OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 23, 2018--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of the members of Hallmark Insurance Group (Hallmark Group). Additionally, A.M. Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb-” of the group’s holding company parent, Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (Hallmark Financial) [NASDAQ: HALL]. Operations are headquartered in Fort Worth, TX. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies.)

The ratings reflect Hallmark Group’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

Hallmark Group’s net loss reserves developed adversely in 2017 by about $38 million, with the majority of that development stemming from the commercial automobile liability line. A.M. Best expects that remedial actions taken by management, including improvement in the claims handling process, to mitigate future net reserve deficiencies.

The FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a-”, each with a stable outlook, have been affirmed for the members of Hallmark Insurance Group:

American Hallmark Insurance Company of Texas Hallmark Insurance Company Hallmark Specialty Insurance Company Hallmark County Mutual Insurance Company Hallmark National Insurance Company

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