A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Queen City Assurance Inc. and Vine Court Assurance Incorporated

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of “a” of Queen City Assurance Inc. (Queen City) and Vine Court Assurance Incorporated (Vine Court) (both domiciled in Burlington, VT). The outlook for all ratings is stable.

The ratings are based on Queen City and Vine Court’s individual and combined profiles as single-parent captives of The Kroger Co. (parent). The ratings also are based on both companies’ excellent risk-adjusted capitalization, substantial net income and underwriting profitability, a growing capital base, conservative investments and a strong adherence to the parent’s robust risk controls and overall risk culture. Additionally, return measures on a group and individual basis are consistently positive, reflective of the organization’s prudent pricing and deployment of capital.

These significant strengths are partially offset by the companies’ risk concentration, which is the result of being single-parent captives of The Kroger Co., coupled with a substantial aggregate limit retained by the captives. Nevertheless, A.M. Best recognizes the importance and mission of the captives and the substantial financial resources and support available to them as part of The Kroger Co.

Key triggers that could result in a ratings upgrade include a consistently profitable operating performance coupled with a substantial increase in risk-adjusted capitalization. Key rating triggers that could result in a downgrade include a precipitous decline in the companies’ risk-adjusted capital strength. Either a rating enhancement or deterioration in the capitalization of the parent could result in an upgrade or a downgrade of the ratings of Queen City and Vine Court.

A.M. Best remains the leading rating agency of alternative risk transfer entities, with more than 200 such vehicles rated in the United States and throughout the world. For current Best’s Credit Ratings and independent data on the captive and alternative risk transfer insurance market, please visit www.ambest.com/captive.

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Senior Financial Analyst
fred.eslami@ambest.com
or
Gary A. Davis, 908-439-2200, ext. 5665
Assistant Vice President
gary.davis@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

Contacts

A.M. Best
Fred Eslami, 908-439-2200, ext. 5406
Senior Financial Analyst
fred.eslami@ambest.com
or
Gary A. Davis, 908-439-2200, ext. 5665
Assistant Vice President
gary.davis@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