AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Members of Wisconsin Reinsurance Group
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 17, 2021--
AM Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “bbb” (Good) of Wisconsin Reinsurance Corporation (WRC) and 1st Auto & Casualty Insurance Company (1st Auto), collectively referred to as Wisconsin Reinsurance Group (WRG) (Madison, WI).
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect WRG’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 (ERM).
The revised outlooks reflect deterioration in the group’s operating performance largely associated with weather-related events due to its concentration in the Midwest. WRG’s recent performance has been pressured by declining profitability in reinsured business written by client companies, as well as continued weak performance in the direct auto insurance book. Without sustained improvement, this could lead to a decline in the overall assessment of operating performance in the near to intermediate term.
WRG’s maintains strong overall balance sheet strength, supported by the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio. This position is somewhat offset by surplus declines in three out of the past five years and elevated underwriting leverage metrics relative to the composite. The limited business profile reflects the group’s geographic concentration in the Midwest region, which is partially mitigated through a comprehensive reinsurance program. ERM is assessed as appropriate for the group’s risk profile, based on a formal ERM policy that includes defined risk appetite and tolerance thresholds with emphasis placed on strong corporate governance.
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