Press Release - OCTOBER 25, 2019
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Insurance Company of the West and Its Subs; Assigns Credit Ratings to Other Subs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - OCTOBER 25, 2019
These ratings reflect the ICW Pool’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The rating assignments for National, Premier and Casualty reflect the execution of an inter-company pooling agreement, led by the lead company, ICW. These companies will provide ICW Pool with additional strategic opportunities for providing workers’ compensation coverage.
The affirmation of ICW, Explorer and VerTerra’s ratings is reflective of their continued strong operating and underwriting results, driven primarily by favorable loss experience in its leading line of business, workers’ compensation. Additionally, ICW Pool’s ratings reflect solid risk-adjusted capitalization, a comprehensive reinsurance program and a fairly conservative investment portfolio.
Offsetting these positive rating factors is the Pool’s concentration of risk in California’s workers’ compensation marketplace, subjecting them to the regulatory, judicial and economic environment of the state and its highly competitive market conditions.
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