A.M. Best News

Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. Ratings Downgraded, Withdrawn

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-” from “bb” of Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. (EMIC) in Hortonville, Wis. The outlook for both ratings remains negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best …

Purchase Brings Ratings Review of Louisiana’s Imperial Fire and Casualty

A.M. Best has placed under review with positive implications the financial strength rating (FSR) of B+ (Good) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bbb-” of Imperial Fire and Casualty Insurance Company (Imperial) of Opelousas, La. The under review with positive implications …

Deemed Insolvent, Ratings of Interstate Bankers Casualty Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to E (Regulatory Supervision) from C- (Weak) and the issuer credit rating to “rs” from “cc” of Interstate Bankers Casualty Co. (Interstate Bankers) of Chicago, Ill. The rating actions reflect Interstate Bankers being placed under …

Best Upgrades Travelers and Most Subs Ratings; Outlooks Stable

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to ‘A++’ (Superior) from ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “aa+” from “aa” of the property/casualty subsidiaries of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV), also known as Travelers Group, …

Best Downgrades Tower Group International and Subs Ratings

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength ratings (FSR) to ‘C++’ (Marginal) from ‘B’ (Fair) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “b” from “bb” of the pooled and reinsured members of the Tower US Pool and Bermuda-based CastlePoint Reinsurance Company, …

Best Revises Insurance Holding Company and Debt Ratings: Companies Affected

A.M. Best announced that it has made some revisions to the criteria it uses in constructing its ratings reports, which will “provide clarification on several issues related to the rating of an insurance company’s debt, including A.M. Best’s approach to …

Outlook Revised to Negative for Badger Mutual Insurance; A- Rating Affirmed

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of Badger Mutual Insurance Company (Badger Mutual), of Milwaukee, Wis. The revised outlook reflects Badger …

Best Reports Competition, Top-Line Growth Affected Saudi Insurers in 2013

A report from A.M. Best notes that “Saudi Arabia’s insurance market remains one of the main markets within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with premiums expected to surpass the United Arab Emirates over the next five years.   “The insurance …

XL Group to Sell Life Re Sub for $570 Million; Best Sees No Rating Change

XL Group plc announced that XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary, XL Life Reinsurance (SAC) Ltd (XLLR), to GreyCastle Holdings Ltd. for $570 million in cash. The bulletin indicated that on …

Springfield Insurance Co. in California Downgraded by A.M. Best

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating of Calif.-based Springfield Insurance Co., a carrier focused on workers’ compensation. The financial strength downgrade was to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating was dropped to “bb-” from …