Press Release - AUGUST 01, 2019

AM Best Revises Outlooks to Positive for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and MLM Risk Retention Group, Inc.

 Janet Hernandez
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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AM Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (Minneapolis, MN) and MLM Risk Retention Group, Inc. (Washington DC). These companies are collectively referred to as MLM Group.

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

The revision of the outlooks to positive reflects MLM Group’s improved operating performance resulting from the implementation a number of initiatives designed to reduce underwriting volatility and improve rate adequacy. Underwriting performance has benefited from favorable reserve development and compares well with the composite and peer averages. MLM Group has maintained high policyholder retention levels despite strong competition due to its commitment to members of the legal profession, knowledge of the legal environment and the payment of policyholder dividends.

Risk-adjusted capitalization remains strongest mostly due to conservative underwriting leverage measures and loss reserving practices, although policyholder surplus growth has been tempered by the payment of policyholder dividends. MLM Group’s business profile is neutral due to its good geographic spread of risk, as business is written in over 15 states. However, there is concentration of underwriting risk in the legal professional liability line of business. The group’s ERM is appropriate, as capabilities are in line with the moderate risk profile.

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