2015 Annual Report

Letter from CEO Dan Houston and Chairman Larry Zimpleman

Shareholder letter

All in all, 2015 was a good year for Principal.

First and foremost, you’ve likely noted we have a new look. Same strong, stable company with a bold new face to our customers around the world.

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Key results from 2015:

  • Operating earnings of nearly $1.3 billion, despite a difficult macroeconomic environment
  • $527 billion in assets under management (AUM)
  • 19.1 million customers in more than 70 countries
  • More than $1 billion of capital deployed—$335 million for acquisition to drive future growth, and returning $716 million to shareholders, $441 million as common stock dividends and $275 million through share repurchase