RICHFIELD, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Interstate Corporation (Nasdaq:NATL) (the "Company") today announced that it is filing a Schedule 14D-9 Solicitation/Recommendation Statement (the "Schedule 14D-9") with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in response to the unsolicited tender offer (the "Offer") commenced by Great American Insurance Company ("GAIC"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Financial Group, Inc. ("AFG") (NYSE:AFG) (Nasdaq:AFG), to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company, other than shares owned by GAIC, at a purchase price of $30.00 per share in cash without interest. The board of directors of the Company (the "Board") has determined to express no opinion as to the Offer and to remain neutral with respect to the Offer. The Board is not expressing a view as to whether the Offer is fair to or in the best interests of the shareholders and is not making a recommendation regarding whether the shareholders should accept the Offer and tender their shares, and if so how many shares to tender, or reject the Offer and not tender their shares. The Board has determined that a shareholder's decision on whether or not to tender shares in the Offer and, if so, how many shares to tender, is a personal investment decision based upon each individual shareholder's particular circumstances. The Board urges each shareholder to make the shareholder's own decision regarding the Offer based on all of the available information, including the adequacy of the purchase price in light of the shareholder's own investment objectives, the shareholder's views as to the Company's prospects and outlook, the factors considered by the Board as described in the Schedule 14D-9, and any other factors that the shareholder deems relevant to the shareholder's investment decision. The Board encourages shareholders to review the Schedule 14D-9 in its entirety because it contains important information.