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A.M. Best Places Ratings of American Federated Insurance Companies Under Review With Negative Implications

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A.M. Best Places Ratings of American Federated Insurance Companies Under Review With Negative Implications10:14 EDT Thursday, June 07, 2012 OLDWICK, N.J. (Business Wire) -- A.M. Best Co. has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bbb” of American Federated Insurance Company and the FSR of B+ (Good) and ICR of “bbb-” of its sister company, American Federated Life Insurance Company (Flowood, MS) (known collectively as American Federated Insurance Companies). The American Federated Insurance Companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of First Tower Corp (First Tower), a multiline specialty finance company. The rating actions reflect the disclosure of a definitive agreement under which Prospect Capital Corporation (Prospect) (NASDAQ: PSEC) will acquire 80.1% of First Tower, with the remaining 19.9% of the shares being retained by First Tower management. Prospect is a closed-end investment company that lends to and invests in private and microcap public businesses. The ratings will remain under review until the close of the transaction, discussions with new ownership about its plans and completion of A.M. Best's analysis of its impact on the companies' ratings. The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best's Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best's rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best's Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology. Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com. Copyright © 2012 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.A.M. Best Co.W. Dolson Smith, CFA?P/C, 908-439-2200, ext. 5379Senior Financial Analystw.dolson.smith@ambest.comorAndrew Gold?L/H, 908-439-2200, ext. 5487Senior Financial Analystandrew.gold@ambest.comorRachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378Senior Manager, Public Relationsrachelle.morrow@ambest.comorJim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644Assistant Vice President, Public Relationsjames.peavy@ambest.com