Press Release - MAY 29, 2019

AM Best Assigns Indicative Issue Credit Ratings to Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.’s New Shelf Registration

 Daniel Mangano
Financial Analyst
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Jacqalene Lentz, CPA
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Christopher Sharkey
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Jim Peavy
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OLDWICK - MAY 29, 2019
AM Best has assigned indicative Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings of “bbb-” to senior unsecured issues, “bb+” to subordinated issues and “bb” to preferred stock to the recently filed shelf registration of Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (Hallmark Financial) (headquartered in Fort Worth, TX) [NASDAQ: HALL]. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

Effective May 15, 2019, Hallmark Financial filed a shelf registration for securities at a proposed maximum aggregate offering price of $150 million. Due to potential issuance of this new debt, Hallmark Financial’s debt-to-total capital and adjusted debt-to-tangible capital measures remain within AM Best’s guidelines for its current rating level. In addition, AM Best expects Hallmark Financial’s interest coverage ratio to remain adequate for its ratings.

Hallmark Financial is a diversified property/casualty insurance group offering commercial and personal insurance to businesses and individuals in specialty and niche markets. The insurance subsidiaries generate earnings and steady cash flows to the holding company, supporting its cash position and interest coverage metrics.

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051075 Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.