DECEMBER 12, 2012 12:00 AM (EST)
A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to American Millennium Insurance Company
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK, N.J. - DECEMBER 12, 2012 12:00 AM (EST)
A.M. Best Co. has assigned a financial strength rating (FSR) of B+ (Good) and an issuer credit rating (ICR) of bbb- to American Millennium Insurance Company (AMIC) (Bridgewater, NJ). The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable.
The ratings of AMIC reflect its good risk-adjusted capitalization, strong projected operating performance, adequate liquidity position, expanded risk management strategy and practices, conservative investment strategy and its management teams extended experience in the industry. The ratings also recognize the company's presence in a unique market.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are AMICs limited geographic footprint and the inherent risk associated with commercial auto writing policies covering taxi, truck and limousine liability coverages. These remain the main risk factor as the company seeks to achieve the targets set in its projections. These risks, however, have been mitigated to some extent by AMIC planning to expand its geographic presence, adhering to strict underwriting and risk management guidelines and continuously monitoring the performance of each line of business and strong risk mitigation practices.
AMIC is organized under the insurance laws of the State of New Jersey, where it commenced business in December 2001. AMIC is now a specialty writer that has focused on writing small, niche program business and other small risks, primarily focused on commercial automobile (taxi, limo, short-haul trucking), auto physical damage and authorized workers compensation. On October 20, 2011, Citadel Reinsurance Company Limited (which currently has an FSR of A- [Excellent] and an ICR of a-, and has a stable outlook), acquired 100% of AMICs outstanding stock through its Delaware holding company, Citadel Risk Holdings, in a transaction approved by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.
A.M. Best views AMICs management and corporate strategy as a strength to the ratings, given the conservative risk limits on its underwriting, operational goals and transparency. A.M. Best views the companys risk management practices as strong given its impact on conservative risk culture, defined risk controls and optimizing its capital and surplus.
A.M. Best expects future operating performance to be stable, but strong, and the stable earnings profile should further support the company to control its growth and business writing, which is consistent with its capital and surplus position.
AMIC's ratings and outlook are not expected to be upgraded within the next 12-24 months as its operating performance and capital position already have been considered in the rating process. A.M. Best could downgrade the ratings and/or revise the outlook if AMICs Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) score declines, operating performance and risk profile deteriorate, insured losses deplete capital, or significant changes and turnover occur in the management team and/or risk management controls and tolerances.
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The methodology used in determining these ratings is Bests Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Bests rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Key criteria utilized include: Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies; Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers; and Alternative Risk Transfer (ART). Bests Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
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