updated 11/9/2010 5:16:47 PM ET 2010-11-09T22:16:47

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2010 third-quarter and nine-months results. 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 from continuing operations attributable to IHC was $.29 per share, diluted, or $4,441,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2010 compared to $.12 per share, diluted, or $1,876,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2009. Revenues increased 17% to $107,875,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared to revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2009 of $92,512,000.

Net income per share from continuing operations attributable to IHC increased to $1.46 per share, diluted, or $22,355,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to $.47 per share, diluted, or $ 7,208,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. Revenues increased 14% to $330,656,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared to revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 of $291,290,000. These results were positively impacted by the gain on bargain purchase under acquisition accounting as a result of IHC acquiring a controlling interest in American Independence Corp. (AMIC) in March 2010. The gain recorded in the 2010 first quarter on IHC's investment in AMIC was $16,733,000, net of $11,097,000 of taxes. The gain was generated because in the fourth quarter of 2009 the Company was required to record an other-than-temporary impairment (OTTI) loss at December 31, 2009 in approximately the same amount.

IHC reported operating income1 per share of $.13 per share, diluted, or $1,957,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $.10 per share, diluted, or $1,528,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2009. IHC reported operating income per share of $.23 per share, diluted, or $3,582,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $.33 per share, diluted, or $5,093,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The Company's financial condition remains very strong as our book value per share increased 20% to an all time high of $15.81 at September 30, 2010 from $13.16 at December 31, 2009, and stockholders' equity at September 30, 2010 reached $241 million. We have accomplished this increase despite taking significant impairment charges in 2008 at the height of the economic crisis. "

Mr. Thung continued, "We are pleased to report our operating income in the third quarter of 2010 amounted to $.13 per share up from $.10 per share for the comparable quarter of 2009 and significantly improved from the first six months of 2010. This increase in earnings was achieved despite the pressure of lower yields on our fixed income portfolio. IHC continues to experience a decrease in investment income due to lower yields (4.6% for the first nine months of 2010 compared to 5.2% for the comparable period of 2009) and the low duration of our portfolio. In addition, we are pleased to report that our overall portfolio is now in an unrealized gain position and is rated on average of AA quality. Given our expertise in medical stop-loss and supplemental health products, we are well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities that will be created as health care reform is implemented. The regulations proposed to-date (including those mandating minimum loss ratios) seem to have validated our strategy of pursuing niche lines of business across many states utilizing multiple carriers, and we believe they will have minimal impact on the Company in the near future."

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 income from continuing operations net of income or losses attributable to non-controlling interests and excluding net realized gains or losses, other-than-temporary impairment losses and gain on bargain purchase, net of applicable income taxes; 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 Income from Continuing Operations to Non-GAAP Income from Continuing 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 managing general underwriters, third-party administrators, and marketing 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 medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, and major medical for individuals and families. 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 in this news 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.

 

As of November 9, 2010, there were 15,232,865 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.


Included in the realized gains, net of taxes, above are IHC's proportionate share of AMIC's realized gains (losses) net of taxes. The other-than-temporary-impairment losses are primarily due to the write down in value of certain Alt-A mortgage fixed maturities.

1 Operating income is a non-GAAP measure representing income from continuing operations net of (income) losses attributable to non-controlling interests and excluding net realized investment gains (losses), other-than-temporary impairment losses and gain on bargain purchase of AMIC, 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 income from continuing operations to operating income is included in this press release.

2 IHC applied business acquisition accounting and consolidated the financial results of AMIC as of March 5, 2010, resulting in a consolidated statement of income which consolidates approximately seven months of AMIC results and reflects the equity method of accounting for the first two months of 2010.

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