AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Nazareth Mutual Insurance Company
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 19, 2021--
AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to B++ (Good) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bbb” (Good) from “bbb-” (Good) of Nazareth Mutual Insurance Company (Nazareth) (Nazareth, PA). The outlook of the Long-Term ICR has been revised to positive from stable while the outlook of the FSR is stable.
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Nazareth’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The upgrades of the FSR and Long-Term ICR reflect Nazareth’s improved ERM assessment, driven by a developed risk management framework and expanded risk management capabilities, which are appropriately commensurate with the risk profile of the business. The potential for unfavorable impact on capital strength due to tail-risk exposure events has been mitigated significantly in recent years, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) at the 1-in-500-year severity level.
The positive outlook on the Long-Term ICR reflects Nazareth’s strengthened balance sheet, supported by key metrics of financial strength over the past five years. Improved operating performance has powered robust policyholders’ surplus growth over the past few years, which in turn has moved important quantitative metrics such as underwriting leverage, liquidity measures and cash flows in a favorable direction.
The limited business profile assessment is driven largely by Nazareth’s geographic concentration in Pennsylvania, which exposes results to frequent and severe weather-related events, as well as potential judicial, economic or regulatory challenges.
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