RICHMOND, Va., HOUSTON, Tx.: [January 31], 2017 – Markel Corporation (“Markel”) (NYSE: MKL) and SureTec Financial Corp. (“SureTec”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Markel to acquire SureTec for approximately $250 million, inclusive of a three year earn out. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including insurance regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first half of 2017.

Following the acquisition, SureTec will operate as a separate business unit, with John T. Knox, Jr., SureTec’s current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, leading his seasoned team in his current capacity. The operating unit will become part of Markel’s Specialty Division.

Richard R. Whitt, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Markel, commented, “We are very excited to have John and the SureTec team join Markel. Since its start in 2002, SureTec has grown its surety business prudently and profitably with a diversified product and geographic mix. It has become a top 20 player in the surety market nationwide through its offerings of contract, commercial and court bonds. As with all our acquisitions, we look forward to exploring opportunities to profitably grow the existing business and expand the product offerings.”

John T. Knox, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SureTec, said, “We could not be happier to be joining Markel. The SureTec team looks forward to building upon our success under the Markel banner. Markel’s reputation, financial strength, and insurance and reinsurance capabilities will position us to better serve our customers and grow our business.”