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A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of The Medical Protective Company and Its Affiliates

May 9, 2014



OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Besthas affirmed the financial strength rating of A++ (Superior) and issuer credit ratings of ďaa+Ē of The Medical Protective Company(MedPro) (Fort Wayne, IN) and its three reinsured affiliates, Princeton Insurance Company (Princeton) (Princeton, NJ), MedPro RRG Risk Retention Group(MedPro RRG) and AttPro RRG Reciprocal Risk Retention Group (AttPro RRG) (both domiciled in the District of Columbia). The outlook for all ratings is stable.

These ratings reflect the organizationís excellent capital strength, strong national business profile and extended trends of favorable operating performance. The continued outstanding underwriting performance is driven by disciplined underwriting standards, conservative reserving practices and a proactive claims handling philosophy. The ratings also consider the leading market position the organization holds across multiple jurisdictions. Furthermore, these ratings continue to benefit from the implicit and explicit support provided to MedPro and Princeton by their ultimate parent, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) [NYSE: BRK.A and BRK.B].

This support is in the form of a significant reinsurance transaction with National Indemnity Company, a Berkshire subsidiary. In addition to this agreement, Berkshire has established an extended track record of supporting its member companies.

Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are product concentration in the highly cyclical medical professional liability market and the above average concentration levels in select investments. These factors are somewhat muted by product diversification across jurisdictions, multiple healthcare provider types and the high quality of the investments.

The outlook is based on A.M. Bestís expectation that the organization will continue to have excellent operating performance and balance sheet strength over an extended time period.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Bestís Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Bestís rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Bestís Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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A.M. Best

Robert Raber, 908-439-2200, ext. 5696

Senior Financial Analyst

robert.raber@ambest.com

or

Henry Witmer, 908-439-2200, ext. 5097

Assistant Vice President

henry.witmer@ambest.com

or

Rachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378

Senior Manager, Public Relations

rachelle.morrow@ambest.com

or

Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644

Assistant Vice President, Public Relations

james.peavy@ambest.com

Source: A.M. Best


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