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Independence Holding Company Announces 2016 Second-Quarter and Six-Month Results

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2016 second-quarter and six-month results.

Financial Results

Net income attributable to IHC of $4,436,000, or $.26 per share diluted, for the three months ended June 30, 2016 decreased from $5,032,000, or $.29 per share diluted, in the same period of 2015. Income from continuing operations decreased to $.25 per share, diluted, or $4,495,000, for the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $.29 per share, diluted, or $5,222,000, for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The decrease is primarily due to a lower amount of net realized gains for the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015.

On March 31, 2016, IHC completed the sale of IHC Risk Solutions LLC (“Risk Solutions”) and exited the medical stop-loss business. Additionally, in connection with the sale, all of IHC’s in-force medical stop-loss business produced by Risk Solutions is 100% co-insured as of January 1, 2016 and is expected to run out by early 2017.

Net income attributable to IHC of $110,446,000, or $6.34 per share diluted, for the six months ended June 30, 2016 increased from $10,251,000, or $.59 per share diluted, in the same period of 2015. Income from continuing operations increased to $.58 per share, diluted, or $10,391,000, for the six months ended June 30, 2016 compared to $.56 per share, diluted, or $9,923,000, for the six months ended June 30, 2015. The increase in income from continuing operations is primarily due to ceding commissions earned as a result of the 100% co-insurance of the Company’s stop-loss business produced by Risk Solutions, and higher volume and retention in various lines of business in our Group disability, life and New York statutory disability benefit policies (DBL) segment.

The Company reported revenues of $77,696,000 and $153,591,000 for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2016, respectively, compared to revenues for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2015 of $133,015,000 and $266,120,000. Revenues decreased primarily due to a reduction in premiums from the 100% co-insurance of the Company’s stop-loss business produced by Risk Solutions.

Chief Executive Officer’s Comments

Roy T. K. Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “With the sale of our stop-loss business, IHC finds itself in the extremely enviable position of having a large amount of cash and significant excess statutory surplus in our carriers. While we have made small investments in two call centers that focus on selling our specialty health products, and are currently negotiating another similar transaction, we have not as yet made a final decision as how best to deploy the vast majority of our liquidity. Having said that, it is important to note that our remaining core lines of business (group long term disability and life, New York statutory disability benefit policies (DBL), and group and individual specialty health insurance, including dental, vision, short term medical, hospital indemnity, gap and scheduled benefit plans) are growing and very profitable. Our overall investment portfolio continues to be very highly rated (on average, AA) and has a duration of approximately four and a half years. Our book value increased to $25.58 per share at June 30, 2016 from $18.73 per share at December 31, 2015, and our total stockholders’ equity increased to $439 million at June 30, 2016 compared to $323 million at December 31, 2015. Both of these are all-time highs. The closing price of IHC stock on Friday August 12, 2015 was $16.30, or 64% of our book value, and 74% of our tangible book value. We have increased our stock buyback program from 215,000 shares to 3 million shares. We are very optimistic that we will continue to drive significant increases in shareholder value.”

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 91.4% 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.

INDEPENDENCE HOLDING COMPANY
SECOND QUARTER REPORT
June 30, 2016
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2016
2015
2016
2015
REVENUES:
Premiums earned$ 65,627 $ 120,443 $ 128,189 $ 242,557
Net investment income 4,260 4,488 8,696 9,910
Fee income 3,412 4,417 8,491 6,994
Other income 3,379 1,567 6,637 2,559
Net realized investment gains 1,018 2,100 1,578 4,100
77,696 133,015 153,591 266,120
EXPENSES:
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves 40,477 79,380 71,220 159,000
Selling, general and administrative expenses 29,897 44,954 65,124 90,438
Interest expense on debt 473 478 926 910
70,847 124,812 137,270 250,348
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 6,849 8,203 16,321 15,772
Income taxes 2,354 2,981 5,930 5,849
Income from continuing operations 4,495 5,222 10,391 9,923
Discontinued operations:
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, before income taxes - (82) 117,636 949
Income taxes (benefits) on discontinued operations (142) (16) 7,724 385
Income (loss) from discontinued operations 142 (66) 109,912 564
Net income 4,637 5,156 120,303 10,487
Less: Income from noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries (201) (124) (9,857) (236)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO IHC$ 4,436 $ 5,032 $ 110,446 $ 10,251
Basic income per common share:
Income from continuing operations$ .25 $ .29 $ .59 $ .56
Income (loss) from discontinued operations .01 (.00) 5.83 .03
Basic income per common share$ .26 $ .29 $ 6.42 $ .59
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING 17,204 17,338 17,223 17,351
Diluted income per common share:
Income from continuing operations$ .25 $ .29 $ .58 $ .56
Income (loss) from discontinued operations .01 (.00) 5.76 .03
Diluted income per common share$ .26 $ .29 $ 6.34 $ .59
WEIGHTED AVERAGE DILUTED SHARES OUTSTANDING 17,417 17,501 17,433 17,516
As of August 12, 2016, there were 17,170,933 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.


INDEPENDENCE HOLDING COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
June 30, December 31,
2016 2015
ASSETS:
Investments:
Short-term investments $ 50 $ 50
Securities purchased under agreements to resell 16,232 28,285
Trading securities 1,216 1,259
Fixed maturities, available-for-sale 560,135 428,601
Equity securities, available-for-sale 8,941 8,426
Other investments 20,294 21,538
Total investments 606,868 488,159
Cash and cash equivalents 26,624 17,500
Due and unpaid premiums 59,386 69,075
Due from reinsurers 488,337 483,073
Premium and claim funds 24,671 22,015
Goodwill 47,276 47,276
Other assets 44,718 57,934
Assets attributable to discontinued operations - 12,931
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,297,880 $ 1,197,963
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
LIABILITIES:
Policy benefits and claims $ 247,568 $ 245,443
Future policy benefits 233,603 270,624
Funds on deposit 150,040 173,350
Unearned premiums 11,747 10,236
Other policyholders' funds 9,695 11,822
Due to reinsurers 81,550 46,355
Accounts payable, accruals and other liabilities 60,406 64,109
Liabilities attributable to discontinued operations 2,410 (15)
Debt 4,025 5,189
Junior subordinated debt securities 38,146 38,146
TOTAL LIABILITIES 839,190 865,259
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
IHC STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Preferred stock (none issued) - -
Common stock 18,584 18,569
Paid-in capital 128,303 127,733
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 4,054 (3,440)
Treasury stock, at cost (15,753) (13,961)
Retained earnings 304,075 194,450
TOTAL IHC STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY 439,263 323,351
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS IN SUBSIDIARIES 19,427 9,353
TOTAL EQUITY 458,690 332,704
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 1,297,880 $ 1,197,963

CONTACT: Loan Nisser (646) 509-2107 www.IHCGroup.com

Source:Independence Holding Company