A.M. Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Kentucky Growers Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb+” from “bbb” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) of Kentucky Growers Insurance Company (KGIC) (Lexington, KY). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect KGIC’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The rating actions reflect KGIC’s considerable improvement in operating performance over the past five years, driven by its consistently positive underwriting results. Growth in policyholders’ surplus has been reported in each of the past five years, attributable primarily to underwriting gains.

The ratings also reflect the KGIC’s very strong balance sheet, driven by its risk-adjusted capitalization being at the strongest level, low loss reserve leverage, comprehensive reinsurance program with strong partners and strong liquidity measures enhanced by positive operating and underwriting cash flows. These positive rating attributes are offset somewhat by KGIC’s limited financial flexibility and scale. Additionally, KGIC’s business profile is limited by its single-state concentration in Kentucky, which exposes results to frequent and severe weather-related events, as well as potential judicial, economic, competitive or regulatory challenges.

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Senior Financial Analyst
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Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
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Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
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Contacts

A.M. Best
Christopher Jackson, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5721
Financial Analyst
christopher.jackson@ambest.com
or
Kenneth Tappen, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5248
Senior Financial Analyst
kenneth.tappen@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