OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has withdrawn the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb-” of Cameron National Insurance Company (Cameron National). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb-” of Cameron Mutual Insurance Company (Cameron Mutual). The outlook of these ratings remains stable. Both companies are domiciled in Cameron, MO.
The rating withdrawals reflect the migration of all business to Cameron Mutual from Cameron National and the termination of the quota share agreement between the two organizations, effective Jan. 1, 2018. These actions have resulted in A.M. Best withdrawing the ratings of Cameron National. It is A.M. Best’s policy to complete a final rating along with a rating withdrawal. However, a final rating was not able to be completed, as the termination of the quota share contract occurred prior to A.M. Best being notified.
The rating affirmations reflect Cameron Mutual’s balance sheet, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM). The stable outlooks reflect A.M. Best’s expectation of improved operating performance and continued very strong balance sheet strength.
Cameron Mutual’s balance sheet strength reflects the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, a conservative investment portfolio and historically favorable reserve development. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is the elevated underwriting leverage compared with the composite. Cameron Mutual’s operating performance has been volatile, driven by weather-related losses and rising loss costs in its auto business. However, A.M. Best expects underwriting initiatives and updated product offerings to improve results prospectively. Cameron Mutual maintains a limited business profile with products distributed exclusively through independent agents with a property concentration in the Midwest. Cameron Mutual continues to enhance its ERM program to support the organization’s risk profile.
Negative rating action could occur if operating results fall materially short of management’s projections for improved performance. Positive rating action in the future is contingent upon sustained improvement in underwriting and operating performance.
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