Unum achieved operating earnings per share growth of 9.7 percent and the company's three- and five-year shareholder returns have outperformed industry averages.

"Over the past four years, we have raised our common dividend by more than 70 percent and repurchased 20 percent of our stock – an unmatched record in our sector," CEO Thomas R. Watjen said .

"In many respects, our 'playbook' hasn't changed much from last year," Watjen said. "We continue to have a focused approach on the business of providing financial protection, and there's no reason to change that." In spite of the sluggish employment and interest rate outlook, Watjen sees solid long-term growth opportunities if the company continues to maintain discipline and consistently execute its plan.

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