Press Release - DECEMBER 06, 2018

A.M. Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Markel Corporation and Its Subsidiaries

 Jennifer Marshall, CPCU, ARM
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Michael Lagomarsino, CFA, FRM
Senior Director
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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AM Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of Markel Corporation [NYSE: MKL] (headquartered in Richmond, VA) and its insurance operating subsidiaries are unchanged by the company’s statement that it is fully cooperating with inquiries received from U.S. and Bermuda authorities regarding loss reserves recorded at Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd. and its subsidiaries in late 2017 and 2018. The inquiry does not involve any other Markel Corporation companies, including any subsidiary rated by A.M. Best. Markel has retained outside counsel to conduct an internal review.

No rating actions are being taken at this time as the information available does not warrant any such action. A.M. Best will continue to monitor the situation and take rating action if it becomes appropriate.

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

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AMB# Company Name
058405 Markel Corporation