Press Release - FEBRUARY 03, 2016

A.M. Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of ARAG Insurance Company

 Robert Valenta
Senior Financial Analyst
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5291

Raymond Thomson, ARe, ARM
Senior Financial Analyst
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5621

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5159

Jim Peavy
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5644


A.M. Best has upgraded the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) of ARAG Insurance Company (ARAG) (Des Moines, IA). The outlook for the ICR has been revised to stable from positive, while the outlook for the FSR remains stable.

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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AMB# Company Name
010790 ARAG Insurance Company