United Fire Group, Inc. Comments on Preliminary Loss Estimate for Second Quarter Spring Storms

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, United Fire Group, Inc. (UFCS) (the "Company" or "UFG") announced that it expects its second quarter results to include pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of approximately $20.0 million - $23.0 million from spring storms. The estimated impact on second quarter earnings is $0.51 to $0.59 per share, after tax.

"Over the last 10 years, catastrophe losses for the second quarter have had an average impact of 8.8 percentage points on the combined ratio," stated Randy Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The impact of these storms will cause us to exceed that average for the quarter. Though none of the individual storms had a material impact on our earnings, the aggregate of storms during the quarter is significant."

"We expect more than 1,500 claims from these catastrophic events," continued Ramlo. "These storms were numerous and were not confined to the Midwest, but rather, occurred from Montana to Texas to New Jersey."

"Our adjusters were in the impacted storm areas immediately after the events identifying claims by employing our advanced technology to immediately contact policyholders in affected areas," stated Ramlo, "sometimes before they had an opportunity to contact us. Meeting the needs of our policyholders effectively and efficiently is our number one priority during crisis."

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About United Fire Group, Inc.:

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, United Fire Group, Inc., through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance and life insurance as well as selling annuities.

Through our subsidiaries, we are licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia, and we are represented by approximately 1,200 independent insurance agencies. The United Fire pooled group is rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

Our subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 37 states, represented by approximately 1,000 independent life insurance agencies and rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

For more information about United Fire Group, Inc. visit www.unitedfiregroup.com.

Contact:
Anita Novak
Director of Investor Relations
319-399-5251 or alnovak@unitedfiregroup.com

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