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Horace Mann Educators (HMN)

Participants
Heather Wietzel VP of IR
Marita Zuraitis President and CEO
Bret Conklin EVP and CFO
Mark Desrochers SVP, Head of P&C and Corporate Chief Actuary
Ryan Greenier Chief Investment Officer and SVP
Meyer Shields KBW
Gary Ransom Dowling & Partners
John Barnidge Piper Sandler
Greg Peters Raymond James
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Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the Horace Mann Educators Second Quarter 2022 Investor Call. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Heather Wietzel, VP, Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Heather Wietzel

Thank you, and good morning, everyone. discussion second Mann's results. Horace to of quarter our Welcome supplement, earnings presentation, Investors Yesterday, website. our investor page and our the we issued on announcement, investor available copies of are Executive Executive give will formal remarks and Chief Financial call. the and today's President and Chief Zuraitis, Bret Marita Conklin, Vice on President Officer, Officer; Retirement; Matt for Property Weckenbrock Mike & have Supplemental and Greenier Group Investments. Sharpe and on Ryan us With we Benefits, and Casualty, on on Q&A, Mark on Life Desrochers

them. to Reform management's it note forward-looking cautions turn to These XXXX. statements over and and statements forward-looking today in I want our include GAAP differ of based The news any assume our obligation results available to In filings. factors, no over comparable we of I now expectations, includes our performance. measures. uncertainties that forward-looking these call are most Before in are are measures are statements the Reconciliations current Marita, presentation due variety to release described turn which we Private Actual update Act company defined release. in our I'll use and some guarantees as not that news prepared to future the SEC on a Marita. our risks Securities non-GAAP measures to investors Litigation of of may remarks, and materially

Marita Zuraitis

$X.XX full-year in guidance loss performance. anticipated night, revision performance, a second-quarter operating our core results core this made we and preannouncement better-than-anticipated Last $X.XX. of of reported to morning, minor we we Heather, everyone. the good EPS upward on range Thanks, and near breakeven due to to Based ahead a segment our to

events impact described, bottom on announcement line from preliminary was external our our the disappointing. As

sustainable we the ROE. to high double-digit goal ROE resume a of be as XXXX expect trajectory towards We our our digits single in

core million clearly worksite illustrating actions base adding value $XX.X our recent operating quarter. also new with Our in benefited division, while the our earnings the we've diversifying from to strategic in years, taken of earnings results

me each of external challenges the individually. cover Let

First, was catastrophe activity storm outsized.

for Our the losses average were quarter. XX-year second nearly double our

second XX% catastrophe is multi-faceted since five strategic catastrophe our reduce It The our full-year a we represented and ago. completed years quarter. exposures coastal about our typically load heaviest shift quarter has to of

However, in states Plains hail wind experienced Midwest second high quarter, the year's this and and unusually activity. thunderstorm

example, underwriting storm in caused believe in light breadth crossed to Minnesota communities that damage and Pennsylvania. closely. Texas severe of programs although the the were For one this issue, do we mitigation events In that the quarter, dynamic risk not an May monitor country exposure from our major and of to in the magnitude concentrations risk

Second, damage inflation continues parts injury treatments. higher costs inflation as P&C well physical pricing to labor costs driving towards of rising increased because of severe more due are resolution trends the impact is and accidents and claims rates Industry-wide sector. as claim to higher utilization timing, significantly medical

in underwriting loss described quarters, we've and proactively needed have we costs. been rate recent address rising actions As where to adding taking

trends. auto premiums. our XXXX, almost auto policies. of as through The to address Keep are in the high representing current XX% XXXX low we single and rate is range the of mind, market plan reflects will in states remainder in adjust into X-month evolving our and Our XX% of increases needed plan double-digit rate dynamic to well policies

coverage inflation trends premiums and delays. risen accident largely quarter, strategy quarter systemic pandemic-related it average open adjustments because years from are is due because that are remain also this year's became auto, also our that reserves clear values. recent X% affecting over have last auto proactive almost strengthening industry-wide property second We claims Like to these to pricing of

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to as for progress up beginning So we're to the segment turn over the implement initiatives strategic earnings in momentum prior continue and in were we growth XX% see me Worksite with let we seeing division metrics. year, worksite. Core each sales continued

for line, pre-pandemic quarter move we our second Madison which National added that towards of million sales, last XX% expectations this year, was quarterly over in acquisition business. year's with steadily the benefits Second supplemental as back voluntary contributed consistent $X.X quarter employer-sponsored The sales grew with levels.

