State Auto Financial 8-K 2008
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 30, 2008 (January 24, 2008)
STATE AUTO FINANCIAL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (614) 464-5000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
On November 9, 2007, State Auto Financial Corporation (STFC) announced that it intended to make certain changes to the reinsurance pooling arrangement among certain of its insurance subsidiaries, State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company (State Auto Mutual), which owns approximately 65% of the outstanding common shares of STFC, and certain insurance subsidiaries and affiliates of State Auto Mutual. The proposed changes were subject to regulatory approval by various state insurance departments. See the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by STFC with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13, 2007.
On January 24, 2008, final regulatory approvals were received from all applicable state insurance departments with respect to the proposed changes to the reinsurance pooling arrangement.
The proposed changes are embodied in a Reinsurance Pooling Agreement, Amended and Restated as of January 1, 2008 (the Amended and Restated Pooling Agreement), among State Auto Mutual, State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Company (State Auto P&C), Milbank Insurance Company (Milbank), State Auto Insurance Company of Wisconsin (SA WI), Farmers Casualty Insurance Company (Farmers Casualty), State Auto Insurance Company of Ohio (SA OH), State Auto Florida Insurance Company (SA FL), Meridian Security Insurance Company (Meridian Security), Meridian Citizens Mutual Insurance Company (Meridian Citizens Mutual), Patrons Mutual Insurance Company of Connecticut (Patrons), Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Company (Litchfield), and Beacon National Insurance Company (Beacon). State Auto Mutual, State Auto P&C, Milbank, SA WI, Farmers Casualty, SA OH, SA FL, Meridian Security, Meridian Citizens Mutual, Patrons, Litchfield and Beacon are collectively referred to as the Pooled Companies.
State Auto P&C, Milbank, Farmers Casualty and SA OH are wholly owned subsidiaries of STFC. SA WI, SA FL, Meridian Security and Beacon are wholly owned subsidiaries of State Auto Mutual. Meridian Citizens Mutual, Patrons and Litchfield are affiliated with State Auto Mutual through affiliation agreements.
Since 1987, State Auto P&C and State Auto Mutual have participated in an intercompany pooling arrangement which has been amended from time to time, including amendments to add participants to this pooling arrangement and to adjust pooling percentages. The Amended and Restated Pooling Agreement amended the reinsurance pooling agreement in effect as of December 31, 2007, to add (i) Patrons, Litchfield and Beacon to the pooling arrangement, and (ii) State Auto Mutuals middle market business to the pooling arrangement. Concurrently with the addition of the three companies, the participating percentages of certain of the Pooled Companies were adjusted so that STFCs insurance subsidiaries maintained an overall share of the pool at 80% and State Auto Mutual and its subsidiaries and affiliates maintained an overall share of the pool at 20%.
Under the terms of the Amended and Restated Pooling Arrangement, the Pooled Companies cede all of their direct insurance business to State Auto Mutual. All of State Auto Mutuals property and casualty insurance business is also included in the pooled business, except for voluntary assumed reinsurance business. State Auto Mutual then cedes a percentage of the pooled business to the other Pooled Participants and retains the balance. The allocated pooling percentages of the Pooled Companies as of January 1, 2008, were as follows: State Auto Mutual 19.0%; State Auto P&C 59.0%; Milbank 17.0%; Farmers Casualty 3.0%; SA WI 0.0%; SA OH 1%; SA FL 0.0%; Meridian Security 0.0%; Meridian Citizens Mutual 0.5%; Patrons 0.4%; Litchfield 0.1%; and Beacon 0.0%.
On December 14, 2007, State Auto Mutual completed its affiliation with Patrons and Litchfield. On that same day, Patrons and Litchfield, as affiliates of State Auto Mutual, each entered into a separate Investment Management Agreement with Stateco Financial Services, Inc. (Stateco), a wholly owned subsidiary of STFC. The effectiveness of these two Investment Management Agreements was subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals required to implement the terms of these agreements. On January 24, 2008, final regulatory approvals were received for these agreements from the Connecticut Department of Insurance.
Under these Investment Management Agreements, Stateco serves as the investment manager for the investable assets of Patrons and Litchfield. Stateco supervises all investment decisions for Patrons and Litchfield, subject to oversight by the Boards of Directors of Patrons and Litchfield. For its services, Stateco receives an investment management fee based on a percentage of the average asset value of invested assets (40 basis points for fixed instruments, invested cash and preferred stock and 50 basis points for all common stock portfolios). In addition, Stateco is entitled to a performance bonus based on the performance of the common stock portfolios if the total return on any common stock portfolio exceeds for a particular quarter the total return for the S&P 500 for the same quarter (10 basis points of the portion of the average asset value of the particular portfolio which exceeds the asset value of the same portfolio calculated based on the actual total performance of the S&P 50 for the quarter in question).
As indicated above, on December 14, 2007, State Auto Mutual completed its affiliation with Patrons and Litchfield. Prior to that time, Patrons, Litchfield, Provision State Insurance Company (Provision State), a wholly owned subsidiary of Patrons, and Patrons Fire Insurance Company of Rhode Island (Patrons RI), an affiliate of Patrons, were parties to two management services agreements and three expense agreements pursuant to which Patrons managed the businesses and operations of Litchfield, Provision State and Patrons RI. On the completion date of the affiliation (December 14, 2007), State Auto Mutual, State Auto P&C, Patrons, Litchfield, Provision State and Patrons RI entered into amendments to each of the management services agreements and expense agreements. The effectiveness of these five amendments was subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals required to implement the terms of these amendments. On January 24, 2008, final regulatory approvals were received for these amendments from the Connecticut Department of Insurance.
Management Services Agreements, As Amended
Under the two management services agreements, as amended:
Expense Agreements, As Amended
Under the three expense agreements, as amended:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.