Press Release - SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

A.M. Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of National Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Inc.

 David Mitchell
Senior Financial Analyst
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Joseph Zazzera
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb-” of National Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Inc. (NICW) (Brookfield, WI). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings of NICW due to a lack of interaction with company management, as well as the limited liability structure of the organization. Consequently, the company no longer meets the minimum requirements needed to participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.

The ratings reflect NICW’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as the company’s marginal operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management. The stable outlooks consider NICW’s very strong balance sheet strength assessment.

Following the final rating review, A.M. Best has decided to withdraw the ratings, largely reflecting NICW’s very limited remaining business operations. From a balance sheet perspective, loss reserves essentially were eliminated when the last of NICW’s long-term disability and long-term care reserves were reinsured over the past several years, thereby significantly reducing the remaining liability structure of the organization.

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AMB# Company Name
010794 National Insurance Company of WI Inc