OCTOBER 29, 2019 11:36 AM (EDT)

AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of NI Holdings, Inc. and Its Subsidiaries Following Its Announced Acquisition

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OLDWICK - OCTOBER 29, 2019 11:36 AM (EDT)
AM Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of NI Holdings, Inc. [NASDAQ: NODK] remain unchanged following its recent announcement that it has agreed to purchase Westminster American Insurance Company (Westminster). The ratings of Nodak Insurance Company (Fargo, ND) (Nodak) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Battle Creek Mutual Insurance Company (Battle Creek, NE), and American West Insurance Company (Fargo, ND), a wholly owned, separately rated subsidiary of Nodak, also remain unchanged. These companies are ultimately owned by NI Holdings, Inc. and referred to collectively as Nodak Insurance Group.

The acquisition will involve a 100% stock ownership transfer of Westminster to NI Holdings, Inc. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including board and regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Westminster writes solely commercial lines business focusing on business owner’s coverage for apartments, condominiums, cooperatives, rental dwellings and retail risks. The company also writes commercial

package policies and commercial umbrella coverage. Nearly 95% of Westminster’s direct premium written is generated from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and Virginia; however, the company is licensed in 18 states.

The acquisition of Westminster will provide the Nodak Insurance Group with a more diverse mix of products and increase its footprint in the commercial lines segment. In addition, it improves the group’s geographic concentration of risk.

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