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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 03:58 PM (EDT)
AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B+ (Good) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb-” (Good) from “bbb+” (Good) of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. (FBMICA) (Little Rock, AR). Concurrently, The Credit Ratings (ratings) have been placed under review with negative implications.
The ratings reflect FBMICA’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM).
The rating downgrades consider significant deterioration in FBMICA’s key balance sheet strength metrics through June 30, 2023, as evidenced by a 37.6% reduction in policyholders’ surplus, which has impacted the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization levels adversely. The decline was driven primarily by a higher frequency of severe weather-related events, particularly in the month of June and primarily in the form of wind/hail and tornado events. Management has continued to focus on improving rate adequacy and appropriately managing its exposures, and in response to current trends, has non-renewed unfavorable risks to refine its book of business, increased deductibles, and will be implementing actual cash value policies on certain exposures. However, given ongoing volatility over the past five-year period, the efficacy of the risk management program has come into question and the ERM assessment was lowered to marginal from appropriate.
Further, FBMICA’s ratings are under review with negative implications, pending the successful execution of various capital management efforts. Over the near term, AM Best expects that the company will move forward in pursuit of one or more strategies that are currently under consideration by management, which are anticipated to improve risk-adjusted capitalization levels. However, if these efforts are not successful and/or do not facilitate material improvement, the ratings may be downgraded further.
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