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Torchmark's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Torchmark Corporation ( TMK)

Q4 2011 Earnings Call

February 7, 2012 11:00 a.m. ET

Executives

Mark McAndrew - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Gary Coleman - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Larry Hutchison - Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Mike Majors - Vice President of Investor Relations

Analysts

Jimmy Bhullar - JPMorgan

Randy Binner - FBR Capital Markets

Sarah DeWitt - Barclays Capital

Paul Sarran - Evercore Partners

Jeffrey Schuman - Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Christopher Giovanni - Goldman Sachs

Steven Schwartz - Raymond James

John Nadel - Sterne Agee

Robert Glasspiegel - Langen McAlenney

Mark Hughes - SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Presentation

Operator

Good day and welcome to Torchmark Corporation’s Fourth Quarter 2011 Earnings Release Conference Call. Today’s call is being recorded. For opening remarks and introductions, I would like to turn the call over to Mark McAndrew, Chairman and CEO of Torchmark Corporation. Please go ahead, sir.

Mark McAndrew

Thank you. Good morning, everyone. Joining me this morning is Gary Coleman, our Chief Financial Officer; Larry Hutchison, our General Counsel; and Mike Majors, Vice President of Investor Relations. Some of our comments or answers to your questions may contain forward-looking statements that are provided for general guidance purposes only. Accordingly, please refer to our 2010 10-K and any subsequent Forms 10-Q on file with the SEC.

Net operating income for the fourth quarter was $128 million or $1.25 per share. A per share increase of 12% from a year ago. Net income for the fourth quarter was $126 million or $1.23 per share, a 4% decline on a per share basis. For the full year, operating income per share grew 10% to $4.68 while net income per share increased 12% to $4.72. Excluding FAS 115, on return on equity 14.2% for the quarter and our book value per share was $35.59, a 9% increase from a year ago.

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