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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 02:10 PM (EDT)
AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” (Excellent) to Life Alliance Reassurance Corporation (LARC) (Honolulu, HI). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” (Excellent) for AAA Life Insurance Company (AAA Life) (Livonia, MI), AAA Life Insurance Company of New York (Harrison, NY) and the companies affiliated with AAA Life. All entities, including LARC, collectively are referred to as the AAA Life Group. The outlook of these ratings is stable. See below for a detailed listing of affiliated reinsurers.
The ratings reflect AAA Life Group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also consider rating enhancement from Auto Club Enterprises Insurance Group (auto club), based in Southern California.
LARC is considered part of the AAA Life Group rating unit based on its role and importance to the group’s strategy, shared day-to-day operations and financial support provided through a quota share reinsurance treaty and capital contribution.
AAA Life Group’s ratings reflect the strong brand name recognition of American Automobile Association, Inc., as well as access to its large membership base, diversified distribution and risk-adjusted capitalization that is at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The group’s investment portfolio is of good credit quality, with holdings predominantly in bonds and minimal holdings in stocks, mortgages and BA assets.
AAA Life’s direct written premiums continue to trend upward, mostly as a result of its direct mail with diversified product offerings. Over recent years, the group generated pre-tax statutory operating losses driven by continued pressure from new business strain, adverse mortality and low interest rates. However, as evidenced by the improved performance so far in 2022, AM Best expects statutory earnings to trend positively over the near to medium term.
AAA Life underwrites all new insurance business and reinsures it on a coinsurance basis to designated members of AAA Life Group, as contracted by shareholder and management agreements. AAA Life manages the full administration, investment and insurance operations of all affiliated reinsurers. As a result, AM Best considers that all members of AAA Life Group operate as a group. However, due to the nature of the existing ownership structure and business arrangement, AAA Life does not have a majority ownership, nor does it retain board control of the reinsurance members of the AAA Life Group.
AAA Life Group receives rating enhancement, due to its strategic importance to the auto club owners as evidenced by historical capital contributions, enabling AAA Life Group to fund its new business growth. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are the impact of new business strain, which includes the Regulation XXX and principle-based statutory reserve impacts on earnings, and an elevated number of below-investment-grade holdings compared with the industry average.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” (Excellent) have been affirmed with a stable outlook for the following affiliated reinsurers of AAA Life Insurance Company:
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