A.M. Best Upgrades Ratings of Transportation Property and Casualty Company Inc.
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Transportation Property and Casualty Company Inc. (TPCC) (British Columbia, Canada). The outlook for both ratings has been revised to stable from positive.
The rating upgrades reflect TPCC’s excellent risk-adjusted capitalization and operating performance, its strong enterprise risk management program and highly experienced management team. Also inuring to the benefit of the ratings is the captive’s favorable profile as part of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are TPCC’s relatively small scale of operations and high exposures.
TPCC is a pure captive insurance company that provides automobile physical damage, general liability and property insurance coverage solely to TransLink. TPCC has demonstrated its usefulness and effectiveness to TransLink over many years by providing flexibility for insurance program structuring and substantial insurance cost efficiencies. TPCC is an integral part of TransLink’s existing projects and future planning.
Factors that could lead to a negative outlook or a downgrading of TPCC’s ratings are a material loss of capital from either claims or investments, a reduced level of capital that does not support the ratings or an increase in net retention. TPCC’s ratings are somewhat linked to the rating of TransLink; therefore, unfavorable operating performance or material loss of capital could result in changes to the captive’s ratings. Alternatively, factors that could lead to rating upgrades include TPCC having a sustained favorable operating profitability with maintenance of strong risk-adjusted capital levels.
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