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A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange


Edward J. Zonenberg
Senior Financial Analyst
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Sharon Pereira Marks
Senior Financial Analyst
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - NOVEMBER 28, 2018 11:03 AM (EST)
A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to B++ (Good) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bbb” from “bbb-” of Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange (THIE) (Austin, TX). The outlook of the FSR has been revised to stable from positive, while the outlook of the Long-Term ICR remains positive.

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect THIE’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The rating upgrades reflect A.M. Best’s opinion that THIE’s management has taken significant actions toward implementing an ERM framework that is viewed as appropriate for the company’s risk profile. In addition to implementing risk mitigation strategies that address tail-risk events related to potential man-made catastrophes, the company’s adequate ERM also reflects its continued strong operating and underwriting performance over time and through market cycles.

The adequate balance sheet strength assessment reflects THIE’s strongest risk-adjusted capitalization, history of organic surplus growth and favorable loss reserve development, partially offset by its limited scale and financial flexibility. In addition, a significant percentage of policyholders’ surplus pertains to subscriber savings, which are earmarked to be repaid to the company’s members, beginning five years after a subscriber leaves THIE.

In A.M. Best’s opinion, the quality of THIE’s capital is diminished by the subscriber savings. While THIE’s balance sheet strength is categorized currently as adequate, anticipated balance sheet strengthening through continued strong operating results over a period of time is the primary driver behind the positive outlooks.

Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is THIE’s limited business profile and narrow spread of risk, with a primary focus on writing workers’ compensation and medical professional liability (MPL) insurance for small rural hospitals in Texas.

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003650 Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange