NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) assigns a BBB- insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) to the three insurance subsidiaries of Producer’s National Corporation: Unique Insurance Company; Stonegate Insurance Company; and Viva Seguros Insurance Company. The Outlook for all ratings is Stable.
The ratings for Producer’s National Corporation’s operating companies (collectively referred to as Producer’s National or PNC), reflect significant capital contributions in recent years, which resulted in improved underwriting leverage measures and sound risk-adjusted capitalization. The group maintains conservative investment portfolios and benefits from corporate structural support through agency operations and equity ownership. The ratings further reflect PNC’s sizeable market presence in the Illinois non-standard auto market and long-standing agency relationships.
KBRA analyzed the impact of recent market volatility on Producer’s National and has stress tested the companies’ reserve positions and investment portfolios. KBRA believes the near-term effects are manageable due to the high credit quality of the companies’ invested assets. KBRA continues to monitor the direct and indirect impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the insurance sector. Please click here for more detail on KBRA’s research on the continuing impact of COVID-19.
Balancing these strengths are the companies’ poor operating results since 2016. Historically, the operating companies generated stable profits. However, in recent years underwriting performance and net income has been negatively impacted by increased loss frequency and severity. In addition, results in calendar years 2017 to 2019 were significantly impacted by adverse development arising from the 2015 to 2018 accident years. To help address the adverse reserve development, in 2019, PNC entered into loss portfolio and unearned premium transfers. Looking forward, KBRA notes the organization’s strategic plans and performance improvement initiatives to return to breakeven underwriting.
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