Best’s News & Research Service - April 14, 2023 10:13 AM (EDT)
AM Best Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook to Negative for Members of Auto Club Enterprises Group
- April 14, 2023 10:13 AM (EDT)
Oldwick //BestWire// - AM Best has revised the outlook to negative from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR), and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICR of “aa” (Superior) for the members of Auto Club Enterprises Insurance Group (collectively referred to as ACE) (headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA). The outlook of the FSR is stable. See below for a detailed list of companies.
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect ACE’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile, and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The negative Long-Term ICR outlook reflects the recent deterioration in the group’s operating performance, including elevated combined ratios both pre- and post-dividend, resulting from increased claim frequency and severity caused largely by inflationary trends. Further, the group has a large concentration in California, where the regulatory environment continues to be challenging, particularly with respect to raising policy premium rates.
AM Best notes that ACE has implemented detailed strategic initiatives to restore underwriting profitability that includes both rate and non-rate actions. The group was recently granted a 6.9% increase for California automobile policies and plans to submit further rate increase requests as needed. AM Best expects the group’s earnings to improve year-over-year but understands that it may take additional time to return to profitability.
The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICR of “aa” (Superior) have been affirmed, with the outlook of the Long-Term ICRs revised to negative from stable, while the outlook of the FSR is stable, for the following members of Auto Club Enterprises Insurance Group:
- Auto Club Casualty Company
- Auto Club County Mutual Insurance Company
- Auto Club Family Insurance Company
- Auto Club Indemnity Company
- Automobile Club Inter-Insurance Exchange
- Interinsurance Exchange of the Auto Club
- Motor Club Insurance Company
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