10-K 1 ftfc20141231_10k.htm FORM 10-K ftfc20141231_10k.htm

United States

Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)

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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014

 

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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period From                               to                                  .

 

Commission file number 000-52613

 

FIRST TRINITY FINANCIAL CORPORATION

(Exact name of small business issuer as specified in its charter)

 

Oklahoma 

34-1991436 

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) 

(I.R.S. Employer number) 

 

7633 East 63rd Place, Suite 230 

Tulsa, Oklahoma 

74133-1246 

(Address of principal executive offices) 

 

(918) 249-2438

(Issuer's telephone number)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:

Title of Each Class 

None

 

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Exchange Act:

Title of Each Class 

Common Stock, $.01 Par Value

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes ☒  No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  ☒

  

 
 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer, accelerated filer and smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer: ☐     Accelerated filer: ☐     Non accelerated filer: ☐     Smaller reporting company: ☒

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes ☐       No ☒

 

State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

  

Because of the absence of an established trading market for the common stock, the registrant is unable to calculate the aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.    Common stock $.01 par value as of March 9, 2015: 7,802,613 shares

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

Portions of the registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement to be used in connection with its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which is expected to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the close of the fiscal year covered by this Form 10-K, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report.

  

 
 

 

 

FIRST TRINITY FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Part I

   
     

Item 1.

Business

1

Item 2.

Properties

5

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

6

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

7

     

Part II

   
     

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Small Business Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

7

Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

8

Item 8.

Financial Statements

30

Item 9.

Changes In and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

71

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

71

Item 9B.

Other Information

72

     

Part III

   
     

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

72

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

72

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

72

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

72

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

72

Item 15.

Exhibits

72

Signatures

 

73

Exhibit Index

 

74

 

 

Exhibit 21.1

Exhibit 31.1

Exhibit 31.2

Exhibit 32.1

Exhibit 32.2

Exhibit No. 101.INS

Exhibit No. 101.SCH

Exhibit No. 101.CAL

Exhibit No. 101.DEF

Exhibit No. 101.LAB

Exhibit No. 101.PRE

  

 
 

 

 

PART I

 

Item 1. Business

 

 

Business Development

 

First Trinity Financial Corporation (the “Company” or “FTFC”) is the parent holding company of Trinity Life Insurance Company (“TLIC”), Family Benefit Life Insurance Company (“FBLIC”), First Trinity Capital Corporation (“FTCC”) and Southern Insurance Services, LLC (“SIS”). The Company was incorporated in Oklahoma on April 19, 2004, for the primary purpose of organizing a life insurance subsidiary.

 

The Company owns 100% of TLIC. TLIC owns 100% of FBLIC. TLIC and FBLIC are primarily engaged in the business of marketing, underwriting and distributing a broad range of individual life and annuity insurance products to individuals. TLIC’s and FBLIC’s current product portfolio consists of a modified premium whole life insurance policy with a flexible premium deferred annuity rider, whole life, term, final expense, accidental death and dismemberment and annuity products. The term products are both renewable and convertible and issued for 10, 15, 20 and 30 years. They can be issued with premiums fully guaranteed for the entire term period or with a limited premium guarantee. The final expense is issued as either a simplified issue or as a graded benefit, determined by underwriting. The TLIC and FBLIC products are sold through independent agents. TLIC is licensed in the states of Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. FBLIC is licensed in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. FBLIC also has a certificate of authority application pending in Alabama.

 

The Company owns 100% of FTCC that was incorporated in 2006, and began operations in January 2007. FTCC provided financing for casualty insurance premiums for individuals and companies and was licensed to conduct premium financing business in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. FTCC currently has no operations other than minor premium refunds and collections of past due accounts and accounts involved in litigation. The Company also owns 100% of SIS, a limited liability company acquired in 2009, that operated as a property and casualty insurance agency but currently has no operations.

 

Company Capitalization

 

The Company raised $1,450,000 from two private placement stock offerings during 2004 and $25,669,480 from two public stock offerings and one private placement stock offering from June 22, 2005 through February 23, 2007, June 29, 2010 through April 30, 2012 and August 15, 2012 through March 8, 2013. The Company issued 7,347,488 shares of its common stock and incurred $3,624,518 of offering costs during these private placements and public stock offerings.

 

Our operations have been profitable and have generated $7,887,137 of net income from operations since we were incorporated in 2004. The Company also issued 702,705 shares of its common stock in connection with two stock dividends paid to shareholders in 2011 and 2012 that resulted in accumulated earnings being charged $5,270,288 with an offsetting credit of $5,270,288 to common stock and additional paid-in capital. The historic impact of these two stock dividend charges of $5,270,288 decreased during 2011 and 2012 the balance of accumulated earnings and resulted in a reported balance as of December 31, 2014 of $2,616,849, as shown in the accumulated earnings caption in the December 31, 2014 consolidated statement of financial position.

 

The Company has also purchased 238,155 shares of treasury stock at a cost of $855,304 from former members of the Board of Directors, a former agent, the former spouse of the Company’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President and a charitable organization where a former member of the Board of Directors had donated shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

Acquisition of Other Companies 

 

On December 23, 2008, FTFC acquired 100% of the outstanding common stock of First Life America Corporation (“FLAC”) from an unaffiliated company. The acquisition of FLAC was accounted for as a purchase. The aggregate purchase price for FLAC was approximately $2,695,000 (including direct cost associated with the acquisition of approximately $195,000). The acquisition of FLAC was financed with the working capital of FTFC.

  

 
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On December 31, 2008, FTFC made FLAC a 15 year loan in the form of a surplus note in the amount of $250,000 with an interest rate of 6% payable monthly, that was approved by the Oklahoma Insurance Department (“OID”). This surplus note is eliminated in consolidation.

 

On August 31, 2009, two of the Company’s subsidiaries, Trinity Life Insurance Company (“Old TLIC”) and FLAC, were merged, with FLAC being the surviving company. Immediately following the merger, FLAC changed its name to TLIC.

 

On December 28, 2011, TLIC acquired 100% of the outstanding common stock of FBLIC from FBLIC’s shareholders. The acquisition of FBLIC was accounted for as a purchase. The aggregate purchase price for the acquisition of FBLIC was $13,855,129. The acquisition of FBLIC was financed with the working capital of TLIC.

 

Financial Information about Segments

 

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) guidance requires a "management approach" in the presentation of business segments based on how management internally evaluates the operating performance of business units. The discussion of segment operating results is provided based on segment data prepared in accordance with this methodology.

 

Prior to January 1, 2014, the Company’s segment data was reported based upon a life insurance segment, consisting of the operations of TLIC and FBLIC, a premium financing segment, consisting of the operations of FTCC and SIS and a corporate segment. Prior to January 1, 2014, the results for the parent company, after elimination of intercompany amounts, were included in the corporate segment.

 

Our business segments beginning January 1, 2014 are as follows:

 

 

Life insurance operations, consisting of the life insurance operations of TLIC and FBLIC;

 

Annuity operations, consisting of the annuity operations of TLIC and FBLIC and

 

Corporate operations, which includes the results of the parent company, FTCC and SIS after the elimination of intercompany amounts.

 

Please see below and Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 and as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 for additional information regarding segment information. The segment data as of December 31, 2013 and for the year ended December 31, 2013 has been restated from what was previously reported and now follows the new segmentation methodology established on January 1, 2014.

 

Life Insurance and Annuity Operations

 

Our Life Insurance and Annuity Operations consists of issuing ordinary whole life insurance, modified premium whole life with an annuity rider, term, final expense, accidental death and dismemberment and annuity products. The policies can be issued with premiums fully guaranteed for the entire term period or with a limited premium guarantee. The final expense is issued as either a simplified issue or as a graded benefit, determined by underwriting.

  

TLIC renewed its administrative services agreement with Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company (“IHLIC”) on August 28, 2012. Under the terms of this agreement, the services provided by IHLIC include underwriting, actuarial, policy issue, accounting, claims processing and other services incidental to the operations of TLIC. The agreement is effective for a period of five (5) years from September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2017 and includes a provision that the agreement may be terminated at any time by either party with a 180 day prior notice.

 

FBLIC entered into an administrative services agreement with IHLIC on November 28, 2012. Under the terms of this agreement, the services provided by IHLIC include underwriting, actuarial, policy issue, accounting, claims processing and other services incidental to the operations of FBLIC. The agreement is effective for a period of five (5) years from November 1, 2012 through October 31, 2017 and includes a provision that the agreement may be terminated at any time by either party with a 180 day prior notice.

 

FTFC entered into an administrative services agreement with IHLIC on January 7, 2011. Under the terms of this agreement, IHLIC provides services incidental to the operation of FTFC as a financial holding company. The agreement is effective for a period of five (5) years from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2015 and includes a provision that the agreement may be terminated at any time by either party with a 180 day prior notice.

  

 
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TLIC continues to seek to serve middle income households in the states of Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. TLIC markets its products through independent agents. With the acquisition of FBLIC in late 2011, we expanded into Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and New Mexico. FBLIC also had initial licenses in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma where TLIC was also licensed. In late 2012, FBLIC was licensed in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia. In 2013, FBLIC was licensed in Illinois and Pennsylvania. In 2014, FBLIC was licensed in Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. FBLIC also has a certificate of authority application pending in Alabama.

 

The following table sets forth our direct collected life insurance premiums and annuity considerations by the policyholder’s state of residence at the time of premium collection, for the most significant states in which we are licensed, for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, in accordance with statutory accounting practices prescribed by the states of domicile of TLIC and FBLIC.

 

   

2014

 

State

 

Life

   

Percentage

   

Annuity

   

Percentage

 

Colorado

  $ 52,100       1 %   $ 45,982       0 %

Florida

    14,307       0 %     227,708       1 %

Illinois

    941,190       11 %     2,155,753       7 %

Indiana

    52,061       1 %     42,581       0 %

Kansas

    2,202,812       25 %     4,462,542       15 %

Kentucky

    191,817       2 %     50,000       0 %

Missouri

    602,282       7 %     464,826       2 %

Nebraska

    219,819       3 %     2,339,607       8 %

North Dakota

    135,738       2 %     3,267,067       11 %

Ohio

    978,350       12 %     241,178       1 %

Oklahoma

    1,595,805       19 %     2,575,335       9 %

Pennsylvania

    11,163       0 %     3,045,645       10 %

Texas

    1,233,995       15 %     10,784,374       35 %

All other

    190,495       2 %     286,408       1 %

Total direct collected premiums

  $ 8,421,934       100 %   $ 29,989,006       100 %

 

   

2013

 

State

 

Life

   

Percentage

   

Annuity

   

Percentage

 

Illinois

  $ 897,578       11 %   $ 112,460       1 %

Kansas

    2,204,227       27 %     2,546,291       12 %

Kentucky

    164,369       2 %     35,213       0 %

Missouri

    607,807       7 %     253,555       1 %

Nebraska

    220,639       3 %     1,091,247       5 %

North Dakota

    134,549       2 %     2,412,121       11 %

Ohio

    873,211       11 %     5,925       0 %

Oklahoma

    1,651,954       20 %     3,204,151       15 %

Pennsylvania

    5,586       0 %     180,000       1 %

Texas

    1,183,582       15 %     11,260,818       53 %

All other

    160,186       2 %     317,641       1 %

Total direct collected premiums

  $ 8,103,688       100 %   $ 21,419,422       100 %

 

Reinsurance

 

TLIC cedes reinsurance under various agreements allowing management to control exposure to potential losses arising from large risks and providing additional capacity for growth and risk diversification. TLIC reinsures all amounts of risk on any one life in excess of $75,000 for individual life insurance with Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company, Optimum Re Insurance Company and Wilton Reassurance Company.

