Press Release - AUGUST 07, 2019

AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Reamstown Mutual Insurance Company; Affirms Ratings of Goodville Mutual Casualty Company


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 Dan Hofmeister, CFA, CAIA, CPCU
Financial Analyst
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - AUGUST 07, 2019
AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a+” to Reamstown Mutual Insurance Company (Reamstown). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” of Goodville Mutual Casualty Company (Goodville). The outlook of these ratings is stable. Both are members of Goodville Mutual Pool and are domiciled in New Holland, PA.

The ratings of Reamstown and Goodville reflect their consolidated balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as the company’s strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The ratings of Reamstown reflect the company’s implicit support from Goodville, via a 100% reinsurance quota share and loss portfolio transfer to Goodville. This contract was put into place in the beginning of 2019, following Reamstown’s affiliation with Goodville in 2018. Reamstown is now under the direction of the Goodville management team and board of directors. Additionally, they are anticipated to benefit from Goodville’s operational scale going forward, as expenses have hindered operating results in the past.

The affirmation of Goodville’s ratings is reflective of the pool’s continued strong operating performance in recent years. The pool experienced modest adverse reserve development in 2018, due to uncharacteristic hail activity in a particular area. However, the pool continues to produce favorable underwriting and operating returns, despite the adverse development. Management anticipates that the affiliation with Reamstown will further expand the pool’s underwriting capability in other subsectors of homeowners business, and that more efficient underwriting and reinsurance expenses going forward will improve Reamstown’s results going forward.

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