American Independence Corp. Announces 2010 Second-Quarter And Six-Months Results

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Independence Corp. (Nasdaq:AMIC) today reported 2010 second-quarter and six-months 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 was $0.5 million ($.06 per share, diluted), for the three months ended June 30, 2010, and for the three months ended June 30, 2009, respectively. Net income decreased to $1.3 million ($.16 per share, diluted), for the six months ended June 30, 2010, compared to $1.9 million ($.22 per share, diluted), for the six months ended June 30, 2009.

The Company's operating income (1) for both the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 was $0.9 million ($.11 per share, diluted). Operating income was $2.2 million ($.26 per share, diluted), for the six months ended June 30, 2010, as compared to $2.9 million ($.34 per share, diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2009.

Revenues decreased to $23.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010, compared to revenues of $26.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009.  Revenues decreased to $46.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010, compared to revenues of $53.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009, primarily due to a reduction of premiums.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Given our expertise in medical stop-loss and supplemental health products, we are well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities that will be created as health care reform is implemented.  Our financial condition and balance sheet remain strong. We have no debt, $274 million of federal net operating loss carryforwards, and have grown our book value to $10.76 per share at June 30, 2010 from $10.46 per share at December 31, 2009.  Our investment portfolio continues to be rated, on average, AA and has a low duration. This enables us, if we deem prudent, the flexibility to reinvest in much higher yielding longer-term securities, which would significantly increase investment income. A low duration portfolio such as ours also mitigates the adverse impact of potential inflation."

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 excluding non-cash charges related to the amortization of intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting, net realized investment gains (losses), net income attributable to the non-controlling interest, 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 Operating Income from Continuing Operations" schedule below. 

About American Independence Corp.

AMIC, through Independence American Insurance Company and its other subsidiaries, offers health insurance solutions to individuals and employer groups. 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 and healthinsurance.org, LLC. AMIC markets medical stop-loss through managing general underwriters, including Marlton Risk Group LLC and Risk Assessment Strategies, Inc.

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. 

(1) Operating income is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as net income excluding non-cash charges related to the amortization of certain intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting, net realized investment losses, losses from discontinued operations 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 net income to operating income is presented as an attachment to this press release.  

 
 
 
AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE CORP.
SECOND QUARTER REPORT
June 30, 2010
(In thousands except per share data)
         
         
  Three Months Six Months
  Ended June 30, Ended June 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
         
Premiums earned $19,406  $22,129  $37,817  $44,076 
MGU and agency income  3,572  3,684  7,215  7,438 
Net investment income 661  765  1,275  1,478 
Net realized investment gains 123  35  309  261 
Other-than-temporary impairment losses (29) --  (29) -- 
Other income  52  141  42  183 
         
Revenues 23,785  26,754  46,629  53,436 
         
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves  14,013  15,541  26,331  29,387 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  8,556  10,044  17,382  20,470 
Amortization and depreciation 218  210  431  419 
         
 Expenses 22,787  25,795  44,144  50,276 
         
Income before income tax 998  959  2,485  3,160 
Provision for income taxes 244  281  697  1,027 
         
Net income 754  678  1,788  2,133 
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest (281) (207) (472) (267)
         
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. $473  $471  $1,316  $1,866 
         
Basic income per common share:        
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. common stockholders $.06  $.06  $.16  $.22 
         
Weighted-average shares outstanding 8,509  8,504  8,508  8,504 
         
Diluted income per common share:        
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. common stockholders $.06  $.06  $.16  $.22 
         
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 8,509  8,504  8,508  8,504 
         
         
As of June 30, 2010 there were 8,516,976 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(In thousands except per share data)
         
         
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
         
Income from continuing operations $754  $678  $1,788  $2,133 
Amortization of intangible assets related to purchase accounting 34  34  67  67 
Net realized investment gains (123) (35) (309) (261)
Other-than-temporary impairment losses 29  --  29  -- 
Federal income tax charge related to deferred taxes for operating income 218  235  640  933 
         
         
Operating Income from continuing operations $912  $912  $2,215  $2,872 
         
Non - GAAP Basic Income Per Common Share:        
         
Operating Income from continuing operations $.11  $.11  $.26  $.34 
         
Non - GAAP Diluted Income Per Common Share:        
         
Operating Income from continuing operations $.11  $.11  $.26  $.34 
CONTACT:  American Independence Corp.          David T. Kettig          (212) 355-4141 Ext. 3047          www.americanindependencecorp.com

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