AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Toyota Motor Insurance Company
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 2, 2021--
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” (Excellent) of Toyota Motor Insurance Company (TMIC) (Cedar Rapids, IA). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect TMIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
TMIC continues to maintain balance sheet strength at the strongest level supported by its risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), low underwriting leverage, organic and steady growth of policyholders’ surplus, excellent liquidity and positive cash flows. AM Best assesses the company’s operating performance as adequate as the company’s results have recently returned to historical levels following a couple of years of higher than expected loss experience from its guaranteed auto protection (GAP) business, which has since been repriced and restored to profitability.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the overall weakening of the economy, the demand in new vehicle purchases declined; however, by the fourth quarter of 2020 and through the second quarter of 2021, consumer confidence and demand for auto products increased, and the true effects of rate increases and underwriting initiatives on the company’s GAP business had been realized, showing a marked improvement in TMIC’s results.
TMIC’s neutral business profile supports the Toyota organization as a wholly owned subsidiary and single-parent captive of Toyota Motor Insurance Services, Inc. TMIC provides vehicle service contracts, GAP coverage, excess wear and use coverage, tire and wheel protection, and key coverage for Toyota, Lexus, and Mazda customers, dealers and affiliated companies. AM Best considers TMIC’s ERM to be appropriate, as the captive has leveraged the robust and formal corporate management practices that have been established and implemented by its U.S. parent, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation.
The stable outlooks reflect AM Best’s expectation that the company will maintain its balance sheet strength assessment at the strongest level and its operating performance at the adequate level, while managing its volatile GAP product line and neutral business profile without diverging from its risk profile.
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