Ameriprise Financial Inc., an insurance and asset management company, posted solid results for the first quarter on Monday in spite of turmoil overseas, uncertainty on the fiduciary rule here in the United States, and creaking in the U.S. commercial real estate market.
An analyst on the firm’s earnings call responded to reports about problems at U.S. shopping centers by asking about the company’s investments in commercial retail properties.
“Our exposure is quite manageable,” CEO Jim Cracchiolo said.
In the company’s portfolio of direct investments in real estate, “we don’t have any exposure to large-box situations,” he said.
The Minneapolis-based company is one of the first life and health companies to release first-quarter earnings.
The company reported $403 million in net income for the quarter on $2.9 billion in revenue, up from $364 million in net income on $2.8 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2016.
The annuities unit reported $139 million in operating earnings on $608 million in revenue, up from $124 million in operating earnings for the year-earlier quarter on $596 million in revenue.
The company increased operating earnings at the annuities unit in the face of strong headwinds.
The interest rates the company earned on its own investments and the rates it could offer annuity buyers stayed low.