Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On April 23, 2018, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (the Company, we, or our) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter of 2018. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference and furnished herewith. In addition, the Company furnishes herewith, as Exhibit 99.2, its Statistical Supplement for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018.
We follow accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The press release furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and the financial information furnished as Exhibit 99.2 include information on both a GAAP and non-GAAP adjusted basis. Certain non-GAAP performance measures in these exhibits exclude the impact of consolidating certain investment entities (CIEs), as well as certain integration/restructuring charges, market impact on variable annuity guaranteed benefits, market impact on indexed universal life benefits, market impact on fixed index annuity benefits, market impact of hedges to offset interest rate changes on unrealized gains or losses for certain investments, net realized investment gains (losses) and income (loss) from discontinued operations. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures better reflects the underlying performance of our 2018 and 2017 core operations and facilitates a more meaningful trend analysis. Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2 also contain certain non-GAAP debt, capital and shareholders equity measures, along with financial ratios incorporating such measures that exclude amounts related to items such as the following: accumulated other comprehensive income (AOCI), fair value of hedges, unamortized discount, debt issuance costs, capital lease obligations and the impact of consolidating the assets and liabilities of certain CIEs. Management believes that these non-GAAP debt, capital and shareholders equity measures, and the corresponding ratios, better represent our capital structure. Management uses certain of these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our financial performance on a basis comparable to that used by some securities analysts and investors. Also, certain of these non-GAAP measures are taken into consideration, to varying degrees, for purposes of business planning and analysis and for certain compensation-related matters.
Our non-GAAP financial measures included in Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2, which our management views as important indicators of financial performance, include the following: adjusted operating earnings; adjusted operating earnings per diluted share; adjusted operating effective tax rate; adjusted operating expenses; adjusted operating general and administrative expense; adjusted operating return on equity excluding AOCI; adjusted operating total net revenues; basic adjusted operating earnings per share; net adjusted operating earnings; net adjusted operating revenues; net pretax adjusted operating margin; pretax adjusted operating earnings; pretax adjusted operating margin; return on equity excluding AOCI; total Ameriprise Financial capital excluding fair value of hedges, unamortized discount, debt issuance costs, capital lease obligations and equity of CIEs; total Ameriprise Financial long-term debt excluding fair value of hedges, unamortized discount, debt issuance costs and capital lease obligations; total Ameriprise Financial long-term debt to total Ameriprise Financial capital excluding fair value of hedges, unamortized discount, debt issuance costs, capital lease obligations and equity of CIEs; total equity excluding AOCI; total equity excluding CIEs; and total equity excluding CIEs and AOCI.