Press Release - MARCH 12, 2019
AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Saucon Insurance Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - MARCH 12, 2019
The ratings reflect Saucon’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, very limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The rating downgrades reflect a revision in AM Best’s assessment of Saucon’s business profile to very limited from limited, given the ongoing moratorium on new business since 2008 and continued erosion of perpetual policies in force. While a holding company structure was developed effective Jan.1, 2018, there are no immediate plans to expand the scope of operations. Any change in strategic direction also would require additional expertise to properly evaluate new risks to the company.
As a perpetual homeowner writer, Saucon does not recognize policy deposits as premium revenue. Therefore, the evaluation of operating performance and the company’s ability to generate capital appreciation is focused on total investment returns. In recent years, investment income and capital gains have been volatile, as reflected in the company’s total return on invested assets and equity measures. AM Best expects continued strain on Saucon’s investment portfolio as a result of the low interest rate environment and volatile equity market.
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