OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) to “a” from “a-” of Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica Mutual) (New Hartford, NY) and its intercompany pool participants and reinsured affiliates, collectively referred to as Utica. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies.)
The ratings reflect Utica’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The rating upgrades reflect Utica’s improved underwriting and operating results in recent years. These results were driven primarily by favorable loss experience and improved risk selection in its leading lines of business, commercial liability and workers’ compensation, as well as the ultimate management of asbestos & environmental exposure.
Utica’s ratings also recognize the group’s solid risk-adjusted capitalization, strong risk management culture, and local market presence and expertise in target markets. Further, the ratings take into account management’s continuing efforts to achieve rate adequacy and operational efficiencies, and to maintain stability in reserve development.
Partially offsetting these positive factors are the group’s elevated expense structure; while consistent year over year and indicative of greater focus on expense control, the expense ratio remains above the industry composite.
The FSR has been upgraded to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs to “a” from “a-” with the outlooks revised to stable from positive for the following affiliates of Utica Mutual Insurance Company:
- Founders Insurance Company
- Graphic Arts Mutual Insurance Company
- Republic-Franklin Insurance Company
- Utica Lloyd’s of Texas
- Utica National Assurance Company
- Utica National Insurance Company of Ohio
- Utica National Insurance Company of Texas
- Utica Specialty Risk Insurance Company
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