Outstanding Borrowing Debt Reduced by $10 Million
Kingstone Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:KINS) (the "Company" or "Kingstone"), a Northeast regional property and casualty insurance holding company, announced today that it has completed the refinancing of its $30.0 million of outstanding 5.50% Senior Notes due on December 30, 2022 (the “2022 Notes”).
Pursuant to its previously disclosed Note and Warrant Exchange Agreement, Kingstone issued to the exchanging noteholders new 12.0% Senior Notes due December 30, 2024 in the aggregate principal amount of $19.95 million, along with cash and warrants. Kingstone will fund the amount outstanding on the unexchanged 2022 Notes at maturity.
“We are pleased to have successfully closed this bond exchange, retiring a third of our debt as we embark on this next chapter for Kingstone,” said Barry Goldstein, Kingstone's Chief Executive Officer.
“As we head into 2023, this refinancing strengthens our balance sheet and ensures that Kingstone is well positioned for the future,” said Meryl Golden, Kingstone's Chief Operating Officer. “We appreciate the support from the investment community, especially in the current macro-environment, and remain relentlessly focused on continuing to execute on our strategy for the benefit of our stakeholders.”
Piper Sandler served as the Company’s financial advisor and private placement agent in connection with the debt refinancing transaction.
About Kingstone Companies, Inc.
Kingstone is a northeast regional property and casualty insurance holding company whose principal operating subsidiary is Kingstone Insurance Company ("KICO"). KICO is a New York domiciled carrier writing business through retail and wholesale agents and brokers. KICO offers primarily personal lines insurance products in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Kingstone is also licensed in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Statements in this press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. For more details on factors that could affect expectations, see Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under "Factors That May Affect Future Results and Financial Condition" and Part I, Item 2 and Part II, Item 1A of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2022 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the following:
- As a property and casualty insurer, we may face significant losses from catastrophes and severe weather events.
- Unanticipated increases in the severity or frequency of claims may adversely affect our operating results and financial condition.
- We are exposed to significant financial and capital markets risk which may adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and our net investment income can vary from period to period.
- The insurance industry is subject to extensive regulation that may affect our operating costs and limit the growth of our business, and changes within this regulatory environment may adversely affect our operating costs and limit the growth of our business.
- Changing climate conditions may adversely affect our financial condition, profitability or cash flows.
- Because a significant portion of our revenue is currently derived from sources located in New York, our business may be adversely affected by conditions in such state.
- We are highly dependent on a relatively small number of insurance brokers for a large portion of our revenues.
- Actual claims incurred may exceed current reserves established for claims, which may adversely affect our operating results and financial condition.
- We rely on our information technology and telecommunication systems, and the failure of these systems could materially and adversely affect our business.
Kingstone undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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