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Equitable Group Reports First Quarter 2018 Earnings, Increases Dividend

TORONTO, May 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Equitable Group Inc. (TSX: EQB and EQB.PR.C) ("Equitable" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018 that reflected continued profitable growth of its wholly owned subsidiary, Equitable Bank (the "Bank"), and on the basis of that performance increased its common share dividend.

Equitable Group Inc. (CNW Group/Equitable Group Inc.)

FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net income was $40.2 million, down 7% from $43.4 million in the first quarter of 2017
  • Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") were $2.34, down 8% from $2.54 in the comparative quarter of last year
  • Return on Shareholders' Equity ("ROE") was 14.5% compared to 18.4% in the Q1 2017
  • Mortgages Under Management ("MUM") were a record $23.8 billion, up 9% from $21.7 billion at March 31, 2017 and 2% up from December 31, 2017
  • Book value per common share was $67.14, up 16% from $57.73 at March 31, 2017

Of note, Equitable took various actions in the second quarter of 2017 to successfully manage through funding market disruptions. The cost of these actions reduced first quarter 2018 earnings by $0.27 per share and ROE by 1.6 percentage points. These actions are discussed in the Company's 2017 annual Management's Discussion and Analysis.

DIVIDEND INCREASE AND DECLARATIONS

The Board of Directors today declared a quarterly common share dividend of $0.27 per common share, payable July 5, 2018, to common shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2018.  This represents a 17% increase over dividends declared in May 2017 and a 4% increase over the dividend declared in February 2018. This increase reflects the Board of Director's belief that the Bank's capital position is more than sufficient to support future asset growth. The Board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.396875 per preferred share, payable June 30, 2018, to preferred shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2018.

CEO's COMMENTARY

"Equitable produced solid first quarter results by leveraging its diversified business model and status as Canada's Challenger Bank™ to successfully adapt to changing market conditions," said Andrew Moor, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Mortgage assets, the source of most of our earnings, continued to grow despite challenging market conditions in the Single Family Lending business.  As a planned offset, management deployed more capital into the Commercial Lending business and grew that portfolio by 6% in the quarter.   As well, single family renewal rates increased in response to B-20 and the Bank's attentive customer service, which helped to support single family portfolio growth in the quarter.   Deposits grew to record levels as the EQ Bank digital platform surpassed 50,000 customers.  Asset growth, in concert with continued low loan losses and tight expense control would have produced record first quarter EPS had it not been for the cost of our 2017 liquidity actions.  The Bank's continued strong performance and capital position supported our fourth common share dividend increase in the past year, and enabled us to finish the quarter as we started: with a capital position that exceeded all regulatory and internal requirements by a reasonable margin."

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Single Family Lending mortgage principal was $9.5 billion at March 31, 2018, up 16% from $8.2 billion a year ago, aided by higher renewal rates.
  • Commercial Lending mortgage principal was $3.1 billion at March 31, 2018, up $122 million or 4% from Q1 2017, supported by record quarterly origination levels in Q1 2018.
  • Securitization Financing MUM increased 6% to $11.2 billion at March 31, 2018 from $10.5 billion a year ago on higher multi-family volumes.
  • Deposit principal outstanding amounted to $11.9 billion at March 31, 2018, up 19% from $9.9 billion relative to Q1 of last year.

Equitable's credit metrics reflect the high quality of the mortgage portfolio. Net impaired mortgage assets at March 31, 2018 were 0.13% of total mortgage assets compared to 0.21% at March 31, 2017. The allowance for credit losses represented 0.13% of total mortgage assets at March 31, 2018, in excess of the Bank's average annual loss rate of 0.04% over the past decade.  This allowance represents the amount that the Bank has reserved on its balance sheet to absorb credit losses. As a result of the adoption of IFRS 9 on January 1, 2018, the allowance for credit losses decreased $8.5 million due to a transitional adjustment.

The Provision for Credit Losses ("PCL") was $0.8 million or 0.02% of mortgage principal in Q1 2018, which is $0.4 million or one basis point higher than last quarter but stable compared to Q1 2017.  IFRS 9 is based on an expected loss concept compared to an incurred loss approach under the previous IAS 39 and as such, IFRS 9 incorporates forward-looking economic forecasts. Management's analysis, based on extensive back testing, suggests that IFRS 9 will not have a material impact on the average PCL over a long-term horizon but may result in greater quarterly volatility.