  

 
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TLIC is a party to an Automatic Retrocession Pool Agreement (the “Reinsurance Pool”) with Optimum Re Insurance Company, Catholic Order of Foresters, American Home Life Insurance Company and Woodmen of the World. The agreement provides for automatic retrocession of coverage in excess of Optimum Re Insurance Company’s retention on business ceded to Optimum Re Insurance Company by the other parties to the Reinsurance Pool. TLIC’s maximum exposure on any one insured under the Reinsurance Pool is $75,000. As of January 1, 2008, the Reinsurance Pool stopped accepting new cessions.

 

Effective September 29, 2005, FLAC and Wilton Reassurance Company executed a binding letter of intent whereby both parties agreed that FLAC would cede the simplified issue version of its Golden Eagle Whole Life (Final Expense) product to Wilton Reassurance Company on a 50/50 quota share original term coinsurance basis. The letter of intent was executed on a retroactive basis to cover all applicable business issued by FLAC subsequent to January 1, 2005. Wilton Reassurance Company agreed to provide various commission and expense allowances to FLAC in exchange for FLAC ceding 50% of the applicable premiums to Wilton Reassurance Company as they were collected. As of June 24, 2006, Wilton Reassurance Company terminated the reinsurance agreement for new business issued after the termination date.

 

FBLIC also participates in reinsurance in order to provide risk diversification, additional capacity for future growth and limit the maximum net loss potential arising from large amounts of risk. FBLIC reinsures initial amounts of risk on any one life in excess of $75,000 for individual life insurance with Optimum Re Insurance Company. FBLIC also reinsures its accidental death benefit portion of their life policies under a bulk agreement with Optimum Re Insurance Company.

 

To the extent that the reinsurance companies are unable to meet their obligations under the reinsurance agreements, TLIC and FBLIC remain primarily liable for the entire amount at risk.

 

 Competition 

 

The U.S. life insurance industry is a mature industry that, in recent years, has experienced little to no growth. Competition is intense because the life insurance industry is consolidating, with larger, more efficient and more effective organizations emerging from consolidation. In addition, legislation became effective in the United States that permits commercial banks, insurance companies and investment banks to combine. These factors have increased competitive pressures in general.

 

Many domestic life insurance companies have significantly greater financial, marketing and other resources, longer business histories and more diversified lines of insurance products than we do. We also face competition from companies marketing in person as well as with direct mail and internet sales campaigns. Although we may be at a competitive disadvantage to these entities, we believe that our premium rates, policy features, marketing approaches and policyholder services are generally competitive with those of other life insurance companies selling similar types of products and provide us with niche marketing opportunities not actively pursued by other life insurance companies.

 

Governmental Regulation 

 

TLIC and FBLIC, respectively, are subject to regulation and supervision by the OID and the Missouri Department of Insurance (“MDOI”). The insurance laws of Oklahoma and Missouri give the OID and MDOI broad regulatory authority, including powers to: (i) grant and revoke licenses to transact business; (ii) regulate and supervise trade practices and market conduct; (iii) establish guaranty associations; (iv) license agents; (v) approve policy forms; (vi) approve premium rates for some lines of business; (vii) establish reserve requirements; (viii) prescribe the form and content of required financial statements and reports; (ix) determine the reasonableness and adequacy of statutory capital and surplus and (x) regulate the type and amount of permitted investments.

 

TLIC and FBLIC can be required, under the solvency or guaranty laws of most states in which they do business, to pay assessments (up to prescribed limits) to fund policyholder losses or liabilities of other insurance companies that become insolvent. These assessments may be deferred or foregone under most guaranty laws if they would threaten an insurer's financial strength and, in certain instances, may be offset against future premium taxes.

 

TLIC is subject to Oklahoma laws and FBLIC is subject to Missouri laws that limit the amount of dividends insurance companies can pay to stockholders without approval of the respective Departments of Insurance. The maximum dividend, which may be paid in any twelve-month period without notification or approval, is limited to the greater of 10% of statutory surplus as of December 31 of the preceding year or the net gain from operations of the preceding calendar year.

  

 
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Cash dividends may only be paid out of surplus derived from realized net profits. Based on these limitations, there is capacity for TLIC to pay a dividend up to $2,167,518 in 2015 without prior approval. In addition, based on those limitations, there is the capacity for FBLIC to pay a dividend up to $980,906 in 2015 without prior approval. FBLIC paid dividends of $1,500,000 and $850,000 to TLIC in 2014 and 2013, respectively. These dividends are eliminated in consolidation. TLIC has paid no dividends to FTFC.

 

There are certain factors particular to the life insurance business which may have an adverse effect on the statutory operating results of TLIC and FBLIC. One such factor is that the costs associated with issuing a new policy in force is usually greater than the first year’s policy premium. Accordingly, in the early years of a new life insurance company, these initial costs and the required provisions for reserves often have an adverse effect on statutory operating results.

 

Premium Finance Operations

 

FTCC was incorporated in 2006 and provided financing for casualty insurance premiums for individuals and companies and was licensed to conduct premium financing business in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. FTCC currently has no operations other than minor premium refunds and collections of past due accounts and accounts involved in litigation. SIS, a property and casualty insurance agency acquired in 2009, wrote commercial and personal lines of insurance, primarily in the state of Mississippi. SIS is no longer operating as a property and casualty insurance agency and currently has no operations.

 

Employees 

 

As of March 9, 2015, the Company had seven full-time employees and two part-time employees.

 

Item 2. Properties

 

The Company leases 6,769 square feet of office space pursuant to a five-year lease that began October 1, 2010. Under the terms of the home office lease, the monthly rent is $7,897 from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015. The Company incurred rent expense (including charges for the lessor’s building operating expenses above those specified in the lease agreement) of $69,886 and $76,192 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, under this lease. The Company received a $120,000 leasehold improvement allowance from the lessor on January 1, 2011 that is being amortized over the remaining non-cancellable lease term that reduced incurred rent expense by $25,263 for each of the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. Future minimum lease payments to be paid under non-cancellable lease agreements are $71,073 in 2015.

 

TLIC owns approximately six and one-half acres of land located in Topeka, Kansas. A 20,000 square foot office building has been constructed on approximately one-half of this land.

 

On December 24, 2009, TLIC entered into a five year lease of approximately 7,500 square feet of its building in Topeka, Kansas with an option for the lessee to renew the lease for five additional years. On September 28, 2014, TLIC entered into a two year lease effective January 1, 2015 with the same lessee for the same office space. The terms of the lease leave TLIC responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are as follows: $9,130 in 2012, $9,371 in 2013 and 2014 and $8,696 for 2015 and 2016.

 

TLIC has also leased 10,000 square feet in the Topeka, Kansas office building under a lease that was renewed during 2006 to run through June 30, 2011 with a 90 day notice to terminate the lease by the lessee. This lease was renewed on July 1, 2011 to run through June 30, 2016. Beginning July 1, 2014, the lessee can terminate the lease with a 180 day written notice. The terms of the lease leave TLIC responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The lease agreement calls for minimum monthly base lease payments of $17,535.

 

Effective August 29, 2005, TLIC executed a lease agreement for 2,500 square feet of the Topeka, Kansas office building. The base lease period commenced on September 1, 2005 and ended on August 31, 2010. The lease automatically renewed on August 15, 2010, for another five years with a 90 day notice by the lessee to terminate the lease. The terms of the lease leave TLIC responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The lease agreement called for minimum monthly base lease payments of $4,332 through August 31, 2010. The lease payments decreased to $3,100 per month for the period September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2015.

  

 
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In December 2013, TLIC purchased one acre of land in Greensburg, Indiana that included a 3,975 square foot building constructed on approximately 8% of this land at a cost of $2,444,203 (including closing costs of $50,516). The building is leased through October 31, 2027 plus four future five year extensions effective on November 1, 2027, November 1, 2032, November 1, 2037 and November 1, 2042. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are as follows: $14,661 in 2014; $14,881 in 2015; $15,104 in 2016; $15,531 in 2017; $15,561 in 2018 and $15,794 in 2019.

 

In December 2013, TLIC also purchased one acre of land in Norman, Oklahoma that included a 9,100 square foot building constructed on approximately 18% of this land at a cost of $1,519,431 (including closing costs of $37,931). The building is leased through August 31, 2028 plus three future five year extensions on September 1, 2028, September 1, 2033 and September 1, 2038. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are $8,004 through August 31, 2028.

 

In February 2014, TLIC purchased one acre of land in Houston, Texas that included a 9,195 square foot building constructed on approximately 25% of this land at a cost of $977,013 (including closing costs of $31,063). The building is leased through December 31, 2023 plus four future five year extensions effective on January 1, 2024, January 1, 2029, January 1, 2034 and January 1, 2039. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes and building insurance. TLIC is responsible for paying building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are $5,833 through December 31, 2019.

 

In February 2014, TLIC purchased three-fourths of an acre of land in Harrisonville, Missouri that included a 6,895 square foot building constructed on approximately 20% of this land at a cost of $1,752,397 (including closing costs of $44,864). The building is leased through October 31, 2028 plus three future five year extensions on November 1, 2028, November 1, 2033 and November 1, 2038. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are $9,463 through October 31, 2028.

 

The future minimum lease payments to be received under the above non-cancellable lease agreements are $798,190, $670,864, $464,032, $466,798 and $476,610 for the years 2015 through 2019, respectively.

 

FBLIC owns approximately one-half acre of undeveloped land located in Jefferson City, Missouri with a carrying value of $135,892. FTCC also owned a small, undeveloped land parcel in Carthage, Mississippi with a carrying value of $36,000 that was sold during 2014.

 

On March 11, 2015, the Company closed on the sale of its investment real estate in buildings and land held for sale in Greensburg, Indiana; Norman, Oklahoma; Houston, Texas and Harrisonville, Missouri with an aggregate carrying value of $6,828,936 as of both December 31, 2014 and March 11, 2015. The Company expects to record a gross profit on these sales of approximately $254,310 based on an aggregate sales price of $7,083,246 less closing costs and expenses of $20,067.

 

In addition, simultaneously with these sales, the Company will settle its two notes payable, collateralized by the held for sale buildings and land (including assignment of the tenant leases), with an aggregate payment to Grand Bank (the creditor) of $4,076, 473. In connection with the repayments of the two notes payable, the Company will expense the loan origination fees remaining as of March 11, 2015 of $72,744. During the period from January 1, 2015 to March 11, 2015, the Company will also incur interest expense of $38,217 on the two notes payable and amortize $7,423 of loan origination fees.  

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

 

The Company and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gregg E. Zahn, filed an action in the District Court of Tulsa County, Oklahoma in 2013, Case No. CJ-2013-03385, against former Company Board of Directors member, Wayne Pettigrew and Mr. Pettigrew’s company, Group & Pension Planners, Inc. (the “Defendants”).  The petition filed in the case alleges that Mr. Pettigrew, during and after the time he was a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, made defamatory statements regarding the Company and Mr. Zahn and committed breaches of his fiduciary duties to the Company.  The defendants are alleged to have made defamatory statements to certain shareholders of the Company, to the press and to the Oklahoma Insurance Department and the Oklahoma Department of Securities.  Mr. Pettigrew has denied the allegations.

