SEC Form 4
Washington, D.C. 20549


Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
OMB Number: 3235-0287
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Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*

(Last) (First) (Middle)


(City) (State) (Zip)
2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
State Auto Financial CORP [ STFC ]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
X Director 10% Owner
X Officer (give title below) Other (specify below)
President, CEO
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
4. If Amendment, Date of Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
X Form filed by One Reporting Person
Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1. Title of Security (Instr. 3) 2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed Of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 3 and 4) 6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Shares without Par Value 12/30/2021 G(1) 8,386 D $0 184,122(2) D
Common Shares without Par Value 03/01/2022 D 284,950(3) D (4)(5) 0 D
Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security (Instr. 3) 2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code (Instr. 8) 5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D) (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) 6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security (Instr. 3 and 4) 8. Price of Derivative Security (Instr. 5) 9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Explanation of Responses:
1. on December 30, 2021, this reporting person gifted Shares from his Huntington account, as a donor to his foundation held at the Columbus Foundation.
2. Includes the following acquisitions: 69.091 Shares acquired in December 2021 as dividend reinvestment; 518 Shares acquired in an outside brokerage account as dividend reinvestment; 333.419 Shares acquired in December 2021 through the STFC Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Also includes 1.414 Shares acquired in December 2021 in a DRIP Account.
3. Includes the following: 100,828 performance units pursuant to the STFC 2017 Long-Term Incentive Plan.
4. This Form 4 reports securities disposed of pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger and Combination (the "Merger Agreement"), dated as of July 12, 2021, by and among State Auto Financial Corporation, an Ohio corporation ("STFC"), State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, an Ohio mutual insurance company ("SAM"), Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc., a Massachusetts mutual holding company ("LMHC"), Pymatuning, Inc., an Ohio corporation and wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of LMHC ("Merger Sub I"), and Andover, Inc., an Ohio corporation and wholly-owned direct subsidiary of LMHC, a copy of which was filed as Exhibit 2.1 to STFC's Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 12, 2021.
5. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, on March 1, 2022, LMHC effected the acquisition of STFC through the merger of Merger Sub I with and into STFC (the "Merger") with STFC surviving the Merger as the surviving corporation and as an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of LMHC. At the effective time of the Merger (the "Effective Time"), each issued and outstanding share of common stock of STFC (each, a "Share") (other than the SAM Owned Shares, the Cancelled Shares and the Dissenting Shares, as such terms are defined in the Merger Agreement) was cancelled and converted into the right to receive $52.00 in cash (the "Merger Consideration") without interest and subject to applicable withholding taxes.
/s/Michael E. LaRocco by Melissa A. Centers, attorney in fact pursuant to POA filed with Commission 2/23/16. 03/03/2022
** Signature of Reporting Person Date
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