National General Holdings Corp. Announces Agreement to Acquire Standard Mutual Insurance Company

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National General Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:NGHC) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement, pending regulatory and policyholder approval, to acquire Standard Mutual Insurance Company (SMIC), an Illinois based property and casualty underwriter, following the completion of the conversion of SMIC to a stock company from a mutual company. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

National General Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Karfunkel stated: "We are excited about the addition of Standard Mutual to our growing personal lines franchise. The SMIC acquisition provides us entry into the states of Illinois and Indiana for both the homeowners and package products, and adds to our expansion efforts of standard and preferred personal lines products. We believe this combination will enhance both companies, and we expect to realize substantial benefits from transitioning Standard Mutual to our state-of-the-art technology system, our comprehensive reinsurance structure, and our shared services platform. This transaction is National General’s first demutualization, but we see this area as offering substantial opportunities to profitably grow our business in the future.  We look forward to working with the Standard Mutual Insurance Company team and providing them with the broad resources and capabilities that National General has to offer. We expect the transaction will be immediately accretive to earnings”.

About Standard Mutual Insurance Company (SMIC)

Based in Springfield, Illinois, Standard Mutual Insurance Company began operations in 1921 and has a financial strength rating of “B+” (good) from A.M. Best.   The company predominantly underwrites private passenger automobile and homeowners lines in Illinois and Indiana.  SMIC wrote approximately $49 million of direct written premium in 2014, and approximately $37 million through the first nine months of 2015. The company distributes products through approximately 250 independent agents. SMIC policyholders’ surplus as of September 30, 2015 was approximately $22 million. 

About National General Holdings Corp.

National General Holdings Corp., headquartered in New York City, is a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. National General traces its roots to 1939, has a financial strength rating of A- (excellent) from A.M. Best, and provides personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, supplemental health, and other niche insurance products.

Forward Looking Statements

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