 

The Board of Directors, represented by independent counsel, concluded that there was no action to be taken against Mr. Zahn and that the allegations by Mr. Pettigrew were without substance.  The Company has been informed by the Oklahoma Insurance Department that it would take no action and also informed that the Oklahoma Department of Securities, after its investigation of the allegations, concluded that no proceedings were needed with respect to the alleged matters.

 

It is the Company’s intention to vigorously prosecute this action against the Defendants for damages and for the correction of the defamatory statements.  In the opinion of the Company’s management, the ultimate resolution of any contingencies that may arise from this litigation is not considered material in relation to the financial position or results of operations of the Company.

  

 
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Prior to its acquisition by TLIC, FBLIC developed, marketed, and sold life insurance products known as “Decreasing Term to 95” policies. On January 17, 2013, FBLIC’s Board of Directors voted that, effective March 1, 2013, it was not approving, and therefore was not providing, a dividend for the Decreasing Term to 95 policies. On November 22, 2013, three individuals who owned Decreasing Term to 95 policies filed a Petition in the Circuit Court of Greene County, Missouri asserting claims against FBLIC relating to FBLIC’s decision to not provide a dividend under the Decreasing Term to 95 policies.

 

The Petition asserts claims for breach of contract and anticipatory breach of contract and alleges that FBLIC breached, and will anticipatorily breach, the Decreasing Term to 95 policies of insurance by not providing a dividend sufficient to purchase a one year term life insurance policy which would keep the death benefit under the Decreasing Term to 95 policies the same as that provided during the first year of coverage under the policy. In addition to these claims, the Petition asserts claims for negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (“MMPA”). It alleges that during its sale of the Decreasing Term to 95 policies, FBLIC represented that the owners of these policies would always be entitled to dividends to purchase a one-year term life insurance policy and that the owners would have a level death benefit without an increase in premium.

 

The Petition also seeks to certify a class of individuals with similar claims but no class has been certified by the Court. FBLIC denies the allegations in the Petition and will continue to defend against them. It is the Company’s intention to vigorously defend the request for class certification, as well as to defend vigorously against the individual allegations. FBLIC filed a motion for partial summary judgment seeking summary judgment on the claims for violation of MMPA. The motion for partial summary judgment asked the Court to declare that the MMPA does not apply to insurance companies such as FBLIC and enter judgment for FBLIC on the petition. A hearing for the motion of summary judgment was held on February 25, 2015 and it was subsequently denied by the Court on March 2, 2015. The Company is unable to determine the potential magnitude of the claims in the event of a final certification and the plaintiffs prevailing on the substantive action.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

 

None

 

PART II

 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Small Business Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

(a)

Market Information

   
  Trading of the Company’s common stock is limited and an established public market does not exist.
   
(i) Holders
   
  As of March 9, 2015, there were approximately 4,000 shareholders of the Company’s outstanding common stock.
   
(ii)  Dividends
   
  The Company has not paid any cash dividends since inception (April 19, 2004). The Board of Directors of the Company has not adopted a dividend payment policy; however, dividends must necessarily depend upon the Company's earnings and financial condition, applicable legal restrictions, and other factors relevant at the time the Board of Directors considers a dividend policy. Cash available for dividends to shareholders of the Company must initially come from income and capital gains earned on its investment portfolio and dividends paid by the Company’s subsidiaries.
   
  Provisions of the Oklahoma Insurance Code relating to insurance holding companies subject transactions between the Company and TLIC and the Company and FBLIC, including dividend payments, to certain standards generally intended to prevent such transactions from adversely affecting the adequacy of life insurance subsidiaries' capital and surplus available to support policyholder obligations. In addition, under the Oklahoma General Corporation Act, the Company may not pay dividends if, after giving effect to a dividend, it would not be able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of business or if its total liabilities would exceed its total assets.

  

 
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  On January 10, 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a 5% share dividend by which shareholders received a share of common stock for each 20 shares of common stock of the Company they hold. The dividend was payable to the holders of shares of the Corporation as of March 10, 2011. Fractional shares were rounded to the nearest whole number of shares. The Company issued 323,777 shares in connection with the stock dividend that resulted in accumulated deficit being charged $2,428,328 with an offsetting credit of $2,428,328 to common stock and additional paid-in capital.
   
  On January 11, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors approved another 5% share dividend by which shareholders received a share of common stock for each 20 shares of common stock of the Company they hold. The dividend was payable to the holders of shares of the Corporation as of March 10, 2012. Fractional  shares were rounded to the nearest whole number of shares. The Company issued 378,928 shares in connection with the stock dividend that resulted in accumulated deficit being charged $2,841,960 with an offsetting credit of $2,841,960 to common stock and additional paid-in capital.
   
(iii) Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans
   
  There are no plans under which equity securities are authorized for issuance.
   
(b) None
   
(c) Purchases of Equity Securities by Issuer
   
  The Company repurchased 185,313 shares of its common stock at a cost of $648,595 during 2012 from former members of the Board of Directors; repurchased 12,896 shares of its common stock at a cost of $45,136 from a former member of the Board of Directors and a charitable organization for which that former Director had donated 10,250 shares of the Company’s common stock during 2013 and repurchased 39,946 shares of its common stock at a cost of $161,573 from a former agent, the former spouse of the Company’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors during 2014.

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Overview 

 

First Trinity Financial Corporation (“we” “us”, “our”, “FTFC” or the “Company”) conducts operations as an insurance holding company emphasizing ordinary life insurance products in niche markets. We are no longer operating a premium finance company, financing casualty insurance premiums.

 

As an insurance provider, we collect premiums in the current period to pay future benefits to our policy and contract holders. Our core TLIC operations include issuing modified premium whole life insurance with a flexible premium deferred annuity, ordinary whole life, final expense, term and annuity products to predominately middle income households in the states of Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas through independent agents. With the acquisition of FBLIC in late 2011, we expanded into Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and New Mexico. FBLIC also had initial licenses in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma where TLIC was also licensed. In late 2012, FBLIC was licensed in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia. In 2013, FBLIC was licensed in Illinois and Pennsylvania. In 2014, FBLIC was licensed in Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. FBLIC also has a certificate of authority application pending in Alabama.

 

We also realize revenues from our investment portfolio, which is a key component of our operations. The revenues we collect as premiums from policyholders are invested to ensure future benefit payments under the policy contracts. Life insurance companies earn profits on the investment spread, which reflects the investment income earned on the premiums paid to the insurer between the time of receipt and the time benefits are paid out under policies. Changes in interest rates, changes in economic conditions and volatility in the capital markets can all impact the amount of earnings that we realize from our investment portfolio.

  

 
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Prior to June 30, 2013, we provided financing for casualty insurance premiums for individuals and companies through independent property and casualty insurance agents through our wholly owned subsidiary FTCC. FTCC was licensed to conduct premium financing business in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. FTCC currently has no operations other than minor premium refunds and collections of past due accounts and accounts involved in litigation.

 

Acquisitions 

 

The Company expects to facilitate growth through acquisitions of other life insurance companies and/or blocks of life insurance business. In late December 2008, the Company completed its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding stock of First Life America Corporation for $2,500,000 and had additional acquisition related expenses of $195,000.

 

In late December 2011, the Company completed its acquisition of 100% of the outstanding stock of FBLIC for $13,855,129.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

The discussion and analysis of our financial condition, results of operations and liquidity and capital resources is based on our consolidated financial statements that have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses. We evaluate our estimates and assumptions continually, including those related to investments, deferred acquisition costs, value of insurance business acquired and policy liabilities. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other factors and assumptions that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying value of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe the following accounting policies, judgments and estimates are the most critical to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements.

 

Investments in Fixed Maturities and Equity Securities

 

We hold fixed maturities and equity interests in a variety of companies. We continuously evaluate all of our investments based on current economic conditions, credit loss experience and other developments. We evaluate the difference between the cost/amortized cost and estimated fair value of our investments to determine whether any decline in fair value is other-than-temporary in nature. This determination involves a degree of uncertainty. If a decline in the fair value of a security is determined to be temporary, the decline is recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) within shareholders’ equity. If a decline in a security’s fair value is considered to be other-than-temporary, we then determine the proper treatment for the other-than-temporary impairment.

 

For fixed maturities, the amount of any other-than-temporary impairment related to a credit loss is recognized in earnings and reflected as a reduction in the cost basis of the security. The amount of any other-than-temporary impairment related to other factors is recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) with no change to the cost basis of the security. For equity securities, the amount of any other-than-temporary impairment is recognized in earnings and reflected as a reduction in the cost basis of the security.

 

The assessment of whether a decline in fair value is considered temporary or other-than-temporary includes management’s judgment as to the financial position and future prospects of the entity issuing the security. It is not possible to accurately predict when it may be determined that a specific security will become impaired. Future adverse changes in market conditions, poor operating results of underlying investments and defaults on interest and principal payments could result in losses or an inability to recover the current carrying value of the investments, thereby possibly requiring an impairment charge in the future. In addition, if a change occurs in our intent to sell temporarily impaired securities prior to maturity or recovery in value, or if it becomes more likely than not that we will be required to sell such securities prior to recovery in value or maturity, a future impairment charge could result. If an other-than-temporary impairment related to a credit loss occurs with respect to a bond, we amortize the reduced book value back to the security’s expected recovery value over the remaining term of the bond. We continue to review the security for further impairment that would prompt another write-down in the book value.

  

 
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Mortgage Loans on Real Estate

 

We carry mortgage loans on real estate at unpaid balances, net of unamortized premium or discounts. Interest income and the amortization of premiums or discounts are included in net investment income. Mortgage loan fees, certain direct loan origination costs and purchase premiums and discounts on loans are recognized as an adjustment of yield by the interest method based on the contractual terms of the loan. In certain circumstances, prepayments may be anticipated.

 

We have established a valuation allowance for mortgage loans on real estate that are not supported by funds held in escrow. This allowance for possible loan losses from investments in mortgage loans on real estate is a reserve established through a provision for possible loan losses charged to expense which represents, in our judgment, the known and inherent credit losses existing in the residential and commercial mortgage loan portfolio. This allowance, in our judgment, is necessary to reserve for estimated loan losses inherent in the residential and commercial mortgage loan portfolio and reduces the carrying value of investments in mortgage loans on real estate to the estimated net realizable value on the consolidated statement of financial position.

 

While we utilize our best judgment and information available, the ultimate adequacy of this allowance is dependent upon a variety of factors beyond our control, including the performance of the residential and commercial mortgage loan portfolio, the economy and changes in interest rates. Our allowance for possible mortgage loan losses consists of specific valuation allowances established for probable losses on specific loans and a portfolio reserve for probable incurred but not specifically identified loans.

 

We consider mortgage loans on real estate impaired when, based on current information and events, it is probable that we will be unable to collect the scheduled payments of principal or interest when due according to the contractual terms of the mortgage loan agreement. Factors that we consider in determining impairment include payment status, collateral value of the real estate subject to the mortgage loan and the probability of collecting scheduled principal and interest payments when due. Mortgage loans that experience insignificant payment delays and payment shortfalls generally are not classified as impaired.

 

We determine the significance of payment delays and payment shortfalls on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration all of the circumstances surrounding the mortgage loan on real estate and the borrower, including the length of the delay, the reasons for the delay, the borrower’s prior payment record and the amount of the shortfall in relation to the principal and interest owed. Impairment is measured on a loan-by-loan basis.

