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 NiSource Insurance Corporation, Inc. (NICI) (Salt Lake City, UT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.
The ratings reflect NICI’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. Although risk-adjusted capitalization is lower than in previous years, NICI's balance sheet strength is still supportive of the very strong assessment.
NICI is a single-parent captive insurer wholly owned by NiSource Inc. that accepts insurance risks from NiSource and its affiliates, providing all-risk property, workers’ compensation, excess general and automobile liability, medical stop-loss, long term disability and group life insurance.
Since inception, NICI has produced profitability measures that generally have been at levels equal to or better than its industry peers. Over the years, retained earnings has bolstered its balance sheet strength; however, risk-adjusted capital declined in 2019 due to the additional capital necessary to support a greater portion of its parent’s excess general liability program. AM Best believes NICI will remain well-capitalized and is positioned to sustain a strong level of operating profits due to its demonstrated risk management expertise and conservative underwriting criteria; hence, the stable outlooks.
AM Best has taken a favorable view of NICI’s overall profile within the ultimate parent’s structure and recognizes the benefits inured from this. Particular attention also is paid to its strategic role as a single-parent captive and the financial wherewithal of its ultimate parent.
Positive rating action could occur if NICI sustains positive operating results and improves risk-adjusted capitalization.
Conversely, downward rating pressure could result from a decline in the company’s liquidity levels, an increase in underwriting leverage or an outsized loss event that triggers a sudden decline in risk-adjusted capitalization. In addition, financial issues resulting in rating pressure on the ultimate parent could impact NICI’s ratings.
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