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Allstate Announces March Catastrophe Loss Estimate

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Allstate Announces March Catastrophe Loss Estimate

09:00 EDT Thursday, April 18, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced estimated catastrophe losses for the month of March 2013 of $198 million, pre-tax ($129 million after-tax), and an estimated $359 million, pre-tax ($233 million after-tax), for first quarter 2013. Catastrophe losses occurring in the first quarter comprised nine events at an estimated cost of $391 million, pre-tax, partially offset by favorable reserve reestimates of prior year catastrophe losses.  One severe weather event accounted for over half of the estimated loss for the quarter.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With 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 currently 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 Corporation

For further information: Maryellen Thielen, Media Relations, (847) 402-5600 or Robert Block, Investor Relations(847) 402-2800

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