American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL) announced today that it will release first quarter 2012 earnings after the close of market on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The first quarter earnings release and financial supplement will be posted on the American Equity web site ( www.american-equity.com) at that time. EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL AEL will hold a conference call to discuss first quarter 2012 earnings on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 9 a.m. CDT. The conference call will be webcast live on the Internet. Investors and interested parties who wish to listen to the call on the Internet may do so at www.american-equity.com. The call may also be accessed by telephone at 866-770-7129, passcode 65635565 (international callers, please dial 617-213-8067). An audio replay will be available shortly after the call on AEL’s website. An audio replay will also be available via telephone through May 24, 2012, by calling 888-286-8010, passcode 91581551 (international callers will need to dial 617-801-6888). ABOUT AMERICAN EQUITY American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, is a full service underwriter of annuity and life insurance products, with a primary emphasis on the sale of index and fixed rate annuities. The company’s headquarters are located at 6000 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa, 50266. The mailing address of the company is: P.O. Box 71216, Des Moines, Iowa 50325.