A.M. Best Withdraws Ratings of Preferred Contractors Insurance Company Risk Retention Group, LLC

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to C++ (Marginal) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “b” from “bb” of Preferred Contractors Insurance Company Risk Retention Group, LLC (PCIC) (Billing, MT). The ratings have been removed from under review with negative implications and the outlook assigned to both ratings is negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings in response to the company’s request to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.

The rating downgrade reflects PCIC’s weakened risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, significant growth in premium volume that well exceeded projections in the prior year and sharp increase in adverse loss reserve development. The downgrade also reflects the uncertainty of future results in the near term regarding the company’s adverse development coverage, management initiatives and continual changes in quota share agreements. PCIC has requested to discontinue its participation in the rating process as the company has arranged for another insurer to provide cut through endorsements to PCIC’s policies.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best's Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best's rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best's Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

Key insurance criteria reports utilized:

  • Alternative Risk Transfer
  • Measuring Transfer and Convertibility Risk
  • Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies
  • Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers

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Christopher Sharkey, 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
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james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best Company, Inc.
Victoria Riggs, 908-439-2200, ext. 5039
Financial Analyst
vicky.riggs@ambest.com
or
Gerard Altonji, 908-439-2200, ext. 5626
Assistant Vice President
gerard.altonji@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com