A flurry of special charges hit earnings at AmerUs Group Company in the third quarter.[@@]
AmerUs, Des Moines, Iowa, is reporting $39 million in net income for the third quarter on $433 million in revenue, compared with $43 million in net income on $402 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2004.
Net results include a $19 million charge for early retirement of debt and a $6.4 million charge resulting from efforts to settle annuity sales practices litigation in California.
The net figures also include a $14 million charge resulting from an adjustment in the market value of the derivatives that AmerUs uses to back its popular equity-indexed annuity products, which offer returns that are linked to the performance of major investment indices. The value adjustment produced a $5 million gain during the third quarter of 2004.