DECEMBER 16, 2020 04:53 PM (EST)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of The Progressive Corporation and Its Members
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - DECEMBER 16, 2020 04:53 PM (EST)
The ratings of Progressive reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
Progressive’s risk-adjusted capitalization has benefited from consistently favorable underwriting results and reliable levels of investment income. Progressive continues to benefit from a seasoned and stable management team, brand name recognition, multiple channel distribution platform and innovative underwriting and claims-handling technology; the latter exemplified by the continued development and incorporation of usage-based technologies. In addition, Progressive continues to experience strong premium growth, reflective of its widespread brand recognition and sophisticated pricing schemes. Based on the five-year average combined ratio, Progressive outperformed the private passenger standard auto composite despite the impacts of frequency and severity throughout the automobile insurance industry, due mainly to its sophisticated data mining and risk-to-rate matching. However, recent loss reserve development trends have broken from the traditional redundant position to modestly adverse due to the aforementioned challenges. Furthermore, Progressive maintains high underwriting leverage relative to industry averages; however, it has traditionally done so while consistently producing favorable underwriting results with very low levels of volatility.
The ratings of National Continental reflect the company’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM. Additionally, the ratings recognize the financial strength, infrastructure and technological capabilities afforded as a subsidiary of Progressive.
The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa” have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following members of The Progressive Corporation:
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” have been affirmed with a stable outlook for National Continental Insurance Company.
The Long-Term ICR of “a” and the following Long-Term IRs of The Progressive Corporation have been affirmed with stable outlooks:
The Progressive Corporation—
— “a” on $500 million 3.75% senior unsecured notes, due 2021
— “a” on $500 million 2.45% senior unsecured notes, due 2027
— “a” on $300 million 6.625% senior unsecured notes, due 2029
— “a” on $550 million 4.00% senior unsecured notes, due 2029
— “a” on $500 million 3.20% senior unsecured notes, due 2030
— “a” on $400 million 6.250% senior unsecured notes, due 2032
— “a” on $350 million 4.35% senior unsecured debentures, due 2044
— “a” on $400 million 3.7% senior unsecured notes, due 2045
— “a” on $850 million 4.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2047
— “a” on $600 million 4.2% senior unsecured notes, due 2048
— “a” on $500 million 3.95% senior unsecured notes, due 2050
— “bbb+” on $500 million 5.375% cumulative preferred stock
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