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

03 per share from the weaker yen, operating earnings per diluted share rose 15.1% for the first nine months of 2007.

During the third quarter, we acquired 2.0 million shares of Aflac stock, bringing the total number of shares purchased in the first nine months of 2007 to 9.1 million. At the end of September, we had 27.6 million shares available for purchase under our share repurchase authorization.

AFLAC JAPAN

Aflac Japan premium income in yen rose 4.2% in the third quarter. Net investment income increased 7.7%. Investment income growth in yen terms was magnified by the weaker yen/dollar exchange rate because approximately 39% of Aflac Japan's third quarter investment income was dollar-denominated. Total revenues were up 4.3%. Reflecting continued improvement in the benefit ratio, the pretax operating profit margin expanded from 15.4% to 17.2%. As a result, pretax operating earnings in yen advanced 16.7%. For the first nine months, premium income in yen increased 4.5%, and net investment income rose 9.1%. Total revenues grew 5.2%, and pretax operating earnings were up 13.6%.

The average yen/dollar exchange rate in the third quarter of 2007 was 117.88, or 1.5% weaker than the average rate of 116.17 in the third quarter of 2006. For the first nine months, the average exchange rate was 119.37, or 3.0% weaker than the rate of 115.82 a year ago. Aflac Japan's growth rates in dollar terms for both the third quarter and first nine months were suppressed as a result of the weaker average exchange rates.

Reflecting the weaker yen, premium income in dollars was up 2.8% to $2.3 billion in the third quarter. Net investment income rose 6.2% to $456 million. Total revenues increased 3.0% to $2.7 billion. Pretax operating earnings were $468 million, or 15.0% higher than a year ago. For the first nine months, premium income was $6.7 billion, up 1.4% from a year ago. Net investment income rose 5.9% to $1.3 billion. Total revenues increased 2.1% to $8.0
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