AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Members of GPM Life Group
AM Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of "a-" (Excellent) of GPM Health and Life Insurance Company and Government Personnel Mutual Life Insurance Company. These companies are headquartered in San Antonio, TX, and collectively are known as GPM Life Group.
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect GPM Life Group's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The negative outlooks reflect AM Best's concern over a continued decline in operating performance resulting from new business strain as well as higher-than-expected mortality. Furthermore, there has been some pressure within GPM Life Group's business profile due to a distribution channel concentration and execution risks regarding its recent strategic plan to expand into new markets.
Although capital and surplus has declined in recent periods due to the aforementioned operating losses, the group's risk-adjusted capitalization remains at the strongest level, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The investment portfolio remains conservatively invested and produces adequate income. While GPM Life Group maintains a modest market position, premiums have increased considerably in recent years, primarily within its core ordinary life insurance product lines. AM Best also notes that most liabilities within GPM Life Group's product portfolio are considered to be higher creditworthy products on AM Best's risk continum.
The group's ERM program is appropriate for the size and scale of operations and includes an overall risk framework with policies and procedures. AM Best will continue to monitor GPM Life Group's ability to improve its overall operating performance, while strengthening its business profile over the near term.
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