CINCINNATI, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CINF) today announced that based on preliminary voting results at the company's annual meeting on April 26, 2014, shareholders elected all directors for one‑year terms to the 15-member board. Shareholders also ratified the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as independent registered public accounting firm for 2014, approved a nonbinding proposal to approve the compensation for the company's named executive officers, reapproved the performance objectives for the Cincinnati Financial Corporation 2009 Incentive Compensation Plan and defeated a shareholder proposal to require majority voting in uncontested director elections.
Kenneth W. Stecher, chairman of the board, commented: "We thank shareholders for approving management's proposals and our nominees to the board. We have a highly engaged group of directors who leverage their experiences from differing business backgrounds to guide long-term strategic plans for Cincinnati Financial Corporation as we create value for shareholders."
Directors elected to the board for terms of one year are:
- William F. Bahl, CFA, CIC, chairman of Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel Inc. and the independent lead director of Cincinnati Financial Corporation
- Gregory T. Bier, CPA, managing partner (retired) of Deloitte & Touche LLP
- Linda W. Clement-Holmes, senior vice president of Global Business Services, Procter & Gamble Company
- Dirk J. Debbink, chairman and chief executive officer of MSI General Corporation
- Steven J. Johnston, FCAS, MAAA, CFA, CERA, president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Financial Corporation
- Kenneth C. Lichtendahl, director of development and sales of Heliosphere Designs LLC
- W. Rodney McMullen, chief executive officer of The Kroger Co.
- David P. Osborn, CFA, president of Osborn Rohs Williams & Donohoe LLC
- Gretchen W. Price, executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer of Arbonne International LLC
- John J. Schiff, Jr., CPCU, chairman of the executive committee of The Cincinnati Insurance Company
- Thomas R. Schiff, chairman and chief executive officer of John J. & Thomas R. Schiff & Co. Inc.
- Douglas S. Skidmore, chief executive officer of Skidmore Sales & Distributing Company Inc.
- Kenneth W. Stecher, chairman of the board of Cincinnati Financial Corporation
- John F. Steele, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Hilltop Basic Resources Inc.
- Larry R. Webb, president of Webb Insurance Agency Inc.
The board also met on April 26 and announced committee service for the coming year, in line with the independence requirements of applicable law and the listing standards of Nasdaq:
- Audit – Gretchen W. Price (chairperson), William F. Bahl, Gregory T. Bier, Linda W. Clement-Holmes, Dirk J. Debbink, Kenneth C. Lichtendahl, David P. Osborn, Douglas S. Skidmore and John F. Steele, Jr.
- Compensation – W. Rodney McMullen (chairperson), William F. Bahl, Gregory T. Bier, Dirk J. Debbink and Gretchen W. Price
- Executive – Steven J. Johnston (chairperson), William F. Bahl, W. Rodney McMullen, Kenneth W. Stecher, John F. Steele, Jr. and Larry R. Webb
- Investment – Kenneth W. Stecher (chairperson), William F. Bahl, Gregory T. Bier, Steven J. Johnston, W. Rodney McMullen, David P. Osborne, John J. Schiff, Jr., Thomas R. Schiff and Larry R. Webb; Richard M. Burridge, CFA, continues to serve as committee adviser
- Nominating – William F. Bahl (chairman), Linda W. Clement-Holmes, Kenneth C. Lichtendahl, Gretchen W. Price and Douglas S. Skidmore
Cincinnati Financial Corporation offers business, home and auto insurance, our main business, through The Cincinnati Insurance Company and its two standard market property casualty companies. The same local independent insurance agencies that market those policies may offer products of our other subsidiaries, including life and disability income insurance, fixed annuities and surplus lines property and casualty insurance. For additional information about the company, please visit cinfin.com.
P.O. Box 145496
6200 South Gilmore Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5496
Fairfield, Ohio 45014-5141
This is our "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our business is subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements in this report. Some of those risks and uncertainties are discussed in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A, Risk Factors, Page 31.
Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:
- Unusually high levels of catastrophe losses due to risk concentrations, changes in weather patterns, environmental events, terrorism incidents or other causes
- Increased frequency and/or severity of claims or development of claims that are unforeseen at the time of policy issuance
- Inadequate estimates or assumptions used for critical accounting estimates Declines in overall stock market values negatively affecting the company's equity portfolio and book value
- Events resulting in capital market or credit market uncertainty, followed by prolonged periods of economic instability or recession, that lead to:
- Significant or prolonged decline in the value of a particular security or group of securities and impairment of the asset(s)
- Significant decline in investment income due to reduced or eliminated dividend payouts from a particular security or group of securities
- Significant rise in losses from surety and director and officer policies written for financial institutions or other insured entities
- Prolonged low interest rate environment or other factors that limit the company's ability to generate growth in investment income or interest rate fluctuations that result in declining values of fixed-maturity investments, including declines in accounts in which we hold bank-owned life insurance contract assets
- Recession or other economic conditions resulting in lower demand for insurance products or increased payment delinquencies
- Difficulties with technology or data security breaches, including cyberattacks, that could negatively affect our ability to conduct business and our relationships with agents, policyholders and others
- Disruption of the insurance market caused by technology innovations, such as driverless cars, that could decrease consumer demand for insurance products
- Delays or performance inadequacies from ongoing development and implementation of underwriting and pricing methods, including telematics and other usage-based insurance methods, or technology projects and enhancements expected to increase our pricing accuracy, underwriting profit and competitiveness
- Increased competition that could result in a significant reduction in the company's premium volume
- Changing consumer insurance-buying habits and consolidation of independent insurance agencies that could alter our competitive advantages
- Inability to obtain adequate reinsurance on acceptable terms, amount of reinsurance purchased, financial strength of reinsurers and the potential for nonpayment or delay in payment by reinsurers
- Inability to defer policy acquisition costs for any business segment if pricing and loss trends would lead management to conclude that segment could not achieve sustainable profitability
- Events or conditions that could weaken or harm the company's relationships with its independent agencies and hamper opportunities to add new agencies, resulting in limitations on the company's opportunities for growth, such as:
- Downgrades of the company's financial strength ratings
- Concerns that doing business with the company is too difficult
- Perceptions that the company's level of service, particularly claims service, is no longer a distinguishing characteristic in the marketplace
- Inability or unwillingness to nimbly develop and introduce coverage product updates and innovations that our competitors offer and consumers expect to find in the marketplace
- Actions of insurance departments, state attorneys general or other regulatory agencies, including a change to a federal system of regulation from a state-based system, that:
- Impose new obligations on us that increase our expenses or change the assumptions underlying our critical accounting estimates
- Place the insurance industry under greater regulatory scrutiny or result in new statutes, rules and regulations
- Restrict our ability to exit or reduce writings of unprofitable coverages or lines of business
- Add assessments for guaranty funds, other insurance related assessments or mandatory reinsurance arrangements; or that impair our ability to recover such assessments through future surcharges or other rate changes
- Increase our provision for federal income taxes due to changes in tax law
- Increase our other expenses
- Limit our ability to set fair, adequate and reasonable rates
- Place us at a disadvantage in the marketplace
- Restrict our ability to execute our business model, including the way we compensate agents
- Adverse outcomes from litigation or administrative proceedings
- Events or actions, including unauthorized intentional circumvention of controls, that reduce the company's future ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
- Unforeseen departure of certain executive officers or other key employees due to retirement, health or other causes that could interrupt progress toward important strategic goals or diminish the effectiveness of certain longstanding relationships with insurance agents and others
- Events, such as an epidemic, natural catastrophe or terrorism, that could hamper our ability to assemble our workforce at our headquarters location
Further, the company's insurance businesses are subject to the effects of changing social, economic and regulatory environments. Public and regulatory initiatives have included efforts to adversely influence and restrict premium rates, restrict the ability to cancel policies, impose underwriting standards and expand overall regulation. The company also is subject to public and regulatory initiatives that can affect the market value for its common stock, such as measures affecting corporate financial reporting and governance. The ultimate changes and eventual effects, if any, of these initiatives are uncertain.
SOURCE Cincinnati Financial Corporation