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EX-99.1 - EXHIBIT 99.1 - CINCINNATI FINANCIAL CORPv331573_ex99-1.htm



Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report: January 8, 2013

(Date of earliest event reported)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Ohio 0-4604 31-0746871
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


6200 S. Gilmore Road, Fairfield, Ohio 45014-5141
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (513) 870-2000



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:



¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Item 5.04. Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrant’s Employee Benefit Plan.


On January 8, 2013, Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CFC or the company) delivered to its directors and executive officers a notice (the Notice) of a Blackout Period of its stock fund under the CFC Top Hat Savings Plan (the Plan). The Notice advises the company’s directors and executive officers of the applicable trading restrictions that apply to them under Section 306 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation BTR. A copy of the Notice is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference. The Blackout Period is required in order to transition recordkeeping services provided for the Plan to Fidelity Management Trust Company. The Blackout Period will begin on January 24, 2013, and is expected to end during the week of February 17, 2013. During the Blackout Period, participants in the Plan will be temporarily unable to make any transactions involving their Plan accounts and additionally directors and executive officers will be unable to make any non-exempt transactions involving the company’s common stock. During the Blackout Period and for a period of two years after the ending date of the Blackout Period, security holders or other interested persons may obtain, without charge, information about the actual beginning and ending dates of the Blackout Period by contacting the company’s corporate secretary, to whom all inquiries regarding the Blackout Period should be directed, at the following address:


Corporate Secretary

Cincinnati Financial Corporation

6200 S. Gilmore Road

Fairfield, Ohio



Safe Harbor 

This is our “Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Our business is subject to certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements in this report. Some of those risks and uncertainties are discussed in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A, Risk Factors, Page 26.

Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to:

·Unusually high levels of catastrophe losses due to risk concentrations, changes in weather patterns, environmental events, terrorism incidents or other causes
·Increased frequency and/or severity of claims
·Inadequate estimates or assumptions used for critical accounting estimates
·Recession or other economic conditions resulting in lower demand for insurance products or increased payment delinquencies
·Declines in overall stock market values negatively affecting the company’s equity portfolio and book value
·Events resulting in capital market or credit market uncertainty, followed by prolonged periods of economic instability or recession, that lead to:
oSignificant or prolonged decline in the value of a particular security or group of securities and impairment of the asset(s)
oSignificant decline in investment income due to reduced or eliminated dividend payouts from a particular security or group of securities
oSignificant rise in losses from surety and director and officer policies written for financial institutions or other insured entities
·Prolonged low interest rate environment or other factors that limit the company’s ability to generate growth in investment income or interest rate fluctuations that result in declining values of fixed-maturity investments, including declines in accounts in which we hold bank-owned life insurance contract assets
·Increased competition that could result in a significant reduction in the company’s premium volume
·Delays or performance inadequacies from ongoing development and implementation of underwriting and pricing methods or technology projects and enhancements expected to increase our pricing accuracy, underwriting profit and competitiveness
·Changing consumer insurance-buying habits and consolidation of independent insurance agencies that could alter our competitive advantages
·Inability to obtain adequate reinsurance on acceptable terms, amount of reinsurance purchased, financial strength of reinsurers and the potential for non-payment or delay in payment by reinsurers
·Difficulties with technology or data security breaches, including cyber attacks, that could negatively affect our ability to conduct business and our relationships with agents, policyholders and others
·Inability to defer policy acquisition costs for any business segment if pricing and loss trends would lead management to conclude that segment could not achieve sustainable profitability
·Events or conditions that could weaken or harm the company’s relationships with its independent agencies and hamper opportunities to add new agencies, resulting in limitations on the company’s opportunities for growth, such as:
oDowngrades of the company’s financial strength ratings
oConcerns that doing business with the company is too difficult
oPerceptions that the company’s level of service, particularly claims service, is no longer a distinguishing characteristic in the marketplace
·Actions of insurance departments, state attorneys general or other regulatory agencies, including a change to a federal system of regulation from a state-based system, that:
oImpose new obligations on us that increase our expenses or change the assumptions underlying our critical accounting estimates
oPlace the insurance industry under greater regulatory scrutiny or result in new statutes, rules and regulations
oRestrict our ability to exit or reduce writings of unprofitable coverages or lines of business




oAdd assessments for guaranty funds, other insurance related assessments or mandatory reinsurance arrangements; or that impair our ability to recover such assessments through future surcharges or other rate changes
oIncrease our provision for federal income taxes due to changes in tax law
oIncrease our other expenses
oLimit our ability to set fair, adequate and reasonable rates
oPlace us at a disadvantage in the marketplace
oRestrict our ability to execute our business model, including the way we compensate agents
·Adverse outcomes from litigation or administrative proceedings
·Events or actions, including unauthorized intentional circumvention of controls, that reduce the company’s future ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
·Unforeseen departure of certain executive officers or other key employees due to retirement, health or other causes that could interrupt progress toward important strategic goals or diminish the effectiveness of certain longstanding relationships with insurance agents and others
·Events, such as an epidemic, natural catastrophe or terrorism, that could hamper our ability to assemble our workforce at our headquarters location


Further, the company’s insurance businesses are subject to the effects of changing social, economic and regulatory environments. Public and regulatory initiatives have included efforts to adversely influence and restrict premium rates, restrict the ability to cancel policies, impose underwriting standards and expand overall regulation. The company also is subject to public and regulatory initiatives that can affect the market value for its common stock, such as measures affecting corporate financial reporting and governance. The ultimate changes and eventual effects, if any, of these initiatives are uncertain.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(c) Exhibits


Exhibit 99.1 – Notice of Blackout Period to Directors and Executive Officers of Cincinnati Financial Corporation





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.




Date: January 8, 2012 /S/ Michael J. Sewell
  Michael J. Sewell, CPA
  Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, and Treasurer