AM Best Removes from Under Review with Negative Implications and Downgrades Credit Ratings of Arizona Automobile Insurance Company; Affirms Credit Ratings of Alfa Mutual Insurance Company
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AM Best has removed from under review with negative implications and downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A (Excellent) from A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a” (Excellent) from “aa-” (Superior) of Arizona Automobile Insurance Company (AAIC) (Phoenix, AZ). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) of Alfa Mutual Insurance Company (Alfa) and its remaining members of the Alfa Insurance Group (Alfa group). (See below for a detailed list of these companies and ratings). At the same time, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) of Alfa Life Insurance Corporation (Alfa Life). The outlook of these ratings is stable. All companies are headquartered in Montgomery, AL.
AAIC was acquired by Trexis One Insurance Corporation, which is a member of the Alfa group. AAIC is fully integrated into Alfa’s strategic plans and markets non-standard automobile insurance for the Alfa group primarily in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. The ratings downgrade of AAIC reflects the rating differential between the former and current ownership, with the company becoming a member of the Alfa group, effective March 1, 2022.
The ratings of Alfa reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its marginal operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). Alfa primarily underwrites a mix of personal automobile, personal property, business insurance and specialty insurance in its three core states of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The company also underwrites non-standard automobile coverage in 13 states.
The ratings of Alfa Life reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate ERM. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alfa and distributes life insurance products primarily in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) have been affirmed for the following members of Alfa Insurance Group:
Alfa Mutual Insurance Company
Alfa Mutual Fire Insurance Company
Alfa Mutual General Insurance Company
Alfa General Insurance Corporation
Alfa Insurance Corporation
Trexis Insurance Corporation
Trexis One Insurance Corporation
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