OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B (Fair) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bb” from “bbb-” of Dental Care Plus, Inc. (Dental Care Plus) (Cincinnati, OH). In addition, AM Best has maintained the under review with developing implications status for the Credit Ratings (ratings). Concurrently, AM Best has withdrawn the ratings of Dental Care Plus at the company’s request to no longer participate in AM Best’s interactive rating process.
The ratings reflect Dental Care Plus’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as weak, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
AM Best placed the ratings under review with developing implications in March 2019, following the announcement that DentaQuest, LLC and DCP Holding Company, the parent company of Dental Care Plus, had entered into a definitive merger agreement. The transaction has since closed; however, the rating downgrades are based on large drop in capital at Dental Care Plus, following the withdrawal of $5.5 million in capital in the form of a dividend paid to DCP Holding Company for distribution to its shareholders at the time of the transaction’s close. This has resulted in a significant decline in Dental Care Plus’ risk-adjusted capital, which AM Best has assessed as very weak, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio. The under review with developing implications status is based upon AM Best’s uncertainty of the relationship between Dental Care Plus and its new ultimate parent, DentaQuest, LLC.
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