Best’s News & Research Service - December 03, 2021 08:34 AM (EST)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of First Colonial Insurance Company
- December 03, 2021 08:34 AM (EST)
Oldwick //BestWire// - AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” (Excellent) of First Colonial Insurance Company (First Colonial) (Jacksonville, FL). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect First Colonial’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its weak operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
First Colonial’s very strong balance sheet is anchored by its strongest risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’ Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and its effectively managed investment portfolio. Partially offsetting these factors is First Colonial’s substantial dependence on reinsurance, which is inherent of its business strategy as a distributor of automobile warranty and protection products. The company’s weak operating performance reflects historical volatility and negative trends in underwriting results tied to certain lines of business. First Colonial has taken numerous actions to regain profitability, this coupled with a trend of higher vehicle residual values, has resulted in improved operating results in the past few years. AM Best notes that the company continues to supplement its core product income with a suite of ancillary product offerings, and from fee income from affiliate companies within the Allstate Dealer Services Group. First Colonial’s ratings also benefit from the explicit and implicit support provided by The Allstate Corporation (AllCorp), its ultimate parent. As a subsidiary of AllCorp, First Colonial benefits from its expansive market presence and brand-name recognition.
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