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Meadowbrook Cuts Credit Facility 70% to Meet Loan Covenants

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc., the insurer that had its rating cut last month by A.M. Best, agreed to reduce the funds available on a credit facility in a deal to comply with loan covenants.

The commitment was lowered to $30 million from $100 million and is to be reduced to $21 million on March 31, 2016, the Southfield, Michigan-based insurer said today in a regulatory filing. Meadowbrook will also pay higher interest rates under the facility with banks led by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The insurer has been coping with losses after determining it hadn’t set aside enough funds for claims. The downgrade by the ratings firm fueled a second-quarter impairment, and the company’s stock has lost 20 percent since June 30.

“We believe the company is in a strong financial position to return to profitability,” Chief Financial Officer Karen Spaun said in a statement today. “We are pleased with the agreement to our credit facility.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Zachary Tracer in New York at ztracer1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Kraut at dkraut2@bloomberg.net

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