CAPITAL

Equitable Bank's Capital Ratios continue to exceed minimum regulatory standards and remain above the levels of most other publicly listed banks. At March 31, 2018, the Bank's:

  • Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio was 14.7%, surpassing the Basel III minimum of 7.0%, and up from last year's level of 13.9%
  • Total Capital Ratio was 16.0%, above the regulatory requirement of 10.5%
  • Leverage Ratio was 5.5% and as such the Bank was fully compliant with the target that OSFI sets on a confidential, institution-by-institution basis

STRATEGIC UPDATE

Equitable continues to push forward with key strategic initiatives that are designed to further its status as Canada's Challenger Bank™ and improve the value of its franchise for shareholders:

  • EQ Bank introduced GICs to its platform, enabling Canadians to access an important savings vehicle straight from any mobile device, further diversifying EQ Bank's deposits, and lengthening the term of those deposits. EQ Bank GICs offer a competitive rate of interest for various terms of up to 5 years.
  • EQ Bank finished the first quarter with $1.7 billion of deposits, 42% or $515 million higher than a year ago, primarily reflecting the growing popularity of the EQ Bank Savings Plus Account and more generally, the convenience, control, and performance provided by an all-digital demand account. This growth complemented a 23% or $1.7 billion year-over-year increase in brokered term deposits (GICs) placed by deposit agents, investment dealers and financial planners on behalf of Canadian savers.
  • Equitable introduced its PATH Home Plan™ offering through mortgage brokers in major urban centres in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. The PATH Home Plan™ reverse mortgage solution provides Canadians over the age of 55 with a cost-effective way to unlock equity in their homes – without downsizing or incurring monthly charges – to fund their preferred retirement lifestyles. While this product will not make a material contribution to asset growth or earnings in 2018, management is pleased with early market receptivity and believes PATH has the potential to create meaningful long-term value.
  • Equitable successfully introduced digital functionality within its Single Family business that provides residential customers with the option of 24/7 self-service, a development that is consistent with the Bank's objective of providing simple, convenient service in its chosen markets.
  • Equitable's productive workforce and branchless business model produced an Efficiency Ratio of 37.7% in the first quarter even as the Bank continued to invest in future growth and improve operational effectiveness.

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Equitable expects that its strategy, including its disciplined approach to capital allocation, will continue to deliver value to shareholders and protect the money that depositors have trusted to the Bank.  Asset quality remains high and the Bank's diversified business model continues to present meaningful opportunities.  Management expects earnings to continue growing in 2018 but that ROE will be below the Bank's 5-year average of 17.2% due to the costs associated with successfully navigating through funding market disruptions that affected a subset of financial institutions in 2017. The assumptions used in formulating these expectations can be found in our Management's Discussion and Analysis available on the Company's website and on SEDAR.

"Canada's housing market is adjusting to more restrictive B-20 underwriting guidelines implemented on January 1st by Canada's federally regulated financial institutions," said Mr. Moor.  "We believe this period of adjustment will last several quarters as home buyers change their behaviours and lenders update their competitive strategies.  We continue to expect our alternative single-family portfolio to grow modestly in 2018 despite dampened demand for new single-family mortgages due to improved mortgage renewal rates and the fact that even at reduced levels, originations should still be higher than our attrition."

To offset slower portfolio growth in Single Family, Equitable intends to continue deploying more capital into other businesses, including Commercial Lending and reverse mortgages. The diversification of the Bank's lending book continues to be both a strength and an objective for the future. Equitable has deep expertise and experience in secured lending and believes it can grow Commercial Lending and PATH reverse mortgage assets within its current risk-return appetite. Considering all factors, management believes that year-over-year growth in MUM and balance sheet assets could be in the range of 6% to 8% in 2018, although significant uncertainty remains in this outlook due to unsettled market dynamics.

"As we move forward and as part of our normal planning activities, we will evaluate whether the Bank is carrying the appropriate amount of common equity capital given evolving market opportunities," said Mr. Moor. "While we are pursuing exciting new Challenger Bank growth avenues – each with opportunities to deploy capital at high ROEs – we will take actions to adjust our equity base if we have more capital than we can use effectively. We will determine the best course of action for shareholder value creation once the true impact of B-20 is clarified. In the meantime, as Canada's Challenger Bank™, we remain squarely focused on making banking better for Canadians across all of our business lines."

"In support of our growth initiatives, we plan to continue investing in the Bank's franchise, adding more features and functionality to our EQ Bank platform, and reinforcing our high-level of customer service, all of which will cause non-interest expenses to increase at year-over-year rates slightly higher than the growth rate of the overall business," said Tim Wilson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "That said, if actual growth in our lending markets is different than anticipated, we will manage our expense levels accordingly. All things considered, we expect our Efficiency Ratio will be in the high 30% range this year, a level that will define Equitable as one of Canada's most efficient banks."

PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT

Equitable also announced the release of its first Public Accountability Statement, highlighting the Bank's commitments as an engaged and accountable community member dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians. The report contains information on Equitable Bank's initiatives to develop its workforce, make financial services more accessible across Canada, improve financial literacy, support the arts and minimize its environmental impact.  All Canadian Banks with Shareholders' Equity of more than $1 billion are required by the Bank Act to issue such reports annually.

"As Canada's Challenger Bank, we identify with helping Canadians build resilience whether it be on an individual level, or within our shared communities," said Mr. Moor. "Our first annual Accountability Statement provides a fantastic opportunity to report on what the Bank has accomplished hand-in-hand with our employees and community partners. I'm proud of what our small, but dedicated team has done and excited by all that we have planned to keep growing together in the years ahead." 

A copy of the Public Accountability Statement is available online at www.equitablebank.ca.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Equitable will hold its first quarter conference call and webcast at 8:30 a.m. eastern Friday, May 11, 2018. To access the call live, please dial (647) 427-7450 five minutes prior. The listen-only webcast with accompanying slides will be available at www.equitablebank.ca under Investor Relations. The call will be hosted by Andrew Moor, President and Chief Executive Officer.

A replay of the call will be available until May 18, 2018 and it can be accessed by dialing (416) 849-0833 and entering passcode 2899725 followed by the number sign. Alternatively, the call will be archived on the Company's website for three months.

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS









CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

AS AT MARCH 31, 2018

With comparative figures as at December 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017

($ THOUSANDS)











March 31, 2018(1)

December 31, 2017

March 31, 2017









Assets:








Cash and cash equivalents


$

698,359

$

660,930

$

537,645

Restricted cash



333,097


366,038


258,599

Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements



-


-


4,984

Investments



148,072


107,442


170,176

Mortgages receivable – Core Lending



12,643,847


12,304,741


11,212,879

Mortgages receivable – Securitization Financing



7,032,843


6,993,807


6,952,079

Securitization retained interests



106,222


104,429


93,975

Other assets



92,323


96,863


70,081



$

21,054,763

$

20,634,250

$

19,300,418









Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity








Liabilities:









Deposits


$

11,999,157

$

11,114,313

$

10,047,387


Securitization liabilities



7,554,866


7,565,545


7,793,863


Obligations under repurchase agreements                          



104,652


452,001


145,495


Deferred tax liabilities



38,162


35,802


38,004


Other liabilities



176,454


199,601


186,967


Bank facilities



-


128,871


-


Debentures 



-


-


65,000




19,873,291


19,496,133


18,276,716









Shareholders' equity:









Preferred shares



72,557


72,557


72,557


Common shares



199,123


198,660


197,339


Contributed surplus



6,309


6,012


5,322


Retained earnings



906,235


866,109


764,325


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(2,752)


(5,221)


(15,841)




1,181,472


1,138,117


1,023,702



$

21,054,763

$

20,634,250

$

19,300,418

(1)

The amounts for the period ended March 31, 2018 have been prepared in accordance with IFRS 9; prior period amounts have not been restated.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)






FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2018






With comparative figures for the three month period ended March 31, 2017






($ THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)














Three months ended



March 31, 2018(1)

March 31, 2017







Interest income:







Mortgages – Core Lending


$

143,115

$

121,892


Mortgages – Securitization Financing



44,876


45,155


Investments



1,046


2,128


Other



3,805


1,328




192,842


170,503

Interest expense:







Deposits



62,284


46,994


Securitization liabilities



43,562


43,933


Bank facilities



5,726


274


Debentures



-


950




111,572


92,151

Net interest income



81,270


78,352

Provision for credit losses



770


738

Net interest income after provision for credit losses



80,500


77,614

Other income:







Fees and other income



5,377


7,804


Net loss on investments



(370)


-


Gains on securitization activities and income from securitization retained interests



2,937


3,218




7,944


11,022

Net interest and other income



88,444


88,636

Non-interest expenses:







Compensation and benefits



18,603


16,423


Other



15,207


13,397




33,810


29,820

Income before income taxes



54,634


58,816

Income taxes:







Current



14,320


16,191


Deferred



147


(768)




14,467


15,423

Net income


$

40,167

$

43,393







Dividends on preferred shares



1,191


1,191

Net income available to common shareholders


$

38,976

$

42,202







Earnings per share:







