OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb” to United National Life Insurance Company of America (UNL) (Glenview, IL). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The rating assignment reflects UNL’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization levels and trend of profitability. UNL has operated with consistently favorable operating earnings over the past three years, which has driven upward movement of risk-adjusted capitalization levels over the medium term. While UNL has reported a trend of favorable earnings and risk-adjusted capital, A.M. Best notes that absolute capital and earnings are modest. The core supplement products have produced favorable operating earnings over the past few years.
Offsetting rating factors include a lack of premium growth, business concentration in the supplemental accident & health (A&H) line of business and the evolving risk management program of an affiliated company. UNL’s direct premiums written have remained flat over the past three years and net premiums written have fluctuated. In addition, a sizeable portion of premiums assumed is from an affiliated company, Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company (GTL). UNL’s business profile is somewhat concentrated in the agency A&H segment and in a select number of states. The company also is exposed to geographic concentration risk as approximately 45% of direct A&H premium is derived from two states and more than 75% is from five states. A.M. Best expects UNL to continue to execute on its business strategy to grow premium through product enhancements and geographic expansion. A.M. Best notes that the company leverages its relationship with GTL for risk governance; however, that program is evolving and the risk management process is being refined.
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