Unum profit falls in 4th quarter due to $167.6 Million in investment losses

NEW YORK, Feb 3, 2009 - Unum Group said on Tuesday that net income fell sharply in the fourth quarter, hurt by investment losses, but operating earnings beat Wall Street expectations by a penny.

Unum, the largest long-term disability benefit insurer in the United States and Britain, said net earnings fell 74 percent to $41.8 million, or 13 cents a share, from $160.5 million, or 44 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Unum said it had $167.6 million in net realized investment losses, largely the result of writing down impaired investments.

Earnings from continuing operations, which analysts use to measure performance, were $209.4 million, or 63 cents a share, compared with $213.1 million, or 59 cents a share a year earlier.

Analysts, on average, had expected earnings of 62 cents a share, according to Reuters Estimates.

The company expects its earnings from continuing operations to be between $2.45 and $2.55 a share in 2009, shy of analysts’ average expectation of $2.63 a share.

The company said it is looking for a new chief financial officer to replace Robert Greving, who is retiring later this year, according to a separate statement.

Gregory Dell, a disability income attorney with Attorneys Dell & Schaefer stated, “despite Unum’s recent financial performance they have been actively pursuing lump-sum buyouts from individuals that are currently collecting long-term disability benefits.”

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Bruce R. (Arizona)

Steve Dell has done an exceptional job with my disability application process. The firm is extremely well managed. They have acquired an incredible amount of experience over many years. I recommend them for disability insurance claims without reservation. 

Don (Florida)

I called this firm a few months ago completely disparaged due to a company cutting off disability benefits at a time that nearly caused me to lose everything.

Attorney Alex Palmera and Danielle worked hard to reach an amicable settlement and my case was settled a few months later. This is a good firm and the specific expertise in disability claims saved me countless hours of hassle at a time when an already fragile state existed.

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