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American Independence Corp. Announces 2012 Third-Quarter and Nine-Month Results

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Independence Corp. (Nasdaq:AMIC) today reported 2012 third-quarter and nine-month 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 increased to $1.0 million ($.12 per share, diluted), for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $0.9 million ($.11 per share, diluted), for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Revenues increased to $26.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to revenues of $23.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, primarily due to an increase in premiums.

Net income increased to $2.4 million ($.29 per share, diluted), for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $2.0 million ($.23 per share, diluted), for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Revenues increased to $72.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to revenues of $66.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, primarily due to an increase in premiums.

The Company's operating income1 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $1.5 million ($.18 per share, diluted), as compared to $1.2 million ($.14 per share, diluted) for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Operating income was $3.7 million ($.45 per share, diluted), for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $2.8 million ($.32 per share, diluted) for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Net income increased this quarter primarily due to improved underwriting results in our fully insured segment. We continue to experience growth and improved loss ratio results in our stop-loss line from business underwritten by IHC Risk Solutions. We have begun to write pet insurance in many key states and preliminary results look promising. Our financial condition and balance sheet remain strong. We have no debt and have grown our book value to $11.79 per share at September 30, 2012 from $11.36 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 AMIC excluding non-cash charges related to the amortization of intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting, net realized investment gains (losses), and the federal income tax charge related to deferred taxes due to its federal net operating loss carryforwards, 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 identifying certain expenses 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 American Independence Corp.

AMIC, through Independence American Insurance Company and its other subsidiaries, offers major medical for individuals and families, medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, and pet insurance. AMIC provides to the individual and self-employed markets health insurance and related products, which are distributed through its subsidiaries, Independent Producers of America, LLC, healthinsurance.org, LLC, and IHC Specialty Benefits, Inc. AMIC markets medical stop-loss through its marketing and administrative company IHC Risk Solutions, LLC.

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 AMIC operates, new federal or state governmental regulation, AMIC's ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage any past or future strategic acquisition, and other factors which can be found in AMIC's other news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AMIC 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 and is defined as net income attributable to AMIC excluding non-cash charges related to the amortization of certain intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting, net realized investment gains and losses, and the federal income tax charge related to deferred taxes. 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.

AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE CORP.
THIRD QUARTER REPORT
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
(In thousands except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Premiums earned $22,281 $19,138 $60,072 $54,573
Fee and agency income 3,882 2,906 10,749 9,805
Net investment income 586 615 1,582 1,730
Net realized investment gains 30 238 200 323
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings -- -- (189) (20)
Other income 26 72 100 250
Revenues 26,805 22,969 72,514 66,661
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves 14,981 12,150 40,938 36,116
Selling, general and administrative expenses 9,877 9,099 26,887 26,347
Amortization and depreciation 182 214 272 645
Expenses 25,040 21,463 68,097 63,108
Income before income tax 1,765 1,506 4,417 3,553
Provision for income taxes 491 443 1,295 1,009
Net income 1,274 1,063 3,122 2,544
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest (268) (150) (688) (557)
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. $1,006 $913 $2,434 $1,987
Basic income per common share:
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. common stockholders $.12 $.11 $.29 $.23
Weighted-average shares outstanding 8,272 8,524 8,272 8,518
Diluted income per common share:
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. common stockholders $.12 $.11 $.29 $.23
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 8,272 8,524 8,272 8,518
As of September 30, 2012 there were 8,272,332 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.
AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE CORP.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO NON-GAAP INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(In thousands except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Net income attributable to AMIC $ 1,006 $ 913 $ 2,434 $ 1,987
Amortization of intangible assets related to purchase accounting 30 34 94 101
Net realized investment gains (30) (238) (200) (323)
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings -- -- 189 20
Federal income tax charge related to deferred taxes for operating income 511 451 1,221 967
Operating Income from continuing operations $ 1,517 $ 1,160 $ 3,738 $ 2,752
Non - GAAP Basic Income Per Common Share: $ .18 $ .14 $ .45 $ .32
Non - GAAP Diluted Income Per Common Share: $ .18 $ .14 $ .45 $ .32
CONTACT: DAVID T. KETTIG (212) 355-4141 Ext. 3047 www.americanindependencecorp.comSource:American Independence Corp.