APRIL 22, 2010 01:30 PM (EDT)

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Positive for Century-National Insurance Company

David Fidecaro
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5420

Rick Decker
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5423

Public Relations
Rachelle Morrow
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5378

Jim Peavy
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5644


OLDWICK, N.J. - APRIL 22, 2010 01:30 PM (EDT)
A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of "a-" of Century-National Insurance Company (Century-National) (North Hollywood, CA).

The outlook for Century-National reflects the potential for future favorable rating actions based on sustained levels of capitalization, relative underwriting and operating performance and favorable loss development trends.

Century-National's ratings recognize its strong capitalization, favorable underwriting performance over the last five years and its extensive knowledge of the local marketplace. These positive rating factors are partly offset by the company's moderately elevated investment leverage, above average expense ratio and geographic concentration of risk.

Century-National primarily writes homeowners and commercial automobile liability coverages in California.

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AMB# Company Name
003090 Century-National Insurance Company