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Best’s News & Research Service - February 02, 2022 04:43 PM (EST)

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Cincinnati Financial Corporation and Most Subsidiaries

  • February 02, 2022 04:43 PM (EST)

Oldwick //BestWire// - AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa” (Superior) of the property/casualty (P/C) insurance subsidiaries of Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CFC). Concurrently, AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term ICR to “aa” (Superior) from “aa-” (Superior) and affirmed the FSR of A+ (Superior) of The Cincinnati Life Insurance Company (CLIC), which is now part of CFC as a life insurance subsidiary. The ratings of CFC’s subsidiaries have been extended to CLIC given the strategic importance of CLIC to CFC’s overall strategy. Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of CFC, the companies’ publicly traded parent. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. All companies except The Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Company (CSU) are domiciled in Fairfield, OH. CSU is domiciled in Delaware. (See below for a detailed listing of the P/C companies and Long-Term IRs.)

The ratings of CFC reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. CFC maintains the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), supported by consistently favorable reserve development, a comprehensive reinsurance program, favorable liquidity and financial flexibility. While stock holdings consist of dividend-paying stocks, which augment investment income, they expose surplus and risk-adjusted capitalization to equity market fluctuations; however, CFC has shown the ability to weather these fluctuations, AM Best believes capitalization will remain supportive of CFC’s ratings. Additionally, CFC, which is predominantly a property/casualty group of insurers that markets its products primarily through independent insurance agencies, has recorded underwriting profits in each year since 2012 and through the first three quarters of 2021. Overall, CFC’s operating metrics generally outperform its peers.

Although there remains uncertainty surrounding potential litigation and losses stemming from business interruption claims, losses from the pandemic have been manageable to date and CFC management has publicly stated that it believes that its policies do not cover business interruption losses from a pandemic. AM Best will continue to monitor this situation.

The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICR of “aa” (Superior) have been affirmed, each with a stable outlook, for The Cincinnati Insurance Company and its P/C subsidiaries:

  • The Cincinnati Indemnity Company

  • The Cincinnati Casualty Company

  • The Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Company

The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed, each with a stable outlook:

Cincinnati Financial Corporation—

— “a” (Excellent) on $28.0 million 6.90% senior unsecured debentures, due 2028

— “a” (Excellent) on $374 million 6.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2034

— “a” (Excellent) on $391 million 6.92% senior unsecured debentures, due 2028

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 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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