A.M. Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Mountain States Healthcare Reciprocal Risk Retention Group

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” of Mountain States Healthcare Reciprocal Risk Retention Group (MSH) (Billings, MT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains 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 Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.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 affirmations reflect MSH’s balance sheet strength and market position as a leading provider of medical professional liability (MPL) insurance in Montana and Wyoming. Negative rating factors include deterioration in the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization and operating performance in 2016, following significant adverse loss reserve development on prior accident years, and the challenges faced by MSH to return underwriting results back to historical profitable levels, despite management’s corrective actions. The ratings also reflect the inherent challenges associated with having a concentration of underwriting risk in hospital and MPL insurance, and MSH’s above-average risk profile with regard to high policy limits relative to surplus and elevated common stock leverage, which remained in excess of 100% of surplus at March 31, 2017.

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Sharon Marks, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5477
Senior Financial Analyst
sharon.marks@ambest.com
or
Edward J. Zonenberg, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5135
Senior Financial Analyst
edward.zonenberg@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

Contacts

A.M. Best
Sharon Marks, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5477
Senior Financial Analyst
sharon.marks@ambest.com
or
Edward J. Zonenberg, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5135
Senior Financial Analyst
edward.zonenberg@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