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TMCNet:  A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Lewer Life Insurance Company

[July 11, 2018]

A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Lewer Life Insurance Company

A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B+ (Good) from B (Fair) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to "bbb-" from "bb+" of Lewer Life Insurance Company (Lewer Life) (Kansas City, MO). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect Lewer Life's balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, very limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management.

The rating upgrades reflect Lewer Life's long-established niche of more than 25 years in the student health insurance marketplace, favorable operating results and strongest risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio. Lewer Life generates the majority of its net premium revenue from reinsuring international student insurance business, which is underwritten by two carriers and marketed and administered by its affiliate, The Lewer Agency, a nationally licensed managing general agency and a third-party administrator that has provided favorable underwriting.

Lewer Life has reported increased levels of profitability over the past two years as it strategically exited from its relationship with a single carrier and negotiated an arrangement with two carriers offering Affordable Care Act-exempt products, which somewhat mitigate concentration and regulatory risks. Net income has been the primary contributor to capital growth over the past two years. In addition, the company has been extended a sizabe line of credit and has no outstanding balance. However, the absolute level of capital and surplus remains modest, the company remains very dependent on its reinsurance relationships and the vast majority of premium revenue was received from two ceding companies. Furthermore, Lewer Life's future expansion potential may be challenged as the number of international students in the United States has not grown in recent years, pressured by economic and political developments.

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