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we're side each On house, seeing progress the our priorities. the steady growth of of four strategic retail in

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with auto insurance, are multiline but That's include to often carrier, life our savings customers a are relationships products. why insurance, As an policy geographies appropriately. grow we start auto priced we with with and and property leading where

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our detail, discuss will capital-generating more strong. in Bret As remains capacity

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Bret Conklin

Based loss per good our the EPS core updated came slightly guidance share. in our ahead Marita, morning, $X.XX earnings share. we on core our $X.XX results, $X.XX External quarter, diluted with per the on events to impact a full of although range preannounced Thanks, diluted XXXX year to significant and everyone. at had

million. into as be our remarks. and detail through a let ROE for digits outlook We by go expect later were of we significantly results sustainable a Casualty run high & in cat trajectory segment toward considerations first, Property ROE. inflation briefly But core the I'll XXXX on loss my more segment. me $XX.X with resume affected and in our results double-digit single each losses of the guidance to the goal

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We are XXXX. earned this looking premiums in later in forward to year this momentum reflected total seeing or early

the quarter of to key underwriting results. turn let's So second the drivers

our First, million. second to XX million our announcement, for year-to-date points well July losses bringing $XX and the were above combined $XX contributing of catastrophe quarter to line XX-year in losses, the $XX.X losses with cat XXth cat ratio, million, average

wind the the loss in thunderstorm, contributed Our Plains auto last concentrated ratio as PCS from hail states. point to by events losses of events, quarter, the primarily and events Because in more than about year. severe XX losses cat designated one Midwest inhale the cats were

for losses. also guidance. would XX-year second losses and contribute will see second-half XXXX outsized of did cat note we from cat July. Our for cat This million updated is line the guidance average with million in that not $XX previous between in half losses unchanged $XX assumes pretax, our I

impacts and towards severe of with inflation recent is second trends also year. inflation. more The factors, auto we've earlier loss by treatments. Over accidents late of in line driver medical and other driven XXXX the industry seen loss experience, we utilization including higher cost industry months, this In severity increased additional began addressing

recent address these As to to despite near higher prices pre-pandemic worth in we that months. miles Marita gas It's and changes noted, implement continue rate levels driven trends. noting underwriting other are

this investment In also recent of that accident Third, we not effect historic for the $XX the portfolio because returns. million has from annual $XX had inflationary LP been of results, quarterly partnership delays. If you've LP limited the quarter, be have claims average year pandemic-related P&C P&C of effect recognized settlement million, reserves segment of last net there earnings on year's can was swung earnings as the segment level an level to the accident year's systemic closed last as by below the would segment years been returns, assume from seen outsized income we breakeven strengthening trends but $X by pretax. in volatile. our the million around prior second period-to-period

Our million full-year as core P&C earnings guidance the we July. segment $XX said for for million, to $XX is in

were fees Life while core on Core to earnings equity as higher up unlocking market to were up and Retirement. lower declines X.X%, Turning earnings XX.X%. as led adjusted accounts. asset-based and charges The DAC well

related account of level we than the fund partial DAC unlocking there on a lower the future originally performance. However, as was separate offset was anticipated to assumption

year's expectations. spread and Life achieve at our threshold net costs in mortality to reflecting our comfortably Life our last investment strong return to quarter. the steady double-digit a year. were and market While consistent returns. rising impacting below quarter continued spread XXX sequentially, in a above below up in a declines although a with full-year was pace, slightly quarter remained fixed annuity our second sales Retirement are year equity. both the on strong is Persistency line continued perform bps business operationally, from equity last The The interest ago, outlook,

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level slightly the full-year investment XXX outlook the segment be bps. XXXX for million net updated L&R million $XX to of the Our $XX of the below will for earnings core spread anticipates full-year

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expected XX% assumes to share after million assets Our products about the move about year. XX% full-year full-year to $XX levels, claims intangible or and be for Amortization utilization closer is leading benefit $X.XX products. voluntary of employer-paid outlook for of ratios for per approximately pre-pandemic will tax to

