Press Release - SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

AM Best Revises Outlooks to Positive for Briar Creek Mutual Insurance Company

 Christopher Jackson
Financial Analyst
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Kenneth Tappen
Senior Financial Analyst
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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 Briar Creek Mutual Insurance Company (BCMIC) (Orangeville, PA).

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect BCMIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The positive outlooks reflect favorable trends in key components of balance sheet strength, such as risk-adjusted capitalization, liquidity, underwriting and reserving leverage, reserve development, and policyholders’ surplus growth.

BCMIC’s operating performance is assessed as strong due to profitable underwriting results over the past ten years; a combined ratio that historically outperforms the industry composite and U.S. property/casualty market averages; return on revenue measures, which also outperform the same respective benchmarks, and consistently low operating volatility.

BCMIC’s business profile is assessed as limited, due to its geographic concentration in Northeast Pennsylvania, which exposes results to frequent and severe weather-related events, as well as potential judicial, economic, competitive, or regulatory challenges.

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AMB# Company Name
004753 Briar Creek Mutual Insurance Company