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Aflac Incorporated Announces Third Quarter Results, Declares Fourth Quarter Cash Dividend
Date:10/23/2007

rate for the reporting period, and we translate the balance sheet using the exchange rate at the end of the period. However, except for a limited number of transactions, we do not actually convert yen into dollars. As a result, we view foreign currency translation as a financial reporting issue for Aflac and not as an economic event to our company or shareholders. Because changes in exchange rates distort the growth rates of our operations, we also encourage readers of our financial statements to evaluate our financial performance excluding the impact of foreign currency translation. The chart at the end of this release presents a comparison of selected income statement items with and without foreign currency changes to illustrate the effect of currency translation.

Operating earnings in the third quarter of 2007 were $417 million, compared with $363 million in the third quarter of 2006. Operating earnings per diluted share rose 18.1% to $.85, compared with $.72 a year ago. Although the yen/dollar exchange rate was slightly weaker than a year ago, it did not have a measurable impact on operating earnings per diluted share.

For the first nine months of 2007, our results were impacted by the weaker yen. Total revenues rose 4.1% to $11.4 billion, compared with $10.9 billion in the first nine months of 2006. Net earnings were $1.3 billion, or $2.53 per diluted share, compared with $1.2 billion, or $2.29 per share, for the first nine months of 2006. Net earnings for the first nine months of 2007 included realized investment gains of $18 million, or $.04 per diluted share, compared with $47 million, or $.10 per share for the first nine months of 2006. The realized investment gains for the first nine months of 2006 resulted from a bond-swap program that we completed in mid-2006. Operating earnings for the first nine months were $1.2 billion, or $2.49 per diluted share, compared with $1.1 billion, or $2.19 per share, in 2006. Excluding the negative impact of $.
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