OCTOBER 03, 2019 10:18:32 Eastern Daylight Time

AM Best Maintains Under Review With Developing Implications Status for Credit Ratings of Echelon Insurance

 Gordon McLean
Senior Financial Analyst
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Raymond Thomson, CPCU, ARe, ARM
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Christopher Sharkey
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - OCTOBER 03, 2019 10:18:32 Eastern Daylight Time
AM Best has maintained the under review with developing implications status for the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of Echelon Insurance (Echelon) (Mississauga, Ontario).

These Credit Ratings (ratings) were placed under review with developing implications on Nov. 12, 2018, following an announcement that Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH) had entered into a stock purchase agreement to sell Echelon Insurance to CAA Club Group. At that time, AM Best indicated that the ratings would remain under review until the transaction was completed and a full assessment of the impact of the changes could be reviewed.

While the transaction closed on May 31, 2019, AM Best’s review of the impact of the transaction is continuing. Echelon’s ratings will remain under review until AM Best completes its discussions with CAA Club Group to gain greater insight into the overall impact of the transaction on Echelon’s prospective balance sheet strength, operating performance, business profile and enterprise risk management. Of particular focus will be CAA Club Group’s strategic initiatives to address the decline in Echelon’s risk-adjusted capitalization brought on by pre-close reserve strengthening and continued premium growth.

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AMB# Company Name
044382 CAA Club Group
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