OCTOBER 03, 2019 09:45:03 Eastern Daylight Time

AM Best Places Credit Ratings of the Members of PURE Group of Insurance Companies Under Review With Positive Implications

 Joni Cerbone, CPA
Senior Financial Analyst
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Jacqalene Lentz, CPA
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - OCTOBER 03, 2019 09:45:03 Eastern Daylight Time
AM Best has placed under review with positive implications the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a” for both members of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies (PURE Group): Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE) and PURE Insurance Company (PIC). PIC and PURE Risk Management, LLC, which serves as attorney-in-fact for PURE, are wholly owned subsidiaries of Privilege Underwriters, Inc. (PUI). PURE and PIC are domiciled in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The Credit Rating (rating) actions follow the announcement that Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. (TMH) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of PUI’s outstanding shares. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals in the United States and Japan, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

The under review with positive implications status reflects the need for AM Best to further and fully assess the financial and operational impacts of the acquisition. In addition, the positive implications considers the successful track record that TMH has established with similar transactions in the past and the benefits of operational synergies with other subsidiary companies. AM Best will continue to hold discussions with PURE Group’s management and monitor the balance sheet strength, operating performance, business profile and enterprise risk management through the close of the transaction.

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