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Independence Holding Company Announces 2012 First-Quarter Results

STAMFORD, Conn., May 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2012 first-quarter 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 16% to $.22 per share, diluted, or $3,922,000, for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to $.19 per share, diluted, or $3,184,000, for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This increase was achieved after the credit of $2,319,000 of deferred income taxes relative to the Company's investment in AMIC in the first quarter of 2011 with no related amount in the comparable period of 2012.

Revenues decreased 2% to $102,156,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2011 of $104,319,000, primarily due to lower investment income due to the transfer of $143 million of assets in settlement of the coinsurance agreement of group annuity contracts at Standard Security Life.

IHC reported operating income1 per share of $.18 per share, diluted, or $3,248,000, for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared to $.21 per share, diluted, or $3,509,000, for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with the significant increase in profitability of our stop-loss segment, which we attribute to the more efficient and controlled model of writing the majority of our medical stop-loss on a direct basis through IHC Risk Solutions. In the first quarter of 2012, the stop-loss segment recorded a 17% increase in premiums, on a net basis, as well as significant profits. We expect the stop-loss segment to generate continued profit throughout the remainder of 2012. We are also encouraged by the performance of all our other lines of business, and we experienced some initial success in our continuing efforts to introduce new products to our fully insured mix of business. Our overall investment portfolio continues to be very highly rated (on average, AA), and has a duration of approximately five years. Our book value has increased to $14.72 per share at March 31, 2012 from $14.46 per share at December 31, 2011."

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 managed health care 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, vision, and individual life insurance. Independence American offers major medical for individuals and families, medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical and pet insurance. 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.

March 31, 2012
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2012 2011
Premiums earned $83,774   $85,873 
Net investment income 8,751  10,116 
Fee income 7,421  7,377 
Net realized investment gains (losses) 1,137  (202)
Other-than-temporary impairment losses (83) (303)
Other income 1,156  1,458 
  102,156  104,319 
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves 57,135  64,249 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 36,472  35,986 
Amortization of deferred acquisition costs 1,594  1,691 
Interest expense on debt 539  457 
  95,740  102,383 
Income before income taxes  6,416  1,936 
Income taxes (benefits) 2,086  (1,864)
Net Income  4,330  3,800 
Less income from noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries (408) (616)
Basic income per common share: $.22  $.19 
Diluted income per common share: $.22  $.19
As of May 4, 2012, there were 17,991,661 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)    
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2012 2011
Net income attributable to IHC $ 3,922   $3,184 
Realized (gains) losses, net of taxes (727) 128 
Other-than-temporary-impairment losses, net of taxes 53  197 
 Operating income from operations $3,248  $3,509 
Non - GAAP basic income per common share: $.18  $.21 
Non - GAAP diluted income per common share: $.18  $.21 
The other-than-temporary-impairment losses are primarily due to the write down in value of certain Alt-A mortgage fixed maturities.    
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