Before the give to LDTI update guidance. new investments, I I turn to an accounting want on

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these First, to future liability Number a rate liability rate shareholders' question There portion have due continue for we by is after recent to be X/X/XXXX, of effect Also, using discount a to reduced benefits in an market $XXX called excludes we rate. that adjusted to that no interest that equity equity will adjustments million unrealized new This two, the LDTI, due of in of impact we when increase shareholders' date. on the the transition the the we to for discount our that increases thirdly, of revaluing to the adjustments to material an will is changes discount of relevant largely In policy included provide recouped equity million. investor summarizes $XXX amount a the adopting impact benefits. plan And appear your gains. the The make It well due of expect table be benefit largely assumptions. rate elimination to that in risk includes shadow and DAC Monday. presentation for the total, the reserves appendix assumption as as as to XX-Q areas reference. be impact adjustment. file will

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Heather Wietzel

Thank questions. we're you. Operator, ready for

Operator

today ahead. go will be from [Operator Instructions] from And the KBW. Shields Please Meyer first question

Meyer Shields

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Marita Zuraitis

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would if was it first would a to smaller the the half. number creep, be it was that on So extent there a it much be than

Bret Conklin

to is to just what Yes, just This Marita Bret, shared. add Meyer.

half my $XX $XX cat planned I million. remarks, our think about being to in second I million talked

July. that bucks. anything XX% out And prepared So remarks of a couple my just didn't a million throwing we it's in also I outsized in increase, see mentioned

Marita Zuraitis

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Mark Desrochers

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Meyer Shields

Okay. I very unrelated helpful. No, Ryan. all that's Completely question, guess, for

kind a the lower As impact into period that move rates, alternative of how interest investments? higher we to - I'm of sorry, does allocation

Ryan Greenier

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Bret Conklin

This basically class. LP that on Meyer. of and that would kind of be we're June, comfortable around yet. but the of about. X% shared that's X% everyone I the would the to allocation talked we level Bret. add And our quite to the that we're be is that would that and portfolio CMLs with we're at total also We not about have that level with allocation as Yes, asset CMLs XX%,

So to I wanted just add that.

Meyer Shields

That's you Okay. so perfect. Thank much.

Operator

next come Ransom the & go Gary with Please will And question Dowling Partners. ahead. from

Gary Ransom

to night and I wonder property. morning. realize that was good wondering I wanted told us us I it manifested could was X you guess you last ask didn't the auto. understand XX about favorable When if development in it Yes, X, over how But that really adverse I until in was help you something the then that of course the in second contributed damage physical the the the of quarter, side? any more first on changes Obviously, particularly and quarter. it saw describe quarter. you you maybe in have second delays you've saw and note in I if might could what seen subro

Bret Conklin

This Gary. Sure, is Bret.

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felt do. thing we prudent So the just to

there. set half to you're strengthening at and well don't quarter, levels. if Mark, of so same did the upper maintain add let range, that second wanted I we reserves that we in know anything us think that basically you basically we're I the those the aware,

Mark Desrochers

I return I of mean I was a key is Bret mean many pandemic, during in the what seeing some involved the receiving in things like treatment, have levels involvement. where see think No. part of lot and that. through, a to I those think claims packages you're I think slowdown open, higher in industry we've there all of that points. And treatment, hit finally much starting the seeing seen, now older come attorney demand that is we're the on more you're are these increased

little of and extent, manifestation to I a think we've second why more so in it some that. acknowledging recognizing see the the first had it quarter but this bit of probably quarter started that's kind to in

Gary Ransom

there - I about nothing the damage. damage So was significant ask physical physical about I Is side? correct on going am to

Mark Desrochers

No.

happening - but getting physical a you it, the that's that's asked with and it. the damage obviously, in still the are anticipate sub, getting really side, reserve is a slower, bit what's We still development. factor the On not about subrogation when little we

Gary Ransom

on don't and across sounds you're are that yes, yet industry universal it. with I interesting It's because the reported though it's are have all - saying, so a far, effect the Okay. a And I experiencing differences companies even the little what only see everybody some it understand like checkered. bit - just

any don't So in widespread that the I context, you're seem I certain view environmental don't have do you how know, in seeing? Does certain it is know board? what it Or or coming perhaps states of regions? across

Marita Zuraitis

Mark. go - mean I ahead,

Mark Desrochers

in just We to close percentage this claims When terms I the it the their what I'm of environmental. sorry, we in look of to pretty of an is going side. of key Marita, still are kind extent, say, rates see liability patterns peers of the was open. in slowdown think at I similar some

macro believe of And what a most seeing everybody to experiencing so is to I that extent. is we're some effect have that

Gary Ransom

Yes.

