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A.M. BEST PROVIDES TOP HOMEOWNERS, AUTO WRITERS IN CALIFORNIA IN RESPONSE TO FIRES

 OLDWICK, N.J., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to numerous media inquiries regarding insurance companies' exposure to the latest fires in California, the A.M. Best Company is providing the 10 leading writers in California's homeowners multiple peril and automobile (private passenger auto physical damage) lines. The insurance group, its market share in the state and direct premiums written in the respective line of business (all as of year-end 1992) are as follows:
 Homeowners:
 State Farm Group 25.7 percent $656.6 M
 Allstate Ins Group 15.6 399.8
 Farmers Ins Group 13.5 345.3
 Calif State Auto Assoc 4.1 105.2
 USAA Group 3.2 80.9
 Fireman's Fund 3.1 80.1
 SAFECO Ins Cos 2.9 74.6
 20th Century Group 2.5 64.0
 Chubb Group 2.1 53.3
 Transamerica 2.0 50.1
 Auto Physical Damage:
 State Farm Group 23.9 percent $966.6 M
 Farmers Ins Group 13.4 542.3
 Allstate Group 10.5 425.3
 Calif State Auto Assoc 10.4 420.8
 20th Century Group 7.7 312.1
 Interinsur Auto Club
 of Southern CA 5.8 233.8
 USAA Group 3.7 151.0
 Mercury General Group 2.4 98.5
 CA Casualty Indemnity 1.2 48.8
 Motors Ins Group 1.1 42.8
 Information on other lines of business also are available by calling the contact person on this release.
 -0- 10/28/93
 /CONTACT: Rhonda J. Ruch of A.M. Best Company, 908-439-2200, ext. 5684/


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