ALDUICK, NJ, December 7, 2023—(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best revised the outlook to stable from positive on the issuer’s long-term credit ratings (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A (excellent) and the long-term ICR of “a” (excellent) on Insurance Company of the West (headquartered in San Diego, California) and its consolidated subsidiaries, collectively referred to as the ICW Group. (See below for a detailed list of subsidiaries.) FSR’s outlook is stable.
The credit ratings (ratings) reflect the strength of ICW Group’s balance sheet, which AM Best rates as the strongest, as well as its strong operating results, limited business profile and appropriate corporate risk management.
The revised long-term outlook for ICR to stable from positive reflects the potential performance risks associated with aggressive growth in the group’s putative reinsurance business, including the potential for greater volatility in operating results going forward and increased risk of asset aggregation as a result of this expansion . In addition, while the strength of the group’s balance sheet is supported by its strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio (BCAR), this level of growth has led to a decline in the group’s risk-adjusted capitalization and its overall balance sheet strength. While the group maintains a strong position in the California workers’ compensation (WC) market and has expanded that business outside of California in recent years, ICW Group’s WC business remains concentrated in California, subjecting the group to the state’s regulatory, judicial and economic environment and its highly competitive market conditions.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of ‘a’ (Excellent) are affirmed, with the Long-Term ICR Outlook revised to Stable from Positive, while the FSR Outlook is Stable for the following consolidated subsidiaries of Insurance Company of the West:
Explorer Insurance Company
ICW Accident Insurance Company
ICW National Insurance Company
ICW Premier Insurance Company
VerTerra Insurance Company
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