Press Release - OCTOBER 15, 2019

AM Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Pinnacle National Insurance Company


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - OCTOBER 15, 2019
AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) of Pinnacle National Insurance Company (Pinnacle National, formerly Alterra America Insurance Company) (Bedford, Texas). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The rating actions reflect the recent transfer of ownership of Pinnacle National to State National Insurance Company, Inc. (SNIC), and its participation in a pooling agreement with other members of the State National Group, led by SNIC. The ratings of Pinnacle National reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The ratings of the other members of the State National Group are unchanged by these actions.

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