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The Hartford Enters Renewal Rights Agreement For The Small Commercial Independent Agent Business Of Foremost Insurance

The Hartford acquires access to nearly $200 million in commercial lines premium

February 19, 2018
"This renewal rights agreement further strengthens The Hartford’s market-leading position in small business, and also provides an opportunity to deepen and broaden our distribution network"

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hartford has entered into a renewal rights agreement with the Farmers Exchanges to acquire its Foremost-branded small commercial business sold through independent agents.

The Foremost-branded small commercial independent agent book of business, which is sold through more than 5,000 agents and brokers nationwide, has approximately $200 million in annual premium as of Dec. 31, 2017. It consists of three primary lines of business underwritten by Foremost Insurance Group: business owner's policy for property, general liability and umbrella; commercial auto; and workers' compensation.

“This renewal rights agreement further strengthens The Hartford’s market-leading position in small business, and also provides an opportunity to deepen and broaden our distribution network,” said Stephanie Bush, The Hartford’s head of Small Commercial and Personal Lines.

“This move provides us the flexibility to increase our focus and invest additional resources on the small business segment, which we remain very committed to, through our vast network of Farmers® agents,” said Sharon Fernandez, head of Business Insurance for Farmers Insurance®.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. It will not have a material impact on The Hartford’s financial results.

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About Foremost Insurance Company

Foremost® is a proud member of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, and a single source for property and casualty insurance. Foremost offers insurance products for condo, tenant and owner occupied properties, manufactured homes, landlord properties, vacant properties, seasonal properties, RVs, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, personal watercraft, and collectible autos as well as programs for non-standard and mono line auto. For more information, visit

About Farmers Insurance Exchange ® and the Farmers Exchanges

Farmers Insurance Exchange is a California-domiciled reciprocal insurer owned by its policyholders. Together with Fire Insurance Exchange®, Truck Insurance Exchange® and their subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, the “Farmers Exchanges”), these companies comprise the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. The Farmers Exchanges serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies through the efforts of over 13,000 exclusive agency owners and more than 13,000 employees. "Farmers®", "Farmers Insurance®", and “Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®” are trade names of the Farmers Exchanges. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at


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Farmers Insurance Exchange
Luis Sahagun, 818-965-0043