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Aflac Incorporated Announces First Quarter Results, Declares Second Quarter Cash Dividend
Date:4/23/2008

e was dollar-denominated. Excluding the impact of the stronger yen, Aflac Japan's net investment income rose 5.1%. Due to the continued improvement in the benefit ratio, the pretax operating profit margin expanded from 17.6% to 18.0%. As a result, pretax operating earnings in yen were up 4.8%. Adjusting for the impact of the stronger yen on Aflac Japan's dollar-denominated investment income, pretax earnings rose 10.6%.

The average yen/dollar exchange rate in the first quarter of 2008 was 105.06, compared with an average rate of 119.48 in the first quarter of 2007. Aflac Japan's growth rates in dollar terms were significantly enhanced as a result of the 13.7% strengthening of the average exchange rate during the quarter.

Total revenues were $3.1 billion, an increase of 16.6%. Premium income in dollars was $2.6 billion in the first quarter, up 17.7% over a year ago. Net investment income rose 13.7% to $496 million. Pretax operating earnings climbed 19.2% in the quarter to $554 million.

Aflac Japan produced better-than-expected sales in the first quarter. Total new sales increased 5.0% to 27.6 billion yen, or $264 million in the first quarter. We had anticipated that first quarter sales growth would be below our annual objective due primarily to an expected slow start in the recently opened bank channel. Bank channel sales were 276 million yen, or just 1% of total new sales in the first quarter. However, as the year progresses, we expect to see further sales gains in the bank channel. By April 1, 2008, 90 banks had agreed to offer our products to their customers. Sales in the quarter benefited from significant improvement in our stand-alone medical insurance sales. Medical sales were up 17.6% and reflected a strong contribution from Gentle EVER, our nonstandard medical product. We were also pleased with the growth of cancer insurance sales, which reflected the success of our new Cancer Forte product.

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