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DECEMBER 17, 2020 09:09 AM (EST)

AM Best Revises Outlooks to Positive for PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company

 Maxwell Gilberg
Financial Analyst
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Michelle Baurkot
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Communications
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OLDWICK - DECEMBER 17, 2020 09:09 AM (EST)
AM Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating to B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb+”of PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company (PEMCO) (Seattle, WA).

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect PEMCO’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The revised outlooks to positive from stable for PEMCO reflect improvement in underwriting and operating performance in recent years. These improvements were driven by profitability initiatives, including agency management, rate increases and more stringent underwriting guidelines. Additionally, the loss and expense ratios now are in line with those of the private passenger home and auto composite due to PEMCO’s technology enhancements and improved performance. PEMCO’s very strong balance sheet is supported by risk-adjusted capital at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and moderate underwriting leverage measures, somewhat offset by adverse reserve development. The neutral business profile assessment reflects its long-standing market presence in the Pacific Northwest and multichannel distribution platform. AM Best considers PEMCO’s ERM to be appropriate for the risk profile of the organization.

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AMB# Company Name
002415 PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company