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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. and Subsidiaries

December 21, 2018

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 21, 2018--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa” of First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. (FICOH) (Honolulu, HI) and its reinsured subsidiaries, collectively referred to as First of Hawaii Group. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings).

The ratings reflect First of Hawaii Group’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and very strong enterprise risk management (ERM).

The capacity of the balance sheet is supported by retained earnings, conservative reserve positions and favorable levels of liquidity. Profitable underwriting performance over an extended period in a dynamic market is complemented with strong investment returns. FICOH has a deep-rooted local market presence as one of the leading insurance companies in Hawaii. The ratings also consider the operational, financial and ERM support provided by the ultimate parent Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. and its lead insurance operating company, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. These factors include day-to-day operational synergies across its U.S. based subsidiaries, reinsurance support and economic capital modeling that is superior to peer companies. FICOH is exposed to the inherent risks associated with operating within a single jurisdiction as it pertains to regulatory, judicial, legislative and economic factors, and the potential exposure to natural catastrophe losses.

The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa” have been affirmed for First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. and its following property/casualty subsidiaries:

First Fire and Casualty Insurance of Hawaii, Inc. First Indemnity Insurance of Hawaii, Inc. First Security Insurance of Hawaii, Inc.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM 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 AM 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 AM Best press releases, please view .

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robert.raber@ambest.comGreg Williams

Senior Director

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christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy

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james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA HAWAII NEW JERSEY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: AM Best

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