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AM Best Maintains Under Review With Negative Implications Status for Credit Ratings of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc.


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OLDWICK - MARCH 28, 2024 01:16 PM (EDT)
AM Best has maintained the under review with negative implications status for the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” (Good) of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. (FBMICA) (Little Rock, AR).

The Credit Ratings (ratings) were initially placed under review with negative implications on Sept. 14, 2023, following considerable deterioration in policyholders’ surplus and other key balance sheet strength metrics through the first half of 2023. This triggered a material reduction in FBMICA’s overall level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Following this, management communicated their intent to follow through with various proposed strategies, which were aimed at strengthening the capital position and ultimately improving the level of risk-adjusted capitalization and other key balance sheet strength measures.

The company continues to refine its capital management strategy. In the meantime, the company implemented a quota share reinsurance agreement for a portion of the business and is in the process of implementing significant rate increases and underwriting revisions. Through Dec. 31, 2023, operating results remained relatively in line with results posted through June 30, 2023, just prior to when the ratings were initially placed under review. For 2023, FBMICA has reported a policyholders’ surplus decline of over 35%.

The ratings will remain under review until the company executes its capital improvement strategies and AM Best can properly evaluate FBMICA’s rating fundamentals operationally and financially post-transaction. If the company does not implement these plans as anticipated, nor do the strategic actions facilitate material improvement in key balance sheet strength metrics, the ratings likely will be downgraded.

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000353 Farm Bureau Mutual Ins Co of Arkansas