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A.M. Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of State Mutual Insurance Company

November 16, 2018

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 16, 2018--A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to B (Fair) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bb+” from “bbb-” of State Mutual Insurance Company (State Mutual) (Rome, GA). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from negative.

The ratings reflect State Mutual’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its marginal operating performance, neutral business profile and marginal enterprise risk management.

The downgrades reflect the declining trend in capital and surplus as a result of capital losses from investments, operating losses due to high expenses and reduced net premiums resulting from reinsurance transactions. While capitalization has been supported in part by reinsurance, A.M. Best does not view such one-time surplus relief transactions as a viable long-term strategy to support capital. In addition, State Mutual holds higher risk assets in its investment portfolio that reduce liquidity and could result in further capital losses. A.M. Best will continue to monitor the company’s operating results and capital position, as it attempts to execute on its plans to grow its individual accident and health business.

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: Louis Silvers

Senior Financial Analyst

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5802

louis.silvers@ambest.com

William Pargeans

Director

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5359

william.pargeans@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

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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