Best’s News & Research Service - October 05, 2023 12:12 PM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Rating of American Family Mutual Insurance Co., S.I., Its Affiliates and American Family Life Ins. Co.
- October 05, 2023 12:12 PM (EDT)
Oldwick //BestWire// - AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICRs) of “a+” (Excellent) of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. (American Family) (Madison, WI) and its affiliates. In addition, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “a-” (Excellent) of the $70 million, 7.25%, 20-year surplus notes of NGM Insurance Company (Jacksonville, FL), an American Family affiliate. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” (Excellent) of American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLIC) (Madison, WI). The outlook of the FSR is stable while the outlook of the Long-Term ICRs and Long-Term IR is negative. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and Credit Ratings [ratings].)
The ratings of American Family reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The ratings are supported by American Family’s risk-adjusted capitalization, which AM Best considers to be at the very strong level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Investment income continues to drive the company’s operating performance, as underwriting results continue to be volatile. Underwriting results have been impacted by catastrophe losses due to severe weather events in the Midwest in recent years, particularly where the company has a large market share, and combined ratios are pressured by rising indemnity costs. Results also have been significantly impacted by economic volatility and inflation. The company continues to address the challenging economic trends through significant rate increases along with other extensive underwriting actions. American Family is a multi-state, multi-line writer. Its product mix, distribution channels and geographic mix have become more diverse through mergers and acquisitions activity over the past decade, which further supports the business profile assessment.
Continuation of the negative Long-Term ICR outlook for American Family reflects the significant earnings deterioration in 2022, which continued through the first half of 2023. The earnings deterioration and challenging macro-economic trends also have resulted in significantly reduced capital levels.
The ratings of AFLIC reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate ERM.
AFLIC’s risk-adjusted capitalization remains at the strongest level, as measured by BCAR. AFLIC has shown consistent profitability on operating and net income levels. Overall operating results have supported a stockholder dividend in most years.
Continuation of the negative Long-Term ICR outlook for AFLIC primarily reflects the overall business structure of the members of American Family. As AFLIC has a strong association with the property/casualty operations and currently receives lift from the lead rating unit, any change in the rating assigned to American Family will have a corresponding effect on AFLIC’s ratings.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a+” (Excellent) have been affirmed, the outlook for the FSR is stable while the outlook for the Long-Term ICRs is negative for the following affiliates of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.:
- American Family Insurance Company
- American Family Connect Insurance Company
- American Family Connect Property and Casualty Insurance Company
- American Standard Insurance Company of Ohio
- American Standard Insurance Company of Wisconsin
- Austin Mutual Insurance Company
- The General Automobile Insurance Company, Inc.
- Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company
- Homesite Indemnity Company
- Homesite Insurance Company of California
- Homesite Insurance Company of Florida
- Homesite Insurance Company of Georgia
- Homesite Insurance Company of Illinois
- Homesite Insurance Company of New York
- Homesite Insurance Company of the Midwest
- Homesite Insurance Company
- Homesite Lloyd’s of Texas
- Main Street America Assurance Company
- Main Street America Protection Insurance Company
- Midvale Indemnity Company
- MSA Insurance Company
- NGM Insurance Company
- Old Dominion Insurance Company
- Permanent General Assurance Corporation of Ohio
- Permanent General Assurance Corporation
- Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company
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.
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