MAY 20, 2020 04:23 PM (EDT)

AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings for Kentucky Growers Insurance Company


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - MAY 20, 2020 04:23 PM (EDT)
AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a-” from “bbb+” of Kentucky Growers Insurance Company (KGIC) (Lexington, KY). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

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

The rating actions reflect KGIC’s strengthened risk-adjusted capitalization over the past five years, accompanied by a continuation of favorable trends in key metrics of balance sheet strength such as policyholders’ surplus growth, underwriting leverage and liquidity measures.

The ratings reflect KGIC’s adequate operating performance, driven by metrics of total operating earnings (pre-tax return on revenue; return on surplus; operating ratio), each of which is solidly in line with the personal property industry composite five-year average. The ratings also reflect KGIC’s business profile, which is limited by its geographic concentration in Kentucky, which exposes results to frequent and severe weather-related events, as well as potential judicial, economic, competitive and regulatory challenges. KGIC’s ERM framework is developed, and risk management capabilities are appropriately commensurate with the complexity of the business. Such capabilities include maintaining a comprehensive reinsurance program, which partially mitigates the impact of weather-related catastrophe losses.

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003146 Kentucky Growers Insurance Company