American Independence Corp. Announces 2012 Second-Quarter And Six-Month Results

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Independence Corp. (Nasdaq:AMIC) today reported 2012 second-quarter and six-month 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 increased to $0.3 million ($.04 per share, diluted), for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $0.1 million ($.02 per share, diluted), for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Revenues increased to $23.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to revenues of $22.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to an increase in premiums.

Net income increased to $1.4 million ($.17 per share, diluted), for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $1.1 million ($.13 per share, diluted), for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Revenues increased to $45.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to revenues of $43.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to an increase in premiums.

The Company's operating income [1] for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $0.6 million ($.08 per share, diluted), as compared to $0.1 million ($.02 per share, diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Operating income was $2.2 million ($.27 per share, diluted), for the six months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to $1.6 million ($.19 per share, diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Chief Executive Officer's Comments

Roy Thung, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Net income increased this quarter primarily due to improved underwriting results in our fully insured segment. We continue to experience growth and improved loss ratio results in our stop-loss line from business underwritten by IHC Risk Solutions. We are now approved to write pet insurance in many key states, and look forward to recording premiums from this new line of business in the coming months. Our financial condition and balance sheet remain strong. We have no debt and have grown our book value to $11.59 per share at June 30, 2012 from $11.36 per share at December 31, 2011."

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

About American Independence Corp.

AMIC, through Independence American Insurance Company and its other subsidiaries, offers major medical for individuals and families, medical stop-loss, small group major medical, short-term medical, and pet insurance. 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 its marketing and administrative company IHC Risk Solutions LLC.

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. AMIC expressly disclaims any duty to update its forward-looking statements or earnings guidance, and does not undertake to provide any such guidance in the future.

[1] Operating income is a non-GAAP measure and is defined as net income attributable to AMIC excluding non-cash charges related to the amortization of certain intangible assets recorded in purchase accounting, net realized investment gains and losses, 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 income from continuing operations to operating income is included in this press release.

AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE CORP.
SECOND QUARTER REPORT
 JUNE 30, 2012
(In thousands except per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Premiums earned  $ 19,334    $ 17,666    $ 37,791    $ 35,435  
Fee and agency income  3,739  3,583  6,867  6,899 
Net investment income 500  556  996  1,115 
Net realized investment gains 44  100  170  85 
Other-than-temporary impairment losses (189) (20) (189) (20)
Other income  47 85  74  178 
         
Revenues 23,475 21,970  45,709  43,692 
         
Insurance benefits, claims and reserves  14,266  12,918  25,957  23,966 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  8,417  8,340  17,010  17,248 
Amortization and depreciation 45  217  90  431 
         
Expenses 22,728  21,475  43,057  41,645 
         
Income before income tax 747  495  2,652  2,047 
Provision for income taxes 196  71  804  566 
         
Net income 551  424  1,848  1,481 
Less: Net income attributable to the non-controlling interest (242) (287) (420) (407)
         
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp.  $ 309    $ 137    $ 1,428    $ 1,074  
         
Basic income per common share:        
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. common stockholders $ .04  $ .02  $ .17  $ .13 
         
Weighted-average shares outstanding 8,272  8,520  8,272  8,516 
         
Diluted income per common share:        
Net income attributable to American Independence Corp. common stockholders $ .04  $ .02  $ .17  $ .13 
         
Weighted-average diluted shares outstanding 8,272  8,520  8,272  8,516 

As of June 30, 2012 there were 8,272,332 common shares outstanding, net of treasury shares.
 
AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE CORP.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS TO NON-GAAP 
INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(In thousands except per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Net income attributable to AMIC $ 309   $ 137   $ 1,428  $ 1,074 
Amortization of intangible assets related to purchase accounting 30  34  64  67 
Net realized investment gains (44) (100) (170) (85)
Other-than-temporary impairment losses 189  20  189  20 
Federal income tax charge related to deferred taxes for operating income 152  52  710  516 
         
         
Operating Income from continuing operations $ 636  $ 143  $ 2,221  $ 1,592 
         
Non - GAAP Basic Income Per Common Share: $ .08  $ .02  $ .27  $ .19 
         
Non - GAAP Diluted Income Per Common Share:  $ .08   $ .02  $ .27  $ .19 
CONTACT: DAVID T. KETTIG         (212) 355-4141 Ext. 3047         www.americanindependencecorp.com

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