Columbus, Ohio (July 11, 2013) – State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) reported that today one of its insurance subsidiaries, State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Company, closed on a loan from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. The FHLB loan is a 20-year term loan, callable after three years with no prepayment penalty thereafter, in the principal amount of $85.0 million. The FHLB loan provides for interest-only payments during its term, with principal due in full at maturity. The interest rate is fixed over the term of the loan at 5.03%, and the loan is fully secured by the pledge of investment securities.
Proceeds from the FHLB loan, along with cash on hand, will be used by the company to redeem all of its outstanding $100 million 6¼% Senior Notes due 2013. The redemption date for the Senior Notes is July 15, 2013. On the redemption date, the company anticipates paying a total redemption price of approximately $103.0 million, which includes interest through the redemption date and a make-whole amount due to the Senior Notes being redeemed prior to their Nov. 15, 2013 maturity date.
State Auto Financial Corporation, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a super regional property and casualty insurance holding company and is proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. STFC stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, which is a segment of the NASDAQ Global Market with the highest initial listing standards of any exchange in the world.
The insurance subsidiaries of State Auto Financial Corporation are part of the State Auto Group. The State Auto Group markets its insurance products throughout the United States, through independent insurance agencies, which include retail agencies and wholesale brokers. The State Auto Group is rated A (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company and includes State Automobile Mutual, State Auto Property & Casualty, State Auto Ohio, State Auto Wisconsin, Milbank, Meridian Security, Meridian Citizens Mutual, Patrons Mutual, Rockhill Insurance, Plaza Insurance, American Compensation and Bloomington Compensation. Additional information on State Auto Financial Corporation and the State Auto Insurance Companies can be found online at http://www.StateAuto.com/STFC.
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Except for historical information, all other information in this news release consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied. The most significant of these uncertainties are described in State Auto Financial's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports and exhibits to those reports, and include (but are not limited to) legislative changes at both the state and federal level, state and federal regulatory rule making promulgations and adjudications, class action litigation involving the insurance industry and judicial decisions affecting claims, policy coverages and the general costs of doing business, the impact of competition on products and pricing, inflation in the costs of the products and services insurance pays for, product development, geographic spread of risk, weather and weather-related events, and other types of catastrophic events. State Auto Financial undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.