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The upgrading of the ICRs reflects both companies’ sustained underwriting and operating profitability, excellent risk-adjusted capitalization, adequate liquidity measures and management’s adherence to conservative reserving and investing practices. These actions also take into consideration the future benefits to be derived from both companies’ access to business produced by an affiliated wholesaler,
Although the outlook for all ratings is stable, potential rating triggers for positive rating movement exists over the long-term if both companies’ can continue to sustain better than average operating results, further utilize B&W to access profitable business opportunities and maintain strong levels of risk-adjusted capital. The potential triggers for downward ratings pressure could occur if both companies’ risk-adjusted capital and/or operating performance fall markedly short of A.M. Best’s expectations, including a significant deterioration in loss trends and/or any material changes to its present business strategy or distribution model.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Key criteria utilized include: “Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies”; “Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers”; and “Rating Members of Insurance Groups.” Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
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