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Marita Zuraitis

as maybe for and where when have. for that as for at script Yes, pattern, similar what are they July we teachers, our that made. remarks to our I'd script, July seeing seeing of we early it in, on that. I appointments We small than put July, to they've like momentum a following ramped mean our pandemic, in you rallies track customers being absolutely. it's said We of look and we're back tends keep sure, the back-to-school the and pretty I of would base activity. on agents this a And they to things to have like well. can back-to-school some that learned try our is, And activity opportunity up there, some we in keep leads. bit vacation continued track us, in we're about what and give time the with know touch and that quite levels during where our that agents get good say, of we're to for be a are holding had strong. the We those pre-pandemic to we use looks is And our long tell mean may and more But activity. little I imagine we've good feel in our you is back-to-school all a salespeople time. color we of more you have month, July, look July pulled the we numbers quiet seminars to

So are we all of that direction. pretty all metrics I the would pointing good a say follow in

Gary Ransom

in unfold is guess might that sales, it next year And maybe about how I rates about is businesses to - this new I'm in - think we growth - it's when and trying I those And the year think what's we can guess perhaps a versus and the What much into trying third think change what - happened? and expect growth quarter. ago. about just and actually to happening how actually happening has fourth now was how much

Marita Zuraitis

to opened when us we us that did during that looks discussions a are the and are consumed lot environment that in about what supplemental momentum bond Retirement worksite the at see and product it closed, in good. are, so hybrid there. numbers, navigating other a access only those can the retirement look to that time parking always sales more during think much do Not doing in more world our do settled the we what of historically engaging quite but interest excited I'd food we to when would pandemic what a can and not educators works use down used allowed combine and mean, effect even I we if when use Zoom, change. about us. good it of being some pandemic-related have cross-sell other them and do environment really us. little I normally our as efficiency certainly get in trajectory. able significantly lots has way drove different we work take of around, and is with that to its did. pandemic mean, that in between new I did by when bit majority with you retirement. back seems being People not we be pandemic. what but schools you the distracted. and engaging issues as The us the conversations good. allowed Well, we for having and is the magnifying a I with We're year, behind The for things trucks a of environment. open, trying the up, students is They're it Take the say a mean We we this there's the all retail to that numbers at combine excited least time work tools and that more think site

Gary Ransom

all for That's commentary. good you Thank that.

Operator

from John will Barnidge from Please Piper And ahead. question the next Sandler. go come

John Barnidge

you assumptions charge an you talk very assumption first assumptions improvement much. that's experience Individual about My maybe and Life life change. question, was to go a actuarial Thank Can then mortality improvement earnings another reduced and It and life assumed forward. versus lapse experience? maybe provider lapse mortality related versus embedded reported for

Bret Conklin

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maybe there some at confusion pronouncement new to So specificity relate I the think of product does the that hand. could unique accounting versus be the

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John Barnidge

appreciate pricing around I maybe believe. I mix premiums, product program. that the XX% around And clarify a question difference. touching the auto of Bret,

- see would the in that seeing maybe you that that geographies out, areas rate? XX% can rating that aren't eventually remaining the Now Or pushed is it's time frame about XX%? being talk

Marita Zuraitis

take and that ahead one. go can you Mark,

Mark Desrochers

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Marita Zuraitis

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John Barnidge

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Mark Desrochers

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John Barnidge

Thank you Best very Great. much. of luck.

Marita Zuraitis

you. Appreciate Thank question. the

Operator

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Greg Peters

morning. Good

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Marita Zuraitis

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Mark Desrochers

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Greg Peters

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Marita Zuraitis

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Greg Peters

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Operator

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Operator

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