Press Release - FEBRUARY 03, 2016
A.M. Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of ARAG Insurance Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - FEBRUARY 03, 2016
The upgrade reflects ARAG’s superior risk-adjusted capitalization and consistently strong operating performance driven by profitable underwriting, as well as the company’s expertise in providing coverages within the group legal expense market and relatively predictable claims development patterns. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are ARAG’s heightened business risk as a mono-line carrier with its five largest policyholders accounting for a large portion of total premiums earned, and high annual dividend payments to its parent company, ARAG North America, Incorporated.
The stable outlook reflects A.M. Best’s expectation that ARAG’s underwriting results will remain strong over the near term and that risk-adjusted capitalization will continue to support its risk profile.
A.M. Best believes upward rating movement at this point is unlikely. The rating is primarily driven by the company’s history of long-term stability in its operating performance and business profile, as well as its superior risk-adjusted capitalization. If a material change were to occur in these metrics, there is a reasonable chance that it could cause a negative rating action.
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