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AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Fortegra Specialty Insurance Company

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AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a-" to Fortegra Specialty Insurance Company (Fortegra Specialty) (Scottsdale, Arizona). Fortegra Specialty is ultimately owned by Tiptree Inc. [(NASDAQ:TIPT], the parent company of Fortegra Financial Corporation. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Fortegra Specialty's balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. Fortegra Specialty is being added as a member of the Fortegra P&C Group due its strategic role in the consolidated organization, shared operations and management, and a pooling agreement with its affiliated companies.

Fortegra Specialty is a newly established, Arizona-domiciled insurance company that will offer surplus lines products not offered through its affiliated companies. The company was capitalized initially with a $55 million contribution from the parent company. AM Best notes that initial projections forecast high growth trends in early years, benefiting from existing managing general agency relations with its affiliated companies. AM Best will continue to monitor the ability of the company to execute on its business strategy and maintain appropriate levels of capitalization.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best's website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best's Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best's Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best's Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best's Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

Copyright © 2020 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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