Press Release - MARCH 13, 2019

AM Best Comments on Under Review Status of Tri-State Consumer Insurance Company Following Termination of Acquisition Agreement


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - MARCH 13, 2019
AM Best has commented that the under review with negative implications status, the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Tri-State Consumer Insurance Company (Tri-State) (Jericho, NY) remains unchanged following the termination of the stock purchase agreement with Standard Diversified Inc.

Tri-State’s Credit Ratings (ratings) will remain under review with negative implications until AM Best completes its discussions with management and completes its analysis of the company’s most-recent financial results and perspective business plan.

AM Best placed Tri-State’s ratings under review with negative implications on Dec. 10, 2018, following the announcement of the stock purchase agreement to sell Tri-State to Standard Diversified Inc. The negative implications were due in part to uncertainty regarding Tri-State’s future business model and capitalization under the new ownership group, as well as the ongoing concerns surrounding the negative outlook that AM Best had placed on the company’s ratings prior to the ratings going under review. The negative outlook was driven by adverse trends in underwriting results that deteriorated to levels not consistent with prior-year results.

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