AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company
AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to "a" from "a-" of Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company (Chesapeake) (Towson, MD). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.
The ratings reflect Chesapeake's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The rating upgrades reflect Chesapeake's continued strengthening of its balance sheet, which is supported by the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), strong liquidity metrics and low underwriting leverage. Chesapeake has a five-year compound annual surplus growth rate of 17.4%, organically growing surplus year over year through underwriting and investment income. The company's balance sheet is supported further by loss reserves, which have developed favorably on an accident and calendar-year basis in each of the past ten years. Chesapeake's underwriting and operating performance is similar to those of the workers' compensation (WC) composite with results steadily improving, despite management's guarded expectations as they anticipate further rate decreases in the WC line of business. While Chesapeake is limited to writing WC in Maryland, its business profile assessment reflects its importance in the state, as evidenced by its market share, which has been over 20% for the past five years. Chesapeake mantains an ERM program that AM Best considers appropriate for its size and scope. However, AM Best expects management will continue to build out the sophistication of the program to help achieve its business objectives.
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