Press Release - MARCH 15, 2019

AM Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Ratings of Queen City Assurance, Inc and Vine Court Assurance Incorporated

 Dan Teclaw
Senior Financial Analyst
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Susan Molineux
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - MARCH 15, 2019
AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) of Queen City Assurance, Inc (Queen City) and Vine Court Assurance Incorporated (Vine Court) (both domiciled in Burlington, VT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The companies are captive insurers for The Kroger Co. (Kroger), one of the world’s largest food retailers, which conducts business throughout the United States. The ratings consider the captives’ critical role as part of the parent company and their excellent historical operating performance, providing tailored insurance coverage for property/casualty risks to the parent. The business profiles are assessed as neutral, as each captive writes a broad scope of business for its parent and has significant geographic diversification across the United States. ERM is appropriate given the impact on its conservative risk culture, defined risk controls, and optimization of the captives’ capital and surplus. AM Best also recognizes the significant capitalization and financial flexibility afforded the captives by its well-rated parent.

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