Oldwick //BestWire// – AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and a Long Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of”a-” to The Gray Indemnity Company (GID). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (rating) is stable. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of”a-” of The Gray Insurance Company (GIC) and Gray Surplus Lines
Insurance Company (GSLIC). The outlook of these ratings is stable. These companies collectively are known as Gray Insurance Group (the group).
In addition, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of”a-” of The Gray Casualty & Surety Company (GCSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of GIC. The outlook of these ratings is stable. All companies are headquartered in Metairie, LA.
The ratings reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
GID is a wholly owned subsidiary of GIC, and plans to write loss sensitive workers’ compensation, commercial automobile liability, commercial-general liability and excess liability coverages. The ratings assigned to GID reflect the existence of a 100% intercompany quota share reinsurance agreement with GIC, effective Dec. 1, 2020.
The ratings of the group are reflective of its strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), historically profitable operating results, and focused loss control services for its heavy construction risks and energy-related operations in its established niche market. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are the group’s moderate annual stockholder dividend payments, which have somewhat constrained capital appreciation and the operating loss in 2019 associated with loss reserve strengthening on prior accident years primarily in the commercial auto line.
The ratings of GCSC reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM. The ratings of GCSC further reflect its strongest BCAR scores and low underwriting leverage metrics. Operating performance at GCSC has improved generally over the recent five-year period, driven by sound underwriting and loss reserving practices.
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