|[March 20, 2013]
A.M. Best Upgrades Ratings of American Resources Insurance Company Incorporated
OLDWICK, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the financial strength rating to B
(Fair) from B- (Fair) and issuer credit rating to "bb+" from "bb-" of American
Resources Insurance Company Incorporated (ARIC) (Mobile, AL). The
outlook for both ratings is stable.
The rating upgrades reflect ARIC's improved risk-adjusted capitalization
as management shrinks its run-off liabilities, generally favorable
development of legacy loss reserves in recent years and the continued
wind-down of warranty contracts, with about 90% of them expiring as of
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are ARIC's continued
(albeit diminished) uncertainty associated with run-off legacy black
lung workers' compensation and auto warranty liabilities, the challenges
inherent with re-entering the market in August 2012, including overall
execution risk associated with the implementation of its business plan,
and the expectation of continued underwriting losses through 2015 as set
forth by management due to major upfront investments in technology and
staff in support of business production. The underwriting losses will
likely result in a declinein risk-adjusted capitalization in the near
term. Despite these concerns, the outlook recognizes the continued
orderly run-off of ARIC's legacy liabilities, the implementation of its
improved corporate governance controls and the resolution of outstanding
issues related to ownership interests of the former management group.
A.M. Best believes ARIC is adequately positioned at its current rating
level. Continued favorable run-off of the company's liabilities,
improvement in risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by Best's
Capital Adequacy Ratio or profitable operations supported by an
appropriate level of risk-adjusted capital could lead to favorable
movement in ARIC's ratings. However, the ratings and/or outlook may come
under negative pressure if there is adverse development with the
company's run-off liabilities, a significant deviation in actual
operating results from projected results over the near term or a
significant erosion of its capital base beyond A.M. Best's expectations.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best's Credit
Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M.
Best's rating process and contains the different rating criteria
employed in the rating process. Key criteria utilized include: "Risk
Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies";
"Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers"; and "Rating Members
of Insurance Groups." Best's Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
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