MAY 27, 2021 10:13 AM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of American Family Mutual Insurance Co., S.I., Its Affiliates and American Family Life Ins. Co.
|Joni Cerbone, CPA|
Senior Financial Analyst
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OLDWICK - MAY 27, 2021 10:13 AM (EDT)
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 of “bbb+” (Good) of the $70 million 7.25% 20-year surplus notes of affiliate, NGM Insurance Company (Jacksonville, FL). 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 these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings.)
The ratings of American Family reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, 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 strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), as well as management’s historical commitment to surplus preservation and growth. Investment income continues to drive the company’s consistent operating performance, as underwriting results improve and continue to return to more favorable historic norms. 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.
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. The ratings also reflect support the company receives from its parent, American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.
AFLIC paid $870 million in dividends to American Family over the past three years; however, its risk-adjusted capitalization remains at the strongest level. AFLIC has shown consistent profitability on an operating level and a net income level.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a+” (Excellent) have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following affiliates of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.:
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