0000895469-98-0000048-K CITIZENS CORP /DE/ 1998073119980731162920162645000000@0 0000895469-98-000004 8-K 1 19980731 1 19980731 NYSE CITIZENS CORP /DE/ 0000895469 6311 043178765 DE 1231 8-K 34 001-11714 98675528 440 LINCOLN ST WORCESTER MA 01653 5088551000 440 LINCOLN STREET WORCESTER MA 01653 8-K 1 -2- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- UNITED STATES 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): July 31, 1998 ------------ CITIZENS CORPORATION ------------ (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter) Delaware -------- (State or other jurisdic- tion of Incorporation) 1-11714 ------- (Commission File Number) 04-3178765 ---------- (I.R.S. Employer I.D. Number) ------------ 440 Lincoln Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01653 -------------------------------------------------- (Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code) (508) 855-1000 ------------- (Registrant's Telephone Number including area code) Page 1 of 5 pages Exhibit Index on page 4 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Item 5. Other Events. On July 31, 1998, Citizens Corporation announced that the third quarter results will be impacted by an estimated $6.8 million in pre- tax catastrophe losses as a result of electrical, rain and wind storms that struck the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area on July 22, 1998. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99 and is incorporated by reference herein. Item 7. Financial Statements and Exhibits. Exhibit 99 Press Release dated July 31, 1998, announcing Citizens Corporation expects $6.8 million charge in third quarter for July catastrophe losses. SIGNATURES Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized. CITIZENS CORPORATION By: /s/ Edward J. Parry III -------------------------- Edward J. Parry III Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer Date: July 31, 1998 Exhibit Index ------------- Exhibit 99 Press Release dated July 31 1998, announcing Citizens Corporation expects $6.8 million charge in third quarter for July catastrophe losses. EXHIBIT 99 ---------- CITIZENS CORPORATION, ALLMERICA FINANCIAL EXPECT THIRD QUARTER STORM CHARGES WORCESTER, Mass., July 31, 1998 - Citizens Corporation (NYSE: CZC) announced today that it expects to incur approximately $6.8 million in pretax catastrophe losses in the third quarter as a result of electrical, rain and wind storms that struck the metropolitan Detroit, Michigan and Northern Illinois areas on July 22. Allmerica Financial Corporation (NYSE: AFC), which owns 82 percent of Citizens, expects to incur $5.6 million in pretax catastrophe losses form the event. This expected charge at Citizens compares to $9.1 million of catastrophe losses reported in the third quarter of 1997, during which Citizens also incurred unusually high storm-related losses. Citizens Corporation is the holding company for Citizens Insurance Company of America, a leading underwriter of personal and commercial property and casualty insurance in the Midwest. Citizens is a subsidiary of Allmerica Financial Corporation (NYSE: AFC), the holding company for a diversified group of insurance and financial services companies based in Worcester, Mass. -30- AF - 28 7/31/98 Contacts: Investors: Media: Jean Peters Mike Buckley (508)855-3599 (508)855-3099