OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of Germania Life Insurance Company (Germania Life) (Brenham, TX). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The rating actions follow the successful resolution of a material charge against Germania Life’s capital, related to reserve adjustments that Germania’s parent, Germania Farm Mutual Insurance Association, has retroactively funded as of year-end 2015. These reserve adjustments offset the reserve charge. Additionally, the company has reviewed its actuarial modeling and has outlined plans to adjust pricing on some of its in-force term life policies, which is expected to aid future profitability for the impacted blocks of business.
Positive rating movement for Germania Life could occur if its parent company experiences a positive rating action and Germania Life maintains its strategic importance and value to the group. Factors that could lead to negative rating action for Germania Life include negative rating movement on its parent company, or if the strategic value or its contribution to the parent decreases in A.M. Best’s view. Additionally, a continuation or worsening of operating losses, which could trigger a material decline in the company's risk-adjusted capitalization position, could also lead to a negative rating action.
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