AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 19, 2018--AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B++ (Good) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb+” from “a-” of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company (ACIC) (headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to negative from stable.
The ratings reflect ACIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM).
The downgrades reflect a revision in AM Best’s assessment of the company’s ERM to marginal from appropriate. The company does not have a formal ERM program. The ERM assessment was revised due to a significant downturn in the company’s operating performance associated with its expansion initiatives into non-core commercial auto lines and into new territories. In addition, operational shortcomings were noted in ACIC’s underwriting, claims and reserving practices, all of which are being addressed by management. In recent years, Amalgamated has grown aggressively in non-core classes of business and in U.S. states with mandatory higher limits. The overall growth initiative has not been profitable and it continues to perform below the company’s and AM Best’s expectations. ACIC has taken steps to improve performance through non-renewals, rate increases and putting unprofitable classes into run-off. In addition, the company has strengthened its management team, as well as its underwriting, claims and reserving practices. However, management continues to look for avenues of profitable growth outside of its areas of expertise.
The negative outlooks reflect AM Best’s concern that operating performance is under pressure, which may result in further negative rating action if significant improvement is not forthcoming in the near term. The limited business profile is due to ACIC’s concentration of risk in commercial automobile lines, primarily for taxis and sedans in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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