Press Release - DECEMBER 05, 2018
AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of NiSource Insurance Corporation, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - DECEMBER 05, 2018
The ratings reflect NICI’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
NICI is a single parent captive insurer wholly owned by NiSource Inc. that accepts insurance risks from NiSource and its affiliates, providing all risk property, workers’ compensation, general and automobile liability, cyber liability, medical stop-loss, long term disability and group life insurance.
NICI has produced consistently profitable net operating income each year since 2010 from underwriting and investment income. Its balance sheet strength has been bolstered through retained earnings. Over the past five years, surplus has grown significantly. AM Best believes NICI is well-positioned to sustain a strong level of operating performance due to its demonstrated risk management expertise and conservative underwriting criteria, hence, the stable outlooks.
AM Best has taken a favorable view of NICI’s overall profile within the ultimate parent’s structure and recognizes the benefits inured from this. Particular attention is paid to the active involvement of NiSource’s senior management in the captive’s operation.
Positive ratings triggers include sustained positive operating results and improved risk-adjusted capitalization.
Nonetheless, downward rating pressure could result from a decline in the company’s liquidity levels, an increase in underwriting leverage or outsized catastrophe or investment losses in conjunction with a significant prolonged decline in risk-adjusted capitalization. In addition, financial issues resulting in ratings pressure on the ultimate parent could impact NICI’s ratings.
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