APRIL 02, 2009 12:00 AM (EDT)

A.M. Best Withdraws Ratings of Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Dug Hill

Adrienne Tortoriello
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Rick Decker
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Jim Peavy
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Rachelle Morrow
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OLDWICK, N.J. - APRIL 02, 2009 12:00 AM (EDT)
A.M. Best Co. has withdrawn the financial strength rating (FSR) of B- (Fair) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of "bb-" of Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Dug Hill (Dug Hill) (Manchester, MD). At the same time, A.M. Best has assigned a category NR-5 (Not Formally Followed) to the FSR and an "nr" to the ICR.

These rating actions follow the announcement that Dug Hill has merged with Windsor-Mount Joy Mutual Insurance Company (Windsor-Mount Joy) (Ephrata, PA). As part of the merger, Windsor-Mount Joy assumed all liabilities and obligations under and according to the terms of the policies issued by Dug Hill. As a result, policyholders of Dug Hill are now insured by Windsor-Mount Joy.

Windsor-Mount Joy's FSR of A (Excellent) and ICR of "a+" are unchanged by this transaction. The outlook for both ratings is stable.

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