 

Deferred Policy Acquisition Costs

 

Commissions and other acquisition costs which vary with and are primarily related to the successful production of new and renewal insurance contracts are deferred and amortized in a systematic manner based on the related contract revenues or gross profits as appropriate. The recovery of deferred acquisition costs is dependent on the future profitability of the underlying business for which acquisition costs were incurred. Each reporting period, we evaluate the recoverability of the unamortized balance of deferred acquisition costs. We consider estimated future gross profits or future premiums; expected mortality or morbidity; interest earned and credited rates; persistency and expenses in determining whether the balance is recoverable.

 

If we determine a portion of the unamortized balance is not recoverable, it is immediately charged to amortization expense. The assumptions we use to amortize and evaluate the recoverability of the deferred acquisition costs involve significant judgment. A revision to these assumptions may impact future financial results. Deferred acquisition costs related to the successful production of new and renewal insurance business for traditional life insurance contracts are deferred to the extent deemed recoverable and amortized over the premium paying period of the related policies using assumptions consistent with those used in computing future policy benefit liabilities.

 

Deferred acquisition costs related to the successful production of new and renewal insurance and annuity products that subject us to mortality or morbidity risk over a period that extends beyond the period or periods in which premiums are collected and that have terms that are fixed and guaranteed (i.e., limited-payment long-duration annuity contracts) are deferred to the extent deemed recoverable and amortized in relation to the present value of actual and expected gross profits on the policies. To the extent that realized gains and losses on securities result in adjustments to deferred acquisition costs related to insurance and annuity products, such adjustments are reflected as a component of the amortization of deferred acquisition costs.

  

 
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Deferred acquisition costs related to limited-payment long-duration insurance and annuity contracts are also adjusted, net of tax, for the change in amortization that would have been recorded if the unrealized gains (losses) from securities had actually been realized. This adjustment is included in the change in net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on available-for-sale securities, a component of “Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income” in the shareholders’ equity section of the statement of financial position.

 

Value of Insurance Business Acquired

 

As a result of our purchases of FLAC and FBLIC, an asset was recorded in the application of purchase accounting to recognize the value of acquired insurance in force.  The Company’s value of acquired insurance in force is an intangible asset with a definite life and is amortized under FASB guidance.  The value of acquired insurance in force is amortized primarily over the emerging profit of the related policies using the same assumptions that were used in computing liabilities for future policy benefits. The recovery of the value of insurance business acquired is dependent on the future profitability of the underlying business that was initially recorded in the purchases of FLAC and FBLIC. Each reporting period, we evaluate the recoverability of the unamortized balance of the value of insurance business acquired.

 

For the amortization of the value of acquired insurance in force, the Company reviews its estimates of gross profits each reporting period. The most significant assumptions involved in the estimation of gross profits include interest rate spreads; future financial market performance; business surrender and lapse rates; mortality and morbidity; expenses and the impact of realized investment gains and losses. In the event actual experience differs significantly from assumptions or assumptions are significantly revised, the Company is required to record a charge or credit to amortization expense for the period in which an adjustment is made.

 

As of December 31, 2014 and 2013, there was $2,065,464 and $1,653,088, respectively, of accumulated amortization of the value of insurance business acquired due to the purchases of FLAC and FBLIC. The Company expects to amortize the value of insurance business acquired by the following amounts over the next five years:  $363,920 in 2015, $356,090 in 2016, $331,336 in 2017, $306,915 in 2018 and $273,658 in 2019.

 

Future Policy Benefits

 

Our liability for future policy benefits is primarily comprised of the present value of estimated future payments to or on behalf of policyholders, where the timing and amount of payment depends on policyholder mortality or morbidity, less the present value of future net premiums. For life insurance and annuity products, expected mortality and morbidity is generally based on the Company’s historical experience or standard industry tables including a provision for the risk of adverse deviation. Interest rate assumptions are based on factors such as market conditions and expected investment returns. Although mortality and morbidity and interest rate assumptions are “locked-in” upon the issuance of new insurance with fixed and guaranteed terms, significant changes in experience or assumptions may require the Company to provide for expected future losses on a product by establishing premium deficiency reserves.

 

Estimating liabilities for our long-duration insurance contracts requires management to make various assumptions, including policyholder persistency; mortality rates; investment yields; discretionary benefit increases; new business pricing and operating expense levels. We evaluate historical experience for these factors when assessing the need for changing current assumptions. However, since many of these factors are interdependent and subject to short-term volatility during the long-duration contract period, substantial judgment is required. Actual experience may emerge differently from that originally estimated. Any such difference would be recognized in the current year’s consolidated statement of operations.

  

 
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Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity

        

In April 2014, the FASB issued revised guidance to reduce diversity in practice for reporting discontinued operations. Under the previous guidance, any component of an entity that was a reportable segment, an operating segment, a reporting unit, a subsidiary or an asset group was eligible for discontinued operations presentation. The revised guidance only allows disposals of components of an entity that represent a strategic shift (e.g., disposal of a major geographical area, a major line of business, a major equity method investment or other major parts of an entity) and that have a major effect on a reporting entity's operations and financial results to be reported as discontinued operations. The revised guidance also requires expanded disclosure in the financial statements for discontinued operations as well as for disposals of significant components of an entity that do not qualify for discontinued operations presentation.

 

The updated guidance is effective for the quarter ending March 31, 2015. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material effect on the Company's results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

 

Revenue from Contracts with Customers

 

In May 2014, the FASB issued updated guidance to clarify the principles for recognizing revenue. While insurance contracts are not within the scope of this updated guidance, the Company's fee income related to providing services will be subject to this updated guidance. The updated guidance requires an entity to recognize revenue as performance obligations are met, in order to reflect the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration the entity is entitled to receive for those goods or services.

 

The following steps are applied in the updated guidance: (1) identify the contract(s) with a customer; (2) identify the performance obligations in the contract; (3) determine the transaction price; (4) allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract and (5) recognize revenue when, or as, the entity satisfies a performance obligation.

 

The updated guidance is effective for the quarter ending March 31, 2017. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material effect on the Company's results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

 

Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period

 

In June 2014, the FASB issued updated guidance to resolve diversity in practice concerning employee share-based payments that contain performance targets that could be achieved after the requisite service period. Many reporting entities account for performance targets that could be achieved after the requisite service period as performance conditions that affect the vesting of the award and, therefore, do not reflect the performance targets in the estimate of the grant-date fair value of the award. Other reporting entities treat those performance targets as nonvesting conditions that affect the grant-date fair value of the award.

 

The updated guidance requires that a performance target that affects vesting and that can be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition. As such, the performance target that affects vesting should not be reflected in estimating that fair value of the award at the grant date. Compensation cost should be recognized in the period in which it becomes probable that the performance target will be achieved and should represent the compensation cost attributable to the periods for which service has been rendered. If the performance target becomes probable of being achieved before the end of the service period, the remaining unrecognized compensation cost for which requisite service has not yet been rendered is recognized prospectively over the remaining service period. The total amount of compensation cost recognized during and after the service period should reflect the number of awards that are expected to vest and should be adjusted to reflect those awards that ultimately vest.

 

The updated guidance is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2015, with early adoption permitted. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material effect on the Company's results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

  

 
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Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity's Ability to Continue as a Going Concern

 

In August 2014, the FASB issued guidance to address the diversity in practice in determining when there is substantial doubt about an entity's ability to continue as a going concern and when an entity must disclose certain relevant conditions and events. The new guidance requires an entity to evaluate whether there are conditions or events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued (or available to be issued). The new guidance allows the entity to consider the mitigating effects of management's plans that will alleviate the substantial doubt and requires certain disclosures when substantial doubt is alleviated as a result of consideration of management's plans. If conditions or events raise substantial doubt that is not alleviated, an entity should disclose that there is substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued (or available to be issued), along with the principal conditions or events that raise substantial doubt, management's evaluation of the significance of those conditions or events in relation to the entity's ability to meet its obligations and management's plans that are intended to mitigate those conditions.

 

The guidance is effective for annual periods ending after December 15, 2016, and interim and annual periods thereafter.

 

Determining Whether the Host Contract in a Hybrid Financial Instrument Issued in the Form of a Share Is More Akin to Debt or to Equity

        

In November 2014, the FASB issued updated guidance to clarify when the separation of certain embedded derivative features in a hybrid financial instrument that is issued in the form of a share is required. That is, an entity will continue to evaluate whether the economic characteristics and risks of the embedded derivative feature are clearly and closely related to those of the host contract. Specifically, the amendments clarify that an entity should consider all relevant terms and features, including the embedded derivative feature being evaluated for bifurcation, in evaluating the nature of the host contract. Furthermore, the amendments clarify that no single term or feature would necessarily determine the economic characteristics and risks of the host contract. Rather, the nature of the host contract depends upon the economic characteristics and risks of the entire hybrid financial instrument.

 

The updated guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material effect on the Company's results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

 

Receivables – Troubled Debt Restructurings by Creditors

 

In January 2014, the FASB issued updated guidance for troubled debt restructurings clarifying when an in substance repossession or foreclosure occurs, and when a creditor is considered to have received physical possession of residential real estate property collateralizing a consumer mortgage loan. The new guidance is effective for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2015. This guidance can be elected for prospective adoption or by using a retrospective transition method. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material effect on the Company's results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

  

Business Segments

 

The FASB guidance requires a "management approach" in the presentation of business segments based on how management internally evaluates the operating performance of business units. The discussion of segment operating results is provided based on segment data prepared in accordance with this methodology.

 

Prior to January 1, 2014, the Company’s segment data was reported based upon a life insurance segment, consisting of the operations of TLIC and FBLIC, a premium financing segment, consisting of the operations of FTCC and SIS and a corporate segment. Prior to January 1, 2014, the results for the parent company, after elimination of intercompany amounts, were included in the corporate segment.

  

 
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Our business segments beginning January 1, 2014 are as follows:

 

 

Life insurance operations, consisting of the life insurance operations of TLIC and FBLIC;

 

Annuity operations, consisting of the annuity operations of TLIC and FBLIC and

 

Corporate operations, which includes the results of the parent company, FTCC and SIS after the elimination of intercompany amounts.

 

Please see below and Note 13 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 and as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 for additional information regarding segment information. The segment data as of December 31, 2013 and for the year ended December 31, 2013 has been restated from what was previously reported and now follows the new segmentation methodology established on January 1, 2014.

 

 

The following is a discussion and analysis of our financial condition, results of operations and liquidity and capital resources.

