding.com

About Midwest Holding Inc.

Midwest Holding Inc. is a growing, technology-enabled, services-oriented annuity platform. Midwest designs and develops annuity products that are distributed through independent distribution channels, to a large and growing demographic of U.S. retirees. Midwest originates, manages and typically transfers these annuities through reinsurance arrangements to asset managers and other third-party investors. Midwest also provides the operational and regulatory infrastructure and expertise to enable asset managers and third-party investors to form and manage their own reinsurance capital vehicles.

For more information, please visit www.midwestholding.com
Investor contact: ir@midwestholding.com
Media inquiries: press@midwestholding.com

MIDWEST HOLDING INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS










March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021

(In thousands, except share information)



(Unaudited)




Assets







  Fixed maturities, available for sale, at fair value (amortized cost: $774,248 and $679,921, respectively) (See Note 4)


$

765,013


$

683,296

  Mortgage loans on real estate, held for investment



174,127



183,203

  Derivative instruments (See Note 5)



14,606



23,022

  Equity securities, at fair value (cost: $22,158 in 2022 and $22,158 in 2021)



21,190



21,869

  Other invested assets



55,479



35,293

  Investment escrow



1,552



3,611

  Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) stock



500



500

  Preferred stock



20,134



18,686

  Notes receivable



6,035



5,960

  Policy loans



90



87

    Total investments



1,058,726



975,527

  Cash and cash equivalents



144,684



142,013

  Deferred acquisition costs, net



28,292



24,530

  Premiums receivable



364



354

  Accrued investment income



13,205



13,623

  Reinsurance recoverables (See Note  9)



33,908



38,579

  Intangible assets



700



700

  Property and equipment, net



570



386

  Operating lease right of use assets



2,300



2,360

  Receivable for securities sold



5,774



19,732

  Other assets



13,375



2,113

    Total assets


$

1,301,898


$

1,219,917

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity







Liabilities:







  Benefit reserves


$

12,899


$

12,941

Policy claims



1,167



237

  Deposit-type contracts (See note 11)



1,148,085



1,075,439

  Advance premiums



10



1

  Deferred gain on coinsurance transactions



30,049



28,589

  Lease liabilities (See Note 13):







   Operating lease



2,307



2,364

  Payable for securities purchased



3,290



5,546

  Other liabilities



24,900



9,044

    Total liabilities



1,222,707



1,134,161

Stockholders' Equity:







  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 2,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 or December 31, 2021





  Voting common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 20,000,000 shares; 3,737,564 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 , respectively; non-voting common stock, $0.001 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding March 31, 2022 and  December 31, 2021, respectively



4



4

  Additional paid-in capital



138,483



138,452

  Treasury stock



(175)



(175)

  Accumulated deficit



(69,972)



(70,159)

  Accumulated other comprehensive income



(7,581)



2,634

    Total Midwest Holding Inc.'s stockholders' equity



60,759



70,756

      Noncontrolling interests



18,432



15,000

    Total stockholders' equity



79,191



85,756

    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

1,301,898


$

1,219,917

MIDWEST HOLDING INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Unaudited)












Three months ended March 31, 


(In thousands, except per share data)


2022


2021


Revenues








  Investment income, net of expenses


$

6,242



2,887


  Net realized loss on investments (See Note 4)



(6,175)



(4,649)


  Amortization of deferred gain on reinsurance transactions



970



461


  Service fee revenue, net of expenses



1,098



438


  Other revenue



448



249


    Total revenue



2,583



(614)


Expenses








  Interest credited



(6,674)



(2,346)


  Amortization of deferred acquisition costs



851



503


  Salaries and benefits



4,318



2,927


  Other operating expenses



(1,822)



(1,529)


    Total expenses



(3,327)



(445)


      Net income (loss) before income tax expense



5,910



(169)


        Income tax expense (See Note 8)



(4,722)



(1,432)


          Net income (loss) after income tax expense



1,188



(1,601)


          Less: Income attributable to noncontrolling interest



1,001




          Net income(loss) attributable to Midwest Holding Inc.



