August 23, 2010 at 19:06 PM EDT
Security National Financial Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2010

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) (NASDAQ: SNFCA) announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010.

SNFC announced revenues of $43,425,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2010. This represents a 25% decrease from 2009. Pre-tax earnings from operations for the three-month period decreased 98% from $4,484,000 in 2009 to $85,000. After tax earnings decreased 86% from $3,090,000 in 2009 to $419,000 in 2010.

SNFC announced revenues of $81,947,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2010. This represents a 30% decrease over 2009. Pre-tax earnings (loss) from operations for the six-month period decreased from $9,424,000 in 2009 to $(1,588,000) in 2010. After tax earnings (loss) decreased from $6,323,000 in 2009 to $(532,000). Scott Quist, President of the Company, said, “Our results from operations continue to primarily reflect the deteriorating conditions of the current mortgage market and the continuing loan losses related to the “Alt A” products originated by the industry prior to 2008. The second quarter of 2010 saw our mortgage segment revenues decline by 38% on top of the 50% decline registered in the first quarter. We continue to react by attacking costs and overhead. Our death-care segment, in my view, actually performed better than indicated by the financial numbers. We have placed much of our REO into our death-care companies where it can be better managed and the depreciation can be used to offset higher effective tax rates. Their increased depreciation expense reflects that strategy. Our life insurance segment continues to improve despite the low interest rate environment as we continue to improve revenue and manage costs. However, earnings in our life care segment will continue to be challenged by the low interest rate environment.”

SNFC has three business segments. The following table shows the revenues and earnings before taxes for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to 2009 for each of the three business segments:

For the three months ended June 30, 2010:

Revenues Earnings before Taxes
2010 2009 % 2010 2009 %
Life Insurance $ 14,295,000 $ 13,499,000 6 % $ 1,303,000 $ 364,000 258 %
Cemeteries/Mortuaries 3,611,000 3,625,000 0 % 100,000 151,000 (34 %)
Mortgages 25,519,000 40,886,000 (38 %) (1,318,000 ) 3,969,000 (133 %)
Total $ 43,425,000 $ 58,010,000 (25 %) $ 85,000 $ 4,484,000 (98 %)

For the six months ended June 30, 2010:

Revenues Earnings before Taxes
2010 2009 % 2010 2009 %
Life Insurance $ 28,388,000 $ 27,458,000 3 % $ 1,450,000 $ 51,000 2,743 %
Cemeteries/Mortuaries 6,916,000 6,806,000 2 % 53,000 397,000 (87 %)
Mortgages 46,643,000 83,238,000 (44 %) (3,091,000 ) 8,976,000 (134 %)
Total $ 81,947,000 $ 117,502,000 (30 %) $ (1,588,000 ) $ 9,424,000 (117 %)

Net earnings per common share were $.05 for the three months ended June 30, 2010, compared to $.38 per share for the prior year as adjusted for the effect of annual stock dividends. Net earnings (loss) per common share were ($.06) for the six months ended June 30, 2010, compared to $.78 per share for the prior year as adjusted for the effect of annual stock dividends. Book value per common share was $7.15 as of June 30, 2010, compared to $7.30 as of December 31, 2009. The Company has two classes of common stock outstanding, Class A and Class C. The Class C shares share in distribution of earnings and capital on a 10-for-1 basis with the Class A shares; therefore, for earnings per share and book value per share calculations, the Class C shares are converted to Class A shares on a 10-for-1 basis. There were 8,270,840 Class A equivalent shares outstanding as of June 30, 2010.

If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Scott M. Quist or Mr. Stephen M. Sill at:

Security National Financial Corporation
P.O. Box 57250
Salt Lake City, Utah 84157
Phone (801) 264-1060
Fax (801) 265-9882

Contacts:

Security National Financial Corporation, Salt Lake City
Scott M. Quist or Stephen M. Sill
801-264-1060
Fax: 801-265-9882
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