MAY 31, 2017 08:53:39 Eastern Daylight Time

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

 Kenneth Tappen
Senior Financial Analyst
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Richard Attanasio
Senior Director
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - MAY 31, 2017 08:53:39 Eastern Daylight Time
A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” of Capacity Insurance Company (Capacity) (Sunrise, FL).

The revised outlooks to positive reflect Capacity’s improved risk-adjusted capitalization and operating performance in recent years, as Capacity ramped up its business writings, and its thus far successful execution of the operational and financial plans by the management team, with focus on writing commercial property business in Florida.

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Capacity’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization, driven by moderate net underwriting leverage and low investment leverage, as well as its improved operating performance in recent years. Partially offsetting these rating factors are Capacity’s below-average five-year operating returns, geographic concentration of business, elevated expense structure and significant dependence on reinsurance.

Since Capacity’s operations currently are limited to Florida, where, in the past, severe losses from hurricanes impacted its overall profitability, underwriting efforts are focused on managing its natural catastrophe probable maximum loss. Although catastrophe risk is mitigated by a comprehensive reinsurance program, it creates a significant dependence on reinsurance for surplus protection.

Capacity’s pure loss ratios compare favorably with its peers; however, it maintains an elevated expense structure. This is reflective of high reinsurance costs and management fees paid to its managing general agent, which creates an expense disadvantage for the company.

Positive rating action is contingent upon Capacity’s ability to report consistent and sustainable operating results, while maintaining risk-adjusted capitalization. Negative rating action could occur from material decline in risk-adjusted capitalization, sustained deterioration in operating results or financial leverage at the holding company becoming excessive.

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AMB# Company Name
010738 Capacity Insurance Company