Press Release - MAY 26, 2016

A.M. Best Comments on Ratings of Baldwin & Lyons Group Members Following Appointments of New Senior Executives at Parent


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - MAY 26, 2016
A.M. Best has commented that the financial strength ratings and issuer credit ratings of the members of the Baldwin & Lyons Group, Protective Insurance Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Sagamore Insurance Company and Protective Specialty Insurance Company, are unchanged following the recent announcements by the ultimate, publicly traded parent, Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. [NASDAQ: BWINA and BWINB] on May 19, 2016, of the resignation of the current chief executive officer (CEO), who also held the title of chief operating officer (COO), the chief financial officer (CFO), and the deputy chairman and the subsequent appointment of a new CEO, Interim CFO and COO. All companies are domiciled in Carmel, IN.

The ratings remain unchanged because given the current information available, A.M. Best does not foresee short-term pressure on the group’s financial performance or business profile as a result of the events and expects that the activation of the succession plan, although accelerated in its implementation, was part of the ordinary course of business. A.M. Best will continue to monitor the developments and implications of the event, including the outcome of the group’s governance review.

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