Eastern Insurance Holdings Announces Upgrade of Its Subsidiary Eastern Alliance Insurance Group's Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent)

Jun 08, 2010, 11:05 ET from Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc.

LANCASTER, Pa., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --  Eastern Alliance Insurance Group ("EAIG"), a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation and a member of Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("EIHI") (Nasdaq: EIHI) today announced that A.M. Best Company upgraded its financial strength rating to A ("Excellent") from A-. EAIG's rating has a stable outlook.

"The upgrade in our A.M. Best Company financial strength rating is evident of our top performing workers' compensation insurance operational and financial results and validates the successful execution of our strategic business plans, the foundations of which are based on strong relationships with our partner agents and their customers," said Bruce Eckert, Chief Executive Officer of EIHI. "I was particularly pleased with this achievement considering the challenging market conditions and economic uncertainties that face the insurance industry today."

"Achieving the 'A' rating positions EAIG to compete for additional customers in our existing underwriting markets while continuing to expand our products, services and agency partners into additional territories," said Eckert.

In upgrading EAIG to an A, A.M. Best recognized its "strong operating results, excellent capitalization, conservative reserving practices, and the financial flexibility afforded by EAIG's publicly traded parent, Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc." A.M. Best's rating rationale stated that the rating outlook reflected EAIG's "prudent operating strategy, focused underwriting initiatives and aggressive claims management which have contributed to strong earnings over the long term."

Founded in 1997, EAIG specializes in providing workers' compensation products and services to businesses and self-insured clients. EAIG distributes its products through independent insurance agencies and has service offices in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana, and Tennessee. EAIG's Web address is www.eains.com.

EIHI operates through its subsidiaries a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation, a domestic accident and life insurance company, a third-party claims administration company and a specialty reinsurance company. EIHI's Web address is www.easterninsuranceholdings.com.


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SOURCE Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc.