American Financial Group Announces Filing of Registration Statement of New Subsidiary
Cincinnati, Ohio – October 9, 2002 - American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: AFG) today announced that its new subsidiary, Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (“Infinity”) filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to an initial public offering of its common stock. All of the offered shares would be sold by AFG which will own approximately 30% of Infinity after the offering. Prior to the offering, AFG will transfer to Infinity its personal auto insurance subsidiaries involved primarily in the issuance of nonstandard auto policies: Atlanta Casualty Company, Infinity Insurance Company, Leader Insurance Company and Windsor Insurance Company. In addition, AFG's property and casualty subsidiary, Great American Insurance Company, will transfer to Infinity its personal insurance business written through independent agents.
AFG expects to report a gain on sale, depending on pricing, in connection with the transaction. The proceeds will be used by AFG to reduce outstanding bank debt and to provide additional capital to its remaining subsidiaries.
Carl H. Lindner III, co-president of AFG, stated, “This transaction will clarify the investment opportunity in AFG and will allow us to be a niche player in the specialty insurance business. We have concluded that this type of transaction serves the dual purpose of making available additional capital to both our remaining insurance operations and the personal lines business and allowing AFG to continue to participate in the results of the personal lines business through a continued ownership interest in Infinity.”
Through the operations of the Great American Insurance Group, AFG is currently engaged primarily in specialty property and casualty and private passenger automobile insurance businesses and in the sale of retirement annuities, life and supplemental health insurance products.
Credit Suisse First Boston (sole book-running manager) and Merrill Lynch & Co. are acting as the lead managers of the offering. Co-managers for the offering are Banc of America Securities LLC and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. A written prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from the SEC's website: http://www.sec.gov.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain statements that may be deemed to be "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements in this press release not dealing with historical results are forward-looking and are based on estimates, assumptions and projections. Examples of such forward looking statements include statements relating to: the Company's expectations concerning market and other conditions, future premiums, revenues, earnings and investment activities; expected losses and the adequacy of reserves for asbestos, environmental pollution and mass tort claims; rate increases, improved loss experience and expected expense savings resulting from other recent initiatives.
Actual results could differ materially from those expected by AFG depending on certain factors including but not limited to: changes in economic conditions including interest rates, performance of securities markets, and the availability of capital, regulatory actions, changes in legal environment, judicial decisions and rulings, tax law changes, levels of catastrophes and other major losses, the actual amount of liabilities associated with certain asbestos and environmental related insurance claims, adequacy of loss reserves, availability of reinsurance and ability of reinsurers to pay their obligations, competitive pressures, including the ability to obtain rate increases, driving patterns and other changes in market conditions that could affect AFG's insurance operations.