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Allstate Announces April Catastrophe Loss Estimate

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Allstate Announces April Catastrophe Loss Estimate09:00 EDT Thursday, May 17, 2012NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of April 2012 of $280 million, pre-tax. April catastrophe losses comprised 10 events.  This announcement is made as part of Allstate's previously announced plan to release month and quarter-to-date catastrophe losses when a monthly estimate exceeds $150 million. The company plans to release this information no later than the third Thursday of the following month. The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Allstate Financial, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®," Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. Forward-Looking Statements and Risk FactorsThis news release contains forward-looking statements about catastrophe losses.  These statements are based on our estimates and assumptions that are subject to uncertainty.  These statements are made subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Management believes the estimated impact of catastrophe losses, including net loss reserves, are appropriately established and recorded based on available facts, information, laws and regulations.  However, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this news release and from the amounts currently recorded for a variety of reasons, including the following:Our policyholders' ability to report and our ability to adjust claims have been impeded by the extent of the devastation and the number of areas affected. It is particularly difficult to assess the extent of damage in the initial stages of adjusting residential property losses. Our estimate for the ultimate costs of repairs may not prove to be correct because of increased demand for services and supplies in the areas affected by the catastrophes. The number of incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims may be greater or less than current anticipated.We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.  SOURCE The Allstate CorporationFor further information: Maryellen Thielen, Media Relations, +1-847-402-5600, or Robert Block, Investor Relations, +1-847-402-2800, both of The Allstate Corporation