Independence Holding Company Announces 2012 Fourth-Quarter and Annual Results

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STAMFORD, Conn., March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2012 fourth-quarter and annual results. As previously reported, IHC paid a special 10% stock dividend to shareholders of record on February 17, 2012. All per share amounts reflect such stock dividend. This press release contains both GAAP and non-GAAP financial information for which reconciliations can be found at the end of this release.

Financial Results

Net income per share attributable to IHC increased to $.46 per share, diluted, or $8,290,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to $.18 per share, diluted, or $3,225,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Revenues increased to $112,960,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to revenues for the comparable period in 2011 of $104,493,000, primarily as a result of an increase in premiums. Due to the profitability in 2012 and projected continuing profitable results of the Company's 80% owned subsidiary, American Independence Corp. (AMIC), IHC's net income and operating income for the fourth quarter and year 2012 was positively impacted by an increase of $4,637,000, net of minority interest for an increase in the deferred tax asset related to AMIC's federal net operating loss carryforward (NOL). The deferred tax asset is reviewed for reasonableness on a quarterly basis.

Net income per share attributable to IHC increased to $1.09 per share, diluted, or $19,661,000, for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $.74 per share, diluted, or $13,003,000, for the year ended December 31, 2011. This increase was achieved despite not receiving a one-time benefit this period comparable to the credit of $2,319,000 of deferred income taxes relative to the Company's investment in AMIC that we recorded in the first quarter of 2011. The year 2012 net income was positively impacted by the increase in deferred tax asset of AMIC mentioned above. Revenues increased to $428,061,000 for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 of $417,996,000, primarily due to an increase in premiums.

IHC reported operating income1 per share of $.42 per share, diluted, or $7,595,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2012, compared to $.16 per share, diluted, or $2,815,000, for the year ended December 31, 2011. IHC reported operating income per share of $.93 per share, diluted, or $16,816,000, for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $.64 per share, diluted, or $11,301,000, for the year ended December 31, 2011. The operating income for the year ended December 31, 2011 benefited from the tax credit of $2,319,000 as described above whereas the operating income for the year ended December 31, 2012 had no such benefit. The operating results for both the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 were positively impacted by the aforementioned increase in deferred tax asset of AMIC.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We continue to be encouraged by the significant increase in the profitability and growth of our stop-loss segment, our largest core business, which we attribute to the more efficient and controlled model of writing the majority of our medical stop-loss on a direct basis. At present, all indicators point to a continuation of this growth and higher level of profitability.   We are also encouraged by the performance of our other lines of business, our expansion into new lines of business, including pet, non-subscriber occupational accident and international insurance, and our new direct-to-consumer tools and distribution platforms. Our overall investment portfolio continues to be very highly rated (on average, AA), and has a duration of approximately six years. Our book value has increased 10% to $15.93 per share at December 31, 2012 from $14.46 per share at December 31, 2011 and our total stockholders' equity of $286 million is an all-time high."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company provides non-GAAP financial measures to complement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP: (i) Operating income is net income attributable to IHC excluding net realized gains or losses and other-than-temporary impairment losses; and (ii) Operating income per share is operating income (loss) on a per share basis. These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to supplement the user's overall understanding of the Company's current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding realized gains or losses, net of taxes, that, when excluded from the GAAP results, may provide additional understanding of the Company's core operating results or business performance. However, these non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to supersede or replace the Company's GAAP results. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP results to the GAAP results is provided in the "Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income Attributable to IHC to Non-GAAP Income from Operations" schedule below.  

About Independence Holding Company

IHC is a holding company principally engaged in the life and health insurance business and the acquisition of blocks of policies through its insurance company subsidiaries (Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company) and its marketing and administrative affiliates. Standard Security Life markets medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, major medical for individuals and families, limited medical, group long and short-term disability and life, dental, vision and various supplemental products. Madison Life sells group life and disability, employer medical stop-loss, small group major medical, major medical for individuals and families, short-term medical, dental, individual life insurance, and various supplemental products. Independence American offers major medical for individuals and families, medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, pet insurance, and non-subscriber occupational accident and international coverages. IHC owns certain subsidiaries through its majority ownership of American Independence Corp. (Nasdaq:AMIC), which is a holding company principally engaged in the insurance and reinsurance business.

Certain statements and information contained in this release may be considered "forward-looking statements," such as statements relating to management's views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions in the markets in which IHC operates, new federal or state governmental regulation, IHC's ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage any past or future strategic acquisition, and other factors which can be found in IHC's other news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. IHC expressly disclaims any duty to update its forward-looking statements or earnings guidance, and does not undertake to provide any such guidance in the future.

1 Operating income is a non-GAAP measure representing net income attributable to IHC excluding net realized investment gains (losses) and other-than-temporary impairment losses, net of applicable income tax. The Company believes that the presentation of operating income may offer a better understanding of the core operating results of the Company. A reconciliation of net income attributable to IHC to operating income is included in this press release.  

 
INDEPENDENCE HOLDING COMPANY
 
THIRD QUARTER REPORT
December 31, 2012
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
REVENUES:        
Premiums earned $ 94,588 $ 81,310 $ 356,067 $ 336,414
Net investment income 7,650 10,804 33,356 39,788
Fee income 8,226 5,809 29,290 28,632
Net realized investment gains 1,101 6,065 5,099 8,670
Total other-than-temporary impairment losses -- (948) (704) (1,523)
Other income 1,395 1,453 4,953 6,015
  112,960 104,493 428,061 417,996
         
EXPENSES:        
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves 64,357 55,802 244,791 238,862
Selling, general and administrative expenses 40,405 35,827 149,999 147,102
Amortization of deferred acquisitions costs 1,754 6,276 6,566 11,569
Interest expense on debt 503 532 2,091 1,965
         
  107,019 98,437 403,447 399,498
         
Income before income taxes 5,941 6,056 24,614 18,498
Income taxes (4,120) 2,565 2,003 3,732
         
Net income 10,061 3,491 22,611 14,766
Less: income from noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries (1,771) (266) (2,950) (1,763)
         
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IHC $ 8,290 $ 3,225 $ 19,661 $ 13,003
         
Basic income per common share $ .46 $ .18 $ 1.09 $ .74
         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING 17,946 18,060 17,979 17,577
         
Diluted income per common share $ .46 $ .18 $ 1.09 $ .74
         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE DILUTED SHARES OUTSTANDING 18,123 18,061 18,088 17,584

As of March 6, 2013, there were 17,913,966 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.

 
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IHC TO NON-GAAP
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
  Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Net income attributable to IHC $ 8,290 $ 3,225 $ 19,661 $ 13,003
         
Realized gains, net of taxes (695) (3,883) (3,292) (5,553)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings, net of taxes -- 595 447 973
Write-off of deferred acquisition costs, net of taxes2 -- 2,878 -- 2,878
         
Operating income from operations $ 7,595 $ 2,815 $ 16,816 $ 11,301
         
Non - GAAP basic income per common share $ .42 $ .16 $ .94 $ .64
         
Non - GAAP diluted income per common share $ .42 $ .16 $ .93 $ .64

The other-than-temporary-impairment losses are primarily due to the write down in value of certain Alt-A mortgage fixed maturities.

2 In the fourth quarter of 2011, Standard Security Life entered into a coinsurance agreement effective December 31, 2011, to transfer approximately $143 million of group annuity contracts in the first quarter of 2012. As a result of such agreement, the Company wrote-off $4.6 million of deferred acquisition costs at December 31, 2011.

DAVID T. KETTIG
(212) 355-4141 Ext. 3047
www.IHCGroup.com