 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Consolidated Condensed Results of Operations for the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

   

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

   

2014 less 2013

    2014 to 2013  

Premiums

  $ 8,095,199     $ 7,929,672     $ 165,527       2.1 %

Net investment income

    8,683,007       7,027,006       1,656,001       23.6 %

Net realized investment gains

    1,017,545       1,132,451       (114,906 )     -10.1 %

Other income

    82,432       59,104       23,328       39.5 %

Total revenues

    17,878,183       16,148,233       1,729,950       10.7 %

Benefits and claims

    10,766,491       9,602,129       1,164,362       12.1 %

Expenses

    5,668,619       5,338,029       330,590       6.2 %

Total benefits, claims and expenses

    16,435,110       14,940,158       1,494,952       10.0 %

Income before federal income tax expense (benefit)

    1,443,073       1,208,075       234,998       19.5 %

Federal income tax expense (benefit)

    (482,438 )     318,752       (801,190 )     -251.4 %

Net income

  $ 1,925,511     $ 889,323     $ 1,036,188       116.5 %

Net income per common share basic and diluted

  $ 0.25     $ 0.11     $ 0.14       127.3 %

 

 
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Consolidated Condensed Financial Position as of December 31, 2014 and 2013

 

 

                    Increase     Percentage  
                   

(Decrease)

   

 Change

 
   

December 31, 2014

   

December 31, 2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  
                                 
                                 

Investment assets

  $ 183,581,353     $ 150,056,278     $ 33,525,075       22.3 %

Other assets

    35,419,815       33,116,881       2,302,934       7.0 %

Total assets

  $ 219,001,168     $ 183,173,159     $ 35,828,009       19.6 %
                                 

Policy liabilities

  $ 177,158,120     $ 147,806,056     $ 29,352,064       19.9 %

Notes payable

    4,076,473       -       4,076,473       100.0 %

Deferred federal income taxes

    2,198,753       2,543,825       (345,072 )     -13.6 %

Other liabilities

    2,357,484       2,182,264       175,220       8.0 %

Total liabilities

    185,790,830       152,532,145       33,258,685       21.8 %

Shareholders' equity

    33,210,338       30,641,014       2,569,324       8.4 %

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

  $ 219,001,168     $ 183,173,159     $ 35,828,009       19.6 %
                                 

Shareholders' equity per common share

  $ 4.25     $ 3.90     $ 0.35       9.0 %

 

 

Results of Operations – Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

 

Revenues

 

Our primary sources of revenue are life insurance premium income and investment income. Premium payments are classified as first-year, renewal and single. In addition, realized gains and losses on investment holdings can significantly impact revenues from period to period.

 

Our revenues for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

                   

Increase

    Percentage   
   

Years Ended December 31,

   

(Decrease)

   

 Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

   

2014 less 2013

    2014 to 2013  

Premiums

  $ 8,095,199     $ 7,929,672     $ 165,527       2.1 %

Net investment income

    8,683,007       7,027,006       1,656,001       23.6 %

Net realized investment gains

    1,017,545       1,132,451       (114,906 )     -10.1 %

Other income

    82,432       59,104       23,328       39.5 %

Total revenues

  $ 17,878,183     $ 16,148,233     $ 1,729,950       10.7 %

 

The $1,729,950 increase in total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 is discussed below.

  

 
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Premiums

 

Our premiums for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

   

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

   

2014 less 2013

    2014 to 2013  

Whole life and term first year

  $ 67,654     $ 103,567     $ (35,913 )     -34.7 %

Whole life and term renewal

    2,637,361       2,930,582       (293,221 )     -10.0 %

Final expense first year

    948,892       926,369       22,523       2.4 %

Final expense renewal

    4,441,292       3,969,154       472,138       11.9 %

Total premiums

  $ 8,095,199     $ 7,929,672     $ 165,527       2.1 %

 

The $165,527 increase in premiums for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to a $472,138 increase in final expense renewal premiums that exceeded a $329,134 decrease in whole life and term first year and renewal premiums.

 

The increase in final expense renewal premiums reflects the persistency of prior years’ final expense production. Our marketing efforts are focused on final expense and annuity production and we have not been focused on whole life and term production the past few years.

 

Net Investment Income

 

The major components of our net investment income for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

                   

Increase

      Percentage   
   

Years Ended December 31,

   

(Decrease)

   

 Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

   

2014 less 2013

    2014 to 2013  

Fixed maturity securities

  $ 4,585,375     $ 4,426,063     $ 159,312       3.6 %

Equity securities

    41,127       35,413       5,714       16.1 %

Other long-term investments

    1,605,470       1,635,788       (30,318 )     -1.9 %

Mortgage loans

    2,479,552       1,150,498       1,329,054       115.5 %

Real estate

    788,087       375,290       412,797       110.0 %

Policy loans

    102,675       100,512       2,163       2.2 %

Short-term and other investments

    166,298       94,759       71,539       75.5 %

Gross investment income

    9,768,584       7,818,323       1,950,261       24.9 %

Investment expenses

    (1,085,577 )     (791,317 )     294,260       -37.2 %

Net investment income

  $ 8,683,007     $ 7,027,006     $ 1,656,001       23.6 %

 

The $1,950,261 increase in gross investment income for the year ended December 31, 2014 is due to the 2014 investment primarily in mortgage loans, real estate and fixed maturity securities. During 2014, our investments in mortgage loans have increased approximately $19.5 million. In addition, since December 31, 2013, we have purchased two retail business buildings and land located in Missouri and Texas for approximately $2.7 million and capitalized $88,447 additional closing costs related to the 2013 purchase of two retail business buildings and land located in Indiana and Oklahoma. Investments in fixed maturity securities have also increased $10.2 million since December 31, 2013. The interest and rental income on these investments in mortgage loans, real estate and fixed maturity securities accounted for $1,901,163 of the $1,950,261 increase in gross investment income.

  

 
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The $294,260 increase in investment expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 is due to fees and expenses associated with our increased investments in mortgage loans and real estate including $137,581 of interest on the $4,076,473 of notes payable and a $68,271 increase in the mortgage loan allowance.

 

Net Realized Investment Gains

 

There was a $114,906 decrease in net realized investment gains for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

The net realized investment gains from the sales and maturities of fixed maturity securities available-for-sale of $796,141 for the year ended December 31, 2014 resulted from proceeds of $14,462,534 for these securities that had carrying values of $13,666,393 at the 2014 disposal dates.

 

The net realized investment gains from the sales of equity securities available-for-sale of $2,900 for the year ended December 31, 2014 resulted from proceeds of $205,080 for these securities that had carrying values of $202,180 at the 2014 disposal dates.

 

The net realized investment gains from mortgage loans on real estate of $218,504 for the year ended December 31, 2014 resulted from the early payoff of mortgage loans that the Company had acquired at a discounted price.

 

The net realized investment gains from the sales and maturities of fixed maturity securities available-for-sale of $915,009 for the year ended December 31, 2013 resulted from proceeds of $10,805,866 for these securities that had carrying values of $9,890,857 at the 2013 disposal dates.

 

The net realized investment losses from the sales and impairment of equity securities available-for-sale of $46,954 for the year ended December 31, 2013 resulted from proceeds of $97,975 for these securities that had carrying values of $144,929 at the 2013 disposal dates. An equity security with a carrying value of $42,500 was deemed to be fully impaired in fourth quarter 2013 with the decrease in value reported as a realized loss.

 

The net realized investment gains from mortgage loans on real estate of $264,396 for the year ended December 31, 2013 resulted from the early payoff of mortgage loans that the Company had acquired at a discounted price.

 

We recorded no other-than-temporary impairments in 2014 or 2013 other than the $42,500 realized loss recorded on the equity security that was deemed to be fully impaired in fourth quarter 2013.

  

 
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Total Benefits, Claims and Expenses

 

Our benefits, claims and expenses are primarily generated from benefit payments, surrenders, interest credited to policyholders, change in reserves, commissions and other underwriting, insurance and acquisition expenses. Benefit payments can significantly impact expenses from period to period.

 

Our benefits, claims and expenses for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

   

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

   

2014 less 2013

    2014 to 2013  

Benefits and claims

                               

Increase in future policy benefits

  $ 2,539,468     $ 2,267,677     $ 271,791       12.0 %

Death benefits

    2,893,415       2,679,210       214,205       8.0 %

Surrenders

    614,510       633,935       (19,425 )     -3.1 %

Interest credited to policyholders

    4,433,762       3,745,992       687,770       18.4 %

Dividend, endowment and supplementary life contract benefits

    285,336       275,315       10,021       3.6 %

Total benefits and claims

    10,766,491       9,602,129       1,164,362       12.1 %

Expenses

                               

Policy acquisition costs deferred

    (2,351,163 )     (1,950,072 )     (401,091 )     20.6 %

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

    1,212,426       831,637       380,789       45.8 %

Amortization of value of insurance business acquired

    412,376       422,105       (9,729 )     -2.3 %

Commissions

    2,296,112       2,028,429       267,683       13.2 %

Other underwriting, insurance and acquisition expenses

    4,098,868       4,005,930       92,938       2.3 %

Total expenses

    5,668,619       5,338,029       330,590       6.2 %

Total benefits, claims and expenses

  $ 16,435,110     $ 14,940,158     $ 1,494,952       10.0 %

 

The $1,494,952 increase in total benefits, claims and expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 is discussed below.

 

Benefits and Claims

 

The $1,164,362 increase in benefits and claims for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to the following:

 

 

$687,770 increase in interest credited to policyholders is primarily due to an approximate $26.8 million increase in the amount of policyholders’ account balances in the consolidated statement of financial position (increased deposits and interest credited in excess of withdrawals) during 2014.

 

 

$271,791 increase in future policy benefits primarily related to the existing policies in force aging one additional year.

 

 

$214,205 increase in death benefits is primarily due to increased number of claims although the average amount per claim has decreased slightly. This increase in death benefits is as expected due to an increase in final expense life insurance in force.

  

 
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Deferral and Amortization of Deferred Acquisition Costs

 

Certain costs related to the successful acquisition of traditional life insurance policies are capitalized and amortized over the premium-paying period of the policies. Certain costs related to the successful acquisition of insurance and annuity policies that subject us to mortality or morbidity risk over a period that extends beyond the period or periods in which premiums are collected and that have terms that are fixed and guaranteed (i.e., limited-payment long-duration annuity contracts) are capitalized and amortized in relation to the present value of actual and expected gross profits on the policies. These acquisition costs, which are referred to as deferred policy acquisition costs, include commissions and other successful costs of acquiring policies and contracts, which vary with, and are primarily related to, the successful production of new and renewal life insurance policies and annuity contracts.

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, capitalized costs were $2,351,163 and $1,950,072, respectively. Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $1,212,426 and $831,637, respectively.

 

The $401,091 increase in the acquisition costs deferred primarily relates to increased production of annuity and final expense products by appointed agents based upon expansion into additional states and recruiting of additional agents. The $380,789 increase in the 2014 amortization of deferred acquisition costs is primarily due to an actuarial review that increased the average amount of an individual final expense policy in force resulting in a fewer number of final expense policies in force that triggered increased amortization. In addition, the lapsation of whole life and term renewal products originally sold by TLIC has increased slightly. However, the in force business acquired as a result of the purchases of FLAC and FBLIC in 2008 and 2011, respectively, continues to have high persistency.

 

Amortization of Value of Insurance Business Acquired

 

The cost of acquiring insurance business is amortized over the emerging profit of the related policies using the same assumptions that were used in computing liabilities for future policy benefits. Amortization of the value of insurance business acquired was $412,376 and $422,105 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The $9,729 decrease in the 2014 amortization of value of insurance business acquired is due to the persistency of the FLAC and FBLIC business acquired in 2008 and 2011, respectively, due to our continuing conservation efforts.

 

Commissions

 

Our commissions for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

   

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

   

2014 less 2013

      2014 to 2013  

Annuity

  $ 666,748     $ 416,088     $ 250,660       60.2 %

Whole life and term first year

    51,514       74,167       (22,653 )     -30.5 %

Whole life and term renewal

    104,559       105,778       (1,219 )     -1.2 %

Final expense first year

    1,087,263       1,064,979       22,284       2.1 %

Final expense renewal

    386,028       367,417       18,611       5.1 %

Total commissions

  $ 2,296,112     $ 2,028,429     $ 267,683       13.2 %

 

The $267,683 increase in commissions for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to a $250,660 increase in annuity first year, single and renewal commissions that corresponds to $8,990,223 of increased annuity considerations deposited.

