COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two companies in the Markel Corporation Group, Evanston Insurance Company and Essex Insurance Company have been awarded a 2013 Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition™ (STAR) award from Demotech, Inc. for their operating results in 2012, as verified through their June 30, 2013 statutory quarterly statements. A total of 2,736 Property and Casualty carriers were reviewed, with only 44, or 1.6 percent, meeting each of Demotech's objective criteria. Evanston Insurance Company and Essex Insurance Company were two of only fourcarriers in the Surplus Lines Carrier classification to earn a 2013 STAR award.
Demotech developed Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition™ to identify and recognize insurers that were able to satisfy all stakeholders, not just a single segment of interested parties. To earn a 2013 STAR Award, Evanston Insurance Company and Essex Insurance Company had to demonstrate that:
employees and producers benefitted from a combined compensation level above the median within the Company's Classification System category
claimants benefited as measured by an accident year 2012 loss and loss adjustment expense ratio above the median within the Company's Classification System category
regulators and consumers benefitted from a strong balance sheet and relative financial stability
reinsurers benefitted due to the relative stability between the Company's net and ceded loss and loss adjustment expense ratios
overall profitability was in the top third of its Company Classification System category based upon return on net admitted assets
June 30, 2013 operating results confirmed that the reported year-end 2012 results were realistic and reasonable, particularly as to the verification of our loss and loss adjustment expense reserve criterion.
About Markel Corporation Group
Markel Corporation is a holding company based in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1930, Markel underwrites customized insurance products. Insurance segments include Markel Wholesale, Global Insurance, Markel Specialty, Global Reinsurance, and Markel International (including Markel Syndicate 3000 and Lloyd's Syndicate 1400). Markel Ventures, a subsidiary that makes strategic investments in companies outside of the insurance marketplace, is another component of their business.
About Demotech, Inc.
Demotech, Inc. is a financial analysis firm specializing in evaluating the financial stability of regional and specialty insurers. Since 1985, Demotech has served the insurance industry by assigning accurate, reliable and proven Financial Stability Ratings® (FSRs) for Property & Casualty insurers and Title underwriters. FSRs are a leading indicator of financial stability, providing an objective baseline of the future solvency of an insurer, regardless of financial size. Visit www.demotech.com for more information.