JULY 30, 2020 08:32 AM (EDT)
AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Capacity Insurance Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - JULY 30, 2020 08:32 AM (EDT)
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Capacity’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The revised outlooks to negative from stable are based on Capacity’s deterioration in underwriting results and operating performance in recent years, which culminated in a moderate decline in policyholders’ surplus in 2018 and 2019. The deterioration was driven by ongoing catastrophic weather activity, resulting in net incurred losses of $423,000 in 2017 from Hurricane Irma claims, net incurred losses of $500,000 in 2018 from Hurricane Michael claims and net incurred losses of $494,000 in 2019 from Texas wind/hail storm claims. The deterioration also was driven by a continuation of materially adverse loss reserve development on Capacity’s liability portion of commercial multiple-peril and general liability lines of business. This deterioration in underwriting results, operating performance and policyholders’ surplus has continued into 2020. The negative outlooks also reflect some weaknesses in Capacity’s ERM, which led to recent unplanned shifts in the strategic direction of the company.
In response, Capacity is in the process of implementing numerous pricing enhancements, which should result in significantly improved rate adequacy going forward. Capacity also is implementing tighter controls surrounding loss reserves and more frequent actuarial reviews. Additionally, Capacity ceased writing Texas new business on May 1, 2020, and has submitted a Texas withdrawal plan to the Texas Department of Insurance. While these initiatives may result in performance stabilization, their ultimate effectiveness is uncertain at this time.
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