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Section 1: 8-K (CURRENT REPORT ON FORM 8-K DISCLOSING THE DECLARATION OF A REGULAR DIVDEND)

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 7, 2018
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ProAssurance Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
001-16533
63-1261433
(State of Incorporation)
(Commission File No.)
(IRS Employer I.D. No.)

100 Brookwood Place, Birmingham, Alabama
35209
(Address of Principal Executive Office )
(Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (205) 877-4400

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Item 7.01 REGULATION FD DISCLOSURES
Attached as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated into this Item 7.01 by reference, is our news release relating to the dividend referred to in Item 8.01 below
Item 8.01 OTHER EVENTS
On March 7, 2018 our Board of Directors declared a regular dividend of $0.31 per common share payable on April 18, 2018 to shareholders of record as of March 29, 2018. Our dividend policy anticipates a total annual regular dividend of $1.24 per share, to be paid in equal quarterly installments. Any decision to pay future cash dividends, will be subject to the Board’s final determination after a comprehensive review of the company’s financial performance, future expectations and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.
Also on March 7, 2018, our Board of Directors moved the Record Date for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders from March 23, 2018 to March 26, 2018. The date of the Annual Meeting is May 23, 2018.
Item 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
We are furnishing Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K solely for the purpose of incorporation by reference into Items 7.01 and 9.01. This exhibit shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liability of such section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, regardless of the general incorporation language of such filing, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

SIGNATURE
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: March 7, 2018

PROASSURANCE CORPORATION
 
By: /s/ Frank B. O’Neil
Frank B. O’Neil
Senior Vice President


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Section 2: EX-99.1 (NEWS RELEASE DISCLOSING THE DECLARATION OF A REGULAR DIVDEND)

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NEWS RELEASE
For More Information:
Frank B. O’Neil, IRC
Sr. Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
800-282-6242 • 205-877-4461 • [email protected]
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ProAssurance Declares Quarterly Dividend
BIRMINGHAM, AL – (PRNewswire) – March 7, 2018 – The Board of Directors of ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE:PRA) has declared a cash dividend of $0.31 per common share, payable on
April 18, 2018 to shareholders who own our stock as of March 29, 2018.
Our dividend policy anticipates a total annual dividend of $1.24 per share, to be paid in equal quarterly installments. However, any decision to pay future cash dividends will be subject to the Board’s final determination after a comprehensive review of the company’s financial performance, future expectations and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.
Also at its meeting today, our Board of Directors moved the Record Date for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders from March 23, 2018 to March 26, 2018. The date of the Annual Meeting is May 23, 2018.
About ProAssurance
ProAssurance Corporation is an industry-leading specialty insurer with extensive expertise in healthcare professional liability, products liability for medical technology and life sciences, legal professional liability, and workers’ compensation insurance. The company is recognized as one of the top performing insurance companies in America by virtue of our inclusion in the Ward’s 50 for the past eleven years. ProAssurance Group is rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best; ProAssurance and its operating subsidiaries are rated “A” (Strong) by Fitch Ratings.
For the latest on ProAssurance and its industry-leading suite of products and services, cutting edge risk management and practice enhancement programs, follow @ProAssurance on Twitter or LinkedIn. ProAssurance’s YouTube channel regularly presents thought provoking, insightful videos that communicate effective practice management, patient safety and risk management strategies.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this news release that are not historical fact or that convey our view of future business, events or trends are specifically identified as forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon our estimates and anticipation of future events and highlight certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from our expected results. We expressly claim the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, for any forward-looking statements in this news release. Forward-looking statements represent our outlook only as of the date of this news release. Except as required by law or regulation, we do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.
There are a number of risk factors that may cause outcomes that differ from our expectations or projections. These are described in detail in various documents filed by ProAssurance Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as current reports on Form 8-K, and regular reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, particularly in “Item 1A, Risk Factors.”


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