A.M. Best Co. News

Best Establishes Latin American Subsidiary Based in Mexico City

A.M. Best Co. announced the incorporation of its new subsidiary, A.M. Best América Latina, S.A. de C.V. The new office will be located in the financial district of Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 412 and will service Central …

P/C Insurers Face Challenge to Match 2013 Results in 2014

The U.S. property/casualty insurance industry reported strong performance in 2013, but in 2014, the industry may find it difficult to match last year’s results as insurers begin to face more headwinds, according to executives who spoke at the Insurance Information …

A.M. Best Revises Ohio’s Buckeye Outlook to Negative

A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to negative from stable of Piqua, Ohio-based Buckeye State Mutual Insurance Co. and its insurance affiliates. The ratings firm also affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) and issuer credit ratings of …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for Grange Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

A.M. Best Co. said it has revised the outlook to “negative” from “stable” and affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) and issuer credit rating of “bbb-” of Grange Mutual Fire Insurance Company(Troy, Penn.). A.M. Best said the revised …

Virginia Farm Bureau Ratings Downgraded by A.M. Best

A.M. Best Co. said Wednesday it has downgraded the financial strength rating of Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. in Richmond, Va., and its subsidiaries to B++ (Good) from A- (Excellent). Additionally, Oldwick, N.J.-based ratings agency A.M. Best said the …

A.M. Best Downgrades Rating of LEMIC Insurance Co.

A.M. Best Co. announced it has downgraded the financial strength rating to B (Fair) from B+ (Good) and issuer credit rating to “bb” from “bbb-” of workers’ compensation insurer LEMIC Insurance Co. (LEMIC) of Baton Rouge, La. Both ratings have …

A.M. Best Downgrades Madison Mutual Insurance Co.

A.M. Best Co. announced it has downgraded the financial strength rating to B++ (Good) from A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating to “bbb+” from “a-” of Madison Mutual Insurance Co. (Madison Mutual), in Edwardsville, Ill. The outlook for both ratings …

Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange Rating Upgraded

A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-“ of Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange (FREIE or the Exchange) in Lenexa, Kan. The outlook for both …

A.M. Best: Outlook Negative for Columbia Mutual Insurance Co.

A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a-” of Columbia Mutual Insurance Co. (Columbia), Columbia, Mo., and its insurance subsidiaries. …

Ratings Assigned to Bearing Midwest Casualty, Horizon Midwest Casualty

A.M. Best Co. has assigned a financial strength rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” to Bearing Midwest Casualty Co. (Bearing) and Horizon Midwest Casualty Co. (Horizon). The outlook assigned to these ratings is stable. Concurrently, …