Basic


$

2.36

$

2.56


Diluted


$

2.34

$

2.54

(1)

The amounts for the period ended March 31, 2018 have been prepared in accordance with IFRS 9; prior period amounts have not been restated.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (unaudited)






FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31,2018






With comparative figures for the three month period ended March 31, 2017






($ THOUSANDS)














Three months ended



March 31, 2018(1)

March 31, 2017







Net income


$

40,167

$

43,393







Other comprehensive income – items that will be reclassified subsequently to income:







Debt instruments at Fair Value through Other Comprehensive Income/Available for sale:







Net unrealized (losses)/gains from change in fair value



(3)


9,605


Reclassification of net gains to income



-


(195)







Other comprehensive income – items that will not be reclassified subsequently to income:







Equity instruments designated at Fair Value through Other Comprehensive Income(1):







Net unrealized gains from change in fair value



889


N/A


Reclassification of net losses to retained earnings



(6)


N/A




880


9,410

Income tax expense



(233)


(2,468)




647


6,942







Cash flow hedges:






Net unrealized losses from change in fair value



(604)


(100)

Reclassification of net losses to income



1,154


451




550


351

Income tax expense



(146)


(151)




404


200

Total other comprehensive income



1,051


7,142

Total comprehensive income


$

41,218

$

50,535

(1)

The amounts for the period ended March 31, 2018 have been prepared in accordance with IFRS 9; prior period amounts have not been restated.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (unaudited)

FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2018











With comparative figures for the three month period ended March 31, 2017











($ THOUSANDS)















































Accumulated other

comprehensive

income (loss)





March 31, 2018


Preferred shares

Common shares

Contributed surplus

Retained earnings

Cash flow hedges

Financial instruments at FVOCI(1)


Total


Total



















Balance, beginning of period


$

72,557

$

198,660

$

6,012

$

866,109

$

3,153

$

(8,374)

$

(5,221)

$

1,138,117

Cumulative effect of adopting IFRS 9



-


-


-


5,450


-


1,418


1,418


6,868

Restated balance as at January 1, 2018



72,557


198,660


6,012


871,559


3,153


(6,956)


(3,803)


1,144,985

Net income



-


-


-


40,167


-


-


-


40,167

Other comprehensive income, net of tax



-


-


-


-


404


647


1,051


1,051

Net realized losses on sale of equity investment



-


-


-


(6)


-


-


-


(6)

Exercise of stock options



-


374


-


-


-


-


-


374

Dividends:



















Preferred shares



-


-


-


(1,191)


-


-


-


(1,191)


Common shares



-


-


-


(4,294)


-


-


-


(4,294)

Stock-based compensation



-


-


386


-


-


-


-


386

Transfer relating to the exercise of stock options



-


89


(89)


-


-


-


-


-

Balance, end of period


$

72,557

$

199,123

$

6,309

$

906,235

$

3,557

$

(6,309)

$

(2,752)

$

1,181,472
















































Accumulated other
comprehensive
income (loss)





March 31, 2017


Preferred shares

Common shares

Contributed surplus

Retained earnings

Cash flow
hedges

Available
for sale
investments


Total


Total



















Balance, beginning of period


$

72,557

$

196,608

$

5,056

$

725,912

$

(2,773)

$

(20,210)

$

(22,983)

$

977,150

Net income



-


-


-


43,393


-


-


-


43,393

Other comprehensive income, net of tax



-


-


-


-


200


6,942


7,142


7,142

Exercise of stock options



-


613


-


-


-


-


-


613

Dividends:



















Preferred shares



-


-


-


(1,191)


-


-


-


(1,191)


Common shares                                    



-


-


-


(3,789)


-


-


-


(3,789)

Stock-based compensation



-


-


384


-


-


-


-


384

Transfer relating to the exercise of stock options



-


118


(118)


-


-


-


-


-

Balance, end of period


$

72,557

$

197,339

$

5,322

$

764,325

$

(2,573)

$

(13,268)

$

(15,841)

$

1,023,702

(1)

Current year balance is classified as at FVOCI for debt and equity instruments, however, balance at the beginning of the period is classified as Available for Sale under IAS 39.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)






FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2018






With comparative figures for the three month period ended March 31, 2017

($ THOUSANDS)














Three months ended



March 31, 2018(1)

March 31, 2017

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES






Net income for the period


$

40,167

$

43,393

Adjustments for non-cash items in net income:







Financial instruments at fair value through income



3,265


(15)


