Core Specialty Completes Purchase of American Surety Company – Bail Division Stronger than Ever

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We are excited to share that Core Specialty’s acquisition of American Surety Company is complete. With the strengthened financial backing of Core Specialty and the same service and experience of American Surety Company, there has never been a better time to entrust us with your business.

American Surety Company and Core Specialty are working together to ensure all agency partners and bondholders continue to receive industry-leading products and services, and to align the combined operations in the best interests of customers, agents, brokers, and employees.

Our commitment to providing exceptional service to our valued agents and clients remains unwavering. The underwriters and support staff you have come to rely on will continue to serve you, ensuring a seamless continuation of our partnership. Your dedication and support have been instrumental in our success, and we are committed to ensuring that our collaboration remains seamless and uninterrupted.

Key Points:

  • Business as Usual: Our focus on delivering high-quality service and personalized solutions remains unchanged.
  • Strengthened Financial Position: The acquisition by Core Specialty reinforces our financial position, adding greater financial strength and stability to our operations.
  • Unchanged Team: The underwriters and support staff you work with will remain the same, maintaining the familiarity and expertise you have come to trust.
  • Dedication to Service: Our dedication to our agency partners and commitment to providing excellent service will remain a top priority.

To learn more about this exciting development, please read the official press release below.

Press Release

Core Specialty Completes Acquisition of American Surety Company; Forms
Surety Division

■ Represents Core Specialty’s 17th specialty business unit and a component of the Bond, Credit & Guarantee subsegment
■ American Surety Company to operate as a separately managed division of Core Specialty, retaining the American Surety brand and management team
■ Tim Martin announced as President of newly formed Surety Division
■ Brings $93mm in 2023 GAAP gross premiums written

Cincinnati, OH: June 3, 2024/Globe Newswire/ – Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Core Specialty” or the “Company”) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of American Surety Company (“ASC”) and Underwriters Surety, Inc. (“USI” and, together with ASC, “American Surety”), which was previously announced on November 1, 2023.The completed acquisition establishes Core Specialty’s 17the specialty business unit, adding to the Bond, Credit & Guarantee subsegment, and includes a Treasury-listing providing access to additional bonding opportunities. The newly formed Surety Division contains two initial product
lines: bail bonds and commercial surety bonds. American Surety, which has a history of over 30years, will retain its brand, management team and operating locations in Indianapolis, Indiana and Peoria, Illinois.

Tim Martin has been announced as President of the Surety Division. Tim brings with him over40 years of industry experience, spending the last 10 years as Vice President, Bond Division of Great American Insurance Company before retiring. There he provided management, claims handling, and underwriting assistance services. Prior to that experience, he spent 24 years in the practice of law concentrating in the areas of surety and fidelity claims investigation and litigation. He started his career by serving six years as a Senior Bond Underwriter with Reliance Insurance Company.

The business was acquired for stock and cash with American Surety shareholders given an opportunity to earn additional shares of Core Specialty. The number of shares received by American Surety shareholders will depend upon the financial performance of the bail bonds and commercial surety bonds product lines during the five years following closing. Jeff Consolino, Core Specialty’s Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Completing the acquisition of American Surety advances our goal of becoming the leading specialty insurer by adding our 17th specialty business unit. The surety market included approximately $10 billion in direct premiums written in 2023. We believe that the surety market represents a highly attractive market segment for us to enter given its strong underwriting
profitability over time and barriers to entry. We welcome the American Surety team and under Tim’s leadership we look forward to adding contract surety capabilities to further build our surety business.”

About Core Specialty

Core Specialty offers a diversified range of specialty insurance products for small to mid-sized businesses. From its underwriting offices spanning the U.S., the company focuses on niche markets, local distribution, and superior underwriting knowledge; offering traditional as well as innovative insurance solutions to meet the needs of its customers and brokers. Core Specialty is an insurance holding company operating through StarStone Specialty Insurance Company, a U.S. excess & surplus lines insurer, StarStone National Insurance Company, Lancer Insurance Company, Lancer Insurance Company of New Jersey and American Surety Company, each of which is a U.S. admitted markets insurer, and Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company, a life, accident and health insurer. For further information about Core Specialty, please visit

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