AM Best Removes From Under Review With Developing Implications, Affirms Credit Ratings of California Insurance Company and Affiliates
AM Best has removed from under review with developing implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICRs) of "a-" (Excellent) of California Insurance Company (Foster City, CA) and its affiliates, which are collectively referred to as North American Casualty Group (NAC). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative. (Please see below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings.)
The ratings reflect NAC's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM).
The negative outlook reflects the group's underwriting performance in recent years, which has been partially impacted by adverse reserve development in 2022. Given the group's elevated growth in excess and surplus lines business, and the ongoing litigation surrounding the group's California worker's compensation business, AM Best remains cautious regarding the outlook of the group's operating performance trends. AM Best will continue to monitor the group's underwriting and operating performance in the near term and will act if any additional operational issues arise. The return of NAC's underwriting performance to its historically strong levels and the timely reporting of audited financials will lessen AM Best's concerns surrounding the group's forward-looking operating performance trends.
The FSRs of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of "a-" (Excellent) have been removed from under review with developing implications and assigned an outlook of negative for the ollowing affiliates of California Insurance Company, which are collectively referred to as NAC:
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