OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 3, 2018--A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a-” from “a” of 21st Century Security Insurance Company (21st Century Security), following its acquisition by High Point Preferred Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Palisades Safety and Insurance Association (PSIA) , on Aug. 1, 2018. PSIA is a reciprocal insurance exchange that is managed by its attorney-in-fact, Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey. Additionally, A.M. Best has placed these Credit Ratings (ratings) under review with negative implications. All companies are headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

The ratings reflect 21st Century Security's balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The downgrade and negative implications status reflects 21st Century Security’s new ownership structure and A.M. Best’s need to assess the strategic and financial plans for the company. A.M. Best expects to resolve the under review status of the ratings following more in-depth discussions with the company’s management team.

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INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

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