A.M. Best ratings News

A.M. Best’s ‘A-‘ Rating Not as Good as It Seems: Fitch

Fitch Ratings this week warned that users of insurance ratings from four large credit rating agencies (CRAs) fail to understand differences in the rating scales – differences that separate A.M. Best from the rest of that pack. Specifically, Fitch said …

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Markel Int’l & Lloyd’s Syndicate 3000

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength ratings of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of “a+” of UK-based Markel International Insurance Co. Ltd. (MIICL) and Lloyd’s Syndicate 3000. The outlook for each of MIICL’s ratings remains stable and the outlook for each …

A.M. Best Removes Ironshore from ‘Under Review’ Status

A.M. Best has changed its mind about Ironshore, removing the Bermuda-based specialty insurer from its status as “under review with negative implications.” A year after initially taking action, the ratings agency has affirmed the financial strength ratings of “A” (Excellent) …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook for Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. in Jackson, Miss. The rating actions reflect …

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Beazley’s Lloyd’s Syndicates & US Insurer

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of “a+” of Beazley’s Lloyd’s Syndicates Syndicates 2623, 623, 3623 and 3622. The outlook for all ratings remains positive. A.M. Best also has affirmed …

Best Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook for W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe)

A.M. Best has revised the issuer credit rating (ICR) outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the ICR of “a+” of W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd. (WRBIEL). The outlook for the …

A.M. Best Downgrades Ratings of China’s Hyundai Insurance After Tianjin Blast

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B++ (Good) from A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “bbb” from “a-” of Hyundai Insurance (China) Co. Ltd., or HIC. Following these actions, the ratings remain under review with negative implications. …

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. Ratings Downgraded a Notch

New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company’s stellar financial strength rating has been downgraded a notch by A.M. Best, based on concerns about its underwriting and operating performance. The workers’ compensation and commercial auto insurer now has a financial strength rating of …

Zurich’s Ratings Remain Unchanged Despite Projected Q4 2015 Losses: A.M. Best

The financial strength rating of A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit rating of “aa-” of Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd. (ZIC) and its rated affiliates are unchanged, following Zurich Insurance Group’s preliminary update on the performance of its general insurance business, …

Ratings of Pennsylvania-Based ARI Mutual Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B (Fair) from B+ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “bb” from “bbb-” of ARI Mutual Insurance Company based in Newtown, Pennsylvania. A.M. Best also has maintained the under review …