Unitrin, Inc. Files $300 Million Shelf Registration Statement

CHICAGO, Aug 04, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Unitrin, Inc.(NYSE:UTR) announced today that it has filed a universal shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the future sale of up to an aggregate of $300 million of debt securities, common stock, preferred stock and other securities.

Copies of the registration statement and Unitrin’s other SEC filings may be obtained at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

The registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission has not yet become effective. The securities registered under this registration statement may not be sold, nor may offers to buy the securities be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. Following the effective date of the shelf registration, the securities may be offered from time to time directly by the company or through underwriters at amounts, prices, interest rates and other terms to be determined at the time of the offering.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Unitrin, nor shall there be any sale of securities of Unitrin in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus.

SOURCE: Unitrin, Inc.

Unitrin, Inc.

Edward J. Konar, 312-661-4930

investor.relations@unitrin.com