OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bb-” from “bb” of Sorford Surety Insurance Co. Ltd. (Sorford) (Hamilton, Bermuda). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.
The rating actions reflect Sorford’s risk-adjusted capitalization, which is relatively adequate for its rating level; however, the rating downgrades reflect concerns associated with the company’s lack of sustainable business volume since its inception in 2010 and the related deterioration of capital and surplus due to administrative expenses. The negative rating outlooks reflect the uncertainty of the company’s fundamental business strategies, ongoing concern about implementation and execution risk, as well as management’s lack of communication and silence relating to the interactive rating process.
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