National Interstate Completes Acquisition of Vanliner Insurance Co.

July 1, 2010

National Interstate Corp., based in Richfield, Ohio, announced that its principal insurance subsidiary, National Interstate Insurance Co., completed its previously announced acquisition of Vanliner Insurance Co. from UniGroup Inc.

Vanliner provides insurance for the moving and storage industry.

The purchase price of $128 million, paid in cash from available funds, represents Vanliner’s estimated tangible book value at closing, as well as the value of certain named information technology assets. As previously discussed, the purchase price may be adjusted after closing based on Vanliner’s final closing date balance sheet and certain financial guarantees.

UniGroup has agreed to provide National Interstate with comprehensive financial guarantees related to the runoff of Vanliner’s balance sheet following the close whereby both favorable and unfavorable balance sheet development inures to UniGroup.

National Interstate does not expect the transaction to have a material effect on 2010 earnings. Beginning in 2011, the acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings and return on shareholders’ equity.

Vanliner wrote approximately $104 million of gross moving and storage premiums in 2009, representing approximately 58 percent of its total business.

In conjunction with the acquisition, National Interstate and UniGroup entered into a five-year agreement under which Vanliner remains the exclusively endorsed insurance provider for UniGroup’s affiliated Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines moving and storage agents.

Vanliner will continue to operate from its current offices in Fenton, Mo., offering insurance solutions to the entire moving and storage industry.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company Inc. acted as financial advisor to National Interstate and Thompson Hine LLP provided legal services.

Source: National Interstate Corporation

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