OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “aa” of Knights of Columbus (the Order) (New Haven, CT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect the Order’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is assessed as strongest and supported by an invested asset base of good credit quality, mostly investment grade bonds that are highly diversified. There is good quality of capital, with prudent use of reinsurance and no financial leverage. Earnings trends have been positive and generally stable, mainly driven by the ordinary life insurance line of business, along with strong persistency and customer loyalty. The Order is a prominent market participant in their target individual life and annuity market segments. Product offerings emphasize ordinary life products, which are considered less risky and more creditworthy. Long-term care and disability income products are offered with the assistance of third-party administrators and are reinsured. The Order recently entered the asset management market with mutual fund offerings that are consistent with Catholic values.
Partially mitigating factors include increased allocations to less liquid asset classes, such as private placements and alternative assets and return ratios that are low relative to the industry average. Additionally, the Order operates in the ordinary life and individual annuity markets, which can be very competitive.
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