Independence Holding Company Announces 2015 Fourth-Quarter and Annual Results

STAMFORD, Conn., June 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2015 fourth-quarter and annual results. As a result of the delay in reporting these results, IHC is currently working on its 2016 first-quarter results.

Financial Results

Net income attributable to IHC increased to $.28 per share, diluted, or $4,933,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to $.23 per share, diluted, or $4,034,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Net income attributable to IHC increased to $1.71 per share, diluted, or $29,944,000, for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $.92 per share, diluted, or $16,293,000, for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Revenues decreased to $125,080,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015 as compared to revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2014 of $127,090,000; and revenues decreased to $532,868,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 of $533,933,000. Revenues decreased primarily due to a reduction in premiums from having exited the major medical market and a decrease in realized gains. Exiting the major medical line, which was triggered by the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), resulted in a reduction in revenue of $15,856,000 for the fourth quarter and $58,382,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015. These reductions were partially offset by an increase in medical stop-loss and specialty health premiums and from gains due to the following transactions which closed in 2015: (i) the reinsurance of substantially all of our run-off blocks of individual life and annuities and the sale of the infrastructure related to those blocks; and (ii) the joint venture with Ebix, Inc. to form Ebix Health Exchange Holdings, LLC, which acquired our subsidiary Ebix Health Administration Exchange (f.k.a. IHC Health Solutions, Inc.).

Chief Executive Officer’s Comments

Roy T. K. Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With the sale of our stop-loss business, we are now focused on growing our remaining lines of business: group long term disability and life, statutory disability benefit policies (DBL) in New York, pet, group and individual specialty health insurance. All of these lines performed very well in 2015, and the pet and specialty health lines grew significantly. We anticipate continued growth and good underwriting results from these lines of business in 2016. Our overall investment portfolio continues to be very highly rated (on average, AA) and has a duration of approximately five and a half years. Our book value increased to $18.73 per share at December 31, 2015 from $17.25 per share at December 31, 2014, and our total stockholders’ equity increased to $323 million at December 31, 2015 compared to $300 million at December 31, 2014. Both of these are all-time highs. As previously reported, we have sold IHC Risk Solutions LLC and the stop-loss business it produced on March 31, 2016 and that transaction will further increase our stockholders’ equity by approximately $100 million.”

About The IHC Group

Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) is a holding company that is principally engaged in underwriting, administering and/or distributing group and individual disability, specialty and supplemental health, pet, and life insurance through its subsidiaries since 1980. The IHC Group (including through its 91% ownership of American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC)) owns three insurance companies (Standard Security Life Insurance Company of New York, Madison National Life Insurance Company, Inc. and Independence American Insurance Company), a majority of Ebix Health Administration Exchange, Inc., a fully insured third party administrator, and IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc., which is a technology-driven insurance sales and marketing company that creates value for insurance producers, carriers and consumers (both individuals and small businesses) through a suite of proprietary tools and products (including ACA plans and small group medical stop-loss). All products are placed with highly rated 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. 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 unless required by applicable law.

December 31, 2015
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Premiums earned$ 117,939 $ 116,938 $ 479,534 $ 479,048
Net investment income 3,414 5,018 17,298 21,692
Fee income 1,925 2,633 12,954 20,646
Other income 1,920 1,727 10,276 4,859
Gain on sale of subsidiary to joint venture (221) - 9,940 -
Net realized investment gains 103 774 3,094 7,688
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings - - (228) -
125,080 127,090 532,868 533,933
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves 73,960 82,547 307,178 326,035
Selling, general and administrative expenses 42,345 39,850 172,180 177,848
Amortization of deferred acquisitions costs 78 1,054 3,524 4,941
Interest expense on debt 444 440 1,798 1,797
116,827 123,891 484,680 510,621
Income before income taxes 8,253 3,199 48,188 23,312
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,106 (1,013) 17,666 6,391
Net income 5,147 4,212 30,522 16,921
Less: income from noncontrolling interests
in subsidiaries (214) (178) (578) (628)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IHC$ 4,933 $ 4,034 $ 29,944 $ 16,293
Basic income per common share$.29$.23$ 1.73 $.93
Diluted income per common share$.28$.23$ 1.71 $.92
OUTSTANDING 17,447 17,549 17,484 17,636

As of May 31, 2016, there were 17,223,233 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.

(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014
Short-term investments $ 50 $ 50
Securities purchased under agreements to resell 28,285 16,790
Trading securities 1,259 11,095
Fixed maturities, available-for-sale 428,601 583,880
Equity securities, available-for-sale 8,426 13,895
Other investments 21,538 25,251
Total investments 488,159 650,961
Cash and cash equivalents 19,171 25,083
Deferred acquisition costs 499 30,806
Due and unpaid premiums 69,075 62,628
Due from reinsurers 480,859 278,242
Premium and claim funds 22,755 32,553
Goodwill 52,940 50,318
Other assets 64,505 65,636
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,197,963 $ 1,196,227
Policy benefits and claims $ 245,443 $ 236,803
Future policy benefits 270,624 277,041
Funds on deposit 173,350 186,782
Unearned premiums 10,236 9,455
Other policyholders' funds 11,822 18,802
Due to reinsurers 44,141 47,945
Accounts payable, accruals and other liabilities 66,308 67,641
Debt 5,189 4,000
Junior subordinated debt securities 38,146 38,146
TOTAL LIABILITIES 865,259 886,615
Preferred stock (none issued) - -
Common stock 18,569 18,531
Paid-in capital 127,733 127,098
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (3,440) 22
Treasury stock, at cost (13,961) (12,141)
Retained earnings 194,450 166,177
TOTAL EQUITY 332,704 309,612
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 1,197,963 $ 1,196,227

CONTACT: Loan Nisser (646) 509-2107

Source:Independence Holding Company