MAY 19, 2020 01:06:01 Eastern Daylight Time

AM Best Places Credit Ratings of Tri-State Consumer Insurance Company Under Review With Negative Implications

 Kimberly Muccia
Senior Financial Analyst
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Joseph Burtone
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - MAY 19, 2020 01:06:01 Eastern Daylight Time
AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of Tri-State Consumer Insurance Company (Tri-State) (Jericho, NY).

These rating actions follow the uncertainty surrounding the approval of a 100% quota share reinsurance contract with an impaired insurance company. This agreement, which potentially could be executed in the near term, is expected to substantially increase probable maximum losses and the need for increased catastrophe reinsurance protection, which places pressure on the current balance sheet assessment.

AM Best expects to resolve the under review with negative implications status when a full review of the balance sheet strength is done following the approved quota share reinsurance contract, including a thorough review of the reinsurance program to assess if enough coverage has been obtained. AM Best will evaluate this on an ongoing basis as updated information becomes available. Further rating action also may be taken if AM Best believes Tri-State’s measured levels of balance sheet strength, operating performance, business profile or enterprise risk management no longer supports its current rating level.

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001971 Tri-State Consumer Insurance Company