OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” of The American Road Insurance Company (TARIC) (Dearborn, MI). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect TARIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
TARIC is part of an insurance holding company system wholly owned by Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Ford Credit), which in turn is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company (Ford) [NYSE:F]. TARIC operates more like a captive insurance company for the Ford enterprise, and provides a variety of coverages directly to Ford or Ford Credit, primarily automobile wholesale, collateral protection, inland marine, extended service business and commercial auto liability. Ford’s strong brand recognition as one of the leading automobile providers in the United States and Canada benefits TARIC. TARIC is vulnerable to macroeconomic and market conditions that potentially could have a detrimental impact on Ford’s ability to sell automobiles and generate premium for TARIC; however, AM Best views the efficiencies gained by geographic diversification and immediate access to business as a strength for TARIC.
Significant deterioration in operating performance or risk-adjusted capitalization may result in downward movement in the ratings and/or outlooks. In addition, negative rating action also may occur if Ford’s credit profile deteriorates.
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