A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Hawaii Dental Service

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” from “a-“ of Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) (Honolulu, HI). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The rating upgrades reflect HDS’ strong risk-adjusted capitalization, which has continued to improve due to the accumulation of earnings. Furthermore, HDS’ return on revenue has remained at 8% or higher. The company has a dominant market share with membership in all segments of the population. Additionally, HDS has added some revenue and earnings diversity by offering information technology services through its affiliated company, Hawaii Client Services.

Offsetting rating factors include HDS operating predominantly in Hawaii, which creates geographic and regulatory risks. Furthermore, Hawaii’s low unemployment rate and limited population growth is expected to constrain membership development. HDS’ customer base is dominated by a perennial large group customer, the loss of which could negatively impact the company.

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Senior Financial Analyst
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Christopher Sharkey, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Sally Rosen, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5280
Senior Director
sally.rosen@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
David Mitchell, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5556
Senior Financial Analyst
david.mitchell@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Sally Rosen, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5280
Senior Director
sally.rosen@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1-908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com