  

 
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Other Underwriting, Insurance and Acquisition Expenses

 

The $92,938 increase in other underwriting, insurance and acquisition expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to scheduled insurance examinations by the Oklahoma and Missouri regulators and licensing and filing fees related to certificate of authority expansion into additional states and the filing of insurance products with state regulators.

 

Federal Income Taxes

 

FTFC files a consolidated federal income tax return with FTCC but does not file a consolidated tax return with TLIC or FBLIC. TLIC and FBLIC are taxed as life insurance companies under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Life insurance companies must file separate tax returns until they have been a member of the consolidated filing group for five years. However, we filed consolidated life insurance company federal tax returns for TLIC and FBLIC for 2012 and 2013 and intend to also file a consolidated life insurance company federal tax return for TLIC and FBLIC in 2014.

 

Certain items included in income reported for financial statement purposes are not included in taxable income for the current period, resulting in deferred income taxes.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, current income tax expense was $63,983 and $100,820, respectively. Deferred federal income tax expense (benefit) was ($546,421) and $217,932 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The change in deferred taxes between 2013 and 2014 is primarily due to the utilization of net operating loss carryforwards and the reduction in valuation allowances on deferred tax assets as it is probable that a portion of the net operating loss carryforwards on the consolidated federal income tax returns of FTFC and FTCC will be utilized due to projected taxable income in future years demonstrated by the taxable income generated in 2014.

 

Net Income Per Common Share Basic and Diluted

 

Net income was $1,925,511 ($0.25 per common share basic and diluted) and $889,323 ($0.11 per common share basic and diluted) for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Net income per common share basic and diluted is calculated using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding and subscribed during the year. The weighted average outstanding and subscribed common shares basic and diluted for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 were 7,831,108 and 7,852,014, respectively.

 

Business Segments

 

The Company has a life insurance segment, consisting of the life insurance operations of TLIC and FBLIC, an annuity segment, consisting of the annuity operations of TLIC and FBLIC, and a corporate segment. Results for the parent company and the operations of FTCC and SIS, after elimination of intercompany amounts, are allocated to the corporate segment. Prior to January 1, 2014, the Company’s segment data was reported based upon a life insurance segment, consisting of the operations of TLIC and FBLIC, a premium financing segment, consisting of the operations of FTCC and SIS, and a corporate segment. Prior to January 1, 2014, the results for the parent company, after elimination of intercompany amounts, were allocated to the corporate segment.

 

The segment data as of December 31, 2013 has been restated from what was previously reported and now follows the new segmentation methodology established on January 1, 2014.

  

 
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The revenues and income (loss) before federal income taxes from our business segments for the years ended December 30, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

   

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  

Revenues:

                               

Life insurance operations

  $ 10,074,767     $ 9,804,082     $ 270,685       2.8 %

Annuity operations

    7,372,871       6,075,108       1,297,763       21.4 %

Corporate operations

    430,545       269,043       161,502       60.0 %

Total

  $ 17,878,183     $ 16,148,233     $ 1,729,950       10.7 %

Income (loss) before income taxes:

                               

Life insurance operations

  $ 507,717     $ 974,123     $ (466,406 )     -47.9 %

Annuity operations

    606,317       906,954       (300,637 )     -33.1 %

Corporate operations

    329,039       (673,002 )     1,002,041       -148.9 %

Total

  $ 1,443,073     $ 1,208,075     $ 234,998       19.5 %

 

Life Insurance Operations

 

The $270,685 increase in revenues from Life Insurance Operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to the following:

 

 

$165,527 increase in premiums

 

 

$149,383 increase in net investment income

 

 

$14,702 increase in other income

 

 

$58,927 decrease in net realized investment gains

 

The $466,406 decreased profitability from Life Insurance Operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to the following:

 

 

$271,791 increase in future policy benefits

 

 

$214,375 increase in other underwriting, insurance and acquisition expenses

 

 

$214,205 increase in death benefits

 

 

$58,927 decrease in net realized investment gains

 

 

$33,966 decrease in policy acquisition costs deferred net of amortization

 

 

$17,402 increase in commissions

  

 

$10,021 increase in dividend, endowment and supplementary life contract benefits

 

 

$4,865 decrease in amortization of value of insurance business acquired

 

 

$14,702 increase in other income

 

 

$19,425 decrease in surrenders

 

 

$149,383 increase in net investment income

 

 

$165,527 increase in premiums

  

 
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Annuity Operations

 

The $1,297,763 increase in revenues from Annuity Operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 is due to the following:

 

 

$1,396,242 increase in net investment income

 

 

$98,479 decrease in net realized investment gains

 

The $300,637 decreased profitability from Annuity Operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 is due to the following:

 

 

$719,102 increase in other underwriting, insurance and acquisition expenses

   

 

$687,770 increase in interest credited to policyholders

 

 

$250,660 increase in commissions

 

 

$98,479 decrease in net realized investment gains

 

 

$4,864 decrease in amortization of value of insurance business acquired

 

 

$54,268 increase in policy acquisition costs deferred net of amortization

 

 

$1,396,242 increase in net investment income

 

Corporate Operations

 

The $161,502 increase in revenues from Corporate Operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to $110,376 of increased net investment income, $42,500 of decreased realized losses and $8,626 of increased other income.

 

The $1,002,041 increased Corporate Operations profitability for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to $110,376 of increased net investment income, $42,500 of decreased realized losses, $8,626 of increased other income and $840,539 of decreased operating expenses. The decreased Corporate segment operating expenses relate to decreased expenses incurred by that segment since we are focused on expanding the life insurance and annuity operations of TLIC and FBLIC. The focus of our marketing and executive team is on expanding FBLIC into additional states utilizing final expense and annuity products. There is also significant marketing and executive focus on increasing TLIC production of life insurance and annuity products in TLIC’s current eight licensed states.   

  

 
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Consolidated Financial Condition

 

Our invested assets as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

 

      December 31,        December 31,     

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

 2014

   

 2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  

Assets

                               

Investments

                               

Available-for-sale fixed maturity securities at fair value (amortized cost: $107,412,322 and $98,218,823 as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

  $ 110,651,429     $ 100,429,711     $ 10,221,718       10.2 %

Available-for-sale equity securities at fair value (cost: $519,595 and $567,697 as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

    671,357       717,433       (46,076 )     -6.4 %

Mortgage loans on real estate

    38,649,733       19,124,869       19,524,864       102.1 %

Investment real estate

    9,165,090       6,531,971       2,633,119       40.3 %

Policy loans

    1,520,620       1,488,646       31,974       2.1 %

Short-term investments

    1,141,199       -       1,141,199       100.0 %

Other long-term investments

    21,781,925       21,763,648       18,277       0.1 %

Total investments

  $ 183,581,353     $ 150,056,278     $ 33,525,075       22.3 %

 

The $10,221,718 increase in available for sale fixed maturity securities for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to purchases of $23,740,124 in excess of sales and maturities of $14,462,534, net realized investment gains of $796,141, increase in unrealized appreciation of $1,028,219 and premium amortization of $880,232. This portfolio is reported at fair value with unrealized gains and losses, net of applicable income taxes, reflected as a separate component in shareholders' equity within “Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income.” The available-for-sale fixed maturity securities portfolio is invested primarily in a variety of companies and U. S. government and foreign securities.

 

As of December 31, 2014, we held 81 available-for-sale fixed maturity securities with an unrealized loss of $1,149,612, fair value of $19,933,429 and amortized cost of $21,083,041. These unrealized losses were primarily due to market interest rate movements in the bond market as of December 31, 2014. The ratio of the fair value to the amortized cost of these 81 securities is 95%.

 

However, we hold three available-for-sale fixed maturity securities in a mining industry company that when combined have unrealized losses of $281,089, fair values of $328,125 and amortized costs of $609,214. Our analysis indicates that this mining industry company will more than likely be able to make principal and interest payments through the maturity of these three securities in 2020 and 2021. The ratio of the fair value to the amortized cost of these three securities was 54%. The ratio of the fair value to the amortized cost of the other 78 securities in an unrealized loss position as of December 31, 2014 is 96% with all 78 securities having a fair value to amortized cost ratio above 83%.

 

As of December 31, 2013, we held 154 available-for-sale fixed maturity securities with an unrealized loss of $1,596,459, fair value of $34,634,408 and amortized cost of $36,230,867. These unrealized losses were primarily due to market interest rate movements in the bond market as of December 31, 2013. The ratio of the fair value to the amortized cost of these 154 securities is 96% with all 154 securities having a fair value to amortized cost ratio above 77%.

 

The $46,076 decrease in available-for-sale equity securities for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to sales of $205,080, purchases of $154,078, net realized investment gains of $2,900 and a $2,026 increase in unrealized appreciation of available-for-sale equity securities. This portfolio is also reported at fair value with unrealized gains and losses, net of applicable income taxes, reflected as a separate component in shareholders' equity within “Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income.” The available-for-sale equity securities portfolio is invested in a variety of companies.

 

As of December 31, 2014, we held one available-for-sale equity security with an unrealized loss of $1,700, fair value of $48,300 and cost of $50,000. The ratio of fair value to cost of this security is 97%.

  

 
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As of December 31, 2013, we held three available-for-sale equity securities with unrealized losses of $32,605, fair value of $185,840 and cost of $218,445. The ratio of fair value to cost of these three securities is 85% with all of these three securities having a fair value to cost ratio above 78%.

 

The $19,524,864 increase in mortgage loans for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to the origination of $26,905,225 of mortgage loans, $218,504 of realized gains on prepayment of mortgage loans purchased at a discount, $97,500 of capitalization of loan origination fees and discount accretion of $119,128 less principal payments of $7,667,843, amortization of loan origination fees of $79,379 and increases in mortgage loan loss allowances of $68,271.

 

The $2,633,119 increase in investment real estate is due to the purchase of held for sale buildings and land in Harrisonville, Missouri and Houston, Texas for $2,729,410 and the capitalization of $88,447 additional closing costs related to the 2013 purchase of held for sale buildings and land in Greensburg, Indiana and Norman, Oklahoma less depreciation of the building held for the production of income for $148,738 and the sale of a small, undeveloped land parcel in Mississippi with a carrying value of $36,000.

 

The $18,277 increase in other long-term investments (comprised of lottery receivables) for the year ended December 31, 2014 is primarily due to the purchases of $2,221,728 and $1,622,893 of accretion of discount less principal payments of $3,826,344. 

 

The $1,141,199 increase in short-term investments is due to investing in funds that have a maturity of more than 90 days but less than one year at the date of purchase.

