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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of The Progressive Corporation and Most Members; Upgrades Issuer Credit Ratings of American Strategic Insurance Corp. and Its Affiliates

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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa” of most members of The Progressive Corporation (Progressive) (Mayfield Village, OH). Concurrently, AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term ICRs to “aa” from “aa-” and affirmed the FSR of A+ (Superior) of American Strategic Insurance Corp. (American Strategic) (St. Petersburg, FL) and its affiliates that are now part of Progressive. Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a” and all Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of all senior issuances and the preferred stock issuance of the parent holding company, Progressive. Also, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” of National Continental Insurance Company (National Continental) (Bohemia, NY). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings).

The ratings of Progressive reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

Progressive’s risk-adjusted capitalization has benefited from consistently favorable underwriting results and high levels of investment income, as well as sizable realized and unrealized capital gains. Progressive continues to benefit from a seasoned and stable management team, brand name recognition, multiple channel distribution platform, and innovative underwriting and claims handling technology. In addition, Progressive continues to experience strong premium growth, reflective of its widespread brand recognition. Progressive’s auto results have outperformed competitors in recent years despite the impacts of frequency and severity throughout the automobile insurance industry, due mainly to its sophisticated data mining and pricing techniques. These positive rating factors are offset partially by Progressive’s high underwriting leverage relative to industry averages. However, Progressive has operated historically with elevated underwriting leverage, while consistently generating favorable underwriting results with very low levels of volatility.

The Long-Term ICR upgrade of American Strategic Insurance Corp. reflects its growing importance within the organization given Progressive’s efforts to increase the share of multi-product households through bundling. Bundled products are an integral part of Progressive’s offerings and an important part of the company’s strategic agenda.

The ratings of National Continental reflect the company’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM. Additionally, the ratings recognize the financial strength, infrastructure and technological capabilities afforded as a subsidiary of Progressive.

The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa” have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following members of The Progressive Corporation:

  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
  • Progressive Northern Insurance Company
  • Progressive Northwestern Insurance Company
  • Progressive Specialty Insurance Company
  • Progressive Preferred Insurance Company
  • Progressive Classic Insurance Company
  • Progressive American Insurance Company
  • Progressive Gulf Insurance Company
  • Progressive Bayside Insurance Company
  • Progressive Mountain Insurance Company
  • Progressive Southeastern Insurance Company
  • Progressive Hawaii Insurance Corp.
  • Progressive Michigan Insurance Company
  • Progressive Security Insurance Company
  • Progressive West Insurance Company
  • Drive New Jersey Insurance Company
  • Progressive County Mutual Insurance Company
  • Progressive Direct Insurance Company
  • Progressive Marathon Insurance Company
  • Progressive Max Insurance Company
  • Progressive Advanced Insurance Company
  • Progressive Universal Insurance Company
  • Progressive Premier Insurance Company of Illinois
  • Progressive Paloverde Insurance Company
  • Mountain Laurel Assurance Company
  • Progressive Select Insurance Company
  • Progressive Garden State Insurance Company
  • United Financial Casualty Company
  • Artisan and Truckers Casualty Company
  • Progressive Express Insurance Company

The Long-Term ICRs have been upgraded to “aa” from “aa­-” and the FSR of A+ (Superior) affirmed, with stable outlooks for American Strategic Insurance Corp. and the following affiliates:

  • ASI Assurance Corp.
  • ASI Home Insurance Corp.
  • ASI Lloyds
  • ASI Preferred Insurance Corp.
  • ASI Select Insurance Corp.
  • Progressive Property Insurance Company

The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” have been affirmed with a stable outlook for National Continental Insurance Company.

The Long-Term ICR of “a” and the following Long-Term IRs of The Progressive Corporation have been affirmed with stable outlooks:

The Progressive Corporation—

— “a” on $500 million 3.75% senior unsecured notes, due 2021

— “a” on $500 million 2.45% senior unsecured notes, due 2027

— “a” on $300 million 6.625% senior unsecured notes, due 2029

— “a” on $550 million 4.00% senior unsecured notes, due 2029

— “a” on $400 million 6.250% senior unsecured notes, due 2032

— “a” on $350 million 4.35% senior unsecured debentures, due 2044

— “a” on $400 million 3.7% senior unsecured notes, due 2045

— “a” on $850 million 4.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2047

— “a” on $600 million 4.2% senior unsecured notes, due 2048

— “bbb+” on $500 million 5.375% cumulative preferred stock

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit www.ambest.com for more information.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Edin Imsirovic

Senior Financial Analyst

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5740

edin.imsirovic@ambest.com

Raymond Thomson CPCU, ARe, ARM

Director

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5621

raymond.thomson@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

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MMSI LOSS NOTICE: TOP RANKED ROSEN LAW FIRM Reminds Merit Medical Systems, Inc. Investors of Important Deadline in Securities Class Action – MMSI

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI) between February 26, 2019 and October 30, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”) of the important February 3, 2020 lead plaintiff deadline in the securities class action. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Merit Medical investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the Merit Medical class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1736.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com for information on the class action.

NO CLASS HAS YET BEEN CERTIFIED IN THE ABOVE ACTION. UNTIL A CLASS IS CERTIFIED, YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL UNLESS YOU RETAIN ONE. YOU MAY RETAIN COUNSEL OF YOUR CHOICE. YOU MAY ALSO REMAIN AN ABSENT CLASS MEMBER AND DO NOTHING AT THIS POINT. AN INVESTOR’S ABILITY TO SHARE IN ANY POTENTIAL FUTURE RECOVERY IS NOT DEPENDENT UPON SERVING AS LEAD PLAINTIFF.

