MAY 14, 2020 03:36 PM (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 |
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - MAY 14, 2020 03:36 PM (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+” 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+” to 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+” 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 categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
American Family’s balance sheet strength assessment is derived from its risk-based capitalization also being at the strongest level, as well as from historically consistent surplus growth and favorable reserving. Operating performance has been driven by consistent investment income, realized capital gains and fee income partially offset by underwriting losses. Underwriting results have improved year-over-year and are expected to return to more favorable historical norms, as the group recognizes improvements from rate changes and expense management. In addition, the organization’s growing geographic, product and distribution mix further support the business profile assessment following the merger with Main Street America Group and acquisition of Connect Auto & Home (formerly Ameriprise Auto & Home).
The ratings of AFLIC reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes 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 Insurance Mutual Holding Company.
AFLIC paid $570 million in dividends to American Family in 2018 and 2019, but its balance sheet remained in line with AM Best’s assessment. Future dividend activity may impact AM Best’s assessment negatively. AFLIC has a long-term trend of steady, positive earnings.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a+” have been affirmed with a stable outlook for the following affiliates of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.:
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