OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B++ (Good) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb” from “bbb-” of Mt. Morris Mutual Insurance Company (Mt. Morris) (Coloma, WI). The outlooks of these Credit Ratings (ratings) have been revised to stable from positive.
The rating upgrades reflect Mt. Morris’ strong level of risk-adjusted capitalization and solid and improving underwriting and operating performance, largely due to several initiatives management has undertaken to improve underwriting results, such as rate level adjustments, exposure mitigation efforts, refined underwriting techniques and agency management changes. Additionally, the company’s ratings are based on a prudent investment portfolio, solid liquidity measures that are enhanced with positive underwriting and operating cash flows and a comprehensive reinsurance program with strong partners.
Offsetting rating factors include Mt. Morris operating predominantly in Wisconsin, which creates geographic and regulatory risks. Furthermore, the company maintains elevated common stock leverage. Although investment performance has been favorable, it carries the risk that policyholders’ surplus is more exposed to fluctuations in equity value.
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