According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the integrations of Cianna and Vascular Insights, including their products, sales people, and R&D facilities, had caused operational disruptions, reduced sales, and were months behind schedule; (2) sales of acquired company products had slowed substantially due to pre-acquisition pipeline fill, in particular for Vascular Insights products which, as late as July 2019, had zero orders during fiscal 2019; (3) in light of the foregoing, Merit Medical’s reported financial guidance for fiscal 2019 and 2020 was made without a reasonable basis; and (4) as a result, Merit Medical’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.

A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than February 3, 2020. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. If you wish to join the litigation, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1736.html or to discuss your rights or interests regarding this class action, please contact Phillip Kim, Esq. of Rosen Law Firm toll free at 866-767-3653 or via e-mail at pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com.

Follow us for updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rosen-law-firm, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosen_firm or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosenlawfirm/.

Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 3 each year since 2013. Rosen Law Firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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The Rosen Law Firm, P.A.

Laurence Rosen, Esq.

Phillip Kim, Esq.

275 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 686-1060

Toll Free: (866) 767-3653

Fax: (212) 202-3827

lrosen@rosenlegal.com
pkim@rosenlegal.com
cases@rosenlegal.com
www.rosenlegal.com

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FIAT LOSS NOTICE: TOP RANKED ROSEN LAW FIRM Reminds Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Investors of Important Deadline in Securities Class Action – FCAU

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE:FCAU) from February 26, 2016 and November 20, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”) of the important January 31, 2020 lead plaintiff deadline in securities class action. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for Fiat investors under the federal securities laws.

To join the Fiat class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1732.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com for information on the class action.

NO CLASS HAS YET BEEN CERTIFIED IN THE ABOVE ACTION. UNTIL A CLASS IS CERTIFIED, YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL UNLESS YOU RETAIN ONE. YOU MAY RETAIN COUNSEL OF YOUR CHOICE. YOU MAY ALSO REMAIN AN ABSENT CLASS MEMBER AND DO NOTHING AT THIS POINT. AN INVESTOR’S ABILITY TO SHARE IN ANY POTENTIAL FUTURE RECOVERY IS NOT DEPENDENT UPON SERVING AS LEAD PLAINTIFF.

According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Fiat employed a bribery scheme to obtain favorable terms in its collective bargaining agreement with International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; (2) high-ranking Fiat officials were aware of and authorized the scheme; and (3) due to the foregoing, defendants’ statements about Fiat’s receivables, business, operations, and prospects, were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.

A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than January 31, 2020. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. If you wish to join the litigation, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-1732.html or to discuss your rights or interests regarding this class action, please contact Phillip Kim, Esq. of Rosen Law Firm toll free at 866-767-3653 or via e-mail at pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com.

Follow us for updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rosen-law-firm or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosen_firm or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosenlawfirm.

Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 3 each year since 2013. Rosen Law Firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for investors.

Contacts

The Rosen Law Firm, P.A.

Laurence Rosen, Esq.

Phillip Kim, Esq.

275 Madison Avenue, 40th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 686-1060

Toll Free: (866) 767-3653

Fax: (212) 202-3827

lrosen@rosenlegal.com
pkim@rosenlegal.com
cases@rosenlegal.com
www.rosenlegal.com

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Republic Bank Opens New West Broadway Banking Center inside Republic Bank Foundation YMCA

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Republic Bank announced today that it has opened a new banking center inside the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA at 1720 W. Broadway, Suite 103.

“We are thrilled to open this new Republic Bank location in Louisville on West Broadway,” said Jammie Williams, Business Development Manager – Broadway. “Our strong team of local bankers are invested in the community and committed to taking care of our clients in this neighborhood. The opening of this new banking center is just one way we make banking ‘easier’ for our clients through the combination of both bank lobby service and extended service hours offered by our Interactive Teller Machine.”

“Our new West Broadway location inside the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA will enhance our successful community banking model in Louisville,” said Republic Bank Chairman and CEO Steve Trager. “We look forward to helping businesses and consumers achieve their financial goals and extending friendly, local lending.”

In addition to traditional bank lobby hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, this location will feature both a walk-up and drive-thru Interactive Teller Machine (“ITM”). ITMs feature live customer service representatives available through real-time video, allowing for extended banking hours and greater customer convenience. ITMs allow clients to easily make deposits without an envelope or deposit slip, cash checks for exact change, and make loan payments. Transactions are processed the same day, even after regular banking hours. The Republic Bank ITM offers convenient banking from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Republic Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) is the parent company of Republic Bank & Trust Company (the “Bank”). The Bank currently has 41 full-service banking centers and two loan production offices throughout five states: 28 banking centers in 8 Kentucky communities – Covington, Crestview Hills, Florence, Georgetown, Lexington, Louisville, Shelbyville, and Shepherdsville; three banking centers in southern Indiana – Floyds Knobs, Jeffersonville, and New Albany; seven banking centers in six Florida communities (Tampa MSA) – Largo, Port Richey, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, and one loan production office in Oldsmar; two banking centers in Tennessee (Nashville MSA) – Cool Springs (Franklin) and Green Hills (Nashville), and one loan production office in Brentwood; and one banking center in Norwood (Cincinnati), Ohio. The Bank offers internet banking at www.republicbank.com. The Bank also offers separately branded, nation-wide digital banking at www.mymemorybank.com. The Company has $6.1 billion in assets and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is listed under the symbol “RBCAA” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Republic Bank. It’s just easier here.®

Contacts

Michael Sadofsky

Chief Marketing Officer

Louisville, Kentucky

(502) 561-7125

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