OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb” of the Life Insurance Company of Alabama (LICOA) (Gadsden, AL) [OTCBB: LINSA]. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (rating) is stable.
The rating affirmations reflect LICOA’s consistent capital growth and strong risk-adjusted capitalization measures supported by a trend of favorable net income. The company has a well-established brand and markets accident, health and life insurance products, primarily to rural areas in the Southeastern United States.
Offsetting rating factors include a declining trend of net premium that continued in 2016 as the number of reinsured policies increases. LICOA has also reported underwriting losses in four of the past five years due in part to some large claims from its unlimited cancer business, as well as increased administrative expenses. The company also has some exposure to below investment grade bonds partially due to downgrades on existing holdings. A.M. Best also believes the company is exposed to geographic risk as over three-quarters of direct premium revenue is derived from four states.
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