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AM Best Places Credit Ratings of Colorado Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company Under Review With Positive Implications

February 1, 2019

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 1, 2019--AM Best has placed under review with positive implications the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb-” of Colorado Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company (Colorado Farm Bureau) (Centennial, CO). This Credit Rating (rating) action follows the announcement that Colorado Farm Bureau and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company (Southern Farm Bureau Casualty) have approved a sponsored demutualization transaction in which Colorado Farm Bureau will convert into a stock company and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty will purchase the entire stock of the newly formed company. Following the transaction, Colorado Farm Bureau will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty.

The transaction is expected to close during the summer of 2019 pending regulatory and voter approval. The under review with positive implications status reflects the potential for enhanced competitiveness from Colorado Farm Bureau by generating greater efficiencies and significant opportunities for improved financial performance if it becomes a subsidiary of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty, one of the largest property and casualty companies in the United States and a leading writer of auto in the southeast United States. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty has more-than-sufficient financial flexibility ($1.4 billion of policyholder surplus) and a history of supporting its subsidiaries if needed. Through nine months of 2018, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty recorded policyholder surplus growth and strong positive net earnings.

The ratings will remain under review pending the completion of the transaction and AM Best’s assessment of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty’s future operating plans for Colorado Farm Bureau.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view . For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view .

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit www.ambest.com for more information.

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CONTACT: Angelo Lozano

Financial Analyst

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5169

angelo.lozano@ambest.com

Richard Attanasio

Senior Director

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA NEW JERSEY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: AM Best

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