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April 20, 2016

A.M. Best Upgrades Outlook to “Positive”, Affirms Rating of “A (Excellent)” for Western National Insurance Group

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that A.M. Best Company has affirmed the Group’s “A” (Excellent) financial strength rating and upgraded its outlook from “Stable” to “Positive”, effective immediately.

According to A.M. Best, the affirmation in rating and revised outlook reflect the Group’s excellent risk-adjusted capitalization and continuing improved trend of operating performance. The rating and outlook apply to Western National Mutual Insurance Company and the following wholly owned subsidiaries: Western National Assurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, and Arizona Automobile Insurance Company.

“We are pleased to have our Group’s years of consistent financial strength and stability recognized in this upgrade to our outlook,” said Stuart Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Western National Insurance Group. “We view this positive outlook as the result of a solid business strategy, our ongoing focus on building relationships, and the continued hard work of our employees and agency partners. We look forward to taking the next step in our A.M. Best rating and to continuing to build on the strong financial protection we provide to our policyholders.”

A.M. Best also announced the affirmation of ratings for two other members of the Western National Insurance Group: affiliate Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company (“A-” financial strength rating, “Stable” outlook) and subsidiary American Freedom Insurance Company (“A” financial strength rating, “Stable” outlook).

Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is a full-service credit rating organization dedicated to serving the insurance industry. The company is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source.

Western National Insurance Group, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies. The Group insures personal and business coverages plus surety in 19 states across the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S.; and surety-only in another 7 states. The Group distributes its products exclusively through Independent Insurance Agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Assistant Vice President – Communications
(952) 921-5680 or (800) 862-6070 Ext. 7680
steven.norman@wnins.com