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FEBRUARY 20, 2019 09:49 AM (EST)

AM Best Revises Under Review Status to Developing for Credit Ratings of California Capital Insurance Co. and Its Subsidiaries

 Samiksha Gupta
Financial Analyst
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Robert Raber
Associate Director
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - FEBRUARY 20, 2019 09:49 AM (EST)
AM Best has revised the implications of the under review status to developing from negative for the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of California Capital Insurance Company and its subsidiaries: Eagle West Insurance Company, Monterey Insurance Company and Nevada Capital Insurance Company (Reno, NV). These companies operate under an intercompany pooling arrangement, collectively referred to as Capital Insurance Group (Capital). All companies are domiciled in Monterey, CA, unless otherwise specified.

The revised implications follow the recent announcement that Capital will be acquired by Auto-Owners Insurance Group. The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to close by mid-year 2019.

The Credit Ratings (ratings) will remain under review pending the completion of the transaction and AM Best’s discussions with the company’s management. The developing implications are due primarily to the potential of positive rating factors that may result post-acquisition. AM Best will continue to hold discussions with Capital’s management throughout the process and will monitor the group’s risk-adjusted capitalization, operating performance, business profile and enterprise risk management.

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