AMERISAFE Completes Redemption of All Outstanding Convertible Preferred Stock

Jan 04, 2010, 06:00 ET from AMERISAFE, Inc.

DERIDDER, La., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMERISAFE, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMSF), a specialty writer of high hazard workers' compensation insurance, has announced that on December 31, 2009 it completed the previously announced redemption of all 250,000 outstanding shares of its Series C and Series D Convertible Preferred Stock. AMERISAFE used available cash to fund the $25.9 million redemption expense. The redemption terminates rights held by the owners of the Series C and Series D Convertible Preferred Stock that included rights to block payment of dividends on and repurchases of AMERISAFE's common stock. Please refer to the Company's press release dated November 30, 2009 for additional information.


AMERISAFE, Inc. is a specialty provider of workers' compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, agriculture, logging, oil and gas and maritime. AMERISAFE actively markets workers' compensation insurance in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The Company's financial strength rating is "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best.

Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements accompanied by words such as "will," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," or similar words are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding AMERISAFE's plans and performance. These statements are based on management's estimates, assumptions and projections as of the date of this release and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from the results expressed or implied in these statements as the results of risks, uncertainties and other factors set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including AMERISAFE's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008. AMERISAFE cautions you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. AMERISAFE does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

    Contacts:      Janelle Frost, EVP & CFO
                   AMERISAFE, Inc.

                   Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
                   Karen Roan, Sr. VP
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