OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a” from “a-” of Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company (FSL) (Kansas City, MO) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company of New York (FLSNY) (Brewster, NY). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable. These companies are known collectively as Fidelity Security Group.
The ratings reflect Fidelity Security Group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The group’s ratings are supported by its strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), its strong liquidity, and its ability to generate consistent earnings growth and relatively strong statutory returns on equity. FSL primarily markets group stop loss and group vision, but also markets a variety of ordinary life, annuity, and accident and health products across all 50 states through various distribution channels. A mitigating factor in the group’s ratings includes its high reinsurance leverage, particularly in its vision business in which a large percentage of the direct premium is ceded to one reinsurance partner. AM Best notes, however, that all reinsurance partners of FSL are highly rated or are distribution-owned captives with full collateralization.
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