Ratings News

S&P Raises Ratings for Belgian Aviation Insurer Aviabel After AXIS Acquisition

S&P Global Ratings has raised its long-term counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Aviabel Cie. Belge d’Assurances Aviation to “A” from “A-“, following the completion of its acquisition on April 1 by AXIS Capital. Confirming a stable outlook for …

A.M. Best Upwardly Revises Outlooks for Employers and Subsidiaries in Nevada

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed, the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of Employers Insurance Group Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Co., …

A.M. Best Assigns ‘A’ Rating to Starr International (Europe) Ltd.

A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a” to UK-based Starr International (Europe) Ltd. (SIEL). The outlook assigned to each rating is stable. The ratings of SIEL reflect its excellent risk-adjusted …

Best Revises Lloyd’s Outlook to Stable from Positive on Difficult Business Conditions

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable from positive of Lloyd’s and Lloyd’s Insurance Co. (China) Ltd., while at the same time affirming their financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a+”. In …

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: Outlook Stable for Southern Pioneer Property and Casualty Insurance

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating of “bbb” of Southern Pioneer Property and Casualty Insurance Co. (Southern Pioneer) in Jonesboro, Ark. The …

S&P and Fitch Chop Britain’s ‘AAA’ Rating After Brexit Vote

Britain suffered further blows to its economic standing on Monday as two top ratings agencies downgraded its sovereign credit score, judging last week’s vote to leave the European Union would hurt its economy. Standard & Poor’s stripped Britain of its …

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) …

Ratings Downgrades for Members of California-based CSAA: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings to “a+” from “aa-” of the members of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based CSAA Insurance Group. CSAA is an American Automobile Association Inc. …

A.M. Best: Ratings of National Unity Insurance Downgraded, Withdrawn

A.M. Best reported it has both downgraded and withdrawn the ratings for National Unity Insurance Company (National Unity) in San Antonio, Texas. National Unity specializes domestic non-standard auto business, as well as  in insuring Mexican cars and commercial trucks traveling …