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Finally! Some Good Earnings Reactions For Genworth Financial

Jessica Alling
February 5, 2014

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Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) took a tumble following its third-quarter earnings report, despite tripling its bottom line year-over-year. Did the fourth quarter have the same fate in store for the insurer?

Ending on a high note
After reporting its fourth-quarter and full year 2013 results on Tuesday morning, Genworth Financial got the boost it may have expected back in October. Though the insurer didn't report a second quarter of tripled net income, it did beat all of the analyst estimates, unlike last time.

Metric Analyst Estimate Actual Result
Revenue $2.38 billion $2.41 billion
EPS $0.30 $0.41
Beats in past 4 quarters 2

Source: Yahoo! Finance and GNW Q4 2013 press release

With the good news coming across the board, investors rewarded the company with a 1.61% increase during the trading day. And as of 8:00pm Tuesday evening, the stock was up another 4.4% in after-hours trading -- most likely in anticipation of the insurer's conference call the following morning before the market opens.

Turnaround story

Genworth Financial has been in the midst of a turnaround for quite some time, mostly hinged on the improvement of its long-term care products through both various new offerings and improved profitability through pricing increases. The company started the LTC project with an estimated $265-$300 million increase in premium rates through 2017, but it needed state regulatory approval.

The company reported in its fourth quarter results that it has received approval from 41 states to date, with nearly two-thirds of the estimated gains already being realized for in-force policies.GNW Chart

GNW data by YCharts

Home is where the heart (and profit) is
Mortgage insurance has been the division pushing Genworth forward over the past few quarters as it revitalizes its other segments. There's been no secret that Genworth, American International Group (NYSE: AIG), Radian Group (NYSE: RDN), and other private mortgage insurers have been raking in the big bucks as the US housing market went into high gear during 2013.

But increasing interest rates have some concerned that the housing boom is over -- leaving the PMIs to find new ways to boos