OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has revised the outlooks to stable from positive and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of AultCare Health Insuring Corporation and its subsidiary, AultCare Insurance Company. Both companies are domiciled in Canton, OH. Collectively, the group is referred to as AultCare Health Group (AultCare).
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect AultCare’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management.
The outlook revisions to stable are based on a decline in overall risk-adjusted capitalization in 2018, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), although AM Best notes improvement through the first half of 2019. AultCare’s capital position was negatively affected by dividends to the parent company as a result of an asset transfer, an unfavorable change in non-admitted assets for increased pharmacy rebate receivables and equity market volatility at year-end 2018. AultCare has reported modest top line growth and overall operating results remain favorable but margins have compressed over the past year, driven by its commercial segment. Pressure exists in the commercial group business, driven by the competitive environment in AultCare’s primary market. The revised outlooks reflect AM Best’s expectation for continued strong capitalization and profitable operating results over the near term.
The affirmation of the ratings recognizes AultCare’s conservative investment portfolio and sound balance sheet liquidity that is driven by generally positive operating cash flow. Additionally, the ratings recognize AultCare’s profitable operating performance over the past five years. AultCare’s Medicare Advantage business continues to be a sizable contributor to premiums and operating earnings. As Medicare Advantage becomes a larger portion of its overall operations, total operating margin could moderate as this product typically produces lower margins. AultCare is strategically aligned with its ultimate parent, Aultman Health Foundation (Aultman). Aultman is a fully integrated health care delivery system and the group is a significant contributor of consolidated operations of Aultman.
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