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Best’s News & Research Service - August 31, 2023 01:41 PM (EDT)

AM Best Maintains Under Review With Negative Implications Status for Credit Ratings of WT Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiary

  • August 31, 2023 01:41 PM (EDT)
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Oldwick //BestWire// - AM Best has maintained the under review with negative implications status for the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” (Excellent) of Stillwater Insurance Company (SIC) (Santa Barbara, CA) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Stillwater Property and Casualty Insurance Company (SPAC) (Jericho, NY). These companies are collectively known as Stillwater Insurance Group (Stillwater). Concurrently, AM Best has maintained the under review with negative implications status for the Long-Term ICR of “bbb-¬” (Good) of WT Holdings, Inc. (Memphis, TN). Stillwater is ultimately owned by WT Holdings, Inc. At the same time, AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” (Excellent) of Evergreen National Indemnity Company (Evergreen) (Independence, OH), a separately rated subsidiary of Stillwater.

The ratings for Stillwater and WT Holdings, Inc. will remain under review with negative implications while management continues to explore capital management strategies and other options to increase overall risk-adjusted capitalization and strengthen balance sheet metrics at Stillwater. The proceeds from management’s capital initiatives will be used to recapitalize Stillwater and reduce the financial leverage at the holding company. In addition, AM Best has placed the ratings for Evergreen under review with negative implications on a stand-alone basis, Evergreen’s results have been substantially profitable and consistent. Evergreen’s combined ratio has averaged 83.5% for the past five years and the 2022 year ended with a combined ratio of 86.6%. The ratings are under review only as they relate to Stillwater’s 30% ownership of Evergreen. The ratings will remain under review until AM Best can fully analyze the impact of management’s plans. If these actions do not sufficiently improve balance sheet metrics, overall risk-adjusted capitalization and reduce financial leverage at the holding company the ratings will most likely be downgraded.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Performance Assessments, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City.

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