OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” of LifeShield National Insurance Co. (LifeShield) (Oklahoma City, OK). The outlook of the FSR remains stable.
The revised outlooks reflect the progress LifeShield has made in growing premiums, expanding distribution and strengthening capital, as well as the potential over the next couple of years for realizing additional top-line growth through execution of its strategic initiatives. In recent years, the company has generated good profitability with improving returns, which has resulted in organic capital growth.
The Credit Rating (rating) affirmations continue to reflect LifeShield’s improving risk-adjusted capitalization and continued positive net income and premium growth. The ratings also reflect the strategic benefits derived from LifeShield’s relationships with MidFirst Bank and Midland Mortgage, a division of MidFirst Bank, which historically has provided a stable market base for LifeShield's business growth.
Partially offsetting these rating factors are LifeShield’s heavy dependence on a single partnership for net premiums, a modest level of absolute capital and the challenges to sustain and improve its net operating performance, as well as to manage its long-term bond portfolio that includes elevated, though declining, levels of below investment grade bonds relative to total capital.
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