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Imperial Holdings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter And Year End 2012 Results

Imperial Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IFT) ("Imperial" or the "Company"), a specialty finance company with a focus on providing liquidity solutions to owners of illiquid financial assets, announced today financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

Total income was $7.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, compared to total income of ($8.1 million) for the three months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $15.3 million. Total expenses were $10.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to $31.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of $21 million. The majority of the decrease in expenses was attributed to significantly lower legal fees related to a government investigation. The Company posted a net loss of $3.7 million, or ($.17), per fully diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2012, compared to a net loss of $38.7 million, or ($1.82), per fully diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2011.

In the Life Finance business segment, income was $3.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to income of ($12.1 million) for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of $15.2 million. Income was driven by a $2.7 million increase in the fair value of the Company's portfolio of 214 life insurance policies. At December 31, 2012 the estimated fair value of the Company’s life insurance policies was $113.4 million. The weighted average discount rate used in the Company's fair value model was 24.01% at December 31, 2012. The aggregate face value of the Company's portfolio of life insurance policies was $1.1 billion at December 31, 2012. Segment expenses were $4.1 million during the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to $9.8 million during the three months ended December 31, 2011, a decline of $5.7 million. The decrease in expenses was attributed to lower interest expense, amortization of deferred costs and personnel costs, as well as a decrease in the Company’s provision for loan losses. Segment operating loss was $979,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2012, a decrease of $21.0 million over segment operating loss of $22.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011.

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