A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength ratings (FSR) of “A” (Excellent) and assigned issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” to the Unitrin Property and Casualty Insurance Group (Unitrin) (Dallas, TX). The FSR outlook has been revised to stable from negative, and the ICRs have been assigned a stable outlook.
A.M. Best has also affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and assigned ICRs of “a” to United Insurance Company of America (UICA) (Chicago, IL), Union National Life Insurance Company (Baton Rouge, LA) and The Reliable Life Insurance Company (Webster Groves, MO), the three career agent life/health insurance companies of Unitrin, Inc. (Chicago, IL) (NYSE: UTR – News). The FSR outlook has been revised to stable from negative, and the ICRs have been assigned a stable outlook.
Additionally, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and assigned an ICR of “a-” to Reserve National Insurance Company (RNIC) (Oklahoma City, OK), Unitrin, Inc.’s independent agent life/health insurance company. The rating outlook is stable. A.M. Best has also affirmed the ICR of “bbb” of Unitrin, Inc. The outlook has been revised to stable from negative. In addition, A.M. Best has upgraded the FSRs to A (Excellent) from B++ (Very Good) and has assigned ICRs of “a” to Old Reliable Casualty Company (St. Louis, MO) and Capitol County Mutual Fire Insurance Company (Texas). Both ratings have a stable outlook.
Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the ratings on Unitrin, Inc.’s outstanding senior notes and revised the outlook to stable from negative and has assigned indicative ratings to Unitrin, Inc.’s $300 million shelf registration. The outlook for these ratings is stable.
Unitrin’s ratings reflect its strong capitalization, improved underwriting performance and balanced book of business among personal and commercial lines. Unitrin’s positive rating attributes are the result of a diversified product offering, strong regional market presence, long-standing independent agency relationships and the benefits derived from prudent catastrophe exposure management.
The ratings also acknowledge that management’s actions to improve profitability, which have included implementation of rate increases, geographical diversification and the re-underwriting of select books of business, have resulted in improved operating results in recent years. Also, Unitrin benefits from the financial flexibility and operational support of its publicly-traded parent, Unitrin, Inc. A.M. Best believes the group’s financial leverage (approximately 19% at year-end 2005) is prudent, and interest coverage is strong and sustainable.
The stable outlook is reflective of Unitrin’s improved operating performance in recent years and the successful assimilation of the business acquired from Kemper.
Source: A.M. Best Co.