187



(1,601)


          Comprehensive (loss) income:








              Unrealized (losses) gains on investments arising during the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 , net of offsets, (tax ($2,900) and $181, respectively)



(9,703)



963


              Less:  Reclassification adjustment for net realized losses on investments, net of offsets (net of tax ($136) and $85, respectively)



(512)



(321)


          Other comprehensive (loss) income



(10,215)



642


                Comprehensive loss


$

(10,028)


$

(959)


Income (loss) per common share








  Basic


$

0.05


$

(0.43)


  Diluted


$

0.05


$

(0.43)


MIDWEST HOLDING INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
(Unaudited)























Three months ended March 31, 







Additional













Treasury


Common


 Paid-In


Retained





Noncontrolling


Total

(In thousands)


Stock


Stock


Capital


Earnings


AOCI*


Interest


Equity

Balance, December 31, 2021


$

(175)


$

4


$

138,452


$

(70,159)


$

2,634


$

15,000


$

85,756

  Net income



-



-



-



187



-



-



187

  Employee stock options



-



-



31



-



-



-



31

  Unrealized gains on investments, net of taxes



-



-



-



-



(10,215)



-



(10,215)

  Noncontrolling interest



-



-



-



-



-



3,432



3,432

Balance, March 31, 2022


$

(175)


$

4


$

138,483


$

(69,972)


$

(7,581)


$

18,432


$

79,191

























Three months ended March 31, 









Additional















Treasury


Common


 Paid-In


Retained




Noncontrolling


Total

(In thousands)


Stock


Stock


Capital


Earnings


AOCI*


Interest


Equity

Balance, December 31, 2020


$

(175)


$

4


$

133,593


$

(53,522)


$

6,430


$

-


$

86,330

  Net loss



-



-



-



(1,601)



-



-



(1,601)

  Employee stock options



-



-



261



-



-



-



261

  Unrealized losses on investments, net of taxes



-



-



-



-



642



-



642

Balance, March 31, 2021


$

(175)


$

4


$

133,854


$

(55,123)


$

7,072


$

-


$

85,632


*      Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

MIDWEST HOLDING INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)










Three months ended March 31, 

(In thousands)


2022


2021

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:







Gain (loss) attributable to Midwest Holding, Inc.


$

187


$

(1,601)

Adjustments to arrive at cash provided by operating activities:







  Net premium and discount on investments



(639)



(280)

  Depreciation and amortization



11



14

  Stock options



32



261

  Amortization of deferred acquisition costs



851



503

  Deferred acquisition costs capitalized



(4,464)



(6,774)

  Net realized loss on investments



6,175



4,649

  Deferred gain on coinsurance transactions



1,460



2,398

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







    Reinsurance recoverables



5,316



(6,165)

    Interest and dividends due and accrued



418



(2,288)

    Premiums receivable



(10)



    Deposit-type liabilities



(16,151)



(4,317)

    Policy liabilities



897



12

    Receivable and payable for securities



11,702



    Other assets and liabilities



4,522



21,408

    Other assets and liabilities - discontinued operations





(2)

Net cash provided by operating activities



10,307



7,818

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:







  Fixed maturities available for sale:







    Purchases



(226,416)



(176,434)

    Proceeds from sale or maturity



140,758



61,831

  Mortgage loans on real estate, held for investment







    Purchases



(19,699)



(16,447)

    Proceeds from sale



30,835



1,661

  Derivatives







    Purchases



(4,691)



(4,157)

    Proceeds from sale



1,388



660

  Equity securities







    Purchases





(42,093)

    Proceeds from sale



142




  Other invested assets







    Purchases



(23,768)



(5,160)

    Proceeds from sale



3,334



1,308

  Preferred stock



(2,776)



(475)

  Net change in policy loans



(3)



(3)

  Net purchases of property and equipment



(195)



(10)

Net cash used in investing activities



(99,864)



(179,319)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:







  Net transfer to noncontrolling interest



3,432



  Receipts on deposit-type contracts



98,111



123,654

  Withdrawals on deposit-type contracts



(9,315)



(2,905)

Net cash provided by financing activities



92,228



120,749

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



2,671



(50,752)

Cash and cash equivalents:







  Beginning



142,013



151,679

  Ending


$

144,684


$

100,927








Supplementary information







  Cash paid for taxes


$

250


$

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