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AFLAC Inc Reaffirms FY 2013 EPS Guidance; Issues Q4 2013 EPS Guidance In Line With Analysts' Estimates; Declares Quarterly Dividend

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 04:15pm EDT 

AFLAC Inc announced that for fiscal 2013, the Company reaffirmed objective to increase operating earnings per diluted share 4% to 7%, excluding the impact of the yen. Within that range, the Company expect operating earnings to increase approximately 5%, before the impact of foreign currency. If the yen averages $95 to $100 for the last three months of the year, the Company would expect reported operating earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $1.38 to $1.43 per diluted share. Under that scenario, the Company would expect fiscal 2013 operating earnings of $6.16 to $6.21 per diluted share. According to I/B/E/S Estimates, analysts on an average were expecting the Company to report EPS of $6.19 for fiscal 2013 and EPS of $1.41 for the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company also announced that the Board of Directors increased the quarterly cash dividend by 5.7%, effective with the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter dividend of $.37 per share is payable on December 2, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 20, 2013. 

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