Press Release - AUGUST 09, 2018
A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Members of Standard Insurance Group and Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Ltd.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - AUGUST 09, 2018
Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” of Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Ltd. (Pacific Guardian) (Honolulu, HI). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. The Standard and Pacific Guardian are the U.S. insurance subsidiaries of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company (Meiji Yasuda).
The ratings of The Standard reflect its balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The Standard maintains strong market positions in its core employee benefit and individual disability markets, further benefiting from the diversification into its asset management business segments. These markets are viewed as highly competitive, but the organization has maintained favorable premium growth trends and consistently favorable earnings on Statutory and U.S. GAAP basis. Risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is assessed as adequate; however, growth in total capital has been constrained by dividends to StanCorp Financial. Additionally, A.M. Best views The Standard’s investment portfolio as higher risk due to the high allocation to commercial mortgage loans, and concerns regarding the geographic concentration and liquidity risk. However, A.M. Best notes The Standard’s expertise and long-term performance in this asset class.
The ratings of Pacific Guardian reflect its balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM.
Pacific Guardian maintains a leading market position in Hawaii’s temporary disability income market; however, the company has been challenged to grow premiums in its other business lines and outside of Hawaii. The company has reported consistent profitability, although recent earnings have been impacted by increased investment in technology. Total capital has reported modest declines due to dividends to Meiji Yasuda; however, risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by BCAR, is assessed as strongest in support of its insurance and investment risks.
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