Press Release - MARCH 13, 2020

AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Southern Pioneer Property and Casualty Ins Co Following Acquisition by Biglari Holdings

 Steven DeLosa
Financial Analyst
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Michelle Baurkot
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - MARCH 13, 2020
AM Best has commented that the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb” of Southern Pioneer Property and Casualty Insurance Company (Southern Pioneer) (Jonesboro, AR) remain unchanged following its acquisition by Biglari Holdings Inc.

Biglari Holdings Inc. officially acquired Southern Pioneer, an insurer offering commercial property, homeowners, dwelling and other coverages with a presence throughout the southern United States, on March 9, 2020. Southern Pioneer will continue to operate under its existing structure as a subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc. with the management team and all legal entities intact. While Southern Pioneer may benefit over the long-term potentially from enhanced financial flexibility and investment portfolio management under its new parent, AM Best expects any near-term impact on the credit ratings to be modest.

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AMB# Company Name
054090 Biglari Holdings Inc.
011052 Southern Pioneer P & C Ins Co