Amortization of premiums/discount on investments



2,290


3,435


Amortization of capital assets and intangible costs



2,335


2,090


Provision for credit losses



770


738


Securitization gains



(2,937)


(2,577)


Stock-based compensation



386


384


Income taxes



14,467


15,423


Securitization retained interests



6,734


5,516

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Restricted cash



32,941


(10,721)


Securities purchased under reverse repurchase agreements



-


194,417


Mortgages receivable, net of securitizations



(375,137)


(389,904)


Other assets



5,302


3,397


Deposits



886,837


284,467


Securitization liabilities



(10,287)


31,650


Obligations under repurchase agreements



(347,349)


33,008


Bank facilities



(128,871)


(50,000)


Other liabilities



(24,741)


(10,689)

Income taxes paid



(18,343)


(26,474)

Cash flows from operating activities



87,829


127,538

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Proceeds from issuance of common shares



374


613

Dividends paid on preferred shares



(1,191)


(1,191)

Dividends paid on common shares



(4,124)


(3,443)

Cash flows used in financing activities



(4,941)


(4,021)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Purchase of investments



(42,670)


(37,985)

Proceeds on sale or redemption of investments



45


9,918

Net change in Canada Housing Trust re-investment accounts



19


210

Purchase of capital assets and system development costs



(2,853)


(2,194)

Cash flows used in investing activities



(45,459)


(30,051)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents



37,429


93,466

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



660,930


444,179

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

698,359

$

537,645







Cash flows from operating activities include:






Interest received


$

191,269

$

170,938

Interest paid



(63,903)


(66,384)

Dividends received



1,102


1,356

(1)

The amounts for the period ended March 31, 2018 have been prepared in accordance with IFRS 9; prior period amounts have not been restated.

 

ABOUT EQUITABLE GROUP INC.

Equitable Group Inc. is a growing Canadian financial services business that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Equitable Bank. Equitable Bank, Canada's Challenger Bank™, is the country's ninth largest independent Schedule I bank and offers a diverse suite of residential lending, commercial lending and savings solutions to Canadians. Through its proven branchless approach and customer service focus, Equitable Bank has grown to over $25 billion of Assets Under Management. EQ Bank, the digital banking arm of Equitable Bank, provides state-of-the-art digital banking services to more than 50,000 Canadians. Equitable Bank employs more than 600 dedicated professionals across the country, and is a 2018 recipient of Canada's Best Employer Platinum Award, the highest bestowed by AON. For more information about Equitable Bank and its products, please visit equitablebank.ca.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements made by the Company in the sections of this news release including those entitled "CEO's Commentary", "Strategic Update", "Business Outlook",  in other filings with Canadian securities regulators and in other communications include forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company's objectives, strategies and initiatives, financial result expectations and other statements made herein, whether with respect to the Company's businesses or the Canadian economy. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "planned", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases which state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, closing of transactions, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to risks related to capital markets and additional funding requirements, fluctuating interest rates and general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory developments, the nature of our customers and rates of default, and competition as well as those factors discussed under the heading "Risk Management" in the Management's Discussion and Analysis and in the Company's documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All material assumptions used in making forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge of current business conditions and expectations of future business conditions and trends, including their knowledge of the current credit, interest rate and liquidity conditions affecting the Company and the Canadian economy. Although the Company believes the assumptions used to make such statements are reasonable at this time and has attempted to identify in its continuous disclosure documents important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Certain material assumptions are applied by the Company in making forward-looking statements, including without limitation, assumptions regarding its continued ability to fund its mortgage business at current levels, a continuation of the current level of economic uncertainty that affects real estate market conditions, continued acceptance of its products in the marketplace, as well as no material changes in its operating cost structure and the current tax regime. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are contained herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

NON-GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES ("GAAP") FINANCIAL MEASURES

This news release references certain non-GAAP measures such as Return on Shareholders' Equity ("ROE"), Mortgages Under Management ("MUM"), book value per common share, provision for credit loss rate, Capital Ratios, Efficiency Ratio, and Assets Under Management that management believes provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations. The "NON-GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES ("GAAP") FINANCIAL MEASURES" section of the Company's first quarter 2018 Management's Discussion and Analysis provides a detailed description of each non-GAAP measure and should be read in conjunction with this report. The Management's Discussion and Analysis also provides a reconciliation between all non-GAAP measures and the most directly comparable GAAP measure, where applicable. Readers are cautioned that non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning, and therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

SOURCE Equitable Group Inc.

For further information: Andrew Moor, President and Chief Executive Officer, 416-515-7000; Tim Wilson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 416-515-7000