FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - NOVEMBER 22, 2016 02:38 PM (EST)
A.M. Best has downgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “ccc” from “ccc+” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of C (Weak) of United Automobile Insurance Company (UAIC) (Miami Gardens, FL). The outlook of the FSR was revised to negative from stable while the outlook of the Long-Term ICR remains negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings at the request of the company to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.
The downgrade of UAIC’s Long-Term ICR reflects the company’s continuing deterioration in earnings and risk-adjusted capitalization, as well as the decline in policyholders’ surplus. Over the latest five-year period, UAIC reported cumulative underwriting and operating losses that resulted in negative pre-tax returns on revenue, and combined and operating ratios that compared unfavorably with the non-standard auto composite. Significant reserve strengthening occurred in most of the past five years, related to the personal injury protection (PIP) line in Florida and to adverse loss reserve development from its Texas operations. Furthermore, the company’s elevated net underwriting leverage, limited product offering and geographic concentration has exposed the company’s policyholders’ surplus to unfavorable judicial actions and regulatory actions.
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