COLUMBUS, Ohio -- July 19, 2005 -- For the third consecutive year, State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) has been named a Mergent Dividend Achiever by Mergent, Inc., a Charlotte, N.C.-based provider of business and financial information. STFC also earned this honor in 2003 and 2004.
According to Mergent, "this designation means that STFC is part of an elite group of companies that consistently deliver dividend increases to their shareholders, year in and year out, for at least the last 10 years or longer."
In 2003, 2.5% of the eligible companies qualified for the Mergent award. In 2004, the percentage was even smaller. Only 314 of the 15,000 U.S. publicly listed companies, or 2.1%, met the stringent criteria required to be a Dividend Achiever.
State Auto Financial Corporation, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a regional property and casualty insurance holding company engaged primarily in writing both personal and commercial lines of insurance. The company markets its policies through more than 22,500 independent insurance agents associated with over 3,300 agencies in 26 central and eastern states, excluding New York, New Jersey and the New England states. The State Auto Insurance Companies' pool carries an A+ (Superior) rating from A.M. Best Co.