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DECEMBER 16, 2022 08:53 AM (EST)

AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Worth Insurance Company; Affirms Ratings of Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company

 Brian O’Larte
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Richard Attanasio
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Christopher Sharkey
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Al Slavin
Senior Public Relations Specialist
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OLDWICK - DECEMBER 16, 2022 08:53 AM (EST)
AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” (Excellent) to Worth Insurance Company (Worth). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” (Excellent) of Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company (Agri Workers). The outlook of these ratings is negative. Both companies are domiciled in Fort Worth, TX and collectively referred to as AgWorkers Insurance Group (the group).

The ratings of Worth reflect its role as a member of the group and the explicit support provided to Worth through the implementation of a 100% quota share agreement with Agri Workers.

The ratings reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The negative outlooks reflect key metrics of balance sheet strength that compare unfavorably over the past five years with its peer group with a similar balance sheet strength assessment. Such metrics include (but are not limited to) policyholders’ surplus growth, underwriting leverage and loss reserve development trends.

The group has reported deterioration in risk-adjusted capitalization driven by declines in policyholder surplus resulting from underwriting losses in prior years. Further, the payment structure of policyholder dividends has had a suppressive effect on policyholders’ surplus growth over the longer term. The group has made some recent changes to the dividend payment parameters, which may mitigate the negative impact on capital growth. In addition, recently implemented re-underwriting initiatives along with rate increases may further stabilize operating performance trends. While improvement was noted through the first nine months of 2022, sustainability of these trends is required. The group’s limited business profile is driven largely by its product focus concentrated geographically in Texas, which exposes results to frequent and severe weather-related events, as well as potential judicial, economic, competitive, and regulatory challenges. AM Best assesses the group’s ERM as appropriate, as its risk management capabilities are aligned with the complexity of the business and group’s risk profile.

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