 

Our assets other than invested assets as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

      December 31,        December 31,     

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

 2014

   

 2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  
                                 

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 10,158,386     $ 10,608,438     $ (450,052 )     -4.2 %

Accrued investment income

    1,682,906       1,558,153       124,753       8.0 %

Recoverable from reinsurers

    1,222,245       1,200,807       21,438       1.8 %

Agents' balances and due premiums

    562,146       285,033       277,113       97.2 %

Deferred policy acquisition costs

    9,287,851       8,172,627       1,115,224       13.6 %

Value of insurance business acquired

    6,674,414       7,086,790       (412,376 )     -5.8 %

Property and equipment, net

    84,001       130,287       (46,286 )     -35.5 %

Other assets

    5,747,866       4,074,746       1,673,120       41.1 %

Assets other than investment assets

  $ 35,419,815     $ 33,116,881     $ 2,302,934       7.0 %

 

Other assets consist primarily of recoverable federal and state income taxes, receivables from mortgage loans and other long-term assets (lottery receivables), guaranty funds, notes receivable, customer account balances receivable, prepaid expenses, other receivables, loans from premium financing and receivables for securities purchased with trade dates and settlement dates in different years. The $1,673,120 increase in other assets is primarily due to $1,429,243 increase in receivables from mortgage loans and other long-term assets (lottery receivables), $168,254 of increased recoverable federal and state income taxes and a $54,702 increase in guaranty funds.

 

The $277,113 increase in agents’ balances and due premiums is primarily due to a $259,912 increase in agents’ balances. This increase is due to increased production of annuity contracts and final expense policies.

 

The $124,753 increase in accrued investment income is due to the $33,525,075 increase in invested assets during 2014.

  

 
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Our liabilities as of December 30, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

      December 31,       December 31,     

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

 2014

   

 2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  
                                 

Policy liabilities

                               

Policyholders' account balances

  $ 140,554,973     $ 113,750,681     $ 26,804,292       23.6 %

Future policy benefits

    35,913,730       33,354,454       2,559,276       7.7 %

Policy claims

    602,269       611,417       (9,148 )     -1.5 %

Other policy liabilities

    87,148       89,504       (2,356 )     -2.6 %

Total policy liabilities

    177,158,120       147,806,056       29,352,064       19.9 %

Notes payable

    4,076,473       -       4,076,473       100.0 %

Deferred federal income taxes

    2,198,753       2,543,825       (345,072 )     -13.6 %

Other liabilities

    2,357,484       2,182,264       175,220       8.0 %

Total liabilities

  $ 185,790,830     $ 152,532,145     $ 33,258,685       21.8 %

 

The $29,352,064 increase in total policy liabilities is primarily due to deposits on annuity and deposit-type contracts exceeding withdrawals by $22,370,530, interest credited to policyholders’ account balances of $4,433,762 and increased future policy benefit reserves of $2,559,276 due to the actuarial exposure of the life insurance policies being in force for an additional year.

 

On March 26, 2014, we issued two notes payable totaling $4,076,473. The first note payable totaling $3,009,265 is collateralized (including assignment of the tenant leases) by three properties, located in Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas, purchased for a total of $4,940,647 in December 2013 and February 2014.

 

In December 2013, TLIC purchased one acre of land in Greensburg, Indiana that included a 3,975 square foot building constructed on approximately 8% of this land at a cost of $2,444,203 (including closing costs of $50,516). The building is leased through October 31, 2027 plus four future five year extensions effective on November 1, 2027, November 1, 2032, November 1, 2037 and November 1, 2042. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are as follows: $14,661 in 2014; $14,881 in 2015; $15,104 in 2016; $15,531 in 2017; $15,561 in 2018 and $15,794 in 2019.

 

In December 2013, TLIC also purchased one acre of land in Norman, Oklahoma that included a 9,100 square foot building constructed on approximately 18% of this land at a cost of $1,519,431 (including closing costs of $37,931). The building is leased through August 31, 2028 plus three future five year extensions on September 1, 2028, September 1, 2033 and September 1, 2038. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are $8,004 through August 31, 2028.

 

In February 2014, TLIC purchased one acre of land in Houston, Texas that included a 9,195 square foot building constructed on approximately 25% of this land at a cost of $977,013 (including closing costs of $31,063). The building is leased through December 31, 2023 plus four future five year extensions effective on January 1, 2024, January 1, 2029, January 1, 2034 and January 1, 2039. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes and building insurance. TLIC is responsible for building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are $5,833 through December 31, 2019.

 

The second promissory note totaling $1,067,208 is collateralized (including assignment of the tenant leases) by the February 2014 TLIC purchase of three-fourths of an acre of land in Harrisonville, Missouri that included a 6,895 square foot building constructed on approximately 20% of this land at a cost of $1,752,397 (including closing costs of $44,864). The building is leased through October 31, 2028 plus three future five year extensions on November 1, 2028, November 1, 2033 and November 1, 2038. The terms of the lease have the lessee responsible for paying real estate taxes, building insurance and building and ground maintenance. The monthly lease payments are $9,463 through October 31, 2028.

 

When the two promissory notes were originated on March 26, 2014, $106,889 of loan origination fees were capitalized with amortization of the capitalized loan origination fees during the 36 month term of the loan. For the year ended December 31, 2014, $26,722 of the loan origination fees has been amortized and the unamortized loan origination fees as of December 31, 2014 are $80,167. We incurred $137,581 of interest expense during 2014 on these two notes payable.

  

 
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The $345,072 decrease in deferred federal income taxes during the year ended December 31, 2014 was due to $546,421 of operating deferred tax benefits and $201,346 of increased deferred federal income taxes on the unrealized appreciation of available-for-sale fixed maturity and equity securities. The $546,421 deferred tax benefit is primarily due to a reduction in the valuation allowances on deferred tax assets as it is probable that a portion of the net operating loss carryforwards on the consolidated federal income tax returns of FTFC and FTCC will be utilized due to projected taxable income in future years demonstrated by the taxable income generated in 2014.

 

Other liabilities consist primarily of accrued expenses, account payables, deposits on pending policy applications and unearned investment income. The $175,220 increase in other liabilities is primarily due to an $189,224 increase in deposits on pending applications.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our operations have been financed primarily through the private placement of equity securities and intrastate public stock offerings. Through December 31, 2014, we have received $27,119,480 from the sale of our shares.

 

The Company raised $1,450,000 from two private placements during 2004 and $25,669,480 from two public stock offerings and one private placement stock offering from June 22, 2005 through February 23, 2007; June 29, 2010 through April 30, 2012; and August 15, 2012 through March 8, 2013. The Company issued 7,347,488 shares of its common stock and incurred $3,624,518 of offering costs during these private placements and public stock offerings.

 

Our operations have been profitable and have generated $7,887,137 of net income from operations since we were incorporated in 2004. The Company also issued 702,705 shares of its common stock in connection with two stock dividends paid to shareholders in 2011 and 2012 that resulted in accumulated earnings being charged $5,270,288 with an offsetting credit of $5,270,288 to common stock and additional paid-in capital.

 

The historic impact of these two stock dividend charges of $5,270,288 decreased during 2011 and 2012 the balance of accumulated earnings and resulted in a reported balance as of December 31, 2014 of $2,616,849, as shown in the accumulated earnings caption in the December 31, 2014 consolidated statement of financial position.

 

The Company has also purchased 238,155 shares of treasury stock at a cost of $855,304 from former members of the Board of Directors including the former Chairman of the Board of Directors, a former agent, the former spouse of the Company’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President and a charitable organization where a former member of the Board of Directors had donated shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

As of December 31, 2014, we had cash and cash equivalents totaling $10,158,386. As of December 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents of $6,351,976 and $2,628,578, respectively, of the total $10,158,386 were held by TLIC and FBLIC and may not be available for use by FTFC due to the required pre-approval by the OID and MDOI of any dividend or intercompany transaction to transfer funds to FTFC. The maximum dividend, which may be paid in any twelve-month period without notification or approval, is limited to the greater of 10% of statutory surplus as of December 31 of the preceding year or the net gain from operations of the preceding calendar year.

 

Cash dividends may only be paid out of surplus derived from realized net profits. Based on these limitations, there is capacity for TLIC to pay a dividend up to $2,167,518 in 2015 without prior approval. In addition, based on those limitations, there is the capacity for FBLIC to pay a dividend up to $980,906 in 2015 without prior approval. FBLIC paid dividends of $1,500,000 and $850,000 to TLIC in 2014 and 2013, respectively. These dividends are eliminated in consolidation. TLIC has paid no dividends to FTFC.

 

The Company maintains cash and cash equivalents at multiple institutions. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures interest and non-interest bearing accounts up to $250,000. Uninsured balances aggregate $6,494,515 as of December 31, 2014. Uninsured balances aggregated $2,576,504 as of December 31, 2013. The primary reason for this $3,981,011 increase in uninsured balances is due to a late 2014 influx of annuity deposits that have not yet been invested. Other funds are invested in mutual funds that invest in U.S. government securities. We monitor the solvency of all financial institutions in which we have funds to minimize the exposure for loss. The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts.

  

 
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Our cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized as follows:

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

   

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  

Net cash provided by operating activities

  $ 4,033,508     $ 3,928,276     $ 105,232       2.7 %

Net cash used in investing activities

    (30,768,990 )     (19,160,723 )     (11,608,267 )     60.6 %

Net cash provided by financing activities

    26,285,430       14,893,411       11,392,019       76.5 %

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

    (450,052 )     (339,036 )     (111,016 )     32.7 %

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

    10,608,438       10,947,474       (339,036 )     -3.1 %

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

  $ 10,158,386     $ 10,608,438     $ (450,052 )     -4.2 %

 

The $105,232 increase in cash provided by operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2014 was primarily related to increased net investment income in excess of increased benefits, claims and expenses.

 

The $11,608,267 increase in cash used for investing activities during the year ended December 31, 2014 was primarily related to increased purchases of mortgage loans, fixed maturity securities and investment real estate that exceeded increased sales and maturities of fixed maturity securities, increased payments of mortgage loans and decreased purchases of other long-term investments (i.e., lottery receivables).

 

The $11,392,019 increase in cash provided by financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2014 primarily resulted from $7,409,211 of increased policyholder account deposits in excess of withdrawals and $4,076,473 in proceeds from the issuance of two promissory notes payable in excess of $116,437 of increased purchases of treasury shares.

 

Our shareholders’ equity as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 is summarized as follows:

 

      December 31,         December 31,     

Increase (Decrease)

   

Percentage Change

 
   

2014

   

 2013

    2014 to 2013     2014 to 2013  
                                 

Common stock, par value $.01 per share, 20,000,000 shares authorized, and 8,050,193 issued as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 and 7,812,038 and 7,851,984 outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively

  $ 80,502     $ 80,502     $ -       0.0 %

Additional paid-in capital

    28,684,748       28,684,748       -       0.0 %

Treasury stock, at cost (238,155 and 198,209 shares as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

    (855,304 )     (693,731 )     (161,573 )     23.3 %

Accumulated other comprehensive income

    2,683,543       1,878,157       805,386       42.9 %

Accumulated earnings

    2,616,849       691,338       1,925,511       278.5 %

Total shareholders' equity

  $ 33,210,338     $ 30,641,014     $ 2,569,324       8.4 %

 

The increase in shareholders’ equity of $2,569,324 for the year ended December 31, 2014 is due to $1,925,511 of net income and $805,386 of other comprehensive income less $161,573 for purchases of 39,946 shares of treasury stock from a former agent, the former spouse of the Company’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

Equity per common share outstanding increased 9.0% to $4.25 as of December 31, 2014 compared to $3.90 per share as of December 31, 2013, based upon 7,812,038 and 7,851,984 common shares outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

The liquidity requirements of our life insurance companies are met primarily by funds provided from operations. Premium deposits and revenues, investment income and investment maturities are the primary sources of funds, while investment purchases, policy benefits, and operating expenses are the primary uses of funds. There were no liquidity issues in 2014 or 2013. Our investments consist primarily of marketable debt securities that could be readily converted to cash for liquidity needs.

