Press Release - AUGUST 06, 2019

AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of PartnerRe Insurance Co. of NY Following Completion of Sale; Maintains Under Review Status

 Scott Mangan
Associate Director
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Jacqalene Lentz, CPA
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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 downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a-” from “a+” of PartnerRe Insurance Company of New York (PRNY) (New York, NY). In addition, AM Best also has maintained the under review status, while revising the implications to developing from negative.

The ratings reflect PRNY’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

AM Best originally placed the ratings under review on Aug. 22, 2017, following the announcement that PartnerRe Ltd. has entered into a stock purchase agreement with Employers Group, Inc. (Employers) to sell all the outstanding shares of capital of PRNY to Employers. The under review status was maintained on Nov. 13, 2018, during AM Best’s period of review as the transaction still was pending regulatory approval at that time.

Although the transaction has closed, effective July 31, 2019, PRNY’s ratings will remain under review until AM Best completes its analysis of the transaction and Employers’ plans for the company.

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