AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of NCMIC Group's Members; Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook to Stable
AM Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and Long-Term ICRs of "a+" (Excellent) of the members of NCMIC Group (NCMIC). The outlook of the FSR is stable. NCMIC consists of NCMIC Insurance Company, Professional Solutions Insurance Company and NCMIC Risk Retention Group, Inc. All companies are headquartered in Clive, IA.
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect NCMIC's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The revision of Long-Term ICR outlooks to stable from negative reflects improvement in the group's underwriting and operating performance in recent years as a result of corrective actions taken by management, including rate increases, reductions in limits offered and enhancement of the performance monitoring process, as reflected in pre-policyholder dividend underwriting profits achieved in years 2021, 2022 and through the first six-months of 2023. AM Best expects the group's higher level of profitability to continue in the near and intermediate term as premiums at higher levels of adequacy earn in and claims trends stabilize. The operating performance assessment of strong is also supported by the group's very conservative reserving practices, which resulted in consistent favorable prior year loss reserve development in the past. AM Best continues to assess NCMIC's balance sheet strength at the strongest level, supported by its rsk-adjusted capitalization that is also at the strongest level, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The ratings also acknowledge the group's dominant market position in the medical professional liability market for chiropractors.
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