A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Forestry Mutual Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--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 Forestry Mutual Insurance Company (FMIC) (Raleigh, NC). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect ongoing supportive capitalization, meaningful progress and improvements in underwriting and operating results and effective loss-control practices. FMIC benefits from geographic diversification by entering markets in neighboring states, as well as the initiatives taken to restructure FMIC’s reinsurance program to reduce net loss ratio volatility. The company continues be proactive and a leader in the logging industry in loss-control training and non-renewals on unprofitable accounts, implementing a zero-tolerance policy for failure to comply with safety requirements.

Positive rating action could occur with strong operating performance that compares favorably with the industry in the near term and continued stable reserve development. Negative rating action could occur if there is a material decline in operating performance or if capitalization falls substantially short of A.M. Best expectations.

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Gary Davis, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5665
Director
gary.davis@ambest.com
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Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
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Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Dan Teclaw, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5394
Senior Financial Analyst
dan.teclaw@ambest.com
or
Gary Davis, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5665
Director
gary.davis@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com