Progressive Distributes September Results

The Progressive Corporation (NYSE:PGR) today reported the following results for September 2005: ———————————————————————- Month Quarter ——————————————- ————————– (millions, except per share amounts and ratios) 2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change ——— ——— —— ——— ——— —— Net premiums written $1,063.1 $1,002.4 6% $3,556.9 $3,386.9 5% Net premiums earned 1,071.6 1,013.2 6% 3,478.9 3,277.7 6% Net income 104.6 120.5 (13)% 305.3 388.9 (21)% Per share .53 .55 (4)% 1.54 1.77 (13)% Pre-tax net realized gains (losses) on securities (8.9) 20.1 NM (4.1) 23.9 NM Combined ratio 88.9 88.1 (.8) pts. 90.4 86.3 (4.1) pts. Diluted equivalent shares 198.4 219.0 (9)% 198.6 219.1 (9)% NM=Not Meaningful ———————————————————————-

See the complete monthly release at http://investors.progressive.com/releases/2005/pdf/mreport_0905.pdf for further month and year-to-date information and commentary.

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, ranks third in the nation for auto insurance based on premiums written and provides drivers with competitive rates and 24/7, in-person and online service. The companies that offer insurance directly (by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE and online at progressivedirect.com) market their products and services under the Progressive Direct(SM) brand, while the companies that offer insurance through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies market their products and services under the Drive(R) Insurance from Progressive brand. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at NYSE:PGR. More information can be found at progressive.com, including a guide to interpreting the monthly reporting package.