AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to AzGUARD Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior)
and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “aa-“ to AzGUARD Insurance
Company (AzGUARD) (Omaha, NE). The outlook assigned to these Credit
Ratings (ratings) is stable.

This rating assignment follows the amendment of the intercompany pooling
agreement between NorGUARD Insurance Company, AmGUARD Insurance Company,
EastGUARD Insurance Company, WestGUARD Insurance Company (collectively,
GUARD), and the assignment of a pooled (p) affiliation code. AzGUARD
received approval for its Certificate of Authority domiciled in Nebraska
on Jan. 8, 2019, and was capitalized initially with $1 million in
paid-up capital and $24 million in contributed surplus, for a total of
$25 million. AzGUARD is a licensed insurance company domiciled in
Nebraska, and will operate in other states on a non-admitted basis, in
the commercial lines, property/casualty lines on a commercial basis, and
personal lines in the homeowners segment.

The ratings reflect GUARD’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best
categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance,
neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published
on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release
and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible
for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release,
please see AM Best’s
Recent
Rating Activity
web page. For additional information
regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view
Understanding
Best’s Credit Ratings
. For information on the proper media
use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view
Guide
for Media – Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating
Action Press Releases
.

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a
unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit
www.ambest.com
for more information
.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its
affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Contacts

Guilherme (Guy) Simoes
Senior Financial Analyst
+1
908 439 2200, ext. 5301

[email protected]

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1
908 439 2200, ext. 5159

[email protected]

Mariza Costa
Senior Financial Analyst
+1 908
439 2200, ext. 5154

[email protected]

Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908
439 2200, ext. 5644

[email protected]

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