STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2014 third-quarter and nine-month results.
Net income attributable to IHC increased 29% to $.27 per share, diluted, or $4,710,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2014 compared to $.21 per share, diluted, or $3,639,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2013. Net income attributable to IHC increased to $.69 per share, diluted, or $12,259,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 compared to $.67 per share, diluted, or $12,031,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.
Revenues decreased to $406,843,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 compared to revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 of $431,426,000. The decrease in revenues for both the third quarter and the first nine months of 2014 is primarily due to the runoff of major medical business from lines that we exited largely as a result of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), offset in part by an increase in medical stop-loss and specialty health premiums.
Chief Executive Officer's Comments
Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with the continued growth in earned premium and significantly increased earnings for medical stop-loss, by far our largest line of business, for the third quarter and first nine months of the year. We attribute these positive developments to enhanced sales efforts in our direct business, focused underwriting and a general expansion of the market as new employer groups migrate to self-funding from fully insured in response to health care reform. We expect continued improvement in this line of business, as evidenced by the 36% growth in our direct business written in the twelve months ended October 31, 2014, while maintaining consistent profit margins on a growing premium base.
The Company exited major medical health plans for individuals and families and significantly curtailed its small group major medical health plans. As a result, our fully insured segment has been adversely affected by the ACA, including the runoff of major-medical business and the health insurance tax. We expect this downward pressure on margins to continue to lessen for the balance of 2014 as this business fully runs off. In addition, in the three-month and nine-month periods, the Company recorded $1.7 million and $2.9 million, respectively, in amortization of deferred loss in connection with the assumption of certain ceded annuity policies from the prior year's coinsurance agreement. This amortization will be substantially less in the fourth quarter of 2014. Our specialty health business increased significantly in the first nine months of 2014 compared to last year, and we are pleased with our group life and disability business, which has continued to perform well in 2014. Our overall investment portfolio continues to be very highly rated (on average, AA) and has a duration of approximately six years. Our book value was $16.37 per share at September 30, 2014, an increase of 8% over the book value per share at December 31, 2013, and our total stockholders' equity is $284 million at September 30, 2014 compared to $269 million at December 31, 2013. Through September 30, 2014, we have repurchased 296,775 shares of IHC stock for $4.0 million at an average price of $13.38 per share.
We are optimistic that our operating results for the fourth quarter will compare very favorably to the comparable period in 2013, even after the aforementioned expected charges in the fourth quarter of 2014, largely as a result of the accelerating growth in premiums and income from our direct medical stop-loss line of business, the continued profitability of the group business, and the transition of our fully insured division to a specialty health insurance operation with controlled distribution and higher-margin lines of business."
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, group major and limited medical, short-term medical, group long-term and short-term disability and life, group and individual dental, vision and various supplemental products. Madison National Life sells group life and disability, group major and limited medical, group and individual dental, individual life insurance and various supplemental products. Independence American offers pet insurance, non-subscriber occupational accident, short-term medical, medical stop-loss, group and individual dental and various supplemental products. 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 that 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.
|INDEPENDENCE HOLDING COMPANY|
|THIRD QUARTER REPORT|
|September 30, 2014|
|(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)|
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|Premiums earned||$ 117,705||$ 125,174||$ 362,110||$ 368,007|
|Net investment income||5,439||6,841||16,674||21,844|
|Net realized investment gains||844||2,417||6,914||18,771|
|Net impairment losses recognized in earnings||--||--||--||--|
|Insurance benefits, claims and reserves||74,916||88,177||243,488||262,913|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||44,916||45,597||137,998||133,339|
|Amortization of deferred acquisitions costs||1,416||1,404||3,887||13,792|
|Interest expense on debt||539||470||1,357||1,447|
|Income before income taxes||7,965||5,996||20,113||19,935|
|Less: income from noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries||(114)||(277)||(450)||(1,083)|
|NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IHC||$ 4,710||$ 3,639||$ 12,259||$ 12,031|
|Basic income per common share||$ .27||$ .21||$ .70||$ .68|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING||17,410||17,683||17,505||17,784|
|Diluted income per common share||$ .27||$ .21||$ .69||$ .67|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE DILUTED SHARES OUTSTANDING||17,578||17,735||17,665||17,890|
|As of November 3, 2014, there were 17,371,040 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.|
|INDEPENDENCE HOLDING COMPANY|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In Thousands, Except Share Data)|
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Short-term investments||$ 50||$ 50|
|Securities purchased under agreements to resell||16,413||22,594|
|Fixed maturities, available-for-sale||566,612||542,287|
|Equity securities, available-for-sale||13,121||11,803|
|Cash and cash equivalents||18,215||24,229|
|Deferred acquisition costs||30,302||29,777|
|Due and unpaid premiums||61,820||59,435|
|Due from reinsurers||280,023||380,229|
|Premium and claim funds||39,509||37,353|
|TOTAL ASSETS||$ 1,168,403||$ 1,269,035|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:|
|Policy benefits and claims||$ 227,877||$ 237,754|
|Future policy benefits||277,878||287,449|
|Funds on deposit||194,140||274,826|
|Other policyholders' funds||19,244||25,129|
|Due to reinsurers||37,999||37,113|
|Accounts payable, accruals and other liabilities||66,274||71,889|
|Junior subordinated debt securities||38,146||38,146|
|IHC STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:|
|Preferred stock (none issued)||--||--|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(3,195)||(10,472)|
|Treasury stock, at cost||(12,141)||(8,169)|
|TOTAL IHC STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||284,450||268,791|
|NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN SUBSIDIARIES||9,664||9,515|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||$ 1,168,403||$ 1,269,035|
CONTACT: ADAM VANDERVOORT (646) 509-2156 www.IHCGroup.comSource:Independence Holding Company