A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Factory Mutual Insurance Company and Its Subsidiaries

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings of ‘‘aa” of Factory Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, Appalachian Insurance Company and Affiliated FM Insurance Company. The outlook for all ratings is stable. All companies are members of FM Global Group and domiciled in Johnston, RI.

The ratings reflect FM Global Group members’ superior level of risk-adjusted capitalization, historically strong operating performance, its leadership position in the commercial property market and the benefits gained from its advanced approach to loss prevention and property conservation.

These positive rating factors are partially offset by FM Global Group’s significant exposure and susceptibility to natural and man-made catastrophes. In addition, the group maintains elevated common stock leverage, which while manageable, adds some volatility to its overall balance sheet and earnings.

FM Global Group is a market leader among providers of commercial property insurance in the United States, serving a significant number of Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. Many of the group’s customers have been insured by the FM Global Group for more than 25 years. The group’s ability to consistently retain more than 90% of its policyholders is a result of its stable capacity, unique level of engineering resources, international reach, loss prevention technology and shared commitment to property preservation.

While A.M. Best doesn’t anticipate a change in the ratings for FM Global Group’s members in the near-term, future positive rating actions may result from their continued strong underwriting and operating performance over an extended period of time. However, negative rating actions could result should the group’s underwriting and operating performance fall markedly short of A.M. Best’s expectations or if there is a significant weakening of its overall risk-adjusted capitalization.

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Contacts

A.M. Best Company
Brian O’Larte, 908-439-2200, ext. 5138
Senior Financial Analyst
brian.o'larte@ambest.com
or
Jennifer Marshall, 908-439-2200, ext. 5327
Assistant Vice President
jennifer.marshall@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com