  

 
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We are subject to various market risks. The quality of our investment portfolio and the current level of shareholders’ equity continue to provide a sound financial base as we strive to expand our marketing to offer competitive products. Our investment portfolio had unrealized appreciation on available-for-sale securities of $3,390,869 and $2,360,624 as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, prior to the impact of income taxes and deferred acquisition cost adjustments. An increase of $1,829,286 in unrealized gains arising for the year ended December 31, 2014 has been offset by the 2014 net realized investment gains of $799,041 originating from the sale and call activity for fixed maturity and equity securities resulting in net unrealized gains on investment of $1,030,245.

 

A primary liquidity concern is the risk of an extraordinary level of early policyholder withdrawals. We include provisions within our insurance policies, such as surrender charges, that help limit and discourage early withdrawals. Individual life insurance policies are less susceptible to withdrawal than annuity reserves and deposit liabilities because policyholders may incur surrender charges and undergo a new underwriting process in order to obtain a new insurance policy.

 

Cash flow projections and cash flow tests under various market interest rate scenarios are also performed annually to assist in evaluating liquidity needs and adequacy. We currently anticipate that available liquidity sources and future cash flows will be adequate to meet our needs for funds.

 

One of our significant risks relates to the fluctuations in interest rates. Regarding interest rates, the value of our available-for-sale fixed maturity securities investment portfolio will increase or decrease in an inverse relationship with fluctuations in interest rates, while net investment income earned on newly acquired available-for-sale fixed maturity securities increases or decreases in direct relationship with interest rate changes. From an income perspective, we are exposed to rising interest rates which could be a significant risk, as TLIC's and FBLIC’s annuity business is impacted by changes in interest rates. Life insurance company policy liabilities bear fixed rates. From a liquidity perspective, our fixed rate policy liabilities are relatively insensitive to interest rate fluctuations.

 

We believe gradual increases in interest rates do not present a significant liquidity exposure for the life insurance policies. We maintain conservative durations in our fixed maturity portfolio. As of December 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, the fair value of fixed maturity available-for-sale securities with maturities of less than one year and the fair value of lottery receivables with maturities of less than one year equaled 10.0% of total policy liabilities. If interest rates rise significantly in a short time frame, there can be no assurance that the life insurance industry, including the Company, would not experience increased levels of surrenders and reduced sales, and thereby be materially adversely affected.

 

In addition to the measures described above, TLIC and FBLIC must comply with the NAIC promulgated Standard Valuation Law ("SVL") which specifies minimum reserve levels and prescribes methods for determining them, with the intent of enhancing solvency. Upon meeting certain tests, which TLIC and FBLIC met during 2014, the SVL also requires the Company to perform annual cash flow testing for TLIC and FBLIC. This testing is designed to ensure that statutory reserve levels will maintain adequate protection in a variety of potential interest rate scenarios. The Actuarial Standards Board of the American Academy of Actuaries also requires cash flow testing as a basis for the actuarial opinion on the adequacy of the reserves which is a required part of the annual statutory reporting process.

 

Our marketing plan could be modified to emphasize certain product types and reduce others. New business levels could be varied in order to find the optimum level. We believe that our current liquidity, current bond portfolio maturity distribution and cash position give us substantial resources to administer our existing business and fund growth generated by direct sales.

 

The operations of TLIC and FBLIC may require additional capital contributions to meet statutory capital and surplus requirements mandated by state insurance departments. Life insurance contract liabilities are generally long term in nature and are generally paid from future cash flows or existing assets and reserves. We will service other expenses and commitments by: (1) using available cash, (2) dividends from TLIC and FBLIC that are limited by law to the greater of prior year net operating income or 10% of prior year-end surplus unless specifically approved by the controlling insurance department, (3) public and private offerings of our common stock and (4) corporate borrowings, if necessary. We are not aware of any commitments or unusual events that could materially affect our capital resources.

 

We are not aware of any current recommendations by any regulatory authority which, if implemented, would have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, capital resources or operations. We believe that our existing cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2014 will be sufficient to fund our anticipated operating expenses.

  

 
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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

The Company does not have any off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

SPECIAL NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

 

Certain statements contained herein are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and include estimates and assumptions related to economic, competitive and legislative developments. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “will” or words of similar meaning; and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook of our business and financial performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to change and uncertainty, which are, in many instances, beyond our control and have been made based upon our expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect upon us. There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with our expectations, or that the effect of future developments on us will be as anticipated. These forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. There are certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially, from expectations or estimates reflected in such forward-looking statements. These factors include among others:

 

 

general economic conditions and financial factors, including the performance and fluctuations of fixed income, equity, real estate, credit capital and other financial markets;

 

differences between actual experience regarding mortality, morbidity, persistency, surrenders, investment returns, and our pricing assumptions establishing liabilities and reserves or for other purposes;

 

the effect of increased claims activity from natural or man-made catastrophes, pandemic disease, or other events resulting in catastrophic loss of life;

 

adverse determinations in litigation or regulatory matters and our exposure to contingent liabilities, including and in connection with our divestiture or winding down of businesses such as FTCC;

 

inherent uncertainties in the determination of investment allowances and impairments and in the determination of the valuation allowance on the deferred income tax asset;

 

investment losses and defaults;

 

competition in our product lines;

 

attraction and retention of qualified employees and agents;

 

ineffectiveness of risk management policies and procedures in identifying, monitoring and managing risks;

 

the availability, affordability and adequacy of reinsurance protection;

 

the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues;

 

the cyclical nature of the insurance business;

 

interest rate fluctuations;

 

changes in our experiences related to deferred policy acquisition costs;

 

the ability and willingness of counterparties to our reinsurance arrangements and derivative instruments to pay balances due to us;

 

impact of medical epidemics and viruses;

 

domestic or international military actions;

 

the effects of extensive government regulation of the insurance industry;

 

changes in tax and securities law;

 

changes in statutory or U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), practices or policies;

 

regulatory or legislative changes or developments;

 

the effects of unanticipated events on our disaster recovery and business continuity planning;

 

failures or limitations of our computer, data security and administration systems;

 

risks of employee error or misconduct;

 

the assimilation of life insurance businesses we acquire and the sound management of these businesses; and

 

the availability of capital to expand our business.

 

It is not our corporate policy to make specific projections relating to future earnings, and we do not endorse any projections regarding future performance made by others. In addition, we do not publicly update or revise forward-looking statements based on the outcome of various foreseeable or unforeseeable developments.

  

 
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FIRST TRINITY FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

AS OF AND FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 AND 2013

 

 

 

Page

Consolidated Financial Statements

Numbers

   
   

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

31

   

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

32

   

Consolidated Statements of Operations

33

   

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

34

   

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity

35

   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

36

   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

38

 

 
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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

 

 

To the Board of Directors and
Shareholders of First Trinity Financial Corporation

 

 

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of financial position of First Trinity Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), changes in shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the years then ended. The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of First Trinity Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

 

 

/s/ Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP

 

 

Springfield, Illinois

March 9, 2015

  

 
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First Trinity Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

 

   

December 31, 2014

   

December 31, 2013

 

Assets

               

Investments

               

Available-for-sale fixed maturity securities at fair value (amortized cost: $107,412,322 and $98,218,823 as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

  $ 110,651,429     $ 100,429,711  

Available-for-sale equity securities at fair value (cost: $519,595 and $567,697 as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

    671,357       717,433  

Mortgage loans on real estate

    38,649,733       19,124,869  

Investment real estate

    9,165,090       6,531,971  

Policy loans

    1,520,620       1,488,646  

Short-term investments

    1,141,199       -  

Other long-term investments

    21,781,925       21,763,648  

Total investments

    183,581,353       150,056,278  

Cash and cash equivalents

    10,158,386       10,608,438  

Accrued investment income

    1,682,906       1,558,153  

Recoverable from reinsurers

    1,222,245       1,200,807  

Agents' balances and due premiums

    562,146       285,033  

Deferred policy acquisition costs

    9,287,851       8,172,627  

Value of insurance business acquired

    6,674,414       7,086,790  

Property and equipment, net

    84,001       130,287  

Other assets

    5,747,866       4,074,746  

Total assets

  $ 219,001,168     $ 183,173,159  

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

               

Policy liabilities

               

Policyholders' account balances

  $ 140,554,973     $ 113,750,681  

Future policy benefits

    35,913,730       33,354,454  

Policy claims

    602,269       611,417  

Other policy liabilities

    87,148       89,504  

Total policy liabilities

    177,158,120       147,806,056  

Notes payable

    4,076,473       -  

Deferred federal income taxes

    2,198,753       2,543,825  

Other liabilities

    2,357,484       2,182,264  

Total liabilities

    185,790,830       152,532,145  

Shareholders' equity

               

Common stock, par value $.01 per share (20,000,000 shares authorized, and 8,050,193 issued as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 and 7,812,038 and 7,851,984 outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

    80,502       80,502  

Additional paid-in capital

    28,684,748       28,684,748  

Treasury stock, at cost (238,155 and 198,209 shares as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively)

    (855,304 )     (693,731 )

Accumulated other comprehensive income

    2,683,543       1,878,157  

Accumulated earnings

    2,616,849       691,338  

Total shareholders' equity

    33,210,338       30,641,014  

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

  $ 219,001,168     $ 183,173,159  

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.        

  

 
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Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

 
   

2014

   

2013

 

Revenues

               

Premiums

  $ 8,095,199     $ 7,929,672  

Net investment income

    8,683,007       7,027,006  

Net realized investment gains

    1,017,545       1,132,451  

Other income

    82,432       59,104  

Total revenues

    17,878,183       16,148,233  

Benefits, Claims and Expenses

               

Benefits and claims

               

Increase in future policy benefits

    2,539,468       2,267,677  

Death benefits

    2,893,415       2,679,210  

Surrenders

    614,510       633,935  

Interest credited to policyholders

    4,433,762       3,745,992  

Dividend, endowment and supplementary life contract benefits

    285,336       275,315  

Total benefits and claims

    10,766,491       9,602,129  

Policy acquisition costs deferred

    (2,351,163 )     (1,950,072 )

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

    1,212,426       831,637  

Amortization of value of insurance business acquired

    412,376       422,105  

Commissions

    2,296,112       2,028,429  

Other underwriting, insurance and acquisition expenses

    4,098,868       4,005,930  

Total expenses

    5,668,619       5,338,029  

Total benefits, claims and expenses

    16,435,110       14,940,158  

Income before total federal income tax expense (benefit)

    1,443,073       1,208,075  

Current federal income tax expense

    63,983       100,820  

Deferred federal income tax expense (benefit)

    (546,421 )     217,932  

Total federal income tax expense (benefit)

    (482,438 )     318,752  

Net income

  $ 1,925,511     $ 889,323  

Net income per common share basic and diluted

  $ 0.25     $ 0.11  

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

  

 
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First Trinity Financial Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

 
   

2014

      2013   

Net income

  $ 1,925,511     $ 889,323  

Other comprehensive income (loss)

               

Total net unrealized gains (losses) arising during the period

    1,829,286       (4,035,461 )

Less net realized investment gains

    799,041       868,055  

Net unrealized gains (losses)

    1,030,245       (4,903,516 )

Adjustment to deferred acquisition costs

    (23,513 )     25,372