CINCINNATI, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CINF) today announced that based on preliminary voting results at the company's annual meeting on April 28, 2012, shareholders elected 10 directors for one-year terms to the 14-member board. Shareholders also ratified the selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as independent registered public accounting firm, approved a nonbinding proposal to approve the compensation for the company's named executive officers and adopted the Cincinnati Financial Corporation 2012 Stock Compensation Plan.
Kenneth W. Stecher, chairman of the board, commented: "We thank shareholders for approving our selection of Deloitte & Touche and our nominees to the board. The directors who were elected Saturday, as well as our continuing directors, combine their experiences from differing business backgrounds to guide long-term strategic plans for Cincinnati Financial Corporation and to increase our long-term return to shareholders."
Shareholders elected to the board for terms of one year:
William F. Bahl, CFA, CIC, chairman of Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel Inc. and the independent lead director of Cincinnati Financial Corporation
Steven J. Johnston, FCAS, MAAA, CFA, president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Financial Corporation
Kenneth C. Lichtendahl, a senior adviser for Nestle Waters of North America
W. Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of The Kroger Company
Gretchen W. Price, executive vice president, chief financial officer and administrative officer of Arbonne International LLC
John J. Schiff, Jr., CPCU, chairman of the executive committee of Cincinnati Financial Corporation
Thomas R. Schiff, chairman and chief executive officer for John J. & Thomas R. Schiff & Co. 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.
E. Anthony Woods, chairman and chief executive officer of SupportSource LLC
The board also met on April 28 and announced committee service for the coming year, in line with the independence requirements of applicable law and the listing standards ofNasdaq:
Audit – Kenneth C. Lichtendahl (chairman), William F. Bahl, Gregory T. Bier, Linda Clement-Holmes, Gretchen W. Price, Douglas S. Skidmore and John F. Steele, Jr.
Compensation – W. Rodney McMullen (chairman), William F. Bahl, Gregory T. Bier, Gretchen W. Price and E. Anthony Woods
Executive – John J. Schiff, Jr. (chairman), William F. Bahl, Steven J. Johnston, W. Rodney McMullen, Kenneth W. Stecher, John F. Steele, Jr., Larry R. Webb and E. Anthony Woods
Investment – Kenneth W. Stecher (chairman), William F. Bahl, Gregory T. Bier, Steven J. Johnston, W. Rodney McMullen, John J. Schiff, Jr., Thomas R. Schiff and E. Anthony Woods; Richard M. Burridge, CFA, continues to serve as committee adviser
Nominating – William F. Bahl (chairman), 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, annuities and surplus lines property and casualty insurance. For additional information about the company, please visit www.cinfin.com.
P.O. Box 145496
6200 South Gilmore Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-5496
Fairfield, Ohio 45014-5141
Safe Harbor 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 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A, Risk Factors, Page 26.
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
Inadequate estimates or assumptions used for critical accounting estimates
Recession or other economic conditions resulting in lower demand for insurance products or increased payment delinquencies
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
Increased competition that could result in a significant reduction in the company's premium volume
Delays or performance inadequacies from ongoing development and implementation of underwriting and pricing methods or technology projects and enhancements expected to increase our pricing accuracy, underwriting profit and competitiveness
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 non-payment 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
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
Difficulties with technology or data security breaches, including cyber attacks, that could negatively affect our ability to conduct business and our relationships with agents, policyholders and others
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.