AM Best

NOVEMBER 22, 2010 08:00 AM (EST)

A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Oil Casualty Insurance, Ltd

 Thomas Herriger
Senior Financial Analyst
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5375

Steven Chirico, CPA
Assistant Vice President
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5087
Rachelle Morrow
Senior Manager, Public Relations
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5378

Jim Peavy
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5644


OLDWICK, N.J. - NOVEMBER 22, 2010 08:00 AM (EST)
A.M. Best Co. has assigned a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of "a-" to Oil Casualty Insurance, Ltd (OCIL) (Pembroke, Bermuda). The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable.

OCIL's ratings reflect its superior capitalization, balance sheet strength, generally profitable operating performance and the role it plays as an insurance company dedicated to providing excess general liability insurance programs to its member companies and participants in the energy industry. Partially offsetting these positive factors is that the source of OCIL's business is limited to hazards, with the potential for a substantial loss for its insureds and, consequently, for the enterprise.

OCIL writes excess general liability insurance throughout the United States and throughout the world.

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