STAMFORD, Conn. and NEW YORK, March 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) and American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC) today announced that they have completed the sale, which was originally announced on January 5, 2016, of IHC Risk Solutions LLC (RS) and the stop-loss business produced by it (the “Business”) for an aggregate of $152,500,000 in cash, of which AMIC and its subsidiaries will receive approximately 89% and Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York (SSL), another subsidiary of IHC, will receive the balance.

The sale will result in a pro forma estimated gain and an immediate increase in book value of approximately $114 million for AMIC.  AMIC has received $2.9 million, after-tax, in ceding commission as a result of 100% coinsuring its share of the Business, such amount will also increase AMIC’s book value over the co-insurance period.

IHC’s pro forma increase in book value and estimated gain on the sale, after tax, is approximately $100 million, which takes into account IHC’s ownership of AMIC. IHC has received $10.2 million, after-tax, including its share of AMIC, in ceding commission as a result of 100% coinsuring its share of the Business, such amount will also increase IHC’s book value over the co-insurance period.

About Independence Holding Company
Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) is a holding company principally engaged in the life and health insurance business 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 furnishes group limited medical, short-term medical, group long-term and short-term disability, group life, statutory disability benefit policies (DBL) in New York, group and individual dental, vision, and various supplemental products.  Madison National Life sells group life and disability, group limited medical, group and individual dental, and various supplemental products. Independence American offers pet insurance, non-subscriber occupational accident, short-term medical, group and individual dental and various supplemental products. Standard Security Life and Independence American will continue to sell medical stop-loss for the balance of this year. 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.

About American Independence Corp.
American Independence Corp. is a holding company principally engaged in health insurance and reinsurance.  It provides specialized health coverage and related services to commercial customers and individuals. Through Independence American Insurance Company and its other subsidiaries, it offers non-subscriber occupational accident, pet insurance, short-term medical, vision, dental and various supplemental products. Through its subsidiaries IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc. (including through and, IPA Direct, LLC and IPA Family, LLC, AMIC markets products underwritten by its affiliates companies and various products (including ACA plans and medical stop-loss) on behalf of unaffiliated carriers.

Forward-looking Statements
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 and the pro forma estimated impact of the sale transaction discussed for each of IHC and AMIC.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual and pro forma results to differ materially from historical experience, from estimates 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 and AMIC and operates, new federal or state governmental regulation, IHC’s and AMIC’s ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage any past or future strategic acquisition, and other factors which can be found in IHC’s and AMIC’s other news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  IHC and AMIC expressly disclaims any duty to update its forward-looking statements unless required by applicable law.

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