Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE:GNW) says it has increased long-term care insurance (LTCI) claim reserves by $531 million as a result of a wide-ranging review of LTCI reserves.
The company and analysts have been talking about the review for months.
The reserve increase sparked by the review led the company’s LTCI unit to post a $361 million net operating loss for the third quarter, compared with a $41 million net profit for the third quarter of 2013.
Because of the LTCI reserve increase, a $167 million reduction in the value of goodwill at the LTCI business, a $350 million reduction in the value of goodwill at the life insurance business, and other charges, the company as a whole ended up posting a net loss of $844 million for the quarter on $2.4 billion in revenue. That compares with $148 million in net income on $2.3 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2013.
The company as a whole recorded a $317 million operating loss for the quarter. A year ago, the company had $158 million in operating earnings.
New individual LTCI sales fell to $28 million in the latest quarter, from $37 million in the year-ago quarter, but were up from $24 million in the second quarter.
New group LTCI sales fell to $1 million, down from $3 million in the year-ago quarter and $2 million in the second quarter.
Fixed annuity sales fell more sharply that individual LTCI sales. At the fixed annuity business, sales fell to $371 million for the latest quarter, from $760 million from the year-ago quarter.