National Interstate Corporation Closes on $100 Million Bank Credit Facility

RICHFIELD, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Interstate Corporation (Nasdaq:NATL) announced today that it has entered into a $100 million five year unsecured Credit Agreement with Fifth Third Bank, as administrative agent and lead arranger, and U.S. Bank National Association, as documentation agent. The Company has the ability to increase the line of credit to $125 million subject to the Agreement's accordion feature. The Credit Agreement replaces an existing $50 million credit facility.

"Our history of profitable underwriting and investment results has provided us with adequate capital to fund our growing business and our positive cash flows allowed us to maintain a relatively low debt to equity ratio," commented Julie McGraw, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "This new line of credit will provide us with a significant source of backup liquidity, further bolstering our strong balance sheet. Through the support of our strong lending group, we closed our financing with what we believe to be very attractive terms and are positioned for the long-term with greater financial flexibility that will allow us to capitalize on strategic opportunities as they arise."

As of September 30, 2012, National Interstate's debt to total equity ratio was 5.7%. The credit facility may be used for general corporate purposes, including items such as working capital and acquisitions.

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About National Interstate Corporation

An Insurance Experience Built Around You.

National Interstate Corporation (Nasdaq:NATL), founded in 1989, is the holding company for a specialty property-casualty insurance group which differentiates itself by offering products and services designed to meet the unique needs of niche markets. Products include insurance for passenger, truck, and moving and storage transportation companies, alternative risk transfer, or captive programs for commercial risks, specialty personal lines products focused primarily on recreational vehicle owners and small commercial vehicle accounts, and transportation and general commercial insurance in Hawaii and Alaska. The Company's insurance subsidiaries, including the three primary insurers, National Interstate Insurance Company, Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company, are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Headquartered in Richfield, Ohio, National Interstate is an independently operated subsidiary of Great American Insurance Company, a property-casualty subsidiary of American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:AFG) (Nasdaq:AFG).

CONTACT: Tanya Inama National Interstate Corporation 877-837-0339 www.natl.comSource:National Interstate Corporation