OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Cedar Court Indemnity Company (Cedar Court) (Burlington, VT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Cedar Court’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization, conservative operating strategy and the critical role it plays as a parent captive insurer of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) [NYSE: HON]. Honeywell is a global, Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing organization, serving customers worldwide in the aerospace market, control technologies for buildings, turbochargers and performance materials. As a parent captive of Honeywell, Cedar Court provides insurance products and services to the various subsidiaries of Honeywell for certain liability risks.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are Cedar Court’s relatively large reserves and incurred but not reported reserves, as well as volatile underwriting performance in recent years. Despite volatility, A.M. Best recognizes the role Cedar Court plays, its mission, and the ability to accept risk and volatility in exchange for availability and pricing. Its captive orientation also considers the substantial financial resources of its parent, Honeywell.
A.M. Best also recognizes Cedar Court’s management and corporate strategy, enterprise risk management practices and its conservative risk culture. An additional rating factor that A.M. Best considers, but is not limited to, is the diversification in Cedar Court’s business and geographic scope.
Factors that could lead to Cedar Court’s ratings being upgraded or an outlook revised to positive include long-term consistently strong operating performance, maintaining strong risk-adjusted capital levels and executing its business plan. On the other hand, A.M. Best could downgrade Cedar Court’s ratings or revise an outlook to negative if its risk-based capitalization declines below supportive levels, operating performance and risk profile deteriorate or insured losses deplete capital. In addition, negative rating impact could occur as a result of turnover in its management team or risk management controls and tolerances, or its parent’s ratings deteriorate.
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