OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to C+ (Marginal) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “b-” from “bbb-” of American Independent Companies pool (AIC) (Conshohocken, PA). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains negative. (See below for a detailed listing of the pool members). Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings as the group’s management has requested to no longer participate in the A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.
The rating actions reflect the significant strengthening of the group’s loss reserves related to its non-standard auto book of business in each of the past three years, which substantially exceeded the group’s projections and expectations. The reserve action produced a downturn in AIC’s operating results in 2014 – 2016, and has resulted in a significant reduction in the group’s policyholder surplus in recent years. As a result, the group’s overall risk-adjusted capitalization has declined substantially. The negative outlooks on the ratings reflect the uncertainty of the company’s corrective actions to reverse adverse reserve development. If adverse reserve development continues, the potential exists for lower overall risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR).
The FSR has been downgraded to C+ (Marginal) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR to “b-” from “bbb-”, each with a negative outlook, and withdrawn for the following members of the American Independent Companies pool:
- American Independent Insurance Company
- Omni Insurance Company
- Omni Indemnity Company
- Apollo Casualty Company
- Delphi Casualty Company
- Bankers Independent Insurance Company
- Personal Service Insurance Company
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