Stock in Focus: Aflac Incorporated (AFL)

Company Profile:

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, provides voluntary supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Aflac Japan segment offers voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans, and annuities in Japan. The Aflac U.S. segment provides products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets comprising accident, cancer, critical illness/care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, and vision care plans; and loss-of-income products, such as life and short-term disability plans in the United States. The company sells its products through sales associates and brokers, independent corporate agencies, individual agencies, and affiliated corporate agencies. Aflac Incorporated was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.

Recent News:

On April 25, 2019 the company reported total revenues were $5.7 billion during the first quarter of 2019, compared with $5.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018. Net earnings were $928 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, compared with $717 million, or $.91 per diluted share a year ago.

On April 12, 2019, the company announced that its subsidiary, Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd. has priced ¥30 billion (par value) in yen-denominated perpetual subordinated bonds. The Bonds will bear interest at a fixed rate of 0.963% per annum and then at six-month Euro Yen LIBOR plus an applicable spread on and after the day immediately following April 18, 2024.

Fundamental Analysis:

Ninestocks analyzes several different financial aspects: Growth, Profitability, solvency and efficiency.

Growth – Measures the growth of both the company’s income statement and cash flow.

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Profitability – Measures the historical price movement of the stock.

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Solvency – Measures the solvency of the company based on several ratios.

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Efficiency – Measures the strength and historic growth of a company’s return on invested capital.

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Conclusion:

AFL’s strengths can be seen in its better growth, strong profitability and robust efficiency compared with its peers. Technical indicators signal the bullish signs, as there is a bullish crossover in Stochastic oscillator, the MACD is trying to cross back up and the RSI(14) stands at 54.89 with positive bias. We rate Aflac Incorporated (AFL) a STRONG BUY.

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