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Prudential Financial, Inc.

Adjusted Operating Income

In managing our business, we analyze our operating performance by separately considering our Financial Services Businesses and our Closed Block Business. In addition, within the Financial Services Businesses we analyze our operating performance using a non-GAAP measure we call “adjusted operating income.” Prior to the date of demutualization, we also analyzed results of our Traditional Participating Products segment based on this non- GAAP measure. We calculate adjusted operating income by adjusting our income from continuing operations before income taxes shown above to exclude certain items. The items we exclude are:

  • realized investment gains, net of losses and related charges;

  • sales practices remedies and costs;

  • the gains, losses and contribution to income/loss of divested businesses that we have sold but that do not qualify

for “discontinued operations” accounting treatment under GAAP; and

  • demutualization costs and expenses.

Wind-down businesses that we have not divested remain in adjusted operating income. We exclude our discontinued healthcare operations from income from continuing operations before income taxes, as shown above.

The excluded items are important to an understanding of our overall results of operations. You should not view adjusted operating income as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP and you should note that our definition of adjusted operating income may differ from that used by other companies. However, we believe that the presentation of adjusted operating income as we measure it for management purposes enhances the understanding of our results of operations by highlighting the results from ongoing operations and the underlying profitability factors of our business. We exclude realized investment gains, net of losses and related charges, from adjusted operating income because the timing of transactions resulting in recognition of gains or losses is largely at our discretion and the amount of these gains or losses is heavily influenced by and fluctuates in part according to the availability of market opportunities. Including the fluctuating effects of these transactions could distort trends in the underlying profitability of our businesses. We exclude sales practices remedies and costs because they relate to a substantial and identifiable non-recurring event. We exclude the gains and losses and contribution to income/loss of divested businesses because, as a result of our decision to dispose of these businesses, these results are not relevant to the profitability of our ongoing operations and could distort the trends associated with our ongoing businesses. We also exclude demutualization costs and expenses because they are directly related to our demutualization and could distort the trends associated with our business operations.

We show our revenues and adjusted operating income by division and segment, as well as a reconciliation of both measures on a consolidated basis to their corresponding GAAP amounts, below.


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