A.M. Best Places Credit Ratings of Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation and Its Insurance Subsidiaries Under Review With Negative Implications

Business Wire 15-Feb-2018 1:11 PM

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Besthas placed under review with negative implications the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of bbb of Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation(Infinity) (NASDAQ:IPCC), the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of a of its operating subsidiaries, collectively referred to as the Infinity Property & Casualty Group. A.M. Best also has placed under review with negative implications the Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of Infinity. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and Credit Ratings (ratings).

The rating actions follow the Feb. 13, 2018, announcement by Infinity that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Kemper Corporation (Kemper) [NYSE: KMPR], in which Kemper will acquire Infinity and its insurance subsidiaries for approximately $1.4 billion, in a cash and stock transaction expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.

The ratings will remain under review until the transaction closes, and A.M. Best completes its evaluation of the transaction and its implications for Infinity. The negative implications are primarily due to the larger, lower rated Kemper, which will be the surviving entity.

The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of a have been placed under review with negative implications for the following members ofInfinity Property & Casualty Group:

  • Infinity Insurance Company
  • Infinity Assurance Insurance Company
  • Infinity Auto Insurance Company
  • Infinity Casualty Insurance Company
  • Infinity Indemnity Insurance Company
  • Infinity Preferred Insurance Company
  • Infinity Safeguard Insurance Company
  • Infinity Security Insurance Company
  • Infinity Select Insurance Company
  • Infinity Standard Insurance Company
  • Infinity County Mutual Insurance Company

The following Long-Term IR has been placed under review with negative implications:

Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation --bbb on $275 million 5% senior unsecured notes, due September 2022

The following indicative Long-Term IRs for securities available under shelf registration have been placed under review with negative implications:

Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation --bbb on senior unsecured debt--bbb-on subordinated debt--bb+ on junior subordinated debt--bb+ on preferred stock

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on A.M. Bests 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 A.M. Bests Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Bests Credit Ratings . For information on the proper media use of Bests Credit Ratings and A.M. Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Bests Credit Ratings and A.M. Best Rating Action Press Releases .

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A.M. Best Ricardo Longchallon, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5676 Senior Financial Analyst ricardo.longchallon@ambest.com orCharles M. Huber, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5122Directorcharles.huber@ambest.comorChristopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159Manager, Public Relationschristopher.sharkey@ambest.comorJim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644Director, Public Relationsjames.peavy@ambest.com

Source: A.M. Best

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