AM Best Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook to Positive for Utica Mutual Insurance Company and Its Affiliates

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#insuranceAM Best has revised the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) outlook to positive from stable and affirmed Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” (Excellent) 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 the FSR is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies.)

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Utica’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The revised Long-Term ICR outlook to positive from stable reflects the overall strength of Utica’s balance sheet, underpinned by its strongest level of risk adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), as well as its strong capital position, organic surplus growth, favorable reserve positions and effective exposure management via underwriting controls and quality reinsurance program. Additional factors include Utica’s strategic investment portfolio and solid liquidity measures, which are enhanced by solid underwriting results and positive operating cash flows. AM Best expects that the group’s risk-adjusted capitalization will be maintained at the strongest level, as measured by BCAR, and that its adequate operating performance will continue over the near term, benefiting from management’s ongoing strategic initiatives, niche specialty market expertise and emphasis on risk management.

Utica’s ratings are supported by the group’s solid operating performance in recent years, driven by increased usage of predictive analytics, improved processing systems and growth in agency appointments, which align with the group’s strategy of driving profitability through selection and guidance. Utica is a multiline property/casualty writer with a diversified mix of commercial and personal lines offerings, recognized as a well-established leader in its target niche specialty markets. The group’s seasoned management team has a proven track record of executing strategy and producing profitable results. Utica maintains a robust ERM program, which puts an ardent emphasis on protecting the balance sheet from event-driven risks and meeting corporate profitability goals. The group utilizes dynamic financial models to project future outcomes and performs adaptive scenario and stress testing. Additionally, environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives are embedded in the business strategy.

The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” (Excellent) have been affirmed, with the Long-Term ICR outlook revised to positive from stable and the FSR outlook maintained at stable, 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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