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Independence Holding Company Announces 2013 Third-Quarter And Nine-Month Results

STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2013 third-quarter and nine-month results.

Financial Results

Net income per share attributable to IHC amounted to $.21 per share, diluted, or $3,639,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $.22 per share, diluted, or $3,918,000, for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Revenues increased 27% to $141,644,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2012 of $111,502,000, primarily due to increases in premium revenue.

Net income per share attributable to IHC increased to $.68 per share, diluted, or $12,031,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $.63 per share, diluted, or $11,371,000, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Revenues increased 37% to $431,426,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 of $315,101,000, primarily due to an increase in premium revenue and net realized investment gains.

Nine-month results include the write-off of approximately $9.3 million of deferred acquisition costs related to a coinsurance agreement entered into by Madison National Life to cede approximately $219 million of reserves, primarily annuities, in the second quarter of 2013. However, those costs were more than offset by the gains realized by the Company in the transaction, most of which resulted from the required sale and transfer of invested assets.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Earned premium for medical stop-loss, our largest segment, grew substantially over the same quarter last year. We anticipate that, by the end of the year, the medical stop-loss we write on a direct basis will have increased by approximately 25% from 2012 levels. We attribute this growth to enhanced sales efforts, focused underwriting and an expansion in the market as new employer groups migrate to self-funding from fully insured in response to health care reform. We expect this growth to continue in 2014. Profitability of our medical stop-loss line continues at expected levels. We are also encouraged by the performance of our existing group life, disability and DBL business lines and the expansion of our pet insurance line. Additionally, as a result of an equity investment in a successful producer of non-subscriber occupational accident, we anticipate significant premiums and income from this new line of business in 2014.

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