American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL), a leading underwriter of index and fixed rate annuities, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized American Equity to repurchase up to 500,000 shares of its common stock during the next twelve months. The share repurchase program is intended to offset dilution that results from the exercise of stock options. The share repurchases will be made from time-to-time at the Company’s discretion in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise as permitted by securities laws and other legal requirements. The timing of any such transactions will depend on a variety of factors, including market conditions and share price. The Board of Directors may modify, suspend, extend or terminate the program at any time.

Commenting on the stock repurchase program, John Matovina, Chief Executive Officer and President, said: “The Company intends to use cash proceeds from stock option exercises for the 500,000 share repurchase authorization. With the retirement of all of our convertible notes less than thirteen months away from completion and a positive outlook for future cash flow performance, the Board and management believe it is appropriate at this time to use a modest portion of the holding company’s cash and expected cash flow to partially offset the dilutive effect of shares issued upon exercise of stock options.”

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ABOUT AMERICAN EQUITYAmerican Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, is a full service underwriter of fixed annuity and life insurance products, with a primary emphasis on the sale of index and fixed rate annuities. American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, a New York Stock Exchange Listed company (NYSE: AEL), is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please visit www.american-equity.com.

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