American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL) announced today that its annuity sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 totaled $1.2 billion ($1.1 billion net of coinsurance), bringing sales for 2014 to $4.2 billion ($4.0 billion net of coinsurance).

EARNINGS RELEASE AND CONFERENCE CALL

AEL will release fourth quarter 2014 earnings after the close of market on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The fourth quarter earnings release and financial supplement will be posted on the American Equity website ( www.american-equity.com) at that time.

AEL will hold a conference call to discuss fourth quarter 2014 earnings on Friday, February 13, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. CST. 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 877-280-4961, passcode 71403973 (international callers, please dial 857-244-7318). An audio replay will be available shortly after the call on AEL's website. An audio replay will also be available via telephone through February 20, 2015, by calling 888-286-8010, passcode 34617948 (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 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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