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MARCH 30, 2021 01:53 PM (EDT)

AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Southern County Mutual Insurance Company


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - MARCH 30, 2021 01:53 PM (EDT)
AM Best has withdrawn the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Southern County Mutual Insurance Company (Southern County) (Dallas, TX). The Credit Ratings (ratings) had stable outlooks. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s subsidiary, GEICO Corporation (GEICO), acquired Republic Group No. Two Company, a subsidiary of Republic Companies Group, Inc. (operating as The Republic Group), in January 2021. As part of the transaction, GEICO acquired 100% of the voting shares of Republic Group No. Two Company and control of Southern County. GEICO management has indicated its intention to reinsure Southern County 100% to an affiliate; however, the reinsurance agreement has not yet been put into effect. The current ratings of Southern County are being withdrawn until the reinsurance agreement can be completed.

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