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Independence Holding Company Announces 2013 Fourth-Quarter And Annual Results

STAMFORD, Conn., March 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) today reported 2013 fourth-quarter and annual results.

Financial Results

IHC reported net income of $.10 per diluted share, or $1,748,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to $.46 per diluted share, or $8,290,000, for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Revenues increased 27% to $143,618,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2012 of $112,960,000, primarily due to increases in premium revenue. The fourth quarter of 2013 was negatively affected by a $4.2 million loss before taxes in our major-medical lines that is largely attributable to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

For the year ended December 31, 2013, IHC reported net income of $.77 per diluted share, or $13,779,000, compared to $1.09 per diluted share, or $19,661,000, for the year ended December 31, 2012. Revenues increased 34% to $575,044,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 of $428,061,000, primarily due to an increase in premium revenue and net realized investment gains. The year ended 2013 was negatively affected by $8.4 million of losses before taxes in our major-medical lines for the reason referred to above.

2013 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. Also, IHC's 2012 results (Q4 and year-end) were positively affected by an increase of $4,637,000, net of minority interest, for an increase in the deferred tax asset related to AMIC's federal net operating loss carryforward (NOL); there was not a corresponding positive affect during 2013. The deferred tax asset is reviewed for reasonableness on a quarterly basis.

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