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A.M. Best Revises Outlooks to Positive for Benchmark Insurance Company

May 15, 2018

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2018--A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of Benchmark Insurance Company (Benchmark) (Topeka, KS).

The Credit Ratings (ratings) of Benchmark reflect its 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.

The revised outlooks to positive from stable are based on Benchmark’s strong operating performance and increased risk-adjusted capitalization driven by steadily increasing underwriting earnings and net investment income. Benchmark’s balance sheet strength is supported by risk-adjusted capitalization being at the strongest level, favorable loss reserving trends in recent years, a prudent investment portfolio and strong liquidity and cash flow measures.

As a result, the company’s five-year average pre-tax and total returns on revenue and equity exceed composite averages as does its five-year average combined and operating ratios. These positive rating factors generated a double-digit cumulative average growth in policyholders’ surplus over the most recent five-year period. The strong underwriting performance is reflective of management’s conservative risk selection being limited to small and mid-sized specialty programs, primarily workers’ compensation business. Benchmark is licensed in 49 states and provides risk sharing and serves as a vehicle for companies to broadly distribute their products.

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: A.M. Best

Kevin Dorsey, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5401

Senior Financial Analyst

kevin.dorsey@ambest.com

or

Joseph Burtone, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5125

Director

joseph.burtone@ambest.com

or

Christopher Sharkey, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

Manager, Public Relations

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

or

Jim Peavy, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

Director, Public Relations

james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA NEW JERSEY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: A.M. Best

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