CARMEL, Ind., Sept. 18 During an investorconference call today that had been scheduled since September 8, CEO JimPrieur of Conseco, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) said that:
During the call today, Conseco also indicated that it expects earningsbefore interest and taxes (EBIT) for the third quarter of 2008 to be in therange of $75 million to $90 million.(1)
Conseco, Inc.'s insurance companies help protect working American familiesand seniors from financial adversity: Medicare supplement, long-term care,cancer, heart/stroke and accident policies protect people against majorunplanned expenses; annuities and life insurance products help people plan fortheir financial futures. For more information, visit Conseco's web site atwww.conseco.com.
(1) Management believes that an analysis of earnings or loss before netrealized investment gains (losses), corporate interest and taxes ("EBIT," anon-GAAP financial measure) provides a clearer comparison of the operatingresults of the company quarter-over-quarter because it excludes: (i) corporateinterest expense; and (ii) net realized investment gains (losses) that areunrelated to the company's underlying fundamentals.
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