FEBRUARY 05, 2020 11:40 AM (EST)
AM Best Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook to Positive for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Ins Co and Subsidiary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - FEBRUARY 05, 2020 11:40 AM (EST)
AM Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and Long-Term ICR of “bbb” for the members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Group: Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, AgSecurity Insurance Company, collectively referred to as Oklahoma Farm Bureau. The outlook of the FSR remains stable. All companies are domiciled in Oklahoma City, OK.
These Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The revision of the Long-Term ICR outlook to positive reflects the group’s continued improvement in balance sheet strength, and anticipated improvement in its current assessment level of strong. The group has reduced the volatility in its surplus growth in recent years, despite the continued principal repayment of its surplus note obligations. This reduced volatility stems from Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s improved underwriting results and reinsurance program. Additionally, the group continues to reduce its underwriting leverage ratios, which have recently begun to track more closely with composite averages.
The group’s improvement stems from corrective actions implemented in prior years following a series of elevated catastrophic events. The group responded by improving underwriting guidelines, increasing segmentation and strengthening its reinsurance program with added coverages. Since those corrective actions were implemented, the group has generated stable earnings and improved its capital position. While favorable weather trends have occurred in a number of the recent years, Oklahoma Farm Bureau experienced record weather activity in 2019 and still produced favorable returns, which support risk management and exposure initiatives. As these trends continue, AM Best anticipates that the group will continue to improve its balance sheet strength.
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