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newratings.com  Jul 17  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Fitch Ratings said Thursday that it has affirmed Unum Group Inc.'s (UNM) holding company ratings, including the senior debt rating at 'BBB'. In addition, Fitch affirmed the Insurer Financial Strength ratings...
DailyFinance  Jul 14  Comment 
Effective July 14, 2014, the Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.165 per share on its common stock to be paid on Aug. 15, 2014, to stockholders of record on July 28, 2014. ABOUT UNUM...
Market Intelligence Center  Jul 10  Comment 
A covered call identified by MarketIntelligececenter.com's patented algorithm on Unum Group (UNM) could yield about 3.28% (7.35% annualized, for comparison purposes only) in 163 days. Pair a long position in the stock with the Dec. '14 $34.00 call...
DailyFinance  Jun 30  Comment 
Unum Group (NYSE: UNM) will release its second quarter results on Wednesday, July 30, at approximately 4 p.m. Eastern. The earnings news release and the financial supplement will be available in the Investors section of the...
Market Intelligence Center  Jun 13  Comment 
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Market Intelligence Center  Jun 3  Comment 
For a hedged play on Unum Group (UNM), MarketIntelligenceCenter.com’s option-trade picking algorithms recommend the Sep. '14 $34.00 covered call for a net debit in the $32.81 area. That is also the break-even stock price for the covered call....
Market Intelligence Center  May 21  Comment 
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DailyFinance  May 20  Comment 
At the Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) annual meeting today, President and CEO Thomas R. Watjen told shareholders that the company is poised to realize unparalleled market potential. “Throughout our entire history we have built a...
Benzinga  May 9  Comment 
In a report published Friday, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analyst Ryan Krueger assumed coverage on Unum Group (NYSE: UNM) with a Market Perform rating and $38.00 price target. In the report, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods noted, “We are assuming...
SeekingAlpha  May 8  Comment 
Unum Group (UNM) Q1 2014 Earnings Call May 08, 2014 9:00 am ET Executives Thomas White - Thomas R. Watjen - Chief Executive Officer, President and Director Richard P. McKenney - Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President...




 

The Unum Group (NYSE: UNM) provides individual and group income-protection insurance. Unum also offers long-term care insurance, group benefits, and life insurance. It is the largest domestic disability insurer in the United States, with the majority of premiums coming from employer insurance plans.

UNM also provides a complementary portfolio of other insurance products, including employer- and employee-paid group benefits, life insurance, long-term care insurance, and other related services. UNM operates in three major business segments: Unum US, Unum UK, and Colonial Life.[1]

Company Overview

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum Group (UNM) was created following the June 1999 merger of Provident Companies, Inc. and Unum Corporation. Along with disability insurance, the company provides long-term care insurance, life insurance, employer- and employee-paid group benefits, and related services. Since January 2003, UnumProvident has been classifying its operations into five segments: Income Protection, Life and Accident, Colonial, Corporate, and Other. Effective July 1, 2005, the company modified its reporting segments to separate its United States business from its United Kingdom subsidiary, Unum Limited. On January 16, 2007, the company stated its intention to change (for broadening branding initiatives) its name to Unum Group from UnumProvident Corporation, after obtaining the necessary legal approvals (effective March 2, 2007). In the intervening time, the company will use its new operating segment names U.S. Brokerage will be called Unum US, and Unum Limited (the U.K. business) will be called Unum UK. The company's business operations are now segmented as follows:

The Unum Group provides a wide variety of insurance products. It is the largest provider of group disability insurance in the United States, and it also provides other insurance products such as income-protection, life, long-term care, and corporate-oriented group insurance. Unum also provides services in the United Kingdom through Unum U.K.

Unum’s insurance products are usually sold through insurance brokers. Unum is also trying to shift its focus on small and medium-sized group plans.

Business Financials

In 2009, UNM earned a total of $10.1 billion in total revenues. This was virtually the same as the previous year's total revenues of $10.0 billion.However, this had a substantial impact on UNM's net income. Between 2008 and 2009, UNM's net income increased from $553 million in 2008 to $853 million in 2009.[2]

Business Segments

Group Disability

Due to the risk involved in insuring large groups, Unum has set underwriting procedures. If a particular individual in the group does not meet its general requirements,the insurance purchaser must provide proof of that individual’s insurability. Unum attracts new customers by offering one to three-year rate guarantees on its policies, although policyholders wishing to renew typically receive a one-year rate guarantee. Unum pays special attention to its obligations for these products as they are especially susceptible to economic recessions. Policies for larger groups tend to have smaller profit margins and less risk than those to smaller groups since large policyholders can usually weather a certain amount of economic turmoil.

Group Life and Accidental Death

Unum works with companies to sell these products as employee benefits. Its accidental death product mainly covers travel accidents, and its life insurance product is typically linked to employees’ wages.

Other products

Policyholders may receive a certain percentage of their monthly income if they are sick or injured. These policies may be custom-tailored to include temporary transfer of ownership in a business and payment for business overhead expense. The rates are determined, amongst other things, by age, gender, and occupation.

Trends and Forces

Miscalculating the reserve requirement under generally accepted accounting principles could harm its earnings

Since the reserves are set apart using expected liability payments, if actual payments exceed expected payments, then current earnings will be overstated and the excess amount will be deducted from current earnings. Likewise, if the opposite occurs, then current earnings will be understated.

An unexpected rise in the number of claims could severely weaken Unum’s financial position

Epidemics, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other events of similar magnitude could result in a rise in claims that Unum could be unprepared for financially. Certain risks, such as that of terrorism, cannot be diversified away. For other events, such as natural disasters, the claim number can be influenced by government policy and government preparedness.

Problems with the economy might lower Unum’s return on investments

Unum, like most other insurance companies, invests a percentage of the premiums it collects. Unum invests a large portion of it in fixed-income securities. Fluctuations in the economy, accounting fraud, and problems with cash flows could affect the fixed-income securities market, which in turn affect Unum’s portfolio yield.

Governmental regulations across countries may affect Unum’s financial health

Unum does business in the United States and the United Kingdom. A change in insurance laws in any of them could affect Unum’s cash flow. In the United States, Unum must conform to Federal, state, and local laws regarding insurance. An increase in the reserve requirement would weaken its earnings. In the United Kingdom, the Financial Services Authority has the ability to bar Unum from conducting business if it fails a regulatory guideline.

References

  1. UNM 10-K 2009 Item 1 Pg. 3
  2. UNM 10-K 2009 Item 6 Pg. 29
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