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These excerpts taken from the UTR 10-K filed Feb 4, 2009.

Competition

Based on the most recent annual data published by A.M. Best as of the end of 2007, there were approximately 965 property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, made up of approximately 2,350 companies. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies ranked among the 70 largest property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, measured by net premiums written (42nd), policyholders’ surplus (68th) and admitted assets (64th).

In 2007, the industry’s estimated net premiums written were more than $450 billion, of which 77% were accounted for by the top 50 groups of companies. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies wrote less than 1% of the industry’s estimated 2007 premium volume.

Property and casualty insurance is a highly competitive business, particularly with respect to personal automobile insurance. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies compete on the basis of, among other measures, (i) using appropriate pricing, (ii) maintaining underwriting discipline, (iii) selling to selected markets, (iv) utilizing technological innovations for the marketing and sale of insurance, (v) controlling expenses, (vi) maintaining adequate ratings from A.M. Best and other ratings agencies, (vii) providing quality services to agents and policyholders, and (viii) making strategic acquisitions of suitable property and casualty insurers.

Competition

Based on the most recent data published by A.M. Best as of the end of 2007, there were approximately 400 life and health insurance company groups in the United States, made up of approximately 2,000 companies. The Unitrin Life and Health Insurance segment ranked in the top quartile of life and health insurance company groups, as measured by admitted assets (91st), net premiums written (88th) and capital and surplus (96th).

Unitrin’s life and health insurance subsidiaries generally compete by using appropriate pricing, selling to selected markets, controlling expenses, maintaining adequate ratings from A.M. Best, and providing competitive services to agents and policyholders.

Competition

Based on the
most recent annual data published by A.M. Best as of the end of 2007, there were approximately 965 property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, made up of approximately 2,350 companies. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance
companies ranked among the 70 largest property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, measured by net premiums written (42nd), policyholders’ surplus (68th) and admitted assets (64th).

STYLE="margin-top:12px;margin-bottom:0px">In 2007, the industry’s estimated net premiums written were more than $450 billion, of which 77% were accounted for by the top 50 groups of companies.
Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies wrote less than 1% of the industry’s estimated 2007 premium volume.

Property and casualty
insurance is a highly competitive business, particularly with respect to personal automobile insurance. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies compete on the basis of, among other measures, (i) using appropriate pricing,
(ii) maintaining underwriting discipline, (iii) selling to selected markets, (iv) utilizing technological innovations for the marketing and sale of insurance, (v) controlling expenses, (vi) maintaining adequate ratings from
A.M. Best and other ratings agencies, (vii) providing quality services to agents and policyholders, and (viii) making strategic acquisitions of suitable property and casualty insurers.

STYLE="margin-top:18px;margin-bottom:0px" ALIGN="center">Life and Health Insurance Business

The
Company’s Life and Health Insurance segment consists of Unitrin’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, United Insurance Company of America (“United Insurance”), The Reliable Life Insurance Company (“Reliable”), Union

 


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National Life Insurance Company (“Union National Life”), Mutual Savings Life, United Casualty Insurance Company of America (“United
Casualty”), Union National Fire Insurance Company (“Union National Fire”), Mutual Savings Fire and Reserve National Insurance Company (“Reserve National”). As discussed below, United Insurance, Reliable, Union National Life,
Mutual Savings Life, United Casualty, Union National Fire and Mutual Savings Fire (the “Career Agency Companies”) distribute their products through a network of employee, or “career,” agents. Reserve National distributes its
products through a network of exclusive independent agents. Both these career agents and independent agents are paid commissions for their services. In 2008, the following states provided more than two-thirds of the Life and Health Insurance
segment’s premium revenues: Texas (24%), Louisiana (11%), Mississippi (6%), Alabama (5%), Illinois (4%), Florida (4%), North Carolina (4%), Missouri (4%), Georgia (4%) and South Carolina (4%). Life insurance accounted for 17% of the
Company’s consolidated insurance premiums earned from continuing operations for each of the years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006. Life insurance accounted for 15%, 13%, and 14% of Unitrin’s consolidated revenues from
continuing operations for the years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

These excerpts taken from the UTR 10-K filed Feb 4, 2008.

Competition

Based on the most recent data published by A.M. Best as of the end of 2006, there were approximately 425 life and health insurance company groups in the United States, made up of approximately 2,000 companies. The Unitrin Life and Health Insurance segment ranked in the top quartile of life and health insurance company groups, as measured by admitted assets (91st), net premiums written (85th) and capital and surplus (96th).

Unitrin’s life and health insurance subsidiaries generally compete by using appropriate pricing, selling to selected markets, controlling expenses, maintaining adequate ratings from A.M. Best, and providing competitive services to agents and policyholders.

Competition

STYLE="margin-top:6px;margin-bottom:0px">Based on the most recent annual data published by A.M. Best as of the end of 2006, there were approximately 970 property and casualty insurance groups in the United
States, made up of approximately 2,350 companies. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies ranked among the 60 largest property and casualty insurance groups in the United States, measured by net premiums written (42nd),
policyholders’ surplus (61st) and admitted assets (57th).

In 2006, the industry’s estimated net premiums written were more than $453
billion, of which 78% were accounted for by the top 50 groups of companies. Unitrin’s property and casualty insurance companies wrote less than 1% of the industry’s estimated 2006 premium volume.

STYLE="margin-top:12px;margin-bottom:0px">Property and casualty insurance is a highly competitive business, particularly with respect to personal automobile insurance. Unitrin’s property and casualty
insurance companies compete on the basis of, among other measures, (i) using appropriate pricing, (ii) maintaining underwriting discipline, (iii) selling to selected markets, (iv) utilizing technological innovations for the
marketing and sale of insurance, (v) controlling expenses, (vi) maintaining adequate ratings from A.M. Best and other ratings agencies, (vii) providing quality services to agents and policyholders, and (viii) making strategic
acquisitions of suitable property and casualty insurers.

This excerpt taken from the UTR 10-K filed Feb 2, 2007.

Competition

Based on the most recent data published by A.M. Best as of the end of 2005, there were approximately 450 life and health insurance company groups in the United States, made up of approximately 2,000 companies. The Unitrin Life and Health Insurance segment ranked in the top quartile of life and health insurance company groups, as measured by admitted assets (94th), net premiums written (90th) and capital and surplus (99th).

Unitrin’s life and health insurance subsidiaries generally compete by using appropriate pricing, selling to selected markets, controlling expenses, maintaining adequate ratings from A.M. Best, and providing competitive services to agents and policyholders.

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