FEBRUARY 12, 2009 12:00 AM (EST)

A.M. Best Comments on The Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Dug Hill's Planned Merger Transaction

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OLDWICK, N.J. - FEBRUARY 12, 2009 12:00 AM (EST)
A.M. Best Co. has commented that the financial strength rating (FSR) of B- (Fair) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of "bb-" of The Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Dug Hill (Dug Hill) (Manchester, MD) are unchanged at this time. The outlook for both ratings is stable.

This commentary follows the recent announcement that Dug Hill has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Windsor-Mount Joy Mutual Insurance Company (Windsor-Mount Joy) (Ephrata, PA). Subject to the terms of the agreement, Dug Hill shall merge into Windsor-Mount Joy with Windsor-Mount Joy being the surviving company.

This transaction is subject to regulatory and policyholder approval and is expected to close by second quarter 2009. Upon closing, A. M. Best anticipates the ratings of Dug Hill to be withdrawn, assigning a category NR-5 (Not Formally Followed) to the FSR and an "nr" to the ICR.

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