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A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Company

November 19, 2018

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 19, 2018--A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” from “a-” of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Company (Wisconsin Mutual) (Madison, Wisconsin). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect Wisconsin Mutual’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The ratings upgrade is based on the company’s strong underwriting and operating performance over the past several years as reflected by combined ratios and pretax return on revenue measures that outperformed the composite on both a five- and 10-year basis. A.M. Best expects prospective operating results to remain strong with low to moderate volatility in key performance metrics.

Wisconsin Mutual’s ratings also reflect its very strong balance sheet, which is supported by its risk-adjusted capitalization being at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), high quality investment portfolio with strong liquidity and favorable loss reserve development trends. These positive attributes are offset partially by the company’s limited financial flexibility as a mutual organization. The business profile is limited as reflected by the company’s geographic concentration in Wisconsin with product offerings focused primarily in the private passenger automobile, homeowners and farmowners lines of business. The ERM framework and risk management capabilities are considered appropriate for the risk profile of the company. The company maintains a comprehensive reinsurance program that mitigates tail-risk exposure to catastrophic loss events as evidenced by BCAR at the 99.8% confidence level.

The stable outlooks are based on A.M. Best’s expectation that Wisconsin Mutual’s operating performance will remain strong while maintaining its very strong level of balance sheet strength despite any impact from weather-related events.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on A.M. Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see A.M. Best’s web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view . For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and A.M. Best press releases, please view .

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CONTACT: Maurice Thomas

Senior Financial Analyst

+1-908-439-2200, ext. 5794

maurice.thomas@ambest.comMichelle Baurkot

Director

+1-908-439-2200, ext. 5314

michelle.baurkot@ambest.comChristopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

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christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

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james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA NEW JERSEY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BANKING FINANCE INSURANCE

